What’s Happening, July 20, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (Next Sunday we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our June/July sermon series is “Talking with God!”  This series explores what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series gives us the understanding and confidence to pray with ease and expectation.  Often we think about prayer as a well-crafted experience and we need just the right language for God to hear us.  What if prayer were just the opposite?  We are using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for this two-month series.

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY    Our Encounter Ministry is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We meet at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publish House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting (for the summer) on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  We invite you to join us and bring a neighbor, family or friends!  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.


Saturday, July 21
9:30am until …..

We are planning a work day tomorrow (Saturday) in the kitchen area.  We will start about 9:30am.  If you cannot come that early that is okay.  Having fresh workers during the morning will be a good solution.

We need help with the following tasks:
1) scrape and sand the walls, then wipe clean
2) walk behind the floor scraper (electric) to remove the old floor
3) clean the storeroom in preparation for painting
4) clean the stainless steel table, microwave, warming cabinet and bakers rack.

WARNING – These jobs are REALLY DIRTY!  Wear your oldest clothes.  We do have masks to wear in the kitchen, you may want a hat.

Please bring some old rags and rubber gloves (everything is too dirty to touch).  Bring a short ladder if possible.  We have 5, but could use some more.

The old dishwasher has been removed and Goodwill came Wednesday and got the old chest freezer.  Our new appliances have been ordered.  We’re making progress!

Thanks so much to everyone for all your help – God is good!


Fifth Sunday Service, 10am!

CAROLING ON THE LAWN   To celebrate our Christmas in July, we’ll be singing Christmas Carols on the front lawn on Saturday, July 28, at 10am.  All singers welcome!  You do not have to be a member of the choir or praise band to participate.  We’ll gather at the church at 9:30am.  As we sing, we’ll give out bottles of water to people passing by, and invite them to our special Christmas in July service on July 29.  Everyone is invited to join us!  Donations of bottled water will be greatly appreciated!  (Singers – please bring a bag of ice with you!)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY, JULY 29!  This is a Fifth Sunday, and we will have one combined service at 10am.  We are requesting spiral notebooks, composition books and pencils for Buena Vista Elementary School.  In 2016 we received 1500 pencils and 410 notebooks.  Last year we received 2000 pencils, and 505 notebooks.  What can we do this year?  Bring your gifts to the church office ahead of time or bring them to church on July 29.  Gift wrapping not necessary!


Sunday, July 29
Following our 10am worship service

We will have opportunities for work teams to participate in service projects in line with our missional commitments.

One of the project options involves an opportunity to serve at our Pencil Partner School in North Nashville, Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School.  They are requesting a team of 8 volunteers for an indoor project on Sunday, July 29th working in the school’s clothing closet (the school provides uniforms to many students as well as clothes for children and families) and setting up their new “behavior” store providing positive reinforcement for their young scholars.

We want to make sure to fill this project up to provide assistance to the great staff and students at Buena Vista.  If you are interested in being a part of this work team and seeing the great stuff going on at Buena Vista contact Debbie McCormick at (dmccormick1@gmail.com) or contact the church office (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com) because slots will fill up fast!

Our other projects will be at McKendree Church – organization of the Church Clothes Closet, and sorting and boxing the Christmas in July school gifts.

This is a time for us to take our worship outside of the church building and share our faith with Nashville!


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/.   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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