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Belmont News newsletter for 12-4-16

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Wesleyan heritage tour

October 16-21, 2017, Belmont UMC’s senior adults will travel to Savannah and Epworth by the Sea in Georgia. They will experience a bit of Southern colonial history and learn about the founding of Methodism in America by John and Charles Wesley. An itinerary of sightseeing, education, and worship in the Wesleyan format of morning and evening prayers will fill this six-day trip. Information brochures are available throughout the church. Belmont UMC members are encouraged to sign up by January 31, 2017. After that date registration will be open to family and friends of members and to members of neighboring United Methodist churches. For more information, contact Jim and Starr Strickland at (615-391-4864/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

   

2016 Christmas Miracle Offering

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It is almost impossible to put ourselves in the place of United Methodist (UM) seminary students in central Congo. But try to imagine doing your secondary or post-secondary work without

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

 

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Upcoming events as of Friday, November 25:



TODAY



Joys and Concerns

Christian sympathy is extended to
Family and friends of Jessie Allison.




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27





Our Light Is Dawning Advent and Christmas worship series begins this Sunday, November 27. Read more...



The deadline for returning the filled stockings is this Sunday, November 27. Read more...



Stop by the Iris Room this Sunday, November 27, and order a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. Read more...




NEXT WEEK, NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 4





On Wednesday evenings (November 30 and December 7 and 14), we will offer an Advent study using Pam Hawkins' new book, Prepare the Way: Cultivating a Heart for God in Advent. Also, the Upper Room is offering an online Advent course using Pam's book. Read more...



The discernment group will compile responses regarding LGBTQ inclusion in early December and encourages any Belmonters who have not yet responded to do so. Read more...


The Communion offering on Sunday, December 4, will help us fulfill our commitment to pay our fair share of conference askings. Read more...


This year's Christmas Miracle Offering will help provide e-readers for theological education in Central Congo. Click here to give online. Read more...



On December 4, visit the table in the Iris Room and start your Christmas shopping early! Make a tax-deductible contribution to Heifer International in someone's honor or name by giving a flock of chicks or even a water buffalo. Read more...



Now through December 4, Belmont UMC's United Methodist Women are sponsoring a church-wide collection of much needed items for senior adults served by Bethlehem Center. Read more...





UPCOMING EVENTS



If you are you a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss, we invite you to join us on Monday, December 5. Read more...



Do you like to read? If so, join Belmont UMC’s Midweek Readers Book Club on December 7. Read more...



Join us in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 11, at 6:00pm for the Feast of Lights and Carol Service. Read more...



Now through December 13, we are collecting food for the Eakin Elementary School food pantry. Look for the collection box in the Iris Room entrance area. Read more...

Belmont UMC's senior adults have many exciting events planned, including Broadway productions at TPAC. Read more...




OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS


Moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Ken Carter, and Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of the Commission on a Way Forward met on November 17-18, to continue planning for the Commission's work. Click here to read their progress report.


To date, we have received 252 pledges for a total of $1,078,311 toward our $1.31 million goal. Your pledges are critical to the success of the church in being able to carry out ministry, mission, and outreach. Click here to pledge online today.



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...



Robert Johnson has announced that he is resigning as Business Administrator at the end of the year. Read more...



Room in the Inn has begun. Volunteers are still needed for upcoming dates. Sign up in the foyer on Sunday! Read more ...



Belmont UMC is now accepting applications for the position of Business Administrator.  Preference will be given to candidates with a bachelor's degree and 5 years of related experience. Read more...


Each Wednesday afternoon, Ruby and Jennifer from Homeplace are coming to the church to share their love and their gifts and you are invited to join in the fun. Read more...



The Parent and Child Music Group meets every Friday morning! Infants and preschoolers are all welcome. 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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