Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Your Weekly Note from our Pastor

Stephanie Dodge Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Like so many other kids, my parents took me fishing when I was younger.  I’m not exactly sure why, neither of my parents are into fishing.  We never caught anything larger than a very small fish.  And today when I think about fishing it sounds really boring.  But I have friends who tell a different story.  They can’t wait to get time off to go and fish.  Clearly they have had a different experience with fishing than I have.

This week in the Gospel of Mark Jesus calls four fishermen to follow him.  I would gladly throw down my fishing pole to go follow Jesus, or anyone else for that matter.  For Simon and Andrew, James and John, however, I imagine they had to put a bit more thought into their decision.  At the very least, they were leaving behind their livelihood and their job security, but I also imagine as true fishermen they were leaving behind a way of life that was very meaningful to them.  And yet they dropped their nets, left their boats behind, and followed Jesus.

What do you need to leave behind to follow Jesus?  Join us on Sunday as we consider what this passage means for us today.

Seeing Jesus Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN


What’s Happening This Sunday | January 21, 2017

Small Groups at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN


Our staffed nursery is available from 9am to 11am each Sunday for infants through age 5.

Our Glendale kids class meets Sundays @ 9am!
This small group for kids 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.
More info @

John Wesley Do All The Good You Can Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Adult Small Group – NEW study starts this Sunday @ 9am
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, has often been credited with the above saying. Whether or not he actually said it is a matter of debate among scholars, but I think we can all agree that this saying is a good guide for how we ought to live as a church and as the body of Christ in the world. If you’ve been to Glendale recently, you know that it is an important part of our identity as a church that we are welcoming to everyone. Because of that, we have members and visitors from all kinds of church background and non-church backgrounds. What does it mean to be a United Methodist church and how does our church live out our calling to do all the good we can?

If you have been wondering those questions or if you think you might know the answer to those questions, I would like to personally invite you to join us on Sunday morning at 9am in the Adult Sunday School classroom.

We will be talking all things United Methodist and I hope that whether you are new to United Methodism or are a seasoned veteran you will come and bring your questions and your insight. – Rev. Steph Dodge


Be on the journey 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

This Sunday’s message:
Seeing Jesus: Called Out by Rev. Steph Dodge

You can also check out past videos of worship services and messages at


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

Upcoming Group Gatherings:
Wednesday, January 24th @ 6:30pm – Burning Bowl Ceremony
Come join us for the very first burning bowl ceremony at Glendale United Methodist Church – Nashville Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30pm in the sanctuary! This will be a time of reflection, prayer, renewal, and song to give you hope for a positive new year. Alan Whitley will lead a reflection and music will be lead by Ashley Darracott.
Glendale UMC – Nashville | 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, TN 37212

Wednesday, January 31st @ 7pm – Small Group
Bongo Java | 2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212

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

Spiritual Friends Network Group – Monday, February 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

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

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

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.

Room In the Inn 2017-2018 @ Glendale
Every 3rd 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

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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Plug into ministries at Glendale that fit you and your family