God’s Grace is Enough!

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, we are starting a new series called “The Evidence of Grace.”  We will spend the next two Sundays leaning into the parable of The Prodigal Son.

Grace is an amazing extension of God in the world.  Jesus delivered grace upon grace for all of humanity to enjoy.  Paul writes to the church of Corinth that Jesus Christ told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)  Paul was struggling with a thorn in his side.  Paul never says what the thorn is.

Every day grace accompanies us through the day.  Each reminds us of God’s love, even when we don’t deserve it.  That’s the God we honor, praise and worship.  This God comes into the world as human, the embodiment of God’s word.  So we are invited and blessed to fully embrace this God of grace.  John Wesley reminded us that grace is a path toward perfection.  Prevenient grace is there before we can know it.  Justifying grace is the second stage that reminds us of our sinfulness.  And finally, Sanctifying grace leads us on toward perfection.

So let’s join God on the road to perfection realizing that only through Christ that we are grace-filled!

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“God’s grace is enough!”

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

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.

Be God’s Shalom,
Stephen

Made to Win!

Ephesians 6:10-18 Common English Bible

In Christ, we are called to WIN this battle.  To do so, we must consecrate ourselves for Jesus and His mission.  Individually, the enemy will attempt to hinder the fullness in us, restricting the expression of this fullness carried to others.

Maybe you are emotionally strong.  Maybe you can handle a lot of pressure, work for long hours, day after day after day.  Maybe you are the one who is the emotional anchor in your family and everyone leans on you for support.

There are many kinds of strength.  But the most important one is the strength you need in the Lord.  True Christian strength is not of the body.  True Christian strength is of the spirit, measured in faithfulness, trust, and perseverance.  By Grace we live by Faith.

Our (true) struggle is against powers and principalities and the Lord wants you to be strong.

Be strong in the LORD!
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength.  Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil.”   Ephesians 6:10-11

Be aware of the spiritual battle!
“We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.”   Ephesians 6:12

Be clear about your armor!
“Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand.  So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace.  Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.”   Ephesians 6:13-17

Be prayerful at all times!
“Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time.  Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers.”   Ephesians 6:18

Hear the W.O.W., Words of Wisdom,
“In Christ, We Win!”

What’s Happening, February 8, 2019

McKENDREE MINISTRIES!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  are regularly at 9am and 11am.  In our Winter Sermon Series “Made For More!” Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ, reminds the people of the Ephesus community to unite under the sovereignty of Jesus Christ!  Christ has reconciled the whole of creation to himself and to God.  Paul is writing from prison to the church in Ephesus that they have a responsibility because humanity was Made For More in this world.  God has invited humanity to participate in this transforming act of salvation through Jesus Christ.

People of all nations are united to Christ and to one another in the church, through the working of the Trinity.  Paul uses several word pictures to describe the church: body, temple, mystery, new creature, bride, and soldier.

Christians should lead holy lives that give honor to God.  Paul issues specific guidelines for right living because humanity was Made For More!

SCOUT SUNDAY  This Sunday (February 10) is Boy Scout Sunday.  We welcome the members of our Scout Troop 219 and their families to our services today.  Our Scout Troop was organized in 2004 and to date 18 young men have accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout.  We are proud of all our young men!

BAPTISM  If you are interested in joining the church or in being baptized, please contact Ruth Baggett in the church office at 615-271-2600 or mckendreeinfo@gmail.com.

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.  For more information on our Encounter Ministry, you may contact Rick Quinn at mckendreerick@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.  Bring your change to create change!

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McKENDREE GROUP MINISTRIES!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN  Our UMW regular meeting will be this Saturday, February 9th at 10am in the Community Room.  The program will one of our Special Programs, The 2019 Call To Prayer and Self-Denial.  Debbie McCormick will be the program leader.  We will be learning more about the difficult circumstances children and youth face around the world, how United Methodist is promoting their well-being and equal opportunities for them, and how members can support children and youth through the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering, which will be collected at this meeting.  All women, youth and children are welcomed.

ADULT STUDY GROUP—10am Sunday mornings  We meet in the Community Room (near garage entrance).  We invite everyone to join us as we grow together in Christ!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT   Our Adult Bible study group meets each Wednesday at 6pm in Pastor Stephen’s office.  We are currently studying the Gospel of Matthew.  On February 13 our reading and study will be on Matthew chapter 15.  We have some great discussions as we go through the Word of God.  We’d love to have you join us!

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WE NEED MEN’S WINTER CLOTHING!

            sweat shirts/pants             flannel shirts                    jeans                        shoes/socks

jackets and coats                hats and gloves                blankets

Also we need men’s black dress pants and white button down shirts (many jobs require these.)

If you have any of these items, please consider donating them to the church clothes closet.  All donations are greatly appreciated!  Items don’t have to be new, but clean and in good condition.

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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).

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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

Be Shalom!
Pastor Stephen

The Church is Made to Do More!

Ephesians 5:8-20 New Revised Standard Version

In order to appreciate God’s call on our lives, we must recognize and honor the gift within each of us.  God’s gift of the Holy Spirit brings us the divinity of God.  The Holy Spirit illuminates the light from the inside out so that the world will know us by our fruit.  We are the church of Jesus Christ!

Be light where there is darkness!
“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light.  Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.”   Ephesians 5:8-9

Be clear about pleasing God!
“Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.”   Ephesians 5:10

Be wise, not foolish!
“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil.  So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”   Ephesians 5:15-17

Be filled with thanksgiving!
“Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”   Ephesians 5:18-20

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Be the Church at all times!”

Made to Accomplish More!

Ephesians 4:11-16 Common English Bible

Paul continues to inform the church in Ephesus of the value of being and doing more, but as an extension of the body of Christ.  As Paul sits in prison, he is writing to the church about unity, not for unity’s sake, but as a reflection and connection of God’s call on our lives.  We are to demonstrate this LOVE!  Why?  We are One Body!

We are all gifted for ministry!
“He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”   Ephesians 4:11

The gifts from Christ are for equipping!
“His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ”   Ephesians 4:12

Equipping over time leads to spiritual maturity!
“until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son.  God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we aren’t supposed to be infants any longer who can be tossed and blown around by every wind that comes from teaching with deceitful scheming and the tricks people play to deliberately mislead others.”   Ephesians 4:13-14

As we GROW in Christ, speak truth!
“Instead, by speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head.  The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments.  The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.”   Ephesians 4:15-16

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Live worthily in Christ!”