Pastor Ken Reporting – May 10, 2018

Last night I had the privilege of watching my daughter and 25 other 8th graders graduate from Madison Campus Elementary. Congratulations to each one of them, to the seniors at Madison Academy who will be graduating a week from this Saturday night, and all those graduating in our church from a variety of other elementary schools, high schools, and universities. We are proud of you!
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Camp Meeting is right around the corner. This year we have some phenomenal speakers that you won’t want to miss. Among them is one of my personal favorites, Karl Haffner, senior pastor or the Kettering Church. If you would like more information on all the speakers and presenters and on camp meeting in general click here.
Camp Meeting is held on the campus of Highland Academy in Portland, which is about a 40 minute drive from Madison Campus. We very much encourage you to attend as many of the meetings as possible including the Sabbath meetings. For that reason, on the camp meeting Sabbaths of May 26 and June 2 Madison Campus will be live streaming the camp meeting Sabbath school and church service in our fellowship hall from 9:15 a.m. until noon for those unable to drive to Portland. There will be no children’s Sabbath schools or other services on those Sabbaths.
Every year on both Sabbaths of camp meeting our church has a potluck at the shelter that overlooks the Highland Academy gym and parking area. Please bring plenty of food as we often have guests who join us.
I hope to see you at camp meeting!
PRAYER LIST
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
Addlyn Harrison Arthur Arcinas
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 May. Let’s Read the Bible Together – May.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
Dannie Gibson, Jr. passed away on Sabbath, April 21, 2018. Please join his parents, Dan and Faye Gibson, and sister, Denise (Richard) Pope for a celebration of his life in the Madison Campus Church sanctuary on Sabbath, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the 403 Center (Adventist Community Services).
CHILDREN’S CHAPEL MUSIC
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.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
The church office will be closed the week of camp meeting. May 28-June 1.
THANK YOU
Upon the passing of our loved one Sis. Elizabeth Gaines of Madison, TN, the family wishes to acknowledge with heartfelt appreciation your kind expressions of sympathy and the tremendous support we received from the pastoral staff of the Madison Campus Church.
 
COOKOFF
Who is the greatest cook at Madison Campus? If you think you are or you just want to find out the answer come to a special fundraiser for Young Adult Ministries on May 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Schlisner Fellowship Hall. Sign up by emailing pastornacho@madisoncampus.org  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.
 
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.
IT’S A BOY
We kindly invite you to join us for a baby shower in honor of Emily and Dilmar Enderle.  They have registered at Target, Kohls and Amazon.   Come celebrate with food and games at Madison Campus Fellowship Hall June 10, 2-4 p.m.
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.
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.
VBX
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.

ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS
May 26, Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 2,  Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 23, Schlisner Hall
July 28, Schlisner Hall
 
MA ACADEMY
Madison Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to register call 615-865-4055 or go to www.madisonacademy.com.
Last Sabbath we were blessed by a wonderful service and a great sermon from Dr. Carlton Byrd, senior pastor of the Oakwood College Church and Breath of Life speaker. Pictured with Dr. Byrd are some of the pastors in the Nashville area.
SAVE-THE-DATE
May 12: MCC Cook-off 5:30-8:30 p.m. Schlisner Hall
May 12: Celebration of Life service for Dannie Gibson 3 p.m.

May 21-July 27:  MCE Day Camp  8:30-4:30 p.m.

June 4-8: Vacation Bible Xperience 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 18-29: SAU Academic Summer Camps
June 24: Naomi’s fellowship downstairs fellowship hall 2 p.m.
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.
                                                  Hebrews 5:1-2 (NLT)
 
Ken, you are a good leader, but you could be much better.” Those words were spoken to me by Elder Dave Livermore, who at the time worked in the Upper Columbia Conference office. Dave had taken the time to take an interest in me, a very inexperienced pastor of two churches. His statement might have offended me had I not known how much he cared about me and how much he liked me.
Dave not only took the time to let me know I needed to improve, he showed me how. He took time out of his very busy schedule to mentor and grow me. Having been a pastor for many years, he shared his experiences, both positive and negative, as a pastor and let me learn from his failures and successes. He understood what I was going through and he understood what I needed to learn to be successful.
I have been the beneficiary of many Godly mentors. People who took time out of their lives and invested it in me. I hope you have had those kind of people in your life. We all have Jesus. Jesus became like us and showed us how to live. He understands the aches, pains, and heartache of being human. With love and understanding He can say to us, “You have many good things about you, but you could be much better.” When we hear those words we can be assured they are not words of condemnation but rather words of encouragement. They are Jesus’ encouragement to allow Him to transform us into the creations He desires.
This Sabbath we will be talking about counseling the inexperienced. I urge you to begin prayerfully considering who you are actively discipling/mentoring to take another step in the direction of Jesus’ ultimate plan for their lives.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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