Your Weekly Note from our Pastor
I’m not the best at remember specific details; I am much better at remembering stories that connect with me. For example, I am much more likely to say, “Remember the story about the son who takes his inheritance and leaves home and wastes it all away” than “The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 says…”
One story that stuck with me from seminary is a story my professor of Mission of the Church, Dr. Ben Conner shared with us. The story, as I remember it, was about a group of adults with special needs who were having an outing at a mall. As they were leaving it was raining outside and one of the group members was carrying a drink that he had purchased. While crossing the parking lot to their vehicles, this individual tripped and dropped his drink, spilling its contents, before dropping to the ground in tears at this loss. What was most memorable to me about his story, however, is the response of the caregiver because I know what my response would have been. I would have gone and told the young man to get and offered to go get him another drink. But that is not what this caregiver did. Instead he went and sat down next to the man on the wet pavement, in the rain, and comforted him. Fortunately, our God is a little more like that caregiver and a little less like me.
This week as we continue our look at the Divine Mystery that is our God, we will look at the God who sits down in rain and the messiness of life to comfort and nurture us. See you Sunday!
What’s Happening this Sunday | September 23, 2018
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
Fall 2018 Kid’s Study – Building Faith, Brick by Brick
This small group for kids features 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 @ GlendaleUMC.org/Kids
Adult Small Group | Sunday @ 9am
Fall 2018 Adult Study – Lectio Divina
This class offers Lectio Divina (lek-see-o dee-vee-na), the oldest, gentlest way of way of reading and meditating on scripture that leads to sweet conversation with God and profound rest. For well over a thousand years, this was really the only way of engaging with Scripture, until it was widely replaced by critical analysis. Now, people are rediscovering this ancient and always new way of communing with God. Sunday mornings at 9, come and listen, come and share your conversation with God!
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: The Divine Mystery: Nurturer by Rev. Steph Dodge
Fall 2018 Worship Line-Up
Sunday, September 30th
Alan Whitley Preaching
Sunday, October 14th
Christopher Ray Thompson, vocal
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!
Weekly Community Walking Group
Thursday Evenings @ 6pm
Calling all walkers or anyone who wants to add a healthy activity to their weekly routine! A community walking group is starting and we’d love for you to join us Thursday nights at 6pm. There is a 1 mile course and a 3 mile course around the neighborhood you can choose from. Invite a friend or a neighbor to join you – all are welcome! Meet us in the Glendale UMC parking lot! More info: email@example.com
Young Adult Small Group
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.
Outdoor Movie on the Lawn – Halloween Edition
October 26th @ 7pm
Location: Glendale UMC – Nashville | 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204
Prayer + Coffee Adult Small Group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays Each Month @ 10am
All are invited to join us for this new small group starting on September 11th which will meet the second and fourth Tuesday every month. This group will focus on deepening our individual prayer lives and keeping our community and world in prayer – all with delicious coffee!
Spiritual Friends Network Group
Next Gathering: Monday, October 8th @ 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.
Fall Community Movie Night on the Lawn @ Glendale UMC
October 26th @ 7pm
Glendale Community Prayer List
If you have added someone to the prayer list and they no longer need to be on it, please contact email@example.com. 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.
We’re looking for Liturgists, Greeters & Musicians for Worship
Would you like to get involved in the worship service on a Sunday? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get involved!
Extravagant Generosity @ Glendale in 2018
Your financial gifts to Glendale UMC help our congregation be in mission and ministry to our local community and to the world. In 2017, 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
Glendale Little Library
Glendale will soon be starting a little library so that kids and parents who come to play on our playground can take a break and read a book. We are partnering with Jump In Nashville to encourage everyone to read this summer. If you have any books you would like to donate we will gladly accept them. Check out the table in the hallway for more information, to grab a free bookmark, and to drop off book donations. We hope you will join us on our quest to read more this summer!
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! Sign up to help serve: GlendaleUMC.org/CCF | More info: James Poland – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Prison Ministry
Do you want to get involved in prison ministry here in Nashville? Find out how both individually and as a church, we can get involved in various outreach efforts for our incarcerated brothers & sisters. For more information, get in touch with Sarah Tencer at email@example.com.
Room In the Inn 2018-2019 Season
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 GlendaleUMC.org/RITI. Feel free to contact KrassiMira Garbett if you have any questions or would like more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 GlendaleUMC.org/Tutor.
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