Pickin’ with Purpose 2018

Have Fun and Help the Homeless

What is Picking with Purpose?

Picking with Purpose is an opportunity for you to support Restoration Pointe Ministries and have fun by competing with your friends for bragging rights in a college bowl game and NFL playoff “pick ’em” contest.

What is Restoration Pointe Ministries?

Restoration Pointe is an independent, faith-based 501(c)3, powered by collaboration between McKendree United Methodist Church (Nashville) and Grace United Methodist Church (Mount Juliet).  Restoration Pointe’s mission is: “Sharing God’s love in Nashville by caring for the homeless and displaced, while disrupting cycles of poverty.”  Services currently offered include:

  • free meals (6,500 meals served annually)
  • an eight-bed transitional housing unit (augmented with medical care, career counseling, mentorship and clinical counseling for residents) and
  • a clothing closet (8,000 articles given annually).

How do I play?

  • Go to PayPal.com and send your $10 per entry donation to mckendreebobbylee@gmail.com.
  • Go to officefootballpool.com. Click on “pools.” Then click on “join a pool.”
  • The Pool number is 156167
  • The Pool Entry Code is 694k9! (The exclamation point is part of the code)
  • Please sign up by 12/15/2018
  • Follow website prompts to set up your account and pick the winners of a slate of football games each week. We will pick:
    • all college bowl games
    • all college football playoff games, including the national championship,
    • all NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl.
  • The winner(s) is/are the person(s) who correctly picks the most games.
  • The first place finisher will enjoy bragging rights and receive a traveling trophy through 2019 (think the Stanley Cup, but much cheaper, less valuable and more tacky  :))
  • The last place finisher will suffer embarrassment and possession of a traveling trophy (a toilet plunger) through 2019  :((


Thankful for Fear!

2 Timothy 1:1-14,  English Standard Version

The text opens with Paul’s sense of urgency for Timothy to further the faith.  Paul is not afraid of his impending death and insists that Timothy continue to establish his faith in Christ.  Paul begins with some encouraging words to his protégé, Timothy.  He reminds Timothy that his faith is predicated on his understanding of and living into the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul is encouraging Timothy to be clear about what fills his capacity, the capacity of his heart.  Timothy’s capacity is deeply rooted in his family values, especially those instilled in him from two faithful women, Lois and Eunice.

In other words, Timothy’s faith is a call to demonstrate the beliefs contained in the capacity of his heart.  Paul writes in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith, not fear, must be integrated in our identity!
“I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.  I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”   2 Timothy 1:3-5

Faith, not fear, operates out of power and love!
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”   2 Timothy 1:6-7

Faith, not fear, gives us confidence beyond shame and suffering!
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do.”   2 Timothy 1:8-12

Faith, not fear, reveals our connection to Christ!
“Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”   2 Timothy 1:13-14

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Hold on to your faith regardless of the fear!”

We are more thankful when we are thank-filled!

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 humbled by our relationship with Grace United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet. Several weeks ago, they decided to come to McKendree Church today and serve a pre-Thanksgiving meal, open the clothes closet and give away blankets to our downtown, displaced community.

Beginning around 3:15pm people started gathering for clothing and a meal.  Generosity of the heart and gentleness of the hands provided inspiration and hope for all who gathered to serve and be served.  One of the amazing parts of that 1.5 hours of service were the signs of gratitude that each of our displaced community members offered to each of the servers.

Today’s gathering reminded me of the words that Paul wrote to the Hebrews, Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2  Whether we entertained angels today or not, we experienced mutual love.

Tomorrow on Thanksgiving, we will gather in a variety of settings, some intentional and some unintentional, but whoever is with us, let’s remember to exchange generosity, graciousness, and love, for Jesus Christ did it for all of us.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“We are more thankful when we are thank-filled!”

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

Also — We are sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year.  Currently the United Methodist pastors do not receive an adequate salary to support their families.  It takes only $34 a month to support a pastor in Rwanda.  Please bring your loose change for a special offering for our Rwanda Remains Faithful project.  Your loose change can bring about change for these faithful men of God!

Be Shalom,
Pastor Stephen

“Learn, Speak and Repeat!”

Matthew 10:24-33, Common English Bible

Just as Jesus commissioned his disciples to go out and spread the Good News, so he also challenges us to go out and tell the truth.  Fear often prevents us from doing this!  Not only might we be afraid of speaking the truth to a divided world that seems unready to hear it, but the process itself is daunting.  There is no straightforward, one-and-done method for “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  To tell the truth, we must seek to know God, speak in love against hatred and injustice, keep our ears and hearts open, and then do it all again!

Throughout this whole cycle, Jesus tells us not to fear.  Why shouldn’t we?  Because we are deeply known and deeply loved by God, our creator and sustainer.  In what ways is fear holding you back from telling the truth?  Does God’s love for you motivate you?

Do not fear God’s transformation of us!
“Disciples aren’t greater than their teacher, and slaves aren’t greater than their master.  It’s enough for disciples to be like their teacher and slaves like their master.  If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, it’s certain that they will call the members of his household by even worse names.”   Matthew 10:24-25

Do not fear telling the truth!
“Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open.  What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops.”   Matthew 10:26-27

Do not fear the aftermath!
“Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body but can’t kill the soul.”   Matthew 10:28a

Why not?  Because you are a beloved child of God!
“Even the hairs of your head are all counted.  Don’t be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows.”   Matthew 10:30-31

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom:
“Know you are loved and speak!”

What’s Happening, November 17, 2018


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On Fifth Sundays we have one combined worship service at 10am.)  “Fear Not!” is the November Sermon Series!  Recent events such as the Jewish Synagogue where eleven people were killed, the volatility of the stock market, racial tension, gun violence, religion intolerance, and political indifference are driving fear for many people.  People are fearful of never getting married, fearful of losing a job, of not being able to pay the mortgage.  We have fear of the unknown, fear of intimacy, and even fear of commitment.  One of the realities of this life is fear of things.  These are real concerns and fear seems reasonable to a person, even when it appears irrational.  But fear drives us away from God and reveals our desire to control the circumstances before us.  The number one command in the Bible is “Fear Not,” and it’s also a loving invitation to trust God.

BAPTISM  If you are interest in joining the church or in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 61-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

CHANGE FOR RWANDA  McKendree Church is  sponsoring a United Methodist Pastor in Rwanda for a year.  Currently the United Methodist pastors in Rwanda do not receive an adequate salary to support their families.  It takes only $34 (U.S. money) a month to support a pastor in Rwanda.  We will be taking a change offering each Sunday.  Bring your change to create change!

ENCOUNTER MINISTRY    Our Encounter Ministry is an alternative service for those who feel “church” is not for them.  We meet at 12:30pm at the offices of the United Methodist Publishing House, at 2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.  We are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  We invite you to join us and bring a neighbor, family or friends!  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.com.

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS  We are in need of nursery volunteers for the upcoming holiday season.  If you are willing to spend a Sunday morning in the nursery with our sweet babies and toddlers, please notify Emily Scott at mckendreeEmily@gmail.com or contact the church office at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.  Thank you!

CHILDREN’S CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT  There will be NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH OR CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL on Sunday, November 25 (Thanksgiving weekend).  The Nursery will be open for children age 5 and under.



JOHN WESLEY GOES TO THE MOVIES  10 am Sunday mornings in October and November, Community Room (near garage entrance).  “John Wesley Goes to the Movies” examines the relationships between faith and film, scripture and script, theology and theatre.  So far we’ve talked about Groundhog Day, Hidden Figures and Get Out.  We are very excited to discuss St. Vincent this Sunday, November 18.  Join us at 10 am!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT BIBLE STUDY   On November 21 our Wednesday Night group will begin an Advent study taken from the book, A Christmas Carol.  To reacquaint ourselves with this story, we will gather in Pastor Stephen’s office this Sunday, November 18 at 1pm to watch the movie A Christmas Carol.  This Advent study will be for 5 weeks, November 21-December 19.  If you’d like to join our group for this short study, please contact Ruth Baggett at mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600.  We’d love to have you!



MEN’S CLOTHING NEEDED FOR CLOTHES CLOSET!   It feels like winter has come early – and our displaced men and women are in great need of warmer clothing.  We especially need warm clothing for men.  Sweat shirts/pants, flannel shirts, jeans, jackets and shoes will be greatly appreciated! Blankets, coats, hats and gloves are also greatly needed.  Donations may be brought to the church on Sundays or to the church office during the week.

CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL  Yes, we do plan that the kitchen will be completed!  We will have our traditional Christmas Eve meal for the downtown displaced community on Monday, December 24.  The meal will be served at 11:30am.  We’ll be needing food and funds donated to prepare our meal for about 300 guests.  More information will be coming soon!



Sunday, December 16 – Children’s Christmas Program and Confirmand Celebration

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Meal for the Downtown Displaced Community, 11:30

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, 1pm and 6pm



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).

KITCHEN UPDATE!  THE END IS IN SIGHT!  After many months, we are now in the final stages of completing the kitchen renovation.  The hood and duct work are all in; the system has been turned on and it is UP AND WORKING!  The next item on our list is having the new floor put it.  It will be a poured concrete floor and will take 4-5 days to complete.  We anticipate our new equipment to arrive the first week of December.  This has been a long process but when you see the new kitchen and storage areas, you will agree it has been worth it.  WATCH FOR NEWS OF A CELEBRATION WHEN THE WORK IS COMPLETED!



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.

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