What’s Happening: December 23, 2016


CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL AND CELEBRATION, 11:30am — Meal for the Displaced in our Downtown Community.  We’re preparing for 300 guests!  A meal with turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, and all the rest, cooked by our McKendree Church volunteers.  Served by volunteers from the Church, Day Care and community.

CHRISTMAS EVE GIFT BAGS   Along with our Christmas Eve Meal, we also would like to give each guest a gift bag.  Our goal is 300 bags!  Items needed in the bags are:
Warm socks    Hat (stocking cap)       Hand-warmers            Gloves
Chapstick         Protein bar      Bottled water  Christmas candy

Please let Cindy Ligon (mckendreecindy@gmail.com) or Ruth Baggett (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com) know if you can donate gift bags!




CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE, 10AM — one combined worship service!

Everyone is welcome at all our Celebration Services!



CHURCH/SCHOOL PARTNERS IN MISSION  McKendree UMC is looking to expand its partnership with Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School in North Nashville.  Buena Vista is currently looking to recruit volunteers to serve as Reading Clinic aides; PENCIL Foundation will be providing training for this ministry.  Buena Vista is a priority school and serves a student body that is 100% economically disadvantaged.  The school is located at 1531 9th Avenue North, Nashville, 37208.  Volunteers are needed Monday–Thursday for 30 minute sessions, at any time from 8:15 -2:00 (the last session would be 2:00 – 2:30).  The training will have two options: the afternoon of January 5th or the morning of January 18th.  Please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com for more information.



Life Group logo, no tag lineWhy Life Groups?
We believe that the Christian life is never a solitary journey.  We are called to life together in God and with neighbor.

At McKendree UMC we believe that Life Groups are an essential means for making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.  Life Groups are places where people learn how to interpret their entire lives through the lens of the gospel, build a vocabulary for giving voice to their experience of God, and grow in faith in Christ. 1

What are life groups?
At McKendree United Methodist Church you will hear a lot about life groups.  What are they and why are we so insistent on their importance?

Simply put, a life group is a small group (ideally 8-10 people) committed to meet together for a season (a minimum of twice a month for a semester) for the primary purpose of walking together as a group on the Christian journey of growing deeper in our faith in Christ and engaging in missional activity as a group.  Life groups are organized around some version of the primary question “How is our life in God? Where have we felt or experienced God’s presence in the last week?  How is our relationship with God and neighbor?

What is MDNA?
Each Life Group focuses on discipleship though what we refer to as MDNA.

Each Life Group participant is expected to be:

  • Missional – connect with people in the community
  • Discipling – studying the word of God together with a diverse group of people
  • Nurturing – offer support and care to each other daily
  • And reflecting a high and consistent level of Accountability – meaning whatever we promise to God and each other we honor it with our words, thoughts and actions – that is our promise

How do I get involved?
For more information or to join a Life Group, contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

1 Kevin M. Watson, The Class Meeting:  Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience (Franklin, TN, Seedbed Publishing, 2014) p.6


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.


From Pastor Stephen and all the Staff,
we wish you and your family a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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