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Bishop celebrates Christmas Miracle Offering


Bishop McAlilly challenged Methodists across Tennessee to raise $1 million for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria project. The project will eliminate malaria in Africa through bed net

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Belmont News newsletter for 1-25-15

Download January 25, 2014 issue



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Belmont UMC's Administrative Board

Phil Cramer, Chair
Nancy Northington, Vice Chair

To download a complete list of Administrative Board members, click here.

2015 Administrative Board meeting schedule

Administrative Board meetings are held in Parker Hall at 11:30 a.m.   The 2015 Administrative Board meeting dates are:

January 25
March 8
May 17
July 19
September 20
November 15 (Charge Conference) Tentative

2014 Administrative Board minutes

To download minutes from the 2014 Administrative Board meetings, click on the links below.

November 2, 2014

September 21, 2014

July 20, 2014

May 18, 2014

March 9, 2014

January 26, 2014



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 1-23-15):



Joys and Concerns for Friday, January 23:

Christian sympathy is extended to

Frank Moore, Doug Hagler, and Katie Moore in the death of Frank's mother, Carolyn M. Moore.

Congratulations to
Ginny and John Warren and Cathy and Jim Folk on the birth of their daughter and granddaughter, Mia Catherine Warren. Mia was born January 18, 2015.

Anna, Joe, Oliver, and Lily Barnes on the birth of their daughter and sister, Georgia Louise Barnes. Georgia was born January 19, 2015.

Across the country of Malawi in southern Africa, torrential rains this month have led to unprecedented flooding and the displacement of over a quarter of a million people from their homes and villages. Your gift today can help our brothers and sisters in Malawi begin to recover from this natural disaster. Read more...

Saturday, January 24:

If you're looking for a high-impact way to make a difference in the fight against world hunger, join us at Calvary United Methodist Church on January 24 for a Stop Hunger Now event. Read more...

Sunday, January 25:

Join us on Sunday,January 25, for a special Sunday school session designed to help you to learn about the mission, ministries, and community of Belmont United Methodist Church. Read more...

On January 25, Dan Joranko, Vanderbilt Divinity School lecturer and District Creation Care coordinator, will teach a special Sunday school class in room 203.  Read more...

The first Administrative Board/Charge Conference meeting
of 2015 will be on Sunday,January 25. The administrative board meetings are open to all persons in the church and you are encouraged to attend.  Read more...

Next week:

On January 27, at 7:00 p.m., you are invited to join a round table conversation with local Baha'i, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Religious leaders at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the importance of maintaining respect for each others faith. Read more...

Parents of preschoolers are invited to a series of workshops offered by the Nashville Public Library on January 21 and 28. Read more...

Beginning January 29, a chair yoga class will be offered on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in room 124. This class is open to all ages and physical conditions.  Read more...

Upcoming events:

Visit our website to check out the many senior adult adventures that have been planned for February through August. Read more...

Spring semester for Belmont UMC's Summer Scholar Extended Education (SEE) program begins in February. Volunteers are needed to help with field trips as well as with math and English homework. Read more...

The February 1 Communion offering will benefit O.N.E./Barnes Scholarship Fund. Read more...

What does the Bible really say about homosexuality - and how are we called to respond? This is the key question addressed in the small-group study, This I Know, a seven-week series of classes being offered beginning February 8. Read more...

The Multicultural Fellowship will meet on Sunday, February 15, for a covered dish meal in Parker Hall following the 10:30 service.  Gloria Sesay, our guest speaker, will present a program about Sierra Leone. Read more...

The Music Ministry is looking forward to hosting several concerts in the spring. The first event will be a concert by the Nashville Children's Choir on Sunday, February 15. Read more...

The deadline to sign up for Affordable Health Insurance is February 15. There are several ways to sign up: online, by telephone, or in person. Read more...

February 22-March 15, there will be a special Sunday school class for parents of children and youth led by Kara Oliver. Each week there will be a simple liturgy, or process, for leading discussion with your family about where you saw and experienced God as well as learn about the spiritual practice for the coming week. Read more...

Mark your calendars for February 22, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope's (NOAH) Public Forum event titled "A Tale of Two Nashvilles: The People's Platform for Progress." . Read more...

Other announcements:


Last fall, Belmont UMC collected food for the Eakin Elementary food pantry, which distributes food quarterly to students whose families live below the poverty line. Spring break is just around the corner andwe want to replenish the coffers before the next distribution. Read more...

Due to the extremely low temperatures in Nashville, Room In The Inn has made a special request to churches asking for donations to purchase gloves, hats, and scarves for the homeless. Click here to donate online today.

The United Way VITA Program provides free tax preparation for low income families. Read more...

In the event of inclement weather, please refer to our inclement weather policy and check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and email for updates, announcements, and cancellations. Read more...



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