What’s Happening, July 13, 2017

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

This weekend!

Camp Out: Getting S’More of Jesus
Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16

Saturday – 9:00-9:30, registration
Saturday, 9:30-1:00, VBS classes, lunch included
Sunday, 9:30-12:00, VBS Classes

We will have classes for children age 3 up to those who have completed 4th grade.
Registration is still open!  Go to
https://vbspro.events/p/events/mckendree2017.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, July 14, 5:30-8:30pm to help with set-up.
Please register online at the above website if you can help!

We look forward to seeing you at our Camp Out!

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY, SUNDAY JULY 30!
Fifth Sunday
One combined service at 10am!

We need spiral notebooks, composition books, and pencils
for our Pencil Partner School, Rose Park Middle School.
Gift wrapping not necessary!

CAROLING ON THE LAWN!
(part of our Christmas in July Celebration)
Saturday, July 29, 10-11am
Everyone is welcome to join us!

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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

 

The Generosity Source!

Acts 11:19-30, Common English Bible

Christians are considered “those of Christ.”  Back in early Christendom they belonged to Christ, as his possessions, because Christians are “slaves of Jesus Christ.”  Although the initial term was meant to be derogatory, Christians used the label to view themselves as belonging to Jesus Christ.  And they were characterized by generosity.

Generosity is one of the faithful traits of a follower of Jesus.  Early Christians were defined by their generosity.  Generosity is grounded in the work of commitment.  The deeper the commitment, the greater the level of generosity in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Just as Jesus commanded that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:8

God’s power helps followers to see the

Opportunities to spread the WORD!
The Lord’s power was with them, and a large number came to believe and turned to the Lord.   Acts 11:21

Need to encourage each other!
When he arrived and saw evidence of God’s grace, he was overjoyed and encouraged everyone to remain fully committed to the Lord.   Acts 11:23

Need to give generously!
The disciples decided they would send support to the brothers and sisters in Judea, with everyone contributing to this ministry according to each person’s abundance.   Acts 11:29

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God’s power never fails!”

What’s Happening, July 7, 2017

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – McKendree Kids Yard Sale
This Sunday, 10am, 1st Floor Children’s Area

Everyone is invited!
We have children’s items for sale
and yummy baked goods.
The money collected will go toward our children’s ministry.
Join us this Sunday!

 

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Camp Out: Getting S’More of Jesus
Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16

Saturday – 9:00-9:30, registration
Saturday, 9:30-1:00, VBS classes, lunch included
Sunday, 9:30-12:00, VBS Classes

We will have classes for children age 3 up to those who have completed 4th grade.  Online registration is available at https://vbspro.events/p/events/mckendree2017.

Volunteers are needed on Friday, July 14, 5:30-8:30pm to help with set-up.

We look forward to seeing you at our Camp Out!

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McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our sermon series is “Intentional Disruption!”  At times, God intentionally disrupts our lives.  In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is a disruptive force for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.  So let’s not fight disruption but rather join God in the journey of renewal.  Disruption helps us change by testing us so that we gather in communion before God and with neighbor.  Disruption strengthens our faith and faith is the only way to please God.  What in your life needs disrupting?

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRIES  Our Encounter Ministries (Encounter@Edgehill and Encounter@Metrocenter) will be re-launching soon.  More details will be coming soon!

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.

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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES   Our Wednesday Night Bible Study and our Chancel Choir are not meeting in July.  Both groups will begin again on August 2.

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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES!

CAROLING ON THE LAWN   To celebrate our Christmas in July, we’ll be singing Christmas Carols on the front lawn on Saturday, July 29, at 10am.  You do not have to be a member of the choir or praise band to participate.  we’ll gather at the church at 9:45am, and sing from 10-11am.  We’ll give out bottles of water to passersby, and invite them to our special Christmas in July service on July 30.  Everyone is invited to join us!  Donations of bottled water will be greatly appreciated!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY, JULY 30!  This is a Fifth Sunday, and we will have one combined service at 10am.  We are requesting spiral notebooks, composition books and pencils for our Pencil Partner School, Rose Park Middle School.  Last year we received 1500 pencils, and over 400 notebooks.  Can we top 2016?  Bring your gifts to the church office ahead of time or bring them to church on July 30.  Gift wrapping not necessary!

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 tie it onto a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team will 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.

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HAVE YOU MOVED?  NEW PHONE NUMBER, NEW ADDRESS?  Do you have a new address, phone number or email address?  Did you take out your home phone and just use your cell number?  Please keep the church office informed with your latest information so we can keep you up to date on all the church events!  Contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com with any new information.  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/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

 

Intentional Table Turning!

Acts 9:1-12, Common English Bible

God meets, calls, and transforms people wherever God chooses.  The call is always into mission of God so that we can advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.  God creates a pattern for missional disruption.

Saul intends to eliminate Christians!
He went to the high priest, seeking letters to the synagogues in Damascus.  If he found persons who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, these letters would authorize him to take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.   Acts 9:1a-2

God invites Saul to change his mind!
Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord?”  “I am Jesus, whom you are harassing,” came the reply.  “Now get up and enter the city.  You will be told what you must do.”   Acts 9:5-6

Our call is always interrelated with others!
“In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias enter and put his hands on him to restore his sight.”   Acts 9:12

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom
No one is outside of God’s redemption!

Use your giftedness to bless others!

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 returning home from leading 20th Annual Youth Harambee Event with over 400 young people in Orangeburg, North Carolina.  One of the amazing aspects of the event was the talent show.  People presented spoken word, poems, singing and dancing.  It was what I called Youth Harambee’s Got Talent (ok it’s not original).  One young man by the name of Houston sung a song that he heard at his grandmother’s funeral.  Many wondered why he was so emotional while singing until it was revealed his grandmother had recently transitioned from earth.

All of the youth gave Houston a standing ovation for his effort.  What these youth taught me was a reminder that God is always with us even in a talent show where these young people exhibited their talent.  What talent do you possess?  What is keeping you from living fully into your giftedness?

John 10:10 records that Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Use your giftedness to bless others!”

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