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Belmont News newsletter for 7-3-16

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Teach a child

There is nothing better that helping a child know God’s love, learn stories of the Bible, practice living as a follower of Christ, and being part of a caring community of faith. You can participate in this life-changing experience as part of a teaching team for children’s Sunday school. We need teachers for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5K, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 5th and 6th grades. We will provide you with excellent, easy-to-use curriculum, as well as support and training throughout the year. Join in the joy of teaching children! For more information or to volunteer, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Have you registered for Music Camp?

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The West End Belmont (WEB) Music Camp is right around the corner, July 18-22, from 9:00-noon, at Belmont UMC. We really hope you will consider attending, and bringing a friend!

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC


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Upcoming events as of Friday, July 1:


Joys and concerns

Out of the hospital

Lou Ullrich
DeLoraine Zimmermann

Christian sympathy is extended to
Kathy, Pat, Leigh, and Kyle Nevill in the death of Pat's mother, Mae Dee Nevill.

Family and friends of Juanita Bass Brummitt.

Community Care Fellowship has an urgent need for new white t-shirts and socks of all sizes. Please bring your donations to Belmont UMC today or on Sunday. Read more...

All are invited to Edgehill UMC's 50th anniversary celebration, July 1-3. Read more...


Our Pentecost worship series, "Living on the Edge," continues this Sunday, July 3. Read more...

The Communion offering on July 3 will support Belmont UMC's Benevolence Fund. Read more...


The church and its offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Read more...

The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Education and Support Group will not meet in July. Our next meeting will take place on August 1. Read more...

July 10 - August 7, Belmont UMC's United Methodist Women (UMW) and Children's Ministry will be sponsoring a mission project to collect and assemble 300 health kits for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Read more...

The Covenant Class invites all to come and hear Rev. Norman Weber speak during the Sunday school hour on July 10, 17, and 24. about his life in Germany during World War II. Read more...


Beginning July 13, join us for a 12-week Wednesday morning study on discovering creativity and meaning at midlife and beyond. Read more...

The 2nd Thursday Book Group will meet on July 14 to discuss Krista Tippett's new book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Read

Space is limited the next two senior adult Mystery Lunches on Friday, July 15, and Thursday, August 18, so sign up today! Read more...

Make plans to attend the next Administrative Board meeting on Sunday, July 17. Read more...

The West End Belmont (WEB) Music Camp is right around the corner, July 18-22, from 9:00-noon, at Belmont UMC. Register online today! Read more..

The annual older adult Festival of Wisdom and Grace Conference at Lake Junaluska, NCwill take place August 1-4. Dr. Tony Campolo, Dr. Mickey Efird, and various workshops will inspire, educate, and rejuvenate participants. Read more...

The J. G. Bowman Scholarship Committee, which is under the church’s board of trustees, has announced that the annual scholarship deadline for this year’s award will be Sunday, August 21. Read more...

Save the date for the 2016 All-Church Retreat, September 23-25! Vanderbilt University Divinity School's Dean Emilie M. Townes will be our retreat leader. Read more...

Over the past several years, dozens of Belmonters have served with brothers and sisters in Malawi and have experienced the "warm heart of Africa." In October 2016, there will be another opportunity to serve on a Malawi mission trip. Read more...


For more than 30 years, Community Care Fellowship (CCF) has provided critical assistance to homeless and other needy persons in Nashville. For almost that long, Belmont UMC has supported CCF with volunteers and financial assistance.  Read more...

If you are a college student home for the summer or a student staying local for summer classes or work, check out summer ministry opportunities on our website. Read more...

Now is the time (yes, really!) to consider what small group or Sunday school study your class will want to follow through Advent 2016. New studies are available. Read more...

Are you using our online church directory, Access ACS? If not, you're missing out!  And, for even greater convenience, download the Church Life app for your Apple or Android smartphone and have Belmonter contact info at your fingertips! 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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