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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Education and Support Group

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, January 5, at 7:00 p.m. in room 202.

Read more: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Education and Support Group

 

Belmont News newsletter for 12-28-14

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Church books close December 31

The church’s financial books will close on Wednesday, December 31. To be counted for 2014, contributions should be in the church business office by noon that day or postmarked no later than December 31.

   

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 12-19-14):

 

 

Today:

Joys and Concerns for Friday, December 19:
Christian sympathy is extended to:

Andy and John Brooks in the death of Andy's father.

Rita Collett in the death of her mother.

Michael George in the death of his mother.

Have a joy or concern you'd like to share? Send it to Angie Slade by noon on Thursdays.



As you start making your Christmas buying list, please prayerfully include our church's Christmas Miracle Offering recipient Imagine No Malaria. Read more...


 

Sunday, December 21:




Advent, the beginning of the church year, is a time of preparation, anticipation, and hope. Plan to participate in the many Advent activities offered at Belmont UMC that continue this Sunday, December 21. Read more...


On Sunday, December 21, from 9:15-10:00 a.m. come to the Sanctuary for an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-a-long! Read more...


Next week:




On Wednesday, December 24, make plans to join us in the sanctuary at 5:00 p.m. for a Christmas Eve candlelight and Communion service. Childcare will be provided. Read more...




The church and its offices will be closed on  December 24 (building will open at 3:00 p.m. for Christmas Eve worship service), 25, and 26. Read more...




Please note that due to the Christmas holiday, there will only be one worship service (at 10:30 a.m.) in the sanctuary on December 28. Make plans to join us for this service of worship as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.


Upcoming events:




The church's financial books will close on Wednesday, December 31. To be counted for 2014, contributions should be in the church business office by noon that day or postmarked no later than December 31.



Volunteers are needed on January 2 and 9! Currently, there are no classes, groups, or individuals signed up to host our homeless guests on January 2. If you can help, click here to sign up online.



Offerings left at the Communion rail on Sunday, January 4, will go toward our conference apportionments. Read more...




Parents of preschoolers are invited to a series of workshops offered by the Nashville Public Library on January 7, 14, 21, and 28. Read more...



Children and youth are invited to a visioning retreat, January 8-10. Read more...



Belmont UMC's senior adults will begin 2015 with a work project at Second Harvest Food Bank on Friday, January 9. Following the work, they will enjoy a gourmet lunch onsite. Read more...



Project Transformation Tennessee invites Christ-centered young adults seeking a summer of hands-on ministry with underserved children and youth to apply for our summer internship program. The priority deadline for applicants is January 15. Read more...

 

Other announcements:



Do you have a couple of hours a month to volunteer for your church? Can you help straighten the sanctuary? Can you help enter data on a computer? Read more...



The worship committee is seeking persons who would be interested in helping in the ministry of hospitality at the 10:30 a.m. service and in special worship services (for example, Easter services, Feast of Lights, Christmas Eve). Read more...



The Golden Triangle Women's Sewing Club needs volunteers to help teach sewing to GTF women. Fabric and pattern donations are also needed. 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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Need to schedule a meeting or event at the church? Contact Angie Slade at 383-0832, ext. 23 or aslade@belmontumc.org

 

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