Pastor Ken Reporting – September 6, 2018

I hope you had a great Labor Day. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends on a lake in South Carolina. Its always good to be able to recharge.
ONE BIG THING
( If you don’t read anything else, read this.)
Are you or someone you love interested in learning more about the Bible and getting baptized? Each member of our pastoral team will be starting six weeks of baptismal preparation studies this coming week. 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.
Also, starting this Sabbath, September 8, MCC 101 will meet for 10 weeks in Pastor Ken’s office during Sabbath School. 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. This is a great class for anyone new to our church and even those who may have been here a while but sometimes still feel a little lost. Signing up ahead is appreciated by not required. To sign up email me.
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
Last week I talked about having a realtor walk through my house and point out what needed to happen if I wanted to sell it. Now, we aren’t selling our church facility but we would like it to be representative of our heavenly Father, and so James Kennon, owner of the architect WORKSHOP, has looked over the church with me and others. It has been interesting (and a little humbling) to see it through the eyes of someone who is a professional in the building and renovation industry.  James has also met with our building/design and maintenance committees as well as various ministry leaders. His job is to make a list of all the things we would love to do to improve our facility and then tell us how much each individual improvement will cost and what some of the renovations, like pews, carpet, paint, etc. will look like.
We are hopeful that in early October the architect WORKSHOP will present to the church board their findings and options. The board will then vote on options to send on to a full church business meeting in late October or early November.
You may be wondering if any of this is really necessary. That is an important question. In the end, whatever we do, I hope we will make decisions not based on what we like or want but rather what we think God would want. I know God is passionate about bringing His lost children home. As we consider how to spend His precious resources in that endeavor, we need to be conscious of what we can do to make our facility attractive and accessible.  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.
PRAYER LIST
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
Cecilia Garcia
Carol Rada Ramsey
ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHURCH BIRTHDAY PARTY SOCIAL
This 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!
BAPTISMAL STUDIES
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.
MADISON CAMPUS CHURCH 101
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.
MENS’ MINISTRY SUMMIT
September 7-9 there will be a Men’s Summit at Indian Creek Camp. The them is “Changed:Transitioning from Worldly Mankind to Godly Manhood.” To register click on  http://www.micahsixeight.com/.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP
Naomi’s fellowship will meet Sunday, September 30th in the downstairs fellowship hall at 2 p.m.


PATHFINDERS AND ADVENTURERS
This afternoon, Sept. 8, the Pathfinders and Adventurers will meet at MCC from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Use the downstairs family life entrance.


PIANO CONCERT
October 6, Mary Grace will share her music and testimony at 4 p.m. Mary Grace is a gifted pianist who was born with only one hand. You will be inspired by her music and testimony.

CARDS FOR THE SICK

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”
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICE HELP CENTER
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.
ATTENTION MCC MINISTRIES
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 www.LabelsMakeCents.com for more information.
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.
WILHELM BABY CELEBRATION
Come stop by and meet baby Hudson on October 6 from 7-9 pm at the Downs’ home, 151 Island Drive Hendersonville, Tn. We are so excited to celebrate with Chris and Shannon Wilhelm the arrival of baby Hudson. In lieu of gifts, we are collecting money to help cover adoption fees. There will be the opportunity to sponsor a puzzle piece (picture of baby Hudson) as a symbol of our community’s support. Every puzzle piece sponsored will have the name of the donor written on the back. You can sponsor puzzle pieces at this celebration or drop off donations at the office of Madison Campus Elementary or Madison Campus Church by Friday, October 5.
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 – September.
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
Sept. 8:  Pathfinder/Adventurer Meeting 2:30 p.m

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
Sept. 30:  Naomi’s Fellowship 2 p.m.
Oct. 6: Mary Grace Piano Concert
 
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
Many thanks to all those who came out last Sunday and volunteered during our church work bee. The Pathfinder building had a lot of work done in it, sidewalks were power washed, and our maintenance shed got a fresh coat of paint as you can see in our picture of the week. Thank you so much to Filipe Fernandez who organized the event and all those who participated.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Written by student pastor, Ethan Jones
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32 (NLT)
In today’s society we believe that the truth is subjective but it isn’t. The truth is not tailored to an individual’s lifestyle or job. The truth is the truth and no one can do anything to change that.
When we look at math there is one answer. Don’t get me wrong there are many ways to get to that answer, but in the end the answer is the same. The same is true in finding Jesus. Some may be told by word of mouth and others by flyers or a radio station but in the end we all find out some way or another who Jesus is and what He has done for us.
What if someone from work or school came up to you in Heaven and said “Hey I never knew you were a Christian.” What would you think? What would you say? While we are on this earth we want to give as many chances as possible for people to make it to Heaven. Jesus said in Mark 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” While we are on this earth we need to use our time letting everyone we can know that Jesus loves them and He wants to have a personal relationship with them so that when we get to Heaven we won’t hear “I didn’t know you were a Christian.” Instead you will hear “you were the person that influenced me to develop a relationship with Jesus.”
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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