Bethlehem Center Appeal for support
See letter below for details on how your unit can help.
May 5, 2018: Hands on Mission Event: Rise Against Hunger
Smyrna First UMC, beginning at 9:30am.
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 April 19, 2018:
Partners in Mission Dinner and Program Harpeth River District Columbia first UMC in Columbia, 6pm. Pastors and spouses are invited along with two unit members as guests of the district. Everyone is welcome, additional guests are $8. This dinner is held every other year. Miriam's Promise will present the program, and a love offering for this mission will be taken. They also appreciate gift cards (Walmart, Kroger) to help the birth mothers during pregnancy. Reservations must be in to Peggy Owen (see webpage) by April 9, 2018. We hope to see everyone represented!
April 21, 2018:
Stones River Mission Book Study #2 "Missionary Conferences" Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Shelbyville. Registration 9am, program 9:30 - 2:30pm. See details in newsletter.
April 21, 2018:
Cumberland River District 2018 Mission Study Connell Memorial United Methodist Church in Goodlettsville Registration and continental breakfast 8am, study begins at 9am: bring sack lunch. See details in newsletter.
April 28, 2018:
Red River District Spiritual Day Apart 9:00am - 12:00pm Ashland City UMC 2226 Oak Street, Ashland City TN 37015 Program: Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
May 5, 2018:
Stones River District Hands-On Workday: Rise Against Hunger, Smyrna FUMC.
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:
Happy New Year!
I hope you are all staying warm and dry as we go through this cold, snowy, rainy season! We had a great conference training at Smyrna First UMC and we all left ready to get 2018 off to a good start.
You will see the calendar of events in this newsletter. Please let your units know about these events and we are excited about what we will offer this year! You will see information about the Intergenerational Event, Mission u, the Spiritual Life Retreat and the Annual Meeting, but I would like to call your attention to our hands-on mission event on May 5 at Smyrna First UMC. We will be putting together 10,300 meals for Rise Against Hunger to ship out to different countries. There is something there for everyone to do; if you cannot stand for long, don't worry - you may sit and do this job! I have already heard that we already have some youth groups coming as well. Please feel free to invite folks who aren't in UMW as well as your own units. This is a wonderful global mission project that we can all be a part of. I hope you all can be with us!
Please remember that you can still sign up for Assembly! We will leave by bus on Thursday morning, May 17, and return Sunday evening, May 20. Please contact Eileen Horton if you would like to ride the bus.
I know it seems like we just ended the Advent season (probably because we just did), but the Lenten season is now upon us. As we serve our God, let us be ever mindful of His wonderful gift to us - allowing His son to pay a debt he didn't owe in order for us to be able to have eternal life. May we try to give back to God as much as we can. United Methodist Women do this so well and in so many different ways. Thank you for your hard work and service.
Blessings to you and yours,
Tennessee Conference United Methodist Women
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.