What’s Happening, April 7, 2017

SUNDAY IS PALM SUNDAY!
2 SPECIAL EVENTS!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays 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?  During this Lenten Season, let’s journey with Jesus to the cross and discover how and where God is redeeming our mess.

This is the beginning of Holy Week!
— Our children will be participating in both the 9am and 11am services.

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

Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30am on the rooftop of the Christian Life Center.   We’re praying the weather will be clear, but in case of rain, the egg hunt will be indoors.

Church Picnic/Potluck Dinner, 12:30pm in Fellowship Hall.  The Children’s Team is providing fried chicken, drinks and paper products.  McKendree Church has some great cooks, so please fix your special side dishes and desserts.  Bring enough to share!

Everyone is invited to come and spend this special day with us!

*******************

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
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

*******************

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

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 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.

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

*******************

GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  Our lesson for April 12 is Chapter 6, “I Will Let You Choose.”  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.

*******************

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!

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!

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!

*******************

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 Necessary Reminder!

Luke 10:38-42 Common English Bible

When do you find yourself getting consumed by the busyness of the day only to lose track of time?  What do you do?  Hopefully someone will remind you of what is most important and why we were created to exist.

One of the realities of the day is we tend to lose focus and become distracted.  Regardless of what we believe is important, God is the source of our daily focus.  When we focus on God, God releases instructions from within our hearts.  This release triggers a reminder letting us know that God is the giver of life and the director of our hearts.

Martha and Mary are sisters offering accommodations to Jesus who has come to visit.  During his visit, the sisters see different priorities while in His presence.  Both have something to offer Jesus and they do.  What is Jesus to remind us of today?

Offer hospitality and humility!
While Jesus and his disciples were traveling, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest.   Luke 10:38

Presume the lowest place!
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his message.   Luke 10:39

Stay connected to compassion!
The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things.  One thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the better part.  It won’t be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Live with Urgency!”

The Jesus of Second Chances!

Luke 17:11-19, Common English Bible

Jesus walks alongside the borders of ethnic prejudice, which existed between Galileans and Samaritans.  Jesus is a Jew and Jews considered Samaritans half-breeds and heretics.  Typically Jews would walk several miles out of the way not to encounter Samaritans.

Jesus is on the border to create a culture of faithful reconciliation.  Where there is brokenness Jesus comes to offer the “blessing of reconciliation” so that outsiders become insiders.  God is a God of second chances for all people regardless of our mess!

How is Jesus cleaning up our mess?  His actions are grounded in faith.  “Without faith it is impossible to please God!”  Hebrew 11:6 

Jesus pursues us!
On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.   Luke 17:11

Jesus hears us!
As he entered a village, ten men with skin diseases approached him.  Keeping their distance from him, they raised their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, show us mercy!”  Luke 17:12-13

Jesus includes and heals us!
When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  As they left, they were cleansed.  One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice.   Luke 17:14-15

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Faithfulness leads to thankfulness!”

Take Intentional Time to Be with God!

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 offer a reminder during this Lenten Season.  Remain constant in your Love for God and neighbor.

Recently in London, there was a brutal and fatal attack on citizens planned and executed by seven people, leaving three killed and 29 others in the hospital and seven are still in critical condition.  This is another episode of hatred to innocent people.  Jihadists believe there are no innocent victims in our culture.  However, as followers of a Risen Savior, we believe love is the greatest response to fear and hatred, and not more fear and hatred.

Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  In order to be reminded of this God’s agape love we must find time for renewal.  In our renewal time, we can reconnect and reimagine our divine purpose on earth and draw closer to God with our neighbor.  We can engage in many worthwhile events and activities, but the greatest response to others is out of the love of Jesus Christ that resides in you as a disciple of Jesus Christ!  Make time to encounter God and experience refreshment!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Take intentional time to be with God!”

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

What’s Happening, March 24, 2017

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays 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?  During this Lenten Season, let’s journey with Jesus to the cross and discover how and where God is redeeming our mess.

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 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.

NEXT STEPS!  Do you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, and our ministries?  Want to be more connected?  Whether you’re new to McKendree or have been part of the church family for a long time, we welcome you to join us for conversation in the Archives Room (209, just across from the church office) this Sunday, March 26, following the 9am service.  You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the ministry and vision of McKendree Church, meet our leaders and take a tour of the church, and find a place to connect!  If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Ruth Baggett at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.

UMCOR Special Offering on March 26  This Sunday (March 26) is UMCOR SUNDAY.   We give to help alleviate human suffering when disasters happen, in the U.S. or around the world.  The United Methodist Committee on Relief is often one of the first relief agencies on the scene after a disaster and is one of the last to leave.  UMCOR also helps with providing drinking water (wells, sanitation supplies) and housing.  Our gifts to UMCOR bring hope to those around the world who do not have life as good as we do here in the United States.  UMCOR happens because of us!

*******************

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9 – SPECIAL DAY!

EASTER EGG HUNT, 11:30am
CLC Rooftop

CHURCH PICNIC/POTLUCK DINNER, 12:30pm
McKENDREE FELLOWSHIP HALL
McKendree Church is supplying fried chicken;
Please bring side dishes and desserts!

*******************

GROUP MINISTRIES!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY  We are studying the book, He Chose the Nails, by Max Lucado.  We meet in Pastor Stephen’s office at 6pm, and everyone is welcome to join us!

WALKING MEDITATION LIFE GROUP TIME CHANGE  Throughout the history of Christian spirituality, there has been a connection between the simple movement of walking in nature and our spiritual journey.  Under the facilitation of Erik von Nieda, a new walking meditation life group is forming to meditatively walk together, share and dwell on scripture, and lift one another up in our spiritual journey.   NEW DATE/TIME:  The group meets at the Warner Park Nature Center porch, near Old Hickory Blvd on Hwy 100 at 9am on Saturdays, beginning March 25.  For more information or to get involved, contact Erik at ebvn56@gmail.com.

DIVORCED CARE MINISTRY   Karasheila Jackson is starting a Divorce Care Support Group Ministry at The United Methodist Publishing House, 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd in Metro Center.  NOTE CHANGES:  The meetings are on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:00pm.  This session of Divorce Care Ministry will be from March 15-June 7 (13 weeks).  Enrollment is open until March 29.  The cost is $20.

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.

*******************

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.

*******************

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.

*******************

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