October 13, 2018: Annual Meeting
Murfreesboro First UMC, Registration 8:30am, meeting 9:30am
Due October 5, 2018
Bethlehem Center Appeal for support
See letter below for details on how your unit can help.
Around Our Districts November 10, 2018:
Stones River District Annual Meeting Shelbyville First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, 9am. Registration Form
Message from our Conference President:
I hope you have all had some rest and relaxation over the summer - school has already started back and fall will be here before we know it!
I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to go up the mountain for the spiritual retreat at Beersheba September 7-9! Olive Davenport and her team have worked very hard to make this event special and are excited to welcome us. Please note that there are classes for the children and youth when the adults are in session - please encourage moms and grandmothers in your church to come to the retreat and bring their precious children! The deadline for applications being received is August 24.
We are so thrilled to announce that Harriet Jane Olson, CEO of United Methodist Women National, will be our guest speaker at our Annual Meeting on October 13! It will be held at Murfreesboro First UMC and they can't wait to host us. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Extended information about both of these events and registration forms are included in this newsletter.
It actually rained in my neck of the woods today (Praise God!) and it became cool enough for me to sit out on the deck. As I looked out over God's creation, I had no doubt that He was with me. His love and faithfulness are everlasting. There is no better way for us to return this faithfulness to Him than to take care of the least of these. That is what we as United Methodist Women do through our mission giving - we are taking care of women, children and youth. As we enter the last portion of 2018, please prayerfully consider making an extra gift - individually, as units or as a district - to this important and worthwhile cause. Karen Maynard will be more than happy to process these extra checks and send them on!
Thanks so much for your hard work and faithfulness to United Methodist Women. I hope to see many of you soon!
Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women
Stones River District-Smyrna First
Bethlehem Center of Nashville takes tremendous pride in its long-standing relationship with United Methodist Women through the Board of Global Ministries. For more than a century, Bethlehem Center's ministry supports and advances the lives of inner-city children, youth and seniors and currently serves over 2,500 individuals each year. Highlights over the past year include:
Childhood and Youth Education
Volunteer students from local universities, including Vanderbilt, Fisk, Belmont and TSU, serve as role models in character building and after-school tutoring to ensure the academic success of 75 students, grades K-12;
For the fourth consecutive year, 100% of our students enrolled in the after-school tutoring program advanced to the next grade level;
Eight of our 2016-17 graduating seniors received college scholarships and are currently enrolled in colleges;
100% of our youth (ages 14-17) enrolled in our Summer Job Readiness program were successfully placed in work settings to prepare them for future employment.
Health and Well-Being of Seniors
Through our partnership with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, preventative health screenings are being provided to 186 North Nashville seniors to identify and address diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and other health issues;
Results compiled recently by VUSN reveal that 75% of the seniors screened showed health improvements over the past year and received referrals for follow-up care;
The Bethlehem Center summer campus garden, in partnership with Franklin Road Academy, produced over 500 lbs. of fresh produce for our seniors, youth and children;
Our Meals on Wheels program provides nutritious lunches each weekday to low-income and homebound seniors. Thanks to a long-standing partnership with area churches, who prepare and assist in the delivery of meals, and the generosity of Cigna who upgraded our kitchen last year, we will be providing over 52,000 meals this year.
It is because of the generosity of United Methodist Women that we are making a difference in the lives of seniors, youth and children whom we serve. We are so very grateful to you for your support and invite you, once again, to consider a gift and invest in the lives of others in need.