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  • Return To In-Person Worship

    January 17, 2020

    The Madison Church of Christ Elders today announced that Sunday in-person worship will resume on Sunday, January 24th.

    As before, it is clear that there are different comfort levels concerning return; so much is dependent on each individual situation.  Return should be an individual decision.  Only you know your health situation, that of your family, your day to day responsibilities, and other conditions that might determine your decisions.  Although this is your choice, we will again remind you of what the CDC, State, and City have stated, “vulnerable populations should continue to remain at home (watch the live stream of the service). Vulnerable populations are defined as 65 and older, people with disabilities, serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, and compromised immune systems.”  If you feel sick, have a cough or temperature, or have been exposed to someone you know has the virus….please stay home!

    Mask use is mandatory, although you may remove it once you get to your seat. That is, unless you are sitting in one of the special “mask only” areas where masks must be worn at all times.

    Communion will be served in self-contained kits.  A gloved greeter will drop one in your hand as you enter.   As you exit, there will be separate receptacles for your used communion kits and for your contribution.

    Please respect “social distancing” rules in order to slow the spread of the virus.  The balcony will be open to facilitate distancing.

    Our goal is to prevent another resurgence of the virus that would force us to have to go back to online only worship once again.

    Some Wednesday Evening classes will also resume on January 20th.  Those are as follows:

    1. Russ & Frank’s Wednesday evening class in Bixler Chapel.  Live streaming will also continue for this class.
    2. Steve Smith’s class, meeting in the Studio.
    3. Student Ministry
    4. His Kidz classes will be “hybrid” classes, where a Zoom option will be available in addition to in-person attendance.

     

    The online worship will continue into the foreseeable future.  Check the front page of this website for connections to both the Facebook and YouTube live streams.  You can also access them directly at www.facebook.com/madisonchurchTN or at www.youtube.com/madisonchurchofchrist

    Thank you, and may God bless you and your family

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  • Important Update Concerning Live Worship Services (December 3, 2020)

    Important Update Concerning Live Worship Services (December 3, 2020)

    Subject: Live Worship Service Suspension

    These recent days have been trying and difficult to navigate. As the winter days arrive we have been warned that the virus and flu numbers will rise…and we have seen that happen. As you have heard there has been a surge of the covid virus nationally, statewide and in our community as well. More importantly we have seen an increase in the cases among our own Madison members at a higher rate than ever.

    Therefore, it is with the utmost degree of caution that we have decided to suspend our live services until further notice.

    Although our maintenance and security teams have contributed greatly to a safe return, the recent increase in covid cases has driven this decision. Know that we have not come to this conclusion as a result of any outside pressure; it is purely made out of our love and care for the safety of this church family.

    Madison is blessed to have a great team, technically capable of providing us with a livestream service For many of you this will be a continuation of the way you have worshipped since March, when the pandemic began. Some of you have commented, ” it’s not like being there, but it’s the next best thing.” We agree, and appreciate your online attendance during this time.

    We pray that it will be for only a brief time; prayers have been answered and the possibility of a vaccine appears to be on the horizon. This is something that all of us will be watching closely.

    We are praying for those that we know have the virus and would invite you to contact Glenda Leffel at the church glenda@madisonchurchtn.org if you or anyone in your family has been affected so that we can add these names to our prayer list.

    Please help us all stay connected by calling, sending a card, a note, an email or a text to a member as you think of them…as you are missing them….or as they are quarantined.

    God bless each of you, thank you for your cooperation.
    Your Elders-
    Buck, Frank, Larry, Marty, Milton, Ron, Steve, and Tommy

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  • New Staff and Volunteer Policy (update from the Elders on July 17, 2020)

    To those of you who attend our in-person worship, here is a new policy from the Elders regarding the church staff and working volunteers being required to wear masks for your protection.

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    TO STAFF: After talking with the Elders this past Wednesday it is felt that ALL STAFF MEMBERS AND THEIR VOLUNTEERS (FOR WHATEVER FUNCTION) MUST WEAR MASKS. If the task being performed does not allow “social distancing” then a mask must be worn to perform the function.

    When moving around the building and interacting with members and fellow staff members masks must be on.

    In our worship hour masks must be worn before and afterwards. Any activity that does not allow
    for social distancing during the service masks must be worn.

    We must be good examples of what we are asking others to do. We do not want to become a hotspot for this virus, and have to backtrack our move forward.

    The Elders appreciate all that you are doing, and deeply are grateful for your cooperation.

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  • Return to Madison

    Recap of Yesterday’s Return to Madison Announcement Plus Additional Details

    Thank you for your quick response to the questionnaire.  It is clear that all of you miss being with your church family.  At the same time, you have been appreciative of the way the services have been live-streamed.  We are in total agreement and are grateful for the way the staff, the praise team, and the media team have been able to keep us connected with such reverent worship services and interesting classes.

    It is also clear that there are different comfort levels concerning return; so much is dependent on each individual situation.  Return should be an individual decision.  Only you know your health situation, that of your family, your day to day responsibilities, and other conditions that might determine your decisions.  Although this is your choice, we will again remind you of what the CDC, State, and City have stated, “vulnerable populations should continue to remain at home (watch the live stream of the service). Vulnerable populations are defined as 65 and older, people with disabilities, serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, and compromised immune systems.”  If you feel sick, have a cough or temperature, or have been exposed to someone you know has the virus….please stay home!

    We will be doing our best to abide by Davidson County precautions, CDC recommendations, and best practices for all of you who have indicated that you would be back if the building were opened.

    The Building will be opened for worship for a limited return on June 7.  This is predicated on the Mayor announcing a move to Phase 3 and based on the number of you that indicated a comfort level with returning during that Phase (that is less than 100). We will accomplish this by opening the balcony and being seated at safe distances throughout the building.  Seating will be marked using every other row downstairs and in the balcony.  Services and live stream will begin at 9:00 AM.  If you plan to attend, it will be helpful for some to arrive as early as 8:30, so we can properly seat everyone.

    Those seated on the main floor will enter at the main entrance.  Those seated in the balcony will enter one of the side entrances and then go up the steps to the balcony.  Ushers and the SRT members will guide you.

    Upon entry and exit, we highly recommend that you wear masks and retain a 6-foot distance between your family and others. Temperatures may be taken; hand sanitizer will be available.   Masks may be removed during the worship service. Certainly, there is some disagreement about mask-wearing, but we can all agree that by your wearing a mask, you may be minimizing any possible spread to another person.  We know you will want to extend a handshake or hug when you greet folks but please refrain. For the present time, a wave or thumbs up will do.

    Communion will be served in self-contained kits.  A gloved greeter will drop one in your hand as you enter.   As you exit, there will be separate receptacles for your used communion kits and for your contribution.

    There will be no classes. Roots Cafe will be closed. Please enter and depart without congregating in the building or the parking lot.  The ZOOM classes for our children and teens will begin at 11:00 to allow for families to get home in time for the class.

    In order to maintain social distance, given the numbers in the responses to the questionnaire, we may need to have a second service when Phase 4 begins.  It will most likely require that we use the balcony at both services. The decision to move into that next phase will be based on the Nashville guidelines but also on what happens here during our limited opening during Phase 3.  Look for further information as that day arrives.

    Now that’s a lot of instructions, but we do feel they are necessary.  It is our desire to meet as a family, to worship our Creator, remember the sacrifice of our Redeemer, and to encourage each other …while at the same time observing the recommended safety measures. We are also aware that this is a time that we need to be most concerned for others that we may contact who fall into the vulnerable population (could that be physically “our weaker brother?”).  This may be someone at home, another relative, or another friend.  The last thing we would want to do is to pass this virus along.  If for any reason, you are not able to or do not desire to comply, then we would urge you to continue to participate from home via live stream.

    This is only a beginning; we will need your cooperation.  Any outbreak within the church family will cause us to reverse directions for assembly.  The most optimistic projections for a vaccine are by year-end.  This may mean that we will not meet together as a full family for quite some time.  This means that it is still important that we stay connected by phone, email, cards, etc.  This is what families do.

    Please continue your prayers for safety and a quick discovery for medicine to lessen the symptoms and provide a cure.

    God bless you and keep you,

    Buck, Frank, Larry, Marty, Milton, Ron, Steve, Tommy

    The Elders

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  • Thursday Update from the Elders

    Good Morning Madison Family-

    I hope this day finds you well. “Truly the light is sweet, And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun” Ecclesiastes 11:7  I hope you are able to spend some time outside today.  As you are sitting outside, take a moment to call a friend you have not talked to in the last couple of weeks.  It will do you and them good.

    Madison Happenings:

    • Thank you to Aubrey Miller, the Red Cross Staff, and all of those who came out for the blood drive on Sunday.  We actually had to turn people away.  What an amazing problem!!
    • Terry Ashley and his team of volunteers continue to serve our community.  Thank you so much for all you are doing.  As a reminder, the Benevolence Center is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-11:30 on a drive up basis
    • Remember, if you need someone to pick up some groceries for you, please call the church 615-868-3360.
    • Our 412 Student Ministries and His Kidz Staffs continue to Live Stream on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and Sunday mornings at 10:15 for His Kidz and 10:30 for 412 Student Ministries
    • Beginning next Wednesday, we will have an Adult Message.   More details coming.
    • The Live Stream will begin again this Sunday at 9:00am.  Join us!

    Below is a message from Elder Tommy Cothron:

    I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well (considering the circumstances).

    The last few weeks have been full of unprecedented changes in our lives. I just wanted to pass along some things I’ve been reading this week in my devotionals:

    This will pass. The Bible tells us there will be trials. First Peter 4:12 says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you” (NIV). These are tough times, but they won’t last forever.

    We need to do what the health professionals recommend. We need to take the common-sense actions that will decrease the spread of this virus. We won’t need to make these changes forever. Our church will gather again before too long

    Focus on what’s unchanging not what is changing. It’s probably safe to say we don’t even yet know all the changes this pandemic will have on us and our community. Be flexible, but remember what hasn’t changed.

    The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). In the midst of all this change, you can count on that truth. You can also know that God’s love for you and your community has never changed. God’s call on your life hasn’t changed. Don’t let all the changes make you lose sight of everything that is still the same.

    God will go through it with you. This virus didn’t surprise God. He will walk through every bit of it with us. You may feel alone at times. But you will never be alone.

    I encourage you to remind yourself of Isaiah 43:2 during this time: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (NIV). Focus on that truth and not all the noise on the Internet and TV right now. It will replace your worry with worship.

    This is not the end of the story. The Bible says, “We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NIV).

    We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know WHO holds it.

    God wants to use our church to help others. I know our church is going through an incredible challenge right now. But God doesn’t want to just take our church through this crisis. He doesn’t just want our church to survive during this period. He wants it to thrive. This is the difference between how we deal with pain as believers and how the world does. The church sees every need in the world as an open door for ministry.

    I’m praying our church will start new ministries out of these difficult days. Today you don’t even know the kinds of challenges your community will face, but God does. This will be an opportunity for our church to shine.

    Jesus himself reminds us that “all the powers of hell will not conquer” the church (Matthew 16:18 NIV). Rest in that truth.

    Please let us know if anyone has any needs that we can help with or just keep us updated on how things are going with you.

    I look forward to when we gather again as a church family.  As the saying goes, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  If that’s so, we’re going to be really happy to see each other again.  Until then…..God bless!

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