Bethlehem Center Appeal for support
See letter below for details on how your unit can help.
July 12-13, 2018: Mission u
St. Mark's Methodist Church, 1267 North Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro 37130.
Begins at 9:30 am, see Registration Form here
September 7-9, 2018: Spiritual Life Rretreat
Beersheba Springs Assembly, 58 Hedge Avenue, Beersheba Springs, TN 37305
Send in your registration now
October 13, 2018: Annual Meeting
Murfreesboro First UMC, Registration 8:30am, meeting 9:30am
Around Our Districts June 23, 2018:
Cumberland River District Faith Lift White House First UMC
June 23, 2018:
Harpeth River District Potluck for Local Presidents' Roundtable Centerville United Methodist Church 10am.
June 23, 2018:
Caney Fork River District Mission Study Cookeville First United Methodist Church
August 17 or 18, 2018:
Caney Fork River District Social Action Wesley House at TTU, Cookeville
August 18, 2018:
Red River District Intergenerational Event: Rise Against Hunger event Hilldale United Methodist Church, Clarksville, brunch begins at 9:00am.
August 25, 2018:
Harpeth River District Mission Study Hohenwald First United Methodist Church. 9:30am.
September 22, 2018:
Harpeth River District Annual Meeting Lawrenceburg First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, 9am.
September 22, 2018:
Cumberland River District Annual Meeting Lafayette United Methodist Church
Septemer 29, 2018:
Caney Fork River District Annual Meeting Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church
Message from our Conference President:
It looks like spring (or summer) has finally arrived and, I don't know about you, but I am so happy to have a warm air hit my face when I step outside!
We just had a wonderful hands-on mission project on May 5 when we put together 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger. Thanks so much to those who came to share their time for this worthwhile project - I was thrilled with the number of women (and men) who came! Your Executive Team has decided that we will support this worthwhile project next year as well by hosting another event at Smyrna First on May 4, 2019.
Assembly is almost here! Please be in prayer for the group that will be leaving for Columbus, Ohio, next week and for the Assembly as a whole. This is a great event and we are looking forward to this trip.
Mission u will be here before we know it! Lila Beasley and Melva Nunnery have been working very hard to put this together. Please be in prayer for them as well as the team as they attend training and finalize their plans. I hope you will sign up to attend - this is a wonderful way to learn about the topics that are so important to United Methodist Women.
Olive Davenport and the Spiritual Retreat team are working hard and making plans as well for the Spiritual Retreat at Beersheba. I hope you will attend and encourage others to come as well. Please encourage our younger women to attend as we will have great classes for youth and children. Please continue to pray for this team as well.
Finally, please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13 and plan to attend our Annual Meeting at Murfreesboro First UMC - our speaker will be Harriet Jane Olson, Chief Executive Officer of United Methodist Women! I know we will all look forward to the message she will bring.
As I read your district newsletters and travel to different units, I am seeing what a difference you are all making to the mission of women, children and youth. Thanks so much for providing sacred spaces for the least of these.
Enjoy your summer!
Blessings to you and yours,
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.