What’s Happening, February 28, 2019

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday.  We invite everyone to attend!

NEW SACRED SPACE TEAM  Information Session this Sunday at 10 am.  We are looking for artists, poets, people with an eye for design, photographers, people who like to create spaces of beauty, people who pride themselves in yard sale or online finds, and more who would love to use their creativity in worship.  Or even people who don’t have any of those gifts, but just believe worship can (should) be more than just singing and speaking.

We believe in curating worship…which means that Jesus uses all our gifts to create engagement with Him.  We are building a team to create and curate worship experiences and help create experiential worship, meaning praying with all our senses.

Join us Sunday morning at 10am in the fellowship hall to learn more!

BAPTISM  If you are interested in joining the church or in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 615-271-2600 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.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES   March 6 is Ash Wednesday.  We will have two services – at 12:00 noon, in our first floor chapel, and at 6:30 pm, in the sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome!

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.  Thank you for your generosity!

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LENTEN STUDY

As we move toward the season of Lent, many Christians around the world prepare their hearts and minds for forty days of contemplation and preparation for Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  We remember Jesus being tempted for 40 days in the desert as we reflect on our own spiritual wellness and our interactions with the world around us.

This year through the Lenten season, a group will gather weekly to learn more about our relationship with Judaism as Christians—our shared roots, our tumultuous history, and the possibility of reconciliation and interfaith collaboration.  To support our study, we will use Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.  Over the course of our five sessions, we will be hearing a brief history, learning about the Jewish context of Jesus’ parables, scoping out obvious and not-so-obvious anti-Semitism in our world today, and talking about how all of this affects us as Christians.  We will also focus on rituals and practices that come out of this shared history and may enrich our own spiritual lives.  Many of the rituals we practice in the church today, including Baptism and Communion, have their roots in Judaism!  We will learn a new spiritual practice each week, hearing about its origins and having the opportunity to practice together and on our own.

We can enrich our lives as Christians by seeking to build bridges of understanding and reverence with our neighbors of different religions.  Join us at 6pm on Mondays during Lent to begin our immersion into this rich and exciting topic.

We will meet the following dates: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8.  We will gather at 6pm at the United Methodist Publishing House (2222 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228).

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  We will be celebrating on Saturday, March 9th at 10am in Fellowship Hall:

  • That women, children and youth have found faith, hope and love through this wonderful organization for 150 years (1869-2019)!
  • That the first Women’s Foreign Missionary  Society in Tennessee was formed by six ladies here at McKendree in 1872!
  • That only five years later over 100 women at McKendree were members!
  • That by 1878 they sent a missionary to China.
  • That the determination and effort to make missions happen has never ceased at McKendree United Methodist Church.
  • That on the National level the ministry of United Methodist Women’s organization has extended to missions throughout the United States and in many countries.

Now that is one way the love and spirit of Jesus Christ is being spread “into all the world.”  And that is why we are excited and have so much for which to be thankful for and to celebrate!  Come celebrate and share our excitement and joy with us on March 9th!  Please RSVP to Shelley Handy, 615-545-3008, if you are planning to attend.

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CHILDREN’S EASTER EGG HUNT, MARCH 31, 11am
ON McKENDREE CAMPUS

Can you fill some eggs with candy?  We have bags of eggs on the table in the sanctuary.  The eggs need to be returned by Sunday, March 17th.  (No later than March 24th!)

IMPORTANT NOTE: NO PEANUTS OR PEANUT BUTTER!
We have some children with severe peanut allergies and want to be sure
the candy is safe for them.  So please, no Snickers, Reese’s, Peanut M&M’s, etc.

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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 group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  NOTE: We will not meet on March 6, as we will attend the Ash Wednesday Service.

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WE NEED MEN’S WINTER CLOTHING!

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

Also we need men’s black dress pants, solid black shirts/t-shirts and white button down shirts (many jobs require these.)

If you have any of these items, please consider donating them to the church clothes closet.  All donations are greatly appreciated!  Items don’t have to be new, but clean and in good condition.

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

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).

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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.

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

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.

Be shalom,
Pastor Stephen

What’s Happening, March 15, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18

11AM – EASTER EGG HUNT
Rooftop Garden, Christian Life Center

12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
McKendree Church will provide the meat
Our church is blessed with many wonderful cooks —
Please bring your special side dishes and desserts to share!
Everyone is welcome to enjoy this day with us!

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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 Lenten sermon series is “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the Spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

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.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  This year for Lent we are encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  No quizzes, no grades – and you won’t be asked to write an essay!  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, pick up a study sheet at the church or check our website (www.McKendreeNashville.com) for the latest study guide.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Palm Sunday through Easter

The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen stations that travel through Jesus’ final steps to the cross.  They begin at his condemnation by Pilate and go through to his crucifixion and burial.  Our version of the SOTC is a self-guided tour with a devotion, prayer, and activity at each station.  It will be open from Palm Sunday through Easter in the narthex by the office during church hours.

FLOOR LAMPS – The worship team needs floor lamps for Stations of the Cross and other events coming up.  If you have one you could loan us or give us, we would appreciate it greatly.  Please contact Eric at McKendreeEric@gmail.com.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 29, 6:30pm – Maundy Thursday Service
March 30, 12 Noon and 6:30pm – Good Friday Services
April 1, 6:30am – Sunrise Service, CLC Rooftop
April 1, 9am and 11am – Easter Worship Services

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  We are finding this book to be humorous and enlightening.  It pushes us to think from a different perspective.  On March 21, we will look at Letters 11-12, on Laughter and Nothing.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Come and join the United Methodist Women for the monthly meeting which will be Saturday, March 24 at 10am  (NOT at the Church, location to be announced).  Shelley Handy will lead the program on “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  A special self-denial offering will be taken.  All women, girls, children are welcomed.  Women can make a big difference for others when we join together.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS  We plan to begin a Sign Language Class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We’ll meet after the Wednesday Night Bible Study.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  The class will begin on April 4.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you are interested in joining the class (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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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

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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What’s Happening, March 9, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR THIS SUNDAY

  1. TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND! Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!
  2. UMCOR SPECIAL OFFERING THIS SUNDAY We give to help alleviate human suffering when disasters happen, in the U.S. or around the world.  From Houston, Texas to Puerto Rico, UMCOR has been there to help.  Last year the United Methodist Committee on Relief was one of the first relief agencies to be there at a disaster and the last to leave.  Our gifts bring hope.  Praise God that in 2017 we gave over $780 for UMCOR Sunday, and later in the year we gave an additional $880 to UMCOR!  Let’s do it again!

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do,
it’s something “we” do.

— Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

  1. EASTER EGGS  Thank you to everyone who took home empty Easter eggs to fill with candy!  They need to be returned this Sunday, so that we have plenty of time to hide them for the children.

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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 Lenten sermon series is “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

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.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  This year for Lent we are encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we will have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  No quizzes, no grades – and you won’t be asked to write an essay!  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, or pick up a study sheet at the church.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18

11AM – EASTER EGG HUNT
Rooftop Garden, Christian Life Center

12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
McKendree Church will provide the meat
Please bring side dishes and desserts to share!
Everyone is welcome!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are in a study of the book The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  Of the more than 60 books by Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  We are finding this book to be humorous and enlightening.  It pushes us to think from a different perspective.  On March 14, we will look at Letters 9-10, on Pleasures and Bad Friends.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS  We plan to begin a Sign Language Class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We’ll meet after the Wednesday Night Bible Study.  The beginning date hasn’t been set.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you are interested in joining the class (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

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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

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

What’s Happening, March 1, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our Lenten sermon series is “Believe Like Jesus!”  This series calls us to walk daily the journey toward the cross with Jesus’s every step.  Every step that Jesus takes is a step in belief regardless of his circumstances.  The reality of belief is that it is one of the most powerful spiritual forces that believers possess.  Are we willing to follow Jesus Christ close enough to gain a deeper awareness and wider eyes to see and deeper ears to hear God speak?  Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26   This Lenten season let’s be led by the spirit of God to Believe Like Jesus!  It’s possible to live as fully devoted believers in the body Christ!

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.

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.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY!  This year for Lent we are encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we will have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  No quizzes, no grades – and you won’t be asked to write an essay!  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, or pick up a study sheet at the church.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 11am

 11am – EASTER EGG HUNT
Rooftop Garden, Christian Life Center

 12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
Everyone is welcome!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, one of his most well-known classics.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and enlightening.  On February 28, we will look at Letters 9-10, on Pleasures and Bad Friends.   We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS  We plan to begin a Sign Language Class on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We’ll meet after the Wednesday Night Bible Study.  The beginning date hasn’t been set.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you are interested in joining the class (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

UMCOR Special Offering March 11  Sunday March 11 is UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly known as “One Great Hour of Sharing”). We give to help alleviate human suffering when disasters happen, in the U.S. or around the world.  From Houston, Texas to Puerto Rico, UMCOR has been there to help.  Last year United Methodist Committee on Relief was one of the first relief agencies to be there at a disaster and the last to leave.  Our gifts bring hope.  Praise God that in 2017 we gave over $780 for UMCOR Sunday, and later in the year we gave an additional $880 to UMCOR!  Let’s do it again!

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do,
it’s something “we” do.
— Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

Be a Reading Clinic Volunteer at Buena Vista Elementary
Our Pencil Partner school, Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary (1531 9th Avenue North), is still looking for Reading Clinic volunteers.  Volunteers for the Reading Clinic volunteer one hour a week any school day between 9am-2pm and are paired with a student working on their reading skills.  Training is done by Metro Schools.  There are two trainings this month at Carter Lawrence Elementary (1118 12th Avenue South).  The first one is Monday, March 5 from 1-3pm and the second is Tuesday, March 6 from 9-11am.  You can register using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzRMbmAD3mjc_h01Dv_-gG8GmAXRYloZSTl7NWxmGNDGdOdA/viewform

For more information please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

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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).

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