St. Paul's Announcements for April 15, 2018

Chlidrens' Liturgy of Light - Today
. Please join us in the chapel for the Liturgy of Light service at 9:45 am this morning. This beautiful Easter liturgy is led by our  children and celebrates the light of the risen Christ.

Krista Phillips Joins Staff as  Membership Coordinator. One of our Vision 150 initiatives was to hire a Membership Coordinator for St. Paul's. Because of your generosity we have been able move forward with this initiative. We are excited to announce that Krista Phillips has joined the St. Paul's staff as our new Membership Coordinator. Working twenty hours per week, Krista will oversee our membership database while fostering connections within the parish. Krista will seek to strengthen the personal relationships within the church, ensuring that all members are connected to, and involved in, the life of the church. This includes overseeing the Shepherding Ministry and working with staff to assimilate visitors and new members. We will celebrate Krista’s new position next Sunday at the 8:30 and 11 am services. Join Krista in the Christian Education rooms between services for an informal discussion about the new Shepherding Ministry. We need your input as we develop this exciting ministry.

Communications Survey - Vision 150. A lot is happening at St. Paul’s these days and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with it all. That may be why, in last year’s Vision 150 meetings, the parish ranked communications as the second highest area for improvement. Because the Vestry wants to make sure you know what’s going on, we are developing a communications plan. The first step requires your participation. Please help us by taking a short survey on how you receive information about St. Paul’s and how we might improve. A link to the survey is found on the weekly e-blast. We have provided a paper version of the survey today. Please leave completed paper surveys in the pew.

Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. April 29, 10 am in the Chapel. Join us for this special service to remember those we have loved and know who have died. We invite you to bring one flower to the service that will be used to make a shared bouquet. We encourage you to invite friends and family who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The service will include several  beautiful musical selections performed on the harp.

Jazz on the Triangle - Holy Trinity Episcooak. Church of the the Holy Trinity, at 615 Sixth Avenue South in Nashville, hosts their 23rd Year of Jazz on the Triangle. On April 15 featuring John Birdsong. Concert at 4:00 pm. Two additional concerts will be held on May 20 and  June 17. Tickets are $20.00 each or for the series (3 tickets) $50.00.

Postcard Ministry. Postcards are sent to parishioners who are no longer able to attend church services. Positive responses have been received from the parishioners and their families. St. Paul’s is letting them know they are still in our prayers and thoughts. If you know of someone who would like to receive a post card, please notify the church office.

Main Street Jazzfest. May 4 and 5 on the square in Murfreesboro. JazzFest is celebrating its twenty-second anniversary. Filled with the best of jazz music from our local high school bands and touring jazz greats. Lots of food, merchandise, and excitement. Contact Main Street to volunteer, check Facebook and internet for updates.

Notes for Ally Davis. As most of you know our own Ally Davis will be moving to Oxford, MS, at the end of May. In order to celebrate our long term relationship and friendship with Ally, we would like to show her how much we appreciate her dedication to the church and our appreciation and love for her. For the next few Sundays, there will be a box in the Parish Hall for you to leave notes, cards, pictures, children's drawings, or anything you would like to share with Ally to take with her, so she can look through those after she moves. So she will know how much we love her and will not forget us! Any questions, please contact Rick Byrne at

A Request from the Senior Adult Ministry. In order to better understand the gifts, talents, interests and needs of our over 150 senior adult parishioners, we are asking all those 65 years of age and older to complete a Senior Ministries Parishioner Data Form. The aggregate data will help us to plan programs personalized for our parish. If you have not received a copy of the survey, Jerry Redditt and Sandy Bragg, will be in the Narthex after Sunday morning services and available during the Meet and Greet Christian Ed. Hour today to give you one and to answer any questions you might have. Extra copies are available on the visitor’s table in the Narthex. You may pick one up any time and return it to the brown wicker box on the visitors table. An envelope is provided to insure confidentiality. If you have your survey and have not yet returned it, we urge you to do so as soon as  possible.

Thank You for Serving Meal at Journey Home. Thank you to the Girl Scouts for giving of their time by helping to provide dinner  at the 2nd Sunday dinner for Journey Home. A large shout out to the girls and their parents: Megan & Vivien, Madison & Kaysore, Olivia & Will, Martha & Ginny,  Jana & Ivey and finally Ada and Amanda Moore who coordinated this dinner. If you are interested in helping with a dinner on the 2nd Sunday, please contact Melissa Warren.

Healthy Gardens Planting Day. Volunteers needed for a day of service for your neighbors in need. Great group or family activity Saturday, April 28 (10 am - noon) The program provides raised-bed gardens to families living in public housing and subsidized housing to promote nutrition, food sustainability and personal responsibility. Each family is given all the tools and education necessary to grow their own garden. Volunteers needed to help set up garden kits, spread soil, and distribute plants. Truck available? Pick up a load of soil at Martin’s Nursery and have it at the site by 9:45 am the day of the event. Contact Persons: Janet Arning or Liz Huber.

Coldest Nights News. It has been another interesting and successful winter season for us. The shelter is officially closed as of April 15. We had many new challenges this year. A HUGE thank you to the churches that joined us by providing food: Advent Lutheran, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian Central Christian and Open Table. St. Paul's family-we are doing incredible much needed work through God's hands! We thank you for every piece of your help in loving our homeless village and keeping them safe.  

Habitat for humanity and St. Paul’s. Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with St. Paul’s and Murfreesboro City Schools for an exciting one-day “Panel Build” event. All of the interior and exterior walls will be built in just 5 hours! Six graders from Hobgood and Bradley Academy will be helping along with St. Paul’s six graders during all four shifts of this project. The “family-friendly” event will take place on Saturday, May 12 from 9 am – 3:30 pm, in our parking lot. For questions contact Newton Molloy.