Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Your Weekly Note from our Pastor

Stephanie Dodge Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

I’ve always loved participating in sports of all kinds, but I’ve never quite gotten into watching sports on tv.  I’ll faithfully watch any middle school or even kids’ sports as long as I know someone on the team, but watching professional and college sports when I don’t personally know anyone has never been of much interest to me.  I guess it’s because I really like to be a part of the action.  I either want to be playing myself or cheering for someone that I know and care about on the field or court.

For me, worship is a lot like a sporting event in that I don’t want to be merely a spectator.  I want to get in on the action.  As a softball player, I loved to pitch because it put me at the center of the game.  At Glendale I get the privilege of being the center of action by preaching the Word on most Sundays.  But you don’t have to be the preacher in order to participate in worship.  We all have a role in praising our Creator.

This week I’m going to hand off the preaching mound to Alan Whitley and I’m excited to cheer him on as well as to participate in worship right alongside of him.  I hope you will join me not only in listening to Alan’s message this week but also in being an active participant in worship.  See you Sunday!

What’s Happening This Sunday | March 25, 2018

Small Groups at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN


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.

Glendale Kids | Sunday @ 9am

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

During Lent, many people choose to take up a spiritual practice such as fasting, prayer, or scripture reading.  Over the next 6 weeks, we will use the spiritual classic Celebration of Discipline to look at 12 different spiritual practices that Richard Foster identifies:  Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service, Confession, Worship, Guidance, and Celebration.  Whether you are new to the practice of spiritual disciplines or a seasoned veteran, we hope that you will join us on Sunday mornings at 9am as we dig deeper into these practices to see how they might benefit our lives.

Lent at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Worship | Sunday @ 10am

Be on the journey to Easter morning with us in worship Sunday @ 10am. A service awaits you 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. #YallMeansAll

Alan Whitley Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

This Sunday’s message:
God Never Leaves Us by Alan Whitley


Holy Week 2018

Palm Sunday 2018 at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Palm Sunday Worship – Sunday, March 25th @ 10am

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.

Good Friday 2018 at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Good Friday Service – Friday, March 30th @ 6:30pm

Good Friday is the day on which we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. We will gather at 6:30pm to walk through the story of this solemn day.

Community Easter Egg Hunt 2018 at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Community Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 31st @ 10am

We want to invite you and your family to a day of fun! Join us for a community Easter Egg Hunt which will start at 10am – arrive early to get signed in and ready for the hunt countdown! The kids will search for eggs & load up their baskets on the lawn around the church with a meet & greet with the bunny & refreshments will follow. Age groups will be split up in different areas of the lawn for the ultimate egg hunting experience – infants through 12 year olds are welcome to hunt!

Think you have outgrown an Easter Egg Hunt?
For teens and adults of all ages, the fun doesn’t stop with the kids. We will have egg relay games for you!

Easter Sunday 2018 at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Easter Sunday Worship Service – Sunday, April 1st @ 10am

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!

Young Adult Small Group – Wednesdays @ 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

Adult Prayer Group – Monday, March 12th  @ 11am
This group meets to pray and deepen our prayer life together the second Monday each month.

Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, March 12th @ 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


Fitness Classes and Running Groups at Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville TN
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

Senior Adult Exercise Class – Free
Mondays @ 10am & Fridays @ 2pm
Sitting or standing, this class offers a small group atmosphere with light weights while following a DVD workout. All ability levels are welcome! Contact Marty @ for more info.

Yoga Class – $5/class
Thursday Evenings | 6 – 7pm
Whether yoga is your passion or just something you’ve always been curious about, this class is for you. Led by Jessica Baldwin, this class is your chance to build strength of body, mind and heart.  All experience levels are welcome with open arms. We love kids, and kids yoga, but this class is intended for tweens (with a genuine interest) and up. Contact Jessica @ for more info.

 Community Running & Walking Groups – Free
Thursday Evenings | 6pm – meet in the church parking lot
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. Contact Steph @ for more info.


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 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.
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

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.

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 @ 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

Room In the Inn 2017-2018 @ Glendale
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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