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Joy in Giving: Heifer International

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To date, we've received 210 pledges for a total of $882,965. Since second grade, our current Belmont sixth graders have given to the work of Heifer International. That first

year, the children faithfully brought their quarters week after week. With the generous help of just a few adults, the children were able to donate a cow to Heifer: a gift of $500! Since third grade, the class has visited many of Belmont’s adult Sunday School classes and shared goals with them. With the generosity of these classes, our children have now donated four heifers as well as a number of goats, sheep, bunnies, ducks, chicks, and even bees!

The joy in giving remains simple: it is reflected in the faces of our children as they bring quarters, accept the gifts of others, and present the results to our business administrator, Robert Johnson, so that funds can be sent to help families throughout the world.

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From the October 26 Belmont News newsletter

Belmont UMC is a leading partner church for Project Transformation in Nashville. Project Transformation’s mission is: to support underserved children and families locally; engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry; and connect churches to communities in need. This year, 394 children and youth participated at no cost in the eight-week summer enrichment program at five site churches across Davidson County. Among other activities, participants read one-on-one with volunteers for 40 minutes each day with 99.5% improving or maintaining reading levels over the summer. Thirty-five college-age interns invested more than 17,400 hours in service with 100% saying they would continue serving in their communities. Over 700 volunteers from 46 churches made this ministry possible by reading with children daily, serving meals to interns, and hosting family fun nights. We are joyful that Belmont supports this ministry, where young leaders emerge, communities are changed, and lives are transformed!

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From the October 19 Belmont News newsletter

Next Sunday, October 26, is Pledge Sunday which marks the completion of our Joy in Giving campaign.

You may turn in completed pledge cards during worship next week as we bring the 2015 operating budget campaign to a close. If you prefer, you may pledge by email to Robert Johnson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or click here. Listen for a progress update during this morning’s announcements. Thank you for your support!

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From the October 12 Belmont News newsletter

John Davis began attending Belmont UMC when he was a college student at Vanderbilt University and regularly contributes to the church through the offering each Sunday. John says: It never really crossed my mind to pledge a more significant donation—that was something for adults.

Over the next several years, John attended several churches before deciding to make Belmont UMC his church home. John was in his mid-20s when he realized, after discussions with friends, the importance of pledging in church planning and how making a larger annual financial gift would better help support the missions and initiatives of the church.

Annual pledges help the church plan for the upcoming year. Your gifts make it possible  to be in ministry together at Belmont UMC. We give thanks for your support, which sustains our church as we live God’s vision for our community of faith.

 

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From the October 5 Belmont News newsletter

Joy in Giving: Youth garden - Madison Henry remembers her fourth-grade community service project for an organization that later became the Nashville Food Project. Her class packed a big truck full of food and drove around the city giving food to the homeless.  Hungry and cold, a man asked the group to pray with him, thanking God for all the gifts given to him. The man embodied John 6:35 when Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Madison’s experience encouraged her involvement with the youth garden at the Lane’s farm and the Nashville Food Project. The youth garden has helped provide over 1,100 pounds of vegetables and 2,200 meals to the people of Nashville.  Madison loves working at the farm and knowing that the food grown there will help people like the man she met years before.

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From the September 28 Belmont News newsletter

The 2015 operating budget campaign begins Sunday, September 28. We celebrate Joy in Giving as we prayerfully contemplate our annual financial gifts to the church. We have much to be joyful about including how we use our collective gifts, financial and otherwise, to engage in mission every day.

Your gifts make it possible to be in ministry together at Belmont. The operating budget is the financial backbone of the church, funding ministry, mission, and outreach while providing for clergy and staff compensation, facility maintenance, operating expenses, and contributions toward conference askings. 

The annual pledging process is central to planning next year’s budget. Every gift is important to our church; all gifts are deeply appreciated. Please give as you are able. Click here to pledge online.

We give thanks for your support which sustains our church, allowing it to grow and thrive as we live God’s vision for our community of faith.

 

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