What’s Happening, November 9, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  “Fear Not!” is the November Sermon Series!  Recent events such as the Jewish Synagogue where eleven people were killed, the volatility of the stock market, racial tension, gun violence, religion intolerance, and political indifference is driving fear for many people.  People are fearful of never getting married, fearful of losing a job, of not being able to pay the mortgage.  We have fear of the unknown, fear of intimacy, and even fear of commitment.  One of the realities of this life is fear of things.  These are real concerns and fear seems reasonable to a person, even when it appears irrational.  But fear drives us away from God and reveals our desire to control the circumstances before us.  The number one command in the Bible is “Fear Not,” and it’s also a loving invitation to trust God.

BAPTISM  If you are interest in joining the church or in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 61-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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 Publishing House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting 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.

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS  We are in need of nursery volunteers for the upcoming holiday season.  If you are willing to spend a Sunday morning in the nursery with our sweet babies and toddlers, please notify Emily Scott at mckendreeEmily@gmail.com or contact the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.  Thank you!

CHANGE FOR RWANDA  McKendree Church is  sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year.  Currently the United Methodist pastors in Rwanda do not receive an adequate salary to support their families.  It takes only $34 (U.S. money) a month to support a pastor in Rwanda.  Please bring your loose change for a special offering for our Rwanda Remains Faithful project.   We will be taking a change offering each Sunday.  Your loose change can bring about change for these faithful men of God!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT  There will be NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH on Sunday, November 25 (Thanksgiving weekend).  The Nursery will be open for children age 5 and under.



JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES  10 am Sunday mornings in October and November, Community Room (near garage entrance).  “John Wesley Goes to the Movies” examines the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theatre.  So far we’ve talked about Groundhog Day and Hidden Figures.  We are very excited to discuss Get Out this Sunday, November 11.  Join us at 10 am!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY   On November 21 our Wednesday Night group will begin an Advent study taken from the book, A Christmas Carol.  To reacquaint ourselves with this story, we will gather on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm to watch the movie on A Christmas Carol.  This Advent study will be for 5 weeks, November 21-December 19.  If you’d like to join our group for this short study, please contact Ruth Baggett at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.  We’d love to have you!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN   Our UMW will meet on Saturday, November 17 at 10am in the Community Room at the church.  Our program will be the World Thank Offering, which is a way for the United Methodist Women to show their gratitude for God’s blessings.  The offering received will be used for the Mission Program of the National UMW.


For Discussion of the Three Proposal Models for The Way Forward

The Tennessee Conference delegation is hosting multiple Listening Sessions this Fall to hear from you as they prepare to attend the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26, 2019.  Pastor Stephen Handy is one of the delegates to this Special Session.

All Listening Sessions with members of our General Conference Delegation are open to everyone.  Please make an effort to attend to hear about the three proposal models for The Way Forward for the United Methodist Church.  These models will be presented at the meeting, but more Information can be found at www.umnews.org/en/news/ask-the-umc-can-you-explain-way-forward-plans-cob-recommendation.

Please note: This is NOT a presentation, but rather an opportunity for YOU to express your opinions and concerns as well as to pray with delegation members.  Everyone is invited to attend!


Sunday, November 11, 3-5pm
Madison Street UMC
319 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN  37040



MEN’S CLOTHING NEEDED FOR CLOTHES CLOSET!   Fall is definitely here – and these cool days and nights mean the displaced community are in great need of warmer clothing.  We are good on women’s clothing, but in great need of warm clothing for men.  Sweat shirts/pants, flannel shirts, jeans, jackets, coats and shoes will be greatly appreciated!  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.



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).

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.

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.

As always, remember God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!
Pastor Stephen

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