August 11, 2019 ✠ Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Worship
We grow in relationship with God through worship
The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess
Seventh Rector of St. Paul’s
Celebrates This Sunday
A Warm Welcome This Sunday
Dr. Blaess celebrates and preaches at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services this Sunday, August 11.

Along with filling the pews for her first Holy Eucharist at St. Paul's, we invite everyone to attend a reception held in the parish hall from 9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m. Please join us as we warmly welcome Kristine and her family, giving thanks for this special day.

If you are interested in bringing a breakfast casserole to help feed the crowd, please contact Anna Stewart .
Death Row Cross Blessing
At both services, we will bless a cross that death row inmate Jesse Dotson created and gifted to us. We will display this cross at St. Paul’s as a visible reminder of our commitment to prison ministries. Those involved are called to be a presence in the lives of those condemned to die. It is rewarding, yet at times, emotionally demanding. Visitors are not appellate lawyers nor are they investigators. They are visitors who over time, develop close relationships with the inmates they visit, providing support to those who otherwise would have none. Simply put, they do what Jesus instructs us to do in Matthew 25:36b, “I was sick, and you took care of me, I was in prison, and you visited me.”

If you are interested in becoming involved in our Death Row Ministry, please contact Hank Mills .
Ronald "Ronny" Clemmons Memorial Fund
This charitable fund is dedicated to further prison and contemplative ministries at St. Paul’s. Thus far, our community has contributed $2,700. If you are interested in donating as well, please write “Ronald Clemmons Memorial Fund” on the “Give” envelope found in the pew or the memo field if writing a check.
Centering Prayer meets this Sunday afternoon in St. Andrew's Chapel at 4 o'clock 
Summer Choir Schedule
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 singing at 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! 
choir
Outreach
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community
Third Annual Panel Build on August 10
Remember to come for the shift you signed up for between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m .
Connect Ministry Update
Monday was our most recent session. With your support, we were able to assist six clients with housing issues, partial utility payments, and resources for food boxes, diapers, and connection with a domestic violence counselor.

One example: L.J. and her husband first came in July seeking assistance for their past due rent due to loss of jobs. At that time, we sent them to an agency for budgeting, job placement, and rental assistance. She came back on Monday to let us know they both found better jobs and paid off their past due rent. We assisted L.J. and her husband with a past due utility bill, which now allows them to start again with a clean slate.

Thank you for your support with the CONNECT Ministry. Monetary donations are always accepted.

Contact Liz Huber for more information.
L to R: Dan Felciano, Donna Jones, Liz Huber, Debby James, and David Rowe
Craft and Bake Sale
Annual Craft and Bake Sale
This popular fundraiser occurs on Sunday, November 17 , in the parish hall after each of our three worship services. We’re advertising early since several contributors appreciate added lead time to craft their offerings. Remember, 100% of our proceeds go toward the rector’s discretionary fund and the CONNECT Ministry. If you have questions or need help starting your project, please contact Alice Gibson .
 
Items needed for projects —Kindly drop off your dryer lint, cardboard tubes, and small tins to the labeled bin in the parish hall.
Insight Luncheon on August 15
Since its founding in 1996, the Murfreesboro office of Insight Counseling Centers has provided compassionate, life-changing care to individuals, families, and couples in Rutherford County with support from local congregations, foundations, businesses, and generous individuals.

Insight Murfreesboro’s Annual Appreciation Luncheon acknowledges the many hands that make our work possible! The luncheon on Thursday, August 15 at 11:30 at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, includes lunch, a presentation about the Center’s recent accomplishments, music, fellowship, and interactive fundraising activities to benefit clients in need of Insight’s income-based fee assistance.

Approximately 70% of clients seen in the Murfreesboro office make use of the income-based fee scale. Your support is crucial to providing clients access to affordable mental health care.

Please contact Abbie or visit Insight’s Facebook page ( click here ) to register.
Golf Fore Hope Annual Charity Scramble
INSPIRITUS (formerly Lutheran Services of Tennessee) Annual Charity Scramble tees off on Monday, September 23 at Stones River Country Club. Shotgun Start begins at 12:45 p.m. Registration is open until September 16 (please click here) . Sponsorship opportunities are available. Proceeds support Healthy Garden Program, My Canvas Program, and others. Please consider playing in Golf Fore Hope.  

For more information, contact Janet Arning .
Discipleship
We equip all for 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.
Fellowship
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.
Senior Adult Ministry's Coffee & Conversation
There is a time (usually the first Friday of the month) and a place (Adult Christian Education Classrooms) that the 65 and older bunch gather for the joy of sharing coffee and conversation. This casual, informal, yet sometimes festive open house style get-together features good food, coffee and plenty of time (9:30-11 a.m.) to visit and table hop. Janelee Wise hosted this August 2 assembly. Marsha and Franklin Bennett arrived early with bags of homemade cookies and a delicious Jell-O and fresh fruit salad to fill out the snack table.  The Rev. Gene Wise blessed us with an opening prayer.  

It’s always good to see new faces. One newcomer, with a look of awe on her face, remarked, “This is nice.” It is a welcoming place of fellowship and community where one feels delighted to reunite with old friends and acquaintances and make new ones. The next meeting is on Friday, September 6 . If you are 65 or older, we invite you to join us. Mark your calendar now. We will also meet on October 4 and November 1 .

If you have questions, please call Sandy Bragg at 615-556-3486.
Celebrating Our August Birthdays
“O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants whose birthdays are in August as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP, p. 830)

For our list of August birthdays to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please click here .
Other News
Columbaria
St. Paul’s currently has one columbarium on its campus inside the beautiful Chapel of the Good Shepherd, located in the south transept of the nave. Construction has begun on a new outdoor columbarium sited between the nave’s north exterior wall and the nursery wing. Recently a concrete pad got poured for the structure’s base, and the black marble columbarium arrives in late autumn. During the next few months, the Columbarium Committee will share more information with the parish.

Please contact Jerry Redditt with any questions regarding the current and new columbaria.
L to R: Stan Golden, Newt Malloy, Richard Detmer, and Dick Tallent
The Archive Committee
While they may meet in relative obscurity, the work this committee does is crucial, especially in today's Information Age. They currently are examining all our old parish registers that chronicle facts about communicants, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funerals. Committee members transcribe these vital handwritten details from paper into a computer application that indexes the information into a searchable database.

We invite parishioners to share their old pictures and other items to add to our archives. The committee continues to convert hard copy documents and photographs into digital form, adding them all to St. Paul's electronic records archive.
Forward Day by Day
This booklet of daily inspirational meditations reflects on a specific Bible passage, chosen from the daily lectionary readings as listed in the Revised Common Lectionary or the Daily Office from the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer.

The meditations are rich in substance and offer a wide range of witness and experiences. A different author writes each month’s reflection.

Inspiring readers since our first issue was published in 1935, Forward Day by Day remains a significant resource for daily prayer and Bible study to more than a half-million readers worldwide.

Copies of this quarter's edition are available in the narthex.
Did you know there's a weekly diocesan eNewsletter?
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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 two to three 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 at 615-364-8700.
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 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 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.

Lectio Divina —A small group meets in St. Andrew's Chapel to practice lectio divina on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Don’t worry if you’ve never practiced this spirit-filled prayer tradition before, as others will be on hand to help you learn. If you plan to attend, contact Nancy Carter at 615-554-5371 or nancy.w.carter@gmail.com .
 
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 a.m. before singing at 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!

Movement & Balance Class *UPDATE* In August, there will be alternate locations. Contact Jim for more information. 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 —Held the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Libby Willis' home, 730 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 .
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