What’s Happening, January 18, 2019


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  In our new Sermon Series “Made For More!” Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, reminds the people of the Ephesus community to unite under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ!  Christ has reconciled the whole of creation to himself and to God.  Paul is writing from prison to the church in Ephesus that they have a responsibility because humanity was Made For More in this world.  God has invited humanity to participate in this transforming act of salvation through Jesus Christ.

People of all nations are united to Christ and to one another in the church, through the working of the Trinity.  Paul uses several word pictures to describe the church: body, temple, mystery, new creature, bride, and soldier.

Christians should lead holy lives that give honor to God.  Paul issues specific guidelines for right living because humanity was Made For More!

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

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.  We are taking a change (coin) offering each Sunday.  Bring your change to create change!

COME INSCRIBE OUR NEW ALTAR PRAYER CLOTH!  As a gift in honor of our young people who have recently completed Confirmation, we have received a new handmade patchwork prayer cloth for our altar.  The Confirmands have written on this altar cloth their prayers for peace, hope, joy, love, or bridge building—for our church, their schools, our city, our country, or our world.  Everyone is invited to join these wonderful young people in prayer, writing your own short prayer on an empty patchwork block.  Once it is filled with the prayers of our congregation, this altar cloth will be a visual representation of our individual and communal hopes, stitched together by our belief that God will continue to work wonders in our world.  Look for a table with the altar cloth and fabric markers set up inside the sanctuary!



ADULT STUDY GROUP—10am Sunday mornings  We meet in the Community Room (near garage entrance).  We invite everyone to join us as we grow together in Christ!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT   Our Adult Bible study has started back with our study on the Gospel of Matthew.  Our study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  On January 23 our reading and study will be on Matthew chapter 13.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!



          sweat shirts/pants         flannel shirts                  jeans                 shoes and socks
jackets and coats           hats and gloves              blankets

We haven’t had any ice or snow yet, but the possibility is predicted for this weekend!  We are in great need of warm clothing for men!  All donations are greatly appreciated!  Items don’t have to be new, but clean and in good condition.  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.

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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