The newsletter for St. Mark's UMC in Murfreesboro, TN
"The Messenger"  Online Newsletter

July 31, 2018
From the Pastor
Rev. Tommy Ward
The Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower known for its unintended tilt. Apparently, the ground on which the tower was built was too soft to provide a solid foundation, causing it to lean. It's interesting to note that the tower doesn't lean as much today as it did when it was completed in the 14th century thanks to intentional efforts to stabilize the tower before it collapsed.
On Thursday of this week, Tennesseans will take to the polls to vote for, among other things, the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. If you're like me, you have your leanings as to which candidate you'll support in the primary. Sometimes our leanings can worsen to the point that things become unstable for ourselves, our community, and our world. When that happens, it's important for us to consider our foundation. 
One of my favorite hymns in "My Hope is Built." On Thursday, I want my vote and my hope to reflect the solid foundation of my faith in Christ. And if those I vote for don't win, Christ will still be "my hope and stay."Rev. 

Tommy Ward
Senior Pastor
August Worship Schedule/Next Step Class

We return to our two worship service schedule this Sunday, August 5th, at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. with Christian Education for all ages at 9:45 a.m.

Also, our Next Step Class begins this Sunday at 9:45 a.m. during the Christian Education hour.  Anyone who is new to the church or just wants to learn more about St. Mark's is invited to attend.

If you want to reserve a niche in the Columbarium please check at the church office for the proper paper work. Thanks to our Columbarium Committee whose members are Bob Richardson, Mary Leigh Beers and Josh Brown.
Seventeen Sages had a wonderful time last Tuesday enjoying the Cumberland County Playhouse's production of "Legally Blonde." Lunch was Dutch treat at the Cumberland State Park at 11:00 A.M. The matinee was at 1 PM ...

Youth News 

We had a great time at Summer Sizzler this past weekend! We had three members win CCYM positions while there: Madison Beckman; President, Georgia Touchton; Vice President, and Helen Grace Daniel; Secretary. Congratulations for sweeping the elections!

We have already started our Youth Week events. Monday was rafting the Ocoee. The other events are Messy Games at church on Tuesday, volleyball at Sportscom on Wednesday, bingo at The Rutherford on Thursday morning, followed by Way of Hope meal preparation Thursday evening, trivia night at church on Friday, and explore Nashville day on Saturday. Check the website or flyers for details on times.

Speaking of Way of Hope on Thursday, everyone is encouraged to help prepare meals and serve the people staying at St. Mark's - this is a great opportunity to serve the community and make a difference in the world!

Sunday will be promotion day followed by the End of Summer party at MTSU in the evening! Things start at 4:30 and will be over at 7:30. Several options will be available, including indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, and other activities! The main course for dinner will be provided. Those with last names starting with A-H bring a side dish, I-Q bring a dessert, and R-Z bring 2-liter drinks. Our new 7th graders will be joining us, and this is always a fun event! Hope to see everyone there - friends are welcome!!

Finally, we will have a parent's meeting in the next few weeks to cover all the fall activities we are planning and answer any questions parents may have. Look out for details on the exact date.    

Join the fun as we kick off
Wednesday Night Together 2018-2019  with

Wednesday at Wesley

We will have our meal as well as options for service, prayer and fellowship as well asa worship on the MTSU Campus. Begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

St. Mark's Fall Hygiene Supplies Drive for Reeves Rogers

Please donate these items for students' basic hygiene needs: Baby wipes, Dry Shampoo, Spray Deodorant, Elastic Ponytail Holders, Toothbrush & Toothpaste, Children's Underwear and Socks.   Bring Your Donations to St. Mark's UMC Collection Center in the Narthex By Sunday, August 26th

Mentor a Child at Reeves Rogers

A new school year is upon us providing an opportunity for you to be a special friend (mentor) to a Reeves Rogers student.   The goal of our mentoring program is to provide friendship and be a support person in the life of a child.    You meet with your student as your schedule allows. To volunteer or receive more information, contact Mary Jane Henry (615-631-1902) Peggy Jackson (615-890-4605) or Margie Jennings (615-890-2221).

"Back to School Blessings" 

St. Mark's UMC is proud to be the spiritual home of so many teachers!  As you return to the classroom , we want you to remember that "God's Got your Back," and experience the prayers and support of your church family!  So please come be a part of one of St. Mark's special "Back to School Blessings" and receive one of these "God's Got Your Back" backpack tags, Sunday, August 12th during the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship services.

Positive Parenting Program

The way we parent our children moment-to-moment, day-to-day has a huge impact on a child's future behavior and health. Despite this fact, very few parents receive training for the most important job they will ever have-being a parent. The Family Center works alongside parents to build connection and empathy with their children. Parents learn about the developmental stages of their child, strategies for modifying behavior, and how to connect with their child in a deeper way. Who benefits from attending a parenting group? Everyone!

Positive Parenting  uses education, skill building, and personal insights to help moms, dads, or other family caregivers be the best parents possible! The Family Center is excited to partner with St. Mark's United Methodist to offer an 8-week Positive Parenting Program. Parents also have an opportunity to bring their children during this time. While the parents learn new skills, our wonderful children's coaches work with the children to build their knowledge on a variety of topics like emotions and safety. 

The program will begin, Thursday, September 6th. Registration link will open on August 16th.

We invite you to join us or invite someone you know! For more information on programs, becoming a donor, volunteering, or registering please call 615-890-4673 or visit
In Other News...

Thank You from Mission u 

Rev. Ward and Staff,

The Conference UMW could never thank you enough for your gracious hospitality during "Mission u". Year after year you continue to welcome us with open arms.  St. Mark's is known as inviting, intentional, and fun.  I see this in many ways but mostly among the staff, your cooperative spirit, and your willingness to serve all without reserve.  God bless you each and everyone! Love and blessings,

Lyla Beasley and TN Conference Mission u Staff

New Group Forming at St. Mark's!   A new class for twenty-somethings who have completed college is now meeting at St. Mark's!  Join us Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45 in Room 1117 near the Sanctuary.   For more information, contact Rev. Touchton at

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