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Belmont News newsletter for 1-25-15

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Bishop celebrates Christmas Miracle Offering

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Bishop McAlilly challenged Methodists across Tennessee to raise $1 million for the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria project. The project will eliminate malaria in Africa through bed net

Read more: Bishop celebrates Christmas Miracle Offering

   

Reflections for September 28, 2014

Recently, a church member who had been hospitalized commented on how meaningful the presence of the pastoral staff had been during his hospital stay. He was uncertain and fearful, and the presence of others with him helped calm his spirit and gave him a sense of being cared for and loved.  A church member in one community was preparing to make a visit to a grieving friend. He wanted to know what to say. I assured him that he did not need to say anything, but he needed to show up and be present to his friend and remind his friend of how much he loved him.  

In seminary we learn about the ministry of presence, but I don’t think we fully grasp the meaning and depth of this ministry until we experience it firsthand. Never underestimate the importance of your presence in the lives of others. Social media and email can be efficient tools in our day-to-day activities but nothing can take the place of a person’s physical presence with another. By our presence we are saying, “I am here. I am with you, and you will not face this alone. I love you.”

Never underestimate the importance of your presence in church on Sundays and throughout the week. There is great joy and delight in the community in one another’s presence.  Last week I greeted a younger friend who has been away because of circumstance and illness. It made my heart glad to see him. We embraced each other and smiled and experienced great joy in our reunion. That is why we commit to being present when we join the church. We are the body of Christ; we are community; we are the gathering of the faithful, and in the presence of one another we rejoice!

   

Belmont News newsletter for 1-18-15

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A Pastoral letter to the people of the United Methodist Church from Bishop McAlilly

January 28, 2015

A Pastoral Letter to the People of The United Methodist Church - Nashville Area

Sisters and Brothers:

Grace to you from Jesus Christ, who calls his Church to care for “even the least of these.”  One of the ways we participate in that possibility is to create personal, environmental and social conditions in which each individual can receive good health care.  In the Gospel of John 10:10b Jesus says, “I came so that they could have life – indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.”  It is our deep desire that all persons across Tennessee might have the possibility of living the abundant life.

The Social Principles of our church remind us of this truth in its statement on the Right to Health Care.  “Health is a condition of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Stewardship of health is the responsibility of each person to whom health has been entrusted.”  [Para. 162(v), 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church]

In caring for our neighbors and allowing more of our fellow citizens to have access to good healthcare, I urge your prayerful support for Insure Tennessee, an initiative that Governor Bill Haslam has recommended to the State Legislature.  Its passage will allow 200,000 more Tennesseans to have adequate health coverage.  The program will be open to Tennesseans earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $16,000 in annual income for an individual or $33,000 for a family of four).

A special called session of the Tennessee Legislature will be convened on February 2nd to consider the Insure Tennessee plan.  I encourage you to do the following four things prior to that date.

1)   Become fully informed and educated about the benefits of the Insure Tennessee Plan.

A good website to consult is www.insuretennesseenow.com.

2)   Personally contact your Tennessee legislators and give voice to your opinions.  Letters, emails and phone calls can all be effective.  If you need contact information for a senator or representative, it is available at www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators (Find My Legislator section on right side).

3)   Share this letter with friends, family members and neighbors as a part of your witness of care for fellow citizens who need better health coverage.

4)   Pray for our legislators that they might seek God’s will as a part of their own discernment process.

The New Testament teachings of Jesus remind us over and over again of his ministry of healing and wholeness.  I encourage you to respond promptly and faithfully to this opportunity to join him in this mission.  

I invite you to share this with your congregation this Sunday.   

Expecting Greater Things,
Bishop William T. McAlilly

   

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