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

March 7, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

In 1840, Henry Perlee Parker painted the portrait shown above capturing the Epworth rectory fire that almost took John Wesley's life.  He was just five years old.   His father was the priest of the Epworth church just a few blocks away. The fire broke out in the middle of the night.  Hatti, one of the Wesley's young children alerted the family about the  fire after pieces of the burning roof fell on her bed...


You're invited to join Adults / Older Adults from all across the Tennessee Conference In Mission and Service.
One such opportunity is the upcoming Leadership Conference --  Leading Older Adult Ministries.  

Wednesday Night Together

Wednesday Night Together continues this week. Dinner cost is $6.00/adult, $2.00/children 10 and under and MTSU students, $20.00/families (up to 6 people).   CLICK HERE to see our weekly menus.  Be sure to make your meal reservation by noon on Monday.

NEW STUDIES/ONGOING CLASSES meet Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.   CLICK HERE .
Youth News
This Thursday-the half day of school. We will meet in the youth center to spiff up our own area. We will do some painting of walls, yard work and cleaning to make our space ready for summer.
Speaking of summer, the middle school mission trip still has spaces available. If you would like to go please sign up ASAP.
The dates are July 9 - 14th and the cost is $250 per person.  See the full information HERE   

As we undertake the Lenten series Renegade Gospel, everyone - children, youth, and adults - is challenged to read through the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and make a special offering to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Simple calendars to guide your daily reading and giving, along with giving boxes, will be available starting February 26. You can make this challenge even easier with a daily reminder email that includes that day's scripture reading and giving challenge! To receive the daily Lenten email, you must opt-in to that email list by clicking HERE - even if you already receive the St. Mark's e-newsletter. (Be sure to check the box marked "2017 Lent Reading Program".) Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special Bible recognition pin. Take on the Gospel Reading Challenge this Lent!
All adults following the Lenten Gospel reading challenge are invited to participate in a Wednesday Night Together class, "Four Gospels, One Jesus" led by Rev. Martha Touchton (6:15-7:15 p.m. March 8, 15, 22, and April 5). Each evening will begin with a brief overview of one of the Gospels followed by group discussion around the daily readings.
Parents Night Out

Do you need a night out?  We can help with that!   The youth will be sponsoring 3 months of Parents Night Out!  March 17th, April 21st and May 12th.  This is open to children Ages 3 months-6th grade and the time is 6:30-10:00pm 
Cost:  $20.00 for one child; $35.00 for two children, and $45.00 for three or more children.   The fees will be used to provide a snack and all supplies needed for the evening.  Proceeds will benefit the Youth Mission Trips.  
Reservations are required and can be made on a monthly basis in the church office or in your Sunday School Class.   Pick up and dismissal will be through the youth center. 
Parents Night Out will be staffed by youth and adults.  
Daylight Saving Time Begins

Daylight Saving Time 2017 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12.
In Other News...

Chili Cook Off - Thank you thank you! For everyone who entered the chili cook off and for those who came and ate chili and chose their favorites. (Pictures HERECongratulations to our winners. Best Overall Chil - Fred Daniel. Most creative chili went to Tim Duncan and his pumpkin chili.
Hottest chili went to Kathy Waldecker. Best white chili went to Beth Morris and best booth decoration went to Maureen Palmer.

Children's Coin Offering Sunday, March 12.  For Scholarships to Camp Cedar Crest.

Last Call for Children to BE - Belong, Believe, Become! All St. Mark's 3rd - 6th graders are invited to join with others from across Middle Tennessee for a special retreat led by the high school and middle school youth.Transportation will be provided by St. Mark's.  Read More HERE.

Last Call!  Spring Break at Redbird St. Mark's will be taking a group of adults and youth to Red Bird during the week of Spring Break to work on the modular house #2.  If all goes as planned, we will be working on sealing and painting the exterior of the home.  We leave on Monday, March 27th  and will return on Friday, March 31st.  The cost is only $80.  You can get more information HERE .  Contact Beth for more details or with questions.  

Renegade Gospel Study Books Available For Purchase   -  During the Lenten season, March 5 - Easter Sunday, April 16, Sunday school classes will be participating in the church wide study, Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter.    Books are available for purchase for $5 through Adult Sunday school classes.  If you would like to purchase a book but are not a part of a Sunday school class, please turn in your order and payment to Charlene Parkinson or Martha Touchton by 2/19/17. 

The season of Lent is a wonderful time to commit scripture to memory! Sister Scripture will be in the Narthex every Sunday morning in Lent listening for the week's memory verse FOUND HERE.

SAVE THE DATE for VBS - Sunday through Thursday, June 25 - 29, 2017.  MORE INFO HERE .

Recreation News -  Congratulations to our high school boys basketball team!  They were 5th place in the regular season and received the team sportsmanship award.

Softball Signups - Sign up now for ladies' and men's softball.  See the bulletin board outside the Banquet Room.

View Our Current    Prayer List

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Mission Team Report - CLICK HERE

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