What’s Happening: Oct 13, 2016


The Mission Focus for September, Community Care Fellowship, is being continued until Sunday, October 23.  CCF serves many functions for the homeless community and for the near-homeless families in the James Cayce Housing Neighborhood.  Many mothers depend on Community Care to provide diapers for their babies.  Community Care has asked if we could help – there is a desperate need for diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6) and for Neosporin/antibiotic ointment.  Donations can be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.  All donations will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

NOTE FROM THE TENNESSEE CONFERENCE  regarding Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief   Thank you to everyone who has already reached out to us on how to respond to those affected by Hurricane Matthew.  At this early stage, damage is still being assessed so that an appropriate response can be put together.  We will communicate any need for volunteer deployment as soon as it is available to us.

The Tennessee Conference has one Early Response Team deployed to South Carolina and we are working with trained ERT’s for additional deployment as requests are made.  As needs are communicated to us, we will let you know specifically what kinds of supplies or kits are needed by our UMCOR warehouses, at this time there is NOT a need.

In the meantime, there are a couple of things you can do:

Pray.  Our friends and partners across the Caribbean and up the Eastern Seaboard need our genuine prayers in the days, months and years to come.

Donate.  UMCOR is receiving funds to help as needs are requested.

Click here to donate to the domestic relief funds.

Click here to donate to the international relief funds.



 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.  Oftentimes we see through the lens of scarcity (shortage).  What if we changed our prescription to see through the lens of abundance?  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.

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.  We are in a study on World Religions (Islam, Buddhism, Unity Church, Scientology, Baha’i, etc.) in the light of Christianity.  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?   If you’re not involved in a McKendree Church Life Group, you’re missing out!  Life Groups offer a time to form friendships, have fellowship and study the Word of God together.  We have a number of different Life Groups, which meet at various time and places during the week.  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).



It’s almost here!

 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!



YOUTH PECAN SALE   Our youth will have the pecans here Sunday and you may pick up your order.  There may be a few bags of pecans still available to buy, but you need to get them quickly!  The 1-pound bags are $15, and proceeds are to help pay for their trip to Warmth in Winter in January!  Contact Austin Jones at mckendreeaustin@gmail.com if you would like to get a bag of pecans!

McKENDREE CHILDREN’S FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!  Friday, October 21st 6-8pm, Fellowship Hall   We will also be making blankets for the Linus Project together.  Please bring finger food to share!  Contact Carly Abel at mckendreecarly@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The Fall Festival of the Arts, which was originally scheduled for this date, has been canceled.  We hope to have this event at a later time.

PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to


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 https://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.


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

Pastor Stephen


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