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Relief has reached Malawi!

Bags of maize flour, beans, and salt have been distributed to families in need.

January brought devastating floods in Malawi, primarily in the southernmost part of this small African country.  In villages where so many live in poverty, families lost their crops, houses, cooking utensils, and farm animals. The Malawi United Methodist Church responded immediately, initially by assessing the needs of affected communities and communicating these needs to partner churches like Belmont UMC. Belmonters responded by giving generously through a special offering, raising $20,000 for emergency relief in Malawi. These funds have arrived in Malawi, and bags of maize flour, beans, and salt have been distributed to an estimated 660 affected families.  In addition, fortified porridge was given to children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and others at special risk of malnutrition. Our partnership with the Malawi UMC supported their ability to be in ministry to those in great need, sharing the love of Christ. Your generous gifts have made a significant difference in the lives of others.





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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.


Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC (as of 2-27-15):



Joys and Concerns for Friday, February 27:
Christian sympathy is extended to
John Simpkins in the death of his sister, Jean Rogers.

In the hospital
Charlie Warfield Sr.

Out of the hospital
Helen Ewers

Sunday, March 1:


On March 1, the One Great Hour of Sharing Communion offering will make the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. Read more...

Beginning March 1, there will be a special Sunday school class for parents of children and youth led by Kara Oliver. Each week there will be a simple liturgy, or process, for leading discussion with your family about where you saw and experienced God as well as learn about the spiritual practice for the coming week. Read more...

On the first four Sundays of March (1, 8, 15, and 22), Pastor Ken Edwards will lead Methodism 101 in the Iris Room at 9:15 a.m. Come learn more about the Methodist Church. Read more ...

Join us in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m., as the Music Ministry presents Reginald Smith, Jr., and  Deron Johnson in concert. They have planned an exciting program of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs. Read more ...

Next week:

Are you a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone with Alzheimer's or other memory loss? If so, we invite you to join us on Monday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m. in room 202, for a time of learning, fellowship, and care. Read more...

Continuing this Wednesday, March 4, Michael Stephens is leading a 7-week DVD-based Lenten study from The Upper Room called The God We Can Know: Exploring the "I Am" Sayings of Jesus. Read more ...

On four Thursdays during Lent (March 5, 12, 19, 26), from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m, Rev. Pam Hawkins will lead a Lenten Prayer Study at her home. This small group will use the new book Forty Days of Meditation: A Scripture Journal, which Pam wrote and edited. Read more...

Save the date for the next Administrative Board meeting on Sunday, March 8. These meetings are open to all persons in the church and you are encouraged to attend. Read more...

Upcoming events:

Belmont UMC's Music Ministry is delighted to welcome the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia, as our guest choir for the 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, March 15. Read more...

There will be a Red Cross blood drive on March 22, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Parker Hall. Please help Belmont UMC stand in the gap and help our community. Read more...

The next Fifth Monday Luncheon will take place on March 30 in Parker Hall. Cindy Sullivan will be the guest speaker and will share tips on decluttering and preparations for downsizing.. Read more...

The time for nourishing the soul at SOULfeast 2015 (July 12-16) is just around the corner! Join speakers Elaine Heath and Jacob Armstrong-along with other favorite SOULfeast workshop and worship leaders-for this time of rest and renewal. Read more...

Other announcements:

Belmont UMC's Scholars Extended Education (SEE) program for Golden Triangle Fellowship teenagers invites you to serve!. Read more...


In the event of inclement weather, please refer to our inclement weather policy and check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and email for updates, announcements, and cancellations. Read more...

The United Way VITA Program provides free tax preparation for low income families. Read more...


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