From Me to We Leadership!

Exodus 18:10-27, CEB

Sharing is not part of the human psyche.  We are raised to possess and control.  But in the story of Moses there is another moment where God offers a holy perspective through Jethro his father-in-law.  The idea of lessening the burden of carrying the entire load of people is referred to as delegation of authority.  It’s another way to say shared leadership.  Jethro offers Moses some insight about shared leadership.

Partner with the right people who possess godly wisdom!
The next day Moses sat as a judge for the people, while the people stood around Moses from morning until evening.  When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What’s this that you are doing for the people?  Why do you sit alone, while all the people are standing around you from morning until evening?” Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God.  When a conflict arises between them, they come to me and I judge between the two of them.  I also teach them God’s regulations and instructions.”  Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing isn’t good.  You will end up totally wearing yourself out, both you and these people who are with you.  The work is too difficult for you.  You can’t do it alone.”   Exodus 18:13-17

Choose trustworthy, compassionate, and capable people!
“Explain the regulations and instructions to them.  Let them know the way they are supposed to go and the things they are supposed to do.  But you should also look among all the people for capable persons who respect God.  They should be trustworthy and not corrupt.”   Exodus 18:20-21

Develop a system that connects people to God and each other!
“Set these persons over the people as officers of groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  Let them sit as judges for the people at all times.  They should bring every major dispute to you, but they should decide all of the minor cases themselves.  This will be much easier for you, and they will share your load.”  Exodus 18:21-22

Listen for God’s next for the people!
Moses listened to his father-in-law’s suggestions and did everything that he had said.  Moses chose capable persons from all Israel and set them as leaders over the people, as officers over groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.  They acted as judges for the people at all times.  They would refer the hard cases to Moses, but all of the minor cases they decided themselves.  Then Moses said good-bye to his father-in-law, and Jethro went back to his own country.   Exodus 18:24-27

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“When we share our life, we expand the kingdom!”

God Says!

Exodus 14:26-31, New Revised Standard Version

Uncertainty can invite faith!  And faith pleases God!  Moses and the Israelites have experienced an on (faithful) and off (unfaithful) relationship with God.  Their trust has been challenged while being shaped.  Now God’s chosen people find themselves in the in-between of life.  Choosing to go back into their past or venturing out into the unknown by faith.  God’s hand has delivered them from Pharaoh and the oppressive land of Egypt.  God’s compassion led them to an obedience of faith!

In the twenty-first century, many Christians struggle to maintain their faith.  In the midst of uncertainty, how does Moses’ faith come alive?

Faith Aligns with Obedience!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.”   Exodus 14:26

Obedience Awakens the Heart!
So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth.  As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea.  The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained.  But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.   Exodus 14:27-29

 The Heart receives the WORD!
Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians.  So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.   Exodus 14:30-31

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Never Underestimate God!”

Breaking Free from Fear!

Exodus 6:28-7:7 New Revised Standard Version

God is ready to deliver Israel from bondage and bring them into the Promised Land.  Despite several attempts to strengthen Moses, he is not ready because of fear.  Everyone has something they fear.  It’s amazing what fear can do to people.  However, God knows our fears.  Moses was afraid of failure!  Fear is often grounded in failure.  Moses felt insufficient and overwhelmed by the weight of responsibility.  What do you fear?  How does God break Moses free from fear?

God confronts Moses’ fears!
On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I am speaking to you.”   Exodus 6:28-29

Moses confesses his fears to God!
But Moses said in the Lord’s presence, “Since I am a poor speaker, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”   Exodus 6:30

God protects His plan!
“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and I will multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.  When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.”   Exodus 7:3-4

Obedience of God casts out all fear!
“The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.”  Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them.  Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.”   Exodus 7:5-7

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God seals the deal!”

What’s Happening, August 10, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sunday we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our August sermon series is “Moments with Moses!”  In his lifetime, Moses had several defining moments with God and with the Israelites.  From the burning bush, crossing of the Red Sea to the Ten Commandments, Moses lived an adventurous life.  When following God there is no sense of certainty, only faithfulness.  When we lose faith, we seek certainty.  Even today, our lives are defined by moments so let’s live for the moments with God and each other.  Living a life full of moments invites us to be open to God’s next move.

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 Publish House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting (for the summer) 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.

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  The UMW will meet on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 pm.  (NOTE: A 2:00 meeting will be only this 1 time.)  This change is due to the memorial service for Dan Schmutz at the Church at 10:00 am.

Note to Program Plan Readers: Please send Willodene Brodrick (wbrodrick@tds.net) which reading plan you have completed or plan to complete before the end of the year.

Plan I – 5 books, 1 in each category plus regular reading of Response Magazine;
Plan II – 10 books, 2 in each category plus Response;
Plan III – 15 books, 2 from each category plus 5 additional books from any category and regular reading of Response;
Plan IV – 20 books plus Response & New World Outlook Magazines
(Children and youth books can be counted in Plans II, III, & IV.)

If you have any questions, please call Willodene Brodrick at 615-641-6858.

Needed: To complete Hygiene Kits for UMCOR:
Greatest need is Hand towels (no wash cloths at this time)
Also needed are combs, nail clippers and toothbrushes

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are beginning a study on the book of Matthew, based on the book, Be Loyal, by Warren Wiersbe.  Our assignment for August 15 is to read Matthew chapters 1-2.  We meet at 6pm each Wednesday Night in Pastor Stephen’s office.  Everyone is welcome.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY!

AUGUST MISSION PROJECT – Christmas Shoeboxes for UMCOR  The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box.  Our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.

The boxes and the suggested list of items will be on the tables at the front and back entrances.  PLEASE NOTE:  NO FOOD ITEMS, NO GUM, NO TOOTHPASTE!

Suggested items for the boxes are:
Small toys — balls, dolls, hot wheels cars, marbles (limit 5), McDonald’s toys

Personal hygiene items – lotion, shampoo, comb and brush, small hand mirror, toothbrush, soap, washcloth

School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.

Clothing – one pair flip-flops, 1 pair of socks for Sunday, underwear, shorts and t-shirts (boys and girls), dresses

NOTE:  The shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  McKendree Church will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.  The deadline date for returning the boxes is August 26th.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY  On Sunday, July 29th we celebrated Christmas in July – a time when we bring gifts of school supplies for a local school; this year our designated school was Buena Vista Elementary School.  Last year we had a total of 505 composition books and spiral notebooks, approximately 2000 pencils, plus other school supplies.  This year we had:

351 composition books                 225 spiral notebooks                     34 folders
2100 pencils (approximately)      56 mechanical pencils                  13 boxes of crayons
29 glue sticks
plus color pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes/pouches, 3-ring binders, notebook paper, tab dividers, scissors, and washable markers.  For the teachers, we had over 300 pens, plus dry erase markers, highlighters, index cards, hand sanitizers, tissues, and hand soaps.

You did a great job, McKendree Church!!  The teachers and staff at Buena Vista send their thanks and appreciation.  These supplies will make starting school much easier.  Thank you so much for your spirit of giving and generosity!

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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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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

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, August 3, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our August sermon series is “Moments with Moses!”   In his lifetime, Moses had several defining moments with God and with the Israelites.  Our lives are defined by moments so let’s live for the moments with God and each other.

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 Publish House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting (for the summer) 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.

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.

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KITCHEN PROGRESS REPORT!

Removing old stoveOur kitchen renovation is moving along!  Here’s what’s been done so far—

All the old equipment is gone!  The old duct work, fans and hood, the old stove, dishwasher, convection oven and icemaker.  Just getting that old stove out of the building was a real challenge!

The wooden shelving in dish room has been removed, old soap dispensers taken down and all the holes in the walls repaired.  All the flooring has been taken up, and the floor scraped down.  The walls and ceiling have been sanded.  Painting has begun.

The equipment that will go back in the kitchen has been given a thorough cleaning and is currently being stored in the fellowship hall.

The new duct work, fans and hood were delivered, and they are in the fellowship hall. They are beautiful.

All the new equipment has been ordered – a 6-burner gas range, convection oven, freezer, dishwasher and ice machine!

Metro Water Works met with us concerning drain lines and grease traps.  We have 3 floor drains that are open; the 2 that don’t flow can be capped off, which means we do not have to break up the floor to install new drains.  This was fabulous news.  Also we do not have to install a grease trap at this time.  (It can be installed later with no problem.)

Thanks so much to everyone who came on our work days and gave their time and energy!  A special ‘Thank you” to Steve and Penny Hooper, who have been at the church every day making sure that everything is done!  This renovation would not be happening without them.

We’re looking forward to our new space and how God will minister to others through it.

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AUGUST MISSION PROJECT – Christmas Shoeboxes for UMCOR  The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box.  Our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.

The boxes and the suggested list of items will be on the tables at the front and back entrances.  PLEASE NOTE:  NO FOOD ITEMS, NO GUM, NO TOOTHPASTE!

Suggested items for the boxes are:

  • Small toys — balls, dolls, hot wheels cars, marbles (limit 5), McDonald’s toys
  • Personal hygiene items – lotion, shampoo, comb and brush, small hand mirror, toothbrush, soap, washcloth
  • School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.
  • Clothing – one pair flip-flops, 1 pair of socks for Sunday, underwear, shorts and t-shirts (boys and girls), dresses

NOTE:  The shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  McKendree Church will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

The deadline date for returning the boxes is August 26th.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY REPORT!!

CAROLING ON THE LAWN   We had a lot of fun singing Christmas carols out on the front lawn last Saturday!  Some people did a doubletake as we were outside with our Christmas hats, reindeer antlers, etc.  Maybe they thought the year had gone by faster than they realized, or maybe they thought the heat had gotten to us!  But it was a great opportunity to meet people and celebrate Christmas at any time of the year!  Thanks to all who came and helped!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY  Thank you to everyone who brought spiral notebooks,  composition notebooks and pencils for Buena Vista Elementary School.  It’s not too late — you can still bring them to the church office or to morning worship in the next two weeks!  Gift wrapping not necessary!  Supplies are still coming in, so we don’t have a total count yet.  We’ll give you the total of our gifts soon!

WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Worship Without Walls projects last Sunday.  A group of people went to Buena Vista Elementary School and worked at setting up their Behavior Store, and their clothing room.   Two groups of people worked here at McKendree Church – counting and organizing the Christmas In July school supplies, and also sorting, folding and organizing clothes for McKendree’s Clothes Closet.  Your work was a blessing and very much appreciated!

 

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

NEW STAFF!  Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that Emily Scott has accepted the position as Director of Children’s Ministry at McKendree UMC.  Emily has exemplified her love for God and willingness to share that love with children.  She is currently enrolled at Belmont University.  Emily has extensive experience working with children and assisting with making them disciples of Jesus Christ.  Her leadership and commitment are making lifelong positive impressions on our children.  We look forward to the great things that God will do through her as our children learn about the love of Jesus Christ.

We are also pleased to announce that Jason Wayne has joined the McKendree staff as Facilities Manager.  This position will be responsible for maintaining our well-known historic facility.  He is coming to us from Ohio with a vast array of experience in the management of facilities as well as other gifts of carpentry and welding.  We thank him also for his service to our country where he served in the U. S. Army.  He is listening to God’s call on his life in ministry.  We are elated to have Jason serve with us and become a resident of Nashville.

Please join us in holding Emily and Jason in prayer and support as they work in the service of God through McKendree now and in the days ahead.

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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 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

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