Pastor Ken Reporting – April 12, 2018

So is Spring here yet? After seeing snow flakes last Sabbath, I’m not sure. I’m hoping the warmer weather we are seeing today is here to stay until the Fall.
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
We are kicking off our season of service this Sabbath with the beginning of sermon series and an Imagine Nashville event. The Imagine Nashville event will be at the South Nashville Adventist Church (244 Tusculum Rd, Antioch) this Sabbath at 6 pm.  Following the service there will be a “pack and pray” community service opportunity where participants will pack bags for the needy.  I know this is some distance to travel, but as has been the case with all the Imagine Nashville events it will be worth your time.
Starting this Sabbath, for forty days as a family, we will be “practicing” serving the world. Many of you received, Season of Service, by Roger Hernandez last Sabbath and some copies that are left will be available in the main church foyer this Sabbath. You will also soon be able to get the book in PDF format by downloading it from our church website. The book is a forty day devotional on service with practical suggestions on how to be of service every day. Every day of the devotional has three suggestions to pick from of how you can be of service that day. Most of the suggestions don’t cost anything and are things that easily fit into the normal routine of your day. I really want to encourage you to join us on this 40 day season of service. My suggestion is to make it your family’s morning devotional and discuss together in the evening how putting service into action went that day. I think our season of service will not only transform the lives of those around you, but will transform your own walk with Jesus.
PRAYER LIST
Mike Goulet Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Marilyn Owen David Engen Julie Henderson Eva Phillips
Elizabeth Gaines Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Mary Bell DeArk
MADISON CAMPUS 101
We will be starting a 10 week Sabbath School class called Madison Campus 101 in my office this Sabbath, April 14. The class gives you all the inside information you need to know as a member at Madison Campus. We cover everything from how to receive church communication to how to find your place at MCC and review the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is also a great opportunity to allow your pastoral staff to get to know you. While the class is designed for new members, anyone is more than welcome to attend no matter how many years you have been attending MCC. You might be surprised what you didn’t know. If you are interested in joining MCC 101, please RSVP by responding to this email.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE
We are a quarter of the way through our goal of reading through the Bible as a church family. Even if you haven’t done the readings it would be great to have you start now and do the readings with us. 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 April. Let’s Read the Bible Together – April.
CHURCH PICNIC
Sabbath, April 21, after 2nd service we will be having a church picnic/potluck at Saunders Ferry Park, Shelter #8. Bring food to share.  You also may want to bring chairs or a kite if you have one.
 
HOUSING FOR BIBLE WORKERS
We will have three Bible workers, two male and one female, join us this summer to assist with our evangelistic effort. They will be with us from June 15 through July 31. We need to find “bed and breakfast” accommodations for the Bible workers. Host families receive $300 per month per Bible worker hosted. If you are interested, please contact me by replying to this email or clicking on this link.
LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING SEMINAR
Parenting Seminar  3-5 p.m. in room 109.  Contact Pastor Nacho for more details at pastorNacho@madisoncampus.org or text 615-430-2729.
 
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.
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT
Join us for our 3rd annual Young Adult Retreat  April 27-29th at ICC.  Register today at uncommonfellowship.eventbrite.com.
LADIES GROUP
Hello ladies, Are you seeking growth in your personal walk with Jesus?  If your answer is “yes”, talk to Pastor Julie about the group beginning with that purpose. We meet Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  Do it now!  615-969-1287
CHURCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS
If you are interested in playing softball this summer, please send an email to MadisonCampusSports@gmail.com with your name and phone by May 13.  Sign-ups are open to both guys and gals.  Must be at least a freshman in HS to participate. More info contact Justin Sharp 770-773-5185.
NEELY’S BEND 5K
The MA Public Relations 101 class is planning  and hosting the Neely’s Bend 5k at Peeler Park on Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m.  Grab your friends and start training and sign up at neelysbend5k.com
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The 403 Center needs volunteers for any day Monday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or anyone that can work sporadically if you call ahead. Orientation is every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.  Call Karen Baker for information at 615-516-8631.
VBX
Vacation Bible Xperience Sea of Miracles will be held June 4-8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register early so we can get your t-shirt.  April 30 is the deadline to guarantee a t-shirt in your size. Click here to register. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions or food allergies in the medical section.
GREAT CONTROVERSY PROJECT
Praise God!  With our current order, we will have completed 35% of Hendersonville’s zip, 37075.  This is our largest zip, by far (with almost 28,000 potential mailings), so great progress is being made. The cost continues at $1.10 per delivered book. What can you buy for $1.10?  God’s truth. Delivered. Please continue to pray for God’s Spirit to go with each book.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP
May 6, Naomi’s fellowship will meet at 2 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship hall.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS
April 21, Sanders Ferry Park, Shelter #8
May 26, Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 2,  Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 23, Schlisner Hall
July 28, Schlisner Hall
MA ACADEMY
Madison Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to register call 615-865-4055 or go to www.madisonacademy.com.
MADISON ACADEMY BASKETBALL SHOOTOUT
APRIL 14, AT 7:45 p.m.
All Knight Basketball Tournament-Double Elimination/Minimum 1 female on court at all times/$20 per player/$10 for HS or College Students/email team & interest to jperkins@mcesda.org.
BANQUET
Madison Academy and Madison Campus Athletic Banquet May 6, from 4-6 p.m. in the MA Gymnasium.  RSVP by April 30 to jperkins@mcesda.org.   Light refreshments served.
Picture of the Week
The Madison Campus Elementary School’s 7th Grade class went on a mission trip to Lynch, KY this week. The class helped with a variety of community service projects and learned how much need there is right here in the United States. We are proud of you 7th graders, great job!
SAVE-THE-DATE
April 14: Imagine Nashville at South Nashville SDA Church 6 p.m.
April 14: MA Basketball Shootout 7:45 p.m.
April 21: Church Picnic Potluck at Saunders Ferry after 2nd service
April 22: MA’s 101 Class – Neely’s Bend 5K – 1:30 p.m. Peeler Park
April 27-29: Young Adult Retreat at ICC
May 6: Naomi’s Fellowship 2 p.m. downstairs fellowship hall
May 6: MA & MC Athletic Banquet 4-6 p.m. MA Gym
June 4-8: Vacation Bible Xperience 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred years ago–a revelation of Christ. A great work of reform is demanded, and it is only through the grace of Christ that the work of restoration, physical, mental, and spiritual, can be accomplished. Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, “Follow Me.” There is need of coming close to the people by personal effort. If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and the bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice. Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit.

Ministry of Healing, pages 144, & 145
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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