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Gifts that Change the World: Ministry in Estonia

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To date, we have collected $26,210 toward our goal of $50,000. Apportioned dollars sent to the World Service Fund make possible the programs, resources, and ministries of our United Methodist

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"Passing It On/Scrambled Starts" A parent retreat

On Saturday, September 12, Kara Lassen Oliver and Jenny Youngman will lead a retreat for parents, grandparents, and anyone who loves children from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in room 124 at Belmont UMC. Come learn about the fits and the starts of daily prayer and family worship. Hear about the grace and wonder of learning about God with and from our children. The cost is $30, payable day of the retreat. The fee includes lunch, Kara’s book, Passing It On, and Jenny’s book, Scrambled Starts. Childcare is available by registration. For more information, please contact Susan Groseclose, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Members can register online through Access ACS.

 

 

   

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.

   

Belmont UMC welcomes new ministry intern

We are delighted to welcome Yiwen Bi to our ministry team as a field placement intern. Yiwen is currently a second-year student in the Master of Divinity program at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In the academic year 2015-2016, he will be an intern at Belmont UMC learning to do church ministries. He is pursuing the United Methodist Church candidacy toward ordination (TN conference). Yiwen grew up in China and came to the U.S. in 2007. Before coming to Nashville in 2014, he had studied in North Carolina and Texas.  He will be working with us and exploring the practical aspects of ministry. Be sure and give him our best Belmont UMC welcome!

   

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