July 2018

Jul 7, 2018 - fear, or walls of immoral immigration policies, we build a wall around our own souls. Christ calls us to tear down the walls around our souls that ...
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ear Children of God,

In the Gospel according to Matthew, we read that Jesus gave orders to the wind and he said, “Silence! Be Still!” (Common English Bible). A storm is raging. And Jesus –and Jesus’ followers– can calm this storm with abundant Love. Bishop Bruce R. Ough wrote us these words re-

leased in a statement January 30, 2017: “Jesus was explicit in his teachings: ‘For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’ (Matthew 16:25) The original Greek language is far more poetic, powerful and prophetic. In finer transalations of the Greek language, hear Jesus saying: ‘Whoever seeks to build a wall around their soul shall destroy it; whoever

tears down the wall (around their soul) shall bring their soul to a living birth.’ The very soul of our country is at stake. When we abandon strangers who are at risk of bigotry, xenophobia and violence we not only destroy their hope, we destroy our own souls. When we fail to assist refugees fleeing danger, we not only place them in harm’s way, we do harm to our own souls. When we build walls of concrete, or walls of divi-

sive rhetoric or walls of fear, or walls of immoral immigration policies, we build a wall around our own souls. Christ calls us to tear down the walls around our souls that we might live fully and abundantly.” The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church give is a clear lesson that we oppose the separation of families: “We recognize, embrace and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the

community of God. We affirm the right of all per-

grants and to advocate for justice for all. We op-

sons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. We urge the Church and society to recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of those who are immi-

pose immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children, and we call on local churches to be in ministry with immigrant families.” {2016 Book of Dis-

cipline, Social Principles Some Jesus Actions:

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Donate to JFON or UMCOR

your prayer?



Contact elected officials

What is your action?



Attend a rally or vigil

In the peace of Christ,



Volunteer



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For more details, talk to Pastor Melisa.

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hank You..

Fr om: Jubi lee Ri ngers The Jubilee Ringers wanted to send out a big THANK Y O U to al l the fol ks who helped make the recent Spaghetti Dinner and C hocolate Dessert C ontest fundraiser a success. This includes al l of the attendees, dessert-makers, musicians, and al l of the “behind-the-scenes” folks, too! It was a wonderful evening of good fun, good food, and good fel lowship. A love offering totaling $502.00 was received, with 10% of that being tithed to “End Slavery TN” to help the fight against human trafficking in Tennessee.

Fr om: Marce l le Tal ley Andrew Price Memorial UMC: Thanks to al l for the calls food and visits and love from each of you. That meant so much to me. You are a caring and compassionate congregation. Love and God bless each and every one. Love, Marcel le

Church Life SUMMER READING PROGRAM: JUNE 1ST Our Summer Reading Program begins June 1st. Forms will be in the Children’s Library at AP or on the bulletin board by the water fountains at HB. Read 15 books from our library, the public library or books you have at home, but August 1st. Turn completed forms into the office. SMALL GROUP STUDY: MONDAY’S IN JULY 7 PM AT HB Pastor Melisa will lead us in this 4 week study of Grace, beginning July 9th. We hope you will join us! L3 MEETING: JULY 10TH, 7 PM Meeting in the McDonough Room. CHURCHWIDE YARD SALE: JULY 14THH, 8-3 This will be an indoor yard sale, happening in the fellowship hall at AP. Funds raised through this sale will go to replenishing the cost for the newly purchased freezer. Any additional money raised will go to capital improvements. Donations will be accepted through Monday, July 9th. No clothing or furniture please. Small booth rentals (10x10) are available for $20, if you would like to

have your own area. For additional info and details, contact Brenda Vanderpool: 615-4058394 COLLECTIVE WORSHIP: JULY 15TH, 10 AM Join us on Sunday, July 15th, at AP, for a collective worship service. We will be celebrating the return of our missionaries from Mt. T.O.P. In this special service we will hear stories about the experiences on the mountain and the relationships that were created there. Please mark your calendar of the time—the service will be held at 10 am. There will be no meal following this event. We do hope you will come celebrate with us and enjoy this special service brought to you by our youth. AP FINANCE MTG: JULY 15TH, 1:30 PM McDonough Room AP AD COUNCIL MTG: JULY 15TH, 2 PM McDonough Room FRIENDS AP: JULY 19TH, 10:30AM-2:30PM Adams Station, Adams TN UMM BREAKFAST: JULY 21ST, 7:45 AM The United Methodist Men’s club will

meet July 21, at 7:45. Guest speaker Sergeant White will be speaking with us about our plans to develop a strong defense and recovery system for a Hostile Invader situation within our church. Breakfast will start at 7:45 am, Sergeant White will speak around 8:15. If men’s club members and others from the congregation wish to sit in either for breakfast or the speaker please RSVP - Steve LaSuer: [email protected] ph: 615336-5868 2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK: JULY 26TH 4-6 pm, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY PLANNING PARTY JULY 29TH, 12 PM, @ HB join us at Hickory Bend, on July 29th (noon), for a light lunch and planning session. The Christmas season is always hectic and by making plans early, we can ensure better organization and quality events for our charge! Committee’s we’d especially like in attendance are: Worship, Youth, Spiritual Formation, Education, Outreach (N.O.W.). Anyone planning to participate in holiday festivities is welcome to join us!

Spaghetti Dinner

Kairos Trivia Night UPCOMING SAVE THE DATES: CPR/AED TRAINING: SATURDAY, 8/4, AT AP This training is from 9-10:30 am and will cover all the basic CPR & AED information. This class would be appropriate for any volunteers or staff who regularly help out on one of our campuses. SAFE SANCTUARY TRAINING: SUNDAY, 8/5, AT HB This training begins at noon in the fellowship hall. There will be a light lunch followed by training session. This session is required for all staff, SS committee members and all children/youth volunteers.

Christmas in July July 29th, noon HB Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and join us at Hickory Bend, on July 29th (noon), for a light lunch and planning session. The Christmas season is always hectic and by making plans early, we can ensure better organization and quality events for our charge! Committee’s we’d especially like in attendance are: Worship, Youth, Spiritual Formation, Education, Outreach (N.O.W.). Anyone planning to participate in holiday festivities is welcome to join us!

P lanning Party

VBS A wonderful time was had by all at this year’s VBS: Rolling River Rampage! Friendships were made, cans were collected, songs sung and stories told on this summer’s adventure. We even had a special performance on the final night by Pastor Melisa and her back-up dancers. Campers learned to work together and had a great time exploring the many zones created by the VBS design team. And we will remember until our next VSB: When you pass through the waters, I will be wit h you ~ Isaiah 43: 2

Outreach Opportunities REST IN THE CURVE: Saturdays, 10-11 am at AP Rest in the Curve is open every Saturday at AP. A clothes closet and a nonperishable lunch are provided for our guests. Donations of clothing, shoes and toiletries are always needed. Volunteers and guests are welcome. Contact the office for details. If you would like to assist with sorting and hanging up clothing, a team works on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9am-12pm. Volunteers are encouraged to work for whatever time period they have availability.

GLASSES FOR LIONS CLUB: Recycled glasses are distributed to people in low and middle income communities through the Lions club. You may

drop your donations at AP on the table in front of the library or give to Deane Gardner for donations at HB.

2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK: Food Bank is open Mondays, 9-11 am, Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm. AP/HB Teams work on the 4th Thursday of each month from 46pm. If you wish to be a part of this ministry, you may contact the office for additional details. Our team will work on July 26th, 4-6 pm.

HICKMAN ELEMENTRY PENCIL PARTNER: Hickman elementary has various needs throughout the year that we help to fill. Stay tuned as the next school year gets under way, and consider being a part of this ministry opportunity.

Galatians 6:9-10

Clothing items for Rest in the Curve are conveniently organized for guests to find what they need

“9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Threfore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Church Staff REV. MELISA DERSEWEH

Sr. Pastor [email protected] DEBBIE BYRD

Deaconess | Church Coordinator [email protected] DEANE GARDNER

Church Coordinator (AP | HB) [email protected] BECKY MALLARD

Financial Secretary [email protected] DR. DARRYL NETTLES

Director of Music Pianist | Organist [email protected]

Andrew Price UMC 2846 Lebanon Pike Nashville, TN 37214 615-883-2321

Love Accept Engage Go

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http://apmumc.org http://www.hickorybendumc.com

Youth Leaders ANNA DUX

AP Youth Contact [email protected] ELIZABETH EGAN

HB Youth Contact [email protected]

Are you available to help out with weekly youth activities or food preparation? If so, please reach out to the appropriate youth contact & let them know your availability.

Hickory Bend UMC 605 Stewart’s Ferry Pike Nashville, TN 37214 615-889-1360