Pastor Ken Reporting – October 19, 2018

There is more than “one big thing” this week so please read this newsletter thoroughly. Particularly look for information regarding the General Conference Annual Council, our church renovation, and how to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
(If you don’t read anything else, read this.)
As a pastoral staff we have been asked about our take on the General Conference Executive Committee’s Annual Council held this week in Battle Creek, Michigan. The main item of interest is regarding the vote on Sunday to pass a recommendation for the creation of a new compliance process to ensure the implementation of church policies and actions. This has been an ongoing discussion since the church voted to not allow the ordination of female pastors and several Unions continued to ordain women anyway.
I have been reticent to address this issue. The main reason is that it is incredibly divisive. Those on both sides of the issue have very strong feelings and there has been a tendency to put unflattering labels on the other side. As one of Christ’s leaders I believe it is my job to work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit to unite our church (per Jesus wish stated in John 17:22-24) and avoid as far as possible that which divides. I value ALL those who make up the Madison Campus family, no matter whether they share all my viewpoints and opinions. On the issue of women’s ordination and the compliance policy just voted I believe that sincere, Jesus loving Christians can disagree.
I do believe you have the right to now where our pastoral team stands on this issue. As a pastoral team we are in agreement on the following statements:
  • We believe in these last days God has called men and women, young and old to proclaim the Three Angels Message (Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:17, 18; Revelation 14:6-12). We believe that all are equal in God’s sight and therefore no one deserves more honor than another (Matthew 20:25-28 & Galatians 3:28). We believe in the priesthood of ALL believers (2 Peter 2:5). For these reasons, and many others, we firmly believe that both men and women are called to pastoral ministry.
  • We are disappointed that the compliance policy was passed because from our perspective it changes fundamental, long established practices of the church and centralizes power in a way our church pioneers took active steps against.
  • While our viewpoints did not prevail we still love and believe in our church. We are loyal to the God who began the Advent movement and believe He is still in charge of His church.
  • We believe that the church is not infallible. It has made mistakes in the past (1888 and the rejection of righteousness by faith) and God has seen His church through. We believe those who disagree with policies and actions of the church have the right to respectfully stand in opposition and to encourage further reflection and action on those issues.
  • We will ALWAYS minister to and love all our Madison Campus family no matter whether they share our viewpoints. We believe every single member of the Madison Campus family has been called by God to our fellowship.
  • We encourage each of you to believe that those who have come to different conclusions than you, have done so after prayer and Bible study and that they are sincerely seeking God’s will just as you are.
  • We ask you to remember that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has always seen the local church as they most important part of the organization. It is from the local church that the rubber meets the road. At Madison Campus we will continue to love God, love people, and serve the world.
  • We are absolutely willing to dialogue with anyone who has questions or concerns. We prefer to have that dialogue in person rather than through text and emails where it is easy to misinterpret tone.
Pastor Nacho and I would like to express our personal support and appreciation for our co-labors in ministry, Pastor Julie and Pastor Chelsea. We affirm and appreciate their call to ministry. We need our entire pastoral team and without any of us, ministry would not be as full and rich at Madison Campus.
If you are interested in more information regarding Sunday’s vote I am including links to:
2018 Annual Council Battle Creek: Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:00pm
2018 Annual Council Battle Creek: Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:00pm
One of the many aspects Adventist Community Services must arrange in disaster response is the transportation of goods donated during a relief effort. It can be very costly to transport items that are donated. In an effort to utilize digital shopping to our advantage we are encouraging members to consider using online shopping and shipping to help the disaster victims.

Online shopping can help reduce our relief costs by directing the products you give directly from the distributor to the disaster area. For those who wish to give to the Hurricane Michael relief effort we recommend online shopping. If you prefer to give donated goods (rather than money) there
are two sources you can use to get those items for those affected.

  1. Print the “needs list” below.
  2.  Go to the site of your choice; either or and start shopping. Put as many items as you wish to give in your shopping cart.
  3. Take note of the shipping addresses below depending on which site you are ordering from. Be sure to ship the supplies directly to the site, rather than to your home address.

Please note:

  • Amazon Prime – Free Shipping
  • Walmart – Free shipping for $35 or more.
  • Please order from the attached list and ship directly to the conferences that Adventists have set up for collection sites.

North American Division ACS would like to say Thank You for everyone’s support. It’s You that makes a difference.

Designated Donation/Collection Sites
South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventist

715 Youngs Lane
Nashville, TN 37207
Contact Person:
Elayne Bedney (615) 226-6500 X 143
Ozia Brown (615) 804-2009
Monetary Donations

Make Check Payable to: South Central Conference
Memo: ACS Disaster Response
Gulf States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
10633 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36117
Contact Person:
Brian Danese – (228) 326-7660
Monetary Donations

Make Check Payable to: Gulf States Conference
Memo: ACS Disaster Response

Please put Attention to: Adventist Disaster Response

CASH Donation
Shampoo/Conditioners any size (no travel sizes)
Body soap—liquid or bar
Tooth brushes/Tooth paste
Disposable Razors—men and women
Shaving cream-men and women
First aid kits
Feminine hygiene items
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Paper plates, bowels, cups
Plastic flatware
Can Opener (please consider including if you buy canned goods)
Peanut Butter
Canned Pasta (with pop off top if possible)
Canned veggies and fruits (with pop off top if possible)
Other non-perishable food items
School supplies-pencils, pens, paper, colors, colored pencils, calculators, backpacks,
New towels
New linens-any size
New underwear—buy your size there is someone like you out there
New Socks
New Bras
Shoes-tennis shoes in any sizes for men, women, teens and children
New clothes (jeans, t-shirts, shorts) any size for men, women and children (2X and up are hard to get)
Sun blocker
Mosquito Repellent
Diapers Baby/Adult any size
Baby Wipes
Cleaning Wipes
Cleaning supplies
Dish Soap
Laundry Soap and Softener
Commercial grade trash bags
Work gloves any size any item
Gift cards to any store in the amount of $20-$50.00

Not Accepting:
* Cold/frozen food
* Prepared food
* Bottled water
* USED clothing
On Monday evening our church board voted to recommend the following items to the church in business session after Sabbath is over on November 10;
  1. To approve the architect’s Workshop’s renovation plans.
  2. To prioritize the renovation work by Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3. All three phases may happen simultaneously if the money is raised and pledged to cover the expenses.
  3. To raise funds for the renovation from December 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Pledges will be accepted but may only be paid over a maximum of three years.
  4. Work may proceed when cash and/or pledges to cover the work has been received. Money may only be borrowed on money already pledged.
  5. To empower and authorize the Building and Design Committee to make all decisions regarding color schemes and design in consultation with the architect’s Workshop.
  6. To authorize the board to prioritize renovation work within the individual phases.
Between now and November 10, we will be providing as much information to you as we can so that you can make an informed vote. Starting this Sabbath be looking for information in our church foyers regarding the proposed church renovation. My goal is to send out an email next week with detailed information regarding the proposed renovation.
In the end, if the business meeting votes to approve the recommendation above, the real vote will happen over the next 13 months. You will notice that the proposal is to only spend what is donated or pledged between Dec. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2019. We have identified a number or things that would improve our ability to do ministry at Madison Campus but in the end, the only things we will do are those that we receive funding to complete.
My hope is that we have an experience like the one found in Exodus 36:2-7 (NLT). “So Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and all the others who were specially gifted by the Lord and were eager to get to work. Moses gave them the materials donated by the people of Israel as sacred offerings for the completion of the sanctuary. But the people continued to bring additional gifts each morning. Finally the craftsmen who were working on the sanctuary left their work. They went to Moses and reported, “The people have given more than enough materials to complete the job the Lord has commanded us to do!” So Moses gave the command, and this message was sent throughout the camp: “Men and women, don’t prepare any more gifts for the sanctuary. We have enough!” So the people stopped bringing their sacred offerings. Their contributions were more than enough to complete the whole project.
If you have questions about this project and would like to meet personally with me to discuss them, please simply respond to this email and I would be happy to set-up a time to meet with you.
Mike Goulet
Paul Blankenship
Roger Nelson
Ken Owen
Sandy Benoit
LeAnn Pechonis
Nathan Spalding
Natalie Simmons
Eva Phillips
Arthur Arcinas
Naomi Fillman
Chris Thompson
Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison
Julie Armstrong Henderson
Cecilia Garcia
Carol Rada Ramsey
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.
There  will  be  a  retirement party in the Madison Campus Fellowship Hall in honor of Dean Flint, our  long time Community  Services Director who is now relocating  to another state.  Even  though he was not a member of Madison Campus, he gave himself to serve ours and the surrounding churches by directing that ministry.  Please come join us this Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m. as we thank him and wish him well in his next ministry.  If possible, bring finger food to share.
On Sabbath, November 3, we will be having “Homecoming Sabbath.” The purpose of Homecoming Sabbath is to invite anyone who has ever attended Madison Campus Church to come back for a Sabbath of fellowship and renewed community. We particularly would like you to invite those who may still have their names on our church books but are not attending. We hope it will be a time for reconnection.  Our church services and Sabbath schools will happen at their normal times. The church services will be planned to highlight Madison Campus’ amazing history and legacy. After church our social committee will be providing a meal out at Paradise Ranch followed by an outdoor concert and animal show for the kids. The meal will start at 1:30 pm, the concert will be from 2:30-4:30 pm, and the animal show will be from 4:30-5:30 pm. This will be a fantastic time for fellowship. Looks for invitations to mail or hand to your friends this Sabbath in the church foyer.
We are putting together a video for Homecoming Sabbath with pictures of our church family through the years. Please email me picture you have of our church family over the years so that we can include them in the video.
Christopher, Alicia, and Matthew Dellen will have a sacred solo and duet Piano Concert on November 17, at 4 p.m. here at Madison Campus Church.
Christmas is coming and that means our annual Christmas play is right around the corner.  We are also looking for actors to help fill out our cast.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office and provide your phone and email information so we can contact you with details.
Have you heard God’s call to ministry, but you feel that your busy schedule doesn’t allow you any time to serve God in a special way?  How about a mission project where you could set your own hours?  In an effort to increase financial support for current ministries and to help support future ministry plans at the 403 Center, we would like to maximize our Thrift Store sales through Social Media Advertising.  If this would appeal to you, contact Karen Baker @ 615-516-8631 or David Bell @ 615-389-9692.


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”
Come see our church’s booth at the Buddy Walk, Sabbath, October 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hermitage. This family friendly event benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee.  The Sharp family will be walking as Team Lina. Register to join them at:
The ACSC Center: We are the Adventist Community Services Center are currently asking God for help in the form of volunteers in several areas.  Two of the areas are for someone to help in the Food Pantry on Wednesdays and someone with a truck or trailer who would enjoy picking up donated furniture, etc. on Sundays.  Please contact Karen Baker, 615-516-8631, or David Bell, 615-389-9692.
Naomi’s fellowship will meet Sunday, October 28, in the downstairs fellowship hall at 2 p.m.
Madison Academy’s Fall Festival 2018 will be Saturday, October 20, at 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium. There will be games, food, costume contest and more!  Tickets purchased at the front door.
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 October, Let’s Read the Bible Together.
November 10, Schlisner Hall
December 8, Christmas Breakfast in Schlisner Hall
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
Oct. 20: MA Fall Festival 7:15 MA Gym
Oct. 21: Dean Flint’s Retirement Party MCC Fellowship Hall 2 pm
Oct. 27: Buddy Walk 10 am-3 pm
Oct. 28: Naomi’s Fellowship 2 pm
Nov. 3: Homecoming Sabbath & Church Social at Paradise Ranch
Nov. 17: The Dellens Concert 4 p.m. at MCC
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Think about someone you love a lot. Now think about someone who you do not love very much, or maybe at all. It is interesting that both people can say and do exactly the same thing and you will have completely different reactions. With one, you will often excuse bad behavior. With the other, you will often be suspicious of even the good things they do. When someone we think is rude opens a door for us, we decide it is because they want something from us. When someone we think is kind fails to open a door, it is because they were probably distracted.
In Leadership and Self-Deception, by the Arbinger Institute, this concept is called “putting another person in the box.” Basically, we assign motives to people and only allow them to remain in confined spaces. The solution to allowing people to move outside of our predetermined boxes is love. Peter councils us to love others deeply.  When we love others we look past their flaws and instead see someone we care about.
The difficult part of course is finding that love. Love is difficult, if not impossible to manufacture for certain people in our lives. That’s why right after telling us to love our enemies, Jesus then tells us to pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44). I believe Jesus asks us to pray not so much to change those people as to change us. Yes, Jesus wants to change those who are hurting us, but He wants us to give Him permission to change our feelings and attitudes as well. Even if the people we pray for never change, we still have the command to love them.
Who do you need to be pray for today? Who do you need to love more deeply?
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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