Bethlehem Center Appeal for support
See letter below for details on how your unit can help.
January 20, 2018: Conference Training for District Officers
Smyrna First UMC, 9am. Snow date is January 27.
April 7, 2018: Intergenerational Event
Clark United Methodist Church, 104 Bernard Drive, McMinnville 37110
Around Our Districts February 3, 2018: Harpeth River District training for local officers
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, TN (Maury County)
District team meets at 10am; potluck lunch; Local Officer training 1pm. Faith Lift at 2pm. See newsletter for details.
February 10, 2018:
Cumberland District Unit Officer Training, location TBA. Snow date Feb. 17
Message from our Conference President:
Please see the attached letter from Steve Fleming, Director of Bethlehem Center. As we are in the final quarter of the year, many fine organizations need funding - and Bethlehem Center is no exception. Let us remember this is a National Mission Institution sponsored by UMW and does so much good for the middle Tennessee community. As we remember how blessed we are, let us remember those who need additional blessings. If you or your units are able, please consider making an additional gift to Bethlehem Center.
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.