Weekly Announcements

This Sunday:

Children and Youth Sunday

1 Kings 17:1-16

9:15 AM - Sunday School for ALL ages
10:30 AM - Worship in the Sanctuary


New Announcements:

Church Cleaning Day: TOMORROW
Once a year, we work collectively to clean our building and take care of our grounds. We need your help before Easter! Click this link to sign up for an outside or inside job! Thanks so much for your help in keeping our church clean!


Easter Flower Dedications

If you would like to honor/remember someone with an Easter Lily/Begonia
dedication this Easter, fill out the insert and drop it in the offering baskets this Sunday or call the office at 615.352.6210 by Wednesday, March 21.


Wednesday Night Together 
Each week, we share a meal from 5:00-6:00 p.m. First-time guests and children under 5 eat for free! Dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11. This week’s menu: Poppyseed Chicken, Green Beans, Green Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Kid’s Table: Roasted Chicken Legs, Green Beans, Fruit. Check out our Wednesday night class offerings from now until May here!

In Case You Missed It...

March Spire
Click here to read the March Spire.

Pastor's Latest Blog
Home Groups
Home Groups of 8-14 people are intended to create community in a smaller, more personal setting. These groups meet 2x a month in a fellow church member’s home to share a meal, participate in a bible study, pray, and enjoy fellowship! Approved childcare workers can be sent to the host home for groups that need childcare. To fill out the Home Group info form, visit our website.

Last Sunday's Sermon: Freed and Forgiven
Click here to listen to a past Sunday Sermon.

Upcoming Events/Classes:

Young Adult Sunday School Class 
If you are interested in getting involved in a Young Adult Sunday School Class, now is the time!! We are hosting a couple of Social Hours first, and then we will dream about what this class can look like! There are so many Young Adults at our church. We just need to get to know one another! Feel free to bring a friend! If you have questions, email Pastor Sam, sam@bellemeadeumc.org 

Easter Eggstravaganza: Saturday, March 24
Join us for our Eggstravaganza! We will have an Easter Egg Hunt, the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, face painting & crafts. There will also be a free hot dog lunch! Help us support our missions by stopping by the bake sale as well.

Activities 10 - 11 am
Easter Egg Hunt 11 - 11:15 am
Lunch 11:15 am - 12 pm

Please pick up bags of empty eggs after the service on Sunday and fill them with non-melting candy or small prizes. Return filled eggs to the bin outside Gracie’s office by March 18.

Holy Week Services:

Maundy Thursday, March 29

Good Friday, March 30

Easter Sunday Services: April 1

Join us Easter morning to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! We'll meet outside of the Sanctuary at 6:30 AM for our Sunrise Service and then we'll meet in the Sanctuary for both our 8:30 and 10:30 AM services with an Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 AM. This is the one day out of the year that your friends will most likely say yes if you ask them to join you. Help us share this glorious day with our community!

Family Circle Time: First Fridays 10:30 -11:30 AM

Our church has started a monthly gathering of children birth-5 years old and their loved ones! We will play, explore and grow together. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and play on the church playground after we wrap up. Join us in April!

April 6: Music and Movement
May 4: Family Yoga Spring Fling

Parenting Seminar: Tuesday, April 17
Dr. Katherine Koonce from the Covenant School will speak on Preschoolers in the Digital Age: How encouraging traits like grit, gratitude, and curiosity will equip children for the future. All are welcome to attend this free event in the Sanctuary sponsored by Belmont Weekly School, Belle Meade Children’s Center, and Harpeth Heights Weekday Preschool.

BMUMC Women's Retreat Saturday, May 19
Save the Date! $20/person. Bus transportation for those who need it. More details to come. Women of all ages are welcome!

Children's Ministry Needs

The children's ministry needs your support!  Each Sunday morning, we provide breakfast for our children during Sunday School and each Wednesday night for children's choir, we need two additional adults to be present in the classroom from 6:00-7:00.  No leadership skills are required and you are more than welcome to bring your phone, laptop, book, knitting, etc. Can you help in one of these ways? Click the links below for more details and to sign up!

Joyful Noise Choir Second Adult (Wed Night from 6:00-7:00)

Provide Sunday School Breakfast (Sunday Morning at 9:15)

Bake Sale Goodies Needed
Sweets needed for our Easter Eggstravaganza Bake Sale! Please consider donating cookies, brownies or sweet treats. All proceeds will go to support the Children’s Ministry Lenten Coin Offering Initiative for students at Gower Elementary. You can drop off your donation at the church on Friday, March 23rd or by 9:45am on Saturday, March 24th. Contact Theresa Grisham at tmds@bellsouth.net with any questions.

Youth Sunday Breakfast and Dinner
If you're you looking for a way to support our youth ministry, here's your opportunity! We would love for some adults in our congregation to sign up to provide a breakfast or dinner for our youth. For breakfast, we have about 10 people total and for dinner, we have 15-18 people. Sign up here

Community Partnership

Last August, Belle Meade UMC began a partnership with Belmont University in their Federal Work Study Program. 

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a financial aid program that allows students to work on-campus or with approved off-campus community service employers to earn money to pay for college expenses. FWS is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you do not have to repay it). Being awarded FWS with financial aid can help a student be eligible for part-time jobs, both on- and off-campus, that they may not have otherwise been eligible for. The FWS program encourages employment in community service and in fields related to the students’ major of study. There are many FWS jobs available to choose from, but unlike Belmont Student Employment positions, FWS jobs are funded through Student Financial Services.

Sara Chang, our Communications Director, has a background in nonprofits and had utilized the Belmont Federal Work-Study Program in the past. She got the staff on board as to the importance of including Belle Meade UMC on the Belmont work study list, so that we could possibly “hire” some students to help our Administrative staff in their duties. Sara quickly “hired” 3 students to join her Communications Team and they have been such a blessing to her and the whole staff. 

At the end of every month, Sara signs off on each timesheet for the number of hours worked, and the students submit it to the Belmont Payroll Department on the 1st business day of each month.

We are so thankful for this opportunity to partner with Belmont University this way. Not only does it give Sara the ability to delegate her tasks and finish her projects on time, the students are learning hands-on what it means to work in the “real world” and adding skill sets to their resume they wouldn’t normally have without this job. 

The best part? The students are getting paid by Belmont to work for Belle Meade UMC!

Missional Living

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, contact Lynn Kauffman at lynnkauffman@bellsouth.net  or 615-646-5509.

Kroger Community Rewards
The Kroger Community Rewards program is an ideal way to support your favorite non-profit or charity organization. Each individual should enroll their Kroger Plus Cards online at the Kroger secure website, www.krogercommunityrewards.com and then choose Belle Meade UMC as your charity. Our organization number is 22892.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Choose Belle Meade United Methodist Church to start supporting us!

Social Media Ambassadors Needed
Social Networking is one of the best and easiest ways to share about Belle Meade UMC with your friends! We ask that you like and follow our page on Facebook and invite your friends to do the same. Then just like all our posts and share the ones you want - it's that easy! 

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