What’s Happening, April 13, 2018


9am – Scouts Appreciation Breakfast (for the congregation)
The breakfast is free, as a gift from our Scout Troop to McKendree Church!

10am – We will have one combined worship service

Worship without Walls will follow!
(See Opportunities for Service)



SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On April 29 we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our April Sermon Series is called “Be Anxious for Nothing: Stay Calm!”  Most of us at some point in our lives become overly anxious.  Anxiety takes up residence in our hearts.  Anxiety can be deadly if it goes unchecked.  As Americans the cost of anxiety is over 300 billion dollars in medical bills and lost productivity in the workplace annually.  Paul, in his letter to the church in Philippi, offers not only good advice, but also a way to overcome anxiety by staying calm.  Life is worth living without anxiety and is possible because Jesus Christ is no longer in the tomb!

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.



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  This is a classic work of religious satire and shows us how we are unknowingly tempted to stray from our faith, and how we can triumph!  This book is written from the perspective of Screwtape, one of Satan’s highly placed assistants, as he mentors his nephew Wormwood in the ways of demonhood.  We are finding this book to be humorous and enlightening and it pushes us to think from a different perspective.  On April 18, we will discuss Letters 15-16, on Past, Present, Future and Eternity and Churches.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.



DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR, APRIL 15  The Nashville Downtown Partnership will be hosting the Downtown Home Tour this Sunday, April 15, from 12-5pm.  As people walk down the street, we hand out cookies and a flyer with information about the church and talk with them.  We also invite them to come inside and see the church.  We need volunteers who will be outside to give out cookies and flyers and talk to people.  We also need volunteers inside the narthex who can tell people a little about the church and show them the sanctuary.  The tour is from 12-5 pm, but most of the foot traffic will be over by 3pm.  If you can help either inside or outside, from 12-3pm, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

We also need cookies, lots of cookies!  Homemade or packages from the store, either is fine.  You may bring them to the church office Sunday morning.

The Downtown Home Tour is a way to greet people who are considering a move to our neighborhood.  We want them all to know that they are welcome at McKendree Church!

BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  The 3rd/4th grade students at our Pencil Partner, Buena Vista Elementary will take the state assessment, TNReady, in just a few short weeks.  Students will sit for a portion of the exam each day – each section lasting anywhere from 45-80 minutes.  We are looking for volunteers who are interested/willing to assist as test proctors in our four 3rd/4th grade classrooms.  In this role, you’ll be “teacher back-up” when it comes to handing out materials, ensuring that students have what they need during the test, watching the classroom in case the teacher has to step out with a student, etc.

If you’re curious about what sitting in a room full of quiet students looks like, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

If interested, please use this link to see the schedule/sign-up for one of the days/times:  https://www.volunteersignup.org/PEQHW.  If you sign up for a slot, contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com for information on location and sign in procedure at the school.

WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS!  On Sunday, April 29th, we will have a Worship Without Walls experience.   We will come together for a short worship service, then we will serve God by helping others.  (NOTE: The WWW project at Buena Vista is on Friday/Saturday, April 27/28.)  Our work projects will be:

Scarritt Bennett Center, Sunday, April 29
       Outside work – weeding, mulching, etc. on the grounds
Inside work – polishing and cleaning tables and chairs

McKendree Church, Sunday, April 29
       Clothes Closet – folding and organizing clothes
Cleaning – dusting and polishing pews

Buena Vista Elementary School, Friday/Saturday, April 27/28
       Friday, April 27 – Sorting donations for Health and Wellness Fair, 11am-3pm
Saturday, April 28 – Health/Wellness Fair Assistance, 9am-2pm

A sign-up sheet will be on the tables at the front and back entrances.  For more information, you may contact Debbie McCormick at dmccormick1@gmail.com.

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  On Saturday, May 12th, McKendree Church will co-sponsor in Creation Care Recycling Day at West End UMC, from 9am-12pm.  This will be an opportunity for:

Document shredding – bring paper and photos in an untied garbage bag or open
Electronic recycling – computers, monitors, DVD players, electronics, printers,
televisions and more.  There is a $10 charge for CRT monitors and a $25
charge for all televisions.
Batteries – dry-cell batteries, disposable and rechargeable and others
Medications – dispose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, pills, liquids,
Donations for Goodwill – clothing, household items, furniture, books, working

As a co-sponsor, we need volunteers to help at West End UMC on May 12.  Volunteers will direct cars through the parking lot and help unload items from people’s cars/trucks.  We need to fill 3 slots from 8:30-12:15.  You can volunteer for all 4 hours, or for 2-hour shifts (8:30-10:40/10:30-12:15).  If you have questions or can help on May 12, please contact Karasheila Jackson at krochellenoskcaj@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help!


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

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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