What’s Happening, December 22, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

CHRISTMAS EVE at McKENDREE!
— 10:00am – Combined Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Sanctuary

— 11:30am – Christmas Eve Meal for the downtown displaced community

—   6:00pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Sanctuary

Christmas Eve service and mealCHRISTMAS EVE MEAL  This is the 5th year McKendree Church has hosted a Christmas Eve meal and celebration for the displaced in our downtown community.  We are preparing for 300 guests – with a meal of turkey and dressing and ALL THE TRIMMINGS.  The meal will be at 11:30am on Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve.

Volunteers are welcome – for help receiving guests at our different entryways, setting up the dining room, serving the meal, organizing gifts, hospitality, bussing tables, washing dishes, directing guests to the gift room across from the Fellowship Hall, and other jobs as they arise.  Please contact Cindy Ligon at mckendreecindy@gmail.com if you’d like to be part of this special day.

We invite everyone to come and enjoy this Christmas time with us!

NEW YEAR’S EVE at McKENDREE!  On Sunday, December 31, we will have one combined worship service at 10am.  We will conclude our December Sermon Series, “Unbreakable Gifts for Christmas!”  Every Christmas we will spend money on those right gifts.  Many of these gifts will get broken or no longer work.  What if this year we gave Unbreakable Gifts for Christmas?  Imagine giving Hope, Love, Joy and Peace to family, friends and especially strangers.  The gospel offers insight in preparation for our Savior Jesus coming into the world.  As we prepare this Advent Season for Jesus, what gifts are we expecting and what gifts are we giving this Christmas?  Let’s follow Jesus’ example and give Unbreakable Gifts!

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY   Our Encounter Ministry will not meet December 24 or December 31.  We invite you to join us on Sunday, January 7 at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH!  Our mid-week service will not meet December 27.  We invite you to join us Wednesday, January 3 at 12 Noon in the first floor chapel for our time of worship.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS!   We are in great need of help to fold, sort and put away the clothing!  This can be done in the morning or afternoon, works with your schedule, when the closet is NOT open to the public.  Please contact Ruth at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com if you can help.

We also need:  plastic bags (Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, etc.) and men’s winter clothing!  Donations may be brought to the church on Sunday or during the week (call Ruth before you come).

YOUTH FUNDRAISER – if you ordered chocolate, tea or coffee from our Youth for their Warmth in Winter Fundraiser, your items will be at the church Sunday!  You may pay for them and pick them up Sunday morning.  Thank you to everyone who ordered!

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

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.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE  The Church Office and Day Care will be closed Monday-Tuesday, December 25-26 for Christmas.

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.

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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/.

GIVING NOTE:  To receive credit for your end of year giving, your donation must be in the church office by December 31, or postmarked by December 31.  Thank you!

May you all have a Blessed Christmas!

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

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