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Reminders for Sunday, August 11:
  1. Holy Eucharist at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and 6:00 PM
  2. Bluegrass & Stained Glass and Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:00 AM service
  3. Adult Christian Formation following the 8 o'clock service
  4. Lemonade in the Shade in the front courtyard following the 10 o'clock service
  5. Film School in Barnabas from 4-7 PM
Blessing of the Backpacks
Calling all of you heading back to school! Bring your backpack to church at the 10 am service on Sunday, August 11th to receive a blessing for the upcoming school year!
Bluegrass and Stained Glass
The next Bluegrass and Stained Glass service is THIS Sunday, August 11 at the 10 o'clock service!
Tomorrow in WITS...
We will meet at 9:30 in Barnabas. After the initial stops on the Food Tour, let’s at least talk about how the food was at Panca, La Michoacana, and Bawarachi. We’ll tackle a short video, and see what we make of it! See you there.
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
Back to School Parents' Night Out
Save the Date for August 16 ! The children will watch a movie and eat dinner in Otey Hall (pajamas welcome!) and the parents will walk up Main Street for dinner. Youth helpers are welcome! If you can come, email, and I will take care of child care and reservations! Please let me know if you are planning to join us by August 14th. 
Parish Picnic

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St. Paul's Parish Picnic!
August 24, 2019
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Jim Warren Park (Screened-in Pavillion 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 pavillion, but feel free to bring extra chairs.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Godly Play Training
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:
Acolyte Training
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 12:30 in the church. This training for ALL acolytes, both new and seasoned. We hope to see you there. If you have any questions please contact Father Rusty (
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.
Garden Guild
Our beautiful outdoor sanctuaries are the gardens at the front entrance, and also on the 6th Avenue side between Otey and Founders Hall. Many volunteer hours are spent year round to plant, water, and weed. The 6th Avenue Courtyard in particular needs many plants put in every spring, the tulips along the fence are replanted every fall and watering has to be done every week. Judy Oxford maintains the garden between Otey & Founders and Virginia Callicott maintains the garden at the front entrance. If you would like to help on occasion, or make a special contribution, contact Virginia Callicott ( ) for the front courtyard, Judy Oxford ( ) for the side courtyard, and Pat McGaw ( or 615-349-5806 ) for Barnabas . You don’t need a green thumb, just a willing spirit. Thank you in advance for helping keep our gardens beautiful!
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.

We hope you will join us for the Birthday Party, celebrating St. Paul’s 192 nd , Sunday, August 25, 2019 – immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service!

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
The Lord's Lift
Here is how this transportation system will work: If you can offer a ride to someone to church on Sunday…Contact the church office to be placed on a Sunday Rotation Schedule. If you have a Sunday preference, (i.e. 1st Sunday of the month), let that be known. Ideally, you would be part of a rotation schedule, where you would be on Sunday driving duty once a month. Our hope is that there will be more than one volunteer drivers each week. The drivers would need to be flexible as to which service the parishioner needing a ride, wanted to attend…or if multiple drivers, we assign match up people to drivers to cover each desired time.

If you need a ride to church on Sunday…Contact the church office before 4:00 pm on the Thursday before the Sunday that you need a ride to church. Provide our Parish administrator with your name, address, contact information, if you use a walker or wheelchair, and your preference of Sunday Service time. The Lord’s Lift driver will contact you to finalize transportation.
Upcoming Dates:
  • August 11: Blessing of the Backpacks
  • August 24: Parish Picnic
  • August 25: St. Paul's Birthday Celebration
  • September 8: Rally Day