St. Paul's Announcements for December 10, 2017

Annual Meeting Today - One Service
. We will discuss the coming year, review our finances, and elect five new vestry members. No adult or youth Christian education. Catechesis will be meeting. Children in catechesis will join their families for communion.

From Polk and Mary Jo. Dear St. Paul’s Family, It has taken us several weeks to process the enormous amount of love that you all  showed us on November 19th. You have loved us well for the past nine years and we have always felt  that love. You celebrated us on November 19th in a way that is hard to put in to words. My daughter  Mary Balfour commented that you do not get to celebrate your parents in that way except at their funerals. I am so glad it wasn’t our funeral and that we got to be a part of the celebration! The thoughtfulness, kindness, generosity, and love that was shown to us that day and every day over the past nine years is the kind of love that Jesus speaks of so often in the Gospels. You truly are the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! We miss you already and we look forward to seeing what the next part of your journey will be. Know that you are loved, you are loved by God and you are loved by us. Advent Blessings, Mary Jo and Polk+  

Important! New Parking Restrictions. We are in conversations with the owner of the Suntrust parking lot regarding parking on Sunday mornings.  During this time of negotiation we ask that you do not park in the first row of parking spots directly in front of Suntrust bank building. We will keep you informed of all developments concerning parking.

Second Sunday Meal Program. Every month, our Outreach Ministry serves dinner at Journey Home on Castle Street. We invite you and  at least 5 of your friends to join us on one of those Sundays evenings (5:00-6:30 pm). A member of the Outreach Committee will be there to assist and provide guidance. A signup sheet is posted in the Parrish  Hall or contact Melissa Warren for additional information.

Annual Christmas Pageant Joy to the World; Jesus is born!! The annual Christmas pageant will be on December 17 at the 8:30 am service. All interested actors and actresses ages 3 years old - 5th grade need to sign up by following the link below. Practices will be December 2 from 9-11 am,  December 10 from 12:30 - 2 pm, and there is a MANDATORY dress rehearsal on December 16 from 9-noon. Contact DeeDee Tidwell or Cindy Guevart ( with any questions.

Christmas Card Project. Help Needed – Project began in 2015 with 250 cards, 100 of which were mailed. Last year over 600 cards were given away with 250 of those mailed out. We have expanded the project to include Greenhouse Ministries, Stepping Stones, and Journey Home. Drop off unused Christmas cards and postage donations at the church office. If you are interested in picking up the addressed cards to mail and restocking from one of these organizations, please let me know?  Liz Huber

Pledge Envelopes. If you requested pledge envelopes when you submitted your 2018 pledge, they are now available in the church Narthex. If you would like envelopes and did not request them, please contact Sharon Teets at or call for Sharon at 615-893-3780.

Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army!!  St. Paul's signed up for three dates/locations -- one yet to come, Friday, December 22, 10 am - 8 pm at the Hobby Lobby. If you're interested, please contact Mary Probert.

Lessons and Carols. Sunday, December 17, 4:00 pm. Patterned after the traditional service from King’s College, Cambridge. Features the St. Paul’s Choir, the Jr. and Sr. Choristers, and a brass quintet. Followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

Choir Crosses. St. Paul’s choir has grown and needs additional crosses to wear with vestments. Crosses similar to the no-longer-available ones we wear now have been designed by the same Tennessee jeweler who makes our Cursillo crosses. You can help defray the cost by donating old silver pieces to be melted down and cast (this needs to be sterling, not plate). A check to St. Paul’s for “choir crosses” would also help. For more information, please contact Carol or Richard Detmer.

Epiphany Party. Friday, January 5, 2018 at 6:30 the home of Ken and Lisa Halliburton, 1126 Campbell Ct.,  Murfreesboro, TN. Please join us for fun and fellowship! Bring your favorite  appetizer, dessert or wine.

Coldest Nights - Please Help Build Our Inventory. We need to restock for our now active season for our homeless women’s shelter. Will you kindly help us? Choose from a selection of items on our wish list board located in the Parish Hall (PH). Return your chosen items to the PH and place in our storage chest marked “Coldest Nights”. This storage chest will stay out in the PH throughout the cold season. So if you find yourself in the store anytime during the winter and grab an item for us, you may drop it in our chest through April 2018. Every donation helps and will be used. Our numbers of homeless have increased and we had a full shelter (14 women) on our first night we were open on November10! New items we are asking for this year include new or gently used blankets, microwave ready Ramen cups, microwave ready mac & cheese cups and to-go applesauce cups.  View our complete list of requests in the Parish Hall.

Youth Christmas Party - Tonight. A signup has already gone out. Attendees need only bring two wrapped gifts of less than $10 each for the wacky gift exchange. We’ll also have pizza and games.

 Mat Makers. No mat makers meetings on Tuesday December 19 or on Tuesday January 2.