What’s Happening, February 2, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Over the next two weeks, we will be in a new series called “Unspeakable Joy!”  Joy is a deliberate act of obedience in response to who Christ is and what he has done.  We can reclaim the joy of the LORD!  If joy is demanded of us, let the people of God live a life of Unspeakable Joy!

CELEBRATION FOR McKENDREE!  For the first time in over two decades, McKendree Church paid our apportionments at 100% for 2017!  Apportionments are the main way individual, local churches support the ministries of the United Methodist Church.  Together, through our connected congregations, we accomplish what no single church, district or annual conference ever could hope to do alone.  In this way, each individual, each family, each congregation gives a fair share for the church’s work.  We combine our prayers, presence, gifts and service to make a significant difference in the lives of God’s people.  The general funds include: World Service Fund (missions), Black College Fund, Episcopal Fund, Ministerial Education Fund, Africa University Fund and other UM ministries.

McKendree’s apportionment total for 2017 was $64,791 and we paid in full!  We celebrate that we are fully able to support our United Methodist ministries!

WEAR RED!  We are asking everyone to wear red each Sunday this month.  “Standing in the Red Zone” is the theme of United Methodist Women’s 2018 Intercept Human Trafficking action.  This action seeks to provide love, mercy and justice for women, teens and children affected by sex trafficking.  We are taking this one step further and making this a Social Justice ministry of our entire church.  Last Sunday over 40 people signed up to be a part of this missional initiative.  Our next steps involve connecting with End Slavery Tennessee.  They provide specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addresses the problem through advocacy, prevention and training front line professionals.  We will let you of ways to be involved as we move further in this area of ministry.

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  We invite you to join us this Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are 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.

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES   February 14 is Ash Wednesday.  We will have two services that day.
12:00 noon, in our first floor chapel
6:30 pm , in the sanctuary
Everyone is welcome to attend!



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by C.S. Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and enlightening.  On February 7, we will look at Letters 5-6, on War and Focus.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  The Bellevue UMC e-circle has invited McKendree UMW to join together to plan events.  The UMW e-Circle is for women who would like to be in fellowship with other women, bond spiritually and be in mission but who are constrained from meeting monthly because of work and/or family obligations.  If you would like to attend, please contact Deb Marshall and let her know.
         Next gathering time?   Thursday, Feb 8 at 7:00 PM
         Where?   The home of Anneli Terry Nelson at 527 Doral Country Drive, Nashville  37221
         What will be happening?   Planning for calendar year 2018.  Come and offer your ideas  and suggestions!
         Contact person:   Deb Marshall at djmarshall62@gmail.com

DISTRICT TRAINING EVENT  Our Red River District is having a Leadership Training Event – Loving, Learning and Leading, on Sunday, February 25, 4-6pm at Hobson UMC.  All church staff, team leaders and ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.  Hobson UMC is located at 4590 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218.  For more information, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.



CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS!   The temperature is up and down, consistent with winter in Nashville!  We are in need of warm clothing for our clothes closet.  Specifically we need:
       — winter clothing, especially for men (sweaters, jeans sweatshirts and pants, socks)
       — coats, hats, scarves, gloves for men and women
— blankets
— help to fold, sort and put away the clothing!
 We need help in the mornings or afternoons, when the closet is not open to the public.  One time help or weekly, monthly help – all is appreciated!


Donations may be brought to the church on Sunday or during the week.  Call Ruth Baggett before bringing donations during the week, so she knows you’re coming.  If you can help in the closet, please call Ruth to schedule a time.  Ruth’s number is 615-271-2600 or you can email her at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.



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.


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 through PayPal or EasyTithe 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

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.

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

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