What’s Happening, April 21, 2017

THIS SUNDAY AT McKENDREE!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On April 30 we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our Lenten sermon series is “Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess!”  How many times do we find ourselves as humans in a royal mess?  Do we ever wonder if there is any hope of redemption?  The good news is simply this, whenever God is involved there is always an opportunity for redemption and ultimately restoration.  What in your life needs some restoring?  Come and discover how and where God is redeeming our mess.

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Our Encounter Ministry will resume this Sunday.  This alternative worship service meets at 12:30pm, at the United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa Parks Blvd.  If you know folks who feel “traditional church” isn’t for them, invite them to Encounter.  Better yet, come yourself and bring them with you!  Everyone is welcome to attend!   For more information on our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

BAPTISM  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR, THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 23  The Nashville Downtown Partnership will be hosting the Downtown Home Tour on Sunday April 23, from 1-6pm.  As people walk down the street, we hand out cookies and a flyer with information about the church and talk with them.  We also invite them to come inside and see the church.  We need volunteers who will be outside to give out cookies and flyers and talk to people.  We also need volunteers inside the narthex who can tell people a little about the church and show them the sanctuary.  The tour is from 1-6 pm, but most of the foot traffic will be over by 4pm.  If you can help either inside or outside, from 1-4pm, please see Ruth Baggett in the church office on Sunday.

We also need cookies, lots of cookies!  Homemade or store-bought, either is fine.  You can bring your cookies to the church on Sunday morning.  This event is an important part of outreach – we want people who move downtown to know they are welcome at McKendree Church!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY AT McKENDREE  The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) is pleased to announce that Alison Weakley has accepted the position as Director of Children’s Ministry at McKendree UMC.  Alison has exemplified her love for God and willingness to share that love with children.  Her enthusiastic leadership and commitment is making lifelong positive impressions on the children in our community.  We look forward to the great things that God will do through her as our children learn about the love of Jesus Christ.  Please join us in holding Alison in prayer and assisting her as she leads this ministry.

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APRIL 30 IS FIFTH SUNDAY!
We’ll have one combined 30 minute service at 10am!
Worship without Walls will follow the service!

WORSHIP WITHOUT WALLS  On Sunday April 30, following our 10am time of worship, we will have opportunities to put our faith in action and take our worship outside of the church building.  Four work areas will be
— McKendree Rooftop Garden
— Buena Vista School
— Downtown (Library) Park
— Bethlehem Center

This is a time for McKendree Church to share our faith with Nashville.  Come ready to organize, clean, and plant.  Come ready to be a blessing to others!

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GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for April 26 is Chapter 8, “I Will Give You My Robe.”  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

LIFE GROUPS  We have a new Adult Life Group that meets every Sunday at 10am in Room 109 (first floor, across from Fellowship Hall).  This Life Group is for men and women – if you’re not in a Life Group, this would give you the opportunity to be in as the group is starting.  Life Groups are a great way to be connected!  We have a number of Life Groups – if you’d like to get involved, or want more information, contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

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OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES!

HIKE2HEAL WALK TO BENEFIT RAISE THE ROOF ACADEMY IN UGANDA, SATURDAY, APRIL 22
The 5th Annual Hike2Heal Walk will be this Saturday, April 22, at Edwin Warner Park.  This is a 5K walk/run/hike, with proceeds to benefit healthcare for the students at Raise the Roof Academy in Uganda.  All ages and abilities are able to participate.  In addition to the walk, there will be a dog show, kid’s zone, music and prizes.  Registration fee is $35.

Raise the Roof Academy now has over 700 children!  The school is located in an area without reliable medical care.  The nearest clinic is a 3 hour walk.  The most affected people in the villages are women, children, and the elderly.  The most prevalent illnesses include maternal related care, malaria, respiratory infections, skin infections, HIV/AIDS and more.  This 5K benefit will allow healthcare to be provided in the form of immunizations, antimalarial treatment, and preventative treatment for the students and staff of the school.  For more information contact 615-686-9085, www.raisetheroofacademy.org or info@raisetheroofacademy.org.  To register for the walk, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Nashville/Hike2Heal.

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  On Saturday, May 6th, McKendree Church will co-sponsor in Creation Care Recycling Day at West End UMC, from 9am-12pm.  This will be an opportunity for:

  • Document shredding – bring paper and photos in an untied garbage bag or open box
  • Electronic recycling – computers, monitors, DVD players, electronics, printers, televisions and more. There is a $10 charge for CRT monitors and a $25 charge for all televisions.
  • Batteries – dry-cell batteries, disposable and rechargeable and others
  • Medications – dispose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, pills, liquids, lotions, inhalers
  • Donations for Goodwill – clothing, household items, furniture, books, working appliances

To see a full list of items and services available, go to www.westendumc.org/events/creation-care-recycling-day/.

As a co-sponsor, we need volunteers to help at West End UMC on May 6.  Volunteers will direct cars through the parking lot, help unload items from people’s cars/trucks, and if time allows, sign people up to receive more information about the District Creation Care Ministry.  We need to fill 4 slots from 8:30-12:30.  This could be 4 people who work all 4 hours, or 8 people who could work in 2-hour shifts.  If you have questions or can help on May 6, please contact Andrew Skipper at 615-290-8467 or mckendreeandrew@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help!

MEN’S CLOTHING!  We are in great need of men’s clothing for the clothes closet – pants, shirts, t-shirts and shoes.  All sizes!  You can bring your donations on Sunday and place them in the chest just inside the back door.  Thank you for your generosity!

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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.  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

Death is Defeated!

Matthew 28:1-10, Common English Bible

Think about that last time you were afraid?  Where were you?  Were you alone or with someone?  Did you stop and stare or keep going?

Jesus is gone!  He is dead and now buried.  Who in their right mind would not be afraid or fearful of what is to happen next?  Jesus offered a picture for these fear factor moments.  He promised that he would give himself over, be crucified and on the third day, “I will be lifted from the dead!”

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary find themselves where everyone has been.  Confronted with personal fear.  The question for us when fear presents itself is, “What will we do when fear chases us down?”  Most of us don’t really know what we would do until that moment happens.

Remember when fear confronts us, there is a response from Jesus that awaits us.

Fear cannot stand forever!
Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven.  Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it.   Matthew 28:2

Fear is very convincing!
The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid.  I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.”   Matthew 28:4-5

Fear should drive us toward Jesus!
With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.  But Jesus met them and greeted them.  They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee.  They will see me there.”   Matthew 28:8-10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Christ is risen, so rise up!”

What’s Happening at McKendree, April 13, 2017

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE!

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 13, Service at 6:30pm

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14, Services at 12:00pm and 6:30pm

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16 – We celebrate Christ’s Resurrection!
6:30 am – Sunrise Service, on the Rooftop of the CLC
9:00 am – Contemporary Worship Service, Sanctuary
11:00 am – Traditional Worship Service, Sanctuary

The Stations of the Cross are set up in the Narthex.  Please take time to go through the stations and reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for us.

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  We will not have an Encounter service this Sunday, but will resume our regular 12:30 service next week (April 23).  For more information on either of our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

We invite you to join us for worship this week!

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GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for April 19 is Chapter 7, “I Will Not Abandon You.”  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

LIFE GROUPS  We have a new Adult Life Group that meets every Sunday at 10am in Room 109 (first floor, across from Fellowship Hall).  This Life Group is for men and women – if you’re not in a Life Group, this would give you the opportunity to be in as the group is starting.  Life Groups are a great way to be connected!  We have a number of Life Groups – if you’d like to get involved, or want more information, contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

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OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES!

HIKE2HEAL WALK TO BENEFIT RAISE THE ROOF ACADEMY IN UGANDA, APRIL 22
The 5th Annual Hike2Heal Walk will be on Saturday, April 22, at Edwin Warner Park.  This is a 5K walk/run/hike, with proceeds to benefit healthcare for the students at Raise the Roof Academy in Uganda.  All ages and abilities are able to participate.  In addition to the walk, there will be a dog show, kid’s zone, music and prizes.  Registration fee is $35.

Raise the Roof Academy now has over 700 children!  The school is located in an area without reliable medical care.  The nearest clinic is a 3 hour walk.  The most affected people in the villages are women, children, and the elderly.  The most prevalent illnesses include maternal related care, malaria, respiratory infections, skin infections, HIV/AIDS and more.  This 5K benefit will allow healthcare to be provided in the form of immunizations, antimalarial treatment, and preventative treatment for the students and staff of the school.  For more information contact 615-686-9085, www.raisetheroofacademy.org or info@raisetheroofacademy.org.  To register for the walk, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Nashville/Hike2Heal.

DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR, APRIL 23  The Nashville Downtown Partnership will be hosting the Downtown Home Tour on Sunday April 23, from 1-6pm.  As people walk down the street, we hand out cookies and a flyer with information about the church and talk with them.  We also invite them to come inside and see the church.  We need volunteers who will be outside to give out cookies and flyers and talk to people.  We also need volunteers inside the narthex who can tell people a little about the church and show them the sanctuary.  The tour is from 1-6 pm, but most of the foot traffic will be over by 4pm.  If you can help either inside or outside, from 1-4pm, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office, mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

We also need cookies, lots of cookies!  Homemade or store-bought, either is fine.  They DO NOT NEED TO BE PUT IN ZIPLOCK BAGS.  They can be brought to the church office ahead of time or on April 23.  This event is an important part of outreach – we want people who move downtown to know they are welcome at McKendree Church!

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  On Saturday, May 6th, McKendree Church will co-sponsor in Creation Care Recycling Day at West End UMC, from 9am-12pm.  This will be an opportunity for:

  • Document shredding – bring paper and photos in an untied garbage bag or open box
  • Electronic recycling – computers, monitors, DVD players, electronics, printers, televisions and more. There is a $10 charge for CRT monitors and a $25 charge for all televisions.
  • Batteries – dry-cell batteries, disposable and rechargeable and others
  • Medications – dispose of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, pills, liquids, lotions, inhalers
  • Donations for Goodwill – clothing, household items, furniture, books, working appliances

To see a full list of items and services available, go to www.westendumc.org/evens/creation-care-recycling-day.

As a co-sponsor, we need volunteers to help at West End UMC on May 6.  Volunteers will direct cars through the parking lot, help unload items from people’s cars/trucks, and if time allows, sign people up to receive more information about the District Creation Care Ministry.  We need to fill 4 slots from 8:30-12:30.  This could be 4 people who work all 4 hours, or 8 people who could work in 2-hour shifts.  If you have questions or can help on May 6, please contact Andrew Skipper at 615-290-8467 or mckendreeandrew@gmail.com.  Thanks for your help!

MEN’S CLOTHING!  We are in great need of men’s clothing for the clothes closet – pants, shirts, t-shirts and shoes.  All sizes!  You can bring your donations on Sunday and place them in the chest just inside the back door.  Thank you for your generosity!

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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.  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

A Moral Procession!

Matthew 21:1-11, Common English Bible

Palm Sunday is significant both to the Jewish and Christian traditions.  For the Jewish tradition it begins the celebration of the Passover and for Christians it begins Holy Week.  However, Christians often miss the opportunity to highlight the Jewishness of this week.  Although we Christians celebrate with the waving of the palms, we must remember that the earliest groups of followers of the Jesus movement were primarily Jews.  It was a movement of morality!

During this time there was the clashing of two processions and two worldviews with competing interests.  There was a procession on the West side with the Romans riding in with chariots of fire symbolizing wealth and imperial powers honoring Pontius Pilate.  And on the East side, there was Jesus, symbolizing justice and peace, riding in on a donkey and colt.  What procession will you find yourself in or what procession do you truly belong?

Go with the procession that…

Directs with clear instructions!
He said to them, “Go into the village over there.  As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey and colt with it.  Untie them and bring them to me.”   Matthew 21:2

Demands truth and justice on earth!
The crowds in front of him and behind him shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:9

Demonstrates an alternative kingdom!
And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up.  “Who is this?” they asked.”   Matthew 21:10

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Let’s join the movement of Jesus!”

In Constant Communion, There is God’s Constant Love!

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 want you to claim the gift that is within you.  In a world that often demands to take and encourages us to take from others, remember we have been given the invitation to a constant communion with God.

In Romans 8:9 Paul writes, “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.”  To think about the Spirit of God dwelling in us is not a theological statement, but rather a reality.  If we believe we have been filled and sealed with the Holy Spirit, then we have constant communion with God.

As we begin to enter with Jesus into Jerusalem with palms and shouts of Hosanna, remain steadfast and hopeful.  Don’t fear the things and people of the world.  Remember we have constant communion with God.  We simply have to grow in the understanding of this wonderful, supernatural union that no one can separate, regardless of what it may appear to be.  We can shout because God is within us!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“In Constant Communion there is God’s Constant Love!”

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