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Belmont News newsletter for 2-22-15

Download February 22, 2014 issue

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Reflections for October 12, 2014

We are in a season focused on Joy in Giving, and we have been asked to reflect on the places where we have experienced great joy in giving in and through the church. We have heard stories of the ways in which our gifts are making a difference in the world.

I grew up in a household with very generous parents. We were not wealthy, and in my early years we lived a very simple life in an old, drafty farmhouse that had no running water. We grew most of the food we ate, and we worked hard. Most of my school friends lived in the same environment, and there was little distinction between rich and poor. My dad farmed and worked in town. He also sold crop insurance to farmers to help make ends meet. On Saturdays, he would go out to the farms and visit with his clients.

It wasn’t unusual for Dad to return home from his visits with stories of people in need—a farm family who had experienced a serious illness or a farmer whose crops had failed. There were always stories of families who were struggling to pay bills or to have enough to eat. Without hesitation my mom would fill a couple of bags with groceries, and my dad would go to the bank and get some cash. In our old car, the two of them would head out to visit and offer their gifts to the family in need. Giving to others was natural to them, and it gave them great joy to share what they had with others.

When I was growing up, our church used the envelope system for giving. Every church member had a box of envelopes, one for every Sunday in the year. My parents made a Saturday night ritual of preparing their envelope with a check for their church inside. If they missed a Sunday (which was rare), they’d prepare two envelopes. I am grateful for my parents’ continued witness of generosity.

   

United Methodism 101

On the first four Sundays of March (1, 8, 15, and 22), Pastor Ken Edwards will lead Methodism 101 in the Iris Room at 9:15 a.m. Would you like to know more about the Methodist Church, our history

Read more: United Methodism 101

   

How your trust fund gifts are serving our ministries

Below are examples of the wonderful ways that the Belmont Trust Fund has supported the ministries of the church with part of their funding.

In May 2014, the Trust Fund helped fund an educational weekend, Celebrating the Ageless Spirit!, for our senior adults. Activities included celebrating, learning, and sharing the joys of senior adulthood. The seventy-two participants were enriched educationally, physically, and spiritually.

Belmont UMC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program received a Trust Fund Grant in October 2013 to replace textbooks that were needed in the classrooms. This ESL program has over 250 students from 35 countries taught at six different proficiency levels. Belmont UMC has offered English language instruction for 40 years.     

January 8-10, Trust Fund gifts funded a phenomenal visioning retreat for the children and youth ministries led by Ministry Architects. A great cross-section of ages and groups were represented, and they developed a mission statement, values, and goals for the children and youth programs.

 

   

Belmont News newsletter for 2-15-15

Download February 15, 2014 issue

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For news, features, and commentary from the United Methodist Reporter click here

 

 



   

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