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February 1 Communion offering to benefit O.N.E./Barnes Scholarship Fund

The February 1 Communion offering will benefit the O.N.E./Barnes Scholarship Fund.  Belmont UMC’s annual contributions are very important in making scholarships available to residents of the Edgehill community for post-high school training at accredited institutions. This program is almost 25 years old and is operated through the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, a non-profit, but it is named after Rev. Bill Barnes, former pastor of the Edgehill UM church, who has spearheaded the initiative.  Our church has partnered in this endeavor for many years and a Belmont member serves on the scholarship committee.  For the past 10 years, an average of 3-4 Edgehill residents have completed degrees or diplomas each year.  During 2013-2014 degree fields were nursing, social work, English, criminal justice, psychology, and business administration.  Plan now to make a generous gift and pray for students who have many obstacles to overcome.

 

New Simplicity Class study

On Sunday, February 8, the Simplicity Sunday school class (room 223) will begin a new nine-week study, and all are invited to join. The class will read and discuss Reading the Bible Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg. If you would like to participate, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a book will be provided for you. There is a time of centering prayer at 9:00 a.m. and the class discussion begins at 9:15 a.m.

 

New scripture journal for Lent and beyond

Forty Days of Meditation: A Scripture Journal is a new Common English Bible publication from The United Methodist Publishing House written and edited by Belmont Associate Pastor, Pam Hawkins. Designed to be especially helpful as a Lenten resource for personal prayer, this little book can also be used at any time of the year. Included are forty days of guidance, each presenting four scripture passages, followed by a question for meditation and space in which to journal about the readings and question. Copies will soon be made available for purchase through the church. If you would like to have one or more ordered, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (383-0832, ext. 24). You can also order them directly from Cokesbury.com.

   

Chair yoga to be offered

Beginning January 29, join us on Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. for a Chair Yoga Flow Class in 124. We will explore traditional yoga poses using a chair for support and stability as we create more space in our bodies, hearts, and minds in this weekly, complimentary class. This class is open to all ages and physical conditions. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

What does the Bible “say” about homosexuality? A small-group study that fosters hope

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 that Belmont will offer from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, beginning February 8 and concluding March 22. Co-leaders will be Belmont’s Rev. Pam Hawkins and Nancy Kruh, who is the study’s editor and a contributing writer.

A freelance writer and editor who worked for 25 years at The Dallas Morning News, Nancy spearheaded the creation of This I Know at her Dallas church, Northaven UMC, before moving to Nashville in 2009.

This I Know was developed as a companion study to For the Bible Tells Me So, the award-winning feature-length documentary that addresses scriptural questions as it tells how five ordinary Christian families coped with their gay children. The study’s goal is to foster a safe space to learn, listen, and dialogue through the study of scripture, church history, theology, and social context. Other contributing writers include influential evangelical thinker and author Brian McLaren, renowned Jesus scholar Marcus Borg, and Bishop Richard B. Wilke, author of the Disciple Bible Study series.

Open to the community, this study requires pre-registration ($5 for materials) and is limited to 15 participants. To register or to learn more detailed information, contact Rev. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 615-383-0832 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

   

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