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Belmont News newsletter for 5-24-15

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Belmont ESL To sell cookbooks and storybooks for fundraiser

The Belmont ESL Program is in its 40th year of operation. If you are near the 2nd floor classrooms any Tuesday or Thursday during the school year, you will see more than 100 adults from over 35 countries studying hard in our English classes. The ESL program is a part of the mission and outreach of the church. The program is volunteer-driven and financially self-supporting.

On Sunday, May 31, ESL teachers will be in the foyer outside the Iris Room. We will have stories and videos that our students created this year. You can help support the ESL program by purchasing a book of stories written by students, or by purchasing a cookbook of international recipes from students. Each book sells for $5 and proceeds will be used to buy teaching materials for next year. Come visit with ESL teachers and learn more about this exciting program.


Summer Sundays small-group study: Six-week series on spiritual gifts

Beginning Sunday, May 31, a new small-group study will form around the resource Serving From the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service. We will meet

Read more: Summer Sundays small-group study: Six-week series on spiritual gifts


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.


Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC (as of Friday, May 22):


Joys and Concerns for Friday, May 22:

Congratulations to

Trish, Jason, and Emma Cameron, Emma and Mark Tsai, and Mark Tsai on the birth of their son, brother, grandson, and nephew, Grant Alexander Cameron. Grant was born April 26, 2015.

Visit our website today to find out how our Vision for Mission impacts the Benevolence Fund and, in turn, our homeless friends.  Read more...

Sunday, May 24:

Please help Belmont UMC continue to stand in the gap and help our community by donating blood on Sunday, May 24 in Parker Hall. Read more...

Next week:

The church and its offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Beginning Sunday, May 31, a new small-group study will form around the resource Serving From the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service.  This study will be led by Rev. Pam Hawkins. Read more...

On Sunday, May 31, support the Belmont ESL program by purchasing a book of stories or a cookbook of international recipes written by students in the foyer. Read more...

Upcoming events:

Calling all Belmont UMC photographers! The Arts Council invites you to submit up to 5 photographs to be considered for our next gallery exhibit. The subject is "Sabbath" and the deadline for submissions is June 1. Read more...

June 2-July 23South End UMC will host Vacation Bible School for kids who have no other opportunity to attend, including children from the Golden Triangle Fellowship. Volunteers are needed! Read more...

Belmont UMC's youth choir, the Open Door Singers, invite you to their homecoming concert at Belmont UMC on Monday, June 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Read more...

On June 8, Belmonter Bill Harbison will speak at the Clergy for Inclusion's Annual Conference dinner. Bill will talk about his role in Tennessee's marriage equality case. Read more...

Can you serve God's children for either one week (July 20-24) or for a few hours a week over a 6-week period (June 15-July 24) this summer? Are you looking for a summer small-group or a short-term service ministry? Read more...

Have you registered yet for Belmont UMC's Music Camp, June 15-19? Read more ...

Save the date for the next Mystery Lunch on Wednesday, June 17. Read more...

You are invited to tutor at Antioch UMC through Project Transformation Tennessee on June 22-25. Register online today! Share this with friends and family who are passionate about childhood education, young adult leadership, and churches connecting with their community. Read more...

This year's Festival of Wisdom and Grace for senior adults will take place July 27-30 at Lake Junaluska. The deadline for early registration is June 3.  Read more...

Save the date for the 2015 All-Church Retreat, October 9-11! Read more...

Other announcements:

Due to lack of funds in the Benevolence Fund, we have suspended financial support for bus passes, gas or food vouchers, utility assistance, etc. Your donation would greatly be appreciated. Read more...

We are looking for volunteers to serve in the 10:30 a.m. worship service each week. Read more...

Looking for a rewarding summer volunteer activity? Sign up for children's summer Sunday school! Read more...

On April 25, an earthquake devastated the country of Nepal. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to this disaster, particularly through a partnership with GlobalMedic to bring clean water to survivors. Read more or click here to give online.

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