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Belmont News newsletter for 8-3-14

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Reflections for August 3, 2014

When I think about hospitality in the life of the church I always think about the day Deborah came to Kingston Springs UMC. After worship, people gathered around her to introduce themselves and to welcome her. This small church was one of the friendliest churches I have served over the years. I asked Deborah, “So this is your first time here?” She answered, “Actually, I’ve come here at least 6 times, but I never had the courage to get out of the car. I wanted to come inside, but I was a bit insecure about coming to a new church. If I had known how friendly you were, I would have come in on the first Sunday.”

Every Sunday Belmont welcomes many visitors. I hear many positive comments about worship as these visitors file past me in the narthex. We may never know the needs of those sitting around us on Sunday mornings, but what we do know is that they need to be greeted and treated with the grace of warm hospitality. They may be visitors or they may be members we have not gotten to know. Reach out your hand and say, “I’m ____, and I’m not sure we have met.” They’ll let you know if they are visiting or not and they’ll be grateful for your greeting.

A few weeks ago I spoke about the 15-foot rule. It means agreeing to be responsible for everyone who is within 15 feet of us on Sunday mornings. If you are in that parameter, I will be responsible for you: responsible to greet you or smile at you or get to know your name. (I tell introverts to make that a 10-foot rule.) We are here to offer grace and love and the environment in which transformation can take place in the lives of others.


Golden Triangle Youth wilderness retreat

The Wilderness. The water, sky, grass, and trees. Simplicity in motion. All of these things were experienced by a multitude of young people. The Golden Triangle

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Here is what's happening at Belmont UMC (as of August 3):

Sunday, August 3:

Belmont will dedicate the month of August to Gifts That Change the World, a campaign to raise both awareness and financial support. 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, August 4. Read more...

On August 7, Belmont UMW members are invited to join Edgehill UMW members in their study of the Roma of Europe at Edgehill UMC. The program will be led by our own Mary-Helen Marigza. Read more...

Reverend Dr. Emilie M. Townes, the new Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will preach at Belmont UMC on August 10 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Read more...

Upcoming events:

Wednesday Night at Belmont (WNAB) will open the season on August 13 with dinner in the Community Center at 5:15 pm followed by a light-spirited concert featuring some of Belmont's finest talent. Read more...

Beginning August 16, SEE volunteers are needed to  help GTF teenagers with math homework and to guide small groups in reading, playing word games, filling out reading worksheets, spelling, and conversation. Read more...

Our next Multicultural Fellowship covered dish luncheon will take place on Sunday, August 17, in Parker Hall following the 10:30 a.m. service. Read more...

A new WNAB adult arts offering, Celebrating Our Songs and Stories:  Hearing and Seeing God through Music, Written Word, and Visual Art, begins August 20. Read more...

Children's Choirs are back in session beginning Wednesday, August 20, from 6:15-7:00 p.m. for all children, ages 3- 6th grade! Read more...

We are collecting gently used school clothes, shoes, and/or supplies for our Golden Triangle children through mid-August. Read more...

Save the date for our Faith Steps Blessing Breakfast on September 7! Families and our Sunday school leaders will gather in the Community Center at 9:15 a.m. Read more...

September's senior adult activity will be a Fifth Monday Luncheon on September 29. This will be a special lunch theater event with Shawn Knight returning to present Gershwin in Blue. Read more...

Alive Hospice is proud to announce their 5th annual Faith Leaders Conference on end-of-life care.  This year's theme is Love, Loss, and Living and will take place on Thursday, October 9. Read more...

The speaker at this year's All-Church Retreat, October 10-12, will be Father Charles Strobel. Read more...

Other announcements:

The Open Roof Ministry Team was organized to provide accessible ministries for persons with disabilities or learning needs and we need persons to serve as shepherds in our children's ministries. Read more...

The Edgehill Free Store is in need of volunteers and household items. Read more...

Donations needed for Benevolence Fund. Among other things, this fund provides sack lunches for our homeless guests. Read  more...

Through 2014-2015,your gifts markedImagine No Malaria will help United Methodists implement their $75 million campaign to end malaria through ministries of prevention, treatment, and education. Read more or click here to give online.

In the coming months we, as a congregation, will begin acting on and making real the aspirations put forward in our strategic plan. There are ways you can volunteer to implement the strategic plan.  Read more...

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