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Gifts that Change the World 2014: Tennessee Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries

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The Tennessee Conference owns two properties which serve more than 6,000 persons a year representing approximately 250 conference churches and 50 from other

conferences and groups.  These two properties are quite different in many ways.

Cedar Crest Camp is located nears Lyles, Tennessee and consists of approximately 500 acres and is host to our conference Elementary, Junior and Senior High summer camps.  In addition, Cedar Crest offers two year round retreat lodges, three outdoor chapels and features a lake for canoes and kayaks, a large swimming pool, archery, low ropes, creek stomping, Frisbee golf, and a wonderful experience in God’s beautiful creation.  This ministry is growing and we certainly invite everyone to participate in our excellent summer camp program led by Russell Casteel, Cedar Crest Camp Director.

Beersheba Springs Assembly is located on the Cumberland Plateau near McMinnville and offers modern accommodations for 150 persons and vintage accommodations for an additional 150 persons.  The property features modern conference and meeting rooms, an outdoor and indoor chapel, and rocking chair porches with a view of the Collins River Valley.  Beersheba serves large and small group assemblies, conferences, and retreats, and hosts our conference UMW retreat, Summer Sizzler for youth, and Christmas at Beersheba for everyone.

The mission of Camp and Retreat Ministries is to provide sacred space away from the ordinary and to offer our guests the opportunity to discover God, and to equip our guests to connect with God and each other so that they may go into the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ.

- by Dickie Hinton, Director, TNUMC Camp and Retreat Ministries

From the July 13 Belmont News newsletter

Connectional giving enables United Methodists to achieve together what no one church, regardless of size, could do alone. To this end, Belmont will dedicate the month of August to Gifts That Change the World, a campaign to raise both awareness and financial support

Each worship service in August will feature a ministry supported through our United Methodist connection. August 3 will feature our Conference camping ministries in Tennessee (including Beersheba Springs Retreat Center) that serve over 6,000 persons a year.  On August 10, Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will share news about our ministerial education funds, and Nancy Crutcher will share her personal testimony.  August 17 will feature a message from Josiah Po’e about our support of Martin Methodist College and his educational journey, and on August 24 we will celebrate our extensive mission projects in Malawi.

Our campaign financial goal is $50,000, all of which goes toward paying Belmont’s full share of conference and global askings. Thanks for your help!

From the July 13 issue of the Belmont News newsletter

Whether it’s local or global, the United Methodist Church is changing the world. Each church is a part of that process, and our church does its part. The United Methodist Church

is a big ol’ pie. A really big pie. There are many projects and goals to support (and pay for). Each church in the conference gives an amount known as an apportionment. The total of the apportionments supports each piece of the pie.

“Because there is the one loaf of bread, all of us, though many, are one body, for we all share the same loaf” 1 Cor. 10:17 (Today’s English Version).

Our Gifts That Change the World campaign kicks off this month, and you will hear about specific efforts and aims of the campaign during the month of August.
No gift is too small. As a church, we set the example for our Conference and our community. Join with me to pledge a gift to change the world.



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