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 the color of your skin, 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.

Gods Love and Grace are Available For and Share With ALL PEOPLE. - Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC


Worship for Sunday, October 2, 2022:
In person outside on the front lawn (masks now optional) and live online @ 10amCT. This Sunday’s service will include a blessing of the animals, so we invite you to bring your pet or a photo of them and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.



Your Weekly Note From Our Lead Pastor


As we look forward to Blessing of the Animals this Sunday, I am excited to be outside for worship once more on the front lawn.  For a time during the pandemic, outdoor worship was a regular thing at Glendale.  We battled heat, cold, wind, and rain, but despite the unknowns of the weather, outdoor worship always seems more natural to me.  What better way to worship our Creator than outside in nature?

As I pray for more beautiful fall-like weather this Sunday, I also look forward to meeting all of your furry, feathery, or scaly family members this Sunday.  Feel free to bring a picture of your pet if that is a better option for you or your pet.  I hope to see you our on the lawn!

Rev. Steph Dodge
Lead Pastor, Glendale UMC – Nashville


What’s Happening This Sunday | October 2, 2022



Nursery + Childcare // Sunday from 9:30am-12:30pm

Infants & children are always welcome in worship! However, we know that it might be easier for parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers of young kids if they play in this safe + fun place just for kids during worship.  Our nursery is staffed with experienced caregivers that have undergone a comprehensive background check. Find more information on our nursery here.



Worship at Glendale // Sunday @10amCT

Worship at Glendale includes a message of hope and love, upbeat music and community made up of people with diverse faith journeys – old and young, raised in the church, have been away from the 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:

All Responsible Use of the Earth’s Resources by Rev. Steph Dodge


If you will be joining us in person:

Masks are now optional for all indoor services + events. However, we have extra masks available for anyone who would prefer to wear one.


If you will be joining us online:

Find the worship livestream on FacebookYouTube, Twitter, and Twitch or on our website here at 8amPT/9MT/10CT/11ET.


Kids and Adult Sunday Groups // After Worship @ 11amCT

The nursery will be open for children age 4 and younger during this hour so kids (age 5+) and adults can gather together in their groups – more info below:


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Glendale Kids Small Group // Sunday @11amCT

Route 66 drive through the Bible each week—right now we are exploring the New Testament! We will have games, science experiments and crafts all about the Bible passage of the day! Questions? Reach out to our Glendale Kids’ Leader Caddie Woodroof.


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Adult Group // Sunday @11amCT

Each Sunday our adults gather in the fellowship hall after worship for coffee + conversation. We cover various topics related to faith + the world. Questions? Reach out to Gabe Horton.




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Blessing of the Animals Outdoor Service

Sunday, October 2nd @ 10amCT // in person + live online

Last year’s worship service was a hit when we invited our pets to be with us! We hope you will be with us on Sunday, October 2nd @10am as we will include a blessing over our pets during worship. You are invited to bring your dog, fish, cat or any other animal you’d like to receive a special blessing. Please make sure they are secured and on a leash during the service for the safety of all other animals. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

What is the Blessing of the Animals and why are we adding it into our worship service this Sunday?
The Feast of St Francis of Assisi falls on Monday, October 4, 2021. Many people bring their pets to the church to be blessed on St Francis’ feast day because of his love for animals as expressed in his Canticle of Creatures. St Francis is the patron saint of animals so many churches offer animal blessing services.


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Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30th from 4-7pm

Trunk or treating will bring the fun of Halloween to the parking lot where kids will go from car to car and get candy from the most ghoulish of cars! We will also have a bounce house, food truck and face painting! Mark your calendars now – it’s bound to be a very SPOOKY evening of fun at Glendale!

If you would like to decorate your car with spooky Halloween decorations or any other theme you want, or if you have any questions, reach out to Dusty Grimes.


LifeGroups + Small Groups

Life Groups at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN UMC

Want to join a LifeGroup?

These groups are intentionally smaller gatherings of our church community that meet regularly to journey together in faith + life. Our groups meet at restaurants, in each others’ homes, coffee shops and other places around the Greater Nashville Area to deepen their faith, have fun and serve in mission together.

If you are interested and/or have a question about our LifeGroups, reach out to Chris Brazell.



Prayer Group

Tuesdays @ 10am at the church
All are invited to be part of our prayer group gatherings as we pray for our community and the world while working to deepen our individual prayer lives. Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Gwen Watson.


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Wednesdays @ 6pm at the church
We have kicked off Whatever Wednesdays each Wednesday night as a time to get together midweek. Maybe it is  cooking class led by Pastor Steph, painting class or a game night – each gathering will be something different and gives us a chance to take a break during the week, have some fun together and even meet some new people! All ages are welcome to this weekly gathering. Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Rachel Dolezal.


Coffee and Theology Adult Group

Meets every other Friday @ 7pm at the 100 Oaks Panera
We dig into theology over coffee every other Friday night. Topics like Hell and who is Jesus has been recent topics we’ve looked at. We’d love for you to join us.  Bring your thoughts and questions and join us for some good conversation. Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Gabe Horton.


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Glendale Foodies

Meets Monthly
Looking to check out new restaurants around Nashville? This group is for you! We will find a new local eatery each month – all ages are welcome to join! Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Mary Kate Allen.


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Moms and Allies Group

Meets Monthly
Our Moms and Allies Group has formed to help us be even more intentional in our support, advocacy, and care of our LGBTQIA+ siblings at Glendale and throughout our Greater Nashville community! This group will be at the front doors and around the sanctuary during worship services if you are ever in need of a hug, resources or to talk. Thanks to Heather Gee-Thomas for organizing this new group! Interest of have any questions? Reach out to Heather Gee-Thomas.


Quilting Group

Meets Monthly
Calling All Quilters and All Who Want to Learn! Lezleigh Kleibrink will be leading hand quilting classes for all who are interested!  We will be learning techniques that are very simple, extremely portable, and VERY versatile! Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Lezleigh Kleibrink.


Have questions about any of our small groups? Email Pastor Steph Dodge


GIFTS at Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville TN

Even though we are not able to meet in person, your financial gifts still support ongoing mission + ministry – check out these ways you can easily continue to help support Glendale:

1. Send in your check to Glendale UMC, 900 Glendale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204.
The mailbox is checked daily.

2. Donate via Venmo, Cash App or on PayPal.
via Venmo by searching for @GlendaleUMC
via Cash App by searching for $GlendaleUMC
or via PayPal directly at

3. Donate online at
(You can also set up weekly or monthly recurring giving so you
don’t have to worry about it in the future.)

4. Give on Facebook through the DONATE button on our Facebook page here.


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