What’s Happening, September 29


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On October 29th we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our October Sermon Series is “Taking the Next Bold and Courageous Step!”  With all of the decisions we make daily sometimes it is difficult to really know what the best decision is.  Sometimes we delay and refuse to make a decision rather than spending time with God so that God can reveal our next step.  Next steps are frightening but God’s next planned step is always faithful and involves a bold and courageous step into God’s preferred future.

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  The Encounter@MetroCenter meets Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House on 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN.  The Encounter is not your average worship experience; it is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  The Encounter is disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

230th CHURCH ANNIVERSARY!  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29!  We will celebrate McKendree’s 230th birthday with a special service on October 29 at 10am.  Dr. Ken Murray, our District Superintendent, will be our guest speaker.  Our theme this year is “Still praying, proclaiming and praising the God of our faithfulness!”  Plan now to attend – bring your family, neighbors, and friends.  A reception and Silent Auction will follow the service.

NOTE:  Life Groups, Bible Classes, Church Families – we are asking each group to prepare and donate a theme basket for our Silent Auction!  All the proceeds from the Silent Auction will go toward our apportionments.  Giving in apportionments is the way our local church (and all local UMC churches) support the national and conference ministries of the United Methodist Church as a whole.

BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or 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, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group is doing an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Our scripture study for October 4 will be Philippians 3:1-11, Gains and Losses.  We have interesting discussions on the scripture each week.  We meet every Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office and we welcome you to join with us for this study series.

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.



MISSIONS REPORT/CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES  We are pleased to announce that McKendree Church packed 46 shoeboxes with Christmas gifts and school supplies!  These Project Christmas Shoeboxes are being sent through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.  Great job, church!  Many thanks for your generosity!



NEW STAFF MEMBER  The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that Robert Johnson has accepted the position of Finance Manager at McKendree UMC.  Robert has exemplified his love for God and willingness to share his financial experience and background.  He brings an extensive background in church finances, enthusiasm for leadership and commitment to making positive strides in our finance ministry.  We look forward to the great things that God will do through him as move forward to advance the kingdom here on earth.  Please join us in holding Robert in prayer and assisting him as he joins the McKendree lead team.  Let’s make sure we give Robert and his wife Meg the McKendree WELCOME!

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.

      Friday, October 27 – The McKendree Day Care Fall Family Festival, 5-7pm in the Christian Life Center gym.  This is always a fun time for children and adults alike.  There will be games and prizes for the children.  And you can win a spectacular dessert at the Cake Walk!  Make your plans now to attend!


Tuesday, November 7 – Charge Conference, 6pm, in Fellowship Hall


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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