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 or how you identify – 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
This week I took some time to walk our labyrinth one morning. Bundled up in my winter clothes, with the sound of hammers busy at work across the street, I wandered through the path to the center and out again. My journey to the center took me in and out of the sunlight and I found myself chilled as I walked in the shady areas and quickly warmed as the path led me back out into the sun.
As I walked, I thought about the peace that we seek during the Christmas season. Some of us catch glimpses of it in worship or in times spent with family and friends, and yet it often seems so elusive. Like my journey through the labyrinth, we quickly step back into a world full of bad news. Most of us don’t even need to leave our neighborhoods to hear people at war with each other. In the words of Longfellow, “For hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth.”
This Sunday, as we grow closer to Christmas day, I feel a particular longing for God’s peace in this world. I long for words spoken in anger to take a rest, at least for a minute, so we can sing Silent Night and welcome in the Christ-child. If you too seek peace this Christmas season, I hope that you will join me in praying for it. “For God is not dead, nor does [God] sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail with peace on earth, good-will to [humankind].”
Rev. Steph Dodge
Lead Pastor, Glendale UMC – Nashville
What’s Happening this Sunday | December 8, 2019
Small Groups for All Ages | Sunday @ 9am
Kids’ Small Group Study: Major Prophets of the Old Testament
Lead Teacher: Caddie Woodroof | More info: email@example.com
How did the five major prophetic books of the old Testament point the way to Jesus? We’ll study them as we prepare for the Advent season.
Adult & Youth Small Group Book Study: The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
Lead Teacher: Pastor Steph Dodge | More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come, relax and share in conversation with one another. New book study on The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. Get your copy on Amazon!
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:
In the Waiting….There is Peace by Rev. Steph Dodge
Prayer + Nurture Adult Ministry Team
Next Gathering: Tuesday, December 10th @ 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
Kids’ Christmas Party + Youth Christmas Party
Friday, December 13th @ 6:30pm
We are excited to host Christmas parties for our children and our youth (in separate spaces)!
Kids’ Party Details:
Food! Christmas Crafts! And so much fun! We hope your kids will come celebrate the season at our Glendale Kids’ Christmas Party!
Youth Party Details:
Calling all 6th-12th graders + their friends! Bring a snack/appetizer to share and a gift ($10 or less) for a Christmas gift swap. We will eat, play games, and have a great time!
Parents are welcome to stay and help out (we usually have plenty of food) or you can drop off and do some holiday shopping, go out to dinner, etc.!
We’re Going Caroling!
Sunday, December 15th @ 3:45pm – meet in the sanctuary
Two years ago, we restarted an old Glendale tradition – and it was such a meaningful experience! We will be going to a few of our homebound members’ homes to sing a few favorite Christmas carols with them. We hope you can join us – all ages and signing abilities welcome! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Steph.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 18th @ 6pm
This service is centered around remembrance, grief & healing. For many the Christmas season can be a time of sadness, and Glendale offers this service annually as a safe and sacred place to find comfort during this season. Invite others who may find this service meaningful!
Family Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Monday, December 24th @ 4pm
Join us for our annual family-friendly Christmas Eve Candlelight Service as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Bring the whole family and invite a friend to this very special service you won’t want to miss! All are welcome!
Glendale Foodies + Fellowship
Next Gathering: Tuesday, January 7th @ 6:30pm
Do you like to check out popular and new restaurants around town? This is the group for you! RSVP to Mary Kate Allen so we know how many to reserve spots for! All are welcome!
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, December 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! More info: Steven Adair – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.