Missions in our church are not events, they are our reason for being
Belle Meade UMC seeks to follow the example of Jesus, who cared for and loved deeply those who were sick, poor, oppressed, outcast, and marginalized. Living in service with others nurtures discipleship and helps us connect more closely to God, to one another, and to the needs of the world.
The people of Belle Meade UMC are actively engaged in service in our community through ongoing support of and volunteerism with established agencies and organizations who serve the poor, hungry and homeless. In addition to service and volunteering, each month a special communion offering is designated to financially support an agency or organization committed to serving others.
Current Mission Opportunities
ROom in the Inn
Help is needed for our ROOM IN THE INN Winter Shelter program. Our church is responsible for 22 Saturday nights to transport, feed and provide shelter for 10 men, beginning November 3, 2018 and going through March 30, 2019. Many of you have volunteered in years past, but for those who haven’t, we need drivers, cooks and overnight hosts for each of these nights. It’s a great way to enjoy fellowship with one another and also extend love to those in need in our community.
The sign-up board for volunteers has been placed in the lobby of the educational building for all to see available openings (along with handouts detailing all responsibilities). Please discuss this with your groups and class members to form a list of volunteers. Individuals and families are also encouraged to participate in any part of the program.
We are also in need of new or gently used men’s casual clothing, sweatshirts, underwear, outerwear, shoes, boots and socks.
If you have questions, please contact:
Mike Voyles: 615.856.6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Braswell: 615.491.6971 or email@example.com
We are honored to be a part of Room In the Inn and serve those in need through our church. Please pray for this ministry and most importantly, the homeless. It is our hope and our prayer that we can make a difference in someone’s life. Even if it is just for one night!
HG HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL - UNITED4HOPE
Fourteen church members recently completed Volunteer Training through United4Hope in preparation to serve as One-on-One tutors at HG Hill Middle School! Do you want to help, but can't make a long-term commitment? There are many ways to serve this fall that do not require any training OR a background check. We need volunteers willing to work occasionally as ticket takers/concession workers at after school events, to help with teacher appreciation projects, and to help prepare/serve food for parent-teacher conferences. To volunteer, please contact Melissa Vickroy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations Needed: The following items are needed in all sizes to prepare the HG Hill Choir for performance season:
New/slightly used solid white shirts (both boys & girls)
Black pants for boys and girls
Black skirts (knee-length or longer)
Black dress shoes (flats for girls; loafer or lace-up for boys)
*Financial donations to the choir should be left with a church staff person
Donations for Barth Vernon UMC
Once a month one or more of our mission circles donate canned and boxed foods for Barth Vernon’s Food For Hungry Families program. All are invited to bring items anytime to the black bin marked for that food collection. In addition, we save recyclable beauty products. We invite you to bring empty beauty products for men and women to the second bin marked for its collection. We get money for the recyclables and donate it to Barth Vernon mission projects. Lists of needed food items and recyclables we collect are on the UMW bookshelves opposite Gracie’s office down the hall to Fellowship Hall. For info about joining one of our 5 mission circles, email Lynn Kauffman or call at 615-646-5509.
2018 Active Mission Areas:
Community Nonprofits: Educational Outreach Leadership:
• HG Hill Middle School - Melissa Vickroy
• Hillwood High School - Jim Hughes (Rise Against Hunger)
• United4Hope - Melissa Vickroy, Lynn Kauffmann & Jim Hughes
• Project Transformation - Lynn Kauffmann (UMW)
• Last Minute School Supply Store - Melissa Vickroy & Lily Wilson
Community Nonprofits: Homeless/Poverty Leadership:
• Community Care Fellowship - Mike & Leigh Voyles
• Loaves and Fishes - Chuck and Marilyn Lukehart
• Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville - Brian Sipple
• Room In the Inn - Mike Voyles & Andy Braswell
Community Nonprofits: Church Partnerships Leadership:
• Bethlehem Centers of Nashville - Lynn Kauffman (UMW)
• Barth Vernon UMC - Lynn Kauffmann (UMW)
• Gordon Memorial UMC - Joan Signorille & Jim Hughes
• Creation Care Ministry - John Williamson
Special Projects/Greater UMC Outreach Leadership:
• Cuba Mission Partnership with Vedado UMC - Jim Hughes
• Youth Missions - Amani Devault-Smith
• UMCOR & Red Bird Mission - Lynn Kauffmann (UMW)