What’s Happening, March 1, 2018


 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our Lenten sermon series is “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!

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

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.

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.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  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.  No quizzes, no grades – and you won’t be asked to write an essay!  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, or pick up a study sheet at the church.


SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 11am

Rooftop Garden, Christian Life Center

Everyone is welcome!



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, one of his most well-known classics.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and enlightening.  On February 28, we will look at Letters 9-10, on Pleasures and Bad Friends.   We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS  We plan to begin a Sign Language Class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We’ll meet after the Wednesday Night Bible Study.  The beginning date hasn’t been set.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you are interested in joining the class (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.



UMCOR Special Offering March 11  Sunday March 11 is UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly known as “One Great Hour of Sharing”). We give to help alleviate human suffering when disasters happen, in the U.S. or around the world.  From Houston, Texas to Puerto Rico, UMCOR has been there to help.  Last year United Methodist Committee on Relief was one of the first relief agencies to be there at a disaster and the last to leave.  Our gifts bring hope.  Praise God that in 2017 we gave over $780 for UMCOR Sunday, and later in the year we gave an additional $880 to UMCOR!  Let’s do it again!

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do,
it’s something “we” do.
— Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

Be a Reading Clinic Volunteer at Buena Vista Elementary
Our Pencil Partner school, Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary (1531 9th Avenue North), is still looking for Reading Clinic volunteers.  Volunteers for the Reading Clinic volunteer one hour a week any school day between 9am-2pm and are paired with a student working on their reading skills.  Training is done by Metro Schools.  There are two trainings this month at Carter Lawrence Elementary (1118 12th Avenue South).  The first one is Monday, March 5 from 1-3pm and the second is Tuesday, March 6 from 9-11am.  You can register using this link:


For more information please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@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.  You may also share your concerns with the church staff by phone (615-271-2600) or email (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

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 s 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.


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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