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Dean McIntyre to speak at next Fifth Monday Lunch

The next Fifth Monday lunch will take place on February 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Parker Hall. Guest speaker Dean McIntyre will lead us in “Favorite Hymns of the Generations.” This promises to be a delightful program, so join us and take time to sing! The cost for lunch is $12. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 615-383-0832 no later than Thursday, February 25.

Pictured above: Dean McIntyre

   

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Upcoming events as of Friday, February 5:



TODAY


Visit our "Lent at Belmont UMC" webpage today for a listing of Lenten and Holy Week activities. Read more...



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7



The Communion offering on February 7 will support O.N.E./Barnes Scholarships. Belmont UMC has long supported this program for Edgehill residents seeking post-high school training. Read more...


Visitors are invited to learn more about the mission and ministries of Belmont UMC at a special session of "Welcome to Belmont" on Sunday, February 7. Read more...



NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 8-14


The season of Lent is a time to focus on growing into the fullness God desires for us. Beginning February 10, join us on Wednesday mornings for this special Lenten study as we prayerfully create our own unique "Rule of Life."  Read more...



On Wednesday, February 10, Belmont Senior Adults will be participating in a work project at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Read more...



You are invited to begin the Lenten season of reflection and repentance at Ash Wednesday worship on February 10. The service will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Yiwen Bi will be preaching. Read more...



On February 11, the 2nd Thursday Book Group will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Iris Room to discuss the book When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Join us! Read more...

On February 14, Belmont UMC’s Advocacy Ministry Team will provide letter templates and writing points to support you in advocating for the health of your neighbors at a table in the foyer. Read more...




UPCOMING EVENTS



Lent offers a season for reflection on our life with God. It is a time to make the pilgrimage with Jesus toward Jerusalem and beyond. Beginning February 17, join us on Wednesday nights as we read, study, and discuss Lenten scripture.  Read more...



On Wednesday, February 17, Judith Plummer will demonstrate a creative technique transferring the colors and patterns from silk ties to Easter eggs in this hands-on class for adults. Read more...



Multicultural Fellowship will meet on Sunday, February 21. The guest speaker will be Dr. Raholanda White. Read more...




On Wednesday, February 24, Judith Plummer will bring another adult art program for all who want to experience creative hands-on Easter egg technique. Read more...



On March 2, Belmonter Stephen Deppen will speak about the practice of Tai Chi as well as lead participants in an active demonstration of basic movements. Read more...




The Stop Hunger Now event (originally scheduled for January 23) has been rescheduled for March 5, from 1:00-5:00pm at Calvary United Methodist Church. Read more...



On Wednesday, March 9, young adult leader, Andrew Jordan, will guide adult participants through a hands-on session of this wonderful prayer practice. Read more...



On Wednesday, March 16, Belmonter Sue Mather will lead a program and demonstration about how beautiful Pysanky Eggs are created. Traditionally a Ukrainian tradition, Sue will share about the significance of colors and symbols. Read more...



Mark your calendars for the “Grateful Whispers” event, April 15 -16, led by Rich DeLong, Rich will lead us through scriptures, movement, and a “recipe for life” that will never get “chopped” as we learn ways to keep our minds, bodies, and spirits nourished as we get older. Read more...

A limited number of scholarships are now available for lay leaders who wish to take part in a Wesley pilgrimage in England scheduled for July 11-21. The  deadline for registration is February 15. 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...


Belmont UMC's Room in the Inn program that provides shelter for the homeless continues through March 2016. You can now sign up online through the Access ACS system. Read more...


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Parent and Child Music Group meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in room 213. All are welcome! Read more...
At times, persons ask us for financial assistance on Sunday morning, during Wednesday Midweek, or at other times beyond office hours. It is our practice not to give cash directly to individuals. We want to be able to assist persons and, if possible, provide longer term assistance through our new relationship with Elizabeth Langgle-Martin at Open Table. Read more...


In the event of inclement weather, please refer to Belmont UMC's inclement weather policy and check our websites, Facebook, and Twitter pages often for updates, announcements, and cancellations. 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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