What’s Happening: November 23, 2016

MINISTRY AT McKENDREE!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  November 27 will be the first Sunday of our Advent sermon series, “Awaiting the Already!”  In this series, we look into the future of the coming of Christ again.  Although we know that Christ has already been born, even before His birth, Christ was among us.

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Each Sunday at 12:30pm, McKendree Church has an alternative worship service for those who feel “church” isn’t for them.  This service meets at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  The Encounter@MetroCenter seeks to be a multi-racial, multi-cultural faith movement for the purpose of building bridges of hope so that people come to know, love, serve and share Jesus Christ with others.  We seek to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world by engaging in vital conversations about gospel and reconciliation, compassionate relationships with all people, and life-giving action that moves us beyond our comfort and complacency into the mission field of North Nashville and beyond.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AND CAROL SING-ALONG  Our children will present the Christmas story on Sunday, December 11th at 10:15, on the front lawn.  We encourage all our adults to be present and enjoy the work of the children, and especially the Children’s Team.

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.  This week we will begin a short Advent study.  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.

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NEW BI-LINGUAL LIFE GROUP — Our newest Life Group is our Spanglish Life Group, for those who speak either Spanish or English, or both.  We embrace our multi-cultural nature, seeking to know and grow in our relationship to God while supporting one another, deepening our understanding of each other via learning each other’s language and culture.  We intend to be totally bilingual so that all may feel comfortable, whichever their primary language may be.  We’ll study God’s Word, pray for each other and share from our hearts what God is doing in our lives.

The leaders of the group are Raciel and Esther Gutierrez and Christian Saldano.  We are meeting each Sunday Panera Bread at the corner of 5th and Commerce following the 9am worship service.  We meet for one hour, approximately 10:15-11:15am.  Our opening theme is “A Life of Giving Thanks.”  We invite you to come!

URGENT MISSION NEED!  ANGEL TREE GIFTS  We have received the list of students from Rose Park Middle School (our Pencil Partner) and their requested items.  We still have 50 names and requests not taken.  Almost all of these requests are for clothing.  Please take a request and let’s make Christmas brighter for these children!  You may pick up your Angel Tree name on the table in the front of the church.  These gifts need to be returned to the church by Sunday, December 4th.

DECEMBER MISSION FOCUS:  Christmas Eve Meal  Starting December 4 we’ll be soliciting food items for our Christmas Eve Meal for the homeless of downtown Nashville.  We’re preparing for 300 guests.  We are also requesting gift bags with basic winter supplies for being on the streets.  Each bag should contain these 6 items:

a pair of gloves           a pair of socks                                     a hat(stocking cap)
hand warmers             chapstick (store brand is fine)      some Christmas candy

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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 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.

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PRAYER CONCERNS
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.

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS BRUNCH   December 10th, 10am, at Debbie McCormick’s home (2084 Traemoor Village Drive, Nashville, 37209).

Bring to the meeting:  One or more of the following items: Laundry soap, Dish soap, Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels), personal hygiene products (shampoo, toothpaste, soap), socks, undershirts, house shoes/slippers.  Note: If you cannot attend, but wish to contribute to a gift need, bring it on Sunday, December4th or 11th.  They have to be delivered on the 12th.  These are the wish list items for Christmas Gifts for 220 shut-ins served by Bethlehem Center.

Program:  Introduce yourself and share a brief Christmas memory that was extra fun or exciting for you.  We will repeat the Purpose of United Methodist Women and sing Christmas carols.  A Christmas devotional will be given by Margaret Cornell, Nashville District President.  You will be blessed by this lady who is deeply committed to God and to the UMW.  Her smile will bring you joy by itself!!

PLEASE RSVP by December 4th to–Willodene Brodrick (615-641-6858), Debbie McCormick (931-206-3481), or Martha Barr (615-957-6081).  We need to know how many are coming and if you have room in your car for another person.  Parking is limited and we ask that you please carpool.

All women and girls are invited!

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

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