Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Your Weekly Note from our Pastor

Stephanie Dodge Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TNIf you are like me, you may have found yourself enraptured by the story of the soccer team that was trapped in a cave in Thailand.  People from all across the world prayed for their safety and when, against all odds, they were rescued from the cave, we gave thanks to God for their miraculous escape from the cave.  But there is another part of the story that often gets glossed over.  Does the name Saman Kunan sound familiar to you?  Kunan was the Thai Navy Seal that lost his life in the rescue efforts.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t know his name until I looked it up on the internet.  I also didn’t know that he was only 38 years old; I had imagined him older.  He was also a triathlete.  While I don’t know much else about him (details on the internet seem sparse), I imagine he has family who loved him and is wondering why his life wasn’t spared while so many others were brought to safety.

This week we are going to talk about a question that Christians have long wondered about and theologians continue to debate today:  Why is there pain and suffering in the world? As well as touch on the question of why does God seemingly answer some prayers and ignore others?

I hope that you will join us in worship this Sunday at 10am.


What’s Happening this Sunday | July 22, 2018


Nursery & Childcare | Sunday from 9-11am

Our staffed nursery is available every Sunday during small groups and worship for children ages 5 and under.
Infants & children are always welcome in worship! There is a special place in the back of the sanctuary, the narthex, which can be used if you need to walk around with your child during worship.

The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Glendale Kids | Sunday @ 9am

Summer 2018 Kid’s Study – The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss
This small group for kids led by a team of young adults will feature active-learning experiences to catch kids’ interest and teach them lessons they’ll remember, interactive Bible stories to help even the youngest kids grasp the real meaning of Scripture with life applications to encourage children to use what they’ve learned. Find more info @

Adult Small Group | Sunday @ 9am

The Summer of Love Bible Study 2018 – From Misfits to We Fit
We will be looking at Bible characters who lived lives that were outside of the norm. They didn’t fit in to society yet their stories give us encouragement when we feel like outsiders.


 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 Question:
Why is there pain and suffering in the world? We will also touch on the question of why does God seemingly answer some prayers and ignore others?

This Sunday’s Message:
  The Problem of Pain by Rev. Steph Dodge

Did you miss last Sunday’s message, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Go Now? You can watch it here:


Looking Ahead – Mark Your Calendars!

Pancake Mission Brunch
Sunday, July 22 @ 9am
On Sunday, July 22nd, we will have a pancake brunch during the small group hour before worship and hope you can come! We will be putting together care packages for our college students who will be starting their Fall semester. We will also give them to the Belmont University Wesley Fellowship students that come worship with us on September 16th!

Summer Pool Party + Cookout
Saturday, July 28th @ 3pm
Email the church for location address.


Vacation Bible School
Saturday, August 4th @ 9:30am-2:30pm
Want your kids to have an awesome VBS experience this summer? We would love to invite your family to a One-Day VBS on August 4th from 9:30am-2:30pm for rising Kindergartners through rising 5th Graders. Lunch will be provided! Find more information and register at
Have questions? Email Michael McGarvey at

Community Care Fellowship
Tuesday, August 7th @ 10:45am
We will serve lunch to our underprivileged and homeless brothers and sisters at Community Care Fellowship in East Nashville. Sign-up to help:

Fall Movie Night on the Lawn
August (date TBA)

Is something missing that you’d like to see happen at Glendale? Let Pastor Steph know!


Upcoming Small Group Opportunities

All small groups at Glendale are open to the community!
Come and be with us as we grow in faith, mind and body together!

Young Adult Small Group
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

Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, August 13th @ 11:30am-1pm
Your invited to be part of this special monthly networking time in our fellowship hall for people of different faith traditions and denominations. For more information on this group, contact Laura Kreiselmaier at


Glendale Community Announcements

Glendale Community Prayer List
If you have added someone to the prayer list and they no longer need to be on it, please contact If you have a new prayer request and would like to add it to the list, let us know as the same email address. You can submit your prayer request online at

We’re looking for Liturgists, Greeters & Musicians for Worship
Would you like to get involved in the worship service on a Sunday? Email if you’d like to get involved!

Giving at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville Tennessee

Extravagant Generosity @ Glendale in 2018
Your financial gifts to Glendale UMC help our congregation be in mission and ministry to our local community and to the world. In 2017, our service in mission budget was $21,492 which helped support numerous local & global missions. Help us make a bigger impact this year!

Traditional Giving
We invite you to give your gift to the further
the mission and ministries of Glendale
by placing it in the offering plate in worship
or by mailing it to the church.
Online Giving
Leave your checkbook at home!
Go to on your phone or
computer and give online – one time or
recurring (weekly or monthly) gifts.
NEW! Venmo
Use your phone to give anytime on the Venmo app.
Available on iPhone and Android devices.
Search for @GlendaleUMC to find us!

Support Glendale by Shopping at Kroger

This is an EASY way to support Glendale just by linking your Kroger Plus Card to support Glendale. Register online here: We already have 6+ households linked – help us and be the next one! If you need help in doing this, please see Steven! Thanks for your generosity in supporting the ministries at Glendale! Another easy – and free opportunity to support our congregation’s work just by shopping:


Mission and Service at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville, TN

Glendale Little Library
Glendale will soon be starting a little library so that kids and parents who come to play on our playground can take a break and read a book. We are partnering with Jump In Nashville to encourage everyone to read this summer. If you have any books you would like to donate we will gladly accept them. Check out the table in the hallway for more information, to grab a free bookmark, and to drop off book donations. We hope you will join us on our quest to read more this summer!

Community Care Fellowship
Glendale UMC serves meals to our underprivileged and homeless brothers & sisters at Community Care Fellowship in East Nashville each month and we need you! More info: James Poland –

Items Needed for Community Care Fellowship:
Allergy Pills, Rubbing Alcohol, Reading Glasses, Diapers (Size 4, 5, 6), T-Shirts (Small & Medium), Underwear (Small & Medium), 55 Gallon Trash Bags & Coffee.
If you are able to donate these items, please drop them in the CCF basket located in the hallway.

NEW! Launch Pad Nashville
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.
More info: Alan Whitley –

NEW! Prison Ministry
Do you want to get involved in prison ministry here in Nashville? Find out how both individually and as a church, we can get involved in various outreach efforts for our incarcerated brothers & sisters. For more information, get in touch with Sarah Tencer at

Room In the Inn 2018-2019 Season
Every 2nd Saturday from November-March, Glendale hosts 12 unhoused friends, offering a warm place to sleep, hot showers, two meals, and a packed lunch for the next day. We invite you to help alongside us. Opportunities include: driving, set up of bedding and toiletries, preparing meals, staying overnight, doing laundry or packing lunches.

You can sign up to volunteer at Feel free to contact KrassiMira Garbett if you have any questions or would like more information at

Tutoring at J.T. Moore Middle School
If you enjoy working with children, JT Moore Middle School has an opportunity for you to participate in one-on-one tutoring. Volunteers are needed in the areas of reading comprehension and math on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3pm. Contact Jenni Joy, JT Moore’s tutoring coordinator and find more information at

We hope to see you this Sunday! Think about who you can bring with you!

If you have questions or would like any additional information on events or ministries at Glendale UMC, contact the church at 615.297.6233 or

Check out past sermons, music performances and worship services at

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Plug into ministries at Glendale that fit you and your family