Your Weekly Note From Our Pastoral Team
According to a 2010 Pew Research poll, one third of all Americans did not know a single one of their neighbors by name. A simple Google search of “who knows their neighbors” brings up a number of articles about the fact that many people today do not know their neighbors. In a world that seems to be more connected than ever through the wonders of technology, many of us have lost connection with the people who actually live around us.
This Sunday, we will be looking at Matthew 5:38-48 where Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven…” (Matthew 5: 43-45, NRSV). This is a challenging passage to be sure. How can we possibly love our enemies? What are the risks of such a practice?
But perhaps added to the challenge for us today is that we don’t even know our neighbors. If we aren’t even practicing love of neighbor, what chance do we have when it comes to loving our enemies? Perhaps these two practices, loving neighbor and enemy are more related than we typically imagine. Maybe the line between neighbor and enemy is not so clear. By God’s grace, our encounters with neighbors and enemies can be windows into divine love and mercy. Join me this week as we look through those windows together.
– Brandon Baxter
What’s Happening This Sunday | February 26, 2017
Our staffed nursery is available from 10am to noon each Sunday for infants through age 5.
Small groups for all ages start at 10am each Sunday morning! We always have lots of coffee and good conversation during this hour. If you have never come before, this is a great time to start!
We invite you to worship with us at 11am! Come, experience music that is upbeat and lively, the people friendly and the message relevant for your life today.
This week’s message, Neighbors and Enemies by Brandon Baxter.
Find the message from last week’s service on our YouTube channel at the link below:
“Revealed” by Brandon Baxter – https://youtu.be/hXh1ONXhIjs
You can also check out past videos of worship services and messages at GlendaleUMC.org/videos.
Upcoming Small Group Opportunities
Exercise Group – Monday & Fridays @ 10am
Looking to add some exercise to your weekly routine? Have free time on Mondays and/or Fridays at 10am? All classes are open to the community so come by and invite your family and friends. This group meets in Marston Fellowship Hall. Contact Marty Elder or the church for more info.
Young Adult Small Group – Thursday @ 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 GlendaleUMC.org/YoungAdults.
Adult Fellowship – Thursday, February 23rd @ 11am
Come and be in fellowship with new friends and old friends as the we watch “The President’s Lady” the story of Andrew and Rachel Jackson, over coffee in Marston Fellowship Hall. Invite your friends – all are welcome!
Adult Prayer Group – Monday, March 13th @ 11am
This group meets to pray and deepen their prayer life together. This is an open community group and all are welcome and invited!
Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, March 13th @ 11:30am-1pm
Your invited to be part of this special monthly networking time in Marston Hall. This month, Rev. Kenny Benge will present “Taming Technology: Focal Practices for Everyday Life.” For more information on this group, contact Laura Kreiselmaier at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Mark your calendars! Crievewood UMC Health Fair – April 1st
In partnership with St. Thomas Health, Southern Hills Tri-Star Health, Omni Visions, Inc., Well Child, Inc., Centennial Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health, and Nashville Academy of Reflexology to provide speakers on the following topics: diabetes, heart health, cancer, breast health and mammography, child development, pediatric care, pediatric safety in the home, and reflexology. Three to four reflexology chairs for reflex sessions, free health screenings, CPR demos for adults, and hearing and vision screenings for pre-k thru 12th grades will be available. There is something for everyone, and there will be concurrent sessions so you can choose the sessions you are most interested in attending.
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!
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.
Pastoral Team Office Hours @ Glendale
Feel free to drop by the church on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30am each week for our new office hours at Glendale. Rev. Peter van Eys or Rev. Stephanie Dodge will be on site during that time. If you have a question or would like to meet or talk with one of our pastors outside of that time, you can always reach them at 615-297-6233 or email@example.com.
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
Liturgists & Greeters in Worship
Would you like to help assist in worship as liturgist or greeter one Sunday? The liturgist helps guide the service by announcing hymns, reading scripture and assisting in serving communion and greeters help welcome people each Sunday morning at both entrances into the Sanctuary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to get involved!
Mission & Service Opportunities
Room In the Inn 2016 @ Glendale
Every 3rd Saturday during the winter months, 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.
Dates for the 2016-2017 season:
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
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 email@example.com.
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 commit to one hour, one morning a week (8:55am-9:55am, Tues/Wed/Thurs), during the semester. The tutor and the student select a book and read it together each week. Contact the church for more information.
Community Care Fellowship
Glendale UMC serves meals to our underprivileged and homeless brothers and 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
35 gal. trash bags. The ones you buy at Dollar Tree are just fine. Leave donations in the basket located in the hallway and marked for Community Care. We can always use men’s and women’s underwear and socks as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out past sermons, music performances and worship services at glendaleumc.org/videos