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Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Howard Thurman

Gifts That Change Our World (GTCOW) is all about people coming alive through our United Methodist connections. On August 14, Russell Casteel, Director of Camping Ministry, will share about how our Conference camps use our gifts of good land and hard work to create opportunities of formation and transformation for campers, guests, and communities across our connection including Beersheba, where we will hold our All-Church Retreat.

Through September 4, we will continue hearing stories of people coming alive in Christ because of your gifts! Marcy Stagner, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunities of Church Health, will tell us about the life changing partnership with Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis, The University of Memphis, and Church Health to establish a Memphis campus.

The goal is to identify, mentor, and train students who might grow up in poverty but who can become physicians to serve the community where they grow up. The Rev. Myriam Cortes will share about a thriving multicultural immigrant community she is a part of in West Nashville, Iglesia Metodista Unida Ebenezer. Ebenezer is a Hispanic/Latino congregation representing eleven Latin and Caribbean countries. Rev. Michele Morton, TSU Wesley Foundation Director, will share how their community engages with college students and the ways college ministries impact young people across the connection.

There will be opportunities to learn more in worship as well as during the Sunday school hour from 9:15-10:15am each week when our guest speakers engage us in more in-depth conversations around their ministries.

During GTCOW, we are asking you to consider a gift above your regular giving or pledge to support our connectional commitments. The Tennessee Western Kentucky Conference CFA, chaired by our own John Pearce, has embraced the term "connectional commitment" as a more precise replacement for the term "apportionments". No matter the term, GTCOW reminds us that we are connected to a larger United Methodist good work. Belmont UMC includes connectional giving in our budget, but our pledges don't cover our full connectional commitment.

Let us celebrate and give to GTCOW to reach our $35,000 goal. To give your gift and change our world, you can give online, text BELMONT CHANGE to 73256 using your text messaging (standard text message rates do apply), or simply drop your gift marked Gifts That Change the World in the offering plate.

We will be focusing on these ministries:

Camping Ministries

Your gift will support conference askings for Beersheba Springs Assembly and Cedar Crest Camp, two centers owned and operated by The Tennessee- Western Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The mission of Camping and Outdoor Ministries is to provide sacred space away from the ordinary and to offer guests radical hospitality while providing the opportunity to discover and connect with God and each other so that persons may go into the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ. Beersheba Springs Assembly, located in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee, provides a mountain setting for small and large group retreats and events. It is also the location of Belmont UMC’s annual All-Church Retreat. Cedar Crest Camp, located in Lyles, Tennessee, offers a summer camp program for children and youth, parent and child weekend retreats, family reunions, and other conference and community events.

Russell Castille will speak about this ministry during worship on August 14.

Meharry Medical School

Meharry Medical School, an HBCU and UMC school in Nashville, has partnered with Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Memphis, The University of Memphis, and Church Health to establish a Memphis campus. The goal is to identify, mentor, and train students who might grow up in poverty but who can become physicians to serve both the community where they grow up and all of America. Such a pipeline plan is ambitious with many places where “leakage” occurs. We believe the United Methodist Church following the example of our founder, John Wesley, who promoted health education and healing as part of his ministry, can stop the “leakage.”

The Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference has an opportunity to play a leading role in the creation of a Memphis Campus for Meharry Medical School—the only historically black United Methodist-related medical school in the US. We hope that you and your congregation will support this work in a meaningful, thoughtful, and financial way.

Marcy Stagner with Church Health/Meharry Alliance will speak about this ministry during worship on August 21.

Ebeneezer UMC

Iglesia Metodista Unida Ebenezer is located in the heart of James Robertson Neighborhood in West Nashville. Ebenezer is a Hispanic/Latino congregation that has been serving the community for the past ten years. This multicultural immigrant congregation has families that represent eleven different countries of Latino America and the Caribbean.

Our mission is to be a vibrant community of faith that love God with all our heart and with joy transmit that love to every person around with the purpose to form disciples of Jesus Christ one person at a time.

We minister a community in transition due to gentrification. We seek to love our neighbors with compassion in the midst of their struggles. We believe as a faith community that has been present with our neighbors in their struggles we become the incarnate Christ for the world.

Our Worship services are Sunday at 10:00am. You are welcome in our faith familia. There is a place for you at Iglesia Metodista Unida Ebenezer.

Rev. Myrian Cortes will speak about this ministry during worship on August 28.

Wesley Foundations
From the early years of Methodism, Campus Ministry has played a vital role in the lives of young people on campuses around TN and Western KY, offering a landing place, a place to call home away from home. Through our Wesley Foundations the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference engages students through worship, missions, and a community of support. We have 16 Wesley's represented in our area, serving over 19 colleges and universities with a committed conference budget of just over 1 million dollars.

Rev. Michele Morton with TSU's Wesley Foundation will speak about this ministry during worship on September 4.

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