Stay Prayed Up!

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 am reminded of the gift of prayer.  Thursday evening, I was invited to participate in a Facebook live platform with the question, “Why Pray?”  One of my responses centered on a deep desire to commune and communicate with God so that we can continue to sustain our deep holy and redemptive relationship.  Then I thought about prayer as our story that connects with God’s covenantal story.  I believe that God doesn’t need to know what we think, but rather we need to hear what God desires for our lives and that involves deep, intentional prayer.

Paul, the Apostle, writes these words to the church in Thessalonica, Rejoice always.  Pray continually.  Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, CEB)  As with Paul, it is our faithful desire to rejoice in the presence of a faithful and righteous God by giving thanks.

So the next time trouble arises, take a prayer break and give thanks to God.

Remember to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day at 12 Noon!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Stay Prayed Up!”

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

What’s Happening, May 26, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our May sermon series is “Spiritual Disciplines: Doing the Little Things!”

ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  Our Encounter service will not be meeting this Sunday.  We welcome everyone to join us on Sundays at 12:30pm, when 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.  For more information on either of our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@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, hymns, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for May 31 is Chapter 13, “I Can Turn Your Tragedy into Triumph.”  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

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.

FAREWELL RECEPTION  There will be a reception on Sunday, June 4 at 10am to honor Jordan Callaway for his 18 years of service here at McKendree Church.  Jordan will be leaving McKendree to pursue other career options.  We pray God’s blessings on Jordan, Lacey and their family.

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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES!

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

5&2 MEAL GROCERY LIST – Can you help?  Each Tuesday we feed over 100-men and women a hot lunch at our 5&2Meal (Community Lunch).  We are in need of help.  When you do your grocery shopping this week, please consider adding a few items to your cart.  We need:
Canned goods – corn, sweet peas, baked beans, green beans
Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti pasta
Thank you for your help!

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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

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

What to Do When Life is Complicated!

Matthew 6:5-15, New Revised Standard Version

Prayer is the simplistic way to connect and communicate with God. Jesus practiced it with perfection. The disciples asked for Jesus to teach them and Jesus responds with a gift of discernment and power.  So when Jesus offers the disciples another spiritual discipline, he is giving them the gift of direction for their future. This direction comes with a healthy and holy rhythm.

“Prayer is where the action is!”  John Wesley

Prayer is the wireless connection that can simplify our daily lives. So think about prayer as a rhythm necessary for productivity.  Use the acronym ACTS as a rhythm when praying (conversing) with God!

Adoration – Give God the praise and honor!
 “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.”   Matthew 6:9-11

Confession – Honestly deal with our sin!
 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not bring us to the time of trial but rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:12-13

Thanksgiving – Verbalize your thanksgiving!
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Supplication – Remember yourself and the other!
Always pray for the needs of others and yourself!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Prayer releases God’s power and protection!”

What’s Happening, May 19, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our May sermon series is “Spiritual Disciplines: Doing the Little Things!”

THE ENCOUNTER@METROCENTER  will host a special joint gathering with the ministry team and worshiping community from City on a Hill Church this Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm at the United Methodist Publishing House located at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228.   This special service will combine the worship teams of both communities in celebration and praise.  Our Pastor Stephen Handy and Pastor Neal Morse of City on a Hill Church will work together to bring the word and lead those gathered in open, vital conversations around small group tables.  Please consider joining us this Sunday, May 21 at 12:30pm for this exciting collaboration!

BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at mckendreeinfo@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, hymns, a message and Holy Communion.  Everyone is invited to attend.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for May 24 is Chapter 12, “I Will Love You Forever.”  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  The McKendree UMW will meet May 20th in the Community Room at 10am following the Leadership Council meeting.  Debbie McCormick will lead the program on “MOTHERS IN ACTION.”  We will celebrate the role of mothers in the Bible who save children’s lives, and discover what United Methodist Women’s priority to improve the health of mothers and their children around the world.  Come and learn with us.  All are welcomed.

FAREWELL RECEPTION  There will be a reception on Sunday, June 4 at 10am to honor Jordan Callaway for his 18 years of service here at McKendree Church.  Jordan will be leaving McKendree to pursue other career options.  We pray God’s blessings on Jordan, Lacey and their family.

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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES!

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

5&2 MEAL GROCERY LIST – Can you help?  Each Tuesday we feed over 100-men and women a hot lunch at our 5&2Meal (Community Lunch).  We are in need of help.  When you do your grocery shopping this week, please consider adding a few items to your cart.  We need:
Canned goods – corn, sweet peas, baked beans, green beans
Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti pasta
Thank you for your help!

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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 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.

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

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 acknowledge the gift and gracious of mothers.  One of the favorite days for the church is when we celebrate mothers on Mother’s Day.  Jesus in John’s gospel (19:26a-27, CEB) celebrates the life of his mother at the cross by giving her to his disciple as he says, “Woman, here is your son.”  Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  And from that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Mary was the first mother honored for Mother’s Day and chosen by God to deliver the Son of Humanity.  She was unlikely and unprepared but offered her faithfulness to God.  Mothers are known for their sacrifice in all phases of life.  From money to shelter to clothing and time, mothers even go without to ensure that their children have everything they need.

On May 11, 1913, the Members of the House of Representatives wore white carnations to honor American mothers in the Capitol’s first observance of Mother’s Day.  Representative James Heflin of Alabama introduced House Resolution 103 on May 10th requesting President Woodrow Wilson, members of his Cabinet, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and other federal officials to don white carnations, “or some other white flower,” to honor mothers for being “the greatest source of our country’s strength and inspiration.”  The tradition of wearing white carnations (and later red carnations) spread across the nation.  With the positive response to the 1913 resolution, Heflin introduced formal legislation in 1914, designating the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day.  After quickly passing the House and being directed through the Senate by former Representative Morris Sheppard of Texas, the bill went to the President’s desk on May 8th, and became law that same day.

So we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday with two distinct voices on motherhood.  Regardless of whether a woman has given birth or not, all women have a motherly instinct.  This means women are wired to offer compassion, exhibit high levels of commitment and demonstrate a conviction to care for others.  So this Sunday when you see a woman, remember all women have mothered someone, and just say “Happy Mother’s Day!”  We all salute every woman for being someone’s mother and offering the love and grace of Jesus Christ!

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