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What’s Happening, February 10, 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!

BOY SCOUT SUNDAY  This Sunday (February 12) is Boy Scout Sunday.  Members of our Scout Troop 219 will have an active part in both morning worship services.  Also our Scouts will be selling their 2017 Camp Cards.  These cards are good for discounts or free items at local businesses (Dunkin Donuts, Firestone, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Great Clips, Pizza Hut, and several others).  The cost of the Camp Card is $5.  The money raised helps our scout troop attend summer camp.  Please support our McKendree Boy Scout Troop 219.

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.

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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.  If child care is needed, notify the Church office soon so it can be arrangedAll 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).

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!

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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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Rooted in Faith!

2 Timothy 1:3-7, Common English Bible

In a time when false teachers and chaos appear to be the order of the day what do we do?  Timothy is confronted with a season of “alternative facts” from rival teachers who come to discredit the church.  Imagine how anxious he is to respond or even fearful to respond.  Paul simply reaches into Timothy’s past and pulls out the facts of the faith in his life.  We need people in our life to remind us …

Be grateful for each moment of life!
“I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did.  I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night.  When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness.”   2 Timothy 1:3-4

Faith carries us!
“I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice.  I’m sure that this faith is also inside you.”   2 Timothy 1:5

Remember your identity is in Christ not the chaos!
“Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands.”   2 Timothy 1:6

The Holy Spirit is with you!
“God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.”   2 Timothy 1:7

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom
“Act out of your identity in Christ!”

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Rise Up and Help Redeem the Now!

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical followers of Jesus Christ, I want to invite us to engage in an authentic conversation about our identity, the identity of the other, the neighbor, the immigrant, and the foreigner.  Before we jump into taking sides, let us be clear that America is not our land; it is the land of our sisters and brothers called Native Americans.  What happens if our fore-parents were not admitted into the land of the free and home of the brave?

So rise each day with curiosity carried as a burden and align with the truth of the biblical text before believing the politics of the day, regardless of what side of “The House” speaks and votes.  Stay vigilant and engage as noted in the Old Testament, “Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.  You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:34  As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the burden of representation about our grievances and grief, but more importantly we are called to represent the grace that is within us.  Don’t be seduced by the politics of the pathetic, “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Listen and learn from each other and don’t accept rhetoric in conversations but align with the mercy of God that calls us to lean into the difficult conversation.  Go into the neighborhood with a sense of courage so that accountability is the standard of our words and agape love in action is our response to the alien, immigrant, and neighbor.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Rise Up and Help Redeem the Now!”

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

 

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What’s Happening, February 2, 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 watch out for them!

ENCOUNTER MINISTRIES

@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.

@EDGEHILL The Encounter@Edgehill meets the first Sunday of each month at 4:30pm at Edgehill Café, 1201 Villa Place.  In risky, vulnerable small group conversations around tables we seek to confront issues of privilege, racism, and classism that divide us, and to hear the call to God’s beloved community.

Everyone is welcome to attend one or both of our Encounter services.  For more information on either of our Encounter Ministries, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

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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.  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).

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 on the beliefs and practices of Islam.  Everyone is welcome to join us!

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 speaker 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 be sharing 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.  The meeting will be in the Community Room, but we can move to the chapel or sanctuary if necessary.  If child care is needed, notify the Church office soon so it can be arrangedAll are welcome!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY POSITION OPEN   McKendree has an immediate opening for a part-time Children’s Director.  For more information please visit our website job listing at https://mckendreenashville.com/2016/12/02/job-opening/.

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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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Harvest Circles!

Luke 10:1-2, Common English Bible

Jesus offers everyone an invitation to experience the profound love of God.  To extend God’s love and salvation to the world takes humanity’s yes.  The yes to God involves a faithful and joyful journey of listening to the truth teachings and then taking action.  Jesus sends the 72 out to…

Tell the truth about God’s love!
The Lord commissioned seventy-two others and sent them ahead in pairs to every city and place he was about to go.   Luke 10:1

See the harvest as ripe relationships and where radical love exists!
He said to them, “The harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers…”   Luke 10:2(a)

Continuously pray for workers!
“Therefore plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for the harvest.”   Luke 10:2(b)

Hear the WOW, the Words of Wisdom,
“Ask God for your assignment!”