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

April 24, 2018
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

A bush was burning in the desert. The fire was not going out. A shepherd in the vicinity thought it was a strange sight. It caught his attention and he went over to investigate. As he drew close to the flames he heard the voice of God speak to him. Afterwards, the life of that shepherd, whose name was Moses, was never the same...


On Friday, April 27th, 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. Sue Jones reminds us that there are restrooms, 6 or 7 steps at the front entrance (also back entrance), and stairs to the second floor (no elevator).  The tour length is one hour...

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
BUTLER'S BOOK CLUB - Led by Butler Touchton

CLICK HERE to view the current 2018 WNT BROCHURE
Youth News 

We made over 60 Blessings Bags this past Sunday, thanks to an amazing donation turnout by the church and the hard work of the youth. This activity is just one example of how our youth group is actively engaged in giving back to our community!
Next Sunday we will have a special guest joining us - Brad Fiscus from the Conference office! Come join us for yet another fun night of fellowship and activities.
Our Wednesday night programming will be coming to a close soon with only two more weeks left. The last Wednesday (May 2nd), we will meet at La Siesta on Greenland beforehand for some dinner. Meet at 5:00!
The church will be participating in a neighborhood walk on Wednesday May 9th, and the youth are encouraged to be a big presence at this event! Come join the rest of the church as we endeavor to connect with our neighbors is this outreach event! More details to come.
A summer calendar packed with lots of fun and fellowship will be coming out soon! Stay tuned to see what events we have planned for everyone!
Finally, let an adult leader know if you are interested in the mission trips this summer. The dates for the High School Trip are June 17th through 23rd. The dates for the Middle School trip are July 8th through 13th. If finances are an issue or if you have questions please talk with an Adult Leader (Tyler Neale, John & Michelle McDaniel, Reid & Carrie Henderson, Kirsten Weaver).  
Adult Christian Education Teacher Luncheon

Appreciation, Training, and Summer Curriculum Display
Sunday, May 6th 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Banquet Hall
Catered by Butler Touchton
Menu:   Chicken salad croissants, chips,
fruit salad, Ice cream
Please RSVP to Rev. Martha Touchton
By Wednesday, May 2nd
Children's Ministry Team

Bake Sale!   Sunday, May 6th

Sunday, May 6th, St. Mark's Children's Ministry Team will sponsor a bake sale in the Narthex to raise funds for St. Mark's children and youth attending Camp Cedar Crest!  
All proceeds help provide Camperships for St. Mark's children and youth attending Cedar Crest Camp this Summer!  Our goal is to raise at least $100 for each of our fifteen campers. DONATIONS WELCOME!  Bring your $$$ and your appetite!
Walk For Peace On World Labyrinth Day

What do you call the journey of a thousand footsteps that winds up exactly where it began? The answer lies in the labyrinth: an ancient path of prayer and walking meditation.   In 2017, over 5,000 people from more than 45 states and 20 countries participated in World Labyrinth Day

Read the Whole Article HERE
Safe Sanctuaries Training

Tuesday, May 8th
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
Mother's Day Photomontage, May 13, 2018

To have a "Mom" photo included, please email your digital photo to or bring your photo to the church office by Monday, May 7th

Sponsored by St. Mark's
Family Ministries Team

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
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