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Music

Joyful Noise Choir

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Joyful Noise Choir is offered for children in Kindergarten-5th Grade on Wednesday Nights from 6:15-7:00. We have two break out choirs that meet together for the first part of the evening and then combine to practice together. K-1st Grade enjoys a marching band, musical games, stickers, prizes for attendance and (of course!) singing! This choir offers a great introduction to music for our younger kids in a fun and developmentally appropriate way.  2nd-5th Grade focuses on the fundamentals of music and offers a space for understanding the complexity of music, solo singing and a deep engagement with the musical selections.  The choirs are led by Lynn Kauffman and Alana Griffith.

Contact: Alana Griffith, alana@bellemeadeumc.org


The Belle Meade Choir

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and special services throughout the year. Our repertoire is broad, ranging from Renaissance to current-day composers. We rehearse vigorously, have fun consistently, and worship purposefully. We welcome you, whether you would like to join us long-term or for a shorter period of time. Note: strong music-reading is a plus, although not required; interested high school students are welcome. We rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 10:00 AM.

Contact: Nancy Reiser, nancy@bellemeadeumc.org 


children and youth

Family Faith play

Aug 30 - Oct 4
6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Family Faith Play is a special 6 week class is for families of children birth-4 years. During Family Faith Play we will engage the scripture together through games, music, conversation and play. This will be a great opportunity for parents to connect with their child in a deep way and to learn easy skills and tools to intentionally create opportunities for faith conversation at home. Whether your child is 3 months or 3 years, there are ways you can make faith conversation a part of your everyday interactions!  Join us to grow together with your child and have a blast while you do it! 

**Nursery Care is provided on Wednesday nights for ages birth to five. Begins 15 minutes before programming (6:00-7:00 p.m. during the fall). Contact Rev. Gracie Dugangracie@bellemeadeumc.org with any questions about programming or nursery care for kids!


connect groups

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Youth for all grades 6-12 is from 6:15-7:00 p.m. Be on the lookout for Connect Group offerings that will help us to creatively connect with each other and with our God-given talents.

Contact: Rev. Kelli Hamilton, kelli@bellemeadeumc.org  


ADULT studies

The Limits of Forgiveness

Sept 6 - Oct 11,
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 123

Dr. Maria Mayo will teach a six-week class on the meaning, practice, and interpretation of forgiveness in the Gospels and in popular culture. Using Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower (which discusses forgiveness in the context of the Holocaust) as a frame, we will explore Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness and how they apply to situations like atrocity, abuse, and systemic violence. We will also look closely at more ordinary injuries and think about when, why, and how forgiveness is appropriate. The class will learn the challenges of defining forgiveness, the various ways in which forgiveness is presented in the Gospels, and how forgiveness functions in their own lives. Students should buy a copy of The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal.

Meet Maria: Maria Mayo is the author of The Limits of Forgiveness (Fortress, 2015). She holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees in religion from Vanderbilt University where her research focused on the practice of forgiveness in the Gospels and today’s culture. Maria has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, and she is currently an editor with the United Methodist Publishing house. She lives in Nashville with her two-year old son, Walter.


When Words Fail: 
A Study on the People's Response to the Miracles of Jesus

Sept 6 - Sept 27,
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Room 121

Throughout the book of John, Jesus reveals miracles to a variety of groups of people.  He reveals miracles to the masses, to strangers, his friends and through His Resurrection, to the world. In this four week study led by Regina Girten, we will explore the responses of these groups of people to Jesus's miracles and our own responses as well. Miracles are inexplicable supernatural events. When we are presented with the unexplainable, how can we, as God's people, respond? The Creative Arts are commonly used to express emotions when mere words fail us. Through these miracles, we will also explore how the creative arts can assist us in expressing our soul's response to the works of Jesus.

Meet Regina: Regina is the Missions and Outreach Program Director at Brentwood United Methodist Church and serves as the Dance Design Team Chair for Music and Worship Arts Week through the United Methodist Fellowship.  Currently, she is completing her Masters in Religion through Memphis Theological Seminary and is seeking Commissioning in the United Methodist Church as a Deacon. Regina's undergraduate degree is in Musical Theatre and Dance from Belmont University and she has danced in Epiphany Modern Ballet Company in Nashville, TN and DanceArt Company based in Hollywood, CA. She has choreographed for several musicals, choirs and taught dance classes across the Southeast and in California. Regina served at Open Table Nashville working with the unhoused community and has traveled extensively to underdeveloped countries serving orphanages and pairing her love of the creative arts and mission work. Regina, her husband, Jeff and 2 year old daughter, Evie Mae are members at Belle Meade United Methodist Church where Regina serves on the Congregational Life Team.  


Financial Peace University

Sept 13 - Nov 8,
6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Room 218

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is coming to BMUMC! This 9 week biblically based class will empower you with skills to be good stewards of your gifts, savings, responsible spending and to better meet your financial goals. Please register at daveramsey.com and find our class being hosted at BMUMC.  For more information please call Jim or Glenda Hinchman at 615.509.0948.

Meet Jim and Glenda: Jim holds a B.S. in Agriculture and landscape design from the University of TN and is the horticulturalist at Hillwood Country Club. Glenda holds a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from Memphis University/MTSU and is a retired MNPS teacher of 30 years, now serving as a reading interventionist. They have two sets of twins who are 28 and 18. Their hobbies include side businesses of beekeeping and artisanal soaps. About seven years ago, we took Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. It was life changing, brought us closer, and began a new thought process for our future. As our older children were finishing college, this class also became our gift to them and to our son-n-law for them to receive this knowledge. The curriculum is common sense that we all know, but gave us organizational tools to be better stewards of the gifts we are blessed with, to better save, and to have responsible spending to meet our financial goals. 


What's Your Story?

Oct 25 - Nov 15,
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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We all want to live a great story. In this four-week class, we'll explore what it means for us to understand our lives as a part of God's story. We'll identify some of our favorite stories and what makes them so good, and we'll talk about the common features that all great stories share —such as adventure, plot twists, and noble desires — including how these features show up in our lives. Finally, we'll discover what it might mean to co-write our stories with God, and how we can take an active role in shaping our lives according to God's will. Though you won't be required to purchase a book, the class will be based on the book What's Your Story: Seeing Your Life Through God's Eyes, by Sarah Heath. There will be opportunities for creative writing as we learn to tell our own stories and discover God's hand in them. Come join us on Wednesday nights beginning October 25!

Meet Brian: Brian O. Sigmon is editor of United Methodist resources at The United Methodist Publishing House, where he edits books, Bible studies, and official UM resources. In this role he is the editor of the Daily Christian Advocate and managing editor of the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions. Brian has a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Marquette University, where he has also taught courses in theology. Brian's research and teaching have focused on the Pentateuch, especially the books of Genesis and Exodus, but he has a passion for anything and everything related to the Bible! Brian finds great joy in helping people of all backgrounds deepen their understanding of Scripture.


The History of Christianity 

Oct 25 - Nov 15,
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

Rev. Jim Hughes will teach a four week course on The History of Christianity. The class will be an overview of the most important events in the history of our church such as the Council of Nicaea, the Crusades, the Protestant Reformation, etc. Participants will also learn the history of why we do certain things in worship today. Did you know there was once a female Pope? Come and learn with us.


OPen bible study

Ongoing
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 218

 

We are a group of men who have been meeting for years, but always welcome new people! We pick a book of the Bible and study it together. We will be studying Ephesians this fall. Bring a Bible; no additional books required. 

Contact: Bruce Kauffman, bkauffma@utk.edu.


Knitting

Ongoing
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Room 125

We gather after Wednesday Night Dinner to knit and crochet various items: prayer shawls, baby blankets and hats/scarves for Room in the Inn. We love to create a gift that provides warmth and strength to our congregation in a time of need or a time of joy.  What a blessing for everyone, those receiving and those creating. Bring your own materials and join us! 

Contact: Carol Cartwright, shoshocarol@comcast.net or Marsha Arnold, marshaod@gmail.com


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