What’s Happening, August 3, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our August sermon series is “Moments with Moses!”   In his lifetime, Moses had several defining moments with God and with the Israelites.  Our lives are defined by moments so let’s live for the moments with God and each other.

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.



Removing old stoveOur kitchen renovation is moving along!  Here’s what’s been done so far—

All the old equipment is gone!  The old duct work, fans and hood, the old stove, dishwasher, convection oven and icemaker.  Just getting that old stove out of the building was a real challenge!

The wooden shelving in dish room has been removed, old soap dispensers taken down and all the holes in the walls repaired.  All the flooring has been taken up, and the floor scraped down.  The walls and ceiling have been sanded.  Painting has begun.

The equipment that will go back in the kitchen has been given a thorough cleaning and is currently being stored in the fellowship hall.

The new duct work, fans and hood were delivered, and they are in the fellowship hall. They are beautiful.

All the new equipment has been ordered – a 6-burner gas range, convection oven, freezer, dishwasher and ice machine!

Metro Water Works met with us concerning drain lines and grease traps.  We have 3 floor drains that are open; the 2 that don’t flow can be capped off, which means we do not have to break up the floor to install new drains.  This was fabulous news.  Also we do not have to install a grease trap at this time.  (It can be installed later with no problem.)

Thanks so much to everyone who came on our work days and gave their time and energy!  A special ‘Thank you” to Steve and Penny Hooper, who have been at the church every day making sure that everything is done!  This renovation would not be happening without them.

We’re looking forward to our new space and how God will minister to others through it.


AUGUST MISSION PROJECT – Christmas Shoeboxes for UMCOR  The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box.  Our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.

The boxes and the suggested list of items will be on the tables at the front and back entrances.  PLEASE NOTE:  NO FOOD ITEMS, NO GUM, NO TOOTHPASTE!

Suggested items for the boxes are:

  • Small toys — balls, dolls, hot wheels cars, marbles (limit 5), McDonald’s toys
  • Personal hygiene items – lotion, shampoo, comb and brush, small hand mirror, toothbrush, soap, washcloth
  • School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.
  • Clothing – one pair flip-flops, 1 pair of socks for Sunday, underwear, shorts and t-shirts (boys and girls), dresses

NOTE:  The shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  McKendree Church will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

The deadline date for returning the boxes is August 26th.



CAROLING ON THE LAWN   We had a lot of fun singing Christmas carols out on the front lawn last Saturday!  Some people did a doubletake as we were outside with our Christmas hats, reindeer antlers, etc.  Maybe they thought the year had gone by faster than they realized, or maybe they thought the heat had gotten to us!  But it was a great opportunity to meet people and celebrate Christmas at any time of the year!  Thanks to all who came and helped!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY  Thank you to everyone who brought spiral notebooks,  composition notebooks and pencils for Buena Vista Elementary School.  It’s not too late — you can still bring them to the church office or to morning worship in the next two weeks!  Gift wrapping not necessary!  Supplies are still coming in, so we don’t have a total count yet.  We’ll give you the total of our gifts soon!

WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Worship Without Walls projects last Sunday.  A group of people went to Buena Vista Elementary School and worked at setting up their Behavior Store, and their clothing room.   Two groups of people worked here at McKendree Church – counting and organizing the Christmas In July school supplies, and also sorting, folding and organizing clothes for McKendree’s Clothes Closet.  Your work was a blessing and very much appreciated!




NEW STAFF!  Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that Emily Scott has accepted the position as Director of Children’s Ministry at McKendree UMC.  Emily has exemplified her love for God and willingness to share that love with children.  She is currently enrolled at Belmont University.  Emily has extensive experience working with children and assisting with making them disciples of Jesus Christ.  Her leadership and commitment are making lifelong positive impressions on our children.  We look forward to the great things that God will do through her as our children learn about the love of Jesus Christ.

We are also pleased to announce that Jason Wayne has joined the McKendree staff as Facilities Manager.  This position will be responsible for maintaining our well-known historic facility.  He is coming to us from Ohio with a vast array of experience in the management of facilities as well as other gifts of carpentry and welding.  We thank him also for his service to our country where he served in the U. S. Army.  He is listening to God’s call on his life in ministry.  We are elated to have Jason serve with us and become a resident of Nashville.

Please join us in holding Emily and Jason in prayer and support as they work in the service of God through McKendree now and in the days ahead.


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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