What’s Happening, August 25, 2017


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our August Sermon Series is “Women of the Faith!”  We are exploring how God called the women throughout the Bible to participate in His(tory).  Women are called to be in ministry and the negative labels, despairing comments, and glass-ceiling limitations are deeply rooted in Patriarchal structures and patterns.  How do we join with God to reimagine women in ministry for a hopeful and redemptive future?  Join us for a time to hear how God liberates the Women of the Faith, then and now!

BAPTISM   If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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.



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group has started an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Even though he was in prison, Paul writes much about rejoicing!  Our scripture study for August 30 will be Philippians 1:27-2:4, Worthy Conduct.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you have any questions — 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

LIFE GROUPS!    Many of our McKendree Life Groups took a break during the summer.  Some groups have already resumed, and others will resume the first week of September.  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  We have groups for men, women, adults (men and women) and young adults (18-25).

Our Life Groups are:

Women’s Life Group 1, 1st/3rd Sundays, 3pm, Panera Bread, West End
Women’s Life Group 2, 2nd/4th Sundays, 10am, McKendree Church
Women’s Life Group 3, every other Thursday, 6pm, 12th South

Men’s Life Group 1, every other Tuesday evening, Bel Aire Barber Shop, 513 17th Avenue North
Men’s Life Group 2, Thursday mornings, 6am Brentwood Panera
Men’s Life Group 3, Thursday mornings, 7:45am, Music Row area
Men’s Life Group 4, Tuesday mornings, 7:50am, MetroCenter

Adult Life Group 1, Thursday evenings, Brentwood
Adult Life Group 2, Saturday afternoons, 1pm, North Nashville
Adult Life Group 3, Sunday mornings, 10:15am, McKendree Church
Adult Life Group 4, Date/Time TBD, Mount Juliet

Young Adult Life Group, Date/Time TBD, Belmont area

Sign-up sheets will be available Sunday morning, at the front and back entrances.  If you need more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.comWe encourage everyone to belong to a McKendree Life Group!



McKendree UMC is working to deepen and broaden a partnership with Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School located in North Nashville on 1531 9th Avenue North.  Buena Vista Elementary is designated a priority school in the state of Tennessee which means that it falls in the bottom 5% of schools throughout the state in student performance.  Nearly 100% of the student body are from families who live at or below the poverty line with an average family income for the school of $9,000/year.  Only 20% of the student body is reading at grade level and there is a 40% mobility rate (4 out of 10 students who start the year won’t finish the complete school year at Buena Vista) because the school serves two homeless shelters.  There is a great need for mentors and reading clinic volunteers who could dedicate an hour a week to making a difference in the lives of some amazing children.  Please consider volunteering in this great ministry!  For more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES/Missions Focus for September   The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box. This year our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.


The boxes need to be returned to McKendree Church by September 24th.

Items for the boxes are:
Small toys — balls, dolls, hot wheels cars, marbles (limit 5), McDonald’s toys

Personal hygiene items – lotion, shampoo, comb and brush, small hand mirror, toothbrush and medium toothpaste, soap and washcloth

School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.  McKendree Church will provide coloring sheets for each box.

Clothing – one pair flip-flops, 1 pair of socks for Sunday, underwear, shorts and t-shirts (boys and girls), dresses

No food items or gum!

The boxes and instruction sheets will be available this Sunday.  NOTE:  Shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  We will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

Bless you for participating in this ministry!                                                      — E/M/SJ Team


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO SAVE A LIFE?  Kathy Von Nieda would like to offer CPR classes here at the church.  The schedule will be determined according to the number of people we have, and what days/times will work best.  The cost of the class will be $30 per person, to cover the cost of materials.  Please contact Ruth Baggett (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com) if you’re interested.


PRAYER WALL  Our prayer wall is located 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 place it on a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team 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.


Saturday, September 9 – Leadership Council meeting, 9am
Saturday, September 9 – Life Group Facilitator Training, 10:45am
Sunday, September 17 – Church-wide picnic at Sevier Park.  More details to be announced.
Sunday, October 29 – Church Anniversary Celebration Service.  This is our 230th anniversary!


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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