Pastor Ken Reports – November 8, 2019

Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.
Amos 3:7 (NLT)
The late R. Lee Ermey often played the part of a mean drill sergeant in movies and television. When I was given the assignment of interviewing him I was a little intimidated. After interviewing celebrities, I had come to realize that those who appear nice on the screen can be really mean, so how terrible would someone whose character is often abusive be in person?
Making matters worse, I was going to a book signing Ermey was doing and had to try to get him to give me an interview that would interrupt the signing. I apologetically approached him and explained my situation, fearful of his reaction. He was kind. He stood up, apologized to the people in line, told them he would stay and sign every book, but he needed to “help out this young man who is on a deadline first.” Not only was he kind, he did a delightful interview that never felt rushed. Needless to say, my view of R. Lee Ermey was different than before I met him.
Sometimes we think we know who someone is because of very limited interactions, or because of information that has been shared with us by others. There is no substitute for getting to know someone for yourself with an open heart.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes Ellen G. White was a prophet, sent from God to share a last day message with the world. Yet, I often find Adventists who don’t like her very much. Many times, I find it is because they have only read bits and pieces of what she has written, or that her writings have been used to abuse them. This Sabbath I am looking forward to introducing you to my friend, Ellen. What I like best about Ellen is that her passion was helping people know her friend, Jesus.
It’s that time of year again and our church is joining hands with Prison Fellowship in their Angel Tree program! This program assists inmates in giving their children a better Christmas than they might otherwise have. On the Sabbaths of November 30 and December 7 we will have an Angel Tree in our foyer where you can come and pick up the information on the Angel of your choice. If you would like to participate in our telephone brigade or if you would like to reserve a specific number of Angels you may contact Gigi at (615) 945-8055. If you are interesting in helping deliver the gifts during the week of December 8 – 14 please contact Pastor Nacho at (615) 430-2729.
An Opportunity to Help
ALL CHURCH POTLUCK: This Sabbath, November 9, is an all-church potluck. Please bring enough food to feed your family and guests. Our final all-church potluck of 2019 will be December 14.
IMAGINE NASHVILLE: November 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Church Street Park, 600 Church Street, Nashville 37219. Area Adventist Churches are invited to worship God through serving our neighbors currently struggling with homelessness. We will be meeting their needs in various ways. To volunteer or for more information contact one of our pastors.
ADVENTURER CAMPOREE: The Adventurer Camporee will be held again this weekend, November 8-10, 2019 at Indian Creek Camp. Please visit our website for more information at:
SINGLES POTLUCK AT OASIS SDA CHURCH: On November 9, after church (approximately 12:30 pm), there will be a singles potluck at the Oasis SDA Church. Attend not only for the food, but also for the fellowship. Your input is needed to brainstorm ideas for future singles events. If you are unable to make it to the potluck and would like to be on the mailing list, please send your contact information to or call Peggy at 706-508-9788.
MARTIN YOUNG IN CONCERT: On Saturday, November 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
FALL FESTIVAL: Madison Academy’s Autumn Harvest Festival will be November 16, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Come dressed in your fall attire and be ready for great food and activities for all ages. All proceeds go to support the 2020 Senior Class.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Mark your calendars for our Christmas Concert at 5 p.m. on December 21, here in the Sanctuary.
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP NEEDS: We will be going to Guatemala November 22 and would appreciate donations of younger kids clothing, hot wheel cars and beanie babies. We are in the process of raising funds to be able to purchase land for a church building for next year. Currently we are raising $20,000 for both evangelistic projects. There will be a donation box in the Sanctuary foyer. Monetary Donations can be made in your tithe envelope marked Guatemala Mission.
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
“THE POWER OF PRAYER”: These words are so familiar, yet sometimes we forget what they mean. Prayer help us find strength for today and hope for the future. Prayer is not a thing to be taken lightly or to be used infrequently.
The quality of your spiritual life will be in direct proportion to the quality of your prayer life. Prayer changes things, and it changes you. Today, instead of turning things over in your mind, turn them over to God in prayer. Instead of worrying about your next decision, ask God to lead the way. Pray constantly about things great and small.  God is listening, and He wants to hear from you now.
“The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful. ” – James 5:16
Let’s experience together The Power of Prayer Wednesdays 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: Colder temperatures are here! Time to break out the coats! Speaking of coats…the 403 Center is in need of men’s, women’s and children’s coats as well as warm blankets. The chill in the air can be difficult to handle without a warm coat or blanket. Thank you for remembering the 403 and those who receive assistance there, in your prayers.
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 11/2: $10,284
October Month to Date: $41,495
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: Monday-Wednesday 7:45 am to noon
Day off: Thursday
Remember to love God, love people, and serve the world this week!

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