What’s Happening, March 9, 2018

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR THIS SUNDAY

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

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

— Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

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

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18

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

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

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

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

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

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McKENDREE GIVING  Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated.  Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account.  Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  Online giving s available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.   You may also text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.

PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mckendree-united-methodist/id962978531?mt=2

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

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

What’s Happening, March 1, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

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

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 11am

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

 12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
Everyone is welcome!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

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

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

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

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

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

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

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

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

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PRAYER WALL  Our prayer wall is located on the table at the back of the church.  You may take a tag (in a box on the table), write out your prayer need, and place it on a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team pray over all the concerns submitted.  We welcome people from our congregation to submit concerns and to read and pray over the concerns of our church body.  You may also share your concerns with the church staff by phone (615-271-2600) or email (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

McKENDREE GIVING  Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated.  Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account.  Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  Online giving s available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.   You may also text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.

 

PASTOR’S SERMON  You may hear Pastor Handy’s latest sermon by going to https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mckendree-united-methodist/id962978531?mt=2

 

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

What’s Happening, February 23, 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!

WEAR RED!  We are asking everyone to wear red each Sunday this month.  “Standing in the Red Zone” is the theme of United Methodist Women’s 2018 Intercept Human Trafficking action.  This action seeks to provide love, mercy and justice for women, teens and children affected by sex trafficking.  We are taking this one step further and making this a Social Justice ministry of our entire church.  We have had over 40 people sign up to be a part of this missional initiative.  Our next steps involve connecting with End Slavery Tennessee.  They provide specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically address the problem through advocacy, prevention and training front line professionals.  We will let you know of ways to be involved as we move further in this area of ministry.

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

REFRESH! is our mid-week gathering.  We meet in the first floor chapel each Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm.  Our worship includes prayers, music, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

DISTRICT TRAINING EVENT  Our Red River District is having a Leadership Training Event – Loving, Learning and Leading, on Sunday, February 25, 4-6pm at Hobson UMC.  All church staff, team leaders and ministry leaders are encouraged to attend.  Hobson UMC is located at 4590 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218.  For more information, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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 7-8, on Extremism and Troughs and Peaks.   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!

EASTER EGGS!   Our Easter Egg Hunt will be Sunday, March 18th at 11am on the CLC Rooftop Garden.  We have the eggs, but we need the candy!  Elizabeth Radecic, our Interim Children’s Director, will have empty Easter eggs in a table in the back of the church this Sunday.  Please consider taking home a bag of eggs to fill with candy.  The eggs need to be returned no later than Sunday, March 11th.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  NO PEANUTS!  We have some children with severe peanut allergies and want to be sure the candy is safe for them.  So, please, no peanuts or peanut butter candy (snickers, peanut M&M’s, etc. or anything with peanut butter).  We appreciate your help!

UMCOR Special Offering on March 11  It’s that time again!  Giving time!  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.  United Methodist Committee on Relief is 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

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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 s available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  Remember that we as a church are praying the Lord’s Prayer every day at Noon.  Wherever you are at noon, we invite you to join us in prayer.

 

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

What’s Happening, March 24, 2017

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 “Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess!”

How many times do we find ourselves as humans in a royal mess?  Do we ever wonder if there is any hope of redemption?  The good news is simply this, whenever God is involved there is always an opportunity for redemption and ultimately restoration.  What in your life needs some restoring?  During this Lenten Season, let’s journey with Jesus to the cross and discover how and where God is redeeming our mess.

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Each Sunday at 12:30pm, McKendree Church has an alternative worship service for those who feel “church” isn’t for them.  This service meets at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information on either of our Encounter Ministries, 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.

NEXT STEPS!  Do you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, and our ministries?  Want to be more connected?  Whether you’re new to McKendree or have been part of the church family for a long time, we welcome you to join us for conversation in the Archives Room (209, just across from the church office) this Sunday, March 26, following the 9am service.  You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the ministry and vision of McKendree Church, meet our leaders and take a tour of the church, and find a place to connect!  If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Ruth Baggett at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

UMCOR Special Offering on March 26  This Sunday (March 26) is UMCOR SUNDAY.   We give to help alleviate human suffering when disasters happen, in the U.S. or around the world.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief is often one of the first relief agencies on the scene after a disaster and is one of the last to leave.  UMCOR also helps with providing drinking water (wells, sanitation supplies) and housing.  Our gifts to UMCOR bring hope to those around the world who do not have life as good as we do here in the United States.  UMCOR happens because of us!

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PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9 – SPECIAL DAY!

EASTER EGG HUNT, 11:30am
CLC Rooftop

CHURCH PICNIC/POTLUCK DINNER, 12:30pm
McKENDREE FELLOWSHIP HALL
McKendree Church is supplying fried chicken;
Please bring side dishes and desserts!

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GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

WALKING MEDITATION LIFE GROUP TIME CHANGE  Throughout the history of Christian spirituality, there has been a connection between the simple movement of walking in nature and our spiritual journey.  Under the facilitation of Erik von Nieda, a new walking meditation life group is forming to meditatively walk together, share and dwell on scripture, and lift one another up in our spiritual journey.   NEW DATE/TIME:  The group meets at the Warner Park Nature Center porch, near Old Hickory Blvd on Hwy 100 at 9am on Saturdays, beginning March 25.  For more information or to get involved, contact Erik at ebvn56@gmail.com.

DIVORCED CARE MINISTRY   Karasheila Jackson is starting a Divorce Care Support Group Ministry at The United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in Metro Center.  NOTE CHANGES:  The meetings are on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:00pm.  This session of Divorce Care Ministry will be from March 15-June 7 (13 weeks).  Enrollment is open until March 29.  The cost is $20.

The purpose of the Divorce Care Support Group is to help people begin to heal from the pain of divorce or separation.   We strive to do this in a warm, caring environment designed to help them face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives after one of the most painful and stressful experiences that people go through.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES!

HIKE2HEAL WALK TO BENEFIT RAISE THE ROOF ACADEMY IN UGANDA, APRIL 22
The 5th Annual Hike2Heal Walk will be on Saturday, April 22, at Edwin Warner Park.  This is a 5K walk/run/hike, with proceeds to benefit healthcare for the students at Raise the Roof Academy in Uganda.  All ages and abilities are able to participate.  In addition to the walk, there will be a dog show, kid’s zone, music and prizes.  Registration fee is $35.

Raise the Roof Academy now has over 700 children!  The school is located in an area without reliable medical care.  The nearest clinic is a 3 hour walk.  The most affected people in the villages are women, children, and the elderly.  The most prevalent illnesses include maternal related care, malaria, respiratory infections, skin infections, HIV/AIDS and more.  This 5K benefit will allow healthcare to be provided in the form of immunizations, antimalarial treatment, and preventative treatment for the students and staff of the school.  For more information contact 615-686-9085, www.raisetheroofacademy.org or info@raisetheroofacademy.org.  To register for the walk, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Nashville/Hike2Heal.

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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 always available at https://mckendreenashville.com/give.  Also, you can 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.

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

What’s Happening, March 17, 2017

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 “Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess!”

How many times do we find ourselves as humans in a royal mess?  Do we ever wonder if there is any hope of redemption?  The good news is simply this, whenever God is involved there is always an opportunity for redemption and ultimately restoration.  What in your life needs some restoring?  During this Lenten Season, let’s journey with Jesus to the cross and discover how and where God is redeeming our mess.

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Each Sunday at 12:30pm, McKendree Church has an alternative worship service for those who feel “church” isn’t for them.  This service meets at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both of our Encounter services.  For more information on our Encounter Ministries, 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.

NEXT STEPS!  Do you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, and our ministries?  Want to be more connected?  Whether you’re new to McKendree or have been part of the church family for a long time, we welcome you to join us for conversation in Fellowship Hall, Sunday, March 26, following the 9am service.  You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the ministry and vision of McKendree Church, meet our leaders and take a tour of the church, and find a place to connect!  If you’d like to join us,please RSVP to Ruth Baggett at  mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

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GROUP MINISTRIES!

UMW MEETING  Our United Methodist Women are meeting this Saturday, March 18 at 10am in the Community Room.  Shelley Handy will lead a program of “A Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  We are collecting items for disaster relief kits.  Please bring hand towels and $1 for toothpaste.  (Please don’t bring toothpaste, we cannot ship it in our kits.)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are beginning a Bible Study (for Lent and a few weeks beyond) from the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

WALKING MEDITATION LIFE GROUP TIME CHANGE  Throughout the history of Christian spirituality, there has been a connection between the simple movement of walking in nature and our spiritual journey.  Under the facilitation of Erik von Nieda, a new walking meditation life group is forming to meditatively walk together, share and dwell on scripture, and lift one another up in our spiritual journey.   NEW DATE/TIME:  The group meets at the Warner Park Nature Center porch, near Old Hickory Blvd on Hwy 100 at 9am on Saturdays, beginning March 25.   For more information or to get involved, contact Erik at ebvn56@gmail.com.

 

DIVORCED CARE MINISTRY   Karasheila Jackson is starting a Divorce Care Support Group Ministry at The United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in Metro Center.
NOTE CHANGES:  The meetings are on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:00pm.  This session of Divorce Care Ministry will be from March 15-June 7 (13 weeks).  Enrollment is open until March 29.  The cost is $20.

The purpose of the Divorce Care Support Group is to help people begin to heal from the pain of divorce or separation.   We strive to do this in a warm, caring environment designed to help them face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives after one of the most painful and stressful experiences that people go through.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

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HIKE2HEAL WALK TO BENEFIT RAISE THE ROOF ACADEMY IN UGANDA, APRIL 22
The 5th Annual Hike2Heal Walk will be on Saturday, April 22, at Edwin Warner Park.  This is a 5K walk/run/hike, with proceeds to benefit healthcare for the students at Raise the Roof Academy in Uganda.  All ages and abilities are able to participate.  In addition to the walk, there will be a dog show, kid’s zone, music and prizes.  Registration fee is $35.

Raise the Roof Academy now has over 700 children!  The school is located in an area without reliable medical care.  The nearest clinic is a 3 hour walk.  The most affected people in the villages are women, children, and the elderly.  The most prevalent illnesses include maternal related care, malaria, respiratory infections, skin infections, HIV/AIDS and more.  This 5K benefit will allow healthcare to be provided in the form of immunizations, antimalarial treatment, and preventative treatment for the students and staff of the school.

If you’d like to participate, but can’t make it that day, you can sign up as a Virtual Runner.   Registration for Virtual Runners is $30, and 100% of your registration goes to the medical clinic to bring better health to the children of RTRA!  For more information contact 615-686-9085, www.raisetheroofacademy.org or info@raisetheroofacademy.org.  To register for the walk, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Nashville/Hike2Heal.

UMCOR Special Offering on March 26  It’s that time again!  Giving time!  Sunday, March 26 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.  But UMCOR does more than just providing emergency water, food and cleaning supplies.  Read this article from UMCOR Haiti to see one example of how UMCOR helps.         — Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

Julien Nadia is a 34-year-old single mother living with her three children in Haut Damier, a community in Cabaret, Haiti.  Just like many other families, Julia’s family was affected by the earthquake in 2010.  Her opportunities to earn an income greatly decreased after the earthquake and she was unable to pay her rent.  She and her children sheltered in a tent built on a small plot of land she had bought many years ago.

Julien Nadia and her three children lived in this tent during 5 years. They felt unsafe as the house was made with tarpaulin and the space too small for them to be comfortable.

Even before the earthquake, the living situation was difficult for Nadia’s family because her revenue had never exceeded US $2 per day.  She was always struggling to care for her children and keep them in school.  After the disaster, the family’s situation further deteriorated.  “It is not easy raising three children in such a small space with few resources,” she said.

“I even thought [about] sending the oldest to live with relatives in Port-au-Prince, but then I remembered the problem of children being kept from school and forced to work as domestic servants, and I abandoned the idea, preferring to keep my children with me and caring for them as I could.”

As part of UMCOR’s intervention evaluation, 40 households in Cabaret were identified as the most vulnerable—those who need integrated support.  Nadia was head of one of the identified vulnerable households.  With that designation, she also received training in Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) and received a cash grant from UMCOR to establish a small business.

She adds: “As part of its assistance, UMCOR provided us with one-year rental subsidies, so we could live in better conditions while UMCOR worked on the new houses.”  UMCOR invested funds into the construction of one-to-three-bedroom houses for these same beneficiaries.  The size of the house depended on the size of the family.

Nadia was able to start her business, and thanks to UMCOR, she and her children feel safer living in their newly built house.

Julien Nadia’s new home built by UMCOR: a dream came true.

“Finally, I can say that I am the greatest beneficiary of UMCOR.  I received a grant to set up a business to increase my income, and what is even more amazing, this house, that I proudly show you, was also built by UMCOR.  I lived before in a tent, but now I have my own house with more privacy for me and my children.”  Nadia was so happy that she lifted her eyes and hands to heaven saying “Glory be to God who placed UMCOR in my path.”

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