Gloria Gildemeister, mother of Tom Gildemeister, passed away recently.
A Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, November 3, 11:30 am, with visitation beginning at 10:00 am, at West End UMC, Nashville.
November Spire Click here to read this month's Spire.
This Sunday's Sermon:
Ownership or Stewardship? Rev. Jim Hughes Matthew 21:33-45 8:30 AM - Contemporary Worship in the Chapel
9:15 AM - Sunday School
10:30 AM - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary
Last Sunday's Message Click here to listen to a past sermon.
Pastor's Blog: Tree of Life From Jim: Eleven people died simply because they were Jewish. They were worshipping God and bothering no one. The suspect allegedly wrote that he was angry that these Jews were welcoming to refugees. And so in his deranged mind, they didn’t deserve to live. Another week, another mass killing with an assault-style weapon. We must not let this become our norm. We must not allow ourselves to become desensitized to the gun violence....more here.
Belle Meade 101: Starting Oct. 28 at 9:30 AM Belle Meade 101 is a more in-depth look at United Methodist theology and history, the history of our local church, and how to get involved in our congregation! It is an excellent way to meet new people and form community. It will run for 4 Sundays, Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, and 18. We will meet in the Chapel at 9:30am. Rev. MaryJane Pierce Norton will lead our teaching. RSVP to Pastor Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone is welcome! Coffee & snacks provided!
Wednesday Night Together
Join us this Wednesday for dinner together at 5:00 PM and stay as we welcome Ossama from the Islamic Center of Nashville. On Nov 14, we are welcoming Ryan LeSuer from Community Care Fellowship during dinner. Brian Sigmon will be offering a presentation at 6pm centered on "Our Place in the Universe" that explores what it means that we inhabit such a vast universe yet still claim to have a special relationship with God. Read more on our website under “Wednesday Night Together”. November 7th Menu: Chicken, Spinach and Rice Casserole, Green Salad, Roasted Mixed Fall Veggies, Rolls, Carrot Cake, Kids’ Table: Chicken Tenders, Rice, Carrots and Dip. Register on our website!
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ossama Bahloul, Resident Scholar of The Islamic Center of Nashville, will speak to at Wednesday Night Together on November 7th at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Dr. Bahloul earned his Ph.D in Comparative Religions at the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Ossama is a regular participant, along with Sam and Jim, in the West Nashville Interfaith Clergy Group. We hope you’ll come learn from Ossama. The majority of his presentation will be Q&A. It promises to be a very enlightening evening.
Charge Conference: THIS Sun, Nov. 4, 1:30 PM
Each year the District Superintendent of the Nashville District participates in a called session of the Charge Conference of our church to hear reports about where we are as a church and where we are headed. This year’s Charge Conference will be Sunday, November 4 at 1:30 pm. Everyone is invited to attend, but especially our elected officials are expected to attend.
Church Music Sunday: November 11, One Service at 10:30 AM
Music has long been important to this congregation. Join us as we give thanks for God’s gift of music in a service incorporating all of our church choirs, as well as many instrumentalists and stirring congregational hymns.
Holiday Missions at BMUMC:
Medicine For Vedado Your Cuba Mission Team learned a lot while in Cuba last February. Among the things we learned is that although as a Communist country everyone has “access” to healthcare, the reality is that very few get what they need. The only way most people can get the most basic kinds of medicines--over the counter items--is on the “black market”. And so our next mission to support the Vedado community will be to collect medications that we will ship to Pastor Lester Fernandez to distribute. The collection point is a bin by the welcome desk in the Admin Building. We will collect items up until the night of our church-wide Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov.18. Here are the items needed: Multivitamins, Vitamins A,C, and E, Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen, indigestion tablets, antibiotic cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, eye glasses. One of our church members can purchase medications at a much-discounted rate if you would prefer to make a monetary donation instead. Thank you for supporting our sister church, Vedado Methodist, in Havana, Cuba.
Rise Against Hunger: Monday, November 19
We need volunteers for the Rise Against Hunger event at H.G. Hill Middle School on Monday, Nov. 19, between 9AM-3PM to assist packing individual meals--100,000 of them!! Contact Jim with any questions.
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. 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.
If you have questions, please contact: Mike Voyles: 615.856.6550 or email@example.com and/or Andy Braswell: 615.491.6971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Luncheon for Bethlehem Center Senior Adults We will prepare box lunches and deliver them along with gift cards to 35 senior receiving assistance at Bethlehem Center. UMW will provide the lunches, but your help is needed to purchase the 35 $20 Walmart Gift Cards. Contact Lynn with any questions: email@example.com. Donations needed by Sunday, December 2.
H.G. Hill Holiday Mission Event
This year we aim to provide gift cards for the students at H.G. Hill Middle School. With the loss of The Last Minute Toy Store, we felt that connecting with our neighborhood in a vital way was the thing to do. There are 710 students at H.G. Hill--many if not most of those students come from low-income households. Our plan is to provide a $5.00 gift card to Dollar General Store or Dollar Tree Store for these students. That means we are hoping to raise $4,000 for this effort. If each of us gave just $10.00, we could reach that goal. OR you might have access to other kinds of “gifts” you might provide (like 710 toothbrushes or 710 pens or pencils,etc.) We need all donations in by Wednesday, December 5th. Please do all you can to help us make Christmas possible for our neighbors. Contact Anne Underhill at (615)352-5964 if you have questions.
Christmas Dinner for Community Care Fellowship We will prepare and serve dinner for the CCF homeless shelter on Friday, December 21. Your help is needed in many ways: we will be serving ham, turkey and fixings, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pie. All are welcome, please join us! More details and a signup sheet will be included in the December Needs Insert. Donations needed by 4pm on Thursday, December 20.
November 18: Alternative Gift Market, Thanksgiving Potluck & Concert!
We have a busy day on November 18th! Join us at 3:30PM for our 2nd Annual Alternative Gift Market, presented by the Mosaics committee. They have procured the same vendors as last year PLUS some new vendors for this year! Our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck will follow at 4:30PM in the Fellowship Hall and the Nashville Community Concert Band will perform in the Sanctuary at 6:15PM! Admission is Free! This will be an evening filled with the exciting sounds of symphonic band music performed by one of Nashville’s most outstanding musical ensembles. Also, David Ford will be singing “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” so you won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned for the potluck signup and mark your calendars!
BLVD BOLT: November 22
Every Thanksgiving morning, the Boulevard Bolt (5 mile walk/run) takes place on Belle Meade Boulevard. We have the opportunity to be involved by shuttling people from our parking lot the morning of the race. If you would like to help shuttle or greet runners/walkers, email Jim. This is a great way to be involved in an event already happening in our community!
Join Belle Meade UMC as we celebrate the arrival of baby Rylynn Marie, born last week to parents Alexa and Matt! We are excited to support the family with a meal train. Please consider signing up to bring them a meal at the link below: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/8dlwv2
Kroger Community Rewards 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.
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