December 15 newsletter:

Each year, Belmonters celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth. We wait and reflect during Advent, and we remember. We also look to the future.

That’s where the Christmas Miracle offering comes in. Your donation to the offering this year helps to guarantee an outreach coordinator will be working for Open Table Nashville. What better future can we imagine than to help to solve homelessness in Nashville?

Please give generously as our goal is $25,000.

December 8 newsletter:

Your 2019 Christmas Miracle Offering will support an outreach coordinator position at Open Table Nashville (OTN).

This position is funded by Belmont UMC and other local United Methodist Churches. This year we are once again helping to make the valuable work of OTN outreach possible through the annual Christmas Miracle offering. Please consider giving to the offering this Advent season. All proceeds will go toward OTN and the coordinator’s salary. As OTN so eloquently states, “We believe that housing is not only the foundation of healthy communities, it is a human right.”

Our goal for the 2019 offering is $25,000.

December 1 newsletter:

Imagine your office is your car. You visit hospitals, urban camps, shelters. You are part case worker, part minister, part counselor, part handler. You advocate for the marginalized every day, all day.

Few Belmonters can imagine what such a job would be like. But the job of outreach coordinator for Open Nashville Table (OTN), is a reality and is part of OTN’s crucial mission to assist and advocate for Nashville’s unhoused.

An outreach coordinator position at OTN is funded by Belmont and other local United Methodist Churches, and this year we are once again helping to make the valuable work of OTN outreach possible through the annual Christmas Miracle offering. Please consider giving to the offering this Advent season. All proceeds will go toward OTN and the coordinator’s salary. As OTN so eloquently states, “We believe that housing is not only the foundation of healthy communities, it is a human right.”From the

November 24 newsletter:

Each year during Advent, Belmonters generously give to a ministry that is close to our hearts. This year, the offering will help fund a street outreach and resource navigator for Open Table Nashville (OTN).

Open Table Nashville is an interfaith homeless outreach nonprofit. It disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized, and provides education about issues of homelessness.

Proceeds from the Christmas Miracle Offering will help to fund the OTN navigator for Nashville’s west side. The salary for the staff member, Susan Adcock, is collectively funded by other United Methodist churches in Nashville. Susan helps people experiencing homelessness to navigate social services and move from the streets into permanent housing.

Consider that the minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009 while the average rent in the city has increased from $760 to $1,400 a month. Susan has helped dozens of those victimized by Nashville’s prosperity to find housing.

Our goal for the 2019 offering is $25,000.