Rachelle and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in January of this year. One of our goals was to take a week off, just the two of us, to celebrate. However, like you, our life is crazy. Rachelle teaches energetic four year-olds Monday through Friday and I have all the duties and responsibilities of being a pastor which pile even higher in the evenings and weekends, and we have two wonderful children with their own schedules. Our combined schedules didn’t allow us to get away until last week, when we finally enjoyed a week of being together, just the two of us. It was wonderful. It was wonderful because it was a chance to reconnect with the love of my life.
It can be hard to find time to connect. Often the important relationships in our life take a back seat to checking the boxes of what we think has to be done. We often make excuses for why we can’t prioritize our important relationships. We can’t take off time from work, it will cost to much, other friendships may suffer, etc. The fact is, the closer we are to someone, the easier it is to take the relationship for granted. We know they love us. We know they are committed to us. Yet these relationships will wilt like even the hardiest house plant that doesn’t receive the love and attention of sunshine, watering, and fertilizing.
Being centered means prioritizing. It means you can’t be centered on everything. It means that whenever you feel yourself drift from true north, you get your compass out, and move back to heading in the right direction. Over the course of a long trip being even slightly off center can leave you hundreds of miles from your intended destination.
This is just a quick reminder to make Jesus your center. With Jesus at the center all other relationships and responsibilities will find their proper place. Writing this is easy. Doing it is hard. In fact, I’ll say its impossible unless we ask God to infuse us with His Holy Spirit to do what we can’t do on our own. My encouragement to you is quit thinking trying harder is the answer. Rather, simply give God permission to be in charge of your life, to change you in ways you may find uncomfortable. Ask Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit every day. Do this several times every day.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)
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This Sabbath evening we begin a three part series, Media on the Brain, in the youth chapel. The seminar is March 16, 23, & 30 and begins 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.
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WORK BEE THIS SUNDAY: A work bee is scheduled for March 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The majority of the work will occur between 10 am and noon with a lunch provided around 12:15 pm. Even if you can only come for an hour your help would be greatly appreciated!
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.
LEAD LIKE JESUS: Sunday, March 24, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Madison Campus Church. Cost $20 includes lunch. One-day leadership training seminar for men and women in any leadership capacity. Speaker Bridgett Massengill. Register at kytn.net or call KYTN Conference 615-859-1391.
MCE PINE CAR DERBY: Sunday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. at Madison Campus Elementary, 1515 Sutherland Dr., Madison. Silent Auctions, Racing, Concessions, Games. More info at www.mcesda.org
PASTORS’-ELDERS & LAYPERSONS RETREAT: Mar. 29-31, 2019 ReGENERATE! Sponsored by the Southern Union, Kentucky-Tennessee, and South Central Conferences. This event will focus on helping stagnant, or declining churches, learn what it takes to thrive. Room at our camp to house around 250, pastors and elders. You will not want to miss it! Throughout the weekend, attendees will hear compelling, firsthand stories, of once-declining churches that are now flourishing. Speakers who will offer encouragement and strategies for revitalization. Guest presenters are: Dr. Ron Smith, Union Conference President; Dan Jackson, Joe Kidder, Brad Cauley, Olin McGraw, Marc Lien and Joe Grider. Register February 25 – March 18, 2019 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form or stop by the office, or contact KY/TN Conference Ministerial Department.
COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: Madison Campus Church will be hosting a community health fair, Sunday, April 14, 2 to 5 pm. Come see 3 interactive vegetarian cooking demonstrations, take the Harvard Fitness Test, have free glucose, health and blood pressure screenings to become your best. A Kids fitness program is offered with bicycle exchanges. Also free chair massages and free haircuts!
SEEING JESUS THROUGH MUSLIM EYES: Presenter, Elder Gerald Babanezhad, Coordinator of Muslim Outreach at the Pacific Union Conference and Board Member of NAD Adventist Muslim Relation, will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, the role of the Adventist Church in sharing the Three Angel’s Message with Muslims. Elder Babanezhad will preach for both first and second services on April 27 and will also have a following an all church potluck. During the seminar he will share Muslim’s understanding of Seventh-day Adventists, practical ways to witness, testimonies and much more followed with Q&A time.
THANK YOU: Many Thanks for the prayers, cards, food, and fruit basket from our wonderful church family. We are so grateful for your love and caring. Al & Martie Hansen
LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY: “His Word Alive” 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.
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)
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 don’t have the church app it is free on the App Store or on Google Play.
NEW BIKE NEEDED: We need 2 bike donated for the Health Fair drawing, contact Sandra Turpen at 615-578-1416.
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KENTUCKY-TENNESSEE CONFERENCE EVENTS:
Leadership Training: March 24 (at Madison Campus Church)
Mother-Daughter Day: April 28 (at Paradise Ranch)
Registration for these events can be found at kytn.net.
CAMP MEETING FORMS: Camp Meeting Reservation forms are on the kiosk in the Sanctuary foyer. Camp Meeting May 24-June 1, 2019.
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES: Our help center is in need of white crew socks (not tube). They can be taken to the ACSC.
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