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Belmont News newsletter for 4-30-17

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Edgehill UMW to present: "School choice: A social justice issue"

On Thursday, May 4, Edgehill UMC's United Methodist Women will present "School choice: A social justice issue" at Edgehill UMC and all are invited. The program will begin at 6:00pm.

Concerned about welfare of all children in public schools? Wondering what school is best for your child? Presenters Tara Johnson and Suzie Johnson will speak about their experinces.  

Tara and husband, Jai, chose to send their daughters to a “poor performing” neighborhood school. Suzie chose to teach in a “poor performing” neighborhood. Why? How does this school choice affect the quality of education for their children and the other neighborhood school children? How has the quality of education, teacher performance, diversity, equity and school board decisions/representatives, been impacted by their choice? Through the eyes of these two women, the social justice effects of school choice will be explored.

Childcare, hearty snacks, and fruit tea will be available. For more information, contact Bonnie Johnson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 615-383-3337).


CROP Hunger Walk set for April 30


In 2001, several Nashvillians (including Belmonter Jim Strickland), joined together to organize a CROP Hunger Walk for Nashville. This year, the one-mile (or five-kilometer) walk will take place

Read more: CROP Hunger Walk set for April 30


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Sunday, April 30

As Belmont UMC lives out its mission of "growing in love of God and neighbor," all Belmont UMC adults are encouraged to participate in an adult assessment of Belmont UMC's spiritual well-being in the Iris Room this Sunday, April 30. The assessment can also be completed online. Read more...

This Sunday, April 30, visitors are invited to a special session of "Welcome to Belmont," an informal opportunity to meet some of the pastors and lay leaders as well as hear more about Belmont UMC. Read more...

This year's CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by Church World Service, will take place on Sunday, April 30.  Read more...

Next week, May 1 - 7

The Midweek at Belmont Wednesday night meal has been extended through May 24!  Meal reservations for the May 3 dinner are due by 9:00am on Monday, May 1. Call or email Anne Hoback to make your reservation.

The next Midweek Readers Book Club meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 3. All are welcome! Read more...

On Thursday, May 4, Edgehill UMC's UMW will present "School Choice: A social justice issue" at Edgehill UMC and all are invited. Concerned about welfare of all children in public schools?
Wondering what school is best for your child? Then plan to attend. Read more...

On Saturday, May 6, from 9:00am-12:00pm (rain or shine), West End UMC will host a recycling event. Read more...

The Communion offering on May 7 will support the Golden Cross Foundation. Read more...

On Sunday, May 7, the Carillon Ringers, along with guest string instrumentalists, will perform a concert at Belmont UMC. Read more...

Upcoming events

Make plans to attend the next administrative board meeting on Sunday, May 21. This meeting will also be a Charge Conference to approve a candidate for ministry. Meal reservations are due by May 17.  Read more...

June 3-July 25, families and adults of all ages are invited to join weekly summer faith adventures around Nashville this summer. Read more...

On June 11, all are invited to celebrate Ken at a retirement reception in his honor. In addition to the reception, we want to honor Ken with a book of notes, cards, and photos from Belmonters. If you would like to contribute to this, please mail or email your notes, cards, and photos to Angie Slade before Friday, May 26. Read more...

Red Bird Mission needs our help in collecting 88,500 labels for education to complete their goal of 1.5 million labels in order to get one more mini van for their dormitory program. Labels are needed by June 30. Read more...

Calling all rising 2nd graders-rising 7th graders - online registration for WEB (West End Belmont) Music Camp, July 17-23, is now open. Register online today! Read more...

Michael E. Williams, senior pastor at West End UMC, will lead the All-Church Retreat, September 22-24. Michael will speak on storytelling as spiritual exploration, and will help us learn to tell our own stories. Read more...

Other announcements

E Readers for Theological Education (a ministry of Discipleship Ministries) thanks Belmont UMC for contributing so generously to the Christmas Miracle Offering benefiting Wembo-Nyama theological school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Read more...

This summer, 2-4 persons are needed to go to Malawi to lead follow-up sessions on Christian marriage and family life. Read more...

Mark your calendars for these upcoming music events.

Belmonters now have the option to give to the church through a smartphone app called "Joyfully2UMC." Support Belmont UMC, right from your phone, any time, anywhere. Give to the Easter offering on your smartphone today! Read more...

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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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