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Gifts that Change the World 2014: Your gift helps Malawi ministries!

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In 2012, United Methodism in the small African country of Malawi underwent a radical shift. Life-changing evangelism, ministry with those experiencing poverty, ministries of health

care for HIV/AIDS and orphans, and new churches for new people led to the recognition of the Malawi UMC Provisional Annual Conference. In other words, the Malawi UMC is vibrant and changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ.

The church in Malawi is strong and growing because pastors and lay leaders are being formed and educated at Africa University in degree programs such as theological studies, crop production, nursing, computer science, accounting and economics, and peace and governance. The work of Africa University is critical as visionary graduates like Rev. Daniel Mhone (Malawi UMC Superintendent) lead life-saving and life-changing ministries across the African continent. God’s spirit is stirring in the work of Africa University and its graduates!

Your presence and participation in this United Methodist congregation connects you to life-changing efforts around the world. Your giving through Gifts That Change the World will directly support Africa University, Martin Methodist College, the Ministerial Education Fund, and Camping and Retreat Ministries in the Tennessee Conference.

 

From the August 17 Belmont News newsletter

Sunday, August 17 will be the third Sunday of a 4-week giving campaign called “Gifts That Change the World”.  To give, look for an envelope with a yellow sticker near your seat,or write “GTCTW” on the memo line of your check.  On August 3 we highlighted Conference camping ministries (including Beersheba Springs Retreat Center), on August 10 we featured the Ministerial Education Fund (MEF), and today our focus is Martin Methodist College.

Founded in 1870, the college is chartered by the State of Tennessee and accredited by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.  Central goals for Martin Methodist include being 1) “a globally-conscious learning community that nurtures intellectual, spiritual, social, and personal growth,” and 2) “a college that serves the region and church through educational, spiritual, social, and cultural programs.”

We are happy to have Martin Methodist College within the “family” of missions that we support. Thanks for your help!

From the August 10 Belmont News newsletter

The Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) is 1 of the 7 core apportioned funds of the United Methodist Church.  Since 1968 this fund has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in the United Methodist Church. Forty percent of the total MEF funds collected each year provide vitally needed scholarships through our UM Seminaries, 25 percent is distributed for essential seminary support, and 25 percent assists ministry candidates directly through local annual conferences.  Other funds are used for programs that encourage candidates to respond to the call to ordained ministry and to support continuing education opportunities for both full-time and part-time pastors.

In 2013 UM seminaries received $ 17,466,745 in MEF scholarship funds to educate 1,050 UM students enrolled in master’s programs leading to ordination.

Your giving helps change the world by making it possible for leaders who’ve been called and gifted by God to faithfully serve and to help meet the evolving needs of people in ministry today!

From the August 3 Belmont News newsletter

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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