May Newsletter

Pastor Bryan Wendling

Dear New McKendree Church Family,

My portion of this month’s newsletter is a two-parter. First, I want to highlight a few of the amazing ways God has blessed his New McKendree family in the past month. And then, in part two, I want to highlight what’s on this summer’s ministry radar.  

With June just days away, I can say without a doubt that God blessed his New McKendree family with a fantastic May.

  • The month kicked off with a remarkable journey. Eight New McKendree missionaries embarked on a mission to Pharr, TX, to collaborate with our Border Perspective ministry partners. In our worship services on May 25/26, our missionaries shared their powerful testimonies of the transformative work God did in and through them during their week on the Texas/Mexico border. 
  • On May 19, an army of NMUMC family members began preparing South Campus for the annual 100 Mile Yard Sale. Nourished by Breaking Bonds BBQ sandwiches, the week of hard work raised $14,600 to support our church’s many missions. Thanks to all who dedicated their time and energy to the yard sale. A special thanks to Doris Dace, Dawn Detring, Lesa Weiss, and Steve Brown for your servant leadership. 
  • On Memorial Day, 70+ church members, resident families, residents, and graduates gathered at the Breaking Bonds ministry site for food and fellowship. Thank you, Julie, Ryan, Shawn, KC Cody, and Blake, for your leadership and hospitality. And, on behalf of Breaking Bonds, thank you, NMUMC family, for your ongoing support of this amazing, life-changing ministry. 
  • Behind the scenes, our administrative staff—Amanda Bond, Cynthia Byers, and Mary Bollinger—have spent the back half of May migrating our church family’s online givers to Tithely, our new online giving platform. This move will save us $505 monthly ($6,060 annually). As of May 28, 47 of 102 online givers have switched to Tithely, and 29 of our 72 recurring givers have made the switch.
  • On May 28, we had our final walk-through with Sides Construction, our MOVE general contractor. Besides a few pending minor fixes, the three-plus years of renovation are officially a wrap, and the final bill has been paid in full! 
And to think, the above are just May’s highlights. While I pray families have the opportunity to enjoy some summer downtime, our church family as a whole has a busy, fruitful summer ahead. Here’s a sample of our NMUMC summertime:
  • Among our top priorities is working to make our family and adult discipleship vision a reality. Starting with our Church Council in January of this year, over 160 of our church family members have attended one or more of our nine Vision of Discipleship presentations. Although our vision requires bold changes to our Sunday morning routine, your feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Therefore, between our two Sunday morning worship services, beginning August 25, all adult, youth, and children Sunday school classes (South Campus and High Street) will be held in our newly refurbished High Street Education Building. Our Sunday High Street worship will begin at 8:30 am to accommodate fellowship time and Sunday school, and South Campus worship will move to 11:00 am. Now that our MOVE renovations are complete, this change to our Sunday morning structure will: 1) allow us to leverage our adult children and youth ministry volunteers more efficiently, 2) increase parent and young adult engagement, 3) encourage Christ-centered relationships across both campuses and 4) utilize our newly refurbished spaces more efficiently.
  • On June 1, nine youth and adult volunteers will return to Pharr, TX, to spend a week working with our Border Perspective partners. Please pray for our missionaries!
  • At South Campus, our church family will host Eagle Lake summer day camp June 24-29. We have 87 kiddos (so far) registered for a midsummer week of transformative faith, fun, and fellowship.
  • Fifty-six of our children, youth, and adult volunteers will attend XTREME Camp at Eagle Sky in Piedmont, MO, from July 15 to 20.
  • On August 10, Breaking Bonds will host our church family, Jackson community, and recovery ministries throughout southeast Missouri for a celebration and fundraiser at our South Campus. Although the details are still under development, the event will include music, food, fellowship, and a silent and live auction. Proceeds from the event will go toward our ever-growing Breaking Bonds Ministry.
That’s just a taste of God’s work in and through us in the past month and a sampling of what’s on the docket for the summer months. May God continue to bless us with opportunities to participate in his kingdom-building work, and may we continue to obediently and enthusiastically respond with our “yes”!

Your brother in Christ, 

Bryan Wendling