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Belmont News newsletter for 3-26-17

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Free community health fair


Speakers on Pediatric Care, Pediatric Injury and Trauma Prevention in the Home, and Child Development

Speakers on Diabetes, Reflexology, Cancer, Heart Health, Breast Health and Mammography, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Free Health Screenings, CPR Demos, Hearing & Vision Screenings for Pre-K thru 12th Grades, Health-Related Booths, Pharmacy Booth, Dental Booths, FiftyForward Booth, OsteoStrong Booth, Police Kid IDs, 3-4 Reflexology Chairs for Reflex Sessions, Light Refreshments by Publix, and a MAMMOGRAPHY MOBILE on Site



Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Upcoming events as of Friday, March 24:


Joys and Concerns

Out of the hospital
Myron Mains

Christian sympathy is extended to

Judy Stubbs in the death of her husband, Mike Stubbs.

Dot Ann, Sarah Lea, and Rob Barrick in the death of their husband and father, Jim Barrick.

Bonnie and Jack Tracy in the death of Jack's sister, Mary Tracy Briggs.


On Saturday, March 25, Shaikh Yasser S. Arafat, CEO and President of the Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICTN), will speak at the UMW District meeting. Read more...


Our Encounters with God Lenten worship series continues this Sunday, March 26. Jin Kim will be preaching. Read more...

John Collett's  3-week Sunday school series Living as Guests of the Table of Jesus continues this Sunday, March 26. Read more...

The Altar Guild is again offering an opportunity for you to remember or honor loved ones this season. You may order an Easter lily this Sunday, March 26, in the Iris room. Read more...


A study based on Adam Hamilton's John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Susan Groseclose, continues on Wednesday, March 29. Read more...

There will be a free health fair at Creivewood UMC on April 1. Activities will include: free health screenings, hearing & vision screenings for pre-K thru 12th grades, reflexology chairs, etc. Read more...

The Administrative Board meeting, originally scheduled for March 19, will take place on Sunday, April 2. Read more

On Sunday, April 2, Belmont UMC youth will provide a baked potato bar lunch in Parker Hall as a fundraiser for summer mission trips with the Appalachia Service Project and Heifer Ranch. Reservations are due no later than March 26. Read more...

The youth plant sale will begin on April 2. Proceeds will benefit youth summer mission trips and choir tour. Read more...


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, April 3. Read more...

Do you like to read? If so, plan to attend the next Midweek Readers Book Club gathering on Wednesday, April 5. Read more...

On April 13, the 2nd Thursday Book Group will conclude their discussion of Richard Rohr's book, The Divine Dance, and Carol Brown will share her experience of hearing Richard Rohr speak. Feel free to join us! Read more...

Tickets are still available for the senior adult trip to the Nashville Symphony's "Coffee and Classics" event on April 14. Read more...

Calling all rising 2nd graders-rising 7th graders! WEB (West End Belmont) Music Camp will take place July 17-23, with a presentation of the musical, "Moses and the Freedom Fanatics" on Sunday morning. Online registration begins March 27. Read more...

Belmont UMC children will go to Cedar Crest Camp, in Lyles, TN, the week of July 23, 2017. This week is open to all children who have finished grades 2-8. Read more...

The senior adult trip to Milky Way Farms in Pulaski has been postponed until September 12.  Read more...

Save the date for the next All-Church Retreat, September 22-24, 2017. Michael Williams, senior pastor at West End UMC, will lead our retreat this year.


The Bishop and Cabinet have announced new District alignments for the Tennessee Conference, beginning in July of this year, reducing the number of the Districts from seven to five and renaming the Districts after prominent rivers in those Districts. With this new alignment, Belmont will be in the Cumberland River District and Reverend Scott Aleridge will be the District Superintendent. Read more...

Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) will be the recipient of this year's Lenten offering. Read more ...

The Parent Child Music Group meets every Friday morning at 10:00am in room 213. Infants and preschoolers are welcome! Read more...

For the next 18 months, you are invited to join UMC Prays to support the Council of Bishops' call to prayer. 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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