July 7, 2019 • Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Dr. Blaess officially begins at St. Paul's in early August. She will celebrate her first Holy Eucharist with us on Sunday, August 11.
The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess: Arrival
The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess received her BA in Music (Organ) from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. After seminary, Kristine and her husband Michael were awarded the Graduate Preaching Fellowship and spent a year in Australia studying, visiting Aboriginal communities, and working on a sheep station. For eleven years Kristine led a congregation in Rigby, Idaho and mentored a constellation of congregations and clergy up and down the Snake River Valley.

Kristine received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2012. Her project emerged from her passion for helping congregations flourish as they live ever more deeply in God's kingdom and learn to make disciples who make more disciples. Her thesis considers the identity, character, and skills of the transformational leader.

Her spiritual journey has led her through the Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Episcopalian faiths, all of which have had wonderfully positive influences on her Christian formation. We look forward to hearing her stories and lessons learned along the way.
Worship
We grow in relationship with God through worship
Summer Choir

Continuing through September 2 , the St. Paul's Choir does not rehearse on Wednesdays during the summer months. Instead, we meet in the choir room at 10 a.m. before the 11 a.m. service. If you'd like to try choir but are unable to attend Wednesday night rehearsals, please contact Angela Tipps to let her know you're joining us! 
Acolytes Needed
We are recruiting new fourth-graders (or turning age nine by December 31, any older youth who have yet to serve but would like to, former acolytes who would consider returning to serving, and even adults who would like to participate. We are particularly short-handed for our 11 a.m. service and can schedule training whenever it is agreeable for those who sign up.

Please contact George Carlson via email or at 931-307-9094 (voice or text) if you or your youth fit into any of these categories.
Children's Church participating in the Labyrinth
Tracing the path of a Sand Finger Labyrinth
Outreach
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community
Please Give This Sunday to Support Our CONNECT Ministry
CONNECT Ministry Offering This Sunday 
All loose offerings go to the CONNECT Ministry this Sunday, July 7. We recently had the opportunity to help a couple who have been living in their truck with their dog. Their vehicle needed a new water pump for the husband to be able to drive to his new job. With your help, we were able to purchase the part and pay for the labor. The CONNECT Ministry has been in existence for over a year now. With your financial assistance, we have helped 65 families with utility bills, rent deposits, car registrations, late fees, etc. We have also been able to point clients to resources and help set them up with other agencies.

Contact Liz Huber if you have any question or comments.
Senior Adult Ministry Presents
Senior Housing Option III Program:
Legal and Financial Considerations for Senior Adults

  • Where: Parish Hall
  • Date: Saturday, July 13
  • Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Experts in financial and legal issues for senior adults discuss the comparative expenses of housing choices, explaining topics such as the cost to remain in your home versus a senior community or facility, methods to fund long-term care, development of your “Life Care Plan,” planning for and protecting your financial legacy, and other vital issues. We set aside ample time Q&A to address participants’ unique concerns.

This program is not just for senior adults. It is also suitable for other parishioners who may have concerns about their older parents or are also seeking to plan for their futures. All members of the St. Paul’s family are welcome.

The speakers include Tim Takacs, a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and our very own Mike Becker, an Investment Adviser Representative.

To register, please email Hank Mills or call him at 615-584-2396.
Lunch for the Homeless
Serve Friday Lunch—On the second and third Friday of each month, a team of six people serves lunch to the homeless and working poor at The Journey Home day shelter. Each volunteer shift lasts two hours, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This ministry is a meaningful way to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world alongside fellow parishioners. Volunteers serve once each month or as often as their schedules permit.

Please contact Liz Huber to volunteer.
Panel Build on August 10
Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) is partnering with St. Paul’s for an exciting one-day “Panel Build” event in which all of the interior and exterior walls for a Habitat house get built in just five hours! The “family-friendly” event will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in our parish parking at 116 North Academy Street in downtown Murfreesboro. 

Our Panel Build event also includes activities for the entire family, including food, entertainment, and fun for all ages. We invite people to bring the whole family to volunteer on the build, watch the construction process, be in social media, and the final team photo. Younger children will again be building and painting birdhouses during the second and third shifts.

To sign up, please click here .
International Breakfast Thank You!
A big shout out to all who helped to prepare and serve the delicious Southern breakfast held for the dancers from the International Folkfest on June 16. Our guests were from the Netherlands 🇳🇱, the Czech Republic 🇨🇿, and Germany 🇩🇪.
 
Many thanks— vielen dank—go to Bill Collins, Andi Burgess, Ann Coggins, Donna Jones, Sudi Luboniecki, Cathy Sniderman, Marlene Jones, Alicia Hollis, Anna Stewart, Sandy Gleaves, Nancy Loucky, Lisa Eveleigh, Jerry Redditt, Sue Koechlein, Martha Worley, Julia DeHart, Alice Gibson, Patricia Melvin, Patricia Petty, and last but not least Elvira Casal, who organized the event. Yes, it takes a village to serve three countries! 

 Thank you. Dank je. Danke. Děkuji.
Discipleship
We equip all for ministry
Shepherds Meet on July 21
We ask all those designated as Shepherds to gather in the downstairs Christian Education rooms on Sunday, July 21 at 9:45 a.m.  to discuss the St. Paul's Shepherding Ministry.
Interested in Attending Cursillo?
Cursillo is a program that develops Christian leaders over the course of a three-day weekend. Our upcoming event takes place from Thursday, October 3 though Sunday, October 6 at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee.

Please contact David Rowe by August 1 , if you would like to sign up and attend.
Cursillo Reunion Group
Looking for a Cursillo Reunion Group? Don’t forget there is one every Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. in the Christian Education rooms just off the main parish hall. Open to all.
Table of Abraham: God's Two Great Commandments
Abraham is considered the father of the three monotheistic faiths in the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the spirit of dialogue and in honor of Abraham, the Atlantic Institute regularly hosts a panel program that brings community leaders and clergy from the three Abrahamic faiths to engage in a dialogue about the commonalities of and common issues concerning the Abrahamic communities over delicious food.

The panel includes our very own Dr. Ron Messier , as well as Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Sheikh Osama Bahloul .
Hosted by the Atlantic Institute & St. Paul’s
 
Sunday, July 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is free, but space is limited.
You must RSVP to obtain your tickets
at no cost by clicking here .
Fellowship
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church
Adult Volunteers Needed for Our Youth Ministry
St. Paul's Youth Ministry calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness—pointing out the sacred amid the chaos of adolescence and walking faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult. It is a bridging ministry of education, connection, formation, and hopefully, transformation. We seek adult volunteers who feel called to this vital ministry and can offer any level of participation to help launch our 2019-20 program this fall.

Please contact Colin Ambrose to learn more.
Laymens's Conference
The Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee’s 73rd Annual Laymen’s Conference takes place the weekend of August 16-18, at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee. This year’s theme is from John 3:16 and features an excellent program of speakers including UT football legend Johnny Majors. Please click here for more details.

The conference fee is is now $165. Those age 65 years and older enjoy a $10 discount. Please click here to register for the conference.

St. Paul’s has a reserved block of rooms at St. Mary’s Sewanee to lodge for a separate fee.
For our list of July birthdays to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please click here .
Other News
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Lost and Found
What do these items have in common? Sunglasses, a Tennessee Titans cap, metal and plastic water bottles, jackets, a pillow left after our Lenten Series, adult sandals, and umbrellas galore. They’re all stored our Lost and Found bins in the northeast utility room off of the Parish Hall. On the last Sunday of each month, we’ll place them on display for you come by and claim. Please contact Jerry Redditt at 615-364-8700, as she leads this reunification effort. 
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Recurring Events
Oasis Contemplative Service —Meditative prayer is an ancient Christian practice that still holds meaning today as a form of worship, especially in a culture so full of noise, information, busyness, and unrest. Held the last Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in our St. Andrew’s Chapel, those who long for quiet and a profound experience of God’s presence will enjoy Oasis, an hour of reflection and silent prayer. 

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

Adult Lectionary Bible Study —On Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall, we gather examine the readings for the following Sunday. Jerry Redditt leads this group. Join us whenever you can. See item above to get the texts online, whether you attend or not.

Prayer Shawl Ministry —Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. until noon in Room 2-2

Cursillo Reunion Group —Looking for a Cursillo Reunion Group? Don’t forget there’s one every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Christian Education rooms just off the parish hall. We invite all to join us.

Summer Adult Choir —Continuing through September 2, the St. Paul's Choir does not rehearse on Wednesdays during the summer months. Instead, we meet in the choir room at 10:00 a.m. before the 11:00 a.m. service. If you'd like to try choir but are unable to attend Wednesday night rehearsals, please contact Angela Tipps to let her know you're joining us!

Movement & Balance Class —Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 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 p.m. at Libby Willis' home, 730 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 .