Pastor Ken Reporting – August 10, 2018

It has been a bittersweet week. My oldest, Kyla, began high school on Wednesday. Of course, we are excited for her and know she is going to have a great experience at Madison Academy…at the same time, our little girl isn’t so little anymore and we are reminded of how quickly time has gone by and how soon college and adult life will happen for her and Eric. Anyway, thanks for letting me have a daddy moment with you.
Last weekend we were out in Washington State. We got to sit in the congregation of one of the churches where I served as a pastor in the Upper Columbia Conference. It was good to see so many old friends. I also had the privilege of baptizing my niece, Kari. The baptism was in one of the most beautiful places I have every performed a baptism. It was at Rainbow Falls in Stehekin, Washington. The area can only be accessed by boat and is absolutely gorgeous. I have put a picture in the “Picture of the Week” section of the newsletter.
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We need your support for Madison Academy and Madison Campus Elementary. There will be a Prayer Walk this Sabbath, August 11, from 7 to 8:15 pm.  We will begin at Madison Academy Chapel with a short worship, and then you are encouraged to visit both Madison Academy and Madison Campus Elementary and pray throughout the schools that the Lord leads our schools to be what the students need. MCE staff will be serving root beer floats at the conclusion of the prayer walk in the MCE cafeteria and Madison Academy will be having their 34th Annual Scavenger Hunt at 8:30 pm.

Mike Goulet
Paul Blankenship
Roger Nelson
Ken Owen
LeAnn Pechonis
David Engen
Natalie Simmons
Eva Phillips
Arthur Arcinas
Nathan Spalding
Ron Youngs
Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison
Julie Armstrong Henderson
Naomi Fillman

Naomi’s fellowship will meet August 26 at 2 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship hall.
Madison Campus Elementary needs our help. Join me in giving generously to the “Worthy Student Fund” so that we can honestly say that we do not turn away for financial reasons any student who desires a Seventh-day Adventist education. You may place donations in your tithe envelope and mark them for the Worthy Student Fund, or give online at, or give your contribution directly to MCE.
I want to thank my church for all the cards, phone calls and especially all the prayers.  I have good news, I feel so much better.  I am able to eat and actually do some chores!  Love t all of you.  Nathan Spalding
The Adventist Community Service Center is in need of volunteers for any day Sunday-Thursday from 9:15am-2pm.  Please call Karen Baker at (615)516-8631 for any information.
The Adventist Community Services Help Center located at 403 Gallatin Pike South in Madison, TN, is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  We offer emergency help with food and clothing.  The Thrift Store is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We accept donations of clothing, furniture, and miscellaneous household items, ONLY DURING THRIFT STORE HOURS.  Because all donations are to be sold in the thrift store, we cannot accept:  building materials, car parts, large appliances, or anything extremely dirty or broken.  Thank you for thinking of the Adventist Community Service Center when you have items to donate.  If you or someone you know needs emergency help the Help Center is there to serve.
Join us for a year of song and service!  Performances are once a month and will include special places like Centennial Park, Opry Mills, Nashville Sounds, and Dollywood!  Registration and first practice is August 25 at 2:30 p.m.
To those who have been blessed by the CARE Ministry and would like to give back by joining the card ministry, please contact or text Glendyle Levinskas at 865-306-7455  “Loving people through written words of encouragement”
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.
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.
If you’re a young adult, please remember to follow us on FB at Compass (Madison Young Adults).
The 403 Center needs volunteers for any day Monday thru Thursday from 10 am to 12:30 pm or anyone that can work sporadically if you call ahead. Orientation is every Tuesday at 9:15 am.  Call Karen Baker for information at 615-516-8631.
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 August.  Let’s Read the Bible Together – August
Aug. 11: Prayer Walk at MCE & MA
Aug. 25:  Kids in Tune 2:30 pm
Aug. 26:  Naomi’s Fellowship  2 pm
Sept. 8: All Church Birthday Party Social
Sept. 9: Young Women’s Retreat at Paradise Ranch
Sept. 14-15: “Secrets of the Kingdom” Bible Study Training at    ICC
Sept. 21-23: Women’s Retreat at Indian Creek Camp
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
The baptism of my niece, Kari, at Rainbow Falls, Stehekin, WA.
“The greatest want of the world is the want of men-men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall. But such a character is not the result of accident; it is not due to special favors or endowments of Providence. A noble character is the result of self-discipline, of the subjection of the lower to the higher nature-the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man. The youth need to be impressed with the truth that their endowments are not their own. Strength, time, intellect, are but lent treasures. They belong to God, and it should be the resolve of every youth to put them to the highest use. He is a branch, from which God expects fruit; a steward, whose capital must yield increase; a light, to illuminate the world’s darkness. Every youth, every child, has a work to do for the honor of God and the uplifting of humanity.”
Ellen G. White, Education, pp. 57-58
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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