Pastor Ken Reports – December 6, 2019

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
    which means ‘God is with us.’”
Matthew 1:23 (NLT)
At Christmas time it feels like it should be easy to be centered on Christ, after all, it is in the name “Christmas.” Yet, I often find Christmas to be a hard time to be centered on Jesus. There is so much going on at Christmas. There are year end deadlines. Lots of parties and events. There are gifts to be bought. Even the things that focus on Jesus like church services and church events can often distract me with their busyness from what they are trying to point me to…Jesus.
This Christmas season carve out some time to soak in the words of Matthew 1:23. A virgin conceived. She named her son, Emmanuel. Emmanuel means, God with us. How incredible is that? The God of the universe, the God who created everything, the God that humanity rejected, that God became a baby. God became truly with us. With us in our pain. With us in our hurt. With us in the busyness and business of life. With us in accomplishment. With us in joy. With us.
Let that soak in and don’t let the rush of the season deny you the joy of knowing that you are loved beyond measure by the God of all creation. He is, God with you. Be with Him this Christmas.
ONE BIG THING
Welcome to December! This is a great month at Madison Campus Church. There are many opportunities for you to invite your friends and family to different church events that they will really enjoy.
This Sabbath, Madison Academy will be doing our entire church service. They always do a fantastic job and I really love seeing our teens actively involved in all aspects of the church service.
On Sabbath, December 14, we will be having out annual Christmas breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the fellowship hall. We will then have Sabbath school which will be followed by our annual Christmas play at 11:20 am. I’m sure you caught this but just in case, there is no first service as we will be having the Christmas breakfast at that time. Also, this year there will be NO afternoon showing of the play.
The Sabbath right before Christmas, December 21, we will have a Christmas themed Church service. My sermon that Sabbath will be “Don’t Trade Jesus for a Blue Gummy Bear.” That afternoon, at 5:00 pm, we will have our annual Christmas concert. As always, our minister of music, Daniel Bondaczuk, has put together a concert you will not want to miss. Be sure to invite your friends and family, they will thank you.
The tenth annual candlelight Christmas Eve program will be held in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 24. Come sing beloved Christmas carols and hear the Christmas story read from Scripture.
Our final Sabbath of 2019 will be a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. I am looking forward to closing out this year and ushering in 2020 with a special service that will remind us of where we have been and where we are headed.
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
Creating Accessibility at Madison Campus
We are in the final month of fundraising to reach our goal of renovating our church facility. At the end of December, whatever has been donated and/or pledged will be what we have to accomplish the renovations.
Why are we doing renovations? It’s not for us. It is to bring glory to God. It is to help our church accomplish our mission of loving God, loving people, and serving the world. If you haven’t already made a donation or pledge I want to encourage you to prayerfully consider it.
Mission WOW!
(Win Of the Week)
Written by Pastor Nacho:
Recently our Mission4Guatemala team of 11 people arrived back in the states after spending 10 days in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala. For those who are unaware, Guatemala is a very poor country. During the harvest season an average worker makes the equivalent of $5 a day. Due to this, many people who live in Guatemala are simply just trying to survive doing anything they can.
This is where the church comes into play. Up until recently Mataquescuintla didn’t have any Adventist presence, that is until we started doing mission work there. Through both our missionary team efforts and our local church members there, our mission team was able to achieve:
  • 3 days of Medical Clinic in which we saw over 200 patients and provided them with free medicines and vitamins for all
  • Prescribed over 60 pairs of glasses which we will be providing free of charge to the people there
  • Preached a 7 presentation evangelistic series
  • Helped run a 7 meeting VBS where our kids performed both music and skits
  • Obtained over 60 Bible Study requests
  • Baptized two new members into the body of Christ
The next step is to make a land purchase so that we can establish a permanent location for our church to both worship and to grow. Please continue to pray for our missionary efforts in Mataquescuintla.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHURCH RENOVATION CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER: This Saturday evening, December 7th Madison Campus will be having a church renovation fundraising celebration at Paradise Ranch. This is an adult event. Child care will be provided at the Ridgetop SDA Church Gymnasium (102 King Street, Ridgetop, TN). The 8th grade class will be providing a Pancake and Pajama party with movie, games and dinner for a small donation that will go toward the 8th grade class.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: There will be a Celebration of Life service at Madison Campus Church December 15, at 1:00 pm for Howard Sutton who passed away November 19th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to your favorite charity. Please keep Esther and the Sutton family in your prayers.
WINTER COATS NEEDED: The 403 Center desperately needs coats. Donate new or gently used coats today and help those who need a coat to stay warm this winter. Donations can be dropped off at the 403 Center.
BABBYSITTER NEEDED: A family at Madison Campus is seeking childcare for their infant daughter on weekdays during business hours. They are flexible with the childcare happening in their home or the home of the babysitter. They are willing to pay $15/hr. If you are interested, please contact the Madison Campus office (mcoffice@madisoncampus.org or 615-866-4776) and your information will be passed on to the family.
ALL CHURCH POTLUCK: Our final 2019 all church potluck will be December 14, as our Christmas breakfast (8:30 am to 9:30 am). There will be sign up sheets in the lobbies for food to bring.
CHRISTMAS EVE PROGRAM: Come celebrate the true Reason for the season with members of your church family. The tenth annual candlelight Christmas Eve program will be held in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 24. Come sing beloved Christmas carols and hear the Christmas story read from Scripture. Hope to see you there! If you are interested in performing a musical number for the program, please contact Don or Debbie Morgan by December 19th at dmhawaiianspirit@gmail.com
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Light of Christmas Concert at 5:00 pm on December 21, in the Sanctuary at Madison Campus Church.
MTSU ACF VESPERS:  Madison Campus Church is supporting the Adventist Christian Fellowship chapter at MTSU, and will be promoting their events in case any current or future MTSU students would like to be involved! On Friday, Dec. 6, they will be having their final vespers of the semester. If you are a potential MTSU student and would like to attend, please contact Pastor Chelsea at pastorchelsea@madisoncampus.org.
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 www.themadisonfarm.com
“THE POWER OF PRAYER”: These words are so familiar, yet sometimes we forget what they mean. Prayer helps 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.
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 information regarding these positions and/or to schedule an interview.
MEN’S MINISTRIES EVENTS:
LADIES STAYCATION RETREAT:
Women’s Ministry team invites all our ladies ages 18-99+ to a Staycation one night retreat at Embassy Suites here in Nashville!! (You know you need it!!)
Be inspired to love and trust Jesus more by listening to June Price. Let your heartstrings resonate with Misty Freeman’s sweet melodies. Reconnect with your friends and sisters in Christ!
Event is happening Friday night and Sabbath February 28 and 29, 2020.
Register by clicking here.
Must Register AND reserve a room by the cutoff date:  January 29, 2020 12:00 am.
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 glendyle@icloud.com
MOBILE TEXT ALERTS: Please sign up for our Mobile Alerts. CLICK HERE and sign up for the alerts you would like to receive.
MA SHORT FILM FEST: You are invited to participate in MA’s Film Fest contest. Video/film should be a min. of 5/ax of 25 minutes long and submitted no later than Friday, Jan. 10 for screening. $20 entry fee per film. Subject matter is filmmaker’s discretion, must be rated G or PG and appropriate for All ages. No graphic violence or bad language allowed. Contact Mr. Ramkissoon at MA with additional questions. Film Fest is Wed. evening, Jan. 22, with concessions.
RECRUITMENT/Admissions Coordinator: Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia has an opening for this position. Under the direction of the Program Administrator, this position creates and maintains proper admission files of applicants/prospective students. Under the direction of the Vice President for Advancement & Alumni this position coordinates and attends recruiting events. Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience preferred. For more information visit www.mtsa.edu/employment or call (615) 732-7674.
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 11/30: $ 2,970
Month to Date: $35,909
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.
NEWSLETTERS
Pastor Ken’s Contact Information
Office Phone: (615) 866-4776
Office Hours: By appointment
Remember to love God, love people, and serve the world this week!

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