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Building bridges in our community

Make plans to hear Shaikh Yasser S. Arafat, CEO and President of the Islamic Center of Tennessee (ICTN), speak at the UMW District meeting on Saturday, March 25, in Belmont UMC’s Community Center. All Belmonters are welcome to attend. Childcare is available upon request by calling 615-383-0832. That morning, sign-in for UMW members is from 9–9:30 a.m., with a business meeting and worship service for UMW members after Shaikh Arafat’s talk. Belmonters are invited to carpool and park offsite behind Leah Rose or at Dr. Mitchell Wright’s office on 21st Ave, leaving our lot for those carpooling from other churches.

In 2010, Shaikh Arafat helped found the ICTN after serving as Director of Education and Vice-President of the Islamic Center of Nashville since 2000. In 2012, he founded Peace Ambassadors USA, a non-profit that deals with interfaith bridge building and constructive dialog. He travels and speaks extensively at universities, churches, and mosques.

Shaikh Arafat was born in Yemen and immigrated to the U.S. in 1991. He moved to Nashville in 1995. He worked for Metro Schools in the ESL program and translated books for Metro Schools, the Tennessee Department of Education, and Public TV. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with emphasis in law and a minor in international relations.

Pictured above: Shaikh Arafat


"Living as Guests of the Table of Jesus" Sunday school class


The Table of Jesus, or Holy Communion, is central to the life of our church. Jesus instituted his supper with his disciples on the last night he was with them and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Jesus promised to be with the church whenever the church broke bread in his name. The disciple community has broken bread ever since and communed in his presence. It is at the Table of Jesus that we are spiritually nurtured and gathered in union with Christ and his church.

March 19, 26, and April 2, John Collett is leading a Sunday school series in the chapel on what it means to be and live as guests of the Table of Jesus. We enact this gathering at the Table of Jesus each Sunday in the 8:15 a.m. service and on the first Sunday in the 10:30 a.m. service. We enact the supper Jesus hosted for his disciples and in many cases for the masses. The “breaking of bread” has been throughout the church’s history the means by which the church “communes” with Jesus. We believe Jesus is the host of his table to which all are welcomed.

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Order an Easter Lily in memory or honor of a loved one

The Altar Guild is again offering an opportunity for you to remember or honor loved ones this season. You may order an Easter lily today in the Iris Room on March 26 or April 2. Lilies can also be ordered by calling 615-383-0832. The name of the person you wish to honor or remember will appear in the bulletin insert on Easter Sunday. Lilies will be used during the worship services to enhance the worship experience. You may pick up your lily immediately after the 10:30 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.


"John: The Gospel of Light and Life" study


Beginning Wednesday, March 8, Susan Groseclose will lead a six-week study based on Adam Hamilton’s  John: The Gospel of Light and Life. The study will take place in room 122 at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four Gospels. It includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in all the Bible: “And the Word became flesh...,” “For God so loved the world...,” “You who are without sin cast the first stone...,” “I am the resurrection and the life...,” “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the Gospel is that his readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”

Enrich your Lenten experience as we explore and discuss these familiar passages and gain new insights into our life with Jesus Christ.


Free community health fair


Speakers on Pediatric Care, Pediatric Injury and Trauma Prevention in the Home, and Child Development

Speakers on Diabetes, Reflexology, Cancer, Heart Health, Breast Health and Mammography, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Free Health Screenings, CPR Demos, Hearing & Vision Screenings for Pre-K thru 12th Grades, Health-Related Booths, Pharmacy Booth, Dental Booths, FiftyForward Booth, OsteoStrong Booth, Police Kid IDs, 3-4 Reflexology Chairs for Reflex Sessions, Light Refreshments by Publix, and a MAMMOGRAPHY MOBILE on Site




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