We are the hands and feet of Jesus!

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 excited about McKendree’s response to unfortunate and unforeseen tragic events.  For your generosity, I want to acknowledge two ways we are and will experience God’s grace.

First, thank you for sponsoring four college students in the Philippines.  The President of the Southern Philippines Methodist College, Framer Mella, who also serves on the General Commission of Religion and Race’s Board, will be overwhelmed by our love in the United Methodist Connection.  To hear Framer share how she used her own money to buy shoes for the students to wear was heartbreaking, but to see our financial response restored my heart.  “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”  Luke 12:48 (b)

Second, the response to the UMCOR survival buckets was just as impressive.  Your financial response and supplies response is incredible.  There are so many substantial needs in the Texas and Louisiana areas but if everyone does their part in the body of Jesus Christ, the various needs will be met.  Remember after our 9am worship experience, we will gather to package these buckets and then deliver them to an area church for a larger shipment of needed supplies in the Texas area affected by Hurricane Henry.  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

May we continue to pray for the relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and protection and safety to those in the path of Hurricane Irma.

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“We are the hands and feet of Jesus!”

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

Dare to Live!

Our September Sermon Series is “Dare to Live!”  It is grounded in the life of Job.  This series will journey through Job’s life, family and friends and help us to better understand how he is able to emerge from the tragedy of what life throws at him.  As followers of Jesus, how do we respond to the tragedies and missteps in our daily lives?  Even in the midst of uncertainty, God will be with us and Dare us to live!

Rely on God!

Job 1:1-12, New Revised Standard Version

Every day God sets out a divine path and invites us to truth and travel.  Sometimes the path is easier to travel and during other times more difficult.  Job is given a path of struggle, stress and sacrifice.  In reality, Job is invited on this path of obedience.  This path can feel like abandonment.  When on this path of obedience there are some things we must remember!

God designed us for good!
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.   Job 1:1

God’s path makes us better!
When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified.  Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.”  This was Job’s regular custom.”   Job 1:5

God protects those on the divine path!
 “But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”  The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”  Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.   Job 1:11-12

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Learn to lean on God!”


What’s Happening, August 31, 2017


SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  (On September 17 we will have one combined worship service at 10am.)  Our September Sermon Series is “Dare to Live!”  It is grounded in the life of Job.  This series will journey through Job’s life, family and friends and help us to better understand how he is able to emerge from the tragedy of what life throws at him.  As followers of Jesus, how do we respond to the tragedies and missteps in our daily lives?  Even in the midst of uncertainty, God will be with us and Dare us to live!

BAPTISMS  If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Ruth in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@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.

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.

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION!  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) on Sunday, September 10, 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 office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.


Sunday, September 17
One Combined Service at 10 am

All-Church Picnic at Noon
Sevier Park, Shelter 1
The entrance to Shelter 1 is on Clayton Avenue, between Lealand Lane and 12th Avenue South.

Bring food to share, and come for a good time!



WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY   Our Wednesday night adult Bible study group is doing an in-depth study of the book of Philippians.  Our scripture study for September 6 will be Philippians 2:4-11, The Mindset of Christ.  We welcome everyone to join with us for this study series.  We meet each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  Please contact Ruth Baggett if you have any questions — 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

LIFE GROUPS!    Many of our McKendree Life Groups took a break during the summer.  Some groups have already resumed, and others will resume the first week of September.  We encourage everyone to belong to a Life Group – a small group that joins for study, encouragement, accountability, mission and fellowship.  We have groups for men, women, adults (men and women) and young adults (18-25).

Our Life Groups are:

Women’s Life Group 1, 1st/3rd Sundays, 3pm, Panera Bread, West End
Women’s Life Group 2, 2nd/4th Sundays, 10am, McKendree Church
Women’s Life Group 3, every other Thursday, 6pm, 12th South

Men’s Life Group 1, every other Tuesday evening, Bel Aire Barber Shop, 513 17th Avenue North
Men’s Life Group 2, Thursday mornings, 6am Brentwood Panera
Men’s Life Group 3, Thursday mornings, 7:45am, Music Row area
Men’s Life Group 4, Tuesday mornings, 7:50am, MetroCenter

Adult Life Group 1, Thursday evenings, Brentwood
Adult Life Group 2, Saturday afternoons, 1pm, North Nashville
Adult Life Group 3, Sunday mornings, 10:15am, McKendree Church
Adult Life Group 4, Date/Time TBD, Mount Juliet

Young Adult Life Group, Date/Time TBD, Belmont area

Sign-up sheets will be available Sunday morning, at the front and back entrances.  If you need more information, please contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@gmail.comWe encourage everyone to belong to a McKendree Life Group!



CHRISTMAS SHOE BOXES/Missions Focus for September
The McKendree Evangelism/Missions/Social Justice team is working with Mt. Carmel UMC in Clarksville for our Project Christmas Shoe Box. This year our Christmas Shoe boxes will go through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to Latin America to the mission workers who serve in those countries.

The boxes need to be returned to McKendree Church by September 24th.

Items for the boxes are:
Small toys — balls, dolls, hot wheels cars, marbles (limit 5), McDonald’s toys

Personal hygiene items – lotion, shampoo, comb and brush, small hand mirror, toothbrush, soap and washcloth   NO TOOTHPASTE  This was previously included in the list by mistake.

School items – pencils (limit 4), pencil sharpener, crayons (limit 5), colored pencils, paper.

Clothing – one pair flip-flops, 1 pair of socks for Sunday, underwear, shorts and t-shirts (boys and girls), dresses.  For girls age 9 or older, please include a size 28 or 30 training bra, and a blouse.

No food items or gum!

We have a few more boxes available.  The boxes and instruction sheets are on the table in the back hallway.  NOTE:  Shipping cost for each box is $5.00.  You can write a check to McKendree Church and tape it in an envelope to your box.  We will deposit the checks and make one single check for the shipping.

Bless you for participating in this ministry!                                                          E/M/SJ Team

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW TO SAVE A LIFE?  Kathy Von Nieda would like to offer CPR classes here at the church.  The schedule will be determined according to the number of people we have, and what days/times will work best.  The cost of the class will be $30 per person, to cover the cost of materials.  Please contact Ruth Baggett (mckendreeinfo@gmail.com or 615-271-2600) if you’re interested.


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.


Saturday, September 9 – Leadership Council meeting, 9am

Saturday, September 9 – Life Group Facilitator Training, 10:30am

Sunday, September 17 – One combined service at 10am.  Church-wide picnic at Sevier Park.

Sunday, October 29 – Church Anniversary Celebration Service.  This is our 230th anniversary!


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


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

Other Mindfulness

Romans 16:1-2, New Revised Standard Version

God has given us a mind to produce phenomenal actions.  It doesn’t take special people with special credentials to do marvelous things for God.  The exact opposite is usually true.  God uses normal people with a passion for helping others.  People who are willing to sacrifice their time for someone else welcome God’s generosity into the situation.

Paul acknowledges Phoebe and designates her as a deacon of the church.  Deacons are service minded people.  Phoebe was probably a Grecian and trusted because she is delivering a letter from Paul.  Phoebe’s commendation from Paul reflected on her full commitment to Christ.  It is evident by her…

Submission to a life of service!
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae,”   Romans 16:1

Women minister too!
 “so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints,”   Romans 16:2(a)

Caring for other people!
“and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.”   Romans 16:2(b)

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Serve as if you are serving the LORD!”