Pastor Ken Reporting – July 5, 2018

I hope you had a great 4th of July! I am writing this email from North Carolina where we are celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday. Happy birthday Dad! We are traveling back Friday and will see you at church Sabbath.
July is definitely a very full month this year for our church. If you haven’t registered for the upcoming series, “We All Have Hope,” by Roger Hernandez I would encourage you to do so. We are asking all members and guests to register, even if they are only coming for one evening. The series is every evening from July 21 through July 28. Please invite your friends and neighbors. Below is the link to register.
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
This Sunday, from 4 to 7 pm, we are having our 3rd Annual Block Party. The Block Party is one of the ways our church gives back to our community. We provide back-to-school supplies for the kids in our community. In addition to school supplies our church ministries provide information about what they do to our community members.
This year we have invited our Madison Campus family to sponsor a backpack and school supplies. The cost to sponsor a backpack is $50 and we are asking sponsors to write a spiritual note of encouragement and support to place in the backpack(s) they are sponsoring. You may place the money you are donating to sponsor backpacks in a tithe envelope marked “backpack” or turn it in at the office or to Pastor Nacho at the block party. Please either turn in your notes to one of the pastoral staff on Sabbath or at the Block Party.
The Block Party will also feature food, games, bouncy houses, and music from some of our church musical groups. I’m looking forward to seeing you there and hope you’ll bring your friends and neighbors!
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
YOUTH VESPERS
This Saturday night, July 7, 6:30 pm, we’ll be having a Sabbath Movie Vespers in the youth room.  We’ll provide a light supper of popcorn and fruit!
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.
 
EVANGELISTIC SERIES
Roger Hernandez’s message and share cards are available in the sanctuary foyer to invite your friends and neighbors to his series July 21-28 here at Madison Campus Church.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Children’s Program needs volunteers during the evangelistic series July 21-27.  Contact Kimberly King at 615-483-2567.
Parking & Security needs volunteers for the evangelistic series.  Please contact Bill Ross at 314-374-1367
GET YOUR LIFE BACK!
Nedley Depression and Anxiety Program is being offered again in our church. Introduction and information night is July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Schlisner Hall.  The 8 week program begins on August 2, at 6 pm.  Previous graduates can come again at a reduced cost.  Call Pastor Julie if you have questions at 615-969-1287.
ADDRESS CHANGE
Naomi Fillman has returned to her home in Gallatin after residing with her daughter in Indiana.  Home address:  1053 Hickory Harbor Drive, Gallatin,  37066. She would enjoy receiving cards, calls and visits. Her phone number is 615-230-9901.
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
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
Join us in reading through the Bible together as a family. Even if you haven’t done the readings so far, it would be great to have you start now. 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 – July.
SAVE-THE-DATE
July 18, Wave Country Water Park Social
July 19, Nedley Depression & Anxiety 6 p.m. Introduction & Info.  Starts Aug. 2
July 21-28, We Have Hope Evangelistic Series
July 29, Naomi’s Fellowship 2 p.m. Downstairs Fellowship hall.
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13 (NLT)
This is the time of the year when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. Having had the opportunity to travel to many other countries in the world I am extremely thankful to live in the United States. We are truly blessed to enjoy freedoms that many other countries do not grant to their populace.
Freedom can be used for good or bad purposes. When I turned 16, I was given the freedom to drive a car without my parents being with me. While there were a lot of good things I did with this freedom like driving myself to and from school, unfortunately, I also decided to use my freedom to race with a friend. That race ended with me wrecking my car in front of a Sheriff’s deputy. Fortunately, only my car was hurt but I still had the opportunity to explain to a judge how I had misused my freedom.
Family, we have freedom in Christ. However, as Paul reminds us, let’s use that freedom wisely. Let’s not use it to excuse sin and act as if sin isn’t a big deal. It is a big deal. It cost our Savior His life. He gave His life hoping that we will use our freedom to let other’s who are held slave to sin know that freedom can be theirs as well. That’s the highest form of loving service. That’s a good use of freedom.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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