Pastor Ken Reporting – September 21, 2018

I hope you are enjoying your week. Here are a few of the things I have been doing this week. Sunday was a beautiful day and I really enjoyed getting out and playing softball with a team of MCC members and friends in the Mid State South Sports League. This week was Week of Prayer at Madison Campus Elementary and the Madison Academy students led out with the help of Pastor Chelsea. They did a phenomenal job. Yesterday afternoon, I returned from Atlanta where I attended the Southern Union Executive Committee as a representative of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. I got back in time to attend the 403 Center (Adventist Community Services) board meeting last night.
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this.)
All church potluck this Sabbath. Women’s Ministry Retreat. Help. ūüôā
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
I dropped by the architect’s Workshop this morning to see the progress that is being made on plans for our church renovation. I am very excited about the plans being drawn up and am looking forward to being able to present them to you. If everything remains on schedule we will be putting information about the renovation options out to you on October 20 and then will have a church business meeting on November 10. The goal is to give you plenty of time to digest our options and to be able to come to our November 10 business meeting with a well thought out opinion.
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
HELP NEEDED
Do you enjoy doing graphic design, taking pictures, writing news articles, shooting and editing video? We are looking for people with these skills to assist our communications team. Please email Justin Sharp to find out how you can help.
KIDS IN TUNE OFFERING
Kids in Tune will be singing at church tomorrow. They will be taking up a special offering to help them go Dollywood where they will be singing on October 26. Please be sure to bring cash or checks to help make sure that every child can go.
KINDNESS KOUNTS

Attention 6-8th graders.  Come to the church Sunday. Sept.30 from 10-12 to make Care Packages for those that have gone off to college and would love to hear from their church family.  Come make treats and cards to let them know they are missed and loved.  Adults, we would love to have your help by donating items for their boxes.  I will have a box in the church foyer.  Here are some ideas:  candy, gum, chap stick, beanie, hot cocoa, lotion, dried fruit, granola bars, socks, gloves etc.  Thanks so much!  For any questions email Chloe Young at redchloe.1016@gmail.com.

CHURCH BOARD
There will be a church board meeting, Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 pm in room 109.
GREAT CONTROVERSY
To God be the glory!  He has enabled MCC to send another 2,328 Great Controversy books to Hendersonville ( with our current order).  This will complete 50% of zip 37075.  Again, I praise the Lord!  This is His project and His truth.  Please pray the Holy Spirit goes with each mailing.  The cost remains at $1.10 per delivered book.  For more information email pamseeley16@gmail.com.
RIVERSIDE SANITARIUM HISTORICAL MARKER
September 29, the Riverside Historical Society will formally unveil the placement of a historical marker on the original site of the Riverside Sanitarium at 3 pm.  It was the first black Seventh-day Adventist medical facility and was founded in 1901 and closed in 1983.  Womack H. Rucker Jr., the last administrator and president to serve the hospital will be the keynote speaker.  The Sanitarium provided the community with 290-bed acute care hospital and was a major employer for North Nashville.
YOUTH VESPERS
On¬†Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-8:30 pm, there is a¬†youth vespers at the Krolls’ house!¬† Supper will be provided. For more information¬†email Pastor Chelsea.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP
Naomi’s fellowship will meet Sunday, September 30th in the downstairs fellowship hall at 2 p.m.


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 September.¬†¬†¬†Let’s Read the Bible Together –¬†September.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS
September 22, Schlisner Hall
October 13, Schlisner Hall
November 10, Schlisner Hall
December 8, Christmas Breakfast in Schlisner Hall
FREE DINNER & MESSAGE
Chef Mark Anthony will have a Live Vegetarian Performing Arts Cooking Show Sunday, October 21, 3 p.m. at Highland Church, 100 Highland Circle, Portland, TN.  For more information call 615-325-3925
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. 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.
Madison Academy students led music and worship for Madison Campus Elementary’s Fall week of prayer. They did a fantastic job!
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
Tomorrow the sermon will be on gratitude. If you want to prepare, take some time this evening and reflect on what you have to be grateful about. Who made you life better in the last week? Who has cared about you when you needed it? What has God done that at first didn’t seem very good but in the end turned out to be a blessing?¬†In considering the verse above do you think there is a correlation between living in peace and gratitude/thankfulness?
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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