What’s Happening, June 8, 2017


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our sermon series is “Intentional Disruption!”  This series calls us to pay close attention to God’s intentional disruption in our life.  In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is a disruptive force for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.  So let’s not fight disruption but rather join God in the journey of renewal.  Disruption helps us change by testing us so that we gather in communion before God and with neighbor.  Disruption strengthens our faith and faith is the only way to please God.  What in your life needs disrupting?

ANNUAL CONFERENCE begins this Sunday, June 11 and will go through Tuesday, June 13.  The sessions will be at Brentwood UMC.  Please be in prayer for our leaders during this time.

ENCOUNTER MINISTRIES  The Encounter@Edgehill and The Encounter@Metrocenter are taking a break from meeting in the month of June.  The design teams for these satellite outposts of McKendree’s ministry to the neighborhoods of Nashville are meeting for a time of reflection on progress so far and visioning toward a re-launch with some innovations in the structure and schedule.

BAPTISM  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for June 14 is Chapter 14, “I Have Won the Victory.”  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL  McKendree’s VBS will be Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16.  We will have classes for children age 3 up to those who have completed 4th grade.  Our theme this year is Camp Out: Getting S’More of Jesus.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday and Sunday, and also for setting up on Friday, July 14.  You may register your child, or register yourself to volunteer at https://vbspro.events/p/events/mckendree2017.  We look forward to seeing you at our Camp Out!

When: This Saturday, June 10 at 10am
Where: McKendree UMC, Community Room
Program: “A Community for Climate Justice”– LaVerne Eagleson will be the facilitator.  There will be Bible Study and Reflection.  The creation story, which reminds us that God’s world is our responsibility, will be explored.  There will be a call to action and commitment to reduce abuse and affirm care for the world.  Come and join our efforts.  You are welcomed.

Also the Nashville District Mission Study on Saturday, June 17th is also on “Climate Justice.”  The study will be at Clark Memorial UMC and will be led by Rev. Heather Bennett.  Rev. Bennett taught the Study at Mission U in 2016 and the study will be offered again in July 2017.  If anyone is interested in attending the Conference UMW Mission U this year it is July 13-15 at St. Mark’s UMC in Murfreesboro.  Night classes are also offered.  Registrations are due June 15 or a late fee will be charged.  Let Martha Barr, Linda Smith, Debbie McCormick, Shelley Handy, Willodene Brodrick, or LaVerne Eagleson know if you would like more information and an application.

McKENDREE LIFE GROUPS  We have a number of Life Groups that meet in different areas of Nashville and on different days/schedules.  If you are interested in being part of any of our Life Groups, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.  Our Life Groups are open to everyone.  Feel free to invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!



MEN’S CLOTHING!  We are in great need of men’s clothing for the clothes closet – pants, shirts, t-shirts, underwear and shoes.  We especially need size large, extra-large and greater!  You can bring your donations on Sunday and place them in the chest just inside the back door.  Thank you for your generosity!

            June 25 – Safe Sanctuary Training and Clean-up Project in Children’s Hall
July 14-16 – McKendree’s Vacation Bible School


PRAYER WALL  We now have a prayer wall on the table at the back of the church.  You may take a tag (in a box on the table), write out your prayer need, and tie it onto a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team will pray over all the concerns submitted.  We welcome people from our congregation to submit concerns and to read and pray over the concerns of our church body.

WORDS OF THANKS  It is hard to know where to begin, but I would like to express my deepest appreciation to everyone in the McKendree community.  Thank you for loving me and my family and for opening up your hearts and lives to us.  We have not taken your kindness and generosity for granted, instead, we have thanked God and wondered how we have been so fortunate to live life with you!

Through eighteen years of serving this community, God has developed in me a great love for His Body, His Word, and His mission.  You all have helped in this process. Please do not ever doubt how much I love you!

Thank you Lord!

Jordan Callaway


McKENDREE GIVING  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 available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.  You may also 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.

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


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

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