St. Paul's Announcements for April 23, 2017

Are You New to St. Paul’s?
Please join us for our April Newcomers Gathering today, April 23 at 9:45 am in the downstairs Christian Ed. rooms (not the Chapel). Come for an informal meet and greet! Father Polk and other members will be there to welcome you and answer any questions you might have. Refreshments will be served.

Notes from Angela. Hannah Sims, a voice performance major from Friendship, Tennessee, is giving her senior recital at MTSU on Sunday, April 23, at 5:00 pm. Hannah has been a faithful member of the St. Paul's choir and a wonderful soloist for the past few years. I am indebted to her service to us, especially when she could have been a staff or scholarship singer for a number of other churches. I hope you'll come hear a fabulous young singer this afternoon--after the Nashville Chamber Singers concert, of course!

Nashville Chamber Singers. Angela Tipps, Musical Director. Sunday, April 23, 3:00 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Murfreesboro. Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville.

Senior Birthday Luncheon. Senior parishioners (ages 70+), please mark your calendars for our next Senior Birthday Luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 4, at 11:30 am in the Parish Hall. Invitations containing detailed information have been mailed. If you are eligible and haven’t yet received your invitation, please contact Laney Golden. RSVP deadline is Sunday, April 30.

In Grief and Gratitude, A Women’s Sharing Circle. A small group of woman is invited to gather in Tina Whitfield’s home, where together we will create sacred space to share our own stories of grief and our expressions of gratitude. The circle is offered for 10 consecutive weeks, and will be limited to 8 women. Time: Tuesday mornings 8:30-10:00. The expectation is for each of us to be present at every meeting, as much as is possible. Dates: We will begin as soon as possible, depending on response. To learn more about being a part of this sharing circle, please contact Tina Whitfield.

Save the Dates

  • May 5, Club 3-4-5, 6-8 pm
  • May 6, Jazz Fest--Youth Group Fundraiser. More information coming.

United Thank Offering (UTO). UTO boxes are available in the Narthex. Please consider using one to collect your offerings when you say a prayer of thanks to God for all the many blessings He has given each of us. We will collect the boxes on Youth Sunday, May 21.

Easter Lilies. Lilies may go home this Sunday. Please DO NOT take the green sleeve on the pot. If you need/want a sleeve we have some available in the narthex under the Flower Guild bulletin board. Thank you!

Graduates. If you are an upcoming graduate at any level or know one that you would like recognized, please email Rick at with a name, school, graduation date, and level of education or degree that is being received.

In St. Paul's History. In 1939, the Rev. Joseph L. Kellermann became vicar to serve both St. Paul’s in Murfreesboro and the Church of the Redeemer in Shelbyville. He resigned in 1942 to accept a commission as chaplain in the U.S. Army.

Vacation Bible School. VBS Come visit Rome with Paul and the Underground Church this summer. June 5-9, 2017. 9 am - 12 pm Ages: 4 years old (must be potty trained) - 4th grade (rising 5th). Please register online. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Ca'Tricia Robinson with questions.

Habitat for Humanity Panel Build. St. Paul's is hosting a Habitat for Humanity Panel Build on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9 am through 3:30 pm., Sign-ups on-line and in the Parish Hall.

Jazz on the Triangle. The annual series Jazz on the Triangle celebrates its Twenty-second Season at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Concerts will be April 23, May 21, and June 18, featuring some of Nashville’s finest and most respected talent. Tickets may be bought at the door or through Holy Trinity members or the Church Office - 615/256-6359. Tickets $20 each, or three for $50, and those may be used in any combination. Church of the Holy Trinity is located in Nashville at 615 Sixth Avenue South (intersection of Sixth and Lafayette).

Save the Date. Healthy Gardens Planting Day for the Healthy Gardens Program of Murfreesboro is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Liz Huber or Janet Arning.

Attention All St. Paul's Golfers. Attention all St. Paul's golfers! We are organizing informal Sunday foursomes this Spring and Summer around 2 pm tee times. We have a list of players who've played before. If you would like to be added to our list, email Mike Becker. Each week after Easter, we'll send out an email to see who'd like to play. This is a great way to meet people from all our St. Paul's family! Men, women, and all ages are welcome!

Collection of Items For St. Paul’s Archives. St. Paul’s archives committee is announcing two dates when they will set up a collection point in St. Andrew’s Chapel so that parishioners may bring any items related to St. Paul’s history which they want to offer for possible placement in the permanent archives files. The dates are Sunday, April 30 and Sunday, May 7 (between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm.) If you have historical items that you are willing to donate (or lend for copying) for our permanent files, please consider bringing those materials for review. A member of the archives committee will collect the items from you, and the committee will review them for possible inclusion in the church’s archives files. (Duplicate items and items of limited breadth of interest will be graciously declined.) Questions may be directed to Newton Molloy, Dick Tallent, Richard Detmer, or Stan Golden.

Nashville Sounds Game. St Paul's Night at the Sounds will be Sunday, June 18 at 6:05 pm. We have reserved 10 of the 4-Top table seats in right field (total 40 seats). The ticket price is $25 each and your seat will be held as soon as you remit payment. Payment can can be made by check to St Paul's, note "Sounds Game" or in cash to Tom Washer.

Mood Walls. This May, Insight Counseling Centers invites you to open up about the common thread that ties us all together. Visit our interactive mood walls throughout a variety of locations in Rutherford County. Take a button/sticker off the wall that describes your mood, and share about the campaign using #MurfreesboroMood. Together we can start an open and honest conversation about feelings and mental health. Locations are: Linebaugh Library, the Courthouse, Center for Arts, St. Thomas Rutherford and numerous supporting churches and organizations. The #MurfreesboroMood kickoff will take place at the courthouse on May 5th. Visit the Insight Counseling Center website for more information.

Main Street’s Jazzfest May 5-6. Main Street Murfreesboro’s signature spring event, JazzFest, is May 5 and 6 on the Square in Downtown Murfreesboro! JazzFest is celebrating its twenty-first anniversary this year - you don’t want to miss it!! The event is filled with the best in jazz music from our local high school jazz bands to touring jazz greats. There’ll be plenty of yummy food choices with some familiar favorites, a fun-filled, free Kids Alley for the kiddos, and collectible JazzFest merchandise in the Market Tent. Come be a part of the excitement Downtown by volunteering a couple of hours of your time (you’ll get a cool JazzFest T-shirt for your help!). For more information, visit

Reclaiming Hope. June 7, 8 am-Noon. A memorial service for victims of lynching in Davidson County: 1870-1944. The Episcopal Church of Tennessee in collaboration with Lipscomb University's Christian Conference will conduct a sacred service memorializing the victims of lynching and racial terror in Davidson County. Keynote speaker is Dr. James H. Cone. Register at The cost is $20.

Travel with the Wises to Provence, France. Provence, France is waiting for your exploration. Join the Wises on a river cruise October 25, 2017-November 2, 2017. Brochures on bulletin board. Space is limited. Trip includes beautiful scenery, great traveling companions, superb food and wine.

Newcomers. If you are a newcomer and desire to become a member of St. Paul's please call the church office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Polk or Fr. Colin.

Sermons. To receive a written copy of Fr. Polk’s or Fr. Colin’s sermons, please contact the parish office, 893-3780.