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Belmont News newsletter for 11-23-14

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Feast of Lights Carol Service

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Belmont UMC’s annual Feast of Lights Carol Service will take place on Sunday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. (please note the earlier hour). Save the date and make plans to join us

Read more: Feast of Lights Carol Service

   

Meet the people of Sierra Leone through photos by Mike DuBose

Photo by Mike DuBose

This past June, the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign helped provide insecticide-treated bed nets for the people of Sierra Leone. At WNAB on Wednesday, December 3, come meet some of the people this vital ministry serves through photos taken by Belmonter and United Methodist News Service photographer, Mike DuBose. Mike will share his photos from two recent trips to Sierra Leone at 6:00 p.m. in room 124.

   

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 11-21-14):

 

Friday, November 21:


Room in the Inn continues today and will continue each Friday through March 2015. It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen - if you can help, sign-up online today! Read more...


Sunday, November 23:




On November 23 and 30 in the foyer, the Spiritual Formation Team will sell new selections for Advent studies, including 2015 Upper Room Disciplines and studies for Advent.


On Sunday, November 23, there will be a table set up in the foyer for people who want to start their Christmas shopping early and support this ministry that donates farm animals to impoverished families all over the world. 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 conclude this Sunday, November 23. Read more...



Christmas stockings for the children of Grundy County are due this Sunday, November 23. Look for a drop-off table in the foyer. Read more...


A few wreaths are still available to order (the deadline is Sunday, November 23) in memory or honor of a loved one. Poinsettias can be ordered thru Sunday, November 30. Read more...


Next week:

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we will not have Wednesday Night at Belmont (WNAB) this week on November 26. WNAB will resume on December 3 with a special program by Mike DuBose, during which he will share some of his work as a photographer for the United Methodist News Service.



The church and its offices will be closed
on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Upcoming events:


On December 4, senior adults will enjoy Christmas Delights,  a holiday event.  The program will include a holiday meal, singing Christmas carols with Gayle Sullivan, and a handbell concert. Read more...


The United Methodist Women (UMW) will hold their annual covered dish Christmas party on Saturday, December 6, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Parker Hall. Read more...



Join us for a Service of Remembrance, a quiet service of love and grief, on Sunday, December 7. Read more...



Save the date for the Multicultural Fellowship Christmas gathering on Sunday, December 7. Read more...



Join us on Sunday, December 7, for our Advent festival. There will be crafts to make, resources to spark your Advent imagination, a pizza fundraiser by the youth, caroling with the choir, and service opportunities for individuals and groups. Read more...



Belmont UMC’s annual Feast of Lights Carol Service will take place on Sunday, December 14, at 6:00 p.m. (please note the earlier hour). Read more...



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...



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...



A group from Belmont and Brentwood UMC will be going to the "Tree of Life" Training Center in Puebla, Mexico, January 16-25, 2015, to visit the "Give Ye Them To Eat" ministry. This is not the typical "work" mission trip.  Read more...

 

Other announcements:



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...



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 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...


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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