August 18, 2019 ✠ Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Paul's Welcome to The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess and Family
"The Vestry commends you, the people of St. Paul's, for your truly gracious welcome of our seventh rector and her family on August 11. Thank you for your presence that day and for your continued presence and support of Kristine's ministry in the days to come. The celebration was just another reminder of the love of Jesus Christ that flows freely through this congregation" Ed Arning, Senior Warden.

The Vestry's Parish Life Committee, Anna Stewart, Marta Van Hoose, Kim Bauhmann, and Jenny Fayter, would like to thank everyone who made the delicious casseroles or brought food for Kristine's reception last Sunday and to those who helped set-up or clean-up as well. It was a lovely gathering of the St. Paul's family to welcome the Blaess family.
From Kristine

"Thank you, St. Paul’s members, for the warmth and generosity of your welcome to Michael, Jack, Natalie, and me last Sunday. We feel incredibly blessed to be with you all. Being with you all on Sunday felt like coming home and we are thrilled to be here!" Kristine+
More Photos from the Reception
Fall Kickoff Weekend
August 24 & 25
Saturday, August 24, 5-7 p.m.
Parish Picnic: Welcoming the Blaess Family
All ages are invited as we welcome everyone back from their summer adventures and kick off the Christian Education year. We will have barbecue, a sundae station, bounce house, plus lots of games and fun in the parish courtyard! Please bring a chair, along with a side or dessert to share. We will need more sides than desserts. 
Sunday, August 25, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults Resumes
Special Adult Teacher: “Journey to Adulthood” is an Episcopal youth formation program used at St. Paul’s. Heidi Carter, from "Journey to Adulthood", will speak to the adults about this formation program and how the church can support our youth as they grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and become the men and women God intends them to be.
Sunday, August 25, 5-7 p.m.
Youth Pool Party 
Youth Sunday Night Live kicks off with a youth pool party at the home of Chip and Aimee Hoover (1547 Georgetown Lane). We will enjoy pizza, fun, and fellowship. All youth 6th through 12th grade are invited. Email the Rev. Colin with any questions.
We grow in relationship with God through worship
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! 
Centering Prayer This Sunday

Centering Prayer will meet in the chapel this Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Next Sunday August 25
4 p.m. in St. Andrew's Chapel
Oasis is an opportunity for you to enjoy a brief time (30-40 minutes) in restful quiet, reflecting on scripture or spiritual readings and praying. It is known as a contemplative method of worship, and it happens on the last Sunday each month. Please join us in the chapel for a refreshing hiatus from a busy day.
Joint Sunday Service with First Baptist Church
Sunday, September 8, 10:30 a.m. 
Jesus’ prayer for us is that all Christians will be united. Join us to worship with members of First Baptist Church and to hear from renowned Episcopal theologian Miraslov Volf on Sunday, September 8, 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church. That morning St. Paul’s will still hold the 7:30 a.m. service in the nave, but not the 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. services.
Miroslav Volf
Miroslav Volf is “one of the most celebrated theologians of our day” (Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams). He is Founder and Director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School. He studied philosophy and theology in his native Croatia and United States, and earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. His book Exclusion and Embrace (1996) was a winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion and Christianity Today named it one of the 100 most important religious books of the 20th century. He was a member of the Global Agenda Council of World Economic Forum on Faith and Values and for three years taught a course on Faith and Globalization with Prime Minister Tony Blair.
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community
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 .
Habitat Update

The Habitat for Humanity Panel Build this past Saturday, August 10, was a success as all of the internal and external wall panels were built and set up in the parking lot. By the end of the day the skeleton of a complete home was standing in one area of the parking lot. The panels for this home will be taken, at a later date, to 523 Castle Street (about six blocks from St. Paul’s) where the house will be finally constructed. Upon completion, it will become the home of Rafaela and Carlos. 

The Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess, her husband Michael and their daughter Natalie were joined by the Rev. Colin Ambrose and his daughter Clara during the day. It was an extremely hot day on Saturday, but in spite of the heat, 86 volunteers worked during five shifts to build the panels. St. Paul’s contributed 237.75 volunteer hours. Rafaela and her daughter Anna also participated in the panel build and they were overcome with the welcoming and warm spirit of the people of St. Paul’s. This volunteer effort is another reminder of why St. Paul’s remains a downtown church to minister to the people in our downtown footprint.
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church
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
Gift to St. Paul's From Death Row Inmate
Last Sunday we received and blessed this beautiful framed cross created by death row inmate Jessie Dotson. It was given to reflect the appreciation of the men on Death Row for the work of St Paul’s Death Row Ministry. It is truly a beautiful gift from an unexpected place.

We know that Jessie would greatly appreciate receiving thank you notes from us. Any wishing to send him one, please send it to:
Jessie Dotson, #241710; RMSI, 7375 Cockrill Bend Blvd.; Nashville, TN 37209.
If you are interested in becoming involved in our Death Row Ministry, please contact Hank Mills .
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Recurring Events
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!

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.

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.

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.

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 .