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Belmont News newsletter for 7-27-14

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Reflections for July 6, 2014

One of my favorite children’s writers is Douglas Wood. In his book The Things Trees Know, one of his short, spiritual insights resonates with me:

When you are living, you are growing. When you are growing, you are living.

Growing is the secret to living. Growth and change are difficult but God doesn’t call us to stay where we are; rather God created us to grow so that we might have abundant life.

As a staff, we are in the midst of change and growth as we live into new staff configurations and responsibilities. I am excited to be taking on responsibilities for younger children and look forward to walking with the children as we grow through our faith steps. I am delighted to be part of where God is leading the Children and Youth Renovation Team and the Golden Triangle Discernment Team as we continue to strengthen our ministries and discern God’s call for the future. As a congregation, we are continuing to grow and strengthen our ministries as we live into our strategic plan. God is calling us to grow—to live! God is calling us to a fruitful, faithful future!  

A fellow pilgrim, Susan.


Belmont News newsletter for 7-20-14

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Youth garden nets big harvest for Nashville Food Project

This summer, Belmont UMC youth have been hard at work in their garden at Lookin’ Up Farm. A recent harvest netted 290 pounds of fresh vegetables for

Read more: Youth garden nets big harvest for Nashville Food Project


Reflections for June 22, 2014

I recently celebrated a birthday. It was Friday the 13th, and the moon was full—something that won’t happen again for 35 years. I was born on Friday the 13th and my mother likes to say: “That explains everything.” It was a quiet day, and I took a long walk once the sun came out and the rain ended. On that walk I spent some time reflecting on my life and giving thanks for the blessings I have received.

I am blessed to be a part of the ministry of this wonderful church and look forward to the beginning my 8th year in that role. We have a lot of exciting things ahead of us as we continue to live into God’s plans for us. There will be some real challenges in the year ahead but I’m confident that we are up to them. We will love each other and work together, remembering that we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

I am blessed to have so many friends. I received over 250 birthday greetings. These greetings came in the form of cards, emails, text messages, phone calls, and Facebook postings. These greetings came from faraway places like South Africa, Malawi, Mexico, and Malaysia, and from many of you here in Nashville. I am reminded that we are all blessed to live in community. We journey together, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

And I am blessed with a wonderful family who patiently loves me and supports me. On Father’s Day we drove to Springfield to see my parents. Our parents raised us to love God, go to church, work hard, help our neighbors, give generously, be honest, and to share what we have with others. If I have any good qualities, I received them from Mom and Dad, who continue to teach me how to follow Jesus.




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