Pastor Ken Reporting – August 30, 2018

We are excited to have three students from Madison Academy joining our staff! Our church board voted to hire two student pastors and a student communications assistant for the duration of this school year. The purpose is to give students a real world opportunity to see what it is like to work in a church setting. The student pastors will learn how to plan church services and programs, write sermons, run meetings, visit in homes and the hospital, and much more. Our student communications assistant will be learning how to make videos, take pictures, write news articles, and update our website and app. I know the students are going to learn a lot, but I think it is the rest of us who are really going to be blessed by their ministry. Our student pastors are Kristen Whitley (class of 2019) and Ethan Jones (class of 2022) and our student communications assistant is Matthew Taylor (class of 2022). Check out their picture in our “Picture of the Week” and Kristen’s worship thought in “Something to Think About.” If you see them at church be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them!
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Be a hero! Our church needs a little work done that you can help with this Sunday, September 2, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Pathfinder building needs the storage room cleaned and organized and an area of flooring torn up. In the church building, we need light bulbs and ceiling tiles replaced. Around the church grounds the storage shed needs painting, trees need to be trimmed, gravel needs to be shoveled onto the track around the pond, and sidewalks need to be power washed. If you can’t come for the full four hours, we would be glad for any time you can give.
I want to thank Filipe Fernandez, our head deacon, for organizing this work bee. We recognize that you may be out of town for the Labor Day holiday (I am going to be visiting my family in North Carolina), but if you aren’t and can be there you will be a hero. Thanks so much for all that each of you do to make our church an attractive, warm, and friendly place to love God, love people, and serve the world!
Have you ever had a realtor walk through your house and point out all the things that need to be done to fix up the place before it will be ready to be placed on the market? In one house we sold, we had the cabinets painted by a less than expert painter (I’m being generous here). Rachelle was sure the cabinets would need to be painted by a more gifted painter, but I was tried to convince her they really weren’t that bad. I said, “If the realtor doesn’t say anything we won’t worry about it.” It was one of the first things the realtor said needed to be addressed. Sigh.
Our church doesn’t really belong to us. It is our heavenly Father’s house where He asks His children to gather and enjoy time with Him and each other. When potential new additions to the family walk in they immediately make judgments based on two things; how friendly we are and the appearance of our building and property. We are caretakers of God’s property that He is using to reach the world. How are we doing?
In late October or early November, we will be considering options to refresh and improve our Father’s house. In the end, you will decide what needs to be done and what doesn’t need to be done for our Father’s house. You are the caretaker. Prayerfully start asking God what He wants done and how you can contribute.
Mike Goulet
Paul Blankenship
Roger Nelson
Ken Owen
LeAnn Pechonis
Nathan Spalding
Natalie Simmons
Eva Phillips
Arthur Arcinas
Naomi Fillman
Ron Youngs
Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison
Julie Armstrong Henderson
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.  We are still in need of two more table decorators for the months of April and September. We also just need one more cake maker/decorator for the month of July.  If you want to join the fun competition, contact Jennifer Taylor at 615-498-3973. Come celebrate your birthday!
Each member of our pastoral team will be starting six weeks of baptismal preparation studies the week of September 9. I will be doing studies on Sundays from 5 to 6 pm for teens and young adults. Pastor Julie will be doing studies for adults on Monday mornings from 8 to 9 am. Pastor Chelsea will be doing studies for elementary and middle school students on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. And Pastor Nacho will be doing studies for young adults and adults on Fridays from 6 to 7 pm. To sign-up for the studies just call (615) 866-4776 or email our church administrator, Mona Huffman.
Do you know the history of Madison Campus Church? Do you know what Sabbath School is best for you? Do you know how to find out information about events happening at MCC? Have you met the MCC staff and gotten to know them? Have you gone through the core doctrinal beliefs of the Adventist Church lately? If you answered no to any of these questions then Madison Campus  Church (MCC) 101 is for you! Starting on September 8, MCC 101 will meet for 10 weeks in Pastor Ken’s office during Sabbath School. If you don’t know where that is, be sure to sign up so we can tell you. The class covers the core doctrines of the Adventist Church and gives you all the information you need to know about being a part of the Madison Campus family. To sign up send an email to Pastor Ken by clicking here.
Join us for a wedding shower brunch for the bride and groom to be, Isabel and Conn.  September 2, from 10 am-12 pm here at the Madison Campus Church in Schlisner Fellowship Hall.  Let’s shower them with love and blessings.  The couple is registered at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.
Our card ministry team, led by Glendyle Levinskas, is sending cards to those on our prayer list. If you know someone who should receive a card but isn’t on our prayer list, please email their name to our church administrator, Mona Huffman, or write their name on one of the prayer cards found on the back of our pews and put it in the offering plate. 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”
In addition to accepting donations during regular store hours Monday through Thursday, the Adventist Community Services Center (ACSC) will accept donations for the thrift store on Sundays beginning September 9, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm.  If anyone would like to be a part of a team one Sunday each month, you may come to ACSC any Sunday and talk to the lead volunteer for that day or phone David Bell at (615) 389-9692.
Labels to receive Cents for worthy projects is offered by Loma Linda’s program.  Only UPC canned good labels, no frozen food labels. $.25/label and need at least 400 labels to equal $100 to submit a form.  Go to for more information.
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.
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 – September.
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
Sept. 2: Church Work Bee
Sept. 2: Wedding Shower-Conn & Isabel
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
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
From left to right: Matthew Taylor (communications assistant), Kristen Whitley (student pastor), and Ethan Jones (student pastor). We are very excited to have these amazing additions to our church staff from Madison Academy!
Written by student pastor, Kristen Whitley
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
John 5:1-9 (NKJV)
When Jesus approached the invalid man, He asked him “Do you want to be made well?” I like that the King James Version uses the word “whole” instead of “well.” In that sense, Jesus wasn’t necessarily just asking if the man wanted to be physically healed, but He was actually asking if the man wanted to be spiritually healed. However, the man believed that it was the pool that would heal him and didn’t recognize the healing power that was in front of him. Nevertheless, Jesus healed him and he went on his way.
How often do we fail to recognize Jesus’ direct power to heal us spiritually? Often times we may become caught up in the process of coming to Jesus. Perhaps it is by feeling that first we need to repent, or read our Bible more, or go to church every Sabbath. Although those are all beneficial things to do, they aren’t prerequisites to coming to Jesus. As with the invalid man, all that is required of us is to allow Him into our hearts and want for Jesus to make us spiritually “whole.”
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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