What’s Happening, February 16, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  This Sunday we will begin our Lenten sermon series, “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

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.  We have had over 40 people sign 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 address the problem through advocacy, prevention and training front line professionals.  We will let you know 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 Sunday afternoons 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.



UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  The McKendree UMW will meet at 10am on February 24 in the Community Room at the church.  Every woman is welcome to come.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Martha Barr at mlbarr315@gmail.com.

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 21, 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.

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.



This year for Lent we are encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we will have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.

Week 1 – February 18-24

Mark 1  Mark’s gospel appears to want to keep the secrecy of Jesus as the Messiah until the appropriate time.  Every time Jesus performs a miracle or makes acclaim, Mark tries to keep it quiet.  During this Lenten Season, how are you preparing for Jesus Christ to shine through you at the appropriate time?

Mark 2  The observance of Sabbath is a commandment from the Old Testament as a time for rest and reflection.  For followers of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath is also considered a spiritual practice.  Mark’s gospel tells us that Jesus is the LORD even of the Sabbath.  How will you intentionally incorporate the Sabbath as a spiritual practice during this Lenten Season and beyond?



EASTER EGGS!   Our Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday, March 18th at 11am on the CLC Rooftop Garden.  We have the eggs, but we need the candy!  Elizabeth Radecic, our Interim Children’s Director, will have empty Easter eggs in a table in the back of the church this Sunday.  Please consider taking home a bag of eggs to fill with candy.  The eggs need to be returned no later than Sunday, March 11th.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  NO PEANUTS!  We have some children with severe peanut allergies and want to be sure the candy is safe for them.  So, please, no peanuts or peanut butter candy (snickers, peanut M&M’s, etc. or anything with peanut butter).  We appreciate your help!

Following the Easter Egg Hunt, we will have a Potluck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 12:00.  More details on this to come!


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/.

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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