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Prayers for a hurting world


The continuing news of violence, division, and racial unrest in our world are troubling. Our hearts are wounded and broken and we long for a way to express our deepest feelings and prayers to God.

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Belmont News newsletter for 7-31-16

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August Family Sunday School

During the month of August, families are invited to be part of an intergenerational Sunday school experience from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The schedule is:

August 7 – Kairos (Outreach Center room 5) and Journey (room 201) Sunday school classes are hosting family Sunday school classes. Special activities for children, youth, and their parents are planned. The children from the Golden Triangle Fellowship will meet in room 213.

August 14 – UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) mission project. Families will be assembling and packing health kits. Please meet in Parker Hall at 9:15 a.m.

August 21 – Family Music Sunday in the sanctuary. Bring your family and join in singing favorite hymns, learning some new songs, and hearing about our children and youth music ministries.

August 28 – Children’s Blessing Breakfast in Parker Hall. Families are invited to breakfast as we kick off into the “Deep Blue,” a year-long children’s Sunday school program. Meet your Sunday school teacher and hear about the weekly faith adventures.


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Joys and concerns

Christian sympathy is extended to

Catherine Moore in the death of her husband, Henry Moore.

Julia and Jerry Park in the death of Julia’s mother, Jean Tompkins.


Our Pentecost worship series, "Living on the Edge," continues this Sunday, July 31. Read more...

The continuing news of violence, division, and racial unrest in our world are troubling. Our hearts are wounded and broken and we long for a way to express our deepest feelings and prayers to God. This Sunday, July 31, we invite you to add your prayers and concerns to the prayer wall in the foyer. Read more...

On Sunday, July 31, visitors are invited to a special session of Welcome to Belmont Iris Room immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Read more...


August is Gifts that Change the World month at Belmont UMC. During the month, we tell the stories of how our gifts beyond the local church (we call these “apportionments”) are used to make a difference. 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, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Iris Room, for a time of learning, fellowship, and care. Read more...

August 1-15, Belmont UMC's United Methodist Women (UMW) are partnering with Edgehill's UMW to collect items for the Free Store. Read more...

The Communion offering on August 7 will support conference askings for Beersheba Springs Assembly and Cedar Crest Camp, two centers owned and operated by The Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Read more...

We are about 1/3 way to our goal for supplies for 300 health kits. Please bring your donations and place in the baskets in the narthex or foyer no later than Sunday, August 7.  Read more..

On four Sundays in August (7, 14, 21, 28), Ken Edwards, Heather Harriss, and Jefferson Furtado will lead United Methodism 101 in the Iris Room at 9:15 a.m. Come and learn more about the church, our history (why we are called Methodists), our beliefs and distinctives, our worship and sacraments.  Read more...

During the month of August, families are invited to be part of an intergenerational Sunday school experience from 9:15-10:15 a.m. On August 7, the Kairos and Journey Sunday school classes are hosting family Sunday school classes. Read more...


The 2nd Thursday Book Group is discussing Krista Tippett's new book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Join us August 11 at 10:00 in the Iris Room. We will be discussing chapters one and two. Read more...

Yes, that's right, the Pops Concert is back! Put Wednesday, August 17, on your calendar. That evening, we will kick-off our mid-week programming with a concert of popular music performed by some of Belmont UMC's talent. Read more...

Space is limited for the next senior adult Mystery Lunch on Thursday, August 18, so sign up today! 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...

Covenant, an in-depth group Bible Study in which participants read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God - and each other - better, will be offered at Belmont UMC beginning September 14 and will be led by David Teel and Ken Edwards. 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...


Have you ever wondered how our beautiful altar flowers appear every Sunday morning? The flowers are given to the glory of God by members who want to give thanks in memory or in honor of a person, event, or special blessing and we have some open dates. Read more...

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 support and an easy-to-use curriculum. Join in the joy of teaching children! 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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