This Week @ Blakemore UMC - April 4, 2019
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Sunday School  9:30 a.m. • Worship  10:30 a.m.
This Sunday at Blakemore UMC
April 7, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Lent
John 18:1-11

During the season of Lent our worship theme is "Risk: Entering the Passion" because walking the road to the cross with Jesus is risky stuff. We'll be borrowing from Amy-Jill Levine's new book Entering the Passion of Jesus during worship and studying the book in various small groups throughout the week (books are available in the office for $12). This Sunday we'll look at the risk that Jesus takes during the Last Supper when he says that one of the Disciples will betray him and that being a servant is greater than being a master: "Risking the Loss of Friends." We hope you'll join us during this holy season on Sunday at 10:30 am for worship.  

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Special Note: Easter lilies can be purchased through April 14, 2019. Lilies will adorn the altar and windows for our Easter Sunday service and a special insert will list names in memorial and honorarium. Lilies can be picked up directly from the sanctuary immediately following the Easter service.
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Wednesday Night Life
April 10, 2019
Cost of meal $5 for adults and youth, $2.50 children

Menu: TBD

5:30 p.m. Dinner

6:00 p.m. Children's Choir Rehearsal
6:30 p.m. Age Appropriate Programming
6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal

We will continue our discussion about human sexuality and The United Methodist Church this week. We are basing our conversations using this book (which are available for purchase from the church office for $10). We hope you'll join us!

Thank you to those who have already returned pledge cards and shared support for this campaign. For more information or to donate online, please use the link below.

If you have questions about this plan, please reach out to Rev. John Hill, Strategic Planning Committee Chair Deanna McCulley, or Leadership Board Chair Kevin Walker.
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During Lent, we will pray together at 1:30 p.m. as a church family for our Capital Campaign. You can pray wherever you are. If you would like to sign up for a daily prayer reminder and note of encouragement during Lent, please click the link below.

Note: You will receive an e-mail just before 1:30 p.m. every day until Easter Sunday.
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The new HVAC system is installed and totally in use as of April 1, 2019. Installation was ahead of schedule and within the $474,034 contract. A couple of small things remain to be done.
Asbestos removal was outside the contract price. The best advice with asbestos is not to disturb it. The company worked around most of it. Less than $1,000 extra was needed to remove the small amount.
All thermostats are locked and can not be changed. After we have lived with the system a few weeks, the room temperatures can be changed if a consensus desires. Please do not open any windows or leave exterior doors open. The system is designed for them to be kept closed.
Coming Up This Week
Interfaith Event: Nashville Rising Forum: Work, Wages, and the Future of Nashville
April 6, 9-11:30 a.m. (TSU Avon Center)

It is unfortunate that while Nashville witnesses a rapid surge in development and opportunity, a large segment of our community is not enjoying the benefits of this growth. Wages for many have remained substandard and stagnant, neighborhoods are being rapidly gentrified, opportunities for advancement remain limited, the cost of housing has become increasingly out of reach. Join us for this powerful event. More information can be accessed from the flyer online.

THIS WEEKEND! Trivia Night
April 6, 6-8:00 p.m.

A Sci-Fi Trivia Adventure hosted as a fundraiser by the Blakemore UMC Youth Group. Nacho bar and four rounds of trivia for $10 per person this Saturday, April 6, at 6:00 pm. See the link below for more information or to register.

Spiritual Journey Conversation + To Be Continued
April 7, 9:30 a.m.

The Spiritual Journey Conversations and the To Be Continued groups will meet to continue the Lent study, "Risk: Entering the Passion". Led by Pastoral Intern, Nate Partee, this group will follow the study written by Dr. A.J. Levine. Books are available in the church office. Please see the note below.

Youth Group Dungeons + Dragons 
April 7, 2019, 12:30-3:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)

What is good? What is evil? How should we act when we have power? Why do people believe in their gods? And in a world where not all people are human, how do we humanize others? Youth Join Rebekah Lewis on this youth group centric series as we explore morality, problem solving, and conflict resolution on a joint storytelling Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Leadership Board Meeting
April 8, 6:00 p.m.

Members of the Leadership Board will meet in Room 204 to provide and hear updates on our focus areas for 2019. 

BeMore Small Group Meeting
April 9, 7:00 p.m.

The BeMORE Group is an open, inclusive, Reconciling small group that meets weekly to be present for one another, to engage in bible study, and to share life. This group meets at the home of Deanna McCulley and all are invited to join as frequently as they can. During Lent, we are reading the church-wide study text Entering the Passion of Jesus by A.J. Levine. For more information, please contact Deanna McCulley by email or phone (615-604-1481). 

Project Transformation Family Fun Night
April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Trinity UMC)

Please join us for dinner and games on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30-7:30 at Trinity UMC (204 E. Trinity Lane). Blakemore is providing a taco bar for the families and interns of Project Transformation. We are asking for donations of taco meat (beef, chicken and turkey), beans, rice, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, and soft and hard taco shells (corn and flour). A sign up list for items is in the Fellowship Hall. Desserts and drinks are provided by the children and their families. Items will need to be received by Wednesday evening so anything missing can be purchased on Thursday before the event.  

The Blakemore Endowment Fund has two funds which offer college tuition support. The Dorothy Knowles Scholarship is open to all fields of study while the Guy and Margaret Smith Scholarship is open to students pursuing a service based career (i.e., counseling, teaching, social work, nursing, medicine, ministry). Applications are available on the church website or in the church office and are due on or before May 15.

For more information or to apply for one of these scholarship, please see our website.
Our Lenten study groups are in full swing. We’re reading “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” Folks are encouraged to choose the group that fits their preference and availability. Here is the current schedule:
  • Pastoral Intern, Nate Partee is leading a Sunday morning group as part of Sunday School. You may join this group Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 204.
  • The BeMore group is hosting a small group session on Tuesday evenings. This group meets at Deanna McCulley's home beginning at 7:00 p.m. 
  • To participate online, log into Facebook and search for “Blakemore Lenten Study 2019.” Click the join button and answer the one simple question to be approved to join the group. This is a group that will be at your own pace and is moderated by Cindy Kleinrock.
Study books are available in the Church Office for $12. Please let Rev. John Hill know if you’d like one. 
JUNE 10-14, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 PM
THEME: Being a neighbor
Signups to participate in this summer art week will go live in a few weeks.
Art Areas: Visual (drawing, painting, paper folding, etc.), Theater (skit writing, acting, improv, and/or puppets), Music/Sound Creation, or Dance.
For more information about opportunities to serve, including West End MS work day, the Nearly New Store Bag Sale, UMCOR Sunday news, and updates from Project Transformation, please click the box above to read our Outreach & Missions newsletter.
Save the Dates
April 6 - Trivia Night, 6:00 pm (Fellowship Hall)
April 8 - Leadership Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (Room 204)
April 11 - Project Transformation Family Night, 5:30 p.m. (Trinity UMC)
April 28 - Worship Without Walls, 10:30 am (Various)
May 8 - Community Dinner, 5:30 p.m. (West End Church of Christ)
May 13 - Leadership Board, 6:00 p.m. (Room 204)
May 19 - Confirmation Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary)

May 24 - Blakemore on Broadway (Sanctuary)
Last month Franky won, Rene lost, and we had fun! This month we’re playing Chickenfoot Dominoes on Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. We play in the Fellowship Hall and everyone is welcome. No experience necessary!
Contact Cindy Kleinrock if you have questions.
The Blakemore Depression Support Group offers a safe and supportive place for those who are suffering from depression and anxiety.  Many lack a support system where they can openly talk about what is deeply troubling them.This group is an informal setting where there is unconditional acceptance for all, no matter what their situation. Everything said in the group is confidential. The group meets every Thursday evening at Blakemore in Room 204 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more info on the group, contact Gayle Lembcke at 615-305-4974 or  

Or see our website at
Prayer List
The Blakemore Family
Laudine Clark @ Richland Place
June Evans @ Morningside
Mary Katherine Hammer @ Blakeford
Fred Rowles @ Richland Place
Marge Stanberry @ Blakeford
Norda Aguila
Mary Evelyn Cheshier (in the death of her sister)
John Gonce
Judy Holland and Loved Ones
Mary Margaret Hornal
Martha Hunt
John Jackson
David Luster
Rita & Joe Mattox
Bessie & Jim Mitchell
Kay Overfield
Bonnie & Danny Spear
Frank & Lois Thomas
Michael "Trey" Williams
Friends & Extended Family
Loved Ones of Melissa Arrowood (Diane Lee-Smith)
Beth (Cheryl Williams)
Margaret Butler (Deanna McCulley)
Frank & Nancy Carpenter (Susan Slater)
Charles Dickens (Rosanne Awbrey)
Janet Elsworth (Lisa Lewis)
Matt Hearn (Barbara Hearn)
Rick Hutchings (Patty Tippens)
Jeane Janus (Diane Lee-Smith)
Kastans (Gayle Lembcke)
Kathy and Jerry and Family
Lauren's mother (Sarah Willis)
Susie Lewis (Lisa's mom)
Darrold McCallister (Elizabeth Jacobs' brother-in-law)
Jobie Phelan (Rita O's sister)
Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne)
Darrell Pitzer (Kathy Jackson)
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish)
James Turner (Diane Lee-Smith)
In Military Service to Our Country

Bryce Behringer     Caleb Carlson
Cody Chellman     Chris Doyle  
David C. Hardy      Ryan Dean McCulley       

Joseph Seward       Bryan Weathers

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