Pastor Ken Reports – July 12, 2019

“His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: ‘When they look, they won’t really see. When they hear, they won’t understand.'”
Luke 8:9-10 (NLT)
What kind of soil are you? This Sabbath I will be preaching on the parable commonly referred to as the parable of the sower. Some suggest a better title would be, the parable of the soils. The reason is because the only thing that changes in this story is the soil. The same sower and the same seed are introduced and the difference maker in the story is the soil. So, what kind of soil are you? What if you aren’t the good soil? Is there anything you can do? How does this parable impact us when it comes to sharing our faith? We’ll look at all those questions this Sabbath. I hope to see you at church!
ONE BIG THING
Have you every thought about inviting your friends, co-workers, or family to church but wondered if it would be a “good Sabbath” to bring them? I have. I’ve been worried about whether the sermon topic would be appropriate. I’ve wondered if church members would be looking for visitors and greet them warmly. Would there be a potluck that Sabbath?
As a pastoral team our goal is to see any Sabbath be a good Sabbath but we recognize that isn’t always the case. With that in mind we have created two “Outreach Sabbaths.” They are July 27 and August 3. From sundown on Friday evening through Sabbath afternoon we have designed Sabbath programs that are ideal to bring your friends who are not Seventh-day Adventists.
On Friday evening, July 26 at 7 pm we will screen the movie, “Belly of the Whale.” It is a modern retelling of the story of Jonah produced by Southern Adventist University. I’ve watched it and it is a great, thought provoking movie for the whole family. At the conclusion of the movie we will have the movie’s producers and some cast members present to do a panel discussion about the themes and making of the movie.
On Sabbath morning, July 27, we will have first service and Sabbath school as usual. However, second service will be geared toward visitors. We will have a guest musician who will provide a thirty minute concert followed by a sermon by me titled, “Running from God.” We will have an all church potluck that Sabbath and at 2 pm that afternoon we will introduce our new “Better Life Groups.” Better Life Groups are for anyone who wants a better life. We will have groups that focus on understanding prophecy, Bible teachings, finance, marriage, parenting, stress, gardening, etc. In short, topics that can improve life. We want you to invite your friends and neighbors to come and see if there is a group that will make their life better.
On Friday evening, August 2, at 7 pm we will screen the movie, “Hell and Mr. Fudge.” The movie tells the true story of Edward Fudge’s investigation into whether there is a real, everlasting hell. This is a great movie that in a very entertaining fashion supports our beliefs on the topic of hell. At the conclusion of the movie there will be a short panel discussion on the topic of hell with audience participation.
On Sabbath morning, August 3, we will have first service and Sabbath school as usual. Second service will again be geared toward visitors. We will have a short concert using our church’s musical talents and then each of the pastors will be giving a short sermonette on the topic of experiencing God through the cycles of life. Second service will be followed by an all church potluck and at 2 pm the Better Life Groups will have their first meetings here in the church.
Be watching for flyers that you can hand out to those you would like to invite to our church outreach Sabbaths. We hope that these events will make it a “good Sabbath” to invite your friends, relatives, and co-workers who are not Seventh-day Adventists to attend Madison Campus!
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
We continue to ask for your support for a much needed renovation of our church. The renovation will particularly focus on our sanctuary and accessibility for those with disabilities. To date we have received $837,000 in donations and pledges. Thank you so much for your generosity as we continue toward our $2.5 million goal.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
FOURTH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY: Our Annual Block Party is this Sunday. This is the time of year where we invite parents and students in our community to come and enjoy a free event filled with good, games, & fun. Best of all we try to provide each student with a backpack and school supplies for their upcoming school year. Our aim is that every child who needs either a backpack or school supplies for the upcoming school year will receive those items by attending our event. In order to make this event a success, we are inviting you, our church to partner with us in “Loving God, Loving People, and Serving the World.” Help by becoming a Sponsor for $55 per backpack and school supplies (You can mark your Tithe Envelopes “Block Party”), donate school supplies or money for our Block Party, Volunteer and Sign-up to help, and invite your friends and neighbors to attend. For any additional questions, please contact Pastor Nacho either via text at 615-430-2729 or pastornacho@madisoncampus.org
THANK YOU: Join us as we celebrate  Maribel Wood’s 19 years of dedication to Madison Campus Elementary on Sabbath, July 27. She lit up the Art Room with her unique talents and served as the Food Director preparing awesome, healthy meals for your children. We will miss you Maribel!! Come by and say hi at potluck at the dessert table. There will be a basket for your cards and gifts as well. See you then!
MEMORIAL SERVICE: A memorial service for Brad Fish will be in the Sanctuary July 20, at 7:00 p.m.
LEADERS & HOSTS NEEDED: If you would like to lead a small group, host one in your home, or need more information, contact Rachelle Wetmore at 509-496-3902 or rachellewetmore@gmail.com
PRAYING CHURCH: Ellen White once wrote: ” The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future; but it is the privilege of the church to have it now. Seek for it, pray for it, believe it, We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it.” (The Review and Herald, March 19, 1895). “No great spiritual awakening has began anywhere in the world apart from united prayer Christians persistently praying for revival.” (J. Edwin Orr, historian on worldwide revivals). Let us take advantage of the gift we’ve been given, the privilege of corporate prayer. Prayer Meeting is every Wednesday, 6-7 PM, in Room #109. “When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessings will come.” (E.G.W., Selected Messages, 124)
SOUTHERN UNION JOB OPENING: The Southern Union Conference in Norcross, Georgia is currently accepting applications for an Associate/Assistant Treasurer position in the Treasury Department. If interested, please go to www.southernunion.com/employment
IMAGINE U: Women’s Ministries is sponsoring Imagine U, a one day free dental and vision clinic and much more! It will be held at MCE on July 21. We are partnering with AMEN, an Adventist medical outreach group who supply most all equipment and more to facilitate each event. We need over 100 volunteers from across the conference! No small feat! We are very excited to see how God is going to work through this event. We are also praying this will be a pilot program that can be replicated in other areas across Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. To volunteer go to
BIBLE READING PLAN: Over the summer, we are reading through the Gospels and the Desire of Ages, by Ellen G. White. The readings from the Bible will be matched with the corresponding chapters in the Desire of Ages. You can find the Bible reading plan on the kiosks in our church lobby. Unfortunately, this plan is not accessible through our church app.
CHILDREN’S PRAISE TIME: Children’s Chapel Praise Time happens each week for Primary through Juniors. It is a time for kids to lead others in singing for about 10-15 minutes before individual classes begin. We will not be meeting in July, but will resume in August. We would love for more children and adults to help lead out! New teams will be formed by August. Call or text Cindy Boskind @ 615-945-2528 to form a new group or to be added to a group!
LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY: “His Word Alive” is an inductive Bible study on the Book of John. Friday Mornings 9:30 a.m. in Pastor Julie’s office. Sign up by calling Pastor Julie at 615-969-1287.
403 COMMUNITY SERVICES: The 403 Center is in desperate need of all types of donations. Also needed is a volunteer for a cashier to work one day a week from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (training available). Need a man to receive donations Wednesdays from 9:15 to 2:15 p.m. Also need a volunteer for the food pantry on Thursdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
GREAT CONTROVERSY: Praise God! Another 2,059 copies of this Spirit-filled book will be arriving in Hendersonville mailboxes. This zip (37075) is 67% completed! Thank you MCC for your desire to build God’s kingdom by sharing His truth. The cost of a delivered book is $1.10.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS: July 27, Aug 3, Sept. 21, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, & Dec. 14
MADISON FARM: The Madison Farm is going strong in their 2019 season. They are located on the campus of Madison Academy, growing organic produce for the surrounding community. This season’s CSA (community supported agriculture) shares are now available for purchase – weekly and bi-weekly options available. Each share is a bag full of seasonal, local, and organic produce. *Eggs also available*
MOBILE TEXT ALERTS: Please sign up for our Mobile Alerts. CLICK HERE and sign up for the alerts you would like to receive.
Tithe & Offering
Tithe is the 10% of our increase that we give to God to support His work in this world. These monies are used to pay pastors, evangelists, chaplains, Bible workers, and missionaries. It also pays for the salaries of those who provide support for those people and for expenses that help support evangelism. We are behind where we were last year at this time in our tithe giving. Through the end of May, Madison Campus has returned $773,148 compared to last year’s $851,711.
Monies donated to church budget are to be given in addition to tithe. Our church budget funds ministry in our community such as Madison Campus Elementary, Madison Academy, Pathfinders, Adventurers, our annual Block Party, our music ministries, Adventist Community Services (the 403 Center), Bags of Love, Celebrate Recovery, and Adventist literature that can be distributed. It also pays for the upkeep and utilities for our church facility and our church administrator. Thank you for your generosity that has put us ahead of where we were at this time last year and helps us do ministry and keep our church open.
Church Budget Received 7/6: $ 5,170
Month to Date: $ 5,170
Needed Monthly: $53,200
To return tithe or give offerings click on the button below or use the tithe envelopes in back of the church pews.

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