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Administrative board endorses RMN affiliation, members to vote by March 31

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On Sunday, January 29, the administrative board voted to endorse affiliation with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and to hold a church wide yes/no vote on ratification of that decision

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Belmont News newsletter for 2-12-17

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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.

   

Administrative board endorses RMN affiliation, members to vote by March 31

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On Sunday, January 29, the administrative board voted to endorse affiliation with Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) and to hold a church wide yes/no vote on ratification of that decision before March 31. This endorsement came after a lengthy listening and discernment process, exploring various ways our church might live as Christ-followers in our love for LGBTQ persons and how best to witness for inclusivity while the Commission on a Way Forward, approved at the 2016 General Conference, discerns a path for our denomination.

In the next several weeks, an election supervisory committee will identify a balloting process for the vote and communicate that process to full, associate and affiliate Belmont UMC members. For the affiliation with RMN to be ratified, at least two thirds of all votes cast must be in favor of the decision.  In parallel, a communications committee will provide factual information regarding RMN’s history, objectives, and activities, and a balanced summary of the pros and cons of affiliating with RMN to all members.

Only full, associate, and affiliate members of Belmont UMC, as of February 19, will have the opportunity to participate in the vote.  If you are unsure of your membership status or whether the church has your current mailing address, please contact Deborah Arnold at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 615-383-0832. In addition, representatives from the supervisory committee will be available in the Iris Room during the Sunday School hour (9:00–10:30 am) on February 12 and 19 for you to check your status in person. All Belmonters are encouraged to engage in this important step in the life of our church with their prayers, time, attention, and participation.

 

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Belmont News newsletter for 2-5-17

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