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

January 16, 2018
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Happy New Year!

I hope everybody is off to a great start in 2018. We are continuing our worship series on Hard Questions of Faith.  The New Year is always an excellent time to invite friends to worship and our current series is designed with those who might be curious about the Christian faith in mind.  Please consider inviting a family member, friend, co-worker or fellow student to join you for worship.  You can also invite them to find sermons on our website.

Most of you have probably heard that Beth Morris has accepted a position at the Wesley Foundation at Middle Tennessee State University and has resigned as our youth director.  We will miss her in that capacity, but I know she will do a great job in her new position.    We are all grateful for Beth's many contributions to St. Mark's in recent years and will have a reception for her between services this Sunday, January 21st.

Pray for her and Alan and come wish her well this Sunday.  We would like to present her with cards and notes from the congregation.    Please send your cards or notes to the church office by Friday, January 19th  so that we can present them to her on the 21st. 

Thank you for all you do to make St. Mark's one of the great churches in our community!


January 21 - Do I need to be "saved"?
January 28 - Is demonic possession a real thing?
February 4 - Why do bad things happen?

Come to wrestle with these questions in a supportive, welcoming community of faith.Come and worship! 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sundays

SAGES will be leaving the church Friday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m., going to Bell Buckle for lunch and visiting some of the shops.  Lunch will be Dutch Treat.  Cost for bus fuel is $5.00.

The Dementia Support Group will meet at 1:30 P.M.  on January 25 in Room 1203.

The SAGES have planned trips to the Cumberland County Playhouse. Other excursions are on the calendar.  Please keep your eye on the church calendar for these.

Youth News 

After Christmas break, FusionYouth has enjoyed getting back together. We have welcomed Kobe Hermann as our new praise team coordinator. He is an MTSU student and active at the Wesley Foundation.

Here are some upcoming Fusion Youth dates:  January 21 and 28 we will be on our regular schedule.  February 4, we will not meet. We hope you will come to the big game party.  February 9-11 is Warmth in Winter. If you have not registered there may still be spots available for $150. Please see Michelle McDaniel if you are interested in joining the group. FusionYouth will not meet on Sunday night February 11.

If you're going to Warmth in Winter and would like to pre-order a T-shirt, the sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the youth center. T-shirts are not included in the cost of the weekend.
We are now taking registrations for the senior high mission trip. The dates are June 17-24 and we will be traveling to Chicago. The deadline to register is February 11.
Parents! We now have a new way for you to sign up to help with dinner. Check the LINK HERE and sign yourself up. We have several openings between Easter and the summer.
A Message from Buddy Howell...
Happy New Year! 
I'm expecting 2018 to be a great year for our church, but we'll be starting off with some sad news.  Beth Morris, our Director of Youth and Recreation, recently accepted a position with the Wesley Foundation, which means she will be leaving her employment with St. Mark's.
Beth has been with us about 8 years.  She has led our youth on numerous mission trips, and she's made countless other opportunities available for fun, fellowship and Christian service.  We will most definitely miss Beth.
On a positive note, I'm excited for Beth's future.  Working with the Wesley Foundation keeps it all in the family, and her new job will be an appropriate progression of the work she has been doing for St. Mark's.  I'm sure you will join me in wishing Beth much success in her new role.
Beth's last Sunday as our Youth Director will be Sunday, January 21.  We'll be planning an appreciation event around that time so we can give Beth a proper St. Mark's send-off.  In the meantime, let's all send a great big THANK YOU! to Beth for her outstanding service to St. Mark's.

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
CLICK HERE to view the 2018 WNT BROCHURE
Calling all Youth and Adult Sunday School Teachers!

You are invited to a Sunday Teacher Training featuring Dr. Bill Mullins on Sunday, January 28th from 12:15-1:30 in the St. Mark's Banquet Hall. Enjoy good food, fellowship with one another, and nurture in the Spirit as we prepare our hearts and minds for the upcoming church wide Sunday School Lenten study series, 24 Hours that Changed the World by Adam Hamilton. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Martha Touchton by Wednesday, January 24th.

St. Mark's will be hosting a "Big Game Party" to watch the "Big Game" on February 4th. Our narthex will become a giant living room where we will be streaming the game.

The gym will be open and a few games will be available during game time.

We will serve Boy Scout BBQ sandwiches to the first 100 people to arrive. Everyone should bring snack foods or sweets to share.

No RSVP's are necessary and everyone is welcome! Our gathering will begin at 5:00 (kickoff is at 5:30!). We hope you will plan to come!
Bishop McAlilly's Visit

Bishop McAllily will visit with the Stones River District on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
Meeting times are:
  • Clergy - 2:00 PM
  • Laity and Part-Time Clergy (who were not able to attend the earlier meeting) - 6:00 PM 
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The Big Game Solution

Let the Boy Scouts of St. Mark's Troop 398 take care of your cooking on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4th. We've smoked our own pork and turkey for 19 years! Your order will be packaged and ready for pick up from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall on Super Bowl Sunday. 
Our prices remain the same as last year. You can choose from pulled pork $9/pound and/or sliced turkey $10/pound (order extra and freeze it for a treat later on!)  Whole Boston Butts are available for $40 and boneless Turkey half-breasts for $35. Ribs are $15/slab. To complete your feast, we offer 16 ounce sides of Cole slaw and baked beans for $4 each. Back by popular demand are our sauces: 12 oz Hummingbird (mild) and Screaming Eagle (spicy) for $5.  

Please remember to place your orders in advance, (see the attached order form) since only limited quantities will be available for sale on Feb. 4th. Tickets are currently on sale by troop members Jesse & David Hofer, Dawson Lapp, Connor Ott and Nathan Daniel. Scouts will have tickets for sale in the Narthex on Wed. nights and on Sundays thru Jan. 28th. Order forms are also available in the church office or you can also place an order by calling or emailing Scoutmaster Mike Warren (615) 473-7076 or
In Other News...

Chili Cook Off - Our sixth annual chili cook off is this Sunday! If you would like to enter your award winning chili let Beth know at We hope everyone will come and taste chili with us. A tasting ticket is $5 and then you can truly put your money where your mouth is-you will make a donation to the chili that you think is the best. We will start serving at 11:00 and will continue to serve after the 11:00 service. We will also have hotdogs with chips and homemade desserts for sale. This is a fundraiser for youth mission trips.   

Red Bird Christmas Thank YouOn behalf of the Missions Team, we would like to say thank you to everyone who adopted the Red Bird kids for Christmas.  In addition, a special thank you to our knitters, the Quilting Bees, and the Brave Women of Faith Circle who contributed quilts, caps, mittens, stockings, etc. and to those who came to our wrapping parties at the warehouse!

Thanks and Appreciation for all the prayers, food, cards, and well wishes during my recent medical situation. It's apparent the power of prayer works, as I feel the prayers were responsible for the recovery I have enjoyed.  A special thanks to Drs. Clardy and Goff for their many visits and uplifting pastoral care.  With gratitude, Juanita Greer.

Golf Tournament - Our spring golf tournament will be held at Old For Golf Course on April 14.

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