What’s Happening: September 9

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am (on Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am).  Our September sermon series is “Count Life All Joy!”  By living in a world that is chaotic and confusing, if we are not careful, we can lose our joy for life.  God calls us to celebrate in the midst of the chaos.  This life is filled with uncertainty and uncontrollable situations, but life, the life that God gives us, is filled with the joy of the LORD!  How do we reclaim our joy?  Join us for a time of reclaiming and renewing the joy of the LORD that is already within us.
LIFE GROUP SIGN-UPS THIS SUNDAY!!  Do you belong to a Life Group?   McKendree Church has a variety of Life Groups for men, women, couples, mixed men and women, moms, and even for couponers.  Some groups meet here at the church and others meet in various locations in Nashville and Brentwood.  Some are morning groups, some meet in the evening, some at noon.  Our groups are designed to be Missional, Discipling, Nurturing, and Accountable.  Our new semester of Life Groups is starting soon!  If you Life Groups don’t belong to a Life Group, be sure to sign up Sunday!  Sign-up sheets will be on the tables at the front and back entrances of the church.  If you can’t make it on Sunday, but want to sign up for a Life Group, or if you’d like more information about our Life Groups, contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).
REFRESH! 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.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  Our Adult Bible Study meets at 6pm in the Pastor’s office.  We are in a study from the book Forgiveness: Making Peace with the Past by Douglas Connelly.  The lesson for September 14 is “As We Forgive Others” and the reading assignment is Mathew 6:5-15.  Everyone is welcome to join us!
BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.
PROMOTION SUNDAY  On Sunday, September 18 (and also October 2) during the 9am worship service, we will recognize those of our children who are entering Kindergarten this year.  Beginning school is a big step in our children’s lives and we pray for God’s blessings to be with them!
SEPTEMBER MISSION FOCUS – Community Care Fellowship
Community Care Fellowship serves persons who are homeless and/or poor.  They provide breakfasts and lunches, have showers and laundry facilities and give out hygiene items. CCF also has an after school program.  This agency had its beginning right here at McKendree UMC and continues to hold a special place in our church.  We can plug in to their ministry by meeting some of their special needs.  They are in desperate need of diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) and also some hygiene items: Neosporin, calamine lotion and multi-vitamins (small bottles).  You may bring these to the church on Sundays or to the church office any time until September 28.
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD WENT TO THE CUPBOARD – and found that there were NO MEN’S CLOTHES IN THE CLOSET!!!  We desperately need men’s clothing, especially in size large, extra-large and on up!   SHOES, PANTS, PULLOVER SHIRTS, T-SHIRTS, UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS!  We accept donations from your closet or you can purchase good used clothing for a small cost at Goodwill.  Donations can be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.   Thank you!
THE ENCOUNTER@EDGEHILL will meet Sunday, October 2 at 6pm at Edgehill Café, 1201 Villa Place, Nashville, 37212.  This is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-class movement and extension ministry of McKendree for the purpose of building bridges of hope through the love of Jesus Christ.  Edgehill Café is the first of several locations planned for Nashville neighborhoods including MetroCenter, 12 South and Music Row.  For more information, contact Rev. Stephen Handy (mckendreestephen@gmail.com) or Rick Quinn (mckendreerick@gmail.com).
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.
You can now text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.  The first time you give you will be prompted to visit a secure URL.  Just follow the prompts and enter your information.
HEALTH MATTERS, Benefits of Celery – Who Knew?
1.  Helps Lower High Cholesterol Celery’s cholesterol-lowering abilities make it useful for improving or maintaining heart health.  Celery contains a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh) that has previously been reported to have lipid-lowering action.
2.  Lowers Inflammation  Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories.  These support overall health by fighting free-radical damage that can lead to inflammation.  Inflammation is often a contributing cause of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis and many more.
3.  Helps Prevent or Treat High Blood Pressure  Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure, one of the important risk factors for coronary heart disease which is the largest cause of mortality in industrial countries.  It’s believed that celery helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant and improving the flow of calcium and potassium into and out of cells. Celery extract helps blood vessels to expand and contract, improve blood flow, and aid in overall heart health.
4.  Contains Anti-Microbial Properties That Fight Infections  Celery seeds have actually been used for centuries as an herbal medicine with reported antibacterial effects.  A 2009 study shows that celery seeds contain special anti-microbial components.  When extract was taken from celery seeds and combined with harmful bacteria compounds that cause infection in humans, the celery extract was able to significantly purify and reduce the bacteria’s growth.
Always Remember, God’s Will For Us Is Good. We Must Do The Rest!
Pastor Stephen

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