It’s time for our annual coat drive to begin and it will run through January 29, 2018. Last year we gave away a lot of coats. In the past we have had a need for large and extra large sizes. If you have anything in these sizes, please bring them. Our coat rack will be in the same location that it was in last year (foyer between elevator and offices). Please feel free to contact Jim Walden at (615-596-3564), if you have additional questions or concerns. Thank you in advance.
The annual City Road Chapel Breakfast with Santa event is being held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Center. We will have snacks, crafts, and a bit of education about the real-life St. Nick. All are encouraged to bring a canned food item to participate in the giving tradition of St. Nicholas. Seatings with Santa will be first-come, first-served.
Please complete the following form to let us know you are coming. See you on Saturday!
How often do we hear folks say that “I wish the church would do _________?” For that matter, how often do we hear OURSELVES say those words? And yet, if we read what the scriptures say about the church, the fact is that those of us who claim to follow Jesus ARE the church! As the hymn states, “The church is not a building. The church is not a steeple. The church is not a resting place. The church is a people!” Friends, WE are the church!
Starting on October 8 we will be thinking about what it means for us to be church together. How is it that we live out our call to be church through our time, our gifts, and our witness? Each week we will unpack the meaning of that simple phrase: We Are The Church!
On Sunday, October 29, all who love and participate in the ministries of the City Road Chapel UMC will be asked to express their commitment to God’s work among us. This includes commitments of time, focus, and financial giving. However, this is not simply a “pledge campaign” to determine the budget for the next year. No, this is an invitation to think about how God has gifted us and called us to contribute to the building up of the body of Christ, that is, how we are each being called to be the church.
Please make a special effort to be present in worship throughout October as we proclaim together that WE ARE THE CHURCH!
The Cumberland River District has announced the dates for the Lay Servant School for 2017. This year’s school, both the basic and advanced courses, will be held on October 20-21 at the Hendersonville United Methodist Church.
In the United Methodist Church “Lay Servants” are people who serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church. Lay Servants receive specialized training that helps them in their work of living out their call to be disciples of Jesus Christ in an intentional way.
Click here to find out more about the Cumberland River District’s Lay Servant School, and/or to register to participate.
During July and August we’ve been thinking together about Gods love, our love, and how we spread love. On Sunday, August 27 we’ll offer a tangible expression of that love on our special Worship Outside the Walls (WOW!) Sunday.
The Sunday will start with 9 a.m. breakfast gathering in the Fellowship Center combined with a short time of devotion and worship. At the conclusion of worship we will send teams out to engage in acts of love to others.
Jim Neely is heading up this effort and is working with a group to identify places in the community where we can share God’s love. This includes creating Feed the Need bags in the Welcome Center, sending care packets to our shut-ins, partnering with another local congregation that needs help in dealing with water damage in their building, hand out bottled water to our neighbors driving up Neely’s Bend Rd. and other projects which allow us to carry God’s love into the world and meet Jesus in the faces of others. This Sunday is designed to remind us that our worship of God isn’t limited to a particular time and place, but rather happens whenever we are connecting to God, one another, and the world in profound ways.
Click here to see a listing of the projects and sign up today.
Worship Outside the Walls was inspired by a similar yearly project of the Providence UMC in Mt. Juliet, the fastest growing congregation in the Tennessee Annual Conference.
The day will conclude with a great Feast Community Meal, in which we reach out to our neighbors with a free meal. We want to invite ALL who have worshiped outside the walls to come back for a great meal, good fellowship, and live music.
Howdy y’all! I hope you are having a great day.
Here are a few things for your edification this morning:
First, I had a chance to visit Charles Woodall and Eddie McIlvain this morning. Charles is struggling with cellulitis in his legs and will likely be in the hospital at Skyline for several more days. Eddie is preparing to move to Lifecare in Old Hickory this week after struggling with some side effects from his knee replacement surgery. Both greatly appreciate your prayers!
Mary Lee Moore also emailed that her sister is back in the hospital related to side effects from her cancer treatment. Mary Lee appreciates your prayers and asks that we continue to pray for her sister.
Speaking of prayer, this past Sunday Millie made the suggestion that folks come forward during the prayer time as we prayed for our nation in the light of the violence this past weekend in Charlottesville. I really liked having folks at the rail with me for that prayer time and after talking with a few folks we are going to transition our “Pastoral Prayer” into the “Prayers of the People” and I want to invite any who feel led to join me at the rail as I lead that prayer time. I’m really convinced that we can’t pray together enough, and it’s an important symbol of our life together to gather in a public way for prayer.
Hey, don’t forget that WOW (Worship Outside the Walls) Sunday will be here week after next. We’ve had a good response of folks signing up for projects so far. If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to look at the projects and sign up for any or all that you an interested in working with.
This coming Sunday will be the last of our sermons in the Summer of Love series. What I’m hoping to do will be to wrap up all we’ve talked about through the summer, suggesting that we are called to be a community of embrace — loving God and one another with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It’s the call to agape that will lead us the week after to reach out to others with God’s love. I hope and pray that our journey through love has spurred you to think about the place of love in your life, and challenged you to embrace God, one another, and the world in profound ways.
Folks regularly ask me why we aren’t posting recordings of my sermons on our website. In all honesty, it’s simply because we haven’t identified someone to take on this task, and I simply don’t have the time to edit the weekly worship services (we have to cut out the music because of copyright concerns). There are also Sundays where we simply forgot to hit the record button, and thus we don’t have a recording of that Sunday. What I’m hoping to do for this Summer’s series is to create a podcast which we’ll place on the website outlining the content of each week’s sermon as a way of connecting to what we’ve thought about together. Be looking for that in the coming weeks.
Thanks again for all you do for God’s work here in Madison. I appreciate all of you more than you know.
Have a great week!
School is back in session and we are partnering with our local elementary schools to make sure they have supplies for the coming year. We hope you will consider contributing the following supplies to be distributed between the Stratton and Neely’s Bend Elementary schools:
- Backpacks without wheels
- Fat Pencils
- Small glue sticks
- Box 8 count fat crayons
- Box of regular pencils
- Box of 24 count crayons
- Elmer’s glue in bottle
- 4 count dry erase markers
- Dry erase eraser
- Mead composition notebook
- Wide-rule notebook paper
- Plastic pencil box
- Spiral notebooks
- 1” 3 ring binder
- Pack of colored pencils
A container labeled SCHOOL SUPPLIES will be located in the Welcome Center to receive your donation. If you would like to give a financial donation please make your check payable to City Road Chapel and designate that it’s for school supplies.
The City Road Chapel Worship Outside the Walls (WOW) Sunday is coming up on August 27, 2017 and we are excited about the opportunities we have to share God’s love with our neighbors here in Madison and beyond. Use the form at the bottom of the page to sign up for one of these wonderful outreach options:
- Shade Tree Community Carnival
Our ShadeTree ministry group will be hosting a special event for kids in the River Retreat community. This will be a good opportunity to make new relationships with children in our area.
- Caring Hands Sunday Morning Knitting
Our Caring Hands knitting ladies will be leading a time of knitting prayer shawls and other items to distribution to those in need.
- Cupcake Project
Folks will be delivering cupcakes to area police and fire persons as an expression of the love of our church.
- Feed the Need Bag Stuffing
Since it is a 4th Sunday, we will be making up new Feed the Need bags for hungry folks in our neighborhood. Since it’s a special day, we are going to make 100 bags instead of our normal 50.
- Water Bottle Distribution (15forward group)
The 15forward group along with anyone else interested will be handing out free bottles of cold water to folks waiting in their cars at the Neely’s Bend and Gallatin Rd. intersection. These bottles will include information about our church.
- Card Writing Group
Folks needing a more sedate service opportunity are invited to gather in the welcome center for a time of writing cards and notes to our homebound members as well as others we identify who could benefit from a note of encouragement.
- School Supplies for Area Schools
These folks will be sorting and organizing school supplies to be given to area schools.
- Helping a Neighbor Church
The Ruth Ensor UMC in Rayon City has experienced some water damage in their basement and is needing up pulling up carpet and washing down surfaces with bleach water to deal with mold. This project may be more physically demanding.
- The Quiet Space
Sheryl McIlvaine will be opening the Quiet Space on that Sunday and orienting volunteers to that ministry.
There are also two other projects in the works that we don’t have completely firmed up yet:
- Worship at Maybelle Carter
We are hoping we can send a team over to Maybelle Carter Assisted and Memory Care to lead a time of singing and worship.
- Ministry at Lexington Gardens
We are hoping to work with our friends at Project Connect to engage in some form of ministry project at the Lexington Garden apartments.
Please complete the form below selecting all the opportunities in which you have an interest. For more information contact Jim Neely at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you someone who uses text messaging on your phone regularly? Do you like receiving updates and reminders on things that are happening at your church?
We have recently just started using a new service to communicate by SMS (text) messaging with our youth and we are wondering if there would be any interest from “older” folks to start getting messages about ministries in our church via their phone texting system?
These messages will be short (140 characters) and mainly reminders of coming events and links to news items about life in our church.
If you’d be interested in experimenting with this system please email Pastor Jay at email@example.com with your name, email address, and cell phone number.
Our youth program is moving forward and in celebration of being in Madison (37115) and our new direction our youth group has a new name and a new focus: 15forward.
Click here to learn more about 15forward.