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Show support for our immigrant and refugee neighbors this Sunday

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Belmont United Methodist Church has a distinguished history of connection with immigrants and refugees. Consider: our long-standing English As a Second Language classes drawing students throughout Middle Tennessee, our nurture of a congregation of Korean Methodists, our formation and nurture of a local Justice for Our Neighbors project, our Golden Triangle congregation, and our congregation that includes pastors and members born elsewhere. As it should, this reflects our understanding of the Scriptures that command us to act as neighbors to the immigrants and strangers among us.

Today, our immigrants and refugees are in fear. Their children are afraid. Futures of these families are uncertain.

These fears are the serious and real consequences of the January, 2017 action of the Federal Government to significantly limit the refugees admitted to this country and to increase the deportation of immigrants who lack immediate documentation.

We made covenant with those who bonded with us in refuge. They trusted us. Their vulnerabilities are also ours. We welcomed them in hospitality and now some need a safe place to stay a while longer.

This Sunday, February 19, we invite you to meet in the Iris Room after services to address postcards to Congress. Your message may be simple and mild (for example, “Stop the deportations until Congress enacts comprehensive immigration reform”). Your message may be aggressive and strong (for example, “No ban. No wall. No raids. No mass deportation. Stop terrorizing families.”). Please take this time to express your own fears and feelings about this issue of immediate consequence to so many of our neighbors.

The Advocacy Ministries Committee

 

 

Women's Centering Prayer Group

February 16 through March 23, Belmont UMC women are invited to join a six-week centering prayer group on Thursday mornings. The group will be led by Kara Oliver, and will meet from 8:00–9:00am in room 124.  For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Room in the Inn needs a "Few Good Men"

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Room in the Inn, our winter shelter program for the homeless, is moving into its final two months and there is a critical need for more men to serve as overnight hosts.  Men are needed on the following dates:  February 17 and March 3, 24, and 31.  If you can help, call or text This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 615-613-1915.

Our Room in the Inn guests, who come to Belmont UMC’s Community Center each Friday evening during the cold winter months, are given access to a hot shower and a variety of soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries donated by church members. While the men eat a homecooked dinner and prepare for bed, a Belmonter takes their clothes to a local laundromat to wash and dry them. Before the men leave the next morning, they receive new underwear and socks, which are provided by church members. These simple comforts are transformative to men who otherwise would be sleeping on a dark, cold street.

 

   

New Sunday school class: "Living As..."

Living As..., a new Sunday school formation experience, will begin next Sunday, February 19. These formational occasions are especially intended to help newcomers and new Christians (or renewing Christians) grow in faith and practice. John Collett, former senior pastor at Belmont from 1992–2007, will facilitate the class. Studies will include: three sessions on Living as the Baptized (Feb 19–Mar 5), three sessions on Living as Guests of the Table of Jesus (Mar 19–Apr 2), three sessions on Living as Servants with the Basin & Towel (Apr 9–23), and three sessions on Living as the People of God’s Story (Apr 30–May 14). The Sunday morning class will take place from 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m in the chapel. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 

You are welcome here: Showing support for our immigrant and refugee community

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Each year since 1970, Belmont UMC has offered English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to all in our community.  Currently 225 students from 35 different countries are registered for our ESL classes. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, more than 100 immigrants, refugees, and foreign visitors fill our hallways and classrooms to learn about the United States and to practice their English. With almost a half-century of tradition, we continue to welcome the diversity of culture and society that gathers on our corner in Christ's neighborhood. When you pass the posters in the foyer and 2nd floor, please add your name or a welcome message to our statement affirming that all are welcome here in love and peace.

 

   

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