Easter weekend schedule

Thursday, April 1
6:00 PM Maundy Thursday service in the chapel with livestream

Friday, April 2
12:00 PM Good Friday service in the sanctuary with livestream

Saturday, April 3
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Woodmont Kids' Easter Drive-Thru

Sunday, April 4
7:00 AM YouTube service
7:00 AM Sunrise service in the outdoor chapel
9:15 AM Sanctuary service with livestream and chapel overflow
9:30 AM Bridge outdoor service at Campbell West
11:00 AM Sanctuary service with chapel overflow
Woodmont Kids' Easter Drive-Thru

Instead of our traditional Easter Egg Hunt this year, we are doing an "Easter Drive-Thru"! On Saturday, April 3, we invite all of you to drive thru the church parking lot to our new covered portico by Carpenter Chapel to pick up some goodie bags and a family Easter activity. We will be outside from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM that morning and we hope to see many of you then!
Every year for Easter, our sanctuary is beautifully decorated with lilies purchased by Woodmont members in honor and memory of loved ones.

If you would like to participate this year, click the button below.
Services this Sunday, March 21

7:00 AM YouTube
9:15 AM Chapel
9:15 AM Livestream
10:30 AM Sanctuary

“Who Is the Greatest?” – Clay Stauffer
Mark 8:33-37, 9:35-45
"The Life of Jesus: A Journey Through Mark's Gospel" series
And It's Not Even Close
by Justin Gung
On March 6, 2005, I was in the Dean Dome. The home court of the University of North Carolina Men’s Basketball Team, the Dean Dome has seen its share of excitement. On this particular day, the Tar Heels, ranked #2 in the nation, hosted their archrivals, the Duke University Blue Devils, ranked #6 in the nation. The winner of this contest would claim the conference title and bragging rights for a year. What’s more, it was Senior Night, when a class of lettermen would play its final home game. All the ingredients for a thriller were present.

With less than three minutes remaining, the Tar Heels trailed by nine points. But then came one of the greatest rallies in program history: an offensive put-back, two made free throws, and an “and one” from All-American Sean May. With thirty seconds left, a Tar Heel defender knocks the ball from the hand of the opposing point guard. Bodies dive to the floor. Carolina ball! After a time out, the Tar Heel point guard drives into the lane. He’s fouled!

Amazingly, the home team is within touching distance. With just twelve seconds remaining, the Tar Heels are down by two points, but have a player at the foul line to shoot free throws. The first one is good! Now it’s just a one-point deficit.

The next shot—the potentially game-tying one—rises into the air. It bounces off the rim. Players claw for the rebound. The ball caroms around the lane like a pinball. It falls to Marvin Williams, a Tar Heel freshman. He jumps, banks it in, and is fouled.

When the ball fell through the net, the entire stadium erupted. 22,125 passionate fans roared at the top of their lungs. We jumped. We hugged. We shouted in wild celebration. The next day, the University must have called a construction crew because I’m sure we blew the roof off the Dean Dome. Roy Williams, Head Coach of the Tar Heels, would later say: “That’s the loudest I’ve ever heard any crowd in any basketball stadium… and it’s not even close.” Weeks later, the Tar Heels would be crowned National Champions.

Sixteen years later, in the midst of a pandemic, scenes like this are almost unheard of. But they will happen again, I’m sure. Eventually, we’ll pack large venues as tightly as we can and strain our voices in celebration. All that’s needed to get to that point is right decision-making from responsible citizens.

As much as I miss athletic events, there is something I miss much more: large gatherings of people who have assembled to worship God. I miss the praises of God’s people reverberating off the walls of Bridgestone Arena. I miss Christians filling the Georgia Dome and letting their joy rise to heaven. I miss the “great crowd of witnesses” with arms outstretched and voices raised in exuberant worship. I miss the unmasked, full-throated, joyful-hearted praise of the people of God.

Of course, even the greatest gathering on earth is a only dim hint of what is found in Heaven. The book of Revelation peels back the curtain just enough to provide a glimpse of all that we can eagerly anticipate:

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bridge has made herself ready;
she is clothed with fine linen, bright and pure.
Those who are in Christ have a sure and certain promise: When the New Heavens and the New Earth come, pandemics will be a thing of the past. There will be no more sickness and no more death. There will be no more evil and no more sin. Newness of life will surround us and flow through us like a river. All will have been won by the Savior and given to his people as a gift. The only thing that will be left to do is praise.

So, we will gather in the assembly of the righteous and do just that. The voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, will declare “Hallelujah!” We will stand shoulder to shoulder with cherubim and seraphim and harmonize with the angels. We will lift our arms like the trees and dance like the stars in the evening sky. We will beat our drums, blow our horns, and wave our banners in exultation. We will join all creation in the ceaseless praise of God.

When that glorious moment comes, the Lord may find himself thinking of March 6, 2005, and ole Roy: That’s the loudest I’ve heard any church in any cathedral… and it’s not even close.
9 Hidden Things That Make or Break Leaders
by Clay Stauffer
While on vacation this week, I read this leadership article by church consultant Carey Nieuwhof. As many are on spring break this week, we need to hear these important reminders about leadership and the important ways that we recharge. It doesn’t happen automatically. Check out this great piece!

So you’ve noticed something. Your ability to lead well seems to fluctuate. Some days (and seasons) you seem to be in top shape. You have energy and enthusiasm, a clear mind and your decision-making is sharp. But on other days (and in other seasons) you’re sluggish, fuzzy or so burdened down you feel like you can’t lead anything well.

What gives?

What I’ve learned in leadership is that on most days, there are hidden factors at work. These hidden factors can make you excel, or they can completely work against you. Knowing what’s at work in the background can be tremendously liberating. Once you realize what’s helping or hurting you, you can deal with it. So what hidden factors threaten to make or break you as a leader?

Here are 9 I’ve identified at work in my leadership. You’ll notice many have to do with a leader’s mind, while a few are more physical. You’ve likely seen them at work in the background of your life and leadership too. Understand them, and you’re ahead. Miss them, and you’re behind (again).

It should be no surprise so many of the factors are in your mind. Leadership, after all, is a mind game.m Work at the mental aspect of leadership and you’ll discover what many leaders have discovered: changing your mind about how you lead, feel and think changes everything.

And while not all 9 are critical issues, wise leaders know these are the factors that make or break them. So they make sure they leverage them to make them, not break them. Changing your mind about how you lead, feel and think changes everything.

Anyone who has led anything remotely significant is familiar with the weight of leadership. The weight of leadership is the sense of responsibility you carry that goes with your job. The problem is it never turns off easily. It follows you home. It accompanies you to bed. It travels with you on vacation. It’s hard to shake the weight of leadership. You feel it because you are the leader, and you’re likely the leader because you’re the kind of person who feels it. So what can help lift the weight of leadership? A few things:
  • Naming it
  • Doing something fun (the power of distraction)
  • Prayer
  • Talking to a friend or mentor who understands
  • When it’s appropriate, the weight of leadership can spur you toward leading better. But when it crushes you, all of the benefits of feeling responsible for what you lead disappear.
  • The weight of leadership never leaves leaders. Wise ones learn how to deal with it.

Many leaders run hard. But you can only run so hard so long. For many of you, it’s been too long. Any leader can run hard for a season, but even if you avoid burnout, eventually it becomes counterproductive to run hard all the time. Why? Your mood tanks. Your fatigue rises. Your productivity drops. And—bottom line—it’s unsustainable. Smart leaders ask themselves: Am I living in a way today that will help me thrive tomorrow? If not, why not? Are you living in a way today that will help you thrive tomorrow?

I’ve written about sleep before, and I’ve become a sleep evangelist of sorts over the last decade. Frankly, my conversion was involuntary. I used to pride myself on how little sleep I got. Now, most days, I unapologetically nap during the day and generally get 6-8 hours every night. The truth is, before I started taking sleep seriously, I was awake, but I was a zombie. And despite being awake more hours, I wasn’t nearly as productive as I am today. To say I’ve been 10x more productive since I started taking sleep seriously is probably not an exaggeration. I wanted to write a book all through my 30s. Never got a manuscript done. I’ve written four books in the last 8 years. Plus launched this blog, and a podcast, started speaking at conferences more often, and worked full time on top of that. I find when I cheat sleep now, it feels like my world comes crashing down. If I can call an audible and simply admit “Man, I’m tired” and get some rest, things come back into alignment surprisingly fast.

Leaders are often famous for taking little time off. Like missing sleep, you make a mistake when you don’t make the time to recharge.
I’ve discovered over the years that if I am going to operate at my peak, I need a break or a diversion every 6-8 weeks, if even for a day. An extra day off, a short trip or something that can refuel me (even if it’s somewhat work related) is often really restorative.
The longer it’s been since your last break, the longer it will take for you to feel truly great again. So take a break. The longer it's been since your last break, the longer it will take for you to feel great again.

Too often leaders think they can separate what happens at work from what happens at home. Leading poorly at home always impacts how you lead at work. Just like you carry the weight of leadership around with you wherever you go, you also carry the weight of a bad marriage or a fractured family with you wherever you go.
If you win at work but lose at home, you’ve lost.
If you win at work but lose at home, you've lost.

You can leave work, but thanks to your phone, work never leaves you.
I’m a connected guy, but even I found the constant buzzing of my phone to be too much. Last year I turned off all notifications on my phone except for phone calls and text messages. And I’m selective about giving out my cell number. I no longer feel my phone vibrate every time someone emails me, tweets me, likes a pic on Instagram or interacts on Facebook or Snapchat. This isn’t just a tip for home; it helps at work too. It’s very hard to do any thinking if your phone is buzzing every minute, which for a season of my life it was. Since your work no longer leaves you, you need to leave your work.
Another change I made last year: sleeping with my phone in another room, turned off. Yep, I know that’s radical. I use an old school alarm clock to wake me up. Most of the time, I’ve slept so well I wake up before the alarm. Imagine that.
Since—thanks to your phone—your work no longer leaves you, you need to leave your work.

As a Christian, I believe everything starts and ends with God.
Your ability to give love is directly related to how deeply you receive love. Your ability to love is like a bank account: you can only withdraw what has been deposited. Make too many withdrawals, and you go bankrupt. As you know, leadership is a series of withdrawals. So you better make some deposits. There is no greater source of love than God. So, if you want: To love the people you lead, it starts with God.
Wisdom, it comes from God. To exude grace, that also comes from God. When you sever a limb from the tree, it’s only a matter of time until it withers. Leadership is a series of withdrawals. So you better make some deposits.

Almost all food is brain food. Not all of it is good, but all of it affects your brain. And if you’re paid to think (like many who read this blog are), your nutrition is critical. Skipping meals, loading up on sugar and otherwise eating poorly impacts everything from your energy level to your blood sugar levels to your ability to think clearly. I know for me, eating well is essential. Sometimes when I’m getting upset or angry, I realize it’s likely due to the fact I haven’t eaten or I’ve eaten poorly.

I realized a long time ago that I am deeply impacted by two things:
Choice of venue. Being in a single venue for too long
Sometimes, you simply have to step away from the screen, get out of the office and change the scenery. In fact, I find my best ideas come to me when I’m not behind a computer screen or I’m within the first hour of a fresh venue. Ideas I love often come to me when I’m cycling, doing yard work, in a fresh place (or favourite place that isn’t an office), or doing anything that doesn’t require me to sit behind a screen and write.

Bible Study on Mark's Gospel with Dr. Rubel Shelly tomorrow at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Coinciding with Clay's sermon series, Dr. Rubel Shelly is leading a Wednesday night class during Lent on Mark's gospel.

  • March 17 - “Your Will Be Done” - Mark 14:34-42

Zoom link:
Passcode: 837438
Save the date! VBS 2021 is June 22-25
Prayers for our church family

  • Jeff Kinman and his company (Old South Landscaping)- One of his crews was involved in a bad accident on I 40 (3 dead, 1 injured)

  • Archie Adams 
  • Trish Beverstein - broken clavicle and two broken ribs
  • Laura Crenshaw - https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lauracrenshawupdates
  • Jan Goans - back at Green Hills Rehab
  • Jeff Hamm - www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffhamm 
  • Honey Hetzel
  • Bill Van Keuren
  • Lyle Lankford
  • Carol Mulloy 
  • Billy Pirtle 
  • Tallu Quinn - https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/talluquinn
  • Pam Richardson 
  • Nikki Schmutz 
  • Beth Sowell -ongoing knee surgery recovery - another procedure this week 
  • Mike Stewart 
  • Amy Wright - (diabetes) foot issue
  • John Weldon 

  • Gayle Adams' brother, Aurthur Don Simmons - Alive Hospice Residence
  • Thurston Cromwell's father-in-law, Maurice White - West Meade Rehab
  • Amy Hobart's father, Robert C. Cloud in TX - AML (bone marrow disease)
  • Walter White's brother, Raymond White - metastatic prostate cancer now in bone marrow
  • Farell Mason's father, John White - recovering from spine surgery Feb 8 
  • Susan Hammonds-White's brother, Glenn Hammonds - metastasis of bile-duct cancer, Berkeley, CA. 
  • Dorothy Stewart's mother, Juanita Greer - congestive heart failure
  • Lindsay Hammonds, sister of Susan Hammonds-White, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (stage 3 ovarian cancer)
Our elders invite you to join them in prayer

1. That we may recognize and appreciate the gifts of God we experience each day.
2. That we live each day with a willingness to share God's love.
3. That we may find those in need of receiving God's love.

Feb. 21: $35,199
Feb. 28: $28,276
March 7: $93,280
March 14:  $22,487
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike | Nashville, TN | 37215 | www.woodmontchristian.org 
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