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, February 8, 2019

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  In our Winter 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!

SCOUT SUNDAY  This Sunday (February 10) is Boy Scout Sunday.  We welcome the members of our Scout Troop 219 and their families to our services today.  Our Scout Troop was organized in 2004 and to date 18 young men have accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout.  We are proud of all our young men!

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.

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.  Bring your change to create change!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Our UMW regular meeting will be this Saturday, February 9th at 10am in the Community Room.  The program will one of our Special Programs, The 2019 Call To Prayer and Self-Denial.  Debbie McCormick will be the program leader.  We will be learning more about the difficult circumstances children and youth face around the world, how United Methodist is promoting their well-being and equal opportunities for them, and how members can support children and youth through the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering, which will be collected at this meeting.  All women, youth and children are welcomed.

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.  We are currently studying the Gospel of Matthew.  On February 13 our reading and study will be on Matthew chapter 15.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

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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 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.

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

Be Shalom!
Pastor Stephen

What’s Happening, January 18, 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 are taking a change (coin) offering each Sunday.  Bring your change to create change!

COME INSCRIBE OUR NEW ALTAR PRAYER CLOTH!  As a gift in honor of our young people who have recently completed Confirmation, we have received a new handmade patchwork prayer cloth for our altar.  The Confirmands have written on this altar cloth their prayers for peace, hope, joy, love, or bridge building—for our church, their schools, our city, our country, or our world.  Everyone is invited to join these wonderful young people in prayer, writing your own short prayer on an empty patchwork block.  Once it is filled with the prayers of our congregation, this altar cloth will be a visual representation of our individual and communal hopes, stitched together by our belief that God will continue to work wonders in our world.  Look for a table with the altar cloth and fabric markers set up inside the sanctuary!

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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   Our Adult Bible study has started back with our study on the Gospel of Matthew.  Our study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  On January 23 our reading and study will be on Matthew chapter 13.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

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WE HAVE A NEED!

WE NEED MEN’S CLOTHING!
          sweat shirts/pants         flannel shirts                  jeans                 shoes and socks
jackets and coats           hats and gloves              blankets

We haven’t had any ice or snow yet, but the possibility is predicted for this weekend!  We are in great need of warm clothing for men!  All donations are greatly appreciated!  Items don’t have to be new, but clean and in good condition.  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.

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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).

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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.

THE CHURCH OFFICE AND DAY CARE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 21 FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

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,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, 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