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.
Donations Needed: Men’s clothing, socks, underwear & outerwear in any quantity.
Attention Men: We need your help! There are 22 open spots for overnight hosts starting Saturday Nov. 17 and needed most weekends going forward. Choose a night and invite a friend to join you (you do not have to drive the bus).
Sign up on the volunteer schedule located in the administrative building entrance or contact:
Mike Voyles - firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-856-6550
Andy Braswell - email@example.com or 615-491-6971
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
For Christmas this year, we want surprise our friends at H.G. Hill Middle School with a treat! Our former mission, The Last Minute Toy Store, was no longer viable for us, so it made sense to gift our neighbors. As you know, we have been looking for ways to work together. To date, we have partnered with kids to help with reading, we had several kids come judge our Ice Cream Social, and on Monday, Nov 19 from 9am-3pm, we will be packing 100,000 meals side by side for Rise Against Hunger. If you want to volunteer, sign up HERE.
When we spoke with the leaders at HGHMS about this, they suggested a $5 gift card for each student to Dollar General, Dollar Tree or $5 Below and some Christmas candy. We are also exploring other items we might include like pencils, toothbrushes, chapstick. If we add more items, we would need 715 of each. If you want to donate other items, please contact Anne Underhill at 615-352-5964 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will receive monetary donations and gift item donations up till Wednesday, December 5th!
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)