Pastor Ken Reporting – June 7, 2018

We have had a great week of Vacation Bible Xperience (VBX)! Many thanks to our fabulous director, Kalandra Williams, and her fantastic team. I am looking forward to our special church service this Sabbath. You will be amazed at how the church has been transformed.
It’s not just the inside of the church that has been transformed. The beautiful weather this week has allowed us to do a much needed replacement of our church roof. Many thanks to Daniel Gramada who has overseen the project.
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
We are six weeks away from our evangelistic series beginning (July 21-28). This Sabbath there will be a special training for all leaders and church members at 3 pm in the youth room. Roger and Kathy Hernandez will be doing the training and it will be done no later than 5 pm. Whether you have been assigned a role or not I want to ask you to be at that meeting. I know that together we can make a difference for Jesus in our community.
One way you can make a difference is by joining me in prayer for our community and our evangelistic series. This Monday, June 11 is exactly 40 days before the start of the series. We will be handing out a book by Roger Hernandez this Sabbath that will help you pray for our city in advance of the meetings. In addition I will handing out something to help you to remember to pray every day. Prayer truly makes a difference!
PRAYER LIST
Mike Goulet Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Marilyn Owen David Engen Julie Henderson Eva Phillips
Larry Jene Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison Arthur Arcinas
INTERNATIONAL SABBATH
Our 2nd Annual International Sabbath is coming up on June 23. Our guest speaker will be Roger Hernandez, the Southern Union Ministerial and Evangelism Director. Starting planning now to wear the clothing you would wear to church in your country of origin on that Sabbath and bring delicious food from your country of origin for potluck. Anyone that wants to make ethnic food, call or text Rose Mays at 615-579-4493
MINI GOLF CHURCH SOCIAL
This Saturday night, June 9, at 8 pm there will be a church social at Grand Old Golf. The address is 2444 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. The cost is $5/person for one round of golf which can be paid to our Social Committee Chair, Jennifer Taylor upon arrival. To reserve your spot(s) contact Jennifer Taylor by email at jjtiski@gmail.com or text: 615-498-3973.
YOUTH VESPERS
There will be a youth vespers at the Tishaw home on June 15 at 6:30 pm.Come enjoy a free veggie hot dog dinner! For more information email Pastor Chelsea.
SOUNDS BASEBALL GAME
Come join your fellow church family baseball fans for a Sounds Baseball game on Sunday, June 24, 6:15pm. The address is 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. The cost is $10/ticket. There are 162 tickets available, so don’t wait to purchase! Tickets may be paid for at the church office or pay through the Venmo app. The Venmo address is Rob-Taylor-62. Tickets will be delivered later.
WAVE COUNTRY WATER PARK
Wednesday, July 18, we will be having our annual church social at Wave Country. Admission is free. Invite your friends and neighbors.
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.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP
Naomi’s fellowship will meet downstairs in the fellowship hall on June 24th and July 29th at 2 p.m.
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.
YOUNG ADULTS
If you’re a young adult, please remember to follow us on FB on Compass (Madison Young Adults).
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.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS
June 23, Schlisner Hall
July 28, Schlisner Hall
August 11, Schlisner Hall
MCE DAY CAMP
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 www.mcesda.org
MA ACADEMY
Madison Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to register call 615-865-4055 or go to www.madisonacademy.com.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
We are almost half 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 – June.
MEMORIAL SERVICE
A Celebration of the Life of Joseph William Malmede, long time member of the Ridgetop and Bordeaux SDA churches (from 1954 to 2013), will be held at the Ridgetop SDA church this Sabbath, June 9, 2018, at 3:00PM.  Visitation begins at 2:30, and a reception following the service will be in the church’s Yellow Room.  The church address is 104 King Street, Ridgetop, TN.
MTSA ACADEMIC OFFICE OPENING
Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia is currently looking for qualified candidates for an Administrative Assistant for the Academic Office.  This position is an assistant to and handles the secretarial duties for the Dean, Program Administrator, and Assistant Program Administrator.  Minimum of an AS degree in office administration required; Baccalaureate degree preferred.  Strong computer skills and excellent organizational skills required.  Full-time position.  Contact Maria Overstreet at (615) 732-7893 or m.overstreet@mtsa.edu.
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
 
We have had over 120 children attend our Vacation Bible Xperience this week.
SAVE-THE-DATE
June 9: Mini-golf, 8 pm at Grand Old Golf
June 10: Enderle baby shower 2 p.m. MCC
June 18-29: SAU Academic Summer Camps
June 24: Sounds Baseball Game, 6:15 pm
June 24: Naomi’s fellowship downstairs fellowship hall 2 p.m.
July 18: Wave Country Church Social
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” 
Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)
I was sitting directly behind Sonny Shelton’s family when he was sentenced. It was January of 2002 and Shelton had already been found guilty by a jury on multiple counts of bid-rigging, wire fraud, and money laundering. The jury found he had accepted $112,000 in kickbacks from contractors in his role as Director of the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation following the FEMA funded clean-up from Supertyphoon Paka.
As Federal Judge, John Unpingco, sentenced Shelton to 10 years in Federal prison his two children and wife burst into tears. Shelton tearfully turned to his wife and handed her his belt and wedding ring which he could not keep in prison. His family wept he was led away. As a reporter who had covered the story extensively I had little doubt the jury had come to the correct verdict and the judge’s verdict was just. With that said, my heart went out to Shelton and his family as I sat just feet away from them and watched their pain.
That scene always reminds me of the graciousness of Jesus. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). There can be no doubt that I am guilty. There is not a jury on this earth that would acquit me. Justice demands the price for my sins be paid. I am so grateful that God’s heart went out to me as I stand before him guilty and doomed. For God so love me that He sent His only begotten Son so that if Ken believes on Him, he can have eternal life (John 3:16).
No matter how guilty you are today, freedom is a prayer away. As you experience the glorious grace of God may it inspire you to share the Good News with the world around you.  Does your heart go out those in your neighborhood and city as you watch them suffer? If you truly understand the great debt you have been forgiven how can you not want the world around you to have the same freedom and peace you have found?
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

Print your tickets