Pastor Ken Reporting – April 26, 2018

The pastoral staff missed worshiping with you last Sabbath but received a lot to think about at our retreat at Indian Creek Camp. I was reminded at the retreat of the importance of making church a place that disciples its members and is a welcoming place for the lost.
I do want to say a special thank you to Melanie Bockmann for her sermon last week. I watched the sermon this week online (if you haven’t here is a link…it is well worth your time) and was blessed and challenged.
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
If you are passionate about prayer, or if you aren’t but you would like to become passionate about it we have a wonderful opportunity for you. On Sabbath afternoon, May 5, Dr. Carlton Byrd will be at Nashville Spanish Church. Dr. Byrd will be presenting on prayer. The program begins at 6 pm. I am confident you will receive a blessing from what Dr. Byrd has to share. Nashville Spanish Church’s address is 501 Brewer Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. I hope to see you there!
Mike Goulet Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Marilyn Owen David Engen Julie Henderson Eva Phillips
Gibson Family Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Mary Bell DeArk
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 May. Let’s Read the Bible Together – May.
We are so excited to bring you Children’s Church on this Sabbath, April 28!
Ages:  K-5th Grade      Location:  Children’s Chapel
Time:  2nd Service immediately Following Sabbath School
Registration is Located Outside of the Children’s Chapel.
Our Children’s Chapel Music Program needs Kid Musicians, Singers, and Adult group leaders.  This is an amazing program that is very important to our Children’s Ministry Program and one that we want to keep.  If you and your child are interested in being added to our rotation, please call or text Kimberly King at 615-483-2567.
May 12, 5:30-8:30 in the Schlisner Fellowship Hall.  A fundraiser for Young Adult Ministry.  Sign up by emailing  Categories are:  Mac & Cheese, Cornbread, Veggie Loaf, Brownies, Fudge, Cookies and Pie.  Prepare food at home or come early to prepare.  There is a No Judgement Category.  Bring your family for food & prizes.  $5 donation appreciated.
IT’S A BOY! Deanna and Zach Smith, daughter of Richard and Denise Pope, are having a boy the end of June. A come and go shower will be held for Deanna and baby boy, Eli, Sunday, May 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm at 113 Pineywood Acres, Madison, Tennessee. Come and join the celebration!
Thank you church family for all the cards, prayers, food and visits during my surgery and recovery.  Love you all!  Julie Armstrong Henderson
We will have three Bible workers, two male and one female, join 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.
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.
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 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Do it now!  615-969-1287
If you are interested in playing softball this summer, please send an email to 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.
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.
MAY 6, Naomi’s fellowship will meet at 2 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship hall.
Vacation Bible Xperience Sea of Miracles will be held June 4-8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register early so we can get your t-shirt.  April 30 is the deadline to guarantee a t-shirt in your size. Click here to register. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions or food allergies in the medical section.

May 26, Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 2,  Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 23, Schlisner Hall
July 28, Schlisner Hall
MAY 21-JULY 27Monday –Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Grades 1st thru 7th  Registration $50
Full Time Weekly Rate $160
3-Days Part Time Rate $110
Blue Hawks Sports Wk $200
615-865-4575 or
Madison Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to register call 615-865-4055 or go to
Madison Academy and Madison Campus Athletic Banquet May 6, from 4-6 p.m. in the MA Gymnasium.  RSVP by April 30 to   Light refreshments served.
In spite of the rain there was a great turnout for the Neely’s Bend Fun Run last Sunday. Kudo’s to the Madison Academy public relations class that planned and ran the event. They did a fantastic job!
May 5: Imagine Prayer Event @ Nashville Spanish Church
May 6: Naomi’s Fellowship 2 p.m. downstairs fellowship hall
May 6: MA & MC Athletic Banquet 4-6 p.m. MA Gym
MAY 6: Deanna & Zach Smith’s Baby shower 2-4 p.m. 113 Pinewood Acres, Madison
May 21-July 27:  MCE Day Camp  8:30-4:30pm
June 4-8: Vacation Bible Xperience 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 18-29 SAU Academic Summer Camps
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
(Excerpted from Season of Service Devotional, Day 14)
“To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain to their friends,
‘We played wedding songs,
and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
and you didn’t mourn.’
For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
                                                  Matthew 11:16-19 (NLT)
If you serve people, you will surely be criticized. In fact, if you are intentional and persistent in reaching the ones God misses the most, you will suffer a case of friendly fire. The Pharisees criticized Jesus and found Him “guilty by association.” But as Andy Stanley reminds us, “If Jesus feared guilty by association, he would have stayed in heaven.” When you are criticized remember these three principles:
1. People that always complain are like children. If you listen to them you are in reality letting kids rule your life. Do you really want that?
2. No matter what Jesus did, people always criticized. So go ahead and be the person God is calling you to be. You will be happier, healthier and at the end more satisfied.
3. Results will show the truth. Matthew 11:19 says the “wisdom is shown by results.” This means: let your results talk for themselves. DON’T DEFEND YOURSELF TO PEOPLE. Stop living your life based on others opinions.
1. Leave some extra stamps at the post office for the next customer.
2. Donate an hour of your professional services.
3. Leave chocolate for your co-worker.
Lord, help me be the person you called me to be, regardless of opposition, criticism, or gossip. Amen.
If you enjoyed this devotion but do not have the Season of Service devotional book by Roger Hernandez, click here to download.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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