God Says!

Exodus 14:26-31, New Revised Standard Version

Uncertainty can invite faith!  And faith pleases God!  Moses and the Israelites have experienced an on (faithful) and off (unfaithful) relationship with God.  Their trust has been challenged while being shaped.  Now God’s chosen people find themselves in the in-between of life.  Choosing to go back into their past or venturing out into the unknown by faith.  God’s hand has delivered them from Pharaoh and the oppressive land of Egypt.  God’s compassion led them to an obedience of faith!

In the twenty-first century, many Christians struggle to maintain their faith.  In the midst of uncertainty, how does Moses’ faith come alive?

Faith Aligns with Obedience!
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, so that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and chariot drivers.”   Exodus 14:26

Obedience Awakens the Heart!
So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at dawn the sea returned to its normal depth.  As the Egyptians fled before it, the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea.  The waters returned and covered the chariots and the chariot drivers, the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea; not one of them remained.  But the Israelites walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left.   Exodus 14:27-29

 The Heart receives the WORD!
Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  Israel saw the great work that the Lord did against the Egyptians.  So the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.   Exodus 14:30-31

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Never Underestimate God!”

Called to Be Carriers of Joy!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and responsible followers of Jesus Christ, I recently conversed with a friend with the flu.  There is nothing like the flu, but in the summer season, that’s unheard of.  The flu is a virus that can only exist when it’s able to attach itself to a host cell in the body.  The flu goes where it doesn’t belong and respects no boundaries.  The flu affects everyone.

As I thought about the Prophet Isaiah, he represents a leader who is willing to lead God’s people in the way of God, what are we carriers of?  The Israelites were on again and off again with God.  But this time Isaiah offers these words, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:12, NIV

It sounds as if Isaiah is encouraging the chosen people of God to be carriers of joy.  First, to be carriers of joy would suggest that we, God’s chosen, would be marked by God for joy.  To be marked by God for joy denotes that we are assigned to be joy carriers then and now.  Second, to be carriers of joy would suggest that we must mention joy as a way to praise God for this life we are honored to live.  Because of God’s love, joy should be contagious.  Does joyfulness frequently come from your mouth?  The Psalmist records these words, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.”  Psalm 150:6, NIV

Joy is the alternative to hate, despair, fear and doubt.  Jesus became the alternative to eternal death by sacrificing his life for all human sin.  We now get to be the host cell for the joy of the LORD so that the world can receive and celebrate Jesus.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Joy is one response to our salvation in Jesus Christ!”

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

Breaking Free from Fear!

Exodus 6:28-7:7 New Revised Standard Version

God is ready to deliver Israel from bondage and bring them into the Promised Land.  Despite several attempts to strengthen Moses, he is not ready because of fear.  Everyone has something they fear.  It’s amazing what fear can do to people.  However, God knows our fears.  Moses was afraid of failure!  Fear is often grounded in failure.  Moses felt insufficient and overwhelmed by the weight of responsibility.  What do you fear?  How does God break Moses free from fear?

God confronts Moses’ fears!
On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, he said to him, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I am speaking to you.”   Exodus 6:28-29

Moses confesses his fears to God!
But Moses said in the Lord’s presence, “Since I am a poor speaker, why would Pharaoh listen to me?”   Exodus 6:30

God protects His plan!
“But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and I will multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.  When Pharaoh does not listen to you, I will lay my hand upon Egypt and bring my people the Israelites, company by company, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.”   Exodus 7:3-4

Obedience of God casts out all fear!
“The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out from among them.”  Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them.  Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.”   Exodus 7:5-7

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God seals the deal!”

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

Kitchen Renovation Report, August 6, 2018

Our kitchen renovation is moving along!  Here’s what’s been done so far—

All the old equipment is gone!  The old duct work, fans and hood, the old stove, dishwasher, convection oven and icemaker.  Just getting that old stove out of the building was a real challenge!

The wooden shelving in dish room has been removed, old soap dispensers taken down and all the holes in the walls repaired.  All the flooring has been taken up, and the floor scraped down.  The walls and ceiling have been sanded.  Painting has begun.

The equipment that will go back in the kitchen has been given a thorough cleaning and is currently being stored in the fellowship hall.

The new duct work, fans and hood were delivered, and they are in the fellowship hall. They are beautiful.

All the new equipment has been ordered – a 6-burner gas range, convection oven, freezer, dishwasher and ice machine!

Metro Water Works met with us concerning drain lines and grease traps.  We have 3 floor drains that are open; the 2 that don’t flow can be capped off, which means we do not have to break up the floor to install new drains.  This was fabulous news.  Also we do not have to install a grease trap at this time.  (It can be installed later with no problem.)

Thanks so much to everyone who came on our work days and gave their time and energy!  A special ‘Thank you” to Steve and Penny Hooper, who have been at the church every day making sure that everything is done!  This renovation would not be happening without them.

We’re looking forward to our new space and how God will minister to others through it.