As you know, we have entered a season of change at our Church. Kelli Hamilton is celebrating being appointed as pastor in Kingston Springs; Ernie Dixon is looking forward to retiring to Florida; and Regina Garrett is resigning to spend more time with her family. We are thankful for the many members of our congregation who are working diligently on search committees to assist with these changes. This is an exciting time and we are looking forward to the new opportunities that change can bring.
There is another change happening that will begin to impact our offices over the next few months. About a year ago, your Finance Committee launched a study into the financial structure and staffing for both the Church and the Children’s Center. Part of this was due to the fact that our two organizations – the Church and Children’s Center – had begun to operate as two stand-alone entities and it was important that we work to bring the two back together as one. Part of it was a result of recommendations made by our auditors.
As a result, and in our desire to know more, we hired a consultant to examine our current business structure and make recommendations. The consultant interviewed everyone directly involved with the operation from both our Church and Children’s Center and looked closely at the processes we both used. The committee asked for three recommendations, which she provided at the conclusion of her work. The Finance Committee examined the report and approved a recommendation to be sent to the Church Council. This recommendation was made to the Church Council on Tuesday, May 1st, and was unanimously approved.
The condensed explanation of the recommendation is that we completely re-organize the way that we are handling finances on both the Church and Children’s Center sides and create a cohesive system. This means restructuring all current finance positions at both the Church and Children’s Center and create one full-time Business Administrator who will oversee the basic finances of both houses under one roof (keeping separate budgets between Church and Children’s Center). We will also create a part-time comptroller who will oversee the finances of both houses and bring a new measure of accountability. Finally, there will also be a part-time position within the Children’s Center to assist with tuition intake.
We are currently in the process of forming search committees to fill these new positions. However, it is the goal of everyone involved in this process to support our current staff that will be affected by these changes into new positions.
Your Finance Committee is committed to being good stewards of our resources. Your Staff Parish Committee is dedicated to taking care of the people involved in these changes. Please pray for our Church, our lay leaders, and our staff as we navigate this process and work together during this time.
8:30 AM - Contemporary Worship in the Chapel
9:15 AM - Sunday School for ALL ages
10:30 AM - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Wednesday Night Together Thanks to everyone who came to the Cookout Wednesday Night! We have one more chance to eat together on May 23 at California Pizza Kitchen in Green Hills. CPK will donate 20% of proceeds back to BMUMC this Wednesday from 11AM-10PM, so if you can’t make it to dinner, you can still grab lunch and help us raise funds. RSVP by Sunday, May 20th!
Thank you from the Seniors The 2018 High School Seniors would like to thank the staff and congregation for being honored with Senior Sunday. We appreciate your support, generous gifts and prayers as we move forward in our lives. A special thank you to Rev. Kelli Hamilton, Rev. Jim Hughes, Rev. Sam McGlothin, Nancy Reiser and the choir for their sincere messages and beautiful music. Also thank you to Melissa Carro, Holly Jordan, Marian Schmidt, Melissa Vickroy and Marian Worley for the wonderful luncheon.
With appreciation, Brooks Cummings, Matthew Dial, Bailey Frances, Jackson Hinchman and Joseph Hinchman
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May Spire Newsletter Our May Spire is out! It's packed with information including staff changes, our partner church in Vedado Cuba, the May Mosaics event, Children/Youth news and more! Read the Spire here!
Pastor's Latest Blog A Safe Place of Sanctuary From Gracie: At its core, Safe Sanctuaries is a partnership between our volunteers, our parents and our congregation. Each group has an important role to play in upholding our policy and maintaining the safety of our most precious gifts. Every volunteer that works with children, youth or vulnerable adults undergoes a criminal background check, attends a yearly Safe Sanctuary training and always serves as part of a team when they teach children or youth. They commit to observe and uphold the Safe Sanctuaries Policy in their work with our children, youth and vulnerable adults. These volunteers are a key piece of maintaining a safe space but this work cannot be done alone. We need parents and the congregation to come alongside us in upholding this policy. Read more here.
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Visitor Coffee Hour: Sunday, May 20 New to Belle Meade or visiting for the first time? Join us this Sunday at 9:30 in the Library! This is an informal time to meet church staff & other visitors, as well as learn more about the life of our church. Coffee, snacks, & a free Belle Meade coffee mug will be provided!
Gordon Memorial Lunch: Sunday, May 20 As many of you know, we have been cultivating relationships with our friends at Gordon Memorial UMC over the past year. You are invited to the next conversation on May 20 at 12pm at Gordon Memorial UMC, 2334 Herman St, Nashville, TN 37208. If you would like to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be taking 15 people from BMUMC.
Women’s Bible Study: Fridays at 10AM Join our Women's Bible Study on THE CASE FOR CHRIST by Lee Strobel led by Harriet Jordan, a long time member of BMUMC. Each session begins at 10 am in Room 216 and will conclude at 11:30 am. Please join us any Friday; you do not have to sign up for this study. Books are available online or in bookstores. If you have questions, contact Betty McAlister 615-352-4102 email@example.com.
New Adult Summer Class Starting June 5 Kinny Cosner is teaching a new class starting Tuesday, June 5 for 7 weeks - Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More by Melissa Spoelstra. By exploring Numbers we can come to identify the reasons for our complaining, learn contentment while being authentic about the difficulties of life, accept short-term hardship in light of the greater good of God’s ultimate deliverance, recognize the relationship between complaining and worry, and discover how to realign with God’s character and promises. Participant guides may be made available for $13.50 by contacting Laura McAlister Zabaski: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinny has a lifelong association with BMUMC. He helped organize and has taught the mid-week Bible Study for 15 years. Kinny has a JD from the University of Tennessee and a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He served as a lawyer for 35 years and taught English at VU for for 20 years.
This year’s TNUMC Commissioning, Licensing and Ordination Service will be held at Brentwood UMC June 13 at 7:00 PM. Our very own Kelli Hamilton will be commissioned as an elder at this service. We invite everyone to attend and support Kelli in this high honor! If you need childcare, please register by June 5.
Baxter Fall Festival Excursion Train: October 27
The Mosaics have a Fall Foliage Tour from Nashville to Baxter, Tennessee on Saturday, October 27, 2018. This is offered by The Tennessee Central Railroad located on Willow Street. We will leave at 8am and travel by rail to Baxter to their fall festival. There we will shop, have lunch, and return to Nashville by 6pm that evening. This is an all-day trip. We are advertising now because this tour fills up very quickly. If you are interested in going the tickets are $60 per person. You must write your name on the list at the front desk and give money to Barbara by Friday, June 15. There are no refunds. Call Jan Todd if you have questions at 615-589-7242.
Honoring Ernie: Sunday, June 24 We are hosting a farewell reception for Ernie Dixon on Sunday, June 24 at 11:30 in the Lounge. Please join us in wishing Ernie well after 22 years of service to our church. We are also collecting a love offering for Ernie. If you would like to make a contribution, you can leave your gift at the church office with Barbara DeMerritt.
Youth Ministry Needs Our youth are participating in two trips this summer. Our Youth Worship Team is headed to Atlanta May 30-June 1 to share the gift of music at assisted living facilities. And on June 24-30, our youth will serve in home repair with Mountain T.O.P. (a ministry with families in need) in East Tennessee. If you would like to sponsor a youth for these trips and/or be a prayer partner for trip participants, please contact Kelli Hamilton.
Children's Ministry Needs We need your help with summer Sunday School for children! This summer we will be exploring the Bible in a multi-sensory way through the use of legos, science, service, and cooking! We are in need of 2 additional adults each week to help in the classroom and to remain in compliance with our Safe Sanctuary policy. Please take a moment to sign up to assist for a couple weeks this summer! Contact Rev. Gracie Dugan with questions.
At Rolling River Rampage VBS, children ages 4yrs (by October 2017) -5th Grade (Grade completed by May 2018), will discover what it means to journey with God as they embark on a journey of faith. Along the rolling river, children discover that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise and that they can trust God to be with them through anything. Relevant music, exciting science, creative crafts, fun recreation, and memorable Bible stories will help kids know that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!
VBS will meet July 9-12 from 9am-12pm with a closing celebration and outdoor movie night for families on July 13th at 6pm.
Project Transformation PT is a summer reading camp sponsored by the United Methodist Church to help elementary and middle school children maintain their May reading levels by practicing reading with a mentor at camp over the summer. Four UM churches in Nashville will be hosting these camps plus other churches in three other cities in Tennessee. College interns run the camps. Clare Harney is a former youth from our church and will be a PT intern this summer. Our church’s responsibility in sponsoring Clare is 1) to provide listeners for children read to July 2nd, 3rd, and 5th; 2) and we are being asked to raise Clare’s stipend of $2,000 for her hard work this summer. 3) In addition, a meal is being provided at Forest Hills UMW by BMUMC on Wednesday, May 30th for all the interns in the program from all of the camp sites. We will be dedicating our communion offering on June 3 for her stipend. You may provide a generous offering then or you may place your check in the offering plate made out to BMUMC, attention Clare Harney any of these next three Sundays. We pray God will bless and use Clare for his work in this part of His kingdom.
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