Pastor Ken Reports – May 10, 2019

“So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy.”
Proverbs 23:25 (NLT)

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we will be honoring our mothers at Madison Campus this Sabbath. It is absolutely appropriate to acknowledge our mothers and express gratitude during our church services. The Bible makes clear we are to honor our mothers and to do our best to bring them joy. Yet every year I hear from those in our church who experience pain during this time of appreciation.

For some it is the pain of Sarai (Genesis 17), Jephthah’s daughter (Judges 11), Hannah (1 Samuel 1), and Elizabeth (Luke 1) who were unable to have children and felt the pain of watching others enjoy something they desired deeply. For others it is the pain of Rebekah who had one of her twins, Esau, who never showed appreciation and made decisions that brought her pain, and the other twin, Jacob, who also made poor decisions with her help that resulted in him leaving her home never to see her again. For still others it is the pain of Eve, having a child die. Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder for all these women of hopes and dreams unrealized. Mother’s Day can also be painful for children who have lost their mothers to death or abandonment.

It’s important to realize that a woman does not have to give birth to a child to be a mother. I see a mother as any woman who has given spiritual, emotional, and physical nurture. There are many mothers out there who have never given birth but have a multitude of children they have loved and nurtured. This Sabbath we are honoring all mothers. Let us all show love and honor to our birth mothers and to those who may not have given birth to us but have been a mother when we need spiritual or emotional nurture.

Make sure you let your moms know you love them this weekend!

P.S. I will get things started. I have been blessed by many women who have mothered me over the years and while I would like to thank them all by name, I am afraid I would leave someone out. However, I must take a moment to tell the woman who gave birth to me I love her. I have never doubted my mother’s love. She reads my weekly newsletters, watches nearly every sermon, and has always supported me. She has made sacrifices for me, some that I know, and many that I will never know. Mom, I am thankful for you and hope you know I love you very much.

On the Sabbaths of May 25 and June 1 we will NOT be having regular church services due to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Campmeeting held at Highland Academy in Portland, TN.

We will livestream the campmeeting Sabbath School (begins at 9:15 am) and second service (begins at 10:45 am) in the youth room on both Sabbaths. However, there will be no children’s Sabbath Schools or first service.

We would love for you to join us at camp meeting those two Sabbaths and there will be a potluck held in the pavilion across the street from the main auditorium for our church members on both Sabbaths.

We are curious! We want to find out what spiritual questions our community would like answered. So many times we answer questions that no one is asking. That doesn’t mean the information isn’t important or shouldn’t be shared, it simply means that to get someone to engage with you in the first place, you need to have something they feel is relevant.

With that in mind, this summer we are planning on having two Sabbaths of evangelistic emphasis at the end of July and beginning of August. These Sabbaths will be designed for you to bring your friends, co-workers, and acquaintances to Madison Campus and start a relationship with them where we help them find the answers to their spiritual questions. So how do we know what their questions are? I’m glad you asked!

We have designed a survey that takes less than five minutes to complete. Here are the questions:
If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
What’s one thing in the Bible you don’t understand?
Rank your interest in the following topics: how a person is saved; what happens to a person when they die; the mark of the beast; end of the world events; the 10 commandments application for today; Biblical health principles; the roles of God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; the life and teachings of Jesus; Old Testament stories; Revelation; sexuality; community; justice; heaven; hell; Biblical parenting principles; Biblical finance principles; and reconciling science and religion.
What is your gender?
What is your age group?
If Madison Campus Seventh-day Adventist Church offered a weekend event where information and resources on the topics and questions you were most interested in where shared, would you be interested in attending?
If you responded yes to the last question, can we have your email address?

We have printed business cards with the web address and a QR code that you can hand out. All you have to do is say, “My church is curious to find out what spiritual questions people in our community have. Would you do me a favor and fill out the survey? It takes less than five minutes.” Those cards are available at the kiosks in our church lobbies through the end of May.

While we want you to get as many people as possible to take this survey, we are asking you and our church members to not take the survey so that we can get the true picture of what people outside the Madison Campus family are interested in learning. It is our prayer that this will create an opening for us to share the Good News of Jesus and the three angels’ message to our community. I invite you to join us in praying that God gives us success for His sake.

We are six months into our fundraising and so far we have received $820,000 in donations and pledges. Thank you so much for your generosity as we continue toward our $2.5 million goal.

BIBLE READING PLAN: For the month of May, we will be reading through the Gospels in chronological order. You can find the Bible reading plan on our church app or by clicking here.

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.

403 COMMUNITY SERVICES: The 403 Center is in desperate need of all types of donations. Also needed is a volunteer cashier to work Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (training available).

SEWING CLASS: Monday, May 21 at 1 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Dana will have sewing classes. Call Dana at 615-423-7883 to register.

CHURCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPS: If you are interested in playing softball this summer, please sign up online by May 13 using the following link or QR Code: Sign-ups are open to both guys/gals. Players must be at least a Freshmen in high school to participate. For more information, contact Justin Sharp at 770-773-5185.

June 15-Miniature Golf at Grand Old Golf at 8 pm, 2444 Music Valley Dr., Nashville near Opryland Hotel. Contact Jennifer Taylor to reserve your spot. Text 615-498-3973 email $7/person; pay upon arrival.
June 30, Nashville Sounds Baseball Game at 6:15 pm (First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville) Tickets are $10 (Reg. $17 at the gate, the Social Committee pays part of each ticket price) You may pay for tickets at the church office with cash or check or by using the Venmo App making payment to “@Jennifer-Taylor-303.” If you use the Venmo App, please email or text Jennifer right away with your contact info (first and last name, phone number, email) so that you can be contacted regarding ticket pick up or any other game updates. Jennifer’s contact-text 615-498-3973, email Tickets will be delivered to you or can be picked up at the main entrance to the ball park before the game. No tickets will be held before payment is made. Only 120 tickets available; reserve soon!
July 24-Wave Country Water Park, 5:30-7:30 pm (2320 Two Rivers Pkwy, Nashville, near Opryland Hotel) Bring a towel and some friends, co-workers or neighbors. This is our main summer outreach event, free admission and no reservations are needed.

MADISON FARM: The Madison Farm is beginning 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*
PRAYER MINISTRY: “If the people of God would only exercise faith, He would work in a wonderful manner to accomplish this work. Hear the words of Christ: “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.” Precious promise! Do we believe it? What marvelous results would appear if the united prayers of this company were to ascend to God in living faith! Jesus stands ready to take these petitions and present them to His Father, saying, “I know these persons by name. Send answers to their prayers; for I have graven their names on the palms of My hands.”_ Evangelism, p. 414. Let us come together every Wednesday 6-7 pm in Room 109.

VBS REGISTRATION: Adult volunteers needed to help with VBX. Contact Kalandra 615-433-4812. Planning meeting will be in May.

MOBILE TEXT ALERTS: Please sign up for Our Mobile Alerts. CLICK HERE and sign up for the different alerts you would like to receive.

CAMP MEETING FORMS: Camp Meeting Reservation forms are on the kiosk in the Sanctuary foyer. Camp Meeting May 24-June 1, 2019.

Tithe & Offering Report

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. Below is how much tithe has been returned this year compared to last year at this time.

Tithe through March, 2019: $450,584.11 Tithe through March, 2018: $494,496.75

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 helps us do ministry and keep our church open.

Church budget received on Sabbath, May 4, 2019: $6,951
Church budget received in April, 2019: $30,762
Needed monthly: $53,200

To return tithe or give offerings click on the online giving tab on this website or use the tithe envelopes in back of the church pews.

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