Pastor Ken Reporting – June 14, 2018

I hope you’ve had a great week so far!
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
The deadline for tickets to the Sounds Baseball Game is this Friday June 15.  Pay for tickets at the church office for $10/ticket or pay the Taylors directly through the Venmo app @ Rob-Taylor-62 or locate him on Venmo with his name or phone number (615)497-3973.  Tickets will be delivered later. The game is on Sunday, June 24, and having gone last year I can tell you it is a lot of fun to watch the Sounds with your family!
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
YOUTH VESPERS
There will be a youth vespers at the Tishaw home this Friday, June 15, at 6:30 pm. Come enjoy a free veggie hot dog dinner! For more information email Pastor Chelsea.
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.
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.
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.
SAVE-THE-DATE
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 sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)
She was the last person to board the plane and I knew the lady with the big floppy hat was going to ruin my flight. As the plane had filled the two seats adjacent to my aisle seat had remained empty. I had visions of a comfortable, spread out flight from Charlotte to Los Angeles. I had packed the maximum allowable in my carry-ons and maybe a little extra as I was head to New Zealand for a year as a student missionary.
“I believe I’m in the window seat,” the lady with the big floppy hat said. I grudgingly squeezed out of my seat and then struggled to push all my stuff under the seat in front of me. Noticing my struggle the lady smiled and said, “I think I was the last one on the plane so if you want to use the middle seat and spread out a little its no problem.”
My feeling of annoyance began to dissipate a little with her kindness and as the plane took off and she offered me gum the remaining annoyance left. When lunch was served we both had vegetarian meals which started a conversation. She asked why I was a vegetarian and I explained it was because I believed it was a way to honor God. Her nose wrinkled a little as she explained she was an animal rights activist and conservationist. She said she didn’t think Christians particularly cared for the environment. That led me to explain that Bible actually requires us to take care of the world God created and that in turn led me to share part of the story of my journey with Jesus.
Realizing I had been talking a lot about myself I asked her what she did for a living. She answered that she was an actress. “What kind of acting,” I asked, thinking it was likely public theater. Television mostly was the answer. Still clueless I tried to think if I had seen her in any commercials and when I couldn’t come up with any I asked her if she had been in anything I might have seen.
The lady in the floppy hat looked bemused. Have you ever watched Baywatch she asked. And then I knew exactly who she was. I’ve often wondered since if I would have had the courage to share my story if I had known who the lady with the floppy hat was to begin with. I hope I would have. As our Bible text reminds us, we always need to be prepared to share our story. I don’t know that my story had any impact on Alexandra Paul, the lady in the floppy hat, all those years ago but that’s not the point. Our job is to scatter the seed and it is the Holy Spirit’s job to water it and grow it in due season. Find someone this week to tell how Jesus has made your life better!
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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