Pastor Ken Reporting – January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!
As you have probably noticed I have changed the look of my weekly newsletter. The goal was to simplify it and at the same time improve it for you. Our theme for 2018 is “Simplify.” The world feels very complex and our lives feel complicated. How much of the complexity in our lives can we control? Probably a lot more than we think. This year, as a family, we are going to explore how we can simplify everything because we think simple is better.
ONE BIG THING
If you don’t read anything else, read this)
We will be having a campus-wide week of prayer February 4-10. At Madison Academy, Pastor Nacho will be speaking in the mornings, Monday through Friday at 11 am. Principal Kris Fuentes would love for you to be present for prayer support. At Madison Campus Elementary, Madison Academy students led by MA Chaplain, Andrew Jamieson will be speaking at morning worships. Here at the church, students and teachers from Madison Campus Elementary and Madison Academy will be leading our week of prayer. Meetings at the church will begin with a light supper served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. From 6:30 to 7:15 pm we will have our devotional time. We will have guest speaker, Jeremy Anderson, on Friday evening, second service on Sabbath, and Sabbath afternoon. Please plan to be a part of our first annual, campus-wide week of prayer!
PRAYER LIST
 
Wanda Burks Susan Husky Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Mike Goulet David Engen Lincoln Underwood Eva Phillips
Paul Hunter Celia Mesh Julie Henderson Judy Culpepper
Elizabeth Gaines Nathan Spalding Johnson Family Charlie Cecil & Family
ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANK YOU!
I don’t have exact numbers yet but our church treasurer, Wayne Mosher, let me know this week that we have met (and it appears exceeded) our budgetary needs for 2017. When I have final numbers I will share them with you. Thank you so much for your faithfulness that has made this possible!


KIRA & COMPANY CONCERT
Come join us this Sabbath afternoon at 4:30 p.m. for a music concert with Kira Nemeth, Terell Davy and Elton Miranda here in the Madison Campus Church Sanctuary.
MADISON CAMPUS CHURCH APP
Stay connected with your forever family at Madison Campus! Get our new church app today. With this app installed on your device you can connect with members, take sermon notes, follow a daily Bible reading plan and stay up on the happenings around the church! To get the app go the the Apple or Google Play App Store. In the search bar type in “Madison Campus Church.” The app is free.
LET’S READ THE BIBLE TOGETHER IN 2018
The pastoral staff and elders would like to invite the entire church to read through the entire Bible together in 2018. If you have never read through the entire Bible this is a great opportunity to discover how easy it is to do and the huge blessings that come from reading the Bible consistently.  We are using a Bible reading plan called, “Let’s Read the Bible Together.” The easiest way is to go to our new church app and chose the plan in the Bible reading plan section.  Another option is to download from the app store the Youversion Bible app and then search for the “Let’s Read the Bible Together” reading plan.  If you would prefer a hard copy of the reading plan look for the bright yellow piece of paper at the kiosks in the church lobbies.
SMALL GROUPS
We are re-launching our small groups. If you are interested in joining a small group, there will be a table in the Sanctuary foyer that has the open groups that you can find information to join.  You can also go to the church app and click on the small groups button and join any of the open groups there.
MADISON CAMPUS 101
We will be starting a new Madison Campus 101 class on January 20. The class meets for 10 weeks during Sabbath School and is led by the pastoral staff in my office. It is the perfect opportunity to get the answers to everything you ever wanted to know about Madison Campus. Ty Gibson’s “Refresh,” is our textbook and is provided free of charge.
IT’S A GIRL
Please join us for a baby shower in honor of Kendra Mosher Miller.  Sunday, January 14, 2018 in the fellowship Hall of Madison Campus Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Kendra is registered at amazon.com, Target, and Babies R Us.
KIDS IN TUNE
Kids in Tune will be performing at the Opry Mills Stage on January 13 at 4 p.m.  Come support the MCC Children’s Choir!
COLLECTING BOOKS & BIBLES
Happy New Year!  Mission of Hope is collecting devotional books and bibles again this year to take to the Philippines.  Please bring them to the church office or library and mark “MOH” so we know it is for us. For more information contact Teresa Quirante at TQuirante@comcast.net
HOME FOR FEMALE LITERATURE EVANGELIST
Madison Academy’s literature evangelism program is adding a female leader and needs a place for her to stay from the beginning of January through the end of June. If you are able to provide a place, please contact Rocky Davis, the KYTN Publishing Director via  email at  rdavis@kytn.netor by phone at 615-859-1391.
SAVE-THE-DATE
January 20: Church Ministry Sabbath & Imagine Nashville Event
February 4 – 10: Madison Campus Community Wide Week of Prayer
February 10: Church Business Meeting
February 17: Celebrate Recovery Sabbath
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the Calendar button.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK

On December 31, Jason and Paige were the last wedding I officiated of 2017. Paige was my girls’ director at Indian Creek Camp for two summers and it was a joy to be a part of her and Jason’s wedding in Dunnville, Kentucky.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Christ reached the people where they were. He presented the plain truth to their minds in the most forcible and simple language. The humble poor, the most unlearned, could comprehend, through faith in him, the most exalted truths of God. No one needed to consult the learned doctors as to his meaning. He did not perplex the ignorant with mysterious inferences, or use unaccustomed and learned words, of which they had no knowledge. The greatest Teacher the world has ever known, was the most definite, simple, and practical in his instruction.  Ellen White, Gospel Workers, pg. 393
 
One of the neat things about this new format for my weekly newsletter is that it is mobile friendly. Among other things, that means that newsletter adjusts for the size of the screen you are viewing it on. I think this is a good metaphor for the Gospel. The “Good News” is that no matter where you are in life the Gospel can adjust. It is simple enough for a small child to understand but has the complexity to keep even the most intelligent person engaged with its beauty and depth.
Take a moment to summarize the Gospel in a sentence. Now ask yourself what you want to understand more fully about the Gospel. I challenge you in 2018 to share your one sentence frequently with those around you and to pursue the answer to what you want to understand more fully.

Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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