Because of God’s love for us, we are thankful!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical followers of Jesus Christ, I am grateful for your way of giving thanks to God.  As we enter into another celebration of Thanksgiving, pause for a few moments and reflect on what you are thankful for in this season.

My thankfulness comes from God’s love for me.  Last week I heard a quote, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”  This quote was not from a theologian, motivational speaker, or scholar, but rather from a guitar idol by the name of Jimi Hendrix.  He understood the significance of love, not as something worth pursuing, but rather from God whose love pursues us.  God’s love pursues, so let’s be thankful!

Even before Jimi Hendrix offered his compelling quote, Jesus said, For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16  If we can remember God’s love saved us then we can always be thankful.  This Thanksgiving I’m reminded that if we can love each other, then the power of love is evident and can overcome the love of power and this world God created can know and experience peace.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Because of God’s love for us we are thankful!”

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, November 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 November Sermon Series is “The Table of Thanks and Giving!”  Thankfulness is a major theme in the Bible.  From the birth of a baby to the deliverance of a people, God’s people have so much to be thankful for in everyday life.  Giving is another theme in the Bible most modeled when God sent Jesus into the world to redeem and reconcile us.  Both thanks and giving are most prominent promises around the table with Jesus and others.

Jesus offers us some lessons when he invites people to the table of thanksgiving.  Jesus understood a simple invitation to come and then engage at the table so that lives can be examined, restored, and ultimately transformed into His image and likeness.  How much time do we spend at the table with Jesus and others?  Jesus invites us and others to the table of thanksgiving.

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 on 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN.  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.

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

LIFE GROUPS!  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  McKendree Church has a number of Life Groups; a list is on the wall just inside the garage entrance.  For more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

UMW NEWS  Ladies, please check  your calendar to Saturday, December 9.  The ladies of McKendree UMC will gather with the ladies of Bellevue UMC at 9am to have breakfast at The Café at Thistle Farms (5122 Charlotte Avenue).  The group will eat together and learn about the mission and work of Thistle Farms.  Please RSVP to Debbie McCormick (dmccormick1@gmail.com) if you’re planning to come.  Thistle Farms is an organization whose mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.  They provide safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence and a strong community of advocates and partners.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER   Do you like tea – Organic Green Tea, Earl Gray or English Breakfast Tea?  How about chocolate – Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate with Almonds, Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate?  Or coffee – Ethiopian, French Roast, Organic Decaf?

Our youth will be selling items from Equal Exchange Coop – coffees, teas, and chocolate.  The money raised will be used for our youth to participate in Warmth in Winter (youth retreat) in January.  The sale will be until December 3rd.  Orders will be here and distributed on Sunday, December 17.  (You pay for them at that time.)  Check out this link to see the entire catalog: http://equalexchange.coop/sites/default/files/communitysales/fundraising/catalog.pdf.  These coffees, teas and chocolates make excellent Christmas gifts.

Your purchase supports more than just McKendree Church; it helps support farmers worldwide! Equal Exchange trades fairly and directly with over 40 small farmer co-operatives to bring you delicious coffee, chocolate, tea and more.   Their partners receive pre-harvest credit, above-market prices for their crops, plus an additional Fair Trade premium that can be invested in social programs, farm renovation, and other essential projects.  Your support helps promote a more equitable, sustainable and democratic food system.  Thank you!

Be sure to see one of our youth soon to place an order!

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEED!   The weather is definitely fall – and these cool days and nights mean the displaced community are in great need of warmer clothing.  Sweat shirts/pants, pullover sweaters, jeans, jackets and coats will be greatly appreciated!  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.  (Please call Ruth at 615-271-2600 to schedule a time to come.)  Thanks for your 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.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE  The Church Office and Day Care will be closed Thursday-Friday, November 23-24 for Thanksgiving.

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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

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

The Table of Celebration!

Luke 15:1-10, Common English Bible

Every school has a box called “lost and found.”  Many children lose some valuable possessions during the school year.  Adults even lose valuable items, like credit cards, cell phones, rings or even keys.  Sometimes they are fortunate to find them and other times, the item is simply lost and will need to be replaced.

Jesus begins to tell a parable (a story) of the ultimate value of humanity.  Jesus uses an illustration that transcends time.  One is a prized sheep and the other is a valuable coin.  In both cases, the lost subject is worth the search.  So imagine hearing these words from Jesus, both of these illustrations serve as situations that are undervalued in society.  One is a shepherd and the other is a woman.

Jesus invites these parables to be articulated at a common table.  With the invitation to tax collectors and sinners, Jesus gathers them around a table so that there is…

Personal Confession!
All the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around Jesus to listen to him.  The Pharisees and legal experts were grumbling, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”   Luke 15:1-2

Intentional Compassion!
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Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them.  Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it?”   Luke 15:4

“Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it?”   Luke 15:8

Community Celebration!
 “In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives.”   Luke 15:7

“When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’  In the same way, I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”   Luke 15:9-10

Hear the W.O.W., the words of Wisdom,
“Heaven rejoices in a changed heart!”

What’s Happening, November 10, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our November Sermon Series is “The Table of Thanks and Giving!”  Thankfulness is a major theme in the Bible.  From the birth of a baby to the deliverance of a people, God’s people have so much to be thankful for in everyday life.  Giving is another theme in the Bible most modeled when God sent Jesus into the world to redeem and reconcile us.  Both thanks and giving are most prominent promises around the table with Jesus and others.

Jesus offers us some lessons when he invites people to the table of thanksgiving.  Jesus understood a simple invitation to come and then engage at the table so that lives can be examined, restored, and ultimately transformed into His image and likeness.  How much time do we spend at the table with Jesus and others?  Jesus invites us and others to the table of thanksgiving.

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 on 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN.  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.

LIFE GROUPS!  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  McKendree Church has a number of Life Groups; a list is on the wall just inside the garage entrance.  For more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

 

UMW NEWS  The United Methodist women will meet next Saturday, November 18th at 10am in the Community Room.  Martha Barr is in charge of the program, “A Community of Thankful Women.”
        Meeting Reminders:
        Items needed for the hygiene kits—hand towels, combs, nail files
Pull tabs and labels for Education
Pledge money if not completed for the year; and World Thank offering
Legacy Fund contributions.

All women and girls are welcome at our meeting.  If you need a ride call Willodene Brodrick at 615-641-6858.

Also, ladies, look ahead at your calendar to Saturday, December 9.  The ladies of McKendree UMC will gather with the ladies of Bellevue UMC at 9am to have breakfast at The Café at Thistle Farms (5122 Charlotte Avenue).  The group will eat together and learn about the mission and work of Thistle Farms.  Please RSVP to Debbie McCormick (dmccormick1@gmail.com) if you’re planning to come.  Thistle Farms is an organization whose mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction.  They provide safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence and a strong community of advocates and partners.

YOUTH FUNDRAISER   Noah Handy and Micheal Travis will be selling items from Equal Exchange Coop – coffees, teas, and chocolate.  The money raised will be used for youth to participate in Warmth in Winter (youth retreat) in January.  The sale will be until December 3rd.  Orders will be here and distributed on Sunday, December 17.  (You pay for them at that time.)  Check out this link to see the entire catalog: http://equalexchange.coop/sites/default/files/communitysales/fundraising/catalog.pdf.  These sales not only profit our McKendree Youth, but also the Fair Trade farmers involved.  And the coffees, teas and chocolates make excellent Christmas gifts.  Be sure to see Noah or Micheal soon to place an order!

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.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEED!   The weather is definitely fall – and these cool days and nights mean the displaced community are in great need of warmer clothing.  Sweat shirts/pants, pullover sweaters, jeans, jackets and coats will be greatly appreciated!  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.  (Please call Ruth at 615-271-2600 to schedule a time to come.)  Thanks for your 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.

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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

 

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

An Unusual Table Guest!

Mark 2:13-17, Common English Bible

Tables in the first century were places of radical hospitality.  People of the same culture were normally together breaking bread and conversing.  Then Jesus changes the social reality of the day by crossing into socially unacceptable behaviors by associating with socially unacceptable people.  What is Jesus doing?  What’s his motive?

Jesus goes out of his way to connect with people who are outside of society.  When Jesus calls Levi, he invites him to:

Redirect his life!
As he continued along, he saw Levi, Alphaeus’ son, sitting at a kiosk for collecting taxes.  Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”  Levi got up and followed him.”   Mark 2:14

Join the revolution!
When some of the legal experts from among the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, “Why is he eating with sinners and tax collectors?”   Mark 2:16

Remember the cause!
When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do.  I didn’t come to call righteous people, but sinners.”   Mark 2:17

Hear the WOW, the Words of Wisdom,
“Everyone is called to the table!”