October 27, 2019 ✠ Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Celebration of New Ministry Eucharist Service
Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.

Join us in the joyous occasion as we set forth into a new era of ministry at St. Paul’s. Your prayers and presence are requested for the Celebration of New Ministry. The Rt. Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt will institute The Reverend Dr. Kristine Blaess as the seventh rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall.

This liturgy is like a wedding; through it the new Rector and the congregation officially "join each other," their stories, their ministries, and their futures. So please plan and rejoice together in the opening of this new page in our life as a parish family.
This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday

Stewardship 2020 - Gather, Serve, Celebrate

Please bring your pledge card to church this Sunday , so we all may offer a visible sign of our support for St. Paul’s for the coming year.

Parents, please help your children remember to bring in their mite boxes as well , so they may participate in our Stewardship offering. Please leave your child’s mite box in the large basket on the credenza in the narthex.

If you are unable to be with us this Sunday , please use the return envelope that came with it to mail it to the church office this week.

Thank you for your support of St. Paul’s!
Welcome ALL Newcomers!
This Sunday, 9:45 a.m.
St. Andrew's Chapel
 Please join us for an informal meet and greet in the Chapel on during the Christian Education Hour. Refreshments will be served. This is a great opportunity to meet others who are "new" to St. Paul's and share something of our personal faith journeys.
We grow in relationship with God through worship
Sunday School
This Sunday, October 27
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Parish Hall
David Rowe will continue our exploration of the gospel of Mark. Today we will let Mark guide us as we ask the big identity question: "Who am I and how do I get secure in who I am?" Mark 1:9-11
Parents Group
Adult Christian Education Rooms
The Parents Group is following the companion series for the Journey to Adulthood curriculum used in
our youth formation.
Children: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Parish Hall 2nd floor

*  YAC, grades 10th - 12th, St. Margaret’s Hall, Youth Room
*  J2A, grades 8th - 9th, Wise Room, Parish Hall 2-3
*  Rite 13, grades 6th - 7th, Sewanee Room , Parish Hall 2-2
This Sunday—OASIS
4-4:45 p.m. St. Andrew’s Chapel

Please join us as David Rowe leads us in a period of quiet prayer and reflection. Come and find peace and refreshment.
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community
Food Drive
This Sunday - Food Drive

St. Paul’s fourth quarter food drive will be Sunday, October 27 . Please help us collect 1,000 food items for the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank.

Needed items include:
canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, canned meats, cereal, soup, peanut butter, breakfast bars, and cereal.

“…For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matthew 25:35.
angel tree
This Sunday - St. Paul’s Angel Tree
October 27

The Angel Tree allows St. Paul’s parishioners “adopt” a preschool student to provide Christmas for that child. This year, St. Paul’s will be partnering with Mercury Court Preschool which serves 4-year-old low income or at-risk children.

Please come choose your angel and help us put big smiles on some sweet little faces!
CONNECT Ministry Update

During the most recent session, we helped a woman with her rent. She is a new student at the technical center and there had been a mix up with her GI Bill money. The money had not come in time to pay for her tuition so she paid her tuition but didn't have enough for her rent. With your help, she is able to continue her studies while having a roof over her head. Donations to CONNECT are accepted at any time. For more information contact Liz Huber .
Coldest Nights Volunteer Training
NEW DATE : November 3, 4 p.m.
St. Margaret’s Hall

Volunteers are needed for a few hours each evening the shelter is open (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm). Volunteers help the security guard check the women in, serve dinner, and provide hospitality to our homeless friends. Please consider volunteering a night or two this season. 

If you cannot attend, but wish to volunteer, let Liz Huber know. If you plan to attend, also let Liz know. Any questions, also contact Liz Huber
The Poverty Simulation: Experience & Explore "Living on the Edge"

Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
RSVP by October 27

Please join us for this interactive immersion experience that sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

Click here to sign up. 

For more information contact Liz Huber 615-584-0482.
Craft and Bake Sale
Annual Craft and Bake Sale
Sunday November 17, after all three services

Parishioners will be able to shop after each of our three worship services. We ask that participants drop off their crafts and baked good on Saturday, November 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. or on Sunday before their worship service. 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 at 615-972-4890 or at
boro-sunshine@ att.net.
We equip all for ministry
5-7 p.m., Youth Room
St. Margaret’s Hall

SNL meets tonight. 6th-12th Graders come enjoy this gathering. To learn more about SNL, contact contact Julie Gibbons .  
Book Study Postponed for This Wednesday
Because of the Celebration of New Ministry on Wednesday, our final meeting to discuss Richard Rohr's Falling Upward  will gather next Wednesday on November 6 at 6 p.m. in the Adult Christian Education rooms. We will conclude our study with chapters 11-13.

Please contact David Rowe with questions. 
Saturday, November 2

Called to Ministry?
Come learn more about the discernment process for both lay and
ordained ministries within the Episcopal Diocese of TN.

All are welcome!

November 2, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
$10 (includes lunch)
Church of the Advent
5501 Franklin Road
Nashville, TN 37220.

Signup on diocesan website edtn.org .
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church
Christmas Tea
Tuesday, November 12, 4-6:30 p.m.

The loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, beloved aunt or uncle, or a dear friend, whether recent or a while ago can make the holiday season difficult. We will reflect on the joys and memories of people we love and holidays past.

Please bring a picture, a memento, a poem, or anything special to you which you might be willing to place on a table to share.

We will share light refreshments from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with the candles and music to start at 5:30 p.m.. Friends and family are also welcome to come. Contact Jerry Reddit t at 615-364-8700.
Ladies Night Out
November 14
6-9 p.m.

Come out for an informal evening of fellowship. Ladies’ Night Out will be Thursday, November 14, 6-9 p.m. at the home of Libby Willis, 730 E. Burton Street downtown Murfreesboro. Please bring your favorite beverage and snack, time permitting.
Men's Club
November 14, 6 p.m.
Parish Hall

If you are thinking about cooking for next month’s meeting on
November 14 . , contact Tom Washer, phone, text or email : 615-519-3306.

Progressive Dinner Party
November 15, 6 p.m.
Signup by November 7

Enjoy a progressive dinner hosted by fellow St. Paul’s parishioners. At the end of the evening dessert will be at the home of our Rector, the Rev. Dr. Blaess and her husband Michael. 

Sign up by Thursday, November 7 , either in the Narthex between services or  click here to sign up online .

Same night as Parents’ Night Out. Parents , enjoy an evening on the town or at the Progressive Dinner Party, while your little ones have a fun night of activities, games, and a movie. Be sure to sign your child up for
Parents’ Night Out by Monday, November 11 on either the signup sheets located on the nursery and catechesis doors or by emailing Dierdri Matteson at dierdri.matteson@stpaulsmurfreesboro.org.

For more information, email Collier Smith or call her at 615-828-7063.
Noah's Pudding
Sunday, November 24, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Preparing and sharing the Noah’s pudding is a common practice among Muslims and Christians around the Mediterranean. It is a symbolic representation of the unity and essential relationship of humans to one another and their Creator. People prepare the pudding and share a bowl with each of their neighbors. In this practice, one has the responsibility of maintaining good relations with his or her neighbors regardless of their religion, belief or race.

Click here to RSVP or contact the church office at 615-893-3780.

For more information contact Ron Messier .
Thanksgiving Service and Meal
Thursday, November 28, 10:30 a.m.

Have no plans for Thanksgiving? Please join us on Thanksgiving Day for a traditional Thanksgiving Luncheon to be served in the Parish Hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A sign-up sheet along with our "Traditional Thanksgiving Menu" will be in the Parish Hall for your consideration.
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Celebrating Our October Birthdays
October List Attached

“O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servants whose birthdays are in October 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 October birthdays to say to send "Happy Birthday" wishes, please click here .
Other News
Vestry Nominations

The Vestry invites St. Paul’s members to submit nominations for consideration for the 2020 Vestry ballot. Potential nominees must be confirmed St. Paul’s members in good standing and at least 16 years of age. We desire mature, prayerful Christians who have freedom in their schedule and a history of financial stewardship to serve in this important leadership role in the parish. This year, we have particular focus on candidates with financial skills, experience with buildings and grounds, skills with digital communications, or gifts for building community among different groups. 
Vestry nomination forms are available on the credenza in the narthex or may be picked up in the church office. Please submit names in writing to the Sr. Warden Ed Arning or
Dr. Blaess no later than 4 p.m., Wednesday November 6. Mail hand written nominations to Dr. Blaess or Mr. Arning at 116 N. Academy St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Mr. Arning can also be contacted at edarning@gmail.com and Dr. Blaess can also be contacted at Kristine.Blaess@stpaulsmurfreesboro.org
You must obtain each individual’s permission to submit his/her name.  
After reviewing all nominations, a ballot will be created by the Vestry for voting by the members of
St. Paul’s. Nominations are also permissible from the floor of the annual meeting, set for Sunday,
December 8 during a special-called 10 a.m. service.
Those rotating off the Vestry are Ed Arning, Mike Becker, Jenny Fayter and Marta Van Hoose. Paul Adams is resigning the remainder of his term as his family moved to Franklin, TN. We are grateful to each of these Vestry members for their distinguished service.
There are the four (4) three-year seats and one (1) one-year seat to fill. Those continuing in 2020 are Joyce Adkins, Preston Akers, Kim Baumann, Justin Davis, Alex Hollis, Barry Huber, Anna Stewart and Dale Tipps.
Absentee Ballots:  If you will be absent for the Annual Meeting due to employment obligations, physical incapacitation, or absence from the Diocese of Tennessee, you may apply for an Absentee Ballot from October 28 through November 11 at 4 p.m. The Absentee Ballots will be approved at the November Vestry meeting. You will be contacted by the parish office when your application is approved. Absentee Ballots may be returned electronically or as paper ballots, and must be returned no later than 4 p.m. on December 4, 2019.
Lost & Found Items in the Parish Hall
This Sunday

Are you missing something? Maybe you left it at the church. All items in Lost & Found will be on display in the parish hall today. They include many casserole dishes and a folding lawn chair. Please claim your item. 
Our New Columbarium

On Monday, October 21, our new Columbarium was delivered and installed in the courtyard next to the Nursery wing. It's a beautiful addition to our campus and offers a final resting place for many of our parishioners going forward. The installation was a complex operation requiring a crane and taking over three hours to complete. Both the crew who operated the crane and the fabricators/installers who built the unit in their workshop in Minnesota, delivered, and installed it, took great pride in completing the work for the people of St. Paul's.   
Fabricators/Installers: Jordon Hviding and Joseph MacPhee
Crane Operators: Gary Heath and Donny Agee

To view a few videos of the impressive columbarium installation see below.

Video 1 click here

Video 2 click here
Newcomer’s Stewardship Gathering

On Friday, October 18, Marlene and Mike Becker graciously hosted St. Paul's newcomers for a dinner and presentation on stewardship. Everyone was able to share what St. Paul's means to them and their plans for continuing to be involved in church ministries.
Junior Choristers Perform

The junior choristers, grades two through five, sang an Argentine folk melody called
“A Song of Hope” on Sunday. Their director is Rachel Lapinski, and they rehearse in the choir room on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.. They will join the senior choristers and adult choir on Wednesday, October 30, for the Celebration of a New Ministry installing Dr. Kristine Blaess as our new rector.
Archives Ministry at Work

St. Paul's is lucky to have a dedicated group working on making our records safe and accessible. They are currently focused on digitizing hard copy records into searchable databases. They are ready to assist you with any search of our records.
Would you like to know what is going on in our diocese? Visit edtn.org to find all the news about the Diocese of Tennessee (geographically it is the Middle Tennessee area).

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Recurring Events
Weekly Centering Prayer —On the Sundays the Oasis Contemplative Service is not held , we 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.

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. 

Senior Choristers (Grades 6 and up) Sundays , 4:30 - 5 p.m. (just before Sunday Night Live), in the choir room. Conductor: Garrett Doo.

Sunday Night Live (SNL) —6th-12th Graders come enjoy this gathering. To learn more about SNL, contact Julie Gibbons at julie.gibbons@stpaulsmurfreesboro.org

Mid-Week Worship Service Wednesdays 7 - 7:30 a.m. in St. Andrews Chapel. A short and simple Rite One celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Lectionary Bible Study Wednesdays from 9 - 10:30 a.m. upstairs in the Parish Hall, we gather to examine the readings for the following Sunday. Jerry Redditt leads this group. Join us whenever you can. Click here to find the scriptures online (use Track 1), 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 Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Christian Education rooms just off the parish hall. We invite all to join us.

Junior Choristers (Grades 2-5) Wednesdays , 5 - 5:45 p.m. in the choir room. Conductor:
Rachel Lapinski.

Adult Choir Wednesdays , 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. in the choir room. Director: Angela Tipps

Movement & Balance Class Thursdays from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Christian Education Rooms 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 - 11 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,

Men's Club --Held the second Thursday of each month , 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.