Have you made your pledge for 2019 yet?

A few weeks ago we handed out forms asking folks to make a pledge of their commitment to support the ministries of our church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. These pledge forms help our Finance Team to anticipate our income in the coming year, and to set a budget accordingly. If you would like to make a pledge of commitment please visit www.cityroadchapel.com/pledge, or complete a pledge form at church.  All of this information is confidential and will not be shared. PLEASE take a moment to express your commitment to our church through completing this form.

Help Form A Child Through Project Transformation

Can you think of an adult or youth (over 13 years of age) who would enjoy being a Project Transformation Afterschool Homework Buddy at Matthews Memorial UMC? Homework Buddies offer mentorship to children (K-4th grade) through homework and reading tutoring throughout the school year. The commitment is 1 day per week (Mon-Thurs) from 4-5:15 pm.  If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Jane Armour at 615-972-8249 or jkarmour71@gmail.com.  For those interested, an orientation and current background check are required. The Fall program begins Sept. 4. Jerry and I are looking forward to sharing life with the children on Tuesday afternoons. Come join us.

Getting Ready for a Beautiful Day


Howdy everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited about our upcoming Beautiful Day Festival  on August 26. This event is an opportunity to reach out to our neighbors in a new way, and I believe that it has the potential to build new relationships that will lead us to new callings and ministries in the weeks and months to come.

There is some excitement beyond our church this week about our Beautiful Day series and event:

  • Both Jim Neely and I were interviewed by The Tennessean this week for a story to come next week. A reporter and photographer from the paper will be joining us in worship this Sunday (the 19th) to hear about what we are learning from Mister Rogers and our hopes for the festival.
  • The Madison Rivergate Chamber promoted the event in their email materials, and we have been contacted by a local food truck that is going to come and be a part of the event.
  • Several community leaders have mentioned the event in their Facebook posts, and others have distributed flyers in their business. Of course, Jim has delivered invitations to over 1,000 homes!

All of this means that we don’t really know how many folks will show up!!! That is a good problem to have, but it means that we need all hands on deck to be present and pitch in for this great event.

How can you help now? Here are a few options:

  • We are always looking for donations from businesses for gift cards and other items to be used as door prizes. If you have a contact that might offer a donation please reach out. I’m happy to send them a letter of receipt that they can use for tax purposes.
  • We will probably need folks to help set up on Saturday, August 25 so if you are able to help please let Jim Neely know. We also need folks to commit to being a part of the cleanup crew on the afternoon of the 16th.
  • PRAY!!! Pray for God to:
    • Give us good weather for the event.
    • Keep us all healthy and grant us energy to be good hosts and hostesses.
    • Give us lots of opportunities to make new friendships that will develop into ongoing relationships.
    • Help our neighbors feel comfortable joining us and sharing of themselves.

God is doing a new thing in our midst. I hope and pray that you are as excited as I am, and that through this special season we will experience God’s grace in a mighty way.

See you Sunday!