May 12, 2019 • Fourth Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is Mothering Sunday

This Sunday we will celebrate Mothering Sunday, a day celebrated by Anglicans in England. On this day we will thank God for all those who have loved and cared for us.

We recognize that for many, Mother’s Day can be a painful time. During the liturgy, we will include prayers and affirmations of care in all its forms. We will also pray for those suffering issues of infertility and loss, as well as those suffering the recent loss of their
own mothers.

Between the 8:30 am and 11:00 am services, we will gather for a fun reception in the Parish Hall which will include activities for the children. The activities will be confined to the Parish Hall.

We grow in relationship with God through worship.

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Centering Prayer - This Sunday at 4:00 pm

We will meet in St. Andrew’s for one hour of centering prayer. Please contact Michael Miller or Nancy Carter for
more information.
Youth Sunday May 19

Youth Sunday will be held on May 19. This will mark the end of the youth Christian Education year, and allow us to give thanks for our youth and youth mentors. At the 8:30 am service we will honor our graduating seniors. Sally Smith (daughter of Fant and Collier Smith) will be our guest preacher for Youth Sunday. A reception for all youth and parents of youth will be held in the Youth Room during the Christian education hour .
We want to honor all our graduates. If you or a family member are graduating, please send your details to by May 14.
Acolyte Training

Sessions for “new” acolytes (youth turning 9 by December 31, 2019 OR starting 4 th grade in the fall, OR older); those who have served previously (at St. Paul’s or elsewhere) and not currently serving but who wish to return; and current St. Paul’s acolytes who want to train for new positions. When: May 18 and 25 (I know that’s Memorial Day weekend) in hour blocks between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Contact George Carlson at for additional information.
We equip all for ministry.  
Adult Education
There will be no Adult Christian Education today as we celebrate Mothering in the
Parish Hall. Our course "The New Testament You Never Knew" will finish on May 19 when Pedro Lopez will help us explore "The Creation of the New Testament
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church.  
Rick Byrne Memorial Trivia Tournament

Test your trivia knowledge at the "Feel the Byrne"
Memorial Trivia Tournament, Friday, May 17, 2019,
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm , in the Parish Hall.

All adults and youth (rising 6th grader and up) can participate. Teams will consist of 8 participants.

The tournament is free and will begin promptly at 6 pm. Dinner will be served after the first round. Dinner will be $5 per person, no more than $25 per family.

This is also a great way to introduce others to St. Paul's!

Dinner will be spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. We need to know how much food to prepare . Please sign up by clicking here to let us know if you are attending.

Youth volunteers needed. Youth will serve as runners, judges, and greeters as well as participants on teams. 

For more information or if you have trivia question ideas related to Rick’s “favorite” things, p lease contact Jennifer Dickey at or Charmaine Nicolau at
(720)421-4926 or 

An Open Invitation to Members of
St. Paul's, Murfreesboro

Nan Keenan’s 90 th birthday celebration is on
May 18, 2:30 pm at the
Church of the Resurrection, 1216 Sneed Road West, Franklin, TN. All are invited by her family.

Nan and her late husband Joe were very active communicants at St. Paul’s for many years.

Senior Birthday Luncheon -- May 23

Senior parishioners (ages 70+), please mark your calendars for our next Senior Birthday Luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 23, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Invitations containing detailed information have been mailed. If you are eligible and have not yet received your invitation, please contact Liz Huber at 615-584-0482 or email RSVP deadline is Sunday, May 19 .

We bring the love of Christ to the larger community. 
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United Thank Offering
In-Gathering—Next Sunday

We will collect our UTO Offerings on May 19 at all three services. These funds are distributed around the world to further God’s work. This is an endowed fund, so every penny donated goes out in grants. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s and in the memo field
write “UTO”.

Death Row Prison Visitation Ministry

If you are currently visiting or corresponding with an inmate on death row or in prison, or if you are interested in this ministry, please contact Hank Mills ( or Ellen Donovan ( We seek to establish a group that can support this ministry and would like to know who is involved. 

Healthy Gardens Program

We are looking for about 10 additional volunteers to join us for a day of service, May 11 from 10:00 am to noon.  The St. Paul's community has been instrumental in the Healthy Garden Program for the past five years. Your help is needed to add soil to existing gardens and distribute plants for the 24 gardens in MHA’s Oakland Court. We will meet at
318 E. Lokey (meet in the Oakland Ct. daycare parking lot). We will also plant several gardens for the Doors of Hope and one or two in other locations. These are not yet scheduled. 

Inspiritus, formerly Lutheran Services in Tennessee, provides raised-bed gardens for families living in public housing and subsidized housing to promote nutrition, food sustainability, and personal responsibility. Each family is given all the tools and education necessary to grow their own garden. 

Contact Janet Arning at 615-881-4579 or  to sign up. 

Arthritis : Live Yes! Connect

Did you know there are 54 million Americans with arthritis?  Live Yes! Connect , is an arthritis support group associated with the Arthritis Foundation and led by Diana O'Daniel-Barfield, a new member of St. Paul's. The support group meets monthly at the St Clair Senior Center on the last Saturday of most months from 10:00-11:30 am. Click Here for More Information 

The Walk to Cure Arthritis

This Sunday, May 12, Diana O'Daniel-Barfield will be available in the Bishop’s Room (next to the Chapel) to answer questions and help with signups.
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation's yearly fundraiser to support the needed on-going research into finding a cure. This year, St. Paul's parishioner Diana-O'Daniel Barfield has been chosen as the Adult Honoree for the Nashville Walk to Cure Arthritis based on her commitment to supporting others with arthritis in our community. Now, she needs your support. Click Here for More Information.
To sign up for Diana's team click Diana

Other News

Prayer for Our New Rector Search

For the May Birthdays to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please CLICK HERE.

Rite 13 - May 5, 2019
Fr. Colin, Helen Smith, Adriana Guevart, Avery Tuseth, Fr. Bob
Newcomer's Gathering - May 5, 2019
l to r: Andi Burgess, Mike and Debbie Harris, Helen Bayne, Terry and Tammy Sutton, Pam Burcham, Alice and Angelina Singavarapu and Elton Govada, Fr. Colin, Kathy Reeves,
Colby Gates, and Taylor Reed.

Locking Doors

We are experiencing some of our doors not being locked and latched. If you unlock any door, please be sure to re-lock it or make sure someone else does.

Then give it a tug to be sure it latched.  Thank you!
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Recurring Events
Oasis Contemplative Service
Fourth Sunday Each Month at 4:00 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel
If you are yearning 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. 

Weekly Centering Prayer - 4:00 pm on Sundays in St. Andrew's Chapel
On the Sundays the Oasis service is not held, we will meet in St. Andrew’s for one hour of centering prayer. Please contact Michael Miller ( or Nancy Carter ( ) for more information.

Adult Lectionary Bible Study —Wednesday mornings from 9:00 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 at Libby Willis' home,
730 E. Burton Street, downtown Murfreesboro (2 blocks behind Central Magnet, corner of Burton & Hale).
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