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Belmont News newsletter for 8-2-15

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Reverend Marie King to join Belmont UMC staff

During the three months that Reverend Pam Hawkins is away from pastoral duties, Reverend Marie King will serve on the Belmont UMC staff, working in the areas of discipleship and adult formation.

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Kara Oliver and Jenny Youngman book-signing

Kara Oliver is thrilled to announce the publication of her new book Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children's Faith Season by Season. This book was inspired by a class she led with the Journey Sunday school class at Belmont UMC in 2013 and tested earlier this year as a guest of the Kairos Class. Kara invites all to a joint book-signing at Parnassus Book Store with her friend, Jenny Youngman, author of Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers for Morning, Bedtime and Everything In Between, on August 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Save the date and watch for more information about a retreat for parents that Kara and Jenny will be leading on Saturday, September 12, at Belmont UMC. If you would like more information, please contact Susan Groseclose at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

   

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.

   

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC (as of Friday, July 31):



Today:


Joys and Concerns for Friday, July 31:

Christian sympathy is extended to

Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher and Charles Christopher in the death of Sharon's mother, Mavis Lorraine Krueger Brown.



Today



Today is the deadline to submit your application for the J. G. Bowman Scholarship. Read more...



Sunday, August 2:




Connectional giving enables United Methodists to achieve together what no one church, regardless of size, could do alone. To this end, Belmont UMC will dedicate the month of August to Gifts That Change the World, a campaign to raise both awareness and financial support. Read more...



The Communion offering on August 2 will support Beersheba Springs Assembly and Cedar Crest Camp, two centers owned and operated by The Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Read more...


Next week:


Deadline change for August 16 issue of the newsletter. The August 16 issue will be published early, so items for it (as well as the August 9 issue) will be due by noon on Monday, August 3. Read more...



If you are you a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss, we invite you to join us on Monday, August 3. Read more...



On August 5, all are invited to join the youth as they celebrate their 2015 graduates at the 2015 Youth Banquet. Read more...


Would you like to learn how to write about treasured memories of your life experiences to share with your children and grandchildren? Woodbine UMC is offering a writing workshop for older adults, August 8, 15, 22, and 29. Read more...



On Sunday, August 9, Belmont UMC will host a Red Cross blood drive in Parker Hall. Read more...



Upcoming events:



Introducing Midweek at Belmont (formerly WNAB)! Beginning August 12, join us for dinner, lively conversation, a few laughs, dessert, catching up on church and with each other. There will also be time to engage your faith, explore your role in the church, the community and beyond. Read more...




Save the date! On Sunday, August 16, our children's choir season will resume with an ice cream sundae bar and games for children, their families, and their choir teachers. Read more...




All are invited to a joint book-signing with Kara Oliver and Jenny Youngman at Parnassus Book Store on August 22. Read more...





Save the date for the Edgehill/Belmont UMW potluck supper on August 20. Marnie Cotton from Edgehill UMC will be the speaker. Read more...

Better Decisions, has a rewarding volunteer opportunity for women. Volunteers are needed to partner with inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women to learn life-changing decision-making skills. Volunteer training will take place August 22-23. The deadline for registration is August 15. Read more...



The Multicultural Fellowship’s covered-dish dinner for August will be held on August 23. Read more...



On August 30, you are invited to the next session of Welcome to Belmont, an informal gathering time to learn more about the mission and ministries of Belmont UMC. Read more...



Save the date for the next Fifth Monday Lunch on August 31. Lunch will be followed by a captivating performance by Wishing Chair Production's Puppet Truck from the Nashville Public Library. Read more...




During the month of August, bins will be placed in the the Community Center on Sunday mornings to receive donations of school uniforms and supplies for our Golden Triangle children and youth. Read more...



Want to learn more about the Methodist church? Make plans to attend this class, led by Ken Edwards, beginning September 6. Read more...



Save the date for the 2015 All-Church Retreat, October 9-11! Liz Gannon-Graydon, the co-founder of What Better Looks Like, will be the adult session leader.  Read more...



As part of Belmont UMC's new Living Abundantly series, speaker Rich DeLong will present "Life's Little Recipe! - Discovering the Five Main Ingredients for Living Life" on October 24. Read more...


Other announcements:



Belmont UMC now has a new tool to help members and staff connect more efficiently. Access ACS is a website that will allow you to update your personal information for the church records. Read more...



During the three months that Reverend Pam Hawkins is away from pastoral duties, Reverend Marie King will serve on the Belmont UMC staff, working in the areas of discipleship and adult formation. Read more...



The Children's Ministry is excited about the new Deep Blue curriculum and needs teaching teams of loving, caring adults who want to share these Bible stories with children and nurture them to grow deeper in their relationship with God and others. Read more...




Belmont UMC's new WiFi network is up and running! Contact Angie Slade or any member of the Belmont UMC staff for access information.


Eakin Elementary is still taking donations for its food pantry to replace what was destroyed when they sustained water damage. Read more...



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