Pastor Ken Reporting – August 23, 2018

I hope this has been a week where you see God at work in your life!
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this.)
Our social committee has planned a really fun, new, church social. On Saturday, September 8, starting at 6 pm we will be having an all church birthday party. The evening starts off with dinner and then worship. There will be twelve tables with twelve cakes to be decorated by the birthday people from that month. The cakes and tables will be judged and prizes will be given. The evening will conclude with Christian illusionist “Magic Wayne.” Be sure to be there, it’s going to be really fun!
PRAYER LIST
Mike Goulet
Paul Blankenship
Roger Nelson
Ken Owen
LeAnn Pechonis
David Engen
Natalie Simmons
Eva Phillips
Arthur Arcinas
Naomi Fillman
Ron Youngs
Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison
Julie Armstrong Henderson
Nathan Spalding
ANNOUNCEMENTS

MADISON ACADEMY NEWS
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MADISON CAMPUS ELEMENTARY NEWS
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NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP
Naomi’s fellowship will meet August 26 at 2 pm in the downstairs fellowship hall.
KIDS IN TUNE
Join Kids in Tune for a year of song and service, beginning with registration and first practice on August 25 at 2:30 pm.  There are no auditions, any child who wants to participate is welcome to do so. Performances are once a month and will include special places like Centennial Park, Opry Mills, the Nashville Sounds, and Dollywood!
MCE WORTHY STUDENT FUND
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 www.madisoncampus.org, or give your contribution directly to MCE.
CHURCH BIRTHDAY PARTY SOCIAL
Sabbath, September 8, we will begin with Dinner at 6:30 pm, Worship at 7 pm, Contest Awards 7:15 pm and Christian Illusionist at 7:30 pm. There will be 12 tables (one for each month) with 12 cakes that will be judged.  If you would like to participate in the contest, call or text Jennifer Taylor at (615) 498-3973 for availability to enter contest. Come celebrate your birthday!
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICE HELP CENTER
If you have a desire to help others, a position is available in the Help Center Food Pantry.  Help is needed on Wednesday and/or Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Please contact Karen Baker, ACSC Volunteer Coordinator, at (615) 516-8631 for more information.
CARE MINISTRY
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”
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 at Compass (Madison Young Adults).
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 August.  Let’s Read the Bible Together – August
HIGHLAND 5K FUN RUN
Portland, TN-Highland Academy will host the annual High Five 5K Fun Run on Sunday, September 30, 2018 starting at the Highland campus. There will be a Kids Fun Run at 1:30 pm ($10), the 5K at 2:00 pm ($35), and the one mile run at 2:05 pm ($15). However, if you register early for the 5K there are discounts (see registration info on website).  T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by September 14. For more information, visit www.highland-academy.com.
SAVE-THE-DATE
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 register at www.kytnDisciplingWomen.org
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
Have you bought produce from Madison Farm? If you haven’t it is amazing. Come purchase your produce at Madison Farm which is behind the laundry on Madison Academy’s campus. They are open Monday-Friday from 7-11 am, at Nourish during regular business hours, or at the Goodlettsville Farmer’s Market on Thursdays from 3-7 PM. 
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)
Brutal honesty is not Biblical. The truth spoken in love is. This is something we should remind ourselves of in the current political climate and culture of the United States. It seems to me it isn’t just politics where the truth is used to be belittle, demean, and brutalize opponents. Even when we have Biblical truth we can be unchristlike in how we wield it. This is a lesson I continue to struggle to learn personally.
I find it easy to use Biblical truth to demonize and stigmatize opponents instead of woo them into willing surrender. To often the truth is thrown at opponents like a grenade and we walk away feeling like we have done our duty by sharing the truth. We don’t have regard for the damage our presentation has done. Ellen White had some thoughts on this.
“Not until you feel that you could sacrifice your own self-dignity, and even lay down your life in order to save an erring brother, have you cast the beam out of your own eye so that you are prepared to help your brother. Then you can approach him and touch his heart.” (Ellen White, Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings p. 128).
If you are wondering why I am writing about this, this week, it came out of my sermon preparation and reflecting on our understanding and application of Revelation. I am afraid that at times the truth of Revelation has been a source of superiority versus a sense of purpose and mission. That it has been used to brutalize and demonize rather than to lovingly coax and woo Christians of other denominations.
“Be guarded. In bearing the message, make no personal thrusts at other churches, not even the Roman Catholic Church. Angels of God see in the different denominations many who can be reached only by the greatest caution. Therefore let us be careful of our words. Let not our ministers follow their own impulses in denouncing and exposing the ‘mysteries of iniquity.’ Upon these themes silence is eloquence. Many are deceived. Speak the truth in tomes and words of love. Let Christ be exalted. Keep to the affirmative of truth.” (Ellen White, Evangelism, pg. 576)
Wise counsel from a wise lady, who I believe received it directly from God. We must speak the truth. We must speak the truth in love. As we speak the truth in love we will become more and more like Christ who lovingly implored seven churches in Asia Minor (Revelation 1:4-3:22) to come to Him and be changed.
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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