Pastor Ken Reporting – March 1, 2018

Welcome to March! I love March for many reasons. My daughter Kyla was born in March. Here in the south spring is on the way. There’s March Madness and of course, there is Spring Break. When you are married to a teacher and have two children in elementary school Spring Break is a great time for vacation. We are looking forward to some family time on the North Carolina coast. I will be back on duty March 12. If you have an emergency please don’t hesitate to contact our pastor-on-duty, Pastor Julie, or you may leave text or voicemail message on my phone which I will check at least once a day.
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The teachers at Madison Academy like to try new things. This school year, the schedule was swapped around so first period was a time for classes that made students move or create (fitness, band, handbells, newspaper, etc.). It was a hit. Second semester the teachers wanted to continue this style, but offer a few more project-based classes, one being web development and the other public relations 101. A project-based class combines real-world skills with class concepts to find solutions to their long-term class project. For PR 101 that means bringing back and planning the Neely’s Bend 5K.

The students, being mentored by Vicki Anderson and Taleah Valles-Peters, are doing everything. From creating the website to the flyers, courting sponsors to promoting to runners, this class is incredibly hands on and the students are learning practical skills that will take them far in the work place. The students wanted this race to benefit more than just the Madison Campus community. That’s why the race is benefiting two causes, Madison Academy work-study scholarship and the 100 Club of
Nashville. The 100 club, created by local Madison business owners, aids police officers and firefighters who are traumatically injured or lose their life in the line of duty.

“This class gives me the opportunity to come out of my shell,” stated Leo, a sophomore in the class. “Never before would I have had the chance to speak in front of the chamber of commerce or meet so many interesting people in our community. I can’t wait to see how many people will come out to support this 5K.” Be sure to check-out their picture in our picture of the week that shows the students at the chamber of commerce.
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event or would like to register for the race, please click on the button below.
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
For the next three Sabbaths Pastor Nacho will be presenting a series on the book of Proverbs. As a church, we are reading through the Bible and in the month of March Proverbs is one of the featured book of the Bible. You can get a hard copy of our Bible reading plan at any of the kiosks in our lobby or you can click on this link. March Bible Reading Plan
Your may remember that Pam Tucker recently had a concert at MCC. This Sabbath at 4:30 pm Pam will be having a concert at Ridgetop Adventist Church. It will be a great way to end the Sabbath!
It’s spring cleaning time at MCC. On March 18th, we will be having a church work bee from 10 am to 2 pm to clean up around the church. Lunch will be provided. Thanks so much to Filipe Fernandez who is coordinating the work bee. If you have questions, please email Filipe at
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
Students from Madison Academy and their sponsors Taleah Valles-Peters, Kris Fuentes, and Vicki Anderson presented the Neely’s Bend 5 K at the Rivergate Chamber of Commerce. Nashville mayor, Megan Barry, was in attendance and commented on how impressed she was with the MA students.
March 18:  Leadership Training
April 27-29: Young Adult Retreat at ICC
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!”
Genesis 28:16 (NLT)
I recently had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner on the above text. To put the text into context it is Jacob’s exclamation after awakening from his dream about a ladder stretching to heaven that had angels ascending and descending with the Lord standing at the top. Rabbi Kushner suggests the best translation of this text is, “Wow! God was in this place and I, I did not know it.” He offers several different explanations for the meaning of Jacob’s words. While I’m sure the accuracy is debatable, my favorite, was that Jacob basically said, “Wow! If I had known God was here, I would not have gone to sleep.”
To the Rabbi’s point, in many life situations we don’t stop and give God time to reveal Himself to us. We are in a hurry. In Jacob’s case he was making a hasty exit from a murderous twin brother. God literally had to speak to him after he is so exhausted he falls asleep. How often do we exhaust ourselves leaning on our own understanding, working to solve our own problems, only to realize that God has been standing patiently in the middle of our life waiting for us to “be still and know” that He is God.
God has a lot to say to us. However, we have to stop and listen. That means more than a fleeting prayer off our lips as we hurry out the door in the morning or fall into bed at night. It means more than checking off list reading or listening to the Bible but making time to stop and reflect on what the Word is trying to speak to us. How often do we in the rear view mirror realize that, “Wow! God was in this place and I, I did not know it?”
I want to challenge you to be the Jacob that wrestled with God and wouldn’t let go until he was blessed. It can be time intensive and it can even be painful, but the end result is the joy of intimacy with our Creator.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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