March 17, 2019  •  The Second Sunday in Lent
Stations of the Cross
Held in the nave each Friday evening at six o’clock during Lent, we gather to walk this intimate devotion to the Passion of Christ that recalls a series of events at the end of Jesus’ life from his condemnation to his burial. On Good Friday we walk at 5:30 pm, shortly before our Good Friday service. Learn more.
New Contemplative Service
“As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1 (New Living Translation)

If you yearn for a quiet place removed from the hubbub and busyness of life where you can be close to God, come to a new service we are calling Oasis , one hour of reflection and silent prayer in the midst of our Lenten wandering. Our first service begins on Sunday, March 31, at 4 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel.
Wednesdays During Lent
Soup Suppers (5:30 to 6:15 pm)

This is a terrific opportunity to eat and share fellowship. Signup sheets in the parish hall for those who'd like to host and those who wish to bring food.

Programs (6:15 to 7 pm)

A Lenten Journey with The Inklings —Join our midweek soup suppers as the Rev. Joseph Cejka shares how an English pub helped enlighten modern Christianity. Learn more.

Children’s Bible Board Games —We'll offer several choices of Biblically-based games for catechesis aged children (age 3 to grade 6).

  • Nursery available for children age 2 and under.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Sunday Adult Education
This Sunday we’ll continue The New Testament You Never Knew, a video series with Bishop N.T. Wright and Michal F. Bird. Ellen Donovan will lead us as we explore  The Life and Death of Jesus. Class begins at 9:45 in the Parish Hall. Learn more.
Pilgrimage Class
Pilgrimage is St. Paul's unique faith exploration program intended for adults new to the Episcopal faith. We complete our 2018-19 class year this Monday. Thank you for your continuing prayer support of the participants. Learn more.
Senior Housing Options
Held in the Parish Hall, we welcome all our senior adults and other interested members.

Session 1: Housing and Care Resources
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9 am to Noon
Discover housing options offered in our local area, including independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled and long-term care, and hospice. Learn to recognize “benchmarks” for when each choice may be suitable. Understand several psychological and logistical concerns involved in leaving one’s own home.

Session 2: Aging in Place at Home
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 am to Noon

Session 3: Financial and Legal Aspects
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9 am to Noon
Builds on information learned from the earlier two sessions for the chosen option.

To register, click the button below or call Hank Mills at (615) 584-2396. Please provide your name and the number of how many will attend.
St. Paul’s 101 Membership Lunch, Sunday, March 3
Club 3-4-5 Skate Party, Saturday, March 9

For this month’s list to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please click here
Lunches for Children at Patterson Park
Let’s support our outreach ministry by providing lunches for children at Patterson Park Community Center. Please bring appropriate food items to the marked box in the Parish Hall by 11 am this Sunday, March 17. Contact Mary Armour O’Reilly at (615) 556-4913 for more information.
Blood & Bone Marrow Drives
Sunday, March 31

Please help our local citizens who are in dire need of this life-saving gift. Click here to reserve a time for your blood donation and move to the front of the line without waiting. Click on the drive and enter sponsor code: StPaulsMurf.

Our bone marrow donor drive takes place on the same day. This is simply a cheek swab and a short questionnaire to determine your eligibility. Donors must be between the age of 18 and 44. Another life-saving gift you can give!

Women’s Shelter News
St. Paul’s continues to shelter homeless women for the Way of Hope at St. Margaret’s Hall. The Way of Hope provides an overnight volunteer to supervise and bedding for the women, who eat their meals before arriving. There’s no call for volunteers for Way of Hope, but our parish continues to offer our guests things such as snacks, water, and the use of our showers. We also ask you to help by contributing white towels, small chocolates, facial tissues, and disinfectant wipes.
When we schedule another Coldest Nights evening, we will make alternate arrangements for the Way of Hope program. We still need volunteers for our Coldest Nights program. Please sign up by using the button below, emailing Stacey Owen, or calling her at (334) 524-1288.
Email Liz Huber if you have any questions or concerns about either of these programs.

More Opportunities for Outreach Ministry
We Want You! Coordinators Needed for Programs to Continue
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Ministry

Each Christmas, several parishioners volunteer as bell ringers for the Salvation Army of Murfreesboro. These red kettles are a vital seasonal fundraiser that helps feed thousands of homeless people, provides toys to children, and restores heat in the home of a neighbor whose social security check won’t stretch far enough.

As this ministry's coordinator, you would schedule St. Paul’s bell ringing days, create an hourly schedule for those days, assure all time slots get filled, and remind our volunteers when it’s their time to bell ring.

Quarterly Food Drive Ministry

This effort supports the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank to maintain its stock of nonperishable foods for underserved residents in our area. On a designated Sunday each quarter, we collect parishioners’ food donations and then deliver them to the food bank. In addition to donating food items, we also invite any volunteers to help with collections and deliveries.

As this ministry’s coordinator you would schedule each year’s four food drive Sundays, post announcements before and after the drives take place, take charge of the food collection, and delivery it to the Food Bank.

For several years Mary Probert and David Owen coordinated this ministry but want to step aside for others to lead this effort. Both agreed to help however they can to assure a smooth handoff takes place. We invite you to take over the ministry by yourself, with a group of friends, or with your small group.

Undie Sunday Ministry

Laney Golden has agreed to become the coordinator of this effort. We thank her and our Lectionary Bible Study Group for volunteering to serve.

If you have any interest or questions about any of these positions, please email Liz Huber or call her at (615) 584-0482.
Thanks to Our Volunteers
“The meal went very well and eighty people were served at the 2nd Sunday Journey Home meal. BBQ sandwiches, chips, slaw, and baked beans were served, and a few ‘to-go’ sandwiches were also provided! A special thanks to the Bartsch and Ambrose family who helped to serve in this ministry.”
Allison Kellermann
Outreach Coordinator for The Journey Home
Murfreesboro Mat Makers
Below are this local charity’s new drop off locations for your plastic bags, plastic yarn, and woven mats. Learn more.

  • Carolyn’s Consignment, 2041 N Lascassas Hwy, Murfreesboro
  • Hair We R Salon, 5825 Lebanon Rd, Murfreesboro
Other News
Our former seminarian, James Yazell, will be ordained as a deacon at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Please keep James in your prayers as he embarks on this next step toward priesthood.
Flower Guild
Last Year's Palm Crosses

We are collecting the palm crosses from last year in a basket on the glass side table in the narthex. We will burn them to impose on Ash Wednesday 2020. You may also return palm crosses in the Flower Guild mail slot or hang them in a plastic bag on the Flower Guild doorknob.
Palms and Easter Lilies

Dedication envelopes will become available this Sunday, March 17, on the Flower Guild bulletin board in the narthex. Place your completed envelope in the labeled box on the same board.

Our deadline for Palm dedications is Wednesday, April 19 and for Easter Lilies is Monday, April 15.
Sound System Upgrade
Thanks for your feedback regarding the sound system in our nave. We recognize that a number of us are having difficulty hearing the spoken word. The vestry has approved funding for a new speaker system which will get installed in ten weeks. The new system will greatly enhance our worship space.
An Update From Your Rector Search Committee
We have received our list of nominees for the position of Seventh Rector of St. Paul’s and are busy reviewing their applications, requesting more information, and preparing further questions for each candidate. We are very thankful for the apparent gifts and new opportunities for ministry in each candidate, and we are looking forward to further and more personal contact with each priest.

Thank you for your continued prayers for us and our work, and for the candidates and their families.
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Recurring Events
Adult Lectionary Bible Study—Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10:30 upstairs in the Parish Hall. We examine the readings for the following Sunday. Jerry Redditt leads this group. Join us whenever you can.

Prayer Shawl Ministry—Wednesdays 10:30-Noon, Room 2-2

Choir Rehearsals
  • Adult Choir, Wednesdays, 7:15 to 8:30 pm
  • Senior Choristers (grades 6-12), Sundays, 4:30 to 5:00 pm
  • Junior Choristers (grades 2-5), Wednesdays, 5:00 to 5:45 pm

Movement & Balance Class—Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 in the Christian Education Room behind the parish hall, instructor Jim Genet leads an exercise class focusing on movement and balance. Several parish members highly recommend him. The fee is $10 per class. Text Jim at (615) 427-3406 to sign up.

Ladies’ Night Out—Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm
Parish Contacts
Interim Rector

Rector Emeritus

Senior Warden

Junior Warden

Formation & Liturgy

Pastoral Care