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

April 10, 2018
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

A week or so ago during a staff meeting we engaged in an exercise based on the Book of Ecclesiastes.   We began by imagining we were walking into a clock shop with hundreds of clocks all set to different times.  We then reflected on how that experience might make us feel.  Most of us agreed that it might cause our anxiety level to increase at least slightly...


On Friday, April 27 th , SAGES will make a Day Trip to Wynnewood, Tennessee's Largest 19th Century Log Structure, located at 210 Hwy 25W, Castilian Springs, TN 37031. The cost for the tour is $8.00 and to ride the bus it will be $5.00. The bus will leave at 8:45 A.M...

Family, Food, Fellowship, Faith, and Fun for the whole Family!
Wednesday Night Together offers a full menu of delicious food, warm table fellowship, and wonderful classes and groups for all ages!
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Church Family Dinner

Reservations due by 12:00 p.m. Monday
$6.00/Adult, $2.00/Children and MTSU Students, $20.00/Family Max

6:00 - 7:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAISE for Children
April 4 - 25: HYMNSTORY - Led by Brian Seadorf and Rev. Mary Dicken
BUTLER'S BOOK CLUB - Led by Butler Touchton

CLICK HERE to view the current 2018 WNT BROCHURE
Youth News 

We are now taking registrations for the Junior High Mission trip!!   For the trip this year, we will be headed down to Atlanta July 8th through 13th. We will be working with the organization The DOOR, whose mission is to "See the face of God in the City". The cost of the trip is $300 which includes everything for the week. For details and to sign up please go to and click on the Junior High Mission link on the front page.  A $50 deposit is due with registration by April the 15th.   
All St. Mark's Women are invited to join in a special day away called

"Never Alone : Exchanging Your Tender Hurts for God's Healing Grace "

where we'll experience hope and encouragement 
that as our plans, hearts and lives change, God doesn't miss a beat!
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m..  Franklin First UMC
  • Cost - $35 includes:
    • Live Worship
    • Breakout Sessions
    • Shop with a Mission Vendors
    • Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snacks included
We will take a church bus and travel together, Departing St. Mark's at 7:45 a.m., returning by 5:00 p.m.   We have several women already registered to attend, but there is room for more!  Reserve your seat on the bus as soon as possible by contacting Rev. Martha Touchton!  For more information, CLICK HERE.
St. Mark's Confirmands on Retreat!

St. Mark's 2018 Confirmation Class will be attending a special confirmation retreat at Cedar Crest Camp Friday - Sunday, April 13 - 15, along with Rev. Martha Touchton and parent chaperone Lisa Wells. This retreat will focus on the membership vows of The United Methodist Church, as the participants explore what prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness look like in their own lives and also engage with the sacraments of baptism and communion. 

The main objective of this retreat is to help confirmands prepare to answer God's call on their lives. Each confirmand and leader will be invited to create a stole, recalling and recording highlights of their faith journeys using words or symbols. The retreat will feature hands-on activities and games as well as worship services led by area ministers and youth leaders.
St. Mark's Spring Book Swap!

Sunday, April 15: Bring up to 20 books to swap and receive one ticket for each book. All books due at St. Mark's by Friday, April 20th.

Sunday, April 22:
Use your tickets to "purchase" some news books to read, one book per ticket!

No books to trade?
Simply bring one CAN of food to "pay"          for each book you would like! One Can = One Book.

Register Now for Cedar Crest Camp 

Cedar Crest Camp is a beautiful place for children and youth to experience God and meet new friends while having an exciting camping experience in a caring environment! St. Mark's will coordinate shared transportation to/from camp the weeks of June 17-22 and July 8 - 13, but children and youth can attend any week of camp they prefer. 

  See the Whole Article Here
Beautiful Beersheba Assembly Offers  Summer Camps for All Ages!
St. Mark's VBS is going to be AWESOME!   

Save the Date!
June 24 - 28, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 12:15 p.m.
St. Mark's Banquet Hall
Reserve your lunch or child care 
with Rev. Touchton
Take the river less paddled!  Volunteer to serve as a shepherd or helper today! 

When you pass through the waters, 
I will be with you. - Isaiah 43:2
In Other News...

View Our Current Prayer List

Mission Team Report and Stats CLICK HERE

See Our Full Event Calendar

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