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Belmont News newsletter for 11-2-14

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UMW holiday mission sale

Coffee, tea, chocolate...home-baked goodies?

Yes, the United Methodist Women are once again sponsoring a holiday sale of fair trade coffee, tea, olive oil, and chocolate. The sale will take place in the foyer on Sunday mornings, November 9 and 16. Proceeds from this sale benefit UMCOR initiatives throughout the world  (for example, helping recent victims of natural disasters) as well as third world farmers who grow the raw materials for these items. Our local beneficiary this year will be Golden Triangle youth, to assist with summer youth mission activities for 2015.

On November 23, UMW members will be selling home baked items (cookies, pies, quick breads, and cakes) to help you round out your Thanksgiving meal or serve to company that weekend. Proceeds from from this sale will go to the UMW treasury to add to our pledge to benefit various ministries including Community Cares, Bethlehem Center, and Martin Methodist College.

Buy gifts for loved ones, enjoy these things with your family and friends, and help others in the process!


Room in the Inn: Serve the homeless, receive a blessing


Starting November 7 and continuing each Friday through March 2015, twelve homeless men will stay overnight in the Community Center.  They will receive dinner, breakfast,

Read more: Room in the Inn: Serve the homeless, receive a blessing


Reflections for October 12, 2014

We are in a season focused on Joy in Giving, and we have been asked to reflect on the places where we have experienced great joy in giving in and through the church. We have heard stories of the ways in which our gifts are making a difference in the world.

I grew up in a household with very generous parents. We were not wealthy, and in my early years we lived a very simple life in an old, drafty farmhouse that had no running water. We grew most of the food we ate, and we worked hard. Most of my school friends lived in the same environment, and there was little distinction between rich and poor. My dad farmed and worked in town. He also sold crop insurance to farmers to help make ends meet. On Saturdays, he would go out to the farms and visit with his clients.

It wasn’t unusual for Dad to return home from his visits with stories of people in need—a farm family who had experienced a serious illness or a farmer whose crops had failed. There were always stories of families who were struggling to pay bills or to have enough to eat. Without hesitation my mom would fill a couple of bags with groceries, and my dad would go to the bank and get some cash. In our old car, the two of them would head out to visit and offer their gifts to the family in need. Giving to others was natural to them, and it gave them great joy to share what they had with others.

When I was growing up, our church used the envelope system for giving. Every church member had a box of envelopes, one for every Sunday in the year. My parents made a Saturday night ritual of preparing their envelope with a check for their church inside. If they missed a Sunday (which was rare), they’d prepare two envelopes. I am grateful for my parents’ continued witness of generosity.


Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC (as of 10-31-14):

Saturday, November 1:

The Altar Guild is having a training event on Saturday,
November 1.  Participants will create altar arrangements and learn from one another.  Read more...

Daylight Saving Time ends November 2. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday, November 1, night!

Sunday, November 2:

In worship on November 2, we will remember and give thanks for the lives of members of our congregation who have died during the past year. If you would like to honor someone in your life who has been, or is a saint in your faith journey, we invite you to add a bell to our Bell Banner. Read more...

Charge Conference will take place on Sunday, November 2, in Parker Hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Read more...

Next week:

The November Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meeting, originally scheduled for November 3, has been rescheduled for Monday, November 10. Our speaker will be Dr. Harry Gwirtsman, who will lead a conversation about dementia. Read more...

Have you ever been curious about the many sounds the organ can make? What do all of those knobs, buttons, and tabs control? How does the organ actually work? You have an opportunity to get to know more about the "King of Instruments" on Wednesday, November 5. Read more...

Room in the Inn begins November 7 and will continue each Friday through March 2015.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen. There is a job for everyone, including children. Sunday school classes, choirs, scout troops, families, and individuals. Read more...

Once again, Belmonters have the opportunity to help provide filled Christmas stockings for the children who attend the annual Christmas party at Beersheba Springs. Stockings will be available for pick up in the foyer on two Sundays, November 9 and 16. Read more...

The United Methodist Women are once again sponsoring a holiday sale of fair trade coffee, tea, olive oil, chocolate, and home-baked goods. The sale will take place in the foyer on Sunday mornings, November 9, 16, and 23. Read more...

The Reconciling Ministries Team discussion about the Tennessee same sex marriage case has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 9, at 2:00pm in the Community Center. Read more...

Upcoming events:

SEE volunteers are needed to  help GTF teenagers with math, reading, spelling, and conversation through November 22. Read more...


Other announcements:

To date, we have received 200 pledges for a total of $840,525.  Read more...

The UMW is collecting new or gently used Christmas decorations for the rooms at Bethlehem Center where children gather and household items for senior adults served by that organization. Look for collection boxes in the foyer . Read more...

Belmont UMC's food drive to stock Eakin's Elementary School's food pantry continues. Read more...

There are many mission and service opportunities at Belmont UMC. Find out what you can do or bring. Read more...

A part of children's faith formation is learning ways to grow closer to God through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  One of our children's Sunday school service activities for this year is collecting box tops for the Red Bird Missionary Conference. Read more...

Gifts to the Benevolence Fund are a witness of God's love to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are homeless or struggle to meet their financial needs. Read more...

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