What’s Happening,January 4, 2019

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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 will be taking a change offering each Sunday.  Bring your change to create change!

CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL FOR THE DISPLACED – IT WAS GREAT!  On Christmas Eve we had a meal for our neighbors – around 300 people were here to enjoy ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sweet potato casserole, along with chess pie and brownies.  This would not have been possible without you!  One hundred volunteers were here to cook, serve, decorate, set up tables, greet our guests, help in the gift room, clean up and help in so many ways.  Thank you for your donations of food, money, time and presence!  Thanks to you, Christmas was not just another day for our neighbors.  God’s blessings on you all!

SCOUT APPRECIATION BREAKFAST, JANUARY 13!  Our Boy Scout Troop 219 wants to say thanks and show their appreciation for the support of the McKendree Church family.  They are doing this by inviting you to BREAKFAST at 10am on Sunday, January 13.  This is NOT a fundraiser; there is no cost to youEveryone is invited to join us in the Fellowship Hall!

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CLARIFICATION ON PARKING IN THE McKENDREE GARAGE

Our parking garage is leased to and run by Premier Parking.  The corporation is changing to a fully automated system, which means there will no longer be attendants in the booth or on the first floor of the garage as you come in.

Sundays mornings – Take a ticket when entering the garage.  This will open the entrance gate so you may come in.  The exit gate will be open (up) from 10am-1pm on Sundays.  Parking will be free for attending worship on Sunday mornings.

Wednesday evenings – Take a ticket when entering the garage.  You will need to pick up a voucher, they will be in the green treasure chest in the back hallway.  As you leave, put your parking ticket in the machine.  The machine will tell you how much you owe.  Scan the parking voucher to override the charge and raise the gate.

Other times coming to the church – Take a ticket when entering the garage.  You will need to pick up a voucher from the church office.  As you leave, put your parking ticket in the machine.  The machine will tell you how much you owe.  Scan the parking voucher to override the charge and raise the gate.

Please call Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600) if you have any questions.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

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 ACTIVITIES   Our Adult Bible study will resume on Wednesday, January 9.  We will resume our study on the Gospel of Matthew.  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm each Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  Our Chancel Choir rehearsal will also resume on Wednesday, January 9.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  All ladies are invited to our meeting on Saturday, January 12 at 10am in the McKendree Community Room.  It is time to make plans for 2019.  We need your ideas for programs and projects as we will be planning the schedule and setting the goals for the year.  If you cannot be present, but have suggestions to offer we would appreciate it if you would send them by e-mail or telephone to Martha Barr at 615-957-6081 or to me at 615-641-6858.  We want this to be a productive year for growing in our relationship with Christ, and increasing our knowledge of issues and systems that need to be addressed as we put love and faith into action.  You are invited to make the organization of United Methodist Women part of your spiritual life in 2019!

— Willodene Brodrick

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE

MEN’S CLOTHING NEEDED FOR CLOTHES CLOSET!   Last January at this time, the temperature was below zero!  I’m thankful the temps haven’t gotten that low yet this winter.  But we still have a lot more winter to go, and our displaced men and women are in great need of warmer clothing.  We especially need warm clothing for menSweat shirts/pants, flannel shirts, jeans, jackets and shoes will be greatly appreciated! Blankets, coats, hats and gloves are also greatly needed.  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO FOLD AND SORT CLOTHING!  We need help to sort, hang and fold our clothing donations.  This is done when the clothes closet is NOT open for guests, so we can fit your schedule.  Morning or afternoon, on a regular basis, or just a one-time come and help.  All assistance is greatly appreciated!  Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can help in this vital ministry – 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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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

What’s Happening, May 31, 2018

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2
9am-4pm
For children age 3 years to those who have completed 5th grade

Our VBS theme this year is “Hay Day: Growing in Friendship with Jesus.”  We’ll have a one-day fun-filled event on Saturday, June 2 from 9am-4pm.  Volunteers are also needed.  If you are willing to help in anyway please contact Daphne Coomer or Alison Weakley ASAP.  Nursery will be provided for volunteers.

2018 Hay Day, 1a

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GRADUATES RECEPTION
THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10am

This Sunday we will honor our graduates, Pastor Stephen Handy, Andrew Skipper, Noah Handy and Micheal Travis, with a reception at 10am in the Narthex.  We invite everyone to fellowship with us and congratulate these people on their accomplishments!

— Pastor Stephen Handy – Doctorate of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary,
Washington, D.C., May 7
— Andrew Skipper – Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore,
Kentucky, May 19
— Noah Handy – High School Diploma, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School,
May 19
— Micheal Travis – High School Diploma, East Nashville Magnet High School, May 20

Although she is not graduating this year, we give congratulations to Andrea Flores Burroughs on completing the requirements of her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Meharry Medical College!

Graduates, you have done well!  We are very proud of you and pray God’s blessings on you in the future!

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BREAKING NEWS!  BREAKING NEWS!

KITCHEN RENOVATION!  WE ARE BEGINNING WORK ON A TOTALLY NEW CHURCH KITCHEN!  We plan on starting our kitchen renovation on Monday, June 25th.  We need lots of help on Saturday, June 23rd moving everything out of the kitchen, pantry and storeroom.  Please plan on helping!!!!!!

We’ll have two work times on Saturday, June 23rd in the fellowship hall: first crew 9:30-12:00 and a second crew 12:00-3:00.  Please let Ruth Baggett know if you’re planning to come and work!  (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com)

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our June/July sermon series will be “Talking with God!”  This series will explore what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series will give 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 will use the Lord’s Prayer as guide for this eight part series.

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.

WHAT’S NEXT? GETTING PLUGGED IN AT McKENDREE!  If you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, our ministries, our future, or want to be more connected, join us Sunday, June 10 at 10am in the Archives Room (#209, just across from the church office) following the 9am service. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the ministry and vision of McKendree Church, meet our leaders and take a tour of the church, and find a place to connect!  If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Ruth Baggett at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

SCHEDULING NOTE  Our Wednesday Night Bible Study and Chancel Choir are taking a break for the summer.  We will resume on Wednesday, August 1.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  Your help is needed for a big recycling effort on Thursday, June 14 (11:45- 2:45) at Brentwood United Methodist Church!!!  Volunteers are needed to collect paper and plastic from a very large lunch at the Annual Conference of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The lunch will be spread out over 16 rooms on three floors of the church.  This is not hard work, but lots of willing hands are needed.  Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can help with this effort at Annual Conference (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

CLOTHING CLOSET ORGANIZATION  We need one-time help!  We are in great need of persons to help organize clothing in our church clothes closet.  We have been gifted with a large donation of clothes!  Most of it has been sorted, but still needs to be folded and organized before we can re-open the closet to the public.

If you can assist one time for a morning, an afternoon, an evening, a couple of hours, whatever fits your schedule – we truly need help!   Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can donate some time (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

We also need volunteers for the closet when it is open to the public – to greet our guests, help them find clothing, and give information about McKendree Church.  Volunteers are needed for 2-hour times, either morning or afternoon, any day Monday-Friday, once a week, twice a month – whatever fits your schedule.  Please let Ruth know if you can volunteer.

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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

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