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"End Slavery Tennessee" luncheon

Human trafficking is occurring right here in Nashville, whether we realize it or not.  Both girls and boys are trafficked for sex slavery or for enforced servitude

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"End Slavery Tennessee" luncheon

Human trafficking is occurring right here in Nashville, whether we realize it or not.  Both girls and boys are trafficked for sex slavery or for enforced servitude in domestic or other situations.

On May 15, come learn more about how to recognize signs, about what you can do to combat it, and what you can do to help survivors. Gwen Smith of End Slavery Tennessee will speak during a luncheon in Parker Hall immediately following the 10:30am worship service.  The talk is open to Belmont UMC's concerned adults and older youth.

We will be collecting women's socks, hairbrushes, flip-flops or or a gift card to Target, Kroger, or Walmart for survivors. Everyone is encouraged to bring an item.

The cost is $10 and you can make your reservation by calling 615-383-0832 no later than Wednesday, May 11. Specify if you want a vegetarian meal and/or if you need childcare, with the names and ages of the children.

The talk and lunch are sponsored by Belmont UMC's United Methodist Women. For more information, go to endslaverytennessee.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

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Upcoming events as of Friday, April 29:


SUNDAY, MAY 1



The Communion offering on May 1 will support the Golden Cross Foundation. Read more...




All are invited to the Music Ministry Banquet on Sunday, May 1, at 11:45 a.m. Read more...




NEXT WEEK, MAY 2 - 8



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, May 2 for a time of learning, fellowship, and care. Read more...



May is Mental Health Awareness month. For four Wednesdays, Insight Counseling Centers will present four panel discussions on four areas of mental distress that affect us all: May 4: Addiction, May 11: Grief & Loss, May 18: Relationship Challenges, May 25: Depression & Anxiety. Read more...



On Thursday, May 5, Kelsey Tinker Hannum, Grants Administrator at Discipleship UM Ministries, will be at Edgehill UMC to speak about the Africa Young Leaders Summit. All are invited. Read more...



UPCOMING EVENTS




The May 22 issue of the Belmont News newsletter will be published early. Items for the May 22 issue (as well as the May 15 issue) will be due by noon on Monday, May 9. Read more...


May 10-20, 864 United Methodists (equal numbers of clergy and lay) will gather at General Conference to discuss matters shared by the worldwide church. Topics will include: ordination of clergy earlier in their preparation process; term limits for bishops; and social issues such as access to health care, racism, and human sexuality. Read more...



The 2nd Thursday Book Group will meet on May 12 to discuss the book Alive, Alive Oh! By Diana Athill. All are invited. Read more...



Make plans to attend NOAH's first Annual Banquet on May 12. The theme is "Rekindling Democracy" and Rev. Anthony Thompson, whose wife was killed in the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the speaker. Read more...



On Saturday, May 14, the UMW Conference is holding a work day at Bethlehem Center to do some needed organizing, painting, and landscape work. Volunteers are needed to help. Read more...



On Sunday, May 15, all are invited to the Confirmation worship service at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. Come celebrate and welcome our newest members! Read more...



On Sunday, May 15, Gwen Smith of End Slavery Tennessee will speak at a luncheon after the 10:30 a.m. worship service about how we can combat human trafficking. All are invited.  Read more ...




Belmont UMC is collecting food now through May 15 for Eakin Elementary students. Over 30% of Eakin families live at or below the poverty line. Donations can be left in the box in the Iris Room entrance area. Read more...


On Monday, May 23, there will be a pseudo Fifth Monday luncheon and the program will feature Equity Actor, Shawn Knight, performing his one-man show "Richard Rodgers: Many a New Day." The cost is $15 per person. Read more...



Belmont UMC week at Cedar Crest Camp is June 19-24. Each year, a Belmont week is designated so that children who want to attend camp with their church friends can do so on the designated week. Read more...




All are invited to Edgehill UMC's 50th anniversary celebration. Call 615-254-7628 for more information.



Save the date for Vacation Bible School 2016! Children ages three-6th grade will take place during the Sunday School hour the months of June and July. Read more...



In July, Belmont UMC will welcome new pastors Rev. Jefferson Furtado and Rev. Jin Kim. Read more...




This summer, the week of July 18-22, Belmont UMC and West End UMC will join forces, teachers, and new ideas for a combined music camp to be held at Belmont UMC for children age 4-6th grade. Read more...



Midweek at Belmont will resume on August 17!



Belmont UMC's senior adults are invited to get on board for a trip to Chattanooga, September 13-15. This two-night, three-day adventure will include a wide variety of experiences including a ride on the Incline Railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Read more...



Save the date for the 2016 All-Church Retreat at Beersheba Springs! The 2016 retreat will take place September 23-25. Read more...



OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Drought conditions are causing crop failure and harvest loss throughout Malawi. Without adequate rainfall this year, entire villages are without adequate forms of nourishment. To date, we have collected $5790, but still need more in order to provide nourishment to a village of 1,000 individuals for three months. Go to our website today to give online. Read more...

Belmont UMC is pleased to announce that Gairdt Edwards is the our new caterer. Gairdt will be using the Community Center kitchen to provide meals for Belmont UMC events and for his company, "Barley to Rise." Read more...


Our Hillsboro Village neighbor, Aladdin's, has graciously offered Belmonters the use of its parking lot (located on the corner of Acklen and 20th Avenue) on Sunday mornings. 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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Need to schedule a meeting or event at the church? Contact Angie Slade at 383-0832, ext. 23 or aslade@belmontumc.org

 

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