“Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.”
Proverbs 31:8 (NASB)
A little over two years ago Madison Campus birthed a ministry called, “No Barriers.” The vision was to create a ministry that would actively help remove barriers at Madison Campus for those with disabilities. I believe most barriers are unintentional because it is easy to miss barriers unless you know what to look for and are intentionally looking.
When I spent 6 weeks on a scooter and crutches two year ago, I discovered a lot of barriers and challenges that I had never noticed or thought about. If you or someone you love do not have sensory regulation problems, you may not realize how even the playing of an organ in church can be a barrier to church attendance. Many young parents stop attending church because of the barrier of trying to make a child sit still for an hour and the fear of dirty looks or worse if their child doesn’t behave.
I am grateful for the No Barriers Ministry and the good things they have accomplished and continue to work to accomplish in our church. They are doing the work of Jesus. Jesus removed barriers. He healed the blind, deaf, and lame. He proclaimed freedom to the captives. Today, He helps you and I as sinners remove the barrier of sin so we can have access to the Father. If we wish to be like Jesus, removing barriers to Him for others should be a top priority in our lives. It’s part of being Centered.
This Sabbath’s focus will be “From Barriers to Belonging.” You will hear from a panel of our No Barrier’s Team how to help remove barriers for those with disabilities. During the call for the offering, you will hear how our church is removing barriers through our church renovation project. During the sermon, you will be encouraged by Jesus’ example and challenged to follow it in practical ways. We all long to belong and be loved…let’s do unto others what we would want done for ourselves. Just another way we can love God, love people, and serve the world.
ONE BIG THING
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 will be two Sabbath’s 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 will be available at the kiosks in our church lobbies starting this Sabbath 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.
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
A favorite line I heard from our architect that helped us plan our church renovation is that we are all only temporarily mobile. One of the priorities for our church renovation project is to make our church as accessible as possible for those with disabilities. This includes making sure our bathrooms, doors, and entries can be easily accessed by those in wheelchairs, walkers, or crutches. It also includes making it possible for those who come through the Larkin Springs entrance to access the rest of the church and to make our sanctuary platform (stage) accessible.
We have seven months left to raise funds for our church renovation. We have identified 2.5 million dollars of improvements to our facility. How many of those improvements happen depend on your generosity as we will only spend what has been pledged and received. So far we have received just under $720,000 in pledges and donations. Many thanks to those who have generously pledged and donated so far.
If you haven’t already made a pledge I would encourage you to join us in helping renovate our Father’s House and take away barriers that can keep those with disabilities from enjoying the facility in the same way as those without. You can find pledge cards on the kiosks in our lobbies and you can donate online by clicking the button below and then specifying a dollar amount in the “church renovation” line.
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.
PARADISE RANCH: “Fiesta for the Ranch” fundraiser: May 5, 4-6 p.m. Mexican
Buffet, $50/person, Paradise Ranch (615) 382-7256
403 COMMUNITY SERVICES: Is in desperate need of all types of donations. Also needed is a volunteer for a cashier to work Wednesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. (training available).
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: http://tiny.cc/MCCSoftball19. 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 email@example.com $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 our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, April 20, 2019: $6,466
Church budget received in April, 2019: $30,762
Needed monthly: $53,200
To return tithe or give offerings use the tithe envelopes in back of the church pews or click on the online giving option on our website.