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The 2014 operating fund pledge campaign is nearing completion with outstanding results to date! As of November 25, we have received 313 pledges in the amount of $1,145,066 toward our $1,250,000 goal. We are ahead of last year’s pace at this point in the campaign. About 70% of our pledges to date reflect increases over last year or are new pledges for 2014. We are extremely grateful for your generous support of Belmont and its missions and ministries.
Are you IN at Belmont? We are a community of Christ-followers growing in love of God and neighbor. Read why other Belmonters are in:
When I told my mom I was going to be sleeping with homeless people in Nashville, she was extremely concerned. I suppose most moms would understand and share her concerns if they thought their only son was going to be sleeping outside on the streets and alleys with strangers. What I explained to my mom was that my friend, Janis Mize, invited me to spend the night at Belmont United Methodist Church for Room In The Inn. RITI is one way that Belmont UMC reaches out to homeless people and shows them hospitality on Friday nights in the cold months. Belmont UMC opens its doors for an overnight stay and provides dinner, breakfast and lunch to 10-12 homeless people. The Homeless Ministry Team sponsors RITI and recruits Sunday school classes to volunteer to help meet these needs. The Homeless Ministry Team manages RITI like Joe DiMaggio used to roam centerfield for the Yankees: making something hard look easy. But that is only possible due to the generous volunteers who make the time to help. From the first time I volunteered over 4 years ago, RITI was a main reason I asked to join Janis as a Belmont UMC member 2 years later. Sitting across the table and breaking bread with complete strangers was a way I achieved a deeper appreciation of the blessings in my life. That’s why I’m in at Belmont.
My wife and I began attending Belmont in the late 1990s. Coming from two different religious backgrounds, neither of us United Methodist, we came to Belmont, not because it was a United Methodist Church, but because it was a place where we felt welcome. People were always kind and greeted us genuinely. We were invited to Sunday School and joined a class. Our children were baptized here and became involved in the children’s ministry. At Belmont we developed a sense of Christian community. Several years ago we moved north of Nashville and wanted to find a United Methodist church closer to home. We became involved in a local church but always felt something was missing. We eventually decided to return to Belmont and we were immediately welcomed as if we had never left. Hospitality is strength of Belmont. It is what drew us to Belmont initially and has helped us again call Belmont home. That’s why I’m in at Belmont.
We lost power one night a couple of weeks ago. It takes about 5 seconds when that happens to re-remember all the good things that we enjoy because our homes are wired. It made me think about what I would sorely miss if I didn’t have Belmont in my life. The list is long and perhaps impossible to ever complete, just like yours is. But there is one area in particular that I want to mention, and that’s our art gallery. When we began to dream about this several years ago, we had no way of really knowing what would happen, how the members of our congregation would respond to the call to share their special gifts with the rest of us. But respond you did, and we are all richer for it. There is a palpable excitement on those Sundays when a new exhibit has just gone up. I like to stand to the side and watch the interactions between the viewer and the piece, the smiles, the comments, the recognition of who the tag says the artist is. I believe we know and love each other better as we’re exposed to each other’s talents. So, I hope you will continue to answer the call and to just enjoy that space and its role in our understanding of who God is. That’s why I’m IN at Belmont.
I am a member of the Golden Triangle congregation at Belmont. First I pray to God I said lead me in your way not my way. Teach me how to talk, lead me in your way, show me your way. I know I am weak, I make mistakes again and again and I said to God I need your help. God led me to Belmont. My job here is to do Karen interpretation, also Burma too. I work at medical and social interpretation. I help Karen people to fill out the forms they need. When we first came to the United States , just a few people knew how to speak English. But one day, I have seen the future and kids will know English very well. I try to help them learn English the best I can. That's why I'm IN at Belmont.
I was asked to speak on nurture in my role as a Sunday School teacher. While I’m always happy to talk about the amazing group of children I’ve been blessed to teach, I’m going to talk about my role as a parent instead. Some of you remember that I was the associate pastor when Sarah Kathryn was born and that it took a lot of prayers to get her here safely. When health necessitated I take leave, Mike and I knew we were coming back to Belmont and while it’s certainly been a wonderful church home for us, it’s been even better for our daughter. Sunday School, youth, choir and her time with the Golden Triangle Fellowship has done so much to shape who she is. As she continues discern her path in life, people and lessons from this special place are her touchstone. One of the most significant parts of youth group meetings for Sarah was the sharing of where she had seen God in the previous week. Standing here this morning, I see God in the faces of so many people who have been made a difference in all of our lives. That’s why I’m IN at Belmont.
I like to go to Belmont because I get to go to All Church Retreat. I also get to spend time with my friends and my family. At church, I learn about God and Jesus and his disciples. I learn to treat others the way I want to be treated. That's why I'm IN at Belmont.