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Nashville group collecting donations for Gatlinburg Fire Relief



Members of Belmont UMC and the Nashville community wishing to donate items to the relief effort in Gatlinburg and Sevier County for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries can bring them to Belmont United Methodist Church through Friday. The items will be delivered to the area Saturday, December 3.

A list of items needed:

-Winter Coats



-Baby Wipes



-Body Wash




-High calorie snacks

-Gift cards for any national store

-Eye drops

Volunteers will be on staff in the Community Center during the following times to collect items:

Wednesday, November 30: 10:00am-7:00pm

Thursday, December 1: 10:00am-2:30pm

Friday, December 2: 10:00am-7:00pm

For more information, contact Eric Patton ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  or 931.802.4821).


Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries was founded to demonstrate the love of Christ by serving individuals and families in their moment of need. SMARM also provides one-on-one assessments and assistance with services such as short-term housing, utility assistance, transportation, food and clothing. SMARM provides organized mentoring and permanent housing assistance to help families move from crisis to stability.


December 4 Communion offering will support apportionments


The Communion offering on Sunday, December 4, will help us fulfill our commitment to pay our fair share of conference askings.  By combining our money with that of other United Methodist churches each year, we are able to help support over 900 missionaries around the world, provide meals for over 3 million people each year, and help children, youth, and adults by giving them opportunities to be self-sufficient and successfully pursue new vocations. Apportionments also provide support for many local ministries, including Miriam’s Promise, Martin Methodist College, Camping and Outdoor Ministries (including Beersheba Springs), and Tennessee clergy support.


Discernment group wants to hear from you

Over the past few weeks, dozens of Belmonters have attended group listening sessions, scheduled private meetings, responded by email, or telephoned members of the discernment group related to task-force options on LGBTQ inclusion at Belmont. The discernment group is compiling responses in early December and wants to encourage any Belmonters who have not yet responded to do so through the various channels. Feel free to send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to request a phone or personal meeting with a member of the group. We want to hear from you!

Grace and peace, Jane DuBose and Marcie Smeck Bryant


Discernment update from Belmont UMC leadership
October 12, 2016

Belmont UMC has been on a journey towards living into full inclusion of all of God’s children for some time now. Recently, the broader United Methodist Church has taken additional steps to address inclusivity, including formation of a Commission to consider the United Methodist Book of Discipline’s statements related to human sexuality. We have been watching these developments with great interest. Earlier this year, Belmont’s Administrative Board asked a Task Force to review Belmont’s options related to the recent developments in the denomination. The Task Force report was adopted at a recent Administrative Board meeting.

We recognize that one important option is to continue our efforts of advocacy within the church while awaiting the Commission's recommendations. We plan to do that. However, for many of our church family, waiting two years for the Bishops’ Commission to complete its work and for any subsequent action to be taken at the denomination level is simply not acceptable. At the same time, there are many in our church family who are concerned about making decisions that place us in conflict with the denomination's rules and policies.

As a next step, the Task Force recommended, and the Board approved, for an opportunity to hear from all church members about where we hear God’s call in relation to opportunities for ministries related to same sex weddings in our church and/or participated in by our clergy, support for persons from the LGBTQI community who feel a call to ministry within the United Methodist church, and whether we should declare our welcoming intentions through alignment with Reconciling Ministries Network.

Jane DuBose and Marcie Smeck Bryant have agreed to facilitate this brief period of discernment, which will occur over the coming weeks. We are well aware that many of our church family participated in listening sessions a few years ago, but we have had several new persons join our church family and want to ensure that all members have a chance to share their hopes and dreams for our church, as well as their concerns. As our welcoming statement makes clear, we respect our diversity of opinion and expressions of faith and want to remember the critical importance of staying in community through this period of discernment and prayer, and beyond.

The discernment group will be offering several opportunities for you to share your thoughts, including scheduled sessions. Specifically,

  • We want to hear from all church members about the options identified by the task force, where you hear God’s call related to our ministry opportunities, and how we should make decisions about the best way to move forward as a church family. Multiple opportunities will be available, including opportunities for each of you to:
    • Engage in shared and individual prayer and reflection on scripture
    • Participate in group sessions to be held over the next few weeks where we briefly discuss the task force recommendations and seek your input
    • Have a 1:1 conversation with one of the discernment group’s leadership team or one of our pastoral staff. To request a 1:1 meeting, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Share your thoughts via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We are asking, in the spirit of Christ, where do you hear God’s call for Belmont? Where do you encounter consolation and where do you encounter desolation as you prayerfully consider Belmont’s options?
  • We ask all of you to remain in prayer for our church, our denomination, and our leaders as we continue to strive to be a community of Christ followers, growing in love of God and neighbor in a way that is welcoming to all.
  • We want you to know that any of our pastoral staff are available to speak with you about any concerns, hopes, or dreams you have for Belmont UMC as we move forward. You can reach any of them through 615-383-0832 or through their emails, which can be found on the church website. Ken’s email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ken Edwards, Senior Pastor
Nancy Northington, Administrative Board Chair
Rick Keuler, Administrative Board Vice-Chair
Bill Cooper, Lay Leader




Photo by Mike DuBose


Heifer International holiday giving

After worship on December 4, visit the table in the Iris Room and start your Christmas shopping early! Your purchases will support Heifer International, a ministry that donates farm animals to impoverished families all over the world.  Instead of giving another tie for a Christmas present, make a tax-deductible contribution to Heifer International in someone’s honor or name by giving a flock of chicks or even a water buffalo. Heifer International is a nonprofit organization striving to end hunger in the world by training and educating in the fields of sustainability, farming, and nutrition.


Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregivers Education and Support Group meeting

If you are you a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss, we invite you to join us on Monday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Iris Room, for a time of learning, fellowship, and care. These meetings are open to the community. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.







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