March 10, 2019, The First Sunday in Lent
Please remember on Saturday night to set your clocks forward one hour
Stations of the Cross
Held in the nave each Friday evening at six o’clock during Lent, we will 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.
True Vine Retreat Recognition at 8:30 Service
Eleven children joined us for our True Vine retreat this February. They learned how the Good Shepherd wants us to abide on the vine and remove any obstacles that may keep us from fully abiding with God. Each child met with Fr. Colin to receive the Rite of Reconciliation. This retreat is part of our sacramental preparation, and we are thrilled to share this gift with our youth.

Pictured with Fr. Colin are Adel Ambrose, Ruby Gaither, Luca Guévart, John Kenneth Gamble, Mason McConnell, Hayden Tibbs, Hayleigh Tibbs, Liza O’Reilly, Ben Bartsch, Ellery Thornton, and Chloe Donegan. 
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. Matthew Barmore leads us as we explore “ The World of Jesus and the Apostles .”  Class begins at 9:45 in the Parish Hall. Learn more.
Pilgrimage Class
Pilgrimage is St. Paul's unique faith exploration program for adults. Meets on Monday evenings. Childcare available.
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Alpha Parenting Teenagers Course
Continues this Sunday Night (5-7 pm)
Designed for every type of parenting situation, including parenting on your own, step-parenting, and parenting as a couple. Over several sessions you’ll discover practical tools to help you:

  • Keep your long-term aim in mind
  • Meet your teenagers’ needs
  • Set effective boundaries
  • Help develop your teenager’s emotional health
  • Pass on values and help them make good choices

Contact Amy Jackson for more information:
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.
Women’s Retreat Canceled
We will not hold our annual mountain weekend this April. Stay tuned for information about an alternative event held in Murfreesboro.
Skate with Us — Club 3-4-5
Join your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade friends this weekend at Skate Center West! Click the button below to sign up. Please email Cindy Guevart for more information.
Children’s Mardi Gras Party 2019

For this month’s list to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please click here
Boys & Girls Club Award Presented
On Thursday, February 21, the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County presented St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the “Volunteer of the Year” award. For three years, several members from St. Paul’s have volunteered to assist the Boys & Girls Club in their commitment to foster the healthy development of the club member youth. Our volunteers have helped in the homework room, taught both vocal and instrumental music, and mentored individual students.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide healthy activities for their members in the areas of academics, sports, drama, art, and fostering good decision-making through a variety means. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the club desk at
(615) 893-5437 to schedule an orientation and arrange to have a background check completed. Learn more.
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.

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

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
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.
Parish Profiles Available
Your Rector Search Committee has worked long and hard to create a Parish Profile that captures the spirit of St. Paul’s. For a minimal expense we were able to print a copy
for each member/family. Please stop by the table in the Parish Hall to pick up your copy. Your copy will be labeled with your name on the back of the profile.
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Using Realm

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Thanks for supporting St. Paul’s
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