Your Weekly Note from our Pastors
The Gospel reading this Sunday is Matthew 15:10-28. On the heels of two miracle stories initiated by the compassion of Jesus, we will delve into the story of a Canaanite woman asking to receive a miracle for her tormented daughter. The exchange with Jesus is a bit rough.
The attentive reader of Matthew’s gospel understands that this is not the first time someone has asked Jesus to heal a member of their household (8:5-13)…check it out; same outcome, more congenial tone. Furthermore, casting out demons is one of the specific instructions (with accompanying authority) that Jesus gives to the disciples when sending them on their mission trip (10:1-15). This request is in his wheelhouse.
With the events that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on my mind and the Bible in my hand, my attention is drawn to the courage and conviction of the Canaanite woman who would not take no for an answer nor water down her faith in the healing power before her.
The evil of racism and ideologies of hate are demons in our midst. They must be challenged, they must be called out. Like the woman in our gospel text, if we truly believe in the life giving love of Christ Jesus we will doggedly renounce white supremacy, neo-Nazism, and anti-Semitism.
I am also reminded of Martin Luther King Jr.’s caution concerning the human tendency to make concessions to evil rather than work for its eradication. In a speech at Western Michigan University in 1963, he said:
“I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence.”
I hope to see you in worship Sunday as we consider the healing mercy that flows through Jesus, and as we pray for the courage and conviction to let that power flow through us.
Rev. Peter van Eys
What’s Happening This Sunday | August 20, 2017
Our staffed nursery is available from 10am to noon each Sunday for infants through age 5.
Our adult small group is on break for the summer during the 10am hour on Sundays. We want to invite you to come to Rockin’ With the Pastor at 10:30am. Great coffee and fellowship with others and our pastors each Sunday morning before worship. Meet at the rocking chairs on the front porch!
Glendale welcomes visitors each week in worship @ 11am. You will experience 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 the church, Catholics to those who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale.
This week’s message: Not An Agenda, But A Gift by Rev. Peter van Eys
You can also check out past videos of worship services and messages at GlendaleUMC.org/videos.
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 – 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 GlendaleUMC.org/YoungAdults.
Upcoming Group Gatherings:
NEW DAY & TIME FOR THE FALL SEMESTER!
Thursday, August 24th @ 7pm – Coffee & Conversation
Bongo Java | 2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212
Adult Prayer Group – Monday, September 11th @ 11am
This group meets to pray and deepen our prayer life together the second Monday each month.
Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, September 11th @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fitness Classes & Groups at Glendale
Attending a group fitness class is a great way to stay motivated and build community! All of the classes listed below are included in our Group Fitness program. Looking for a particular class, but don’t see it offered? Email your suggestions to email@example.com.
Senior Adult Exercise Class – Free
Monday & Friday Mornings | 10:00 – 11:00 am
Sitting or standing, this class offers a small group atmosphere with light weights while following a DVD workout. All ability levels are welcome!
Weekly Evening Class | Day & Time TBA
More information coming soon!
STARTING AUGUST 30th! Adult Fitness Class – $10/class
Wednesday Mornings | 10:00 am – 10:45 am
More information coming soon!
STARTING SEPTEMBER 3rd! Community Running Group – Free
Saturday Mornings | Meet at the church parking lot at 9am.
Calling all runners, joggers and walkers! Glendale is dedicated to improving the health of our community. Whether you are looking to stay in shape or just looking to add a relaxing activity to your week, come on out and join us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 GlendaleUMC.org/PrayerRequest.
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 email@example.com if you’d like to get involved!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
Leave your checkbook at home!
Go to GlendaleUMC.org/Give on your phone or
computer and give online – one time or
recurring (weekly or monthly) gifts.
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: www.krogercommunityrewards.com. 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: GlendaleUMC.org/UMCMarket
Mission & Service Opportunities
NEW! Prison Ministry @ Glendale
Do you want to get involved in prison ministry here in Nashville? Join us after worship October 15th as we host a lunch with Rev. Sandy Shawhan & Maridel Williams as they share how both as a church and individually, we can get involved in various outreach opportunities to our incarcerated brothers & sisters. For more information, get in touch with Sarah Tencer at email@example.com.
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 & 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:
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.
Room In the Inn 2017-2018 @ Glendale
Every 3rd 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.
Dates for the 2017-2018 season:
You can sign up to volunteer at GlendaleUMC.org/RITI. Feel free to contact KrassiMira Garbett if you have any questions or would like more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Check out past sermons, music performances and worship services at glendaleumc.org/videos