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Show support for our immigrant and refugee neighbors this Sunday

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Belmont United Methodist Church has a distinguished history of connection with immigrants and refugees. Consider: our long-standing English As a Second Language classes drawing students throughout Middle Tennessee, our nurture of a congregation of Korean Methodists, our formation and nurture of a local Justice for Our Neighbors project, our Golden Triangle congregation, and our congregation that includes pastors and members born elsewhere. As it should, this reflects our understanding of the Scriptures that command us to act as neighbors to the immigrants and strangers among us.

Today, our immigrants and refugees are in fear. Their children are afraid. Futures of these families are uncertain.

These fears are the serious and real consequences of the January, 2017 action of the Federal Government to significantly limit the refugees admitted to this country and to increase the deportation of immigrants who lack immediate documentation.

We made covenant with those who bonded with us in refuge. They trusted us. Their vulnerabilities are also ours. We welcomed them in hospitality and now some need a safe place to stay a while longer.

This Sunday, February 19, we invite you to meet in the Iris Room after services to address postcards to Congress. Your message may be simple and mild (for example, “Stop the deportations until Congress enacts comprehensive immigration reform”). Your message may be aggressive and strong (for example, “No ban. No wall. No raids. No mass deportation. Stop terrorizing families.”). Please take this time to express your own fears and feelings about this issue of immediate consequence to so many of our neighbors.

The Advocacy Ministries Committee

 

 

Belmont News newsletter for 2-19-17

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Reading Scripture: Attending to God’s Word

The Holy Scriptures of the Bible comprise the memory bank of our faith. From scripture, we remember who and whose we are as children of God and disciples of Jesus. Scripture

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Upcoming events as of Friday, February 17:



TODAY



Joys and Concerns


Christian sympathy is extended to

Sarah McWhirt-Toler and Clay Toler in the death of Sarah's great-grandmother, Frances Jones.



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19



Our Wonderful News! Epiphany worship series continues this Sunday, February 19. Darren Wright will be preaching. Read more...



This Sunday, February 19, stop by the Iris Room during the Sunday school hour and update your contact information. Volunteers will be available to assist you.



"Living As...", a new Sunday school formation experience, led by John Collett, begins February 19. These formational occasions are especially intended to help newcomers and new Christian (or renewing Christians) grow in faith and practice. Read more...



On February 19, members of the mission team that recently returned from Mexico will share their impressions of the Give Ye Them to Eat center and their experiences there. Read more...


NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 20 - 26




On Wednesday evenings, John Collett is facilitating scripture reading groups. The scripture for February 22 is Matthew 4.1-11. All are welcome! Read more...



The six-week women's centering prayer group continues this Thursday morning, February 23. The group will be led by Kara Oliver. Read more...




UPCOMING EVENTS



Room in the Inn, our winter shelter program for the homeless, has a critical need for more men to serve as overnight hosts.  Men are needed on the following dates:  March 3, 24, and 31. Read more...


On Sunday, March 5, senior adults are invited to a Lenten lunch with guest speaker Pam Hawkins. Pam will discuss 40 Days With Wesley, a book by the late Bishop Rueben P. Job. The deadline for reservations is March 1. Read more...



On Sunday, March 5, at 6:00 p.m. in Belmont UMC's sanctuary, clarinetist Emily Bowland will present a concert at with Allesandra Volpi, pianio, and Jennifer Kummer, horn. Read more...



Now through March 10, we are collecting food for the Eakin Elementary School food pantry. Read more...



On Sunday, January 29, the administrative board voted to endorse affiliation with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and to hold a church wide yes/no vote on ratification of that decision before March 31. Read more...




Save the date for the next All-Church Retreat, September 22-24, 2017. More information coming soon!




OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS



Next time you're at the church, show support for our English as a Second Language (ESL) students by writing a message of support on the posters located in the foyer and on the 2nd floor. Read more...



Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance, and the Children's Ministry Team is looking for volunteers.
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The Nashville Freedom School Partnership is seeking four-year-college/grad students as paid internship candidates for its weekday summer literacy program serving children of color in urban Nashville. Must be available May 30-July 24. Read more...


Year-end tax statements will be mailed out this week. This year, in addition to the paper copy, you can now access your tax statement through Access ACS. 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...



The Parent and Child Music Group meets every Friday morning. Infants and preschoolers are welcome! Read more...


When inclement weather occurs, please refer to Belmont UMC's inclement weather policy and check our website and social media pages often for updates, announcements, and cancellations. 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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