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Belmont News newsletter for 4-19-15

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Discussion of U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case on May 10

On May 10, at 9:15 a.m. in the chapel, Bill Harbison and Phil Cramer will discuss the marriage equality case that is to be argued before the Supreme Court this month.  In 2013, three married couples who had moved to Tennessee challenged Tennessee's refusal to recognize their existing marriages and families on the basis of the couples’ gender and sexual orientation.  They prevailed in federal court in Tennessee before being reversed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, setting the stage for the Supreme Court to now hear the Tennessee case along with marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.  All four cases will be argued before the high court on April 28, 2015.  The U.S. Supreme Court's decision is expected the last week of June.  Bill Harbison and Phil Cramer will be in D.C. for this historical argument.  

On May 10, 2015, Bill and Phil will discuss the case during the Sunday School hour at 9:15 a.m. in the chapel. This discussion is sponsored by the Kairos Sunday School Class and all are welcome to attend.

 

 

   

Sanctuary Choir spring concert

On Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 pm, Belmont UMC’s Music Ministry will present a spring concert you won’t want to miss! The Sanctuary Choir, with full professional orchestra, will present

Read more: Sanctuary Choir spring concert

   

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, April 17):




Today:

Joys and Concerns for Friday, April 17:

Christian sympathy is extended to
Kristen, Steve, Sarah, Will, and Evan Riley in the death of Kristen's father, Carroll Bourg.



Visit our website to find out how our vision for nurturing provided twenty-five nights of warm shelter, meals (including lunches packed by volunteers like Emma Anne Stephens), and hospitality for homeless men in Nashville this past winter. Read more... 



Today, April 17, parents and babies under the age of one year old are invited to a time of socializing, singing, moving to music, and beginning to learn songs of our faith. Read more...



Sunday, April 19:



There has been much activity and dialogue recently about how Belmont might best live into our welcoming statement, so we are offering several opportunities to hear from our church family over the coming weeks, beginning with a question and answer session this Sunday, April 19, at 11:30am in Ferguson Chapel. Read more...



Join the youth and other Sunday school classes for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 19, in Parker Hall. Your $5 donation will help fund the youth's summer mission work in Memphis and Appalachia. Read more...



The youth plant sale ends on Sunday, April 19. It will support youth summer missions to Memphis and Appalachia. Read more ...



The Multicultural Fellowship will meet on Sunday, April 19. Bu Ghay and Cha from the Golden Triangle Fellowship will be the guest speakers. Read more...

Next week:



WNAB for Wednesday, April 22 - Program: Nashville Freedom School partnership, led by Garlinda Burton, 6:00 p.m. in room 124.  Menu: Cotton warehouse salad, poppy seed chicken, rice, sautéed green beans, and banana pudding. Vegetarian option: TBA.  Meal reservations are due Monday, April 13, by 9:00 a.m. Read more...




On Wednesday, April 22, Deaconess M. Garlinda Burton will speak about the Nashville Freedom School Partnership. Read more...



Continuing Wednesday, April 22, from 5:40-6:10 p.m., children in grades 1-6 are invited to explore music through instruments, song writing, movement, and games. Read more...



Due to rain, the senior adult trip to the zoo, scheduled for April 16, has been rescheduled for April 23. Read more...



Have papers that need to be shredded? There will be a FREE shredding event on Saturday, April 25. Read more...



After 38 years of service to Belmont UMC, Arnell Willis is retiring at the end of April and everyone is invited to help Arnell celebrate this milestone by attending a reception in her honor on Sunday, April 26. Read more...



This year's CROP Hunger walk will begin at Fannie Mae Dees Park at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Read more...



On Sunday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m., Belmont UMC's Music Ministry will offer a unique spring concert. Read more...


Upcoming events:



On April 30, all are invited to come and listen to the wonderful stories of our English as a Second Language students. Read more...




"M.B." is short for Music Banquet because this year's "abbreviated" and condensed version will occur on Wednesday, May 6, at 5:15 p.m. and be finished by 6:30 p.m. Read more...



On May 10, at 9:15 a.m. in the chapel, Bill Harbison and Phil Cramer will discuss the marriage equality case that is to be argued before the Supreme Court this month. This discussion is sponsored by the Kairos Sunday School Class and all are welcome to attend. Read more...



Save the date for Belmont UMC's Music Camp, June 15-19. Read more...


Other announcements:



Altar flowers are a wonderful way to remember or honor a loved one and beautify the sanctuary at the same time and dates are still available. Read more...



Has your email, address, or phone number changed? If so, please help us keep our member database up-to-date. Read more...


Belmont UMC's Scholars Extended Education (SEE) program for Golden Triangle Fellowship teenagers invites you to serve!. Read more...


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