Missions

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

 

last minute toy store - December 14-16

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The Last Minute Store serves families of Davidson County who don't have resources to provide gifts for their children at Christmas and is often the last resort for these families. These are children who have not been served by another agency. Toys, books, stocking stuffers, and other gifts are available to the "shopper" who can select specific items for their child. This is the only organization in Davidson County that supports teens up to age 18 in addition to younger children, infant-12 years. LTMS serves approximately 5,000 children each year.

The Last Minute Toy Store (LMTS) began as a ministry of the 61st Ave. UMC and has served the Nashville area for 24 years. 61st Ave UMC unfortunately closed this year, but LMTS will continue at a new location, Davidson County Sheriff's Service Center at 5117 Harding Place. This facility allows better coordination of the process, has adequate parking, and has bus service right to the door. As Nashville has grown, LMTS itself has grown and is now a 501c3 Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation. This nonprofit organization is in partnership with United Methodist Churches, Highland Park Church, and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

Donations can be dropped off at Belle Meade UMC along with other church drop-offs. Donations of toys for boys and girls valued at $20 and monetary gifts are still essential. Gift cards ($10-$20 value) from Target and Walmart are good for teenagers. Purchases from the Amazon Wish List can be purchased and delivered via UPS directly to LMTS. Volunteer opportunities include registering guests, helping families shop, and receiving and stocking toys during the event, December 14-16. Last year, BMUMC was generous with many donations of unwrapped toys and gift cards. Let's consider how to serve again this year! Individuals, classes, study groups, and circles can determine their own way to donate. We will start accepting toys, gifts, and gift cards immediately in the Administrative Wing. Contact Anne Underhill with any questions: 615.352.5964.

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ROOM IN THE INN - NOVEMBER 4 - FEBRUARY 25

Our Church has committed to hosting 10 homeless men each Saturday night from November through February. We provide them with a hearty dinner, a warm bed, a place to clean up, breakfast and a generous sack lunch to send with them Sunday morning.

We have several opportunities available to serve Room In The Inn this Season. Help is needed in many areas from volunteers. Whether you are connected to a church group or would like to provide support on your own, review the dates and needs below and add your name/group to the volunteer schedule located in the administrative building entrance.

For additional information contact: 
Mike Voyles - mbvoyles@gmail.com or 615-856-6550
Andy Braswell - atroybraswell@yahoo.com or 615-491-6971

Nov. 25
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s), Servers & Clean Up for Dinner. Sack Lunches.
Dec. 2
Host (1), Bus Driver(s), Cooks, Servers & Clean Up for Dinner. Sack Lunches.
Dec. 16
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s)
Dec. 23
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s), Servers & Clean Up For Dinner. 
Jan. 20
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s)
Feb. 17
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s)
Feb. 24
Hosts (1-2), Bus Driver(s)


Community Partners

Education:
Bethlehem Center
Project Transformation
Nashville Freedom Schools
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Preston Taylor Ministries

Homeless/Poverty:
Community Care Fellowship
Loaves and Fishes
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Room in the Inn
Last Minute Toy Store

Health/Social Justice/Support Groups:
Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon
Alzheimer's Association

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