Your Weekly Note From Our Pastoral Team 


baxters (Mobile)My daughters have been on Spring Break this week. With a whole week off of school, they have had plenty of time for relaxation, playtime, and visits with friends. The weather having warmed up significantly, one of their favorite pastimes has been going out in our backyard to play.

The grass has started to sprout along with a copious amount of weeds. Clumps of wild onions dot the yard, cropping up all over the place. My daughters have had fun pulling large handfuls of onions as they pretend to cook soup and other foods. Along with playing pretend chefs, one of their favorite parts of pulling the weeds is getting to play in the dirt. After they have removed the onions, they will often spend a long time digging in the hole that is left behind. They love to get their hands dirty as they till the earth. As they play like this, I believe their spirits are refreshed as they connect with God’s creation.

This week’s Gospel lesson finds Jesus playing in the dirt and restoring the vision of a blind man in the process. Jesus takes some mud from the earth, covers the man’s eyes with it, and then tells the man to go wash his face in the pool of Siloam. The earthly materials of creation are brought together with the hands of Christ to bring healing and bear witness to the surprising work of God in the world. As followers of Christ, our eyes continue to be opened to the presence of God in a world that often fails to notice. What is not easily seen by others becomes clear to us, and we declare that God is indeed among us.

– Brandon Baxter


Lent at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

What’s Happening This Sunday  |  March 26, 2017

Our staffed nursery is available from 10am to noon each Sunday for infants through age 5.

Small groups for all ages start at 10am each Sunday morning! We always have lots of coffee and good conversation during this hour. If you have never come before, this is a great time to start!

Adam Hamilton 24 Hours That Changed the World at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Sunday Morning Adult Small Group @10am
This Sunday at 10am, our Adult Small Group leading up to Easter morning will be led by our pastors and will dive into Adam Hamilton’s study, “24 Hours That Changed the World” which will help us better understand the events that occurred during the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. All are welcome & coffee will be served!

Glendale welcomes visitors each week in worship @ 11am. Be on the journey with us  – a service with a message of hope and love, upbeat music and a great mix of people – old and young, raised in the church, new to the church, Catholics to those who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale.

This Sunday’s message:
Clear as Mud by Brandon Baxter

You can also check out past videos of worship services and messages at


Lent & Easter 2017 at Glendale

Palm Sunday at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Palm Sunday Worship – Sunday, April 9th @ 11am
A special day that marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week of events leading up to Jesus’ death. We will commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Maundy Thursday at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Maundy Thursday Service – Thursday, April 13th @ 7pm
Be with us as we look back at when Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.
This was the day Christ humbled Himself and washed the feet of the disciples is a powerful reminder of how we are to live the Christian life. We will explore the events of this day and celebrate holy communion this night. Our communion table is open to all.

Easter Egg Hunt at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN
Community Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15th @ 10am
What a day of fun! Join us for an awesome Easter Egg Hunt which starts at 10am. The kids will search for eggs & load up their baskets on the lawn around the church! Meet & greet with the bunny & refreshments to follow! Infants through 12 year olds are welcome to hunt. Ages groups will be split up in different areas of the lawn for the ultimate egg hunting experience!

Easter Sunday at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Easter Sunday Worship Service – Sunday, April 16th @ 11am
Be sure to be with us for this amazing & powerful celebration – a service with a message of hope and love, upbeat music and a great mix of people – old and young, raised in the church, new to the church, Catholics to those who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale. Following worship, we will have a photographer taking family photos outside by the cross we bloom during the service!


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!

New Adult Small Group – Sundays @10am
Led by our pastoral team, this group with dive into the journey to Easter with Adam Hamilton’s study, “24 Hours That Changed the World.”

Exercise Group – Mondays & Fridays @ 10am
Looking to add some exercise to your weekly routine? Have free time on Mondays and/or Fridays at 10am? All classes are open to the community so come by and invite your family and friends. This group meets in Marston Fellowship Hall. Contact the church for more info.

Young Adult Small Group – Thursdays @ 7pm
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 This Thursday, we will meet at SoulShine Pizza for food & fellowship!

Adult Prayer Group – Monday, April 10th @ 11am
This group meets to pray and deepen our prayer life together the second Monday each month.

Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, April 10th @ 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

Mark your calendars! Crievewood UMC Health Fair – April 1st
In partnership with St. Thomas Health, Southern Hills Tri-Star Health, Omni Visions, Inc., Well Child, Inc., Centennial Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health, and Nashville Academy of Reflexology to provide speakers on the following topics: diabetes, heart health, cancer, breast health and mammography, child development, pediatric care, pediatric safety in the home, and reflexology. Three to four reflexology chairs for reflex sessions, free health screenings, CPR demos for adults, and hearing and vision screenings for pre-k thru 12th grades will be available. There is something for everyone, and there will be concurrent sessions so you can choose the sessions you are most interested in attending.

Giving at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville Tennessee

Extravagant Generosity @ Glendale in 2017
Your financial gifts to Glendale UMC help our congregation be in mission and ministry to our local community and to the world. In 2016, 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.

Pastoral Team Office Hours @ Glendale
Feel free to drop by the church on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am each week for our new office hours at Glendale. Rev. Peter van Eys or Rev. Stephanie Dodge will be on site during that time. If you have a question or would like to meet or talk with one of our pastors outside of that time, you can always reach them at 615-297-6233 or

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:

Liturgists & Greeters in Worship
Would you like to help assist in worship as liturgist or greeter one Sunday? The liturgist helps guide the service by announcing hymns, reading scripture and assisting in serving communion and greeters help welcome people each Sunday morning at both entrances into the Sanctuary. Email if you’d like to get involved!

Mission and Service at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville, TN

Mission & Service Opportunities

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 commit to one hour, one morning a week (8:55am-9:55am, Tues/Wed/Thurs), during the semester. The tutor and the student select a book and read it together each week. Contact the church for more information.

Community Care Fellowship
Glendale UMC serves meals to our underprivileged and homeless brothers and sisters at Community Care Fellowship in East Nashville each month and we need you! Contact the church to find out how you can help with this ministry.

Items Needed for Community Care Fellowship
35 gal. trash bags. The ones you buy at Dollar Tree are just fine. Leave donations in the basket located in the hallway and marked for Community Care. We can always use men’s and women’s underwear and socks as well.

Room In the Inn 2017-2018 @ Glendale
Every 3rd Saturday during the winter months, 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.

Dates for the 2017-2018 season:

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