PASTOR KEN REPORTING – February 22, 2018

I broke out a Hawaiian shirt this week to celebrate the warmer weather. Sure, there’s been a lot of rain also, but one of the things I love about Tennessee is that if you don’t like the weather this week it very likely will be different next week.
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This Sabbath we will have a guest speaker, Elder Roger Hernandez. Elder Hernandez is the Southern Union ministerial and evangelism director. This summer, July 20-28, he will be holding a one-week evangelistic series at our church. I am looking forward to being a part of his innovative approach to evangelism. Elder Hernandez will be meeting with our church board following church to discuss the evangelistic series and what we can do to help it be successful.
For those interested in evangelism there is another event happening on Sabbath you will want to attend. Elder John Bradshaw from It Is Written along with his team will be at the Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide training on how to connect with your neighbors, how to make kingdom friends, how to follow-up on Bible study interests, and how to give Bible studies. The meetings are at 2 pm and 4 pm.  This is the first of the Imagine Nashville evangelism initiative events. Hillcrest Church is located at 2010 25th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208. Again, the meeting is this Sabbath, February 24th, starting at 2 pm. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Wanda Burks Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Mike Goulet David Engen Coman Family Eva Phillips
Celia Mesh Patsy Bowman Julie Henderson Reina Monroy
Elizabeth Gaines Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Sutherland Family
Dorothy Musselwhite Bob Rilea Engle Family Shirley Harvey
Marilyn Owen

Our church will be hosting the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference’s Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE) this Sabbath afternoon. If you aren’t familiar with PBE it is a Bible knowledge quiz for Pathfinders. The Pathfinders have to study a section of the Bible in depth and then in teams they are asked questions. If you would like to watch, the event begins at 2 pm and will go to about 4:30 pm in our church sanctuary.
Madison Campus Elementary is having a day for perspective students to visit on Tuesday, February 27. Students in grades 1 to 7 can shadow from 8 to 11 am and see what the school is like. PreK and Kindergarten will have a discovery day from 5:30 to 7 pm. To RSVP call MCE at (615) 865-4575 or click here.
We are happy to announce that, with approval from the church, Kalandra Williams is our new VBS Leader! She is already putting together a team. We look forward to an amazing 2018 VBS!
Certification & VBX Training – SC & KY-TN Conferences
Place: Madison Academy
Date: March 2-3
Time: Friday 7:00 p.m. Sabbath 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Please, share with us your contact information. We want to keep you updated about future events.  For more information or to register go to
A men’s 12 step study group is meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the church.  This is for anyone facing hurts, habits or hangups that they would like to work on.  This is for anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, decreased ability to cope with life, etc.  This group will be open for men to check it out for the next 4 weeks or so.  You do not have to attend Celebrate Recovery on Monday evenings to participate in this group.  We encourage you to check out the healing that can take place as you work through these 12 steps and their biblical comparisons.
If you want to improve, develop, and further enrich your skills as a leader, you are invited to come join us on Sunday, March 18 at the Madison Campus Church. This is a one-day leadership training event for men and women in any capacity of leadership. The guest presenter is Dave Ferguson, the lead pastor at the Collegedale Adventist Church. For more information and to register go to or call (615) 859-1391.
Camp Meeting reservation forms are on the kiosk in the Sanctuary foyer.  The Conference office will start taking reservations beginning March 1.
April 27-29 is the Young Adult Retreat at ICC.  Follow the KY-TN Young Adults on Facebook for more information.
Picture of the Week
Do any of these items look familiar to you? They are all in our lost and found located in the deacons’ room in the foyer leading into the sanctuary. If any of these items belong to you, please drop by deacons’ room before March 18 to claim it. All items will be donated or thrown away after March 18.
February 24:  7 p.m. Bowling Night at Hendersonville Strike & Spare
February 25:  Naomi’s Fellowship at 2 p.m. downstairs fellowship hall
February 27:  MCE Visitor’s Day
March 2-3:  VBX Training
March 18:  Leadership Training
April 27-29: Young Adult Retreat at ICC
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the Calendar button.
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.  
James 5:13-15 (NLT)
There has been a lot of sickness in our community over the last several weeks. I just had the privilege of conducting an anointing service this week and it occurred to me that many church members may be unfamiliar with what anointing is and who should be anointed. If you read the passage above you will notice Jame’s idea of who should be anointed. In the original Greek that the Book of James was written in, the word we translate as sick can mean to be weak, feeble, to be without strength, powerless, or sick. That covers a lot of ground. Unfortunately, many people often think of anointing almost as a last rite, however, James is clear that anointing is not a last rite. It is an opportunity to ask God for healing not only for physical illness but for spiritual sickness. Notice that James not only talks about healing the sick but also the forgiveness of sins.
I have seen God do amazing things through anointing. Yes, I have seen people healed, but perhaps just as amazing, I have seen people find peace with God in some of the most distressing circumstances imaginable. If you would like to know more about anointing I highly recommend you read the chapter titled “Prayer for the Sick,” in Ellen White’s classic, Ministry of Healing. Here’s a link. If you feel anointing is something you or a loved one needs please don’t hesitate to contact one of our pastoral staff and we would be happy to discuss it further with you.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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