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Belmont News newsletter for 11-30-14

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Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion service

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

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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 11-28-14):


Sunday, November 30:

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, beginning November 30. Read more...

As you start making your Christmas buying list, please prayerfully include our church’s Christmas Miracle Offering recipient Imagine No Malaria. Read more...
On November 30, in the foyer, the Spiritual Formation Team will sell new selections for Advent studies, including 2015 Upper Room Disciplines and studies for Advent.

The deadline to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one is Sunday, November 30. Read more...

Next week:

Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss? Join us December 1 for a time of education and support. Read more...

The Imagine No Malaria campaign has 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 ministry serves through photos taken by Belmonter and United Methodist News Service photographer, Mike DuBose. 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...

Upcoming events:

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...

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.

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...

Room in the Inn 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...


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...

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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