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What’s Happening, February 23, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  We invite you to join us for our February sermon series, “Relationships Required!”

In this life, the most significant relationship we need is with Jesus Christ, but it is not the only one.  While Jesus Christ is our Redemptive Savior, he puts people around us to help us live courageously and faithfully into God’s plan.  However, most of us have a selected type of friends, but we need to broaden those relationships so that we can live more fully as followers of Jesus Christ.

There are a host of people who God desires to be in our lives and He puts them in our path.  So be watching for them!

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Each Sunday at 12:30pm, McKendree Church has an alternative worship service for those who feel “church” isn’t for them.  This service meets at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  For more information on our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

ASH WEDNESDAY  Ash Wednesday is March 1.  Our Ash Wednesday services will be at 12pm in the chapel, and at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.  We invite you to join us for one of these services!

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LIFE GROUPS  We invite and encourage everyone to be a part of a Life Group!  We have Life Groups for men, women, mixed adults and a bilingual (Spanish/English) Life Group.  Some groups meet at McKendree Church, others meet in coffee shops or homes in the Nashville area.  Contact Rick Quinn for more information on any of our McKendree Life Groups (mckendreerick@gmail.com).

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  Our Adult Bible Study will not meet on March 1.  We invite you to attend our Ash Wednesday service.  We will begin a Lent study on March 8.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

DIVORCED CARE MINISTRY   Rev. Karasheila Jackson is starting a Divorce Care Support Group Ministry at The United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in Metro Center.  The meetings will be on Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30pm.  This session of Divorce Care Ministry will begin on Wednesday, March 8, and will be for 13 weeks.  The session enrollment will be open through March 15 and enrollment is limited to 10 people.  The cost is $25.

The purpose of the Divorce Care Support Group is to help people begin to heal from the pain of divorce or separation.   We strive to do this in a warm, caring environment designed to help them face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives after one of the most painful and stressful experiences that people go through.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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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

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 always available at https://mckendreenashville.com/give.  Also, you can 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.

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

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Seek Wise Counsel!

1 Samuel 3:1-10, Common English Bible

Wise counsel is difficult to come by.  So many options to consider.  However God puts wise people in our lives to help us discern.  Wise people don’t have to be old, but experience does count for something.  God hasn’t spoken in some time, but now God speaks.  Are we listening?  How do we listen?  What prevents us from listening?

Hannah and Elkanah have given birth to Samuel, a promise from God.  And Hannah quickly handed the gift of the baby back over to God.  Now we find Eli raising the boy.  Then one evening God speaks and Samuel has no idea what to do.

When God speaks…

Check with someone with a similar experience!
The Lord called to Samuel.  “I’m here,” he said.  Samuel hurried to Eli and said, “I’m here.  You called me?”   1 Samuel 3:4

God will speak again!
A third time the Lord called Samuel.  He got up, went to Eli, and said, “I’m here.  You called me?”  So Eli said to Samuel, “Go and lie down.  If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord.  Your servant is listening.’”   1 Samuel 3:8-9

Just listen!
So Samuel went and lay down where he’d been.  Then the Lord came and stood there, calling just as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”  Samuel said, “Speak.  Your servant is listening.”   1 Samuel 3:10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Develop your own relationship with God!”

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“Set an example”

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Pastor Stephen has asked me to share a recent experience with you in this week’s enote.

A couple of weeks ago, I was looking at the website of a Christian publishing company, one I have ordered numerous materials and books from in the past.  I’ve always found their products to be of excellent quality and very helpful in my ministry with teaching adults and children.

Looking through some of their children’s study items, I saw a series of teaching materials for elementary age girls, but was quite surprised at the product description.  It included the phrase “be the awesome gal God created you to be.”

My Mom taught me “g–” is not a nice word (it has racial implications), and to never refer to any girl or woman that way.  If you’re not originally from the South, or are younger than me (I’m 61) you may not have been taught that.  But I was.  I wondered if that was just my personal experience, or if others felt the same way, and did a Google search for the history of the word.  My Mom’s teaching was confirmed.

Now what to do?  The publishing company is located in California, and I realized they probably used this word without understanding its true meaning.  I could accept that, but I couldn’t leave it there.  So I sent an email to the company, explaining my concern, and giving them some websites that would confirm what I was saying.

In a few minutes I received the standard “Thank you for contacting us.  We will get back to you …”  But the next day, I received an email from the Director of Marketing, giving his apology for the word usage, and stating that the product description would be changed.  About three days later, I went back to their website, to the same teaching material, and it read “be the awesome girl God created you to be.”

Yes!

It was just one company, one word, and just my reaction.  But I felt obligated to speak out.  I felt like I made a difference.  And I will continue to speak the truth in love and to speak out for what is right.

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”  1 Timothy 4:12

Blessings,
Ruth Baggett

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What’s Happening, February 17, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  We invite you to join us for our February sermon series, “Relationships Required!”

In this life, the most significant relationship we need is with Jesus Christ, but it is not the only one.  While Jesus Christ is our Redemptive Savior, he puts people around us to help us live courageously and faithfully into God’s plan.  However, most of us have a selected type of friends, but we need to broaden those relationships so that we can live more fully as followers of Jesus Christ.

There are a host of people who God desires to be in our lives and He puts them in our path.  So be watching for them!

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Each Sunday at 12:30pm, McKendree Church has an alternative worship service for those who feel “church” isn’t for them.  This service meets at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information on either of our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendeerick@gmail.com.

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR MEN AND WOMEN
The United Methodist Women will meet February 18th at 10am.  We are inviting everyone (women and men) to attend as we think many people will be interested in hearing our speakers for the program.  As we live in a diverse world and worship in a diverse church where everyone is welcomed, we have invited Raceil and his wife, Esther, to be our guest speakers.  They will share with us what it is like to live in the United States as ethnic minorities.  We need to know the issues that they face and how we can help.  The program will be first on the agenda.  All are welcome!

LIFE GROUPS  We invite and encourage everyone to be a part of a Life Group!  We have Life Groups for men, women, mixed adults and a bilingual (Spanish/English) Life Group.  Some groups meet at McKendree Church, others meet in coffee shops or homes in the Nashville area.  Are you interested in a Life Group that would meet on a weekday, late morning or early afternoon?  (Location to be decided.)  Contact Rick Quinn for more information on this or any of our McKendree Life Groups (mckendreerick@gmail.com).

CHURCH/SCHOOL PARTNERS IN MISSION  Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life?  Become a Reading Clinic Volunteer!  Volunteers are needed in Nashville elementary schools to help children with their reading skills.  Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday for 30 minute sessions.  There will be training session on Wednesday, February 22, 9:30-11:30am.  The training will be held at Carter Lawrence Elementary School at 1118 12th Avenue South.  for more information, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  Our Adult Bible Study meets at 6pm in the Pastor’s office.  For February we are using a study series from Christianity Today and several other sources on the beliefs and practices of Islam.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

ASH WEDNESDAY  Ash Wednesday is March 1.  Our Ash Wednesday services will be at 12pm in the chapel, and at 6:30pm in the sanctuary.  Only two weeks until Lent begins!

DIVORCED CARE MINISTRY   Rev. Karasheila Jackson is starting a Divorce Care Support Group Ministry at The United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in Metro Center.  The meetings will be on Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30pm.  This session of Divorce Care Ministry will begin on Wednesday, March 8, and will be for 13 weeks.  The session enrollment will be open through March 15 and enrollment is limited to 10 people.  The cost is $25.

The purpose of the Divorce Care Support Group is to help people begin to heal from the pain of divorce or separation.   We strive to do this in a warm, caring environment designed to help them face their challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives after one of the most painful and stressful experiences that people go through.

If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office (615-271-2600, mckendreeinfi@gmail.com).

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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

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 always available at https://mckendreenashville.com/give.  Also, you can 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT McKENDREE   Check out our blogs on www.McKendreeNashville.com to keep up to date on McKendree Church events.  Feel free to pick up a copy of Pastor Stephen’s Enote and the “What’s Happening” newsletter at the front and back tables.  If you’d like to receive the news by email, please contact Ruth at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com and ask to be put on our email list.  Thank you!

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

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Risk Taking Friends!

Matthew 14:22-33 Common English Bible

Storms are a way of life.  Without storms there would be no appreciation of the security that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ.  So we never should shy away from storms, we should engage and endure them with an expectation that our Savior is waiting for us.  The key to storm survival is awareness and action!

So who is around you when you are in a storm?  Who do you consult or call when the storm seems to be raging out of control?  Our beloved relatives, the disciples are set up and sent out into a storm intentionally by Jesus.  When Jesus sends us somewhere, it is never in isolation.  Someone should always know where you are going.  Jesus sends the disciples out after the miracle of feeding 5,000-plus into chaos in a boat.  So think about the boat being the church and the waves and wind being adversity!  So what do we do now …

Don’t just sit there, at least think!
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified and said, “It’s a ghost!”  They were so frightened they screamed.   Matthew 14:26

Listen then respond to Jesus’ instructions!
Just then Jesus spoke to them, “Be encouraged!  It’s me.  Don’t be afraid.”  Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, order me to come to you on the water.”   Matthew 14:27-28

Take a step into the darkness!
And Jesus said, “Come.”  Then Peter got out of the boat and was walking on the water toward Jesus.  But when Peter saw the strong wind, he became frightened.  As he began to sink, he shouted, “Lord, rescue me!”   Matthew 14:29-30

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Keep modeling Jesus no matter what!”