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

May 22, 2018
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

As I look back over the years I have served as your pastor here at St. Mark's, some of my most memorable experiences took place as a mentor at Reeves Rogers.   The student I have met with the last two years has shown me glimpses of God's love I would not have seen in any other way.  The poet R.S. Thomas has said, "....we peer at eternity through the cracks in each other's hearts.". ..

A Tale of Two Babies

Several people have asked for a reprint of the article "A Tale of Two Babies" from Dr. Goff's recent sermon.  You can find it attached HERE.

SAGES will be attending the Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska, NC, Monday, August 13 through Thursday, August 16. The theme is "The Wise Shall Shine." The total cost for the program and lodging is $374 for doubles. The deposit is $200 per person. If you need a registration blank, please call the church office (615-893-3455)...

Youth News 

We had a fun time this past Sunday enjoying the outdoors with dinner and games! Our special guest was Amber from Cold Patrol, where we learned about volunteer activities in Murfreesboro to help those who are homeless. We will start working out opportunities to engage with this exciting ministry for our group - stay tuned!
Our youth director assistant Caroline Van Patten started this past Sunday! She was our intern last year and was once a member of the youth group, so she will be a tremendous help this summer planning our events and helping lead the group.
We have finalized the summer calendar packed with lots of fun and fellowship and will send this out this week! We have several events ranging from small day meetings to retreats throughout the summer, so everyone should have something they can do! Our first summer event will be Splash! on Wednesday, May 30th - this is a Bible study/pool party from 6-8pm. Following that, we have a kayaking excursion on Saturday, June 9th. All details on locations and times will be in the calendar! We will be inviting our college group to join us for some of these events as well, so keep an eye out for those.
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!
Project Transformation 

Help Kids Be Crafty for Christ! - St. Mark's has been asked to help stock the Rutherford and Cannon county sites with craft supplies for this summer's programs.

See the updated list HERE.
Confirmation Sunday a Great Day of Rejoicing!

On Pentecost Sunday, we confirmed the faith and baptism of seven young people enrolled in Confirmation:
Aidan Charles Beatty
Jon Eric Hall
Kaitlin Makanamakamae Holt
Samantha Mahealani Holt
Isabella Kanoelani Holt
Sarah Abigail Jones
Henry (Hank) Jae Wells

Read More HERE
Safe Sanctuaries Training

Tuesday, May 22nd
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Especially for adults serving in:
Vacation Bible School
Youth Mission Trips or Choir Tour
Children/Youth Sunday School
Reserve Your Spot with
Rev. Touchton or Rev. Dicken
Child Care Available upon Request
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.
In Other News...

2018 High School Graduates Recognized - We are proud of all our High School Graduates!   May they continue to know God, love God and serve God in all they do! Ally Blackwell, Morgan Ervin, Ty Henderson, Luke Love, Makenzie Ross, Anna Waldecker

GRADUATES GALORE! - We would like to recognize all college and graduate school graduates as well!   Please send your name in to Rev. Touchton at so we can recognize this past year's college and grad school graduates in the next newsletter.

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.

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