What’s Happening, June 7, 2018

BIG, BIG NEWS!

THE KITCHEN RENOVATION IS FINALLY HERE!
WE’RE GETTING A TOTALLY NEW CHURCH KITCHEN!

WORK WILL BEGIN MONDAY, JUNE 25!

BUT … we have to move everything out of the kitchen, pantry and storeroom!

Please come and help!

Saturday, June 23 – two shifts!
9:30-12:00
12:00-3:00

Please let Ruth Baggett know if you can come and help us
get ready for the renovation!
mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600

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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 June/July sermon series is “Talking with God!”  This series explores what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series will give us the understanding and confidence to pray with ease and expectation.  Often we think about prayer as a well-crafted experience and we need just the right language for God to hear us.  What if prayer were just the opposite?  We are using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for this eight part series.

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, 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.

WHAT’S NEXT? GETTING PLUGGED IN AT McKENDREE!  If you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, our ministries, our future, or want to be more connected, join us this Sunday, June 10 at 10am in the Archives Room (#209, just across from the church office) 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 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com

ANNUAL CONFERENCE  The Tennessee Annual Conference will be held next week, June 13-15 at Brentwood UMC.  Please be in prayer for our pastors and conference leaders.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL   Thanks to all those who participated and volunteered last week for our Vacation Bible School!  It was a fun day and everyone had a great time while learning!

SCHEDULING NOTE  Our Wednesday Night Bible Study and Chancel Choir are taking a break for the summer.  We will resume on Wednesday, August 1.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE!

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  Your help is needed for a big recycling effort on Thursday, June 14 (11:45- 2:45) at Brentwood United Methodist Church!!!  Volunteers are needed to collect paper and plastic from a very large lunch at the Annual Conference of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The lunch will be spread out over 16 rooms on three floors of the church.  This is not hard work, but lots of willing hands are needed.  Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can help with this effort at Annual Conference (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

CLOTHING CLOSET ORGANIZATION  We need one-time help!  We are in great need of persons to help organize clothing in our church clothes closet.  We have been gifted with a large donation of clothes!  Most of it has been sorted, but still needs to be folded and organized before we can re-open the closet to the public.

If you can assist one time for a morning, an afternoon, an evening, a couple of hours, whatever fits your schedule – we truly need help!   Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can donate some time (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

We also need volunteers for the closet when it is open to the public – to greet our guests, help them find clothing, and give information about McKendree Church.  Volunteers are needed for 2-hour times, either morning or afternoon, any day Monday-Friday, once a week, twice a month – whatever fits your schedule.  Please let Ruth know if you can volunteer.

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CHURCH FAMILY NEWS

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 place it on a nail in the wall.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Lead Team and Prayer Team 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.  You may also share your concerns with the church staff by phone (615-271-2600) or email (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com).

HAVE YOU MOVED?  Do you have a new address, phone number or email address?  Have you taken out your home phone and now 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!  Thanks 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.

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

Love is an on-going connection with God!

Greetings Holy, Healthy and Happy People of God,

As I write this eNote to our faithful and devoted community of radical and contextually conscious followers of Jesus Christ, I am in a season of offering premarital counseling for couples soon to be married.  While every couple is unique, each has similarities.  But for each couple, there is the exploration for a deeper love of God, self and the other.  Every couple is expected to live by the great commandment, “Love God and love neighbor!”

Learning to be in deeper, intimate, Christ-shaped relationships requires living with a few constant questions.  Answering these questions will allow us to stay curious about each other.

First is the idea of why do we love each other?  “We love because God first loved us.”  1 John 4:19

Second is how do we love each other?  Love is driven by the Holy Spirit so that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against things like this.”  Galatians 5:22-23

Third is a new question, how do we make time for one another?  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

Love must be a priority, which means we must develop a deep abiding trust by finding time for one another.  Love finds time for one another.  Jesus made time for those in need.  In Mark chapter 5, he wasn’t too busy to leave what he was doing, which happened to be ministering to a large group of people, to make time for a single girl.  (Mark 5:21-24, 35-42)  Jesus displayed the heart of the Father in going after the one.  Throughout his ministry, Jesus consistently made time for people around him.

So to those who aspire to be in deeper, intimate and Christ-shaped relationship with others, follow the three simple rules: 1) do not harm, 2) do good, and 3) stay in love with God.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Love is an ongoing connection with God!”

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

Eliminate the Pressure!

Matthew 6:1-6, Common English Bible

Praying can be a high-pressure act.  Whether you grow up praying or just recently acquired the joy of praying, the actual act of praying comes with stress.  What if we were to view prayer as our connection with God by talking with God?  Maybe we should become more child-like in our prayer life?  Maybe a good entry point to prayer is to somehow reimagine prayer as a conversation with God as with a friend?  God initiates the friendship with us!

God desires to talk with us.  Also God wants to hear from us throughout the day and for us to listen to God’s voice.  One of the ways God offers some insight into the dynamics of prayer is to listen to what Jesus says about prayer to the disciples.

Start Short!
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom!  Do you think God sits in a box seat?”   Matthew 6:5

Remain Simple!
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.”   Matthew 6:6(a)

Stay Honest!
“Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.  The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”   Matthew 6:6(b)

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom:
“Prayer Reduces the Pressure of Daily Life!”

Talking with God!

Our June/July sermon series is “Talking with God!”  This series will explore what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series will give us the understanding and confidence to pray with ease and expectation.  Often we think about prayer as a well-crafted experience and we need just the right language for God to hear us.  What if prayer were just the opposite?  We will use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for this eight part series.

What’s Happening, May 31, 2018

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2
9am-4pm
For children age 3 years to those who have completed 5th grade

Our VBS theme this year is “Hay Day: Growing in Friendship with Jesus.”  We’ll have a one-day fun-filled event on Saturday, June 2 from 9am-4pm.  Volunteers are also needed.  If you are willing to help in anyway please contact Daphne Coomer or Alison Weakley ASAP.  Nursery will be provided for volunteers.

2018 Hay Day, 1a

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GRADUATES RECEPTION
THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 10am

This Sunday we will honor our graduates, Pastor Stephen Handy, Andrew Skipper, Noah Handy and Micheal Travis, with a reception at 10am in the Narthex.  We invite everyone to fellowship with us and congratulate these people on their accomplishments!

— Pastor Stephen Handy – Doctorate of Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary,
Washington, D.C., May 7
— Andrew Skipper – Master of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore,
Kentucky, May 19
— Noah Handy – High School Diploma, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School,
May 19
— Micheal Travis – High School Diploma, East Nashville Magnet High School, May 20

Although she is not graduating this year, we give congratulations to Andrea Flores Burroughs on completing the requirements of her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Meharry Medical College!

Graduates, you have done well!  We are very proud of you and pray God’s blessings on you in the future!

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BREAKING NEWS!  BREAKING NEWS!

KITCHEN RENOVATION!  WE ARE BEGINNING WORK ON A TOTALLY NEW CHURCH KITCHEN!  We plan on starting our kitchen renovation on Monday, June 25th.  We need lots of help on Saturday, June 23rd moving everything out of the kitchen, pantry and storeroom.  Please plan on helping!!!!!!

We’ll have two work times on Saturday, June 23rd in the fellowship hall: first crew 9:30-12:00 and a second crew 12:00-3:00.  Please let Ruth Baggett know if you’re planning to come and work!  (615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com)

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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 June/July sermon series will be “Talking with God!”  This series will explore what to say when you don’t know how to pray.  Even more the series will give us the understanding and confidence to pray with ease and expectation.  Often we think about prayer as a well-crafted experience and we need just the right language for God to hear us.  What if prayer were just the opposite?  We will use the Lord’s Prayer as guide for this eight part series.

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

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY  We invite you to join us Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, for our Encounter service.  The Encounter is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We are disrupting the passive model of Christian gathering and building bridges of hope around tables where we encounter God in and with our neighbor and engage the neighborhood.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, 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.

WHAT’S NEXT? GETTING PLUGGED IN AT McKENDREE!  If you want to know more about McKendree Church – our history, our ministries, our future, or want to be more connected, join us Sunday, June 10 at 10am in the Archives Room (#209, just across from the church office) 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 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

SCHEDULING NOTE  Our Wednesday Night Bible Study and Chancel Choir are taking a break for the summer.  We will resume on Wednesday, August 1.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE!

CREATION CARE MINISTRY  Your help is needed for a big recycling effort on Thursday, June 14 (11:45- 2:45) at Brentwood United Methodist Church!!!  Volunteers are needed to collect paper and plastic from a very large lunch at the Annual Conference of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The lunch will be spread out over 16 rooms on three floors of the church.  This is not hard work, but lots of willing hands are needed.  Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can help with this effort at Annual Conference (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

CLOTHING CLOSET ORGANIZATION  We need one-time help!  We are in great need of persons to help organize clothing in our church clothes closet.  We have been gifted with a large donation of clothes!  Most of it has been sorted, but still needs to be folded and organized before we can re-open the closet to the public.

If you can assist one time for a morning, an afternoon, an evening, a couple of hours, whatever fits your schedule – we truly need help!   Please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office if you can donate some time (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600).

We also need volunteers for the closet when it is open to the public – to greet our guests, help them find clothing, and give information about McKendree Church.  Volunteers are needed for 2-hour times, either morning or afternoon, any day Monday-Friday, once a week, twice a month – whatever fits your schedule.  Please let Ruth know if you can volunteer.

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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 s 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.

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