News from the Pews
See what's happening at St. Paul's!
Reminders for Sunday, August 25:
  1. Holy Eucharist at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM
  2. Church Birthday Party in Otey immediately following the 10 AM service
St. Paul's Discussions
Thanks to everyone who participated in our discussion groups over the past two months. We had over 20% of the parish involved in the conversations and it proved to be quite fruitful. We are having one more presentation of the results of the feedback  today, August 21 at 5:30 PM in Otey Hall . It should last no longer than an hour. Please contact Libby ( ) if you need childcare for this event. We hope to see you there!
Parish Picnic
August 24, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Jim Warren Park (Screened-in Pavilion at rear of park)
705 Boyd Mill Ave, Franklin

There will be corn hole, a playground for kids, and fun for all ages.

Fried chicken, tea and lemonade provided. Last names beginning "A-N" please bring side dishes, "O-Z" bring desserts. There are picnic tables in the pavilion, but feel free to bring extra chairs.

Sign up  here  to help with the set up and clean up.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Birthday Bash!
You are cordially invited to celebrate St. Paul’s 192 nd  birthday on Sunday, August 25 immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service . There will be a program by Scott Smith, bluegrass music, and refreshments!
Back to School Lock-In
Our back-to-school lock-in is THIS Saturday, August 24! St. Paul's parish picnic is that day at Jim Warren Park beginning at 4 PM - all youth are encouraged to attend. We will gather at the park at 7pm and depart from there!

What is a lock-in?
It's a fun-filled overnight extravaganza designed for our youth (6th-12th graders) to build relationships with each other in their church home!

RSVP to AG ( by TOMORROW Thursday, August 22.

Click here to sign up to bring breakfast or be a driver or chaperone.
Godly Play Training
Are you interested in helping with Godly Play as a Storyteller, Door Person, or helping to prepare the feast? Do you just want a better understanding of Godly Play? Join us Saturday, August 24th from 9-11 ! We will present a Godly Play story, answer all of your questions, and help you get to know this amazing program that we will use in our Children's Christian Formation classes this school year. If you have questions, please contact Libby:
Women of St. Paul's Bazaar
The fabulous WSP Bazaar is fast approaching, and we need your help, please! Let us count the ways: 
  • Drop off quality donations Sunday through Thursday: cookware, electronics, art, linens, toys, purses, jewelry, crystal and china, small appliances, garden goods, etc. Drop off hours are in the signup link below.
  • Spread the word outside of our church family: please post* the attached flyer to your social media (especially neighborhood groups!) and asking local businesses to put it on their bulletin boards; there are printed copies at church you can distribute
  • SHARE CONTACTS with charities that pick up unsold items Sunday afternoon!
  • Sign up to HELP us set up & break down the space, as well as pricing the treasure trove. Fun, music and snackage included! Here's the signup:


*  NOTE:  WSP members will be posting about the sale, and you can easily share those posts! (Our WSP and St. Paul's Children and Families FaceBook sites are private for personal sharing, so those posts cannot be shared to other timelines.) OR open the file, copy it, and paste the flyer wherever you want.    
Rally Day - Save the Date!
Join us on September 8th for our annual Christian formation kick-off! This year's rally day will be football themed, so be sure to wear your team colors or gameday gear to church. This will be the first Sunday that we switch back to our regular schedule of four services on Sundays: 7:30, 8:45, 11:00 and 6:00.
Acolyte Training - Time Change!
Calling on all our young people…. your church needs you! If you are a fourth grader or up, we would love for you to become an acolyte at St. Paul’s. Being an acolyte is fun and a big help during worship. If you are interested in learning more please come to the Acolyte Training session on Sunday, September 8 at 4 PM in the church. This training for ALL acolytes, both new and seasoned. We hope to see you there. If you would like to become an acolyte but cannot attend the training please contact Father Rusty (
St. Paul's Music Ministry
St. Paul’s Music Ministry is back in full swing in September! If you are interested in singing or ringing with us, Donna would love to talk to you. If you would like to schedule an audition for one of our choirs, please don’t be shy. Perfection is not required, just a willing heart and a passion for singing and making music. Call Donna at (615) 481-5144 or email at . Below are the dates for rehearsals and when they start. 
Choir:                         Rehearsal time and place                           Begin on:
Adult Choir               Wednesdays, 6:30-8:15 pm (Sanctuary)   August 7
The Consort              Wednesdays, 8:15-9:00 pm (Sanctuary)   August 7
Handbell Choir         Sundays, 12:15-1:00 pm (The Undercroft) September 15
St. Cecilia Choir (1 st -6 th gr.) Sundays, 5:00-5:45 pm (Antioch)  September 15
Tomorrow in WITS...
Join us in Barnabas from 9:30-11. Libby Sullivan will be leading a Godly Play lesson for us.
Bad Girls' Book Club
Here follows a list of upcoming titles*:
-August 27 -  Lilac Girls  by Martha Hall Kelly
-September 24 -  Unsheltered, a Novel  by Barbara Kingsolver
-October 22:  Warlight  by Michael Odaatje (author of  The English Patient )

[*Landmark Booksellers in Franklin offers a book club discount if you purchase a book club title from them.]

Happy reading!
Ann D., Kathy B. & Virginia C.
Bicentennial Society
The Historic Committee and the Bicentennial Committee have been hard at work, planning and preparing for the Bicentennial celebrations! The Committees want to encourage members and friends of St. Paul’s to be a part of the Bicentennial Society.  Everyone is welcome. St. Paul’s has so much to celebrate as we move forward to the Bicentennial (only 8 short years away)! Please consider becoming part of the Bicentennial Society, and consider helping the Committees with the planning and preparations. There is plenty for all of us to do.

For more information, please contact: The Historic Committee.
Melanie Lampertz, Scott Smith, Susan Miller, Joyce Little, Kathy Ulezelski, Andrea Hyssong, Tina Jones, Libby Sullivan, Taylor Brown, Tom Stearns, Len Reinhardt, John Henderson       
Beloved Community: Task Force for Racial Reconciliation
Pilgrimage Registration Now Open
All are invited to join the  Beloved Community in the Diocese of Tennessee  on September 21 for the second pilgrimage to the  National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum . At this point we have only one bus (56 seats), but if there is enough demand by late August we will secure two buses. The last day to sign up will be September 6. 

There are two options for registration:

  1. Register and pay online HERE
  2. Mail Registration Form and Payment - Download Form

Note: Registration is not complete until payment is received. Deadline to register is September 6, 2019
WSP heArt & Soul
The retreat committee has been hard at work pulling our wonderful heArt & Soul weekend together. If you are interested in helping in any way please let one of us know. Treasures for the goodie bags are being collected and if you would like to contribute to our bags either with an item or donation please let Katie, Kathy, Mindy, Vicki or Becky know. Our theme this year is,
“This I Promise” and we will be using colors and rainbows. If you have joined us on the mountain in the past you know what an amazing and special weekend this is, If you have not joined us in the past, please consider coming to the heArt & Soul 2020 weekend ( February 7-9th). More information will be coming in the very near future.

Sarah Webster
Mary Kate Brandon
Cassy Gilchrist
Becky Farmer
Vicki Carlisle
Katie Faulkner.
Kathy Ulezelski
Mindy Boggs
Barb Roth.
Upcoming Dates:
  • August 24: Parish Picnic
  • August 25: St. Paul's Birthday Celebration
  • September 8: Rally Day