Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Your Weekly Note from our Pastor

Stephanie Dodge Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

From the age of 12 until I graduated from college I played fastpitch softball as often as I was able. I played on my school teams, the summer girl’s league, our coed 4-H team, and for some years in high school I had my parents drive me up to the Twin Cities on weekends so I could play on a fall ball team up there. In all of those years of playing, I don’t remember any major victories. My fall ball team won the state championship one year. I’m sure my 4-H team probably won at least one league championship. But for most of my teams we won some and we lost some. My lack of major team success did not keep me from enjoying the game. In fact, it remains my favorite sport even though I no longer have the opportunity to play it.

This week we are going to talk about victory in Jesus. There are some who believe that there can only be victory if there are losers. But I believe that is a misrepresentation of the gospel. Christ died so that every last one of us could have victory over death. Not so that we could defeat each other.

As Christians, if we are only about winning and being right, it makes for a lot of losers. I think perhaps instead what God intends for us in this life is to fall in love with our creator. That is something that we can all do without stepping on someone else. Just like my love of the game of softball, it’s not simply about winning or losing, but about learning to love to play the game. This life is our opportunity to learn to love God and our neighbors. So let’s go out and do it. See you Sunday!


What’s Happening this Sunday | November 11, 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.

LEGOS Building Faith Brick by Brick Fall 2018 Kids study at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

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 @

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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

This Sunday’s Message:  Dwellings: Victory by Rev. Steph Dodge
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


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!

Glendale United Methodist Church Young Adult Group Nashville TN UMC Upcoming Gatherings

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

Upcoming Gatherings:
NEW INFO! December Gathering
Secret Santa Gift Exchange & Christmas Movie | Wednesday, December 5th @ 6pm
Location: Steven & Alan’s House – contact us for the address
Bring a $5-10 gift to exchange during secret santa. We will have food to eat and will watch Christmas movie!


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, November 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

Community Annoucements

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 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!

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:

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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: | More info: James Poland –

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
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

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 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

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