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, July 5, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our June/July sermon series is “Talking with God!”  This series explores what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series gives us the understanding and confidence to pray with ease and expectation.  Often we think about prayer as a well-crafted experience and we need just the right language for God to hear us.  What if prayer were just the opposite?  We are using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for this two-month series.

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!

UMW NEWS  The Mission U will be held next week at St. Marks UMC in Murfreesboro.  Day classes are July 12-13, and the night classes are July 11-13.  If you are interested in attending either session, please contact the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

CHANCEL CHOIR AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  Our Wednesday Night Bible Study and Chancel Choir are taking a break for the summer.  We will resume on Wednesday, August 1.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHING CLOSET ORGANIZATION  Thank you to everyone who has helped sort and organize clothing in our clothes closet!  Your help has been greatly appreciated!

We are in need of two kinds of help —

1)  Sorting and organizing.  Donations come in every week, and need to be sorted and put on the shelves.  This work is best done when the closet is NOT open for people to come in.  This can be done morning or afternoon, Monday-Friday, for 1-2 hours.  You can come on a one-time basis, or come once a week, twice a month, whatever fits with your own personal schedule.

2)  Greeters for the closet during open hours.  Duties include smiling, greeting our guests, helping them find clothing, and giving basic information about McKendree Church.  Someone from the church staff is always available to help.  Greeters are needed for 2-hour time periods, morning or afternoon, Monday-Friday.  It is helpful to have greeters on a consistent schedule — for example, every Tuesday morning, or Wednesday afternoons twice a month — whatever would work for your personal schedule.

If you can assist with either of these tasks, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).  I will be happy to show you the closet and talk with you about our ministry opportunity here.

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SAVE THESE DATES!

SATURDAY, JULY 28
CAROLING ON THE LAWN

SUNDAY, JULY 29  —  FIFTH SUNDAY!
10AM COMBINED SERVICE
CHRISTMAS IN JULY

We will be collecting spiral notebooks, composition notebooks and pencils for Buena Vista Elementary School.

(It’s summer now, but our mid-year Christmas celebration
will be here before you know it!)

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

SALAMA URBAN MINISTRIES presents ANNIE JR., an original Broadway Production based on “Little Orphan Annie.”   Salama will present their musical at the Belmont University Troutt Theater (2100 Belmont Blvd.) on July 13-14, at 7pm, and July 15 at 3pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults.  For more information you may contact www.salamaserves.org.

RENOVATION NEWS!  After several years of planning, dreaming and fund-raising, we are getting a totally new church kitchen!  We apologize in advance for the dust, debris and confusion, but it will be worth it!  We hope to have the work completed by the end of summer.  We also have a Day Care Renovation Project underway, converting a first floor conference room to a classroom, and changing the second floor multi-purpose room to the Day Care Teachers’ Room.  It’s an exciting time to be at McKendree!

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, March 22, 2018

HOLY WEEK

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Palm Sunday through Easter
The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen stations that travel through Jesus’ final steps to the cross.  They begin at his condemnation by Pilate and go through to his crucifixion and burial.  Our version of the SOTC is a self-guided tour with a devotion, prayer, and activity at each station.  It will be open from Palm Sunday through Easter in the narthex by the office during church hours.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 29, 6:30pm — Maundy Thursday Service

March 30, 12 Noon and 6:30pm — Good Friday Services

April 1, 6:30am — Sunrise Service, CLC Rooftop

April 1, 9am and 11am — Easter Worship Services

We invite everyone to join us!

 

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 have been encouraging everyone to read through the Gospel of Mark.  Each week we have reading suggestions and questions for you to think about.  This is for your personal devotional time and spiritual growth.  Next week will be the last week of our Lenten study.  Check your email for the week’s reading assignment and study questions, pick up a study sheet at the church or the Home Page of our website for the last study guide.  Thanks again to Stephen Handy, Rick Quinn and Robert Johnson for writing this Lenten study.

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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.  We will NOT meet on March 28.  On April 4, we will discuss Letters 13-14, on Personal Pleasure and Humility.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Come and join the United Methodist Women for the monthly meeting which will be this Saturday, March 24 at 10am.   Shelley Handy will lead the program on “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  A special self-denial offering will be taken.  All women, girls, children are welcomed.  Women can make a big difference for others when we join together.

NOTE: We are meeting at Willodene Brodrick’s home this Saturday.   Call Willodene if you need directions or have any questions.

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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 15, 2018

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 18

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

12PM – CHURCH FELLOWSHIP POTLUCK DINNER
McKendree Church will provide the meat
Our church is blessed with many wonderful cooks —
Please bring your special side dishes and desserts to share!
Everyone is welcome to enjoy this day with us!

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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 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, pick up a study sheet at the church or check our website (www.McKendreeNashville.com) for the latest study guide.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Palm Sunday through Easter

The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen stations that travel through Jesus’ final steps to the cross.  They begin at his condemnation by Pilate and go through to his crucifixion and burial.  Our version of the SOTC is a self-guided tour with a devotion, prayer, and activity at each station.  It will be open from Palm Sunday through Easter in the narthex by the office during church hours.

FLOOR LAMPS – The worship team needs floor lamps for Stations of the Cross and other events coming up.  If you have one you could loan us or give us, we would appreciate it greatly.  Please contact Eric at McKendreeEric@gmail.com.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

March 29, 6:30pm – Maundy Thursday Service
March 30, 12 Noon and 6:30pm – Good Friday Services
April 1, 6:30am – Sunrise Service, CLC Rooftop
April 1, 9am and 11am – Easter Worship Services

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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 21, we will look at Letters 11-12, on Laughter and Nothing.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Come and join the United Methodist Women for the monthly meeting which will be Saturday, March 24 at 10am  (NOT at the Church, location to be announced).  Shelley Handy will lead the program on “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial.”  A special self-denial offering will be taken.  All women, girls, children are welcomed.  Women can make a big difference for others when we join together.

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.  This class will be to learn fingerspelling and basic Sign Language.  The class will begin on April 4.  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

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What’s Happening, February 16, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  This Sunday we will begin our Lenten sermon series, “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 or 615-271-2600.

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  The McKendree UMW will meet at 10am on February 24 in the Community Room at the church.  Every woman is welcome to come.  If you have any questions, feel free to email Martha Barr at mlbarr315@gmail.com.

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 C.S. Lewis, this is one of his most well-known classics.  You will find this book interesting, humorous and enlightening.  On February 21, we will look at Letters 5-6, on War and Focus.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

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.

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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.

Week 1 – February 18-24

Mark 1  Mark’s gospel appears to want to keep the secrecy of Jesus as the Messiah until the appropriate time.  Every time Jesus performs a miracle or makes acclaim, Mark tries to keep it quiet.  During this Lenten Season, how are you preparing for Jesus Christ to shine through you at the appropriate time?

Mark 2  The observance of Sabbath is a commandment from the Old Testament as a time for rest and reflection.  For followers of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath is also considered a spiritual practice.  Mark’s gospel tells us that Jesus is the LORD even of the Sabbath.  How will you intentionally incorporate the Sabbath as a spiritual practice during this Lenten Season and beyond?

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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!

Following the Easter Egg Hunt, we will have a Potluck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 12:00.  More details on this to come!

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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 through PayPal or EasyTithe is available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.

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