We at Glendale UMC want you to know that no matter: Where you’ve come from or where you are going; what you believe or what you may doubt; what you are feeling or just not feeling; what you have or don’t have; and no matter who you love – all of who you are is welcomed into this community of faith by a God who loves you and knows you by name.
Your Weekly Note from our Lead Pastor
For the past few weeks we’ve been looking at some weird stories in the Bible – talking donkeys, bears eating children, floating axes—but so far we have stayed in the Old Testament. While there is definitely plenty of material to continue our journey of weird stories in the Hebrew Bible, I want to turn our attention this week to the New Testament, lest you start to think everything weird happened before Christ. This week we are going to take a look at a story that shows up in multiple Gospel accounts where Jesus curses a fig tree and it dies. Does this sound like something you would expect Jesus to do? Probably not. I’ve been studying the Bible for years and I still find this story a bit shocking.
So what might the purpose of this story be and what can we learn from it? Join us Sunday a 10am to find out!
What’s Happening this Sunday | August 18, 2019
Small Groups for All Ages | Sunday @ 9am
Kids’ Small Group Study: Firsts and Seconds
Lead Teacher: Caddie Woodroof | More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are three pairs of first and second books in the Old Testament. We’ll spend some time going through them and seeing how they teach us that we should always put God first, never second!
Adult & Youth Small Group: Rockin’ with the Pastor
In place of a small group study this summer, we hope you will come, relax and share in conversation with each other along with coffee and breakfast treats. We will be looking at the book Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans—you’re invited! Meet at the rocking chairs on the front porch!
Worship | Sunday @ 10am
Join us a service with a message of hope and love, upbeat music and people with diverse faith journeys – old and young, raised in the church, new to church, those from other denominations and faith traditions to some who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale. #YallMeansAll
This Sunday’s Message:
WHOA! That’s Really in the Bible?!? Jesus Curses by Rev. Steph Dodge
Young Adult Small Group
Next Gathering: Fall 2019 Kickoff Cookout and Outdoor Game Night on August 21st @ 6pm
If you are looking for a group of young adults with the purpose of gathering together to share life; loving, supporting, learning and serving together, join us and invite your friends! Find more information at GlendaleUMC.org/YoungAdults.
Prayer + Nurture Adult Ministry Team
Next Gathering: Tuesday, August 27th @ 10am
All are invited to join us for this new small group which will meet the second and fourth Tuesday every month at 10am. This group will focus on deepening our individual prayer lives and keeping our community and world in prayer – all with delicious coffee! More info: Carol Pitman – email@example.com
We are intentional about being a faith community that fully engages in mission and service –
to the Greater Nashville community and to the world. Come and serve with us!
These are only a few of the missions and ministries we are involved in.
Check out GlendaleUMC.org/Serve for more opportunities to make a difference!
Community Care Fellowship
Next opportunity to serve: Tuesday, September 3rd
We serve lunch to our under-served and homeless brothers and sisters at Community Care Fellowship in East Nashville the first Tuesday each month and we’d love for you to get involved! Sign-up at GlendaleUMC.org/CCF
Nashville Launch Pad
Are you looking to get involved with youth in the Nashville community? Did you know that 30%+ of Nashville’s homeless community are LGBTQ youth? Launch Pad is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe space for LGBTQ youth without stable housing to sleep, shower and eat. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Alan Whitley.