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

June 5, 2018
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Augustine of Hippo once pointed out that the household of God offered prayer for Peter and Paul as leaders in the church.  He went on to describe how important prayer is and how much more he needed prayer then Peter and Paul as a leader in the church. (Letter 130- to Proba) 

All of us need prayer. Please keep me in your prayers as I begin my ministry at Bethlehem UMC and pray for Reverend Ward as he begins serving as your new senior pastor.  I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

In the same letter quoted above Augustine went on to say, "Let us owe each other nothing but mutual love."

May the Lord who is able to do above what we can ask or imagine give ears to all our prayers as we continue to love one another in Jesus name.
Many Blessings!
Craig Goff
"Godspeed"   to Dr. Craig Goff  and Stephanie 

You are invited to be a part of a special blessing for The Goffs by signing a special Bible in the office during the week, or in the Narthex on Sunday:
    Select a verse or passage of your choice to use as a blessing or promise; highlight that verse in the Bible using the highlighter provided.

      Using the pen provided, sign your name near the verse .  You are welcome to write a note or special blessing in the margins as well.

  For More Info - CLICK HERE

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the pilot program of "Alzheimer's/Dementia:  Ministry With The Forgotten."  The DVD with presentations from Bishop Kenneth Carder and source material will be made available to churches at Annual Conference next week.  Special thanks to Laura and Noel Hinote and Sandy Keysaer for their excellent leadership . ..

Youth News 

We had a great time at youth this Sunday with all of the youth back from SONlight Choir! SPLASH! will be meeting on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Beckman's house for some fun in the pool and a short Bible study. Then join us again on Saturday for Kayaking on the Caney River. We will meet at the church at 8:30 to go kayaking with Float-A-Boat. It is $25 and you will need to bring a sack lunch. You don't need to be a pro kayaker or canoer to join us. It will be a ton of fun!! Our college students are welcome to join us for this event! Please sign up HERE  or let Caroline know by Thursday so we can make sure that we have enough boats reserved.
There are a lot of other events coming up too! We will be reading with Project Transformation on June 11th. While we are on high school mission trip in Chicago June 17-23 we will have a middle school only putt putt event at Go USA! At the end of June (on the 30th) we will be hiking together!
Vacation Bible Study will be Sunday, June 24th through Thursday, June 28th. The youth will again be helping with this fun event. We will have a signup sheet for everyone who wants to help out with this important ministry. 
Church Picnic and Farewell for Dr. Goff

Sunday, June 10th, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Summer Picnic and Farewell Party for Dr. Craig Goff
St. Mark's UMC
Good Food, Great Music, Fun and Games
Click Here for more Information!
Get your tickets by Wednesday, June 6th!
Enter St. Mark's Summer Picnic
Homemade Ice Cream Competition!

  • Free Meal ticket for all Ice Cream Competition Entrants!
  • The Boy Scout room will be open to keep ice cream cool.
  • Bring a canned food item in exchange for a ticket to vote for your favorite Ice Cream
  • Prizes
    • Designated Parking Space for the month of July
    • DQ gift card ($10)
    • Basking Robins gift card ($25)
  • To enter, Email Rev. Martha Touchton  
St. Mark's VBS is going to be AWESOME!   

"Rolling Rover Rampage:
Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God"
Sunday, June 24th, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday, June 25th - June 28th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Click HERE to Register by Monday, June 18th

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

Read More About VBS HERE
It's Christmas in June!

St. Mark's VBS Decorating Team is in need of several things for VBS:  
            - Christmas trees of all sizes
            - a Kayak, raft or fishing boat
            - one or two tall tents
If you are willing to loan the following any of these items June 17-28, please contact Robyn Faulk or Rev. Martha Touchton.
Send in Your Rafting, Camping Photos for VBS!!!

Dear St. Mark's Church Family,

We would love for you to share your camping, hiking, or river rafting experiences and photos at Vacation Bible School.  We will take these photos and display them in our St. Mark's Rolling River Riders hallway.  Please email the photos to Martha Touchton at by Monday, June 17th.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Weaver at 615-426-1685 or  Thanks!
Last Chance to Order  St. Mark's VBS T-Shirts!

This year, our VBS T-Shirts are so awesome, we want to give everyone the opportunity to purchase them! 
"Keep Cool and Paddle On" T-shirts are available for $5 each and must be pre-ordered and prepaid by June 8th.   To order a t-shirt, stop by the VBS Table in the Narthex on Sunday morning, or follow these instructions to order online:
1) Select the t-shirt size needed as you complete online registration
2) After you have completed your online VBS Registration, return to the St. Mark's ONLINE DONATION page to pay for your t-shirt.
3) Pay St. Mark's UMC $5 for each t-shirt ordered.
OUR Rolling Rover Rampage VBS MISSION! 
Cedar Crest

Tennessee Conference Scholarships 
and Camper Toiletries  

St. Mark's has 20 campers attending this summer; we believe camp is a vital spiritual growth point for children and youth!   We hope to collect funds to enable us to sponsor three $300 scholarships for new campers who would otherwise be unable to attend Cedar Crest. We will be collecting funds for these scholarships through the June 10th Coin Offering and every day of Vacation Bible School.
Scholarship campers often arrive without basic toiletries, so we are also collecting the following "Travel Size" items for donation to Cedar Crest

For the complete list and more information - CLICK HERE
Congratulations to Our 2018 Graduates!

We are proud of all our high school, college and graduate school Graduates, including those who completed their work in December!   May they continue to know God, love God and serve God in all they do!
High School: Ally Blackwell, Morgan Ervin, Ty Henderson, Luke Love, Makenzie Ross, Anna Waldecker, Rachel Blount.
College: Rachel Baker, Laura Hollins,Taylor Hargis, Emily Walker.
Graduate School: Kasey (Tab) Talbott, Sandeep Kuntam
St. Mark's Father's Day Photomontage - June 17, 2018

Celebrating our Fathers!
Father's Day photos will be part of a special Father's Day video during worship.  To have a photo included, please email your digital photo to or bring your photo to the church office by Monday, June 11th

Sponsored by St. Mark's Family Ministries Team
St. Mark's Young People in Ministry This Summer!

All who take upon themselves the name of Christ are called into ministries of love and service in response to their baptism.   The Scripture says that we shall know Christ's disciples by their fruit. 
In our community of faith, our young people are going out on a limb where the fruit is!   Below are listed young people who are serving in our community of faith and beyond this summer:
            - Hannah Underwood - St. Mark's UMC Children's Ministries
            - Caroline Van Patten - St. Mark's UMC Youth Ministries
            - Beth Shirley - Cedar Crest Camp Counselor
            - James Touchton - Cedar Crest Camp Counselor
            - Abby McDaniel - Cedar Crest Camp Counselor-in-Training
            - Amelia Clark - Ministry Intern at Epworth UMC, Franklin, TN
            - Tanner Morris - Camp Lookout Counselor
            - Layne Allen - Special Kids' Camp Ability
            - Emily Heyduck - Choose to Invest, East Africa
As these young adults begin their work among this community of faith and beyond these walls, please pray the blessings of God and this community upon the work they do!
In Other News...

New Sunday School Class Forming at St. Mark's! - A new class for twenty-somethings is now forming at St. Mark's!   Please contact Rev. Martha Touchton at if you would like to be included in the class.

View Our Current Prayer List

Mission Team Report and Stats HERE

See Our Full Event Calendar

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