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

What’s Happening, August 25, 2017

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 “Women of the Faith!”  We are exploring how God called the women throughout the Bible to participate in His(tory).  Women are called to be in ministry and the negative labels, despairing comments, and glass-ceiling limitations are deeply rooted in Patriarchal structures and patterns.  How do we join with God to reimagine women in ministry for a hopeful and redemptive future?  Join us for a time to hear how God liberates the Women of the Faith, then and now!

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

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP INFORMATION!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group has started an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Even though he was in prison, Paul writes much about rejoicing!  Our scripture study for August 30 will be Philippians 1:27-2:4, Worthy Conduct.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you have any questions — 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

LIFE GROUPS!    Many of our McKendree Life Groups took a break during the summer.  Some groups have already resumed, and others will resume the first week of September.  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  We have groups for men, women, adults (men and women) and young adults (18-25).

Our Life Groups are:

Women’s Life Group 1, 1st/3rd Sundays, 3pm, Panera Bread, West End
Women’s Life Group 2, 2nd/4th Sundays, 10am, McKendree Church
Women’s Life Group 3, every other Thursday, 6pm, 12th South

Men’s Life Group 1, every other Tuesday evening, Bel Aire Barber Shop, 513 17th Avenue North
Men’s Life Group 2, Thursday mornings, 6am Brentwood Panera
Men’s Life Group 3, Thursday mornings, 7:45am, Music Row area
Men’s Life Group 4, Tuesday mornings, 7:50am, MetroCenter

Adult Life Group 1, Thursday evenings, Brentwood
Adult Life Group 2, Saturday afternoons, 1pm, North Nashville
Adult Life Group 3, Sunday mornings, 10:15am, McKendree Church
Adult Life Group 4, Date/Time TBD, Mount Juliet

Young Adult Life Group, Date/Time TBD, Belmont area

Sign-up sheets will be available Sunday morning, at the front and back entrances.  If you need more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.comWe encourage everyone to belong to a McKendree Life Group!

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE!

VOLUNTEERING AT BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY/MENTORS AND READING CLINIC
McKendree UMC is working to deepen and broaden a partnership with Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School located in North Nashville on 1531 9th Avenue North.  Buena Vista Elementary is designated a priority school in the state of Tennessee which means that it falls in the bottom 5% of schools throughout the state in student performance.  Nearly 100% of the student body are from families who live at or below the poverty line with an average family income for the school of $9,000/year.  Only 20% of the student body is reading at grade level and there is a 40% mobility rate (4 out of 10 students who start the year won’t finish the complete school year at Buena Vista) because the school serves two homeless shelters.  There is a great need for mentors and reading clinic volunteers who could dedicate an hour a week to making a difference in the lives of some amazing children.  Please consider volunteering in this great ministry!  For more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES/Missions Focus for September   The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box. This year our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.

 

The boxes need to be returned to McKendree Church by September 24th.

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 and medium toothpaste, soap and washcloth

School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.  McKendree Church will provide coloring sheets for each box.

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

No food items or gum!

The boxes and instruction sheets will be available this Sunday.  NOTE:  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.  We will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

Bless you for participating in this ministry!                                                      — E/M/SJ Team

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO SAVE A LIFE?  Kathy Von Nieda would like to offer CPR classes here at the church.  The schedule will be determined according to the number of people we have, and what days/times will work best.  The cost of the class will be $30 per person, to cover the cost of materials.  Please contact Ruth Baggett (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com) if you’re interested.

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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.

UPCOMING DATES! 

Saturday, September 9 – Leadership Council meeting, 9am
Saturday, September 9 – Life Group Facilitator Training, 10:45am
Sunday, September 17 – Church-wide picnic at Sevier Park.  More details to be announced.
Sunday, October 29 – Church Anniversary Celebration Service.  This is our 230th anniversary!

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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.  The first time you give you will be prompted to visit a secure URL.  Just follow the prompts and enter your information.

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, August 18, 2017

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 “Women of the Faith!”  We are exploring how God called the women throughout the Bible to participate in His(tory).  Women are called to be in ministry and the negative labels, despairing comments, and glass-ceiling limitations are deeply rooted in Patriarchal structures and patterns.  How do we join with God to reimagine women in ministry for a hopeful and redemptive future?  Join us for a time to hear how God liberates the Women of the Faith, then and now!

BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@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.

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McKENDREE GROUP INFORMATION!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Our UMW will meet this Saturday, August 19 at 10am in the Archives Room.  After a brief meeting, we will assemble disaster health kits that go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).  Extra hands are needed and welcomed. We need donations of combs (not pocket combs or rattail combs), hand towels and nail clippers.  All ladies are welcome to join us!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group has started an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Even though he was in prison, Paul writes much about rejoicing!  Our scripture study for August 23 will be Philippians 1:12-26, The Important Thing.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you have any questions – 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

LIFE GROUPS!    Many of our McKendree Life Groups took a break during the summer.  Some groups have already resumed, and others will resume the first week of September.  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – this is a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  We will have a list of groups and sign-up sheets available Sunday.  More information will be in next week’s newsletter.

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SERVICE TO OTHERS!

VOLUNTEERING AT BUENA VISTA ELEMENTARY/MENTORS AND READING CLINIC
McKendree UMC is working to deepen and broaden a partnership with Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary School located in North Nashville on 1531 9th Avenue North.  Buena Vista Elementary is designated a priority school in the state of Tennessee which means that it falls in the bottom 5% of schools throughout the state in student performance.  Nearly 100% of the student body are from families who live at or below the poverty line with an average family income for the school of $9,000/year.  Only 20% of the student body is reading at grade level and there is a 40% mobility rate (4 out of 10 students who start the year won’t finish the complete school year at Buena Vista) because the school serves two homeless shelters.  There is a great need for mentors and reading clinic volunteers who could dedicate an hour a week to making a difference in the lives of some amazing children.  Please consider volunteering in this great ministry!  For more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES/Missions Focus for September  The Evangelism/Missions/ Social Justice team is making a change in our Shoe Box ministry.  This year instead of sending our shoe boxes through Samaritan’s Purse, our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR to Latin America to the missionaries and mission workers who serve in those countries.  This will be our September Mission Focus as the boxes need to be completed by September 24th.

The items to send are similar to those we have been providing in the shoe boxes – school supplies, personal hygiene items and toys.  UMCOR will provide the boxes; it helps to fit their shipping crates if all the boxes are the same size.  The boxes and the information on content and shipping instructions will be available by Sunday, August 27.  We just want to give you heads up so you can plan to participate in this ministry.             — E/M/SJ Team

LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE!  Kathy Von Nieda would like to offer CPR classes here at the church.  The schedule will be determined according to the number of people we have, and what days/times will work best.  The cost of the class will be $30 per person, to cover the cost of materials.  Please contact Ruth Baggett (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com) if you’re interested.

UPCOMING DATES!
Saturday, September 9 – Leadership Council meeting, 9am

Saturday, September 9 – Life Group Facilitator Training, 10:45am

Sunday, September 17 – Church-wide picnic at Sevier Park.  More details to be announced.

Sunday, October 29 – Church Anniversary Celebration Service.  This is our 230th anniversary!

Tuesday, November 7 – Charge Conference, 6pm

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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.  The first time you give you will be prompted to visit a secure URL.  Just follow the prompts and enter your information.

 

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