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Belmont News newsletter for 1-15-17

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“Life Lessons from Mayberry” coming to Belmont UMC January 30!

From the whistling theme song to the final credits, “The Andy Griffith Show” has long been a favorite part of our culture as it transports viewers into an unabashed love affair with rural Americana. Each episode features the stablilizing force of simple relationships as Andy, Opie, Barney, Aunt Bea, and other characters live in the small town of Mayberry. At the Fifth Monday Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Parker Hall on January 30, Don Caldwell, member of Brentwood Baptist Church, will share some of the Biblical truths that are found in the stories from Mayberry. The cost for this event is $12 per person. The deadline for meal reservations is noon on January 25, and may be made by calling 615-383-0832. Pick up will be available at Calvary UMC at 10:45 a.m. for those requesting it at the time of reservation.


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Upcoming events as of Friday, January 13:


Joys and Concerns

Christian sympathy is extended to

Nancy Holland in the death of her mother, Helen Holland.

Gayle and Steve Sullivan in the death of Gayle's father, Loren Andrews.

The Parent and Child Music Group will resumes today. Infants and preschoolers are welcome! Read more...


Our Wonderful News! Epiphany worship series continues this Sunday, January 15. Read more...


The church and its offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday. Read more...

On Wednesday, January 18, Michael Williams will talk about his new book, Take Nothing For Your Journey, at 6:00pm in room 124. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Read more...

On Friday, January 20, Belmont UMC's senior adults will begin their 2017 activities with a work project at Second Harvest Food Bank. Reservations are due no later than January 10. Read more...

On Sunday, January 22, visitors are invited to a special session of "Welcome to Belmont" immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Read more...


Make plans to attend the next administrative board meeting on Sunday, January 29. This meeting will also be a charge conference for the purpose of approving compensation for appointed clergy. The deadline for meal reservations is January 25. Read more...

Make plans to attend the next senior adult Fifth Monday Lunch on January 30. The deadline for meal reservations is noon on January 25. Read more...

During the month of January, we will be forming a "Godly Play" team for 2017 and you are invited to join. "Godly Play" is a way of nurturing children's spiritual formation that we will bring to preschoolers of Belmont UMC. Read more...

On February 10, Belmont UMC's youth will provide childcare to raise money for their summer mission trips. Make plans now to drop off your kid(s), have a free night, and support a great cause! Spots are limited! Sign-up is first come, first served with a deadline of February 5 (unless spots are filled before then). Read more...
Calling all rising 2nd - rising 7th graders! The summer of 2017, WEB Music Camp will take place the week of July 17-23, at West End UMC. Read more...

October 16-21, 2017, Belmont UMC's senior adults will travel to Savannah and Epworth by the Sea in Georgia for a Wesleyan heritage tour. Reserve your spot by January 31, 2017.  Read more...


For the next 18 months, you are invited to join UMC Prays to support the Council of Bishops' call to prayer. Read more...

This year's Christmas Miracle Offering will help provide e-readers for theological education in Central Congo. To date, we have raised just over $19,329.  Click here to give online today.

The Altar Guild is beginning to plan for our 2017 altar flowers and encourages you to reserve your dates now. The flowers are given to the glory of God by members like you who want to give thanks in memory or in honor of loved ones. Read more...

Have extra room in your car on Sundays? Consider picking up a member on your way to church. Some of our senior adults are no longer able to drive and very much want to continue worshipping and being a part of their Sunday school class. Read more...

Room in the Inn is underway and volunteers are still needed. Be part of the "Inn crowd!" Read more ...

When inclement weather occurs, please refer to Belmont UMC's inclement weather policy and check our website and social media pages often for updates, announcements, and cancellations. Read more...

Are you using our online church directory, Access ACS? If not, you're missing out!  And, for even greater convenience, download the Church Life app for your Apple or Android smartphone and have Belmonter contact info at your fingertips! Read more...

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Reflections for February 15, 2015

The story of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible is a story about family relationships. At its center is the woman Naomi who moves with her husband and two sons to a place called Moab to escape “a famine in the land” (see Ruth 1:1, CEB). Soon death comes to Naomi’s husband, and she becomes a widow. Her sons then marry Moabite women, and the story reports that it is not long before her sons also die, leaving the three widows to fend for themselves in a harsh and lonely place.

Naomi convinces one daughter-in-law to return to her own family, but Ruth, the other daughter-in-law, stands firm with Naomi and will not leave her to face grief and recovery alone. “Don’t urge me to abandon you, to turn back from following after you. Wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (v. 16).

In the long months of 2014 as my beloved husband Ray and I lived out the final months of his life on this earth, as I moved from a place called Belmont UMC to the space of our home, the people of this congregation became my Ruth. You fed us, sat with us, and shared Holy Communion with us. You worked the hard work of loss and grief right beside us. You wept with me, and you stood firm with me as I moved from wife to widow, which truly felt like a time of famine in my soul.

But there you were, people of Belmont United Methodist Church. There you were, and still are, saying, “Wherever you go, we will go; and wherever you stay, we will stay. Your people will be our people, and your God is our God.”

I will be forever grateful to you all for your faithfulness, love, and kinship. It is good to be back home again.


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