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Belmont News newsletter for 10-26-14

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Organ...izing with Gayle Sullivan

Have you ever been curious about the many sounds the organ can make? What do all of those knobs, buttons, and tabs control? How does the organ actually work? You have an opportunity to get to know more about the “King of Instruments” at a one-time information-filled class on November 5 at 6:00 p.m.  Gayle Sullivan will teach this pipe organ orientation session right at the organ console in the sanctuary. Come join this interesting session and learn more about our leading worship instrument!


Room in the Inn: Serve the homeless, receive a blessing


Starting November 7 and continuing each Friday through March 2015, twelve homeless men will stay overnight in the Community Center.  They will receive dinner, breakfast,

Read more: Room in the Inn: Serve the homeless, receive a blessing


Reflections for October 12, 2014

We are in a season focused on Joy in Giving, and we have been asked to reflect on the places where we have experienced great joy in giving in and through the church. We have heard stories of the ways in which our gifts are making a difference in the world.

I grew up in a household with very generous parents. We were not wealthy, and in my early years we lived a very simple life in an old, drafty farmhouse that had no running water. We grew most of the food we ate, and we worked hard. Most of my school friends lived in the same environment, and there was little distinction between rich and poor. My dad farmed and worked in town. He also sold crop insurance to farmers to help make ends meet. On Saturdays, he would go out to the farms and visit with his clients.

It wasn’t unusual for Dad to return home from his visits with stories of people in need—a farm family who had experienced a serious illness or a farmer whose crops had failed. There were always stories of families who were struggling to pay bills or to have enough to eat. Without hesitation my mom would fill a couple of bags with groceries, and my dad would go to the bank and get some cash. In our old car, the two of them would head out to visit and offer their gifts to the family in need. Giving to others was natural to them, and it gave them great joy to share what they had with others.

When I was growing up, our church used the envelope system for giving. Every church member had a box of envelopes, one for every Sunday in the year. My parents made a Saturday night ritual of preparing their envelope with a check for their church inside. If they missed a Sunday (which was rare), they’d prepare two envelopes. I am grateful for my parents’ continued witness of generosity.


Upcoming events at Belmont UMC

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Upcoming events at Belmont UMC (as of 10-24-14):


Sunday, October 26:

This Sunday, October 26, is Pledge Sunday. We celebrate Joy in Giving as we prayerfully contemplate our annual financial gifts to the church. We have much to be joyful about including how we use our collective gifts, financial and otherwise, to engage in mission every day. To date, we have received 128 pledges for a total of $574,863.  Read more...

The Simplicity Class will be reading and discussing Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain on Sunday mornings, beginning October 26 in Room 223. All are welcome. Read more...

The UMW is collecting new or gently used Christmas decorations for the rooms at Bethlehem Center where children gather and household items for senior adults served by that organization. Look for collection boxes in the foyer on Sunday, October 19. Read more...

Belmont UMC's food drive to stock Eakin's Elementary School's food pantry continues October 26. Read more... 

Next week:

Spaces are still available for the Amish countryside tour and lunch on October 28. Read more...

Visio Divina is a time of prayer using a visual image to draw one closer to God. On Wednesday, October 29, Carol Brown will lead a WNAB session of Visio Divina at 6:00 p.m. in room 201. Read more...

The Altar Guild is having a training event on Saturday, November 1.  Participants will create altar arrangements and learn from one another.  Read more...

Daylight Saving Times ends on November 2. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour the night before!

Charge Conference will take place on Sunday, November 2, in Parker Hall immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Read more...

Upcoming events:

Have you ever been curious about the many sounds the organ can make? What do all of those knobs, buttons, and tabs control? How does the organ actually work? You have an opportunity to get to know more about the “King of Instruments” on Wednesday, November 5. Read more...

Room in the Inn begins November 7 and will continue each Friday through March 2015.  It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen. There is a job for everyone, including children. Sunday school classes, choirs, scout troops, families, and individuals. Read more...

The Reconciling Ministries Team discussion about the Tennessee same sex marriage case has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 9, at 2:00pm in the Community Center. Read more...

SEE volunteers are needed to  help GTF teenagers with math, reading, spelling, and conversation through November 22. Read more...


Other announcements:

There are many mission and service opportunities at Belmont UMC. Find out what you can do or bring. Read more...

A part of children's faith formation is learning ways to grow closer to God through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  One of our children's Sunday school service activities for this year is collecting box tops for the Red Bird Missionary Conference. Read more...

Gifts to the Benevolence Fund are a witness of God's love to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are homeless or struggle to meet their financial needs. Read more...

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