July 14, 2019 • Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess officially becomes our seventh rector in early August. She will celebrate her first Holy Eucharist with us on Sunday, August 11.
Getting to Know Dr. Blaess
Kristine Blaess (pronounced BLAZE) was born in Bozeman, Montana and lived there until she attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. While she was growing up, Kristine loved being outdoors around Bozeman, camping, hiking, and skiing. She enjoyed school and especially loved her music classes, playing piano, organ, trumpet, and singing in the choir. In high school, she was part of the speech and debate team and was an athletic trainer for the sports teams. In college, Kristine was interested in math and science and got her degree in Music (Organ). 

Kristine’s parents, John and Joann, still live in the Bozeman area. John spent his career as a chemistry professor at Montana State University, a school of more than 16,000 students, while Joann split time as an elementary school teacher and a member of the MSU administrative staff. In coming to St. Paul’s, Kristine will be in familiar surroundings of a vibrant college town and all that it brings to the table. An interesting Tennessee footnote: Her father did post-doctoral work at Oak Ridge. Kristine’s brother Eric also lives in the Bozeman area and owns a custom cabinetry business that caters to luxury homes. He started his company at the ripe old age of 18!
We grow in relationship with God through worship
Thank You Father Bob!

St. Paul’s is incredibly blessed to have the Rev. Dr. W. Robert “Bob” Abstein II with us, especially during this transitional period. We appreciate Father Bob’s kind and passionate service. His ministry spans six decades, serving in parishes in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, notably as rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville from 1994 to 2004. 
Farewell to Amy Jackson
At both worship services this Sunday, we will say farewell to Amy Jackson, who served as our Interim Youth Ministry Coordinator. Amy accepted a much-desired appointment as a Gifted Specialist with Murfreesboro City Schools. During her time at St. Paul's, Amy led our lay volunteers to strengthen the youth ministry and became a well-loved member of our ministry team. Our parish will miss her, and we pray for her happiness in her new work. Into the fall, the youth planning committee and clergy will continue the momentum she built. Look for exciting news about this in the coming weeks. 
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! 
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community
Food Drive
Food Drive on July 28
“For I was hungry, and you gave me food.” Matthew 25:35

St. Paul’s third-quarter food drive is only two weeks away. Please help us meet our goal to collect 1,000 much-needed food items for the local Nourish Food Bank (formerly the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank).
In the narthex after each worship service next Sunday, July 21, our ushers will hand you one of our eye-catching red St. Paul’s produce bags. We invite you to take it home, load it up, and bring it back filled with love and food on Sunday, July 28.
Panel Build on August 10
Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) is partnering with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for an exciting one-day Panel Build event in which all of the interior and exterior walls for a Habitat house are built in just 5 hours! The family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the church at 116 North Academy Street in downtown Murfreesboro.

The Habitat St. Paul’s Panel Build event will also include activities for the entire family, including food, entertainment and fun for all ages. People are invited to bring the whole family to volunteer on the build and watch the construction process. During the second and third shifts children younger than 11 years old will build and paint bird houses, and nursery will also be available during those shifts 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Lunch and event t-shirts will be provided. Waiver forms for panel build volunteers will be required to be signed at on-site check in.

To sign up, please click here .
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.
We equip all for ministry
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.
Click here to view the Summer 2019 edition of The Epistle.
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 Shepherd Ministry.
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.
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 .
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.
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church
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
A Job That Needed Doing
For those who've worked in the Parish Hall in the past, especially in the kitchen, the pantry, and the storage room, you remember how disorganized and crowded these areas had grown. Over time, our kitchen became an overflow space for racks of dishes. Oddly-sized utensils with no appropriate storage place, cluttered its work surfaces. Our pantry had no real system for most food and other items stored there. Our storage room, in particular, was hard even to enter, let alone efficiently use.

The parish owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Jerry Redditt and her crew of volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and dedicated untold hours organizing these spaces. They discarded things that didn't belong. They designated locations for things that did. They neatly labeled everything. These chores were tedious, comprehensive, and ever so necessary.

We invite you to ask Jerry for a guided tour of the transformative improvements that she and her crew made. You'll be impressed!
Sally Hughes and Jerry Redditt
(left to right) Donna Jones, Debbie James, Marta Van Hoose, Jerry Redditt, and Patricia Melvin
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Lost and Found
Items found throughout the church are placed in bins in the storage room off parish hall. Anyone can look at any time. Umbrellas are placed in a holder in the narthex. Items are kept 2 to 3 months, and then donated. All items will be displayed the last Sunday of each month in the parish hall. If you have questions please call Jerry Redditt 615 364 8700.
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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 .