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Belmont News newsletter for 10-2-16

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"Journey to the Table"


Are you a young adult looking to live your faith in more intentional ways? On October 12 at 6:00pm, join us in room 124 as we explore Journey to the Table, a new ministry of The Upper Room designed with you in mind. It seeks to inspire and equip individuals to create spaces of Christian action in their homes, schools, places of work, and communities. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Upcoming events at Belmont UMC


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Upcoming events as of Friday, September 30:


Joys and Concerns

Out of the hospital
Jerry Park


Save the date for our annual "Blessing of the Animals" on October 1. Read more...

On October 1, Edgehill UMC's United Methodist Women will discuss Becca Stevens' book The Way of Tea and Justice. This event will take place at Edgehill UMC's red house (1414 Edgehill Avenue) and childcare will be provided. All are welcome! Read more...


Sunday, October 2, marks the launch of our 2017 operating budget pledge campaign. We have many blessings to be thankful for at Belmont UMC, and our campaign theme From Gratitude to Generosity recognizes those blessings as we prayerfully contemplate our annual financial gifts to help fund the ministries of the church. Read more...

Offerings left at the Communion rail on October 2 will support the World Communion Offering, one of the seven special offerings of the United Methodist Church. Read more...

Mark your calendars for Charge Conference and Administrative Board meeting on Sunday, October 2. The deadline for lunch reservations is noon on Wednesday, September 28. 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, October 3, for a time of learning, fellowship, and care. Read more...

Due to fall break, we will not have Midweek at Belmont programming on Wednesday, October 5.


Are you a young adult looking to live your faith in more intentional ways? On October 12, join us as we explore Journey to the Table, a new ministry that seeks to inspire and equip individuals to create spaces of Christian action.  Read more...

On October 15 and 16, Belmonters are invited to help build a new Habitat for Humanity house for a deserving family. Volunteers are needed for such things as interior trim, cabinet installation, and painting. Volunteers are also needed to prepare and serve breakfast, water, and snacks. Read more...

The Multicultural Fellowship will meet on Sunday, October 16. Read more...

On October 27, make plans to attend the Tennessee Conference fall event for adult/older adults at St. Mark's UMC in Murfreesboro. Noted author and lecturer Missy Buchanan will be the featured speaker on the topic of "Growing Bolder, Not Just Older." Read more...

Our Room in the Inn winter shelter program for the homeless begins Friday, November 4, and volunteers are needed. Sign up in the foyer on Sunday! Read more...

The Senior Adult Ministry has many activities planned for Fall/Winter 2016. Read more...

You are invited to join the 2017 Mexico Mission Team, January 5-14, and help the Give Ye Them to Eat (GYTTE) sustainable living ministry.  Read more...


Gifts That Change the World transforms lives both here in Nashville and around the world as the result of our United Methodist connectional giving. To date we have raised $29,065 toward our goal. If you have not given yet, please visit our website and give online today. Read more...

Volunteers are needed to help students with homework, assist with educational activities, and build positive relationships with children in our programs at Aldersgate UMC, Antioch UMC, and Matthews Memorial UMC. Read more...

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

The Inviting Ministry team is looking for people who can help expand our practices of welcoming and hospitality. We need people who are willing to be outside greeters or staff the Welcome Centers on Sunday mornings. We need people who are willing to call visitors or serve as fellowship friends for new members. 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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