Did you have a good Valentine’s Day Ken? I hope so. Take some time this weekend to consider God’s idea of the importance of love and His definition of it. We are surrounded by many false definitions so take the time to soak in the truth about love found in God’s word.
1 Corinthians 13 (NLT)
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
ONE BIG THING
Angela Estrada is one of our elders at Madison Campus and also our head greeter. Below is a wonderful letter she sent me to talk about greeting at MCC.
What is a Welcome? A welcome is defined by a polite sign of recognition, acknowledge, to be NOTICED by someone upon arrival. To greet hospitably and with courtesy, to accept with pleasure the PRESENCE of OTHERS. To address with expression of KIND wishes upon Meeting and arrival!
How can we as MCC spread KINDNESS in the year 2019 you ask? With a Welcome, a Smile and an offering to help! When we come to church we come to worship, acknowledge, serve and praise God. And to be honest we look forward to seeing and visiting with our church family and friends. That’s wonderful!!! BUT we can do SOOOOO much more by doing a few things every week until they become second nature!
So here is what I am encouraging you to do… When you are in the church parking lot, halls, classrooms and even in the Sanctuary WELCOME and SMILE to everyone you see near you! If you are talking with a friend, gently touch them or say “just a minute” and say hello to the person walking by…they may be another friend but they could be a VISITOR! The friend who you are talking to will see your kind gesture, will understand and might want to also wish that person a warm, genuine greeting! All we have to do is say welcome, hello, happy Sabbath, give them a compliment. It may be a comment on their pretty dress, sassy or cool shoes, how nice they look or ask then about a toy or doll they brought with them. Did you notice all of those suggestions are PAINLESS and INCLUDE ALL AGES?!!! Once you start this you will you not only bring a smile to their face but also to yours! You will see its contagious and fun! And by doing this every week you will get to know more people, make new friends, get more hugs and feel more welcomed and blessed yourself! So, as 2019 begins lets start spreading kindness in these small and simple ways. To become the kindest and most welcoming church in Nashville!
If you have the gift of hospitality and greeting our church has many entrances and times to be officially involved. And yes, I am the greeter coordinator and would love to talk to you! You can reach me by email, to or phone: Aprilsunshinen65@gmail.com Home: 615-851-8948 TX: 615-512-1946
February 16: Our Sabbath speaker is Elder Furman F. Fordham II, senior pastor of Riverside Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church.
February 23: Our Sabbath speaker will be Elder Benjamin Jones, president, South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
February 23 & 24: Women’s Ministry Conference at Madison Campus Church Fellowship Hall. Feb. 23 from 6 am – 8 pm and Feb. 24 from 9 am- 12 pm. Also click here to go to the Women’s Ministry page on the church website to see a daily devotion written by women of the Madison Campus Church.
March: Pastor Nacho will be doing a four part series on the Gospel of Mark.
MEDIA ON THE BRAIN: Madison Campus is proud to host, Media on the Brain, March 16, 23, & 30. We will begin with a light supper at 5:30 pm followed by the presentation at 6:15 pm. Presented by author, speaker, and teacher, Scott Ritsema, Media on the Brain is much more than a seminar, it is a tool for how to handle the vast number of media choices we have to make every day. I would highly encourage you to attend and to invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this event. Those who attend will gain inspiration from families who have found freedom from media addiction and behold something better in the character of Christ.
PRAYER MINISTRY: Be a part of our weekly prayer meeting, Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm. “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I AM there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 19-20) “The promise is made on condition that the united prayers of God’s people are offered, and in answer to these prayers there may be expected a power greater than that which comes in answer to private prayer. The power given will be proportionate to the unity of the members and their love for God and for one another.” (The Power of Corporate Prayer by Karen Martell)
HEALTH FAIR MEETING: All those volunteering for the Health Fair, there will be a potluck February 16, following 2nd service in the downstairs fellowship hall.
MA MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT: We are hosting an all-night basketball fundraiser at Madison Academy. All Proceeds are going to the Adopt-a-Gym program, which will help The Oaks Adventist School that was hurt by the hurricane last school year. The tournament is Saturday, March. 23, starting at 7:30pm. The cost is $100 per team, and teams must have one girl on the court at all times. Signup by emailing aadams@madisonAcademy.com or call 615-878-9769
BIBLE READING PLAN: Join us in our family Bible reading plan. It can be found on our church app, by clicking here, or by picking up a hard copy at our church kiosks on Sabbath. If you already picked up a hard copy please pick up a new one this Sabbath as there were some errors on the previous copy. If you don’t have the church app it is free on the App Store or on Google Play.
DISPLAY CASE: The Pathfinders are looking for a display case to exhibit our trophies and ribbons we have won over the years. If you have one please text a picture and dimensions to Arlan Monroe at (615) 479-1657.
YOUNG ADULT EVENT: The Smoky Mountain East Coast Event February 22-24 Stay in a cabin and fellowship with SDA young adults, Hike to Mt. LeConte Register at https://goo.gl/ZfC1Cp
WOMEN’S MINISTRY CONFERENCE: February 23 & 24: Women’s Ministry Conference at Madison Campus Church Fellowship Hall. Feb. 23 from 6 pm-8pm and Feb. 24 from 9am-12pm. Click Here for a daily devotion written by women form our Madison Campus Church. To register CLICK HERE.
Certification & VBX Training at Highland Academy Mar. 1-2. Fri. 7pm & Sabbath 8am Register at youth.kytn.net
VBS REGISTRATION: Click Here to register online.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: Children’s and Health ministries are inviting you and the community to attend “Save the Children & The Adults Too!”, taking place March 23rd @ 2:15p.m. This is a seminar that will be addressing how diet and media impacts the psychological health of children and adults. There will be special guests speakers and a wonderful Sabbath lunch brought to you by health ministries. Please register by March 10th to reserve your spot and PLEASE INVITE A FRIEND! Click here to register.
MOBILE TEXT ALERTS: Please sign up for Our Mobile Alerts. CLICK HERE and sign up for the different alerts you would like to receive.
NEXT SCHEDULED WORK BEE: A work bee is scheduled for March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. please mark your calendars.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Director of HUD senior independent living center, Cumberland View Towers, with 151 units located in Madison, TN. Responsibilities include: Manage staff, residents, budgets, payroll, financial reports, in compliance with HUD, local and state guidelines. Bachelor’s degree in field related to human services or management, and experience with federally subsidized housing preferred. To request job posting announcement and application information, please email CVTinfo@tds.net.
4 O’CLOCK GROUP: Come join the 4 O’clock group at the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Bldg. 4 p.m. Sabbath. We started a new 10 week series “How God Ultimately Defends His Character.”
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES: Our help center is in need of white crew socks (not tube). They can be taken to the ACSC.
HEALTHY HEART CONFERENCE: Murfreesboro 2019: Attendees will discover four (4) no-nonsense effective lifestyle strategies to lower high blood pressure, cholesterol and more without drugs! Special presentation on “A Women’s Heart”. When: Starting Saturday 3:00-6:00pm, March 16 at Courtyard Nashville/Murfreesboro 1306 Gresham Park Dr. Murfreesboro, TN. Free & open to the public. Must register either call (800) 732-7587 or online at: AdventSource.org. Presenters: Curtis & Paula Eakins, 3ABN co-host of Abundant living telecast. A $100.00 gift card for member bringing the most (non-SDA, at least 18)