Two Sides of the Coin!

Job 2:1-10, Common English Bible

Life is like a coin; every aspect of it has two sides.  Those sides involve: suffering and faith and lament and praise.  Suffering comes as a way to experience life and once we experience it, we get to respond.  Lament is often a response.  Suffering leads to lament and lament strengthens our faith and faith releases praise.

Job has been labeled as worthy enough to be targeted by evil.  Job’s integrity has led God to giving certain allowances to the Adversity except for touching Job.

Every day in the life that God gives us is an adventure in recognizing where God is and what God is doing.  To be chosen by God to live another day is evidence of God’s grace.

Life invites us to a time of testing.  Preparation is key for the adventure.  On the adventure our integrity grows by…

Trusting God in all things!
The Lord said to the Adversary, “Have you thought about my servant Job, for there is no one like him on earth, a man who is honest, who is of absolute integrity, who reveres God and avoids evil?  He still holds on to his integrity, even though you incited me to ruin him for no reason.”   Job 2:3

Realizing that evil exists!
The Adversary responded to the Lord, “Skin for skin—people will give up everything they have in exchange for their lives.  But stretch out your hand and strike his bones and flesh. Then he will definitely curse you to your face.”   Job 2:4-5

Recognizing what God is doing!
Job said to her, “You’re talking like a foolish woman.  Will we receive good from God but not also receive bad?”  In all this, Job didn’t sin with his lips.   Job 2:10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God is present!”

Hurricane Harvey Relief Report

UMCOR FLOOD BUCKETS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY   A Big “Thank You” for the team effort in getting flood buckets together, packed up in the church bus and delivered to Calvary UMC.  We were able to send 16 buckets with cleaning supplies for the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.   UMCOR has not yet asked for supplies for Hurricane Irma; we will let you know when/if we receive a request.

This is the report from the Tennessee Conference Office.  We did well!
— Debbie McCormick, Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

Outstanding Response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma  

On August 28, churches were asked to make financial contributions to UMCOR for disaster response and to help “fill the truck!”  The Nashville Area planned to send one 18-wheeler filled with cleaning buckets to the UMCOR warehouse for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

Congregations in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences were quick to respond.  Our wonderful connection of churches through conferences and districts was put into motion.

And many buckets were filled.  Tennessee Conference churches prepared 2,850 flood buckets in just two weeks!  Hundreds of health kits were put together as well.  Additional requested supplies also were donated including box fans, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, school kits, and more.  The Memphis Conference received a similar outstanding response.

On the final drop-off date, September 11, there were enough buckets and additional requested supplies to fill THREE 18-wheeler semi-trucks – one out of Jackson, one out of Nashville, and one out of Murfreesboro!

We have work to do together!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and contextually conscious followers of Jesus Christ, I am thankful for our congregation’s continued good works.  There seems in the season of life to be more works for us to do.

This week as I sat in Life Group, the group was discussing the idea of having an Eternal Impact from Ephesians 2:10 where Paul writes, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  WOW!  Think about God’s unique design and purpose for our lives.  No one can do what we were assigned to do.  We have been equipped by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to do good works that will have eternal implications.

One sentence in our devotional time spoke to my heart and humbled me was this statement, “You now have the same Holy Spirit dwelling within you who raised Jesus from the grave, empowered the disciples to save, heal, and set free the lost, and authored the words of Scripture.”  We have everything to change the world right inside of us, not outside of us.  Everything that God has given us starts from the inside of us.  So let’s journey together and be of one mind and join God in movement of transformation of this world.  The only way this world will change is for us to lead by love!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“We have work to do together!”

Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!

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

What’s Happening, September 15, 2017

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

One Combined Worship Service at 10 am
Join us as we worship God together!

Church Picnic, 12-2pm
Sevier Park, Shelter 1
(Entrance is located on Clayton Avenue,
between 12th Avenue South, and Lealand Lane.)

McKendree Church will supply meat, bottled water and paper goods.
Please bring side dishes and desserts to share.
Bring your folding chairs and blankets.
If you play guitar, bring it along for a time of music.

Everyone is invited for a good time of food and fellowship!

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (This Sunday we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our September Sermon Series is “Dare to Live!”  It is grounded in the life of Job.  In this series, we are journeying through Job’s life, family and friends and seeking to better understand how he is able to emerge from the tragedy of what life throws at him.  As followers of Jesus, how do we respond to the tragedies and missteps in our daily lives?  Even in the midst of uncertainty, God will be with us and Dare us to live!

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

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

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

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION  If you want to know more about McKendree Church – our  history, and our ministries, or want to be more connected, join us September 24 at 10am in the Archives Room (#209, just across from the church office) 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 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group is doing an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Our scripture study for September 20 will be Philippians 2:12-16, Working It Out.  We have interesting discussions on the scripture each week.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office and we welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.

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CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES/Missions Focus for September  The McKendree Evangelism/Missions /Social Justice team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box. This year our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.  We have more boxes available.  The boxes and instruction sheets are on the tables in the front and back entryways.  NOTE:  Shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  We will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

Christmas Boxes must be brought back to the church by Sunday, September 24, as we will be sending them on their way that afternoon.

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

UMCOR FLOOD BUCKETS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY   A Big “Thank You” for the team effort in getting flood buckets together, packed up in the church bus and delivered to Calvary UMC.  We were able to send 16 buckets with cleaning supplies for the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.   UMCOR has not yet asked for supplies for Hurricane Irma; we will let you know when/if we receive a request.

This is the report from the Tennessee Conference Office.  We did well!
— Debbie McCormick, Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice Team

Outstanding Response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma 

On August 28, churches were asked to make financial contributions to UMCOR for disaster response and to help “fill the truck!”  The Nashville Area planned to send one 18-wheeler filled with cleaning buckets to the UMCOR warehouse for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

Congregations in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences were quick to respond.  Our wonderful connection of churches through conferences and districts was put into motion.

And many buckets were filled.  Tennessee Conference churches prepared 2,850 flood buckets in just two weeks!  Hundreds of health kits were put together as well.  Additional requested supplies also were donated including box fans, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, school kits, and more.  The Memphis Conference received a similar outstanding response.

On the final drop-off date, September 11, there were enough buckets and additional requested supplies to fill THREE 18-wheeler semi-trucks – one out of Jackson, one out of Nashville, and one out of Murfreesboro!

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PRAYER WALL  Our prayer wall is located on the table at the back of the church.  You may take a tag (in a box on the table), write out your prayer need, and place it on a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team pray over all the concerns submitted.  We welcome people from our congregation to submit concerns and to read and pray over the concerns of our church body.

UPCOMING DATES!

Sunday, October 29 – Church Anniversary Celebration Service.  We will celebrate McKendree’s 230th birthday with a special service at 10am.  Dr. Ken Murray, our District Superintendent, will be our guest speaker.  Plan now to attend – bring your family, neighbors, and friends.  A reception and Silent Auction will follow the service.  ATTENTION LIFE GROUPS, BIBLE CLASSES, CHURCH FAMILIES – we are asking each group to prepare and donate a basket for our Silent Auction!

Tuesday, November 7 – Charge Conference, 6pm, in Fellowship Hall

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McKENDREE GIVING  Your financial gifts and donations are always appreciated.  Consider adding McKendree UMC to your bill pay account.  Our address is: 523 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  Online giving is available at www.McKendreeNashville.com/give/financialgifts/.  You may also text your giving!  Just text the amount you would like to give to 615-375-4049.  The first time you give you will be prompted to visit a secure URL.  Just follow the prompts and enter your information.

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

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

Unimaginable Faith!

Job 1:13-22, New Revised Standard Version

When do you find yourself thinking about life?  It is in those moments of doubt and despair or in those times of celebration that you feel most aware about the gift of life.

Staying attached to God is a way to be reminded of what life is all about.  Life is a journey of good and bad, hope and despair, giving and taking.  Being in the right state of mind creates a desire to stay calm in the midst of the storm.  Life’s storms come in a variety of ways: emotional, physical, psychological, and even spiritual.

Job is about to enter into a season of storms.  All of us must be better prepared for each daily storm that comes our way.  John’s gospel records that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Possessions never define people!
While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.”  While he was still speaking, another came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.”   Job 1:16-17

Discouragement drives doubt!
While he was still speaking, another came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.”   Job 1:18-19

Worship God no matter what happens!
Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped.  He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”   Job 1:20-21

W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Stay calm in the daily storm!”