June 9, 2019 • Pentecost Sunday
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Pentecost Sunday

One Worship Service - 10 AM

Followed by an On-Campus Picnic
Join us on June 9 at 10 am as we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost , giving thanks for God's gift of the Holy Spirit. We will gather in the nave for this beautiful service, followed by an
on-campus potluck cookout. We'll provide barbecue and buns, but ask folks to bring their favorite side dish or dessert. Activities include our annual cakewalk and several games for the kids.
No Weekly Centering Prayer this Sunday
We will NOT meet this Sunday. Centering Prayer will return next Sunday June 16 at 4 pm . Please contact Michael Miller or Nancy Carter for more information.
Centering Prayer Red
Our Sympathy

We offer our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Billie Freitag upon her death this past week. Ms. Billie was a longtime member of St. Paul’s. Her service will be at Forest Lawn in Palm Springs, California.

Ms. Billie Freitag (December 13, 1932 - June 3, 2019)
Acolytes Needed
We’re looking for new 4th-graders (or are turning nine by December 31, 2019), any older youth who haven’t served but would like to, former acolytes who would consider returning to serving, and even adults who would like to help. We are particularly short-handed for the 11 o’clock service. We are willing to schedule training to suit your needs but need to know who you are. If you (or your youth) are in any of the categories mentioned, please contact George Carlson at VistanTN@BLomand.net or (931) 307-9094 (voice or text).
Bishop Visitation on June 23 
The Rt. Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt , will conduct his official Episcopal Visitation at St. Paul's on Sunday, June 23. The bishop will officiate both services, including the sacramental rite of confirmation .
Confirmations on June 23
The Rt. Reverend John Bauerschmidt makes his annual visit to St. Paul’s to confirm and receive all those who wish to grow more fully into the life of our parish family. Confirmation is available for those who have never been confirmed in a Christian church other than the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; reception is for confirmed Catholics and Lutherans (ELCA).

In confirmation we 1) confirm our baptismal vows, 2) commit ourselves to active life in this parish, and 3) receive an infusion of the Holy Spirit. At the same, time the congregation commits itself to you as together we grow in faith and grace. 

If you wish to be confirmed or received, please let Fr. Colin know.
Summer Choir Schedule
Beginning this Sunday, June 2, 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 before the 11:00 service. If you'd like to try choir but were not able to attend Wednesday night rehearsals, please contact Angela Tipps to let her know you're joining us! 
We equip all for ministry
During our summer schedule, we will not hold regular Christian Formation classes. We will resume them in August.
St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School

70 children participated this week in St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School, learning that God is good. He is good even when life: is unfair (day 1), is scary (day 2), changes (day 3), is sad (day 4), and is good (day 5). To help them discover the goodness of God, they learned about the Israelites time in Egypt and their journey to the Promise Land.

Thirty-three volunteers made VBS possible. We are so grateful for our volunteers!

Special thanks is given to Cindy Guevart, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Cindy worked countless hours to make this year’s VBS a big success.

Cursillo Reunion Group
Looking for a Cursillo Reunion Group? Don’t forget there is one every Wednesday afternoon at 5 in the Christian Ed. rooms off the parish hall. Open to all.
Lectio Divina on Thursdays
Lectio divina (Latin for “divine reading”) is a contemplative way of reading the Bible that dates back to the early centuries of the Christian Church. Benedict established it as a monastic practice in the 6th century. It’s a way of praying the scriptures that leads us deeper into God’s word: we slow down, we read a short passage more than once, we chew it over slowly and carefully, and we savor it. Scripture begins to speak to us in a new way. It speaks to us personally, and aids that union we have with God through Christ who is himself the Living Word. 

Beginning Thursday, June 13 , we’ll meet weekly from 9:45 to 10:45 am in the Sewanee Room (2-2) to practice lectio divina . Don’t worry if you've never practiced this spirit-filled prayer tradition before, as others are on hand to help you learn. For more information, please contact  Nancy Carter .
Special Edition Christian Education Class
On Sunday, June 16, at 9:45 in the Adult Education Room, this year’s Education for Ministry (EfM) participants will host a unique class entitled, “What We Have Learned This Year About Interfaith Dialogue.” It’s also an excellent opportunity for those considering enrolling in EfM for the upcoming year to learn more about the program and discover how it works. Bill Whitesell is our moderator.
Journeying in the Wilderness
Our second grief support group begins Monday, June 17, and continues through August 5. It is an eight-week group for those who have lost a loved one through death. The group meets in the library with Jerry Redditt and Kristi Hay facilitating. Based on Scripture and biblical images, it provides an opportunity to learn and share about the journey of the wilderness of grief. Please contact Kristi at (615) 962-0360 soon, as limited space is available. 
Sunday Worship Readings
Would you like to read the scripture appointed for an upcoming service before the usher hands you a bulletin? The Lectionary Page offers a liturgical calendar that links to the appointed Collect and Psalm from the Book of Common Prayer as well as the First Lesson, Epistle, and Gospel from the New Revised Standard Version Bible.
Subscribe to St. Paul’s Sermon Podcast
Missed a Sunday sermon or want to hear it again? Subscribe and listen on the go for that week’s or more than 40 others from our pulpit by searching for “Sermons from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church” on Apple and Google podcasts. We invite you to share your favorites with friends and family.
We bring seekers into the fellowship of the Church

Ladies’ Night Out
Please join us on Thursday, June 13, anytime between 6:00 and 9:00 pm at Libby Willis' home, 730 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. It's a very casual evening intended simply for fellowship. People typically bring whatever beverage they might like to drink. If your day permits, bring a snack to share as well. Hope to see you! Call Libby with questions at (615) 545-0220.
Seniors Coffee and Conversation
Our next gathering occurs Friday, June 14, from 9:30 to
11 am in the Christian education rooms behind the Parish Hall. Please note because of Vacation Bible School this event takes place a week later than usual.
Note The NEW Date --
Youth Summer Swim Party!

SignUpGenius link coming soon!
Pool Party
Youth and Parents Labyrinth Experience
  • Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • Time: 4 to 6:30 PM
  • Location: St. Paul's Parish Hall

Jerry Redditt will teach us about the Labyrinth as we experience this meditative practice. Dinner provided following the walk. 

SignUpGenius link coming soon!
Laymen's Conference
The Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee’s 73rd Annual Laymen’s Conference takes place the weekend of August 16–18, 2019, 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 $155 if you register by July 1, 2019, and $165 after that date. 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 June Birthdays to say or send “Happy Birthday” wishes, please click here .
We bring the love of Christ to the larger community.
Calling All Cooks!
We need volunteers to bring delicious breakfast casseroles (and more) as we host a meal on Saturday, June 15 from 9:30 to 11 am for International FolkFest dancers who've traveled to Murfreesboro from as far away as the Czech Republic , Netherlands , and Germany .

Our breakfast last year was highly praised, thanks to the culinary achievements and friendliness of our parish. If you'd like to contribute this year , please sign up to bring one of the casseroles or other dishes on our menu. Food should be ready to serve in the Parish Hall no later than 9:00 am .

For questions, please email Elvira Casal at ecasal@gmail.com or call (615) 895-9692
Other News
Friday Night Live

June 7, from 6:30-9:30 pm on the historic public square. Bring your lawn chair and dancin’ shoes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the music of ENTICE.

Sponsored by Main Street Murfreesboro.
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After logging in, select the fund: Pledge Account. You will have the option to make a single gift or to set up recurring donations.

Thanks for supporting St. Paul’s
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. 
More Photos from VBS
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 pm in 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 pm for one hour of centering prayer. Please contact
Michael Miller or Nancy Carter for more information.

Adult Lectionary Bible Study —On Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 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 —Wednesday mornings at 10:30 until noon in Room 2-2

Cursillo Reunion Group --Looking for a Cursillo Reunion Group? Don’t forget there’s one every Wednesday afternoon at 5 in the Christian Ed. rooms off the parish hall. Open to all.

Summer Adult Choir Beginning Sunday June 2, 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 before the 11:00 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 —Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 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 —Thursday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45 in the Sewanee Room (2-2). With its name meaning “divine reading” in Latin, we follow the traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation, and prayer, promoting communion with God and increasing the knowledge of God's Word. Lectio divina does not treat Scripture as merely texts to study but as the Living Word. Newcomers always welcome. Please contact Nancy Carter to learn more.

Ladies’ Night Out —Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at Libby Willis' home, 730 East Burton Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 .
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