What’s Happening, September 30, 2016


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am (on Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am).  Our October sermon series is, “Random Acts of Generosity!”  Imagine if we believed God formed and shaped us to be generous.  Think about how our lives would change if we embraced ourselves as generous people.  What if we begin a life of generosity in our personal and public lives?  Let’s explore how the Holy Spirit is leading us to offer random acts of generosity.

THIS SUNDAY IS WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY  A special offering will be taken at the altar during Communion.  The offering helps provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.  Your gifts should be payable to McKendree Church, and marked World Communion Sunday or WCS.

PROMOTION SUNDAY HONORS  This Sunday we will recognize several more of our children who are entering Kindergarten this year.  Please keep all our McKendree children in your prayers.

Please join us to commemorate and celebrate

The Feast of Trumpets!

Rosh Hashanah

Uplifting and joyous music!   Educational and inspirational message!

Horn blowing and dancing!

This Sunday, October 2, 2016; 5-7pm

Christian Life Center Rooftop

This event is for everyone interested in learning about and celebrating the feast.  We’ll have music, a potluck meal, teaching, praise dancing, horn blowing and lots of fellowship!  Please bring a covered dish to share!  Free parking is available in the McKendree Parking Center (entrance to the Rooftop is on the 5th level).  COME FOR A GREAT NIGHT OF CELEBRATION!



REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our 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.  On October 5 we will begin a new study on World Religions (Islam, Buddhism, Unity Church, Scientology, Baha’i, etc.).   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.

LIFE GROUPS!  Do you belong to a Life Group?   McKendree Church has Life Groups for men, for women, for couples, for mixed men and women, for moms, and even for couponers.  Our groups meet at various times during the week and in various locations.  We encourage everyone to be in a Life Group!   If you’d like more information about our Life Groups, contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).



FALL FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Fundraiser for McKendree Children’s Ministry

Friday, October 21st 6-8pm, Christian Life Center Rooftop

Local Musicians and artisans will share their talents, and our McKendree Children will be exhibiting and selling their own fine art.  There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, apple cider, hot chocolate and other concessions for sale; festival games, face painting, a fall-themed photo booth, and more!

Admission is free & all are invited!  Come celebrate the arts and support McKendree’s Children’s Ministry with us!

OCTOBER MISSION FOCUS – Operation Christmas Child   It finally feels like fall outside, and Christmas is coming!  There are only 6 weeks until our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes need to be brought to the church.  Start looking for your shoeboxes and purchasing small gifts (toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing) to fill them.  More information will be coming.

“Some shoebox gifts were delivered to a very poor orphanage in a small city.  The orphanage had just moved to a new location due to problems with the former landlord.  These children were living in very poor conditions.  A young brother and sister had just arrived a few weeks before, and in addition to the trauma of finding themselves without mother or father, they were moved.  The day the shoeboxes arrived, they were sitting alone and looking bewildered.  But when they received the gifts, looks of joy and hope filled their faces.  It was precious to see the older brother helping his sister to open her gift and put on sunglasses and a hat.  Simple things, but they altered these two children’s outlook.  After the gifts were opened, these two were talking and laughing with the other children in the orphanage.” –OCC ministry partner, Southeast Asia

YOUTH PECAN SALE   Our McKendree Youth are selling 1-pound bags of pecans to help us pay for our trip to Warmth in Winter in January!  Bags are $15 and we will be selling until we sell out so get yours soon!  With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons coming up, this is a good time to get pecans for your holiday baking.  Buy a bag and give it to the person in your family who makes those great pies.  See the sign-up sheets in the front and back of the church, or contact Austin Jones at mckendreeaustin@gmail.com.


October 30, 10am Worship Service

Building Bridges of Hope through the Love of Jesus Christ!

Guest Speaker – Mayor Megan Barry

Reception and Silent Auction to follow!

Bring your family and friends!


PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mckendree-united-methodist/id962978531?mt=2

FINANCIAL GIFTS  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 at http://mckendreenashville.com/give.   Also, you can 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.


As part of our commitment to caring for all children, we pray for the following schools: Rose Park Math & Science Middle Magnet, Jones Paideria Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, John Early Middle Magnet, and Hull Jackson Elementary.

MEET OUR SHUT-INS  We have a number of members who are unable to attend services due to age or health problems.  It’s easy to say, “Remember to pray for our shut-ins.”  But you may not know them by name; in fact, you may have never met them.  This year we are introducing you to them through our newsletter this year, so that when we remind you to pray for the shut-ins, you’ll know who they are.  Today we introduce to you Mrs. Imogene Brown.

Imogene (Stewart) Brown grew up in West Tennessee on a small farm with devoted, loving and hard-working parents, an older sister, and her twin sister – our own Willodene Brodrick (did you know they were twins?)  She committed her life to Christ at the age of 7 and that decision has guided her life.  She always wanted to be a teacher, and as a child she practiced her teaching skills with her dolls!

In high school and college she was a cheerleader, and served on class committees and projects.  At Lambuth College she was in the choir and was on the Homecoming Court!

Following graduation Imogene fulfilled her dream of teaching and began her work in the school system, a career she loved for 43 years.  She taught first grade for 27 years, (6 years in Memphis and 21 in Nashville at Brookemeade Elementary School).  She came to Nashville to attend Peabody College to earn her Master’s degree, and fell in love with Nashville and with McKendree UMC.  In 1971 Imogene was named Metropolitan Nashville Teacher of the Year and was a runner up in the Tennessee Teacher of the Year.  She was assistant principal for 4 years, and the principal of Julia Green Elementary School for 12 years.  She loved teaching and she loved all the children and parents.  Her fellow teachers, the children and the parents all loved her back.

One year she picked up a little girl each morning and drove her to school, as the child was being bullied on the bus.  That’s the kind of love she had for the children.  For the twelve years she was principal she wrote positive notes on each and every students’ report card (all 400 or more) every time the reports were issued.  The students looked forward to reading her notes.

At McKendree UMC she attended the Gleaners Sunday School class for singles and that is where she met and later married John Brown.  She and John then became members of the Wesley Sunday School Class. They have one daughter, a son-in-law, and two pretty and loving granddaughters.

Since 1965 when she joined McKendree UMC, Imogene has demonstrated what it means to be a disciple of Christ, serving God by serving others.  She has served as Youth Leader, and as Sunday School Teacher.  Imogene earned the name “Miss Cupcake” by a preschool student who named her that “because she is so sweet.  She served on many Church committees, on the Day Care Board and after retirement she volunteered at the front desk in the Day Care one morning a week.  She was the first woman at McKendree to be Chair of the Administrative Board.  She sang in the choir, and was a member of United Methodist Women and the Susanna Wesley Circle.  She was serving as Vice-President of the UMW unit prior to her 2009 stroke which occurred in the choir room while putting on her robe.  That stroke and others has left her incapacitated with continuing loss of abilities and dementia.

Imogene can be described as kind, patient, generous, loving, friendly, out-going, and a faithful Christian.  Serving her Lord, teaching school, and loving people was just what she did and loved to do.  She is a beautiful person inside and out.


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

Pastor Stephen

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