What’s Happening: July 15


are regularly at 9am and 11am. (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.) Our current sermon series is called “Choosing the Sacramental (Simple) Life!” Everything we do over time will become a pattern and/or practice. These patterns and practices are always happening even when we don’t recognize or acknowledge them. The goal of a sacramental/simple life is to be in communion with God and in community with one another. How do we reclaim the sacramental/simple life? We are invited by God every day to choose the sacramental/
simple life that is within reach of all God’s people. Join us each Sunday as we learn more about making these choices.


If you are interested in being baptized, please email Ruth in the church office or call 615-271-2600.


is our mid-week gathering. We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm. This short time of worship includes prayers, hymns, a message and Holy Communion. Everyone is invited to attend.


Our Adult Bible Study and Chancel Choir are taking their summer break during the month of July. We invite you to join us for both activities on Wednesday, August 3.


”Pets Unleashed! Jesus Cares Fur You”
Saturday, July 23, 8:30-3:00
Registration tables open at 8:00am
(Parents may pick up their children between 3:00-3:30)

For Ages 3-10
Lunch is included!

Games, music, skits, Bible stories, food, crafts and more!!!

The children will have a presentation on Sunday, July 24 at 10am, Fellowship Hall
Everyone is Invited!


July 31 It may be hot outside, but we’re having Christmas inside! On July 31, we’re celebrating Christmas in July! The Evangelism/Mission/Social Justice Ministry Team and the Worship Ministry Team are joining together for this celebration. We are again requesting spiral notebooks, composition notebooks and pencils for our Pencil Partner School, Rose Park Middle School. Bring your gifts on Sunday, July 31!


On Sunday, July 31st, we will have a Worship Without Walls experience. We will come together for a short worship service, then we will serve God by helping others. There will be some work projects here at the church, and several others in the community. All projects are designed to be no more than two hours long. Children and adults can participate! Projects include Bethlehem Center (mopping gym floor, painting), John Early Middle School (putting out fresh mulch on the grounds), Buena Vista School (touch-up painting in classrooms), Alive Hospice (children singing for the residents), Christian Life Center Rooftop Garden (weeding the planters), McKendree Church (organizing and packing the Christmas in July gifts, McKendree clothes closet (folding and organizing clothing. Sign-up sheets will be on the tables at the front and back of the church on Sunday, or you may email Ruth at the church office for more details or call 615-271-2600.


“Faith” the Cow is at the church to remind you to bring your gift, so that she can be a “Gift of Hope” for a family. You can help her get to the right family through your donation to our Mission Project. Our Evangelism/Mission/Social Justice Team has a mission focus with Heifer Project International. Our goal is to raise $500 to purchase a cow for an impoverished community.

Oscar Kpesese lives in the village of Dodowa in Ghana. Before his parents joined a dairy project, Oscar’s family was very poor and suffered from chronic health problems due to poor nutrition. Then Oscar’s family received the gift of a heifer and training in its care. Now they have nearly a gallon of mild to drink every day. Plus by using manure to fertilize the crops, heir harvests are much more abundant. As a result, the family’s income is up 200 percent and they are almost entirely self-sufficient. Best of all, they have already helped another family in need by pass on the gift of a calf.

You can help change lives in a family, a community by your gift. You can give your donation on Sundays or online.

Week of July 17-23 Give 25 cents for every blessing you have received for the past three weeks (family, friends, joy, renewed hope, health, prayers for you, kindness/love shown, new things learned, promises fulfilled, medical care, etc.).


Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated. Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account. Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219. Online giving is always available too.


Tips for Better Joint Health
Stay in Motion It’s the golden rule of joint health: The more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have. Whether you’re reading, working, or watching TV, change positions often. Take breaks from your desk or your chair and get active.

Lean In to Your Weight Your size affects some of the strain on your hips, knees, and back. Even a little weight loss can help. Every pound you lose takes 4 pounds of pressure off the knees. Ask your doctor what’s the best way for you to get started.

Go Low-Impact What exercise is good? The best choices are activities that don’t pound your joints, like walking, bicycling, swimming, and strength training.

Keep Your Bones Strong Calcium and vitamin D can help you do that. Dairy products are the best sources of calcium, but other options are green, leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale. If you don’t get enough calcium from food, ask your doctor about supplements.

Chill Out Pain Ice is a natural — and free — pain reliever. It numbs the hurt and eases swelling. If you have a sore joint, apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel. Leave it on for up to 20 minutes at a time. You can also try a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel. Never apply ice directly to your skin.

As always, remember God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!

Pastor Stephen

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