Pastor Ken Reporting – May 25, 2018

All the pastors have been out at Highland Academy preparing for the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference camp meeting this week. This Fridayevening camp meeting begins and we hope to see you there!
ONE BIG THING
(If you don’t read anything else, read this)
Due to camp meeting our church office will be closed next week. In case of an emergency, call Mona at 615-681-3082.
Camp Meeting is held on the campus of Highland Academy in Portland, which is about a 40 minute drive from Madison Campus. We very much encourage you to attend as many of the meetings as possible including the Sabbath meetings. For that reason, on the camp meeting Sabbaths of May 26 and June 2 Madison Campus will be live streaming the camp meeting Sabbath school and church service in our fellowship hall from 9:15 a.m. until noon for those unable to drive to Portland. There will be no children’s Sabbath schools or other services on those Sabbaths.
Every year on both Sabbaths of camp meeting our church has a potluck at the shelter that overlooks the Highland Academy gym and parking area. Please bring plenty of food as we often have guests who join us.
PRAYER LIST
Mike Goulet Paul Blankenship Roger Nelson Ken Owen
Marilyn Owen David Engen Julie Henderson Eva Phillips
Gibson Family Nathan Spalding Ron Youngs Mary Bell DeArk
Addlyn Harrison Arthur Arcinas Jim Seeley
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL/VACATION BIBLE XPERIENCE
Vacation Bible Xperience Sea of Miracles will be held June 4-8, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We really would like attendees to register ahead of time. Click here to register. Please be sure to note any dietary restrictions or food allergies in the medical section. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to your church’s VBX.
VBX MANDATORY MEETING
A mandatory VBX meeting/ Pizza appreciation party for all volunteers will be held Sunday, June 3rd at 4:30 pm.  Important information will be shared therefore please plan to attend.
MINI GOLF CHURCH SOCIAL
Saturday night, June 9, at 8 pm there will be a church social at Grand Old Golf. The address is 2444 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. The cost is $5/person for one round of golf which can be paid to our Social Committee Chair, Jennifer Taylor upon arrival. To reserve your spot(s) contact Jennifer Taylor by email at jjtiski@gmail.com or text: 615-498-3973.
SOUNDS BASEBALL GAME
Come join your fellow church family baseball fans for a Sounds Baseball game on Sunday, June 24, 6:15pm. The address is 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. The cost is $10/ticket. There are 162 tickets available, so don’t wait to purchase! Tickets may be paid for at the church office or pay the through the Venmo app. The Venmo address is Rob-Taylor-62.Tickets will be delivered later.
WAVE COUNTRY WATER PARK
Wednesday, July 18
CHILDREN’S CHAPEL MUSIC
Our Children’s Chapel Music Program needs Kid Musicians, Singers, and Adult group leaders.  This is an amazing program that is very important to our Children’s Ministry Program and one that we want to keep.  If you and your child are interested in being added to our rotation, please call or text Kimberly King at 615-483-2567.
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
Friday, June 1, 7 p.m. at the Cumberland View Towers Dining Room located  in the basement. Ken Hutchison will tell the story of Horatio Spafford who wrote “It is Well With My Soul.”  Everyone is welcome to come worship with us.


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.
IT’S A BOY
We kindly invite you to join us for a baby shower in honor of Emily and Dilmar Enderle.  They have registered at Target, Kohls and Amazon.   Come celebrate with food and games at Madison Campus Fellowship Hall June 10, 2-4 p.m.
YOUNG ADULTS
If you’re a young adult, please remember to follow us on FB on Compass (Madison Young Adults).
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.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS
May 26, Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 2,  Camp Meeting Pavilion on the hill
June 23, Schlisner Hall
July 28, Schlisner Hall
MCE DAY CAMP
MAY 21-JULY 27Monday –Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Grades 1st thru 7th  Registration $50
Full Time Weekly Rate $160
3-Days Part Time Rate $110
Blue Hawks Sports Wk $200
615-865-4575 or www.mcesda.org
MA ACADEMY
Madison Academy is now enrolling. For more information or to register call 615-865-4055 or go to www.madisonacademy.com.
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 May. Let’s Read the Bible Together – May.
I want to welcome Jamil and Vanessa Hairston to our family. Jamil and Vanessa just graduated from Southern Adventist University and will be spending the summer at MCC as pastors-in-training before heading to the seminary at Andrews University. They have already been hard at work and I am really enjoying getting to know them as we work together. Be sure to let them know how glad you are that they are joining us this summer! Their emails are jamil@madisoncampus.org and vanessa@madisoncampus.org.
SAVE-THE-DATE
May 21-July 27:  MCE Day Camp  8:30-4:30 p.m.
May 26-June 2:  Camp Meeting at Highland Academy, Portland
May 28-June 1:  Church Office is Closed
June 1, Cumberland View Towers-Ken Hutchinson
June 4-8: Vacation Bible Xperience 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
June 9: Mini-golf, 8 pm at Grand Old Golf
June 10: Enderle baby shower 2 p.m. MCC
June 18-29: SAU Academic Summer Camps
June 24: Sounds Baseball Game, 6:15 pm
June 24: Naomi’s fellowship downstairs fellowship hall 2 p.m.
July 18: Wave Country Church Social
For a detailed calendar of all MCC events click the calendar button.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw  all peoples to Myself.”
                                                  John 12:32 (NKJV)
 
The theme for camp meeting this year is “Jesus Changes Everything.” Do you notice that the word used is “changes” not “changed?” The nuances of wording makes a difference. Changed is past tense. Changes is present tense and can imply continuing action. The truth is God has changed us and if we remain in Jesus, He changes us and continues to change us.
In Christ’s Object Lessons, pg. 65, Ellen White writes, “At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God’s purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be continual advancement. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime.” Did you catch that? “At every stage of development our life may be perfect.” So many times we despair as we look at how our lives fall short. Yet, in Christ, we are new creations because He changed us. God does not see our short comings but sees Christ’s perfection.
This does not mean that change ceases when we accept Christ. Just the opposite. When a seed first sprouts and breaks through the ground it hasn’t finished it’s purpose. It has just begun. If it had human feelings we wouldn’t want it to be disappointed that it wasn’t bearing fruit yet. We would say, “you are where you are supposed to be at this moment, don’t worry, trust the gardener and you will get where you are supposed to be in due season.” A plant has to trust the gardener and we have to trust Jesus to draw us to Him. It is His work that changes us. Our work is to allow Him to change us.
So here are a few questions. Has Jesus changed you? Is He changing you? I hope you will take some time to really think about how Jesus has changed you. Then, I hope you will think about how Jesus is currently changing you. Finally, ask Him how He wants to change you as abide in Him. As you see how far God has brought you and the amazing things He has done in your life, I hope it will give you confidence that “God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6)
Yes! Jesus changes everything!
Remember to live our mission. Love God. Love people. Serve the world.

God’s blessings,

Pastor Ken

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