Pastor Ken Reports – January 24, 2020

To keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NLT)
We all have baggage. Like the person in the picture above we sometime want to distance ourselves from it. On other occasions we are proud of our baggage. No matter which, there is one thing I know about baggage. It slows us down. I will go to great lengths, perhaps unhealthy lengths, to not check luggage on a flight. I like the feeling of having my baggage close and being able to move quickly when the flight lands.
We use baggage to help us carry around things. It can also hide items we don’t want the general public to see. We all dread TSA opening our luggage and messing up the items we have packed and exposing them to all the other travelers. Baggage is personal.
We all have life baggage. Its the hurts, habits, and hang-ups that we have accumulated through our life experiences. We put them inside baggage, knowing that the public only sees the outside. We hope people will think our baggage is cute, professional, or practical. We fear what people would think if they saw the inside.
Even Paul had baggage. In 1 Corinthians 12 he confesses that God has given him baggage to remind him of his need of Jesus. He points out the God’s grace is sufficient for whatever baggage you may be carrying. It is helpful to remember that we are not alone in carrying baggage. We can be grateful that Christ has provided the means to help us with that baggage. We’ll talk about that more during our church service this Sabbath. I hope to see you there!
Before we move into February, this Sabbath, January 25, is our annual Celebrate Recovery Sabbath. The CR team is planning an inspiring program that will be a blessing to you and your family. My sermon title is “Baggage.”
Looking ahead to February, we will be celebrating Black History Month with five fantastic speakers. Our first, on February 1, is Dr. Hyveth Williams. Dr. Williams is a professor at Andrews University and a long-time pastor. She will be having a leadership workshop Sabbath afternoon and Sunday that you absolutely do not want to miss. The Leadership Workshop is free. It is sponsored by the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference and they would like to ask you to register so they know how much food to provide. Here’s a link to register.
The Big Game featuring Kansas City (and my wife’s beloved 49ers) is February 2. We will be having a viewing party in the youth room. Doors open at 4 pm and the game begins at 5:30 pm. Please bring drinks and snacks and the church will provide pizza. Feel free to invite your friends and co-workers to come as well.
FATHER/DAUGHTER BANQUET: The 2020 Father/Daughter Banquet will be Saturday, January 25th. Doors Open at 6 p.m. and dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. at Paradise Ranch, 2701 Bidwell Rd., Springfield. Suggested attire is dress for girls, coat and tie for dads. $25/person. Dads of any age and daughters from first grade through high school.
To register online CLICK HERE. Questions: Contact Matt Demaree at 615-477-1416 or
2020 (2ND ANNUAL) MCC MISSION SURVEY: In January of 2019 we did a church-wide mission survey. It’s a survey aimed to help our leadership see how we are doing with our MCC mission to love God, love people, and serve the world. If you did not fill out a paper survey last Sabbath you can get one from the kiosks in the lobbies or you can take our online survey by CLICKING HERE. On average the survey takes less than 3 minutes to fill out and is anonymous.
NAOMI’S FELLOWSHIP: Naomi’s fellowship will meet February 16, at 2 p.m. in the down stairs fellowship hall.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OFFERING  ~ January 25, 2020. The Southern Union’s Religious Liberty Campaign runs from January to March each year. We take one Sabbath each year to focus on religious freedom, because religious liberty can’t be taken for granted. Prayerfully consider what you want to give towards your Religious Liberty Offering.
COLLEGE AGE: If you are aged 18-25 please join us in Adulting 101 every Sabbath where we explore life issues or just talk about things going on in your life. Call Mary Ann Monroe if you are interested or have any questions. (615) 479-1657
READING CHALLENGE! Those who would like a ladies book club during daytime hours, please call Pastor Julie at 615-969-1287.
DISCOVER MADISON CAMPUS ELEMENTARY: Bring a friend and join us for story time and fun activities, Sunday, January 26 10am-11am, Kids 3-5 years old. We will explore art, science, music, and more!
REGENERATE: Southern Union is sponsoring Regenerate at Boulevard SDA Feb. 14 & 15. On Sabbath a potluck lunch will be held at MCC. See Bulletin Boards for more info.
MCC Ladies Staycation Retreat 2020
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! The event is happening Friday night and Sabbath, February 28, and 29, 2020. Register at:
Those wishing to attend must Register AND reserve a room by midnight, January 29.
WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE PRAY: Prayer Meeting has a new location. We will now be meeting on Wednesdays in the downstairs kitchen fellowship hall at 6 p.m. “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)
COMMUNITY SERVICE: 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. Happy Sabbath!
GLOW IN THE DARK VOLLEYBALL: MCE Gymnasium February 8, registration begins 6 pm, playing begins 6:30 pm, $10/player, 6 person team with at least 2 female players. Don’t forget to wear fluorescent colors! Concessions Available: Veggie Street Tocos, Street Corn & Salsa Bar, Quesadilla, Deserts & Drinks
2020 LEAD LIKE JESUS LEADERSHIP TRAINING: It is free this year and includes a meal on Sunday. Hyveth Williams, Professor of Homiletics at Andrews University Seminary, will be guest speaker at Madison Campus Church has agreed to share her expertise on leadership with us Sabbath afternoon and Sunday, February 1 and 2. Register at
MA CAMPUS VISIT DAY: Tuesday, February 25, 8:40 am – 2:30 pm. Come experience Madison Academy. Tour Campus, meet current students, observe seven core characteristics in action, eat pizza, experience campus culture.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Get Acquainted dinner. Learn how affordable it is to invest in Christian education, see the difference Madison makes, enjoy an Olive Garden meal on us!
EVANGELISM BOOT CAMP: February 7-9, 2020 at ICC – Ralph Ringer, SU Director of Church Growth, and Kieth Noll, Ministerial Director of KY-TN Conference will be trainers and hosts. You will learn how to: Win Friends for Christ, Preach Dynamic Evangelistic Sermons, Use Computer Generated Graphics, Make Effective Calls and Do Soul Wining Visits. Remember God has a special assignment for you, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. Ask your Pastor or Head Elder for a Registration Form (for more details and to register) today, and plan to attend this dynamic weekend! Registration deadline is January 27, 2020.
PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND: Women’s Ministries is holding “Praying for Your Husband” on February 23, at the KYTN Conference Office.
Church Budget Received 1/18 $ 7,596
Month to Date: $21,233
Needed Monthly: $53,900
Worthy Student Funds needed each school year: $32,000 Received to date: $15,797
Pastor Ken’s Contact Information
Cell Phone: (509) 481-8457
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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