Pastor Ken Reports – December 24, 2019

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel,
    whose origins are in the distant past,
    will come from you on my behalf.
Micah 5:2 (NLT)
Merry (early) Christmas! Come out this evening and 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 tonight, Tuesday, December 24. Come sing beloved Christmas carols and hear the Christmas story read from Scripture. Hope to see you there!
ONE BIG THING
There will be no first service this coming Sabbath, December 28. Sabbath school will be at its normal time of 10:10 am and our church service will be at 11:20 am. We will be having a special communion service that we will celebrate as a united family to close out this year. I know there is the temptation to skip communion Sabbaths but I really want to encourage you to attend as I believe God has a special blessing for you in the celebration of communion.
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE
We are almost at the end of our official fundraising for the renovation of our Father’s house. Based on the money donated and pledged so far we have already begun working with our team to plan the renovations. Right now, our plan is to start renovations May 17. The reason we are waiting until May is that there will be a number of weeks that we will not be able to use the sanctuary. There are two Sabbaths in May when we do not have church due to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference camp meeting. We want to take advantage of that natural break.
While we have nearly funded all of our first priority goals, if we want to complete our second priority goals there is still another $1 million left that we need to raise. Thank you so much for your generosity in helping us meet our first priority goals and I look forward to seeing how many of the second priority goals we can also complete. If you haven’t already made a pledge or donation I would invite you to do so.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 or send us a text message as most of us will not be answering the phone in order to spend quality time with our families.
SERVICE TIME CHANGE: December 28, we will have only one church service which will start at 11:20 a.m. Sabbath School at 10:10 a.m. We will not have a first service on December 28.
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.
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.
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
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)
WE WILL MEET AGAIN FOR PRAYER MEETING AFTER THE HOLIDAYS AND WEEK OF PRAYER.
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.
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:
  • Father/Daughter Banquet at Paradise Ranch January 25, 2020
Dors open 6:00 p.m. & Dinner 6:30 p.m. $25/person
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.
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
As you consider your tithes and offerings please be aware that we need a strong finish to our tithes and church budget as we are currently a bit behind.
I would also ask you to consider a donation to our church’s worthy student fund that helps students with financial needs attend Madison Campus Elementary. To be on track for fully funding our worthy student fund we need $11, 500 by the end of December. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration.
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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