Love is intentionally inclusive!

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, there is a heightened awareness of how America, particularly government, has treated immigrant families.  Caged children.  Crying children.  Absent parents.  Separating children from their parents is demeaning, cruel, inhumane, and unbiblical.  There is no justification for dividing families.  As Christians, we are commanded to follow the instructions of God by exhibiting unity through radical hospitality of others.  We must move away from partisan politics to morality of middle where we are to become bridges and not barriers.

It’s important to note that Leviticus is addressed not just to priests but to the whole people.  Particularly in chapters 17-26, which is called by scholars the Holiness Code, instructions are given to all Israel about how to maintain holiness in the community.  And in these chapters, there is no distinction between what we might call “religious” concerns and “secular” concerns.  All of life matters to God — what we eat, how we do business, who we sleep with, how we care for the land, our relationships with family, neighbors, and strangers — all of it matters to God.

In Leviticus 19:33-34, God speaks to the Israelites, When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them.  Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.  You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.”  (CEB)  There are several key components of this Scripture worth noting through a series of questions.

Why did God need to mention this to the Israelites about immigration?  People have a tendency to forget history, especially the atrocities of the past.  God is constantly reminding us of the connection of our common humanity.  Immigrants are people too and separating families is simply evil and not an expression of the Christian faith.  Leaning into this moment in America history will take constant courage and an unyielding commitment to seeing all the people!

Why treat other people as citizens?  Citizenship comes with responsibilities and accountability.  For the Israelites, God held them accountable for being holy and a representative of God.  As followers of Jesus in America, we are representatives of Christ and citizens with others.  Paul the Apostle writes, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.”  Ephesians 2:19 (NIV)

Although there was an executive order signed, the hearts of these families are forever broken.  Our hope as Christians is that the love of Christ can restore their broken hearts and awaken all of us to remember that we are all immigrants in a foreign land.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Love is intentionally inclusive!”

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, June 22, 2018

We Need Your Help!!

For several years, we talked about getting the kitchen made over;
we’ve raised money; we’ve planned and dreamed.

NOW, THE KITCHEN RENOVATION IS FINALLY HERE!
WE’RE GETTING A TOTALLY NEW CHURCH KITCHEN!

WORK WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 25!

But we need a lot of help!  We need to move everything out
of the kitchen, pantry and storeroom.

We need help moving things out.
We need help organizing.
We need to scrape off old peeling paint.
We need some men (or women) who can bring ladders and paint scrapers.

We need YOU!  Please come and help!

Saturday, June 23, 9:30-12:00 or 12:00-3:00

Please let Ruth Baggett know if you can come and
help us get ready for the renovation!
mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600

Thank you to all those who have already committed to helping!

We hope to see you all Saturday!

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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 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 will give 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 eight part series.

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UMW MEETING  Our next meeting of the McKendree United Methodist Women is Saturday, June 23 at 10am.  We will meet in the church Community Room.  Martha Barr will share her experience at the recent National Assembly of UMW.  Following her presentation, the items for the Hygiene Kits (for UMCOR) will be assembled.

For anyone who is available or has signed up to help clear the kitchen, pantry and storeroom for the kitchen renovation, we will adjourn to the Fellowship Hall to work from 12-3pm.

The Mission U will be held 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 Martha Barr (615-957-6081 or mlbarr315@gmail.com) or Willodene Brodrick (615-641-6858 or wbrodrick@tds.net) for a Registration form.  Please register by July 1st if you need to stay overnight in a hotel room.  There is no deadline on registration for the Mission U sessions themselves.

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!

CAROLING ON THE LAWN – SATURDAY JULY 28!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY —  JULY 29!

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

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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

 

A Father’s Gift!

Ephesians 6:1-4, Common English Bible

Fathers offer children many gifts, but one of the most vital to their faith is belief.  One of the most profound statements of the faith is offered by Jesus in John’s gospel, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

“My father gave me the greatest gift you could give to another person, he believed in me.”  Jim Valvano

Fathers must demonstrate every day a way of faithful living.  Here are examples of the practices of the role of fatherhood.

Create an environment of TRUST!
“As for parents, don’t provoke your children to anger,

Model a life of DISCIPLINE!
“but raise them with discipline and

Offer Godly INSTRUCTION!
“instruction about the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4

Hear the W.OW, the Words of Wisdom,
“Act on your belief in Christ!”

What’s Happening, June 14, 2018

REALLY BIG NEWS!

THE KITCHEN RENOVATION IS FINALLY HERE!
WE’RE GETTING A TOTALLY NEW CHURCH KITCHEN!

WORK WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 25!

BUT … we have to move EVERYTHING
out of the kitchen, pantry and storeroom!
Please come and help!

Saturday, June 23 – two shifts!
9:30-12:00
12:00-3:00

Please let Ruth Baggett know if you can come and help us
get ready for the renovation!
mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600

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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 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 will give 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 eight part series.

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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UMW MEETING  Our next meeting of the McKendree United Methodist Women is Saturday, June 23 at 10am.  We will meet in the church Community Room.  Martha Barr will share her experience at the recent National Assembly of UMW.  Following her presentation, the items for the Hygiene Kits (for UMCOR) will be assembled.

For anyone who is available or has signed up to help clear the kitchen, pantry and storeroom for the kitchen renovation, we will adjourn to the Fellowship Hall to work from 12-3pm.

The Mission U will be held 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 Martha Barr (615-957-6081 or mlbarr315@gmail.com) or Willodene Brodrick (615-641-6858 or wbrodrick@tds.net) for a Registration form.  If you already have a registration form, please send it in this week and save $15 for early registration (by June 15th).  Please register by July 1st if you need to stay overnight in a hotel room.  There is no deadline on registration for the Mission U sessions themselves.

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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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).

HAVE YOU MOVED?  Do you have a new address, phone number or email address?  Have you taken out your home phone and now just use your cell number?  Please keep the church office informed with your latest information so we can keep you up to date on all the church events!  Thanks for your help!

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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

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

God is That BIG!

Matthew 6:9-14, Common English Bible

Remember as a child when someone asked you how big was God and you responded, “This BIG!”  As wide as your arms could possibly spread open, God was simply that BIG!

God was always within the heart and imagination of a child until the idea of God being in heaven shifted our reality of God!  But how do we live life as trusting that part of God is with us?

Prayer acknowledges that…

God has a position!
“Our Father

God has a nature!
“Who Art in Heaven

God is to be honored!
“Hallowed be Thy Name”   Mathew 6:9

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God Is Here and There!”