What’s Happening, November 17, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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 are 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.

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!

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!

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

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

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, Hidden Figures and Get Out.  We are very excited to discuss St. Vincent this Sunday, November 18.  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 in Pastor Stephen’s office this Sunday, November 18 at 1pm to watch the movie 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!

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE

MEN’S CLOTHING NEEDED FOR CLOTHES CLOSET!   It feels like winter has come early – and our displaced men and women are in great need of warmer clothing.  We especially need warm clothing for men.  Sweat 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.

CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL  Yes, we do plan that the kitchen will be completed!  We will have our traditional Christmas Eve meal for the downtown displaced community on Monday, December 24.  The meal will be served at 11:30am.  We’ll be needing food and funds donated to prepare our meal for about 300 guests.  More information will be coming soon!

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UPCOMING EVENTS!

Sunday, December 16 – Children’s Christmas Program and Confirmand Celebration

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Meal for the Downtown Displaced Community, 11:30

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, 1pm and 6pm

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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).

KITCHEN UPDATE!  THE END IS IN SIGHT!  After many months, we are now in the final stages of completing the kitchen renovation.  The hood and duct work are all in; the system has been turned on and it is UP AND WORKING!  The next item on our list is having the new floor put it.  It will be a poured concrete floor and will take 4-5 days to complete.  We anticipate our new equipment to arrive the first week of December.  This has been a long process but when you see the new kitchen and storage areas, you will agree it has been worth it.  WATCH FOR NEWS OF A CELEBRATION WHEN THE WORK IS COMPLETED!

 

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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, November 9, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

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.

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GENERAL CONFERENCE LISTENING SESSIONS
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!

THERE IS ONLY ONE MORE LISTENING SESSION TO ATTEND

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

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE

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.

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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).

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

What’s Happening, October 12, 2018

It’s Almost Time!
(Just two weeks away!)

 Church Anniversary Sunday!
October 28, 2018

10am Service
Celebrating 231 Years of Ministry!

Speaker: Rev. Junius Dotson,
General Secretary of Discipleship

 Special Music with The Agape Singers
Theme: “See All the People!”

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SILENT AUCTION  It’s Silent Auction time at McKendree!!  We are asking that all McKendree groups, including Life Groups, Sunday School classes, Ministry Teams, etc., put together a basket for the Silent Auction on October 28, 2018.

We are also looking for restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets, gift cards, and other items that can be auctioned off alone.  If you have a connection for one of those items or something you personally want to donate, please let the church staff know.

All Baskets and items should be turned in by Wednesday, October 24th.  If you need ideas, receipts, or request letters, please contact Annaleigh Christie at annaleighchristie@yahoo.com.

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On October 28th we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our October sermon series is “The Generosity of Jesus!”  One of the realities of generosity is understanding our need to extend generosity through grace because Jesus always extends generosity to us in the form of grace.  Grace comes to humanity unexpectedly; it becomes an extension of God’s love for us so that we can extend the love through grace to others.  When we become people known by our generosity, people will be amazed and transformed by the presence of Jesus Christ!

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 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.

CHARGE CONFERENCE  Our Annual Charge Conference for this year will be Thursday, November 1 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is a meeting with our District Superintendent (Rev. Ken Murray) and is a time where the Leadership Council presents our church budget, our Staff Parish Team recommends candidates for the ministry and our Ministry Teams give reports on what we’ve done this year, and plans for next year.  It’s a time to review where we are and plan ahead for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

NEW CLASS ALERT! – 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” will examine the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theatre.  Join us after the 9 am service as we discuss a different movie each week and grow together in Christ!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY   We are in a study of the Gospel of Matthew.  We are mainly just going through the Scripture itself using various Bible translations, but we are supplementing our study with the book Be Loyal: Following the King of Kings by Warren Wiersbe.  Our study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

TENNESSEE CONFERENCE UMW ANNUAL MEETING  Murfreesboro First UMC, with UMW Chief Executive Director, Harriett Jane Olsen as the guest speaker.  All UMW need to hear her.  (She is a former member of McKendree UMC.)

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SPECIAL MEETING!   PUBLIC HEARING regarding CHURCH STREET PARK
Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6pm – Metro Parks Board Room, 2565 Park Plaza

This hearing is to solicit public input on the future of Church Street Park.  (This is the park across the street from McKendree Church.)  Many of the displaced people use this park as a place to rest – a place they can be without “trespassing” on private property.  A developer wishes to build on this property, adding more apartments/condos and parking to downtown.  The purpose of this meeting is to get public input on Metro Government’s decision.

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

McKENDREE DAY CARE CARNIVAL, Friday, October 26, Christian Life Center gym  We’ll have games and activities for the children – three-legged race, bean bag toss, baby crawling contest, music and more.  Can you bake?  We are in need of baked goods for the carnival!  If you can bake a cake for the carnival, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, or email at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).  More details on the carnival will be coming next 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

John Wesley Goes to the Movies!

JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES
Sunday mornings in October and November
10 am, Community Room

“John Wesley Goes to the Movies” will examine the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theater.  Join us after the 9 am service as we discuss a different movie each week and grow together in Christ!

What’s Happening, September 28, 2018

THIS SUNDAY IS
UNITY (FIFTH) SUNDAY!
We’ll have one service at 10am
followed by a
CHURCH PICNIC ON THE ROOF!

Whitt’s Barbecue and all the fixings provided!
Please bring desserts or COLD salad!

Join us on the rooftop of the Christian Life Center!
Everyone is welcome!

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Church Anniversary Sunday!
October 28, 2018
Celebrating 231 Years of Ministry!

Speaker: Rev. Junius Dotson
Special Music with The Agape Singers
Theme: “See All the People!”

 

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SILENT AUCTION  It’s Silent Auction time at McKendree!!  We are asking that all McKendree groups, including Life Groups, Sunday School classes, Ministry Teams, etc., put together a basket for the Silent Auction on October 28, 2018.

We are also looking for restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets, gift cards, and other items that can be auctioned off alone.  If you have a connection for one of those items or something you personally want to donate, please let the church staff know.

If you need ideas, receipts, or request letters, please contact Annaleigh Christie at annaleighchristie@yahoo.com.  All Baskets and items should be turned in by October 24th.

CHARGE CONFERENCE  Our Annual Charge Conference for this year will be Thursday, November 1 at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  Charge Conference is a meeting with our District Superintendent (Rev. Ken Murray) and is a time where the Leadership Council presents our church budget, our Staff Parish Team recommends candidates for the ministry and our Ministry Teams give reports on what we’ve done this year, and plans for next year.  It’s a time to review where we are and plan ahead for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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LIFE GROUP EMPHASIS THIS SUNDAY

During this Fifth Sunday Service we will spend a few moments focusing on McKendree’s ministry of life groups-sharing information about the ministry, hopes for expansion, and offer an invitation to consider joining an existing group or helping to launch and/or host new groups.

At McKendree United Methodist Church you will hear a lot about life groups.  What are they and why do we feel like they are so important?

Simply put, a life group is a small group (ideally 8-10 people) committed to meet together for a season (a minimum of twice a month for a semester)  for the primary purpose of walking together as a group on the Christian journey to grow deeper in our faith in Christ and to engage in missional activity as a group.  We believe that life groups are an essential means for making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world simply because life groups are places where people learn how to interpret their entire lives through the lens of the gospel, build a vocabulary for giving voice to their experience of God, and grow in faith in Christ.

We currently have life groups meeting in MetroCenter, North Nashville, 12th South, Lebanon, and Midtown among other locations.  We hope to launch at least 2-3 new life groups this year and are exploring the possibility of a virtual/online life group where a small group could connect electronically even if participants were not in the same area.

If you have an interest in knowing more, joining a Life Group or helping to launch or host one, I hope you’ll be able to join us this Sunday.
— Rick Quinn

 

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE DATES IN OCTOBER:

October 13th: Conference UMW Annual Meeting – Murfreesboro First UMC, with UMW Chief Executive Director, Harriett Jane Olsen as the guest speaker.  All UMW need to hear her.  (She is a former member of McKendree UMC.)

October 20th: McKendree UMW unit Meeting at the Church, 10am

October 27th: Red River District Annual Meeting at St. Bethlehem UMC, 2202 Old Russellville Pike in Clarksville, with Sara Wilke, Interim Executive Director of the Scarritt-Bennett Center.

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NEW CLASS ALERT! – JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES
10 am Sunday mornings in October and November – Community Room.  “John Wesley Goes to the Movies” will examine the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theatre.  Join us after the 9 am service as we discuss a different movie each week and grow together in Christ!

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