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


Before I was ordained, I was required to take a course in United Methodist Worship. Since I hadn’t had the opportunity to take the course while in seminary, I checked the course offerings at Vanderbilt Divinity School and, to my delight, I discovered that there was a course offered by the Rev. Dr. Meeks in England. I can assure you that if you ever need to take a course in United Methodist Worship, you should do it in England. For a large portion of the trip we stayed at Sarum College right next to the remarkable Salisbury Cathedral. One of my favorite memories from that trip was when I went with a couple others on a tour of the Salisbury Cathedral spire which is the tallest spire in England. After climbing way up the inside of the 404 foot spire you are given a chance to step out on a lookout where it seems like you can almost see all of England. It was truly an astonishing sight and, for someone who doesn’t consider themselves afraid of heights, I found myself very much aware of how fragile life was from that far up.

This Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday and we will read the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus that is included in all three of the synoptic gospels. While I’ve never had the experience of walking with Jesus in the flesh, I do feel that my trip to England gave me the opportunity to experience the glory of God from on high. Maybe you can relate as well. This Sunday at 10am we will look at what this miraculous story has to say to us. Don’t worry, no heights are involved!

Rev. Steph Dodge
Lead Pastor, Glendale UMC – Nashville




What’s Happening this Sunday | February 23, 2020

 Small Groups for All Ages | Sunday @ 9am

Kids’ Small Group Study: The Gospels
Lead Teacher: Caddie Woodroof  | More info: caddie.woodroof@gmail.com
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John offer different perspectives on Jesus’ life and ministry. We’ll examine familiar stories and parables to try to see what each of the Gospel writers is teaching us.

Adult & Youth Small Group Book Study: The Awakened Life
Lead Teacher: Pastor Steph Dodge | More info: steph@glendaleumc.org
Come, relax and share in conversation with one another. New book study starting January 5th—The Awakened Life by Sarah Bollinger—buy your copy on Amazon.

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 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:
Standing on the Mountain Top by Rev. Steph Dodge




Mondays @ 5:30pm
Our weekly walking group is taking it inside for the winter months – join us at Crievewood Baptist Church Mondays at 5:30pm! Reply to this email if you’d like to walk with us and we will be on the lookout for you!


Prayer + Nurture Adult Ministry Team
Next Gathering: Tuesday, February 25th @ 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 – cjpitman@comcast.net


Ash Wednesday Service | Burning Bowl + Imposition of the Ashes
Wednesday, February 26th @ 7pm
This year we are combining two meaningful services into one to begin our journey through Lent. You are invited to join us for an active worship experience in the sanctuary as we spend this time finding renewal through reflection, prayer + song as we begin the journey to Easter morning. This service will help each of us let go of the things holding us down or holding us back from moving forward. Come and find peace.


Glendale Foodies + Fellowship
Next Gathering: Tuesday, March 10th @ 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!

Mission and Service at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville, TN

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, March 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 – stevenadair87@gmail.com

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Room In The Inn @ Glendale
Next Opportunity to Serve: February 15th
Glendale hosts 12 men who are experiencing homelessness, offering a warm place to sleep, hot showers, two homemade 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 and/or packing lunches.

Sign up to volunteer at GlendaleUMC.org/RITI!

Feel free to contact Krassi Mira Garbett if you have any questions or would like more information at garbettka7@gmail.com.


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.

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