Pastor Ken Reports – October 25, 2019

So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
Romans 7:12 (NASB)
I always told myself that when I was a parent I would never say, “Because I told you so,” as the answer to my child’s question on why they need to do something. Then, like many other things I said I would never do, I found myself doing it. As a parent it is a difficult line to draw. We want our children to be independent and think for themselves but at the same time, there are moments when we need them to do what we are asking immediately and without question. I need my kids to believe that I love them and anything I ask of them is for their best good.
We face the same problem as Christians. God wants us to think for ourselves and use the intellect He has blessed us with, however, there are many times where we simply must, in the words of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey.” Christians often put negative labels on those who are skeptical (Doubting Thomas) or ask to many “why do I have to do that” questions. The thing is, thinking for yourself is a good thing. It wasn’t the compliant Christians who stood up against Hitler and the Holocaust, it was those who are labeled anti-authoritarian.
So how do we achieve balance. The key is relationship. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27 NASB). When you know someone and respect who they are, it is easier to do what they ask. When they ask for something that doesn’t make sense, you are able to evaluate the request based on what you know about them.
This Sabbath we will study the fundamental beliefs associated with God’s desire for us to reflect His character. We will see how God’s law is a law of love and how it is He alone who gives us the power to follow His law. You can click on the link to be taken to the official Adventist website that explains each fundamental belief.
The Visitors Part 2
ADVENTURER CAMPOREE: The Adventurer Camporee will be held November 1-3 and November 8-10, 2019 at Indian Creek Camp. Please visit our website for more information at:
CAMPUS WIDE WORK BEE: On November 3, from 8 am to noon, there will be a work bee for our church, elementary, and academy. The focus of this workbee will be to trim trees, bushes, picking up trash as well as general cleaning at Madison Campus Church, Madison Campus Elementary and Madison Academy. Many hands make a light work so please consider volunteering four hours to make our campus a better place!
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Charles Porter, Jr., age 87, passed away Friday, October 4, 2019. A memorial service will be Sunday, November 3 at 10:30 am in the Youth Chapel here at the church. Condolences may be submitted at Please keep the family in your prayers.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP: November 3, Naomi’ s Fellowship will meet at 2 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship room.
COUPLE’S GETAWAY: Save the date November 9, 2019 at Paradise Ranch.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCKS: November 9 & December 14
MARTIN YOUNG IN CONCERT: On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 5 pm Martin Young will be having a concert (An Evening of Praise) here at the church. Martin Young is a singer and songwriter from Chattanooga, TN. He has been writing Christian music and using his voice to praise God for most of his life. Martin’s fresh and original music uplifts, inspires and conveys emotion in an open and personal way – a genuine expression of praise. For more information about Martin and his music visit
HOMESCHOOL AT MADISON FARM: Homeschool Tuesdays at The Madison Farm on the first Tuesday of the month.
Story time starts at 9:00 am followed by:
– see what’s growing at the farm
– get dirty at the farm (dig, plant, weed, build with us!)
– parent collaboration with the farmers for curriculum application
– $3/school-aged child
For more information visit
A CHURCH THAT PRAYS is a place/people that attracts the Presence of God.  God has always wanted His people to be with Him and to communicate with Him. In the same way that He designed the Temple as a meeting place with Himself, so has He designed the Church. God shows up in special ways where His people have chosen to spend time with Him in prayer. GOD REJOICES OVER A PRAYING CHURCH! The Forgotten Power (p.63) Together let’s Love God, Love People and Serve the World through prayer every Wednesday at 6 pm in Room 109.
LADIES’ BIBLE STUDY: “His Word Alive” is an inductive Bible study on the book of John. It is held Friday mornings at 9:30 am in Pastor Julie’s office. Sign up by calling Pastor Julie at 615-969-1287.
OPPORTUNITY AT MADISON ACADEMY: Seeking an Accounting Assistant for a full-time, hourly position. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Accounts payable, Rental property management, Receipting, AR data entry, Student payroll processing. If you love working with people, are detail-oriented and a quick learner, please email your resume to Interviews by appointment only.
OPPORTUNITIES AT MADISON ACADEMY LAUNDRY: Allegiant Linen Service/Madison Academy Laundry is looking for:
  • A Driver (non CDL). Applicant must have a clean driving record, be hardworking, reliable and customer service-oriented.
  • A Maintenance/Mechanic for Linen Service Company. This position requires a wide verity of mechanical skills. Pay is dependent on skills and experience.
Please contact Jerry Mangrum (615-868-4646) for more info regarding these positions and/or to schedule an interview.
SOUTHERN UNION POSITION: The Southern Union Conference is currently accepting applications for an Accountant position in the Treasury Department. If interested, please go to
LADIES STAYCATION RETREAT: Attention all Madison Campus Church ladies ages 18 to 100+! Save the weekend of February 28 and 29, 2020 for a staycation retreat at Embassy suites by Hilton in Nashville!!! Invite your moms, daughters, sisters, and best friends to come join you for some relaxing bonding time “away”. Watch for more details.
GREAT CONTROVERSY PROJECT: Praise God for the work He’s doing through MCC and The Great Controversy Project! Hendersonville’s zip code 37075 is 77% completed. That’s 21,577 deliveries! Who knows the number of souls that have been brought to truth through your ministry! Again, praise God! Let’s continue to spread these books as “leaves of Autumn” to finish the last 23%. The delivered book is $1.10. Just mark your tithe envelope, the Great Controversy Project.
403 COMMUNITY SERVICES: Fall is here and that is “supposed” to mean cooler weather… LOL!  As you change out your summer wardrobe or replace items for your fall/winter wardrobe, thank you for remembering the 403 Center! There are a lot of people who are so grateful for the items you donate! Men’s athletic shoes and children’s toys are particularly needed at this time. Happy Sabbath from the 403!
BAGS OF LOVE: There are tags on the Christmas Tree in front of the Bags of Love display with items listed that are needed to fill the bags. Please help this ministry by taking a tag and bringing items you are donating to the baskets by the Christmas Tree.
CARE MINISTRY: The CARE ministry sends out cards to congratulate, appreciate, reach out and encourage.  Let us know in what way we can best serve you.  Please provide name, address, and situation. If you are interested/passionate and called by God to join this card ministry, please let us know. Inform by email or text Glendyle Levinskas 865-306-7455
MOBILE TEXT ALERTS: Please sign up for our Mobile Alerts. CLICK HERE and sign up for the alerts you would like to receive.
Tithe & Offering
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. We are behind where we were last year at this time in our tithe giving. Through the end of September, Madison Campus has returned $1,430,798.64 compared to last year’s $1,625,342.93.
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 has put our budget ahead of where we were at this time last year and helps us do ministry and keep our church open.
Church Budget Received 10/19: $12,172
Month to Date: $26,866
Needed Monthly: $53,200
To return tithe or give offerings click on the button below or use the tithe envelopes in back of the church pews.
Pastor Ken’s Contact Information
Office Phone: (615) 866-4776
Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7:45 am to noon
Day off: Monday
Remember to love God, love people, and serve the world this week!

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