What’s Happening, January 19, 2018

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our January Sermon Series is “Priorities from Proverbs.”  In the new year, knowing and doing God’s priorities will position us to live a harmonious and fruitful life.  Honoring God with our lives brings glory to God’s holy name.  Join us this month as we explore the Scriptures and learn from Proverbs about God’s priorities of Trust, Wisdom, Integrity and Motives.  Let’s live life to the fullest by faith in Christ Jesus!

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 this Sunday afternoon 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!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   We are beginning 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.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY MEETING  There will be a meeting of volunteers, parents, and children’s team members next Sunday, January 28th at 11am in the first floor chapel.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Our UMW will meet on Saturday, January 27 (changed from January 20th) at 10am in the Community Room to set goals and plan our schedule, programs and outreach projects for 2018.  We will also have our new reading program books available.  This will be an important meeting and everyone is needed.  All women of the church family are welcome!

Also, ladies, the Bellevue UMC e-circle has invited McKendree UMW to join together to plan events.  The UMW e-Circle is for women who would like to be in fellowship with other women, bond spiritually and be in mission but who are constrained from meeting monthly because of work and/or family obligations.  If you would like to attend, please contact Deb Marshall and let her know.

Next gathering time?   Thursday, Feb 8 at 7:00 PM
Where?   The home of Anneli Terry Nelson at 527 Doral Country Drive, Nashville  37221
What will be happening?   Planning for calendar year 2018.  Come and offer your ideas and suggestions!
Contact person:   Deb Marshall at djmarshall62@gmail.com

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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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS!   The temperature is up and down, consistent with winter in Nashville!  We are in need of warm clothing for our clothes closet.  Specifically we need:

— winter clothing, especially for men (sweaters, jeans sweatshirts and pants, socks)
— coats, hats, scarves, gloves for men and women
— blankets
— help to fold, sort and put away the clothing!
 We need help in the mornings or afternoons, when the closet is not open to the public.  One time help or weekly, monthly help – all is appreciated!

Donations may be brought to the church on Sunday or during the week.  Call Ruth Baggett before bringing donations during the week, so she knows you’re coming.  If you can help in the closet, please call Ruth to schedule a time.  Ruth’s number is 615-271-2600 or you can email her at 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 through PayPal or EasyTithe 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

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

Wisdom as a New Year’s Resolution

Proverbs 3:13-20, New International Version

Sermon Notes from Karasheila Jackson

Solomon was the wisest man on earth at this time and having been blessed with the gift of exceptional wisdom from the Lord, decided to keep a record of what he learned through that gift.  He emphasizes the link between receiving wisdom and blessings, but also warned that we must accept the wisdom that disciplines together with the wisdom that brings blessing.  He also explains that finding wisdom is a blessing but we need to understand that to receive the blessings of wisdom one also must have the discernment to follow without judgment.  Ultimately Solomon is teaching us that wisdom is a characteristic of God which He offers to share with humankind.

Choose to seek out wisdom in the New Year.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, …” (Proverbs 3:13 NIV)
“When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13 CEB)

 

True wealth comes from finding wisdom.
“She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:15-17 NIV)

Wisdom has a positive influence for a blessed life.
“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. (Proverbs 3:18 NIV)  “Those who trust in their own reasoning are fools, but those who walk in wisdom will be kept safe.” (Proverbs 28:26)

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
True wisdom is found in obedience to God.

 

Priority #2 — Wisdom

Proverbs 3:13-20, Common English Bible

Sermon Notes from Whitney Simpson

In this New Year, we have decided to set out together on a path of first trusting God.  Along that journey, we notice priorities such as wisdom, integrity, and motives.  Ponder today, where do you find wisdom on your path?  At times, do you think you know all there is to know in life?  Do you find yourself stating you have all the answers at times?  Do you look to God or others for true wisdom?  Ponder these words written by Socrates, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

In our country, we often consider ourselves foolish or dumb if we do not know the answers.  Yet just as Socrates states, our Biblical characters did not always know either.   Scripture shows us how they trusted in God for wisdom and were confident enough to offer God’s wisdom to others.

Seek Wisdom along the path.

Allow Wisdom to be experiential.

Wisdom comes in safe community.

Wisdom is not books or knowledge.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom:
Trusting in God offers us true wisdom!

Jesus wants justice for all now!

 

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, we are on the verge of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Regardless of how you chose to celebrate the King holiday, spend some time reflecting, remembering and renewing the idea of the beloved community.

Dr. King was a justice seeker, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  And prior to Dr. King, the Prophet Amos offered these words in the Old Testament “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:24 NRSV  Justice is a frequent theme in the Bible.

Amos’ words about justice spoke to Israel’s failure to embody God’s concerns for the wellbeing of all people in Israel.  Amos calls for turning back to God and away from the injustices that favored the wealthy powerful elite over the vulnerable poor.  This turning back involved a recovery of genuine justice as the community stands for life for everyone.  The call to justice went out as a call to avoid judgment; justice was not the judgment but the way to avoid it.

Dr. King sought justice for all of humanity in a time when segregation was legal and practiced.  After years of the commitment to non-violence and the deaths of many innocent people, the courts finally changed the law.  And the law was changed, but the discriminatory acts were still pervasive and some still exist today.  Look at the way we treat people, all of God’s people, as less than human by unjustly imprisoning people, denying healthcare to some people, the resegregation of public schools, and racial segregation.  Justice often seems to be eluding God’s people.

For our society, sometimes “justice” involves locking people up under horrific conditions and essentially condemning them to a life sentence of shame and alienation.  In contrast, for Jesus, genuine justice involves visiting prisoners—displaying welcome, hospitality, and healing.

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus put justice in this perspective, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.” Matthew 23:23 NRSV

Jesus’ acts of justice involve not only healing the hurting but also confronting those who have been doing the hurting.  The powers-that-be retaliate.  The religious and political leaders do have a kind of justice on their side—justice in the sense of the self-interests of people in power and their laws and policies that act to sustain their power.  Jesus did violate this kind of “justice” and so retribution by the powers-that-be followed.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Jesus wants justice for all now!”

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, January 12, 2018

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!  The Scout Appreciation Breakfast that was scheduled for this Sunday (January 14) has been postponed due to the weather.  We will let you know of the new date as soon as it is scheduled.

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our January Sermon Series is “Priorities from Proverbs.”  In the new year, knowing and doing God’s priorities will position us to live a harmonious and fruitful life.  Honoring God with our lives brings glory to God’s holy name.  Join us this month as we explore the Scriptures and learn from Proverbs about God’s priorities of Trust, Wisdom, Integrity and Motives.  Let’s live life to the fullest by faith in Christ Jesus!

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 this Sunday afternoon 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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   We are beginning 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.  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  Our UMW will meet on Saturday, January 27 (changed from January 20th) at 10am in the Community Room to set goals and plan our schedule, programs and outreach projects for 2018.  We will also have our new reading program books available.  This will be an important meeting and everyone is needed.  All women of the church family are welcome!

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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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CLOTHES CLOSET NEEDS!   It warmed up some this week, but the cold and bad weather is here again!  This weather means we need lots of warm clothing for our clothes closet.  Specifically we need:

— winter clothing, especially for men (sweaters, jeans sweatshirts and pants)
— coats, hats, scarves, gloves for men and women
— blankets
— help to fold, sort and put away the clothing!
 We need help in the mornings or afternoons, when the closet is not open to the public.  One time help or weekly, monthly help – all is appreciated!

Donations may be brought to the church on Sunday or during the week.  Call Ruth Baggett before bringing donations during the week, so she knows you’re coming.  If you can help in the closet, please call Ruth to schedule a time.  Ruth’s number is 615-271-2600 or you can email her at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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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.

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/.

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