Pastor Ken Reporting – April 6, 2018

I hope you were able to attend last Sabbath’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. We had an attendance of about 350 and it felt like between a quarter and a third were guests. I had a wonderful story of a man who attended our Easter services and gave his heart over to Jesus for the first time and another story of a family deciding to reconnect with our church.
I want to thank all those who gave so much of their time and talent to make our concert and church service special last Sabbath. Words of gratitude are not enough, but unfortunately that is what I have to offer. I want to offer a special thank you to Gissela Kroll who coordinated our church service and Daniel Bondaczuk who led our special concert.
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
I am very excited to tell you about our season of service that begins April 14 and runs through May 24. For forty days as a family we will be “practicing” our value of service (remember the “serve the world” part of our mission statement?). We will be presenting a five part sermon series entitled, “Serve like Jesus.” We’ll be looking at how Jesus served the world and seeking to emulate Him.
This Sabbath and next we will be having the book, Season of Service, by Roger Hernandez available. It is a forty day devotional on service with practical suggestions on how to be of service every day. Every day of the devotional has three suggestions to pick from of how you can be of service that day. Most of the suggestions don’t cost anything and are things that easily fit into the normal routine of your day. I really want to encourage you to join us on this 40 day season of service. My suggestion is to make it your families morning devotional and discuss together in the evening how putting service into action went that day. I think our season of service will not only transform the lives of those around you but will transform your own walk with Jesus.
PRAYER LIST
 
Wanda Burks Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Mike Goulet David Engen Bob Rilea Eva Phillips
Celia Mesh Patsy Bowman Julie Henderson Sutherland Family
Elizabeth Gaines Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Shirley Harvey
Marilyn Owen Wetmore Family Inglish Family
MADISON CAMPUS 101
We will be starting a 10 week Sabbath school class called Madison Campus 101 in my office on April 14. The class gives you all the inside information you need to know as a member at Madison Campus. We cover everything from how to receive church communication to how to find your place at MCC and review the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is also a great opportunity to allow your pastoral staff to get to know you. While the class is designed for new members anyone is more than welcome to attend no matter how many years you have been attending MCC. You might be surprised what you didn’t know. If you are interested in joining MCC 101 please RSVP by responding to this email.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
We are a quarter of the way through our goal of reading through the Bible as a church family. Even if you haven’t done the readings it would be great to have you start now and do the readings with us. I think there is a real blessing in reading the Bible together. Hard copies of the Bible reading plans can be found at the kiosks in our lobbies. Here is a link to the online Bible reading plan for April. Let’s Read the Bible Together – April.
HOUSING FOR BIBLE WORKERS
We will be having three Bible workers, two male and one female, joining us this summer to assist with our evangelistic effort. They will be with us from June 15 through July 31. We need to find “bed and breakfast” accommodations for the Bible workers. Host families receive $300 per month per Bible worker hosted. If you are interested please contact me by replying to this email or clicking on this link.
IMAGINE NASHVILLE EVENT
To kick-off our season of service on April 14 at 6 pm we will at the South Nashville Adventist Church (244 Tusculum Rd, Antioch) for an Imagine Nashville Event that focuses on community service.  Following the service there will be a “pack and pray” community service opportunity where participants will pack bags for the needy.  I know that there is some distance to travel but as has been the case with all the Imagine Nashville events it will be worth your time.
LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING SEMINAR
Parenting Seminar  3-5 p.m. in room 109.  Contact pastor Nacho for more details at pastorNacho@madisoncampus.org or text 615-430-2729.
 
CHILD CARE NEEDED
Celebrate Recovery needs additional folks who could help provide child care on Monday evenings.  We have folks attending who need to bring their children with them, and the child care you can provide would go a long way toward their road to recovery.  Even if you can only help in this area one week a month, you would be making a huge impact in the lives of the children as well as the CR attendee. Please contact Dan Davis, 615-202-4839 for more details.
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT
Join us for our 3rd annual Young Adult Retreat  April 27-29th at ICC.  Register today at uncommonfellowship.eventbrite.com.
THANK YOU MCC FAMILY
Pastor Chelsea and I want to thank all of you for the amazing outpouring of love and support as Pastor Chelsea grieved the loss of her grandmother and I grieved the loss of my grandpa. We both have received so many kind words, prayers, and condolences you have left us feeling very loved. We also very much appreciated the flowers sent by the church to the memorial services. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
LADIES GROUP
Hello ladies, Are you seeking growth in your personal walk with Jesus?  If your answer is “yes”, talk to Pastor Julie about the group beginning with that purpose. We meet Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Do it now!  615-969-1287
MCE OPEN HOUSE
Madison Campus Elementary is having an open house on Wednesday, April 11, from 5:30-7 p.m.  Come tour the school, talk to students and meet the teachers.  Register at www.mcesda.org 1515 Sutherland Dr.,Madison
CHURCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS
If you are interested in playing softball this summer, please send an email to MadisonCampusSports@gmail.com with your name and phone by May 13.  Sign-ups are open to both guys and gals.  Must be at least a Freshman in HS to participate. More info contact Justin Sharp 770-773-5185.
MADISON ACADEMY SHOOTOUT
APRIL 14, AT 7:45 p.m.
All Knight Basketball Tournament-Double Elimination/Minimum 1 female on court at all times/$20 per player/$10 for HS or College Students/email team & interest to jperkins@mcesda.org
NEELY’S BEND 5K
The MA Public Relations 101 class is planning  and hosting the Neely’s Bend 5k at Peeler Park on Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 pm.  Grab your friends and start training and sign up at neelysbend5k.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The 403 Center needs volunteers for any day Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or anyone that can work sporadically if you call ahead. Orientation is every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.  Call Karen Baker for information at 615-516-8631.
KY-TN CONFERENCE JOB OPENING
Kentucky-Tennessee Conference is presently seeking a qualified individual for the full-time position of Departmental Administrative Assistant. Requisite qualities include proficiency in basic computer skills. Submit resume to dhartman@kytn.net, or, for more information, contact Dr. David Hartman, 615-859-1391.
Picture of the Week
After the Handel’s Messiah concert a few of us took a picture together. Thanks to the many, many, who made the concert possible.
SAVE-THE-DATE
April 11: MCE Open House
April 14: MA Shootout 7:45 p.m.
April 22: MA’s 101 Class – Neely’s Bend 5 – 1:30 pm Peeler Park
April 27-29: Young Adult Retreat at ICC
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Ephesians 1:7 (NLT)
At our staff meeting this week Pastor Nacho reminded us of how important traditions are for families. He shared some fun traditions he grew up with. One of my favorite traditions as a church family is communion Sabbath. Communion is a reminder of how loved we are, how much we should love others, and how we need to serve our world so we can be like Jesus.
This coming Sabbath we will have the opportunity to celebrate communion together. As we were planning the church service schedule for this year we realized that youth Sabbath fell on the date for communion. We started to make a change but then thought, how great would it be for our youth to lead our communion service? That is what they will be doing with guidance from our pastoral staff this Sabbath. Communion truly is a celebration of the gift of God’s Son and I know that if you attend you will receive a blessing from what our youth have planned.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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