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.
Worship for Sunday, September 24, 2023:
In person + live online @ 10amCT.
Your Weekly Note From Our Lead Pastor
I could tell you that I never complain about anything, but my personal trainer would tell you otherwise. It is usually when I hear the words pushups or burpees that I feel it necessary to make my displeasure know. I still do the exercises, but I feel it is important to make known that I am only participating under protest. Complaining is an important part of my mental process of preparing to do something hard. The Israelites knew a bit about complaining as well. It wasn’t long after they left slavery in Egypt behind that the complaints started. “We could’ve stayed in Egypt rather than die of hunger in the desert.” In the end, the Israelites don’t necessarily get what they want, but they do get what they need. Sometimes in the midst of our complaints what we really need is just enough to get us through.
Come worship this Sunday @10am with the God who hears our complaints and loves us anyway.
Rev. Steph Dodge
Lead Pastor, Glendale UMC – Nashville
What’s Happening This Sunday | September 24, 2023
Nursery + Childcare // Sundays from 9:45-11:15am
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 is an inclusive experience for all people that includes a message of God’s unending love + grace, upbeat music and a growing community of people with diverse faith journeys, backgrounds + experiences, sexual orientations + gender identities. We have live ASL Interpretation and communion is served with grape juice rather than wine with an option of gluten free bread. We practice an open table where all people are welcome – no matter what. #YallMeansAll
This Sunday’s Message:
Complaining in the Wilderness by Rev. Steph Dodge
If you will be joining us in person:
Masks are 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:
Kids, Youth + Adult Groups // After Worship @ 11amCT
CALLING ALL KIDS AGES 5+! We are rolling through our 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! Find us in the Glendale Kids’ room on the first floor right after worship! Questions? Reach out to our Glendale Kids’ Leader Caddie.
Our youth group meets after worship every Sunday @ 11am in the youth room for a time of devotion, music, Bible study and to hang out with one another. Some of our weekly gatherings will be outside of Glendale as we build connection, serve others + explore our faith together out in the world!
Questions? Reach out to our Youth Director Sveta
Stay after worship as we continue our exploration on the sermon and scripture of the day. We will review the main points of the sermon and then do a deep dive into the Bible passage it was based on to discover what other lessons we can draw from it, share how we may have been inspired by the passage, and explore what practical actions we can take to live out God’s Word in our faith journeys. Come + bring your thoughts and questions with you each week! Questions? Reach out to Ben.
Glendale Sunday Brunch
Sundays Following Worship @ 11:15am
Want to go grab a bite to eat after worship? Come and eat with us at a different nearby restaurant each Sunday! This will be a great time to meet someone new or deepen our friendships over some delicious food. Meet up with the group leader (who will be holding up a sign) after worship each Sunday and we will head on over! All are welcome to join! Questions? Reach out to Anne.
LifeGroups + Small Groups
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.
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.
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.
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 Steve.
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! Questions and RSVP: Reach out to Ben
Moms and Allies Group
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! Interested or have any questions? Reach out to Heather.
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.
Have questions about any of our small groups? Email Pastor Steph
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 PayPal.me/GlendaleUMC
3. Donate online at GlendaleUMC.org/Give.
(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.