Pastor Ken Reports – December 13, 2019

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Luke 2:15 (NLT)
I’ve had the chance to witness powerful and influential people arrive at special occasions. One memorable time was in New Zealand when I saw the heads of the various British Commonwealth countries arrive for meetings in Auckland.
When someone of importance and great influence visits there is almost always huge fanfare. In New Zealand there were police cordons, news crews, and huge crowds gathered to see the important heads of state. People took off work with the hope of catching a glimpse of the VIPs. I felt fortunate to be in the right spot to be only a few feet away from Nelson Mandela and be able to see him in person. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to shake his hand.
When the greatest VIP of all time arrived in this world the reception was considerably less. Angels had to proclaim the Good News because God’s people were oblivious. Only some shepherds heard the proclamation and responded. Can you imagine what it must have been like to be those shepherds? To see the God of all creation clothed in humanity. Did Mary let them hold God with Us? That would certainly be a story to tell…you know, the time I held God in my arms.
This Christmas I invite you to join the shepherds. Come and see the Baby. Stand in awe. Proclaim the Good News. Jesus has come. Jesus is coming again!
This Sabbath we will be having our annual Christmas breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the fellowship hall. That will be followed by Sabbath school, and then our annual Christmas play at 11:20 am. Please note that the Christmas breakfast replaces our normal first service.
The last Sabbath of this month, December 28, we will also be canceling first service in order to celebrate the past year together in one service. Sabbath School will happen as normally scheduled followed by a special communion service at 11:20 am.
Creating Accessibility at Madison Campus
I am very grateful for the wonderful turnout we had for our Country Christmas celebration and fundraiser for our church renovation project. It was a huge success. Tomorrow at church we will visually share how we are coming toward our goal. Together, we are making great progress toward funding greater accessibility for all at Madison Campus. 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)
I always consider it a win, when we are able to involve our youth in church services. Last Sabbath students from Madison Academy and Madison Campus Elementary did an amazing job with our church services. We have very talented students and staff at Madison Academy and Madison Campus Elementary.
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.
CHURCH OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: The church office will be closed December 24 through January 1. The pastoral staff will be taking time off for the holidays; but if you have an emergency, feel free to contact us. If you are calling, please leave a message as most of us will not be answering the phone in order to spend quality time with our families.
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 ( 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
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Light of Christmas Concert at 5:00 pm on December 21, in the Sanctuary at Madison Campus Church.
WORSHIP SERVICE: January 11, worship featuring Cole Marcus at 8:50 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. services at Madison Campus Church. Sabbath School at 10:10 a.m. in the Youth Sabbath School. 6:30 p.m. “I Can Only Imagine” Film in the Fellowship Hall followed by Q & A with Cole.
January 10, Cole will be at the Madison Academy Chapel 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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
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
WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE PRAY: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
It is a wonderful thing to have a friend praying for you! It is a wonderful thing to have a husband or wife praying for you! It is a wonderful thing to have a parent praying for you! It is a wonderful thing to have a son or daughter praying for their mom and dad!
It is a wonderful thing to know that someone is praying for you!
“We do not value the power and efficacy of prayer as we should. Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish.” (Ministry of Healing, p. 509)
Join us on Wednesday nights in Room 109 at 6 PM. Let’s experience together the power of seeking God in prayer.
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.
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
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 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: 12/7 $ 11,126
November 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.
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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