Blakemore UMC Newsletter -02/21/2017
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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-34

This Sunday, February 26, will be the last Sunday of our sermon series called "But I Say...Jesus' Difficult Teachings from the Sermon on the Mount." We'll be looking at Matthew 6:19-34 and the theme "Store Up Treasures in Heaven." We'll conclude our series during our Ash Wednesday service on March 1 at 6:30 pm when we examine Jesus' teaching on prayer in Matthew 6:1-18 in which Jesus tells us, "Pray in This Way." We hope you'll join us this Sunday at 10:30 am and next Wednesday, March 1, as we finish up our exploration of Jesus' largest block of recorded teaching. 
March 1, 2017
5:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm programs
Cost of the meal $5 for adults $2.50 for kids under 12. 
Menu: TBA
Chefs: Pat Pile

Program for All Ages: 
Ash Wednesday, Service of Imposition of Ashes

Coming Up:
Mar. 8--Rev. John Hill and "The Meaning of Lent"
Mar. 15--Bob Day from The Parthenon
Plan now to attend on Wednesday night, March 15, when the program will be "The Parthenon & Centennial Park: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow".  Bob Day, a volunteer with the Parthenon Speakers Bureau, will be the presenter.  It's sure to be a very interesting program.  Make reservations for dinner by Tues., March 14.
Mar. 22--Inter generational "Game Show" night
Mar. 29--Jacob Armstrong's"Interruptions" Bible study 
Use the tear-off portion of Sunday's bulletin or call the church office by Tuesday to make reservations for dinner.
Lent begins on March 1,  2017 with Ash Wednesday. During this season of reflection, repentance and preparation for Easter, we will explore the theme "Interruptions" using the book of the same name by Jacob Armstrong. This will serve as our Lenten sermon series theme, and Jacob will speak to us for our Wednesday evening program on March 29. The book contains 40 daily devotionals that you are invited to read during this season. The books are available in the church office for $8 each.

Like last year, we hope to have several in-home small groups to talk about the book and share our own experiences and ideas in community. Groups will begin the first week of March and meet for six weeks. If you are interested in being part of a group, please sign-up in the church office or fill out this simple 
online survey.
Blakemore Bridge Bash
February 25, 2017
Tickets are $20 each which includes lunch, and you can play any kind of card or board game you like! 
We need white elephant gifts to be dropped off in fellowship hall and help with setting up tables, clean up and taking down tables.  For more information or for tickets, contact Marge Rajotte
As always the Bash also features a BAKE SALE and the freezer in the freezer room is now receiving baked items! A reminder to all who have promised items:  have them available Friday afternoon by 4:00 , Feb 24 or VERY early Sat. morning. Please do not offer anything that need to be kept refrigerated. 

Historically, before Ash Wednesday and the solemnness of Lent (when Christians would fast), Christians would have a giant party to eat all of the sugar in their homes...hence the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Fat Tuesday. On February 28 at 6:00 pm all More Kids families are invited to the Blakemore UMC fellowship hall to enjoy a Fat Tuesday Pretzel Party! We will eat pancakes for dinner (with all kinds of wonderful, fun toppings!), make pretzels (which are a reminder to pray), and enjoy games and fun together. More information will come later but I wanted to ask you to put this on your calendars now and plan to attend!

Happy Mardi Gras!!
Blakemore UMC can receive a small donation
each time you shop at Kroger or Amazon!

To sign up for Kroger Community Rewards, visit You will then either need to sign-in or create an account. After doing so, click on the Enroll Now button. You will be asked to verify all your information, including - and this is the important part - your Kroger Plus number. Then click on the Enroll button at the bottom under Community Rewards. Type in "Blakemore" and then click the box next to our name when it appears and hit Enroll. Now, every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, we will receive money. If you haven't re-enrolled in 2017, your enrollment has probably lapsed. Please check!

To sign up for AmazonSmile donations, visit and follow the prompts to select Blakemore as your charity of choice. Each time you shop with Amazon, you'll need to start at (instead of just for Blakemore to receive the donation.
Save the Date:
Feb. 25 - Blakemore Bridge Bash
Feb. 26 - Room In the Inn
Feb. 28 - MORE Kids "Fat Tuesday Pretzel Party"
Mar. 1 - Ash Wednesday
Mar. 11 - Trivia Night
Mar. 26 - Room In the Inn
Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017 - Men's Retreat at Beersheba Assembly
June 5-9 - stART From Scratch Summer Arts Camp for Kids
The stART from Scratch art camp happens because of volunteers who generously donate their time and gifts. We would like to invite the artists, teachers, and leaders from our church family (and extended family) to help create another amazing experience for the kids in our community. Your input and participation will help shape this year's program. Please sign up here today!   

Wesleyan Heritage Tour
October 16-21, 2017
Sponsored by Belmont UMC's Senior Adult Ministry 

Adventure with fellow senior adults to Savannah, GA, and Epworth By-the-Sea, the South Georgia United Methodist Church Conference and Retreat Center.  Experience a bit of southern colonial history and the founding of Methodism in America by John and Charles Wesley.  An itinerary filled with sightseeing, education, and worship will abundantly fill this six day trip.  Brochures are available outside the church office.  Contact Jim and Starr Strickland ( for more information.  

Room In the Inn at Blakemore
It's time to prepare for our guests from Room In the Inn. Blakemore will host eight female guests on the 4th Sunday of each month, December-March. The remaining dates are as follows:
February 26
March 26
Please contact Kristi Walker ( if you are able to drive, help with set up, provide a meal, spend the night, provide take along breakfast items and/or sack lunches, wash bedding and towels, spend time with our guests, or help with clean up.
Frozen Assets Still Available--We have a limited surplus of Frozen Assets foods available for purchase:
Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Corn Casserole, Cranberry Meatballs, Frozen Cranberry Salad, Ham and Cheese Quiche, Ham Rolls, Italian Herb Bread, Jalapeno Bread, Sausage Egg Casserole and Southwest Chicken Soup.
There are 5 or less of Ham and Cheese Quiche and Jalepeno Bread. Help us get these items off the list!

Contact the church office between 9 am-2 pm (615-297-6519) for prices and availability.

Children's Sermon Sign Up

Go to Sign Up Genius and volunteer to give a 2-3 minute lesson during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Thank you for your willingness to participate in Blakemore's ministry to our young children. For more information, contact Ladonna Merville (

Free Depression Support Group
Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Room 204
Facitilitated by Gayle Lembcke, Retired Social Worker
Prayers for the Congregation and the World
The Blakemore Family
Mary Katherine Hammer@ Blakeford
Carol Holmes@ Belmont Village
Naomi Wade @ Westside

Gary Boling (father's death)
Pat Carty

Laudine Clark
Nancy Speas Hill
Mary Margaret Hornal
Laurence Koch 
Erin Lewis
David Luster
Doreen Matheny
Kay Overfield

Fred Rowles

Norma Shepard 
Bonnie Spear

Friends and Extended Family
Dineen & Summer Cottrell (Susan Slater)
Bette Higgins (Susan Slater's mother)
Lee Mabee (Cindy Kleinrock's father)
Jobie Phelan (Rita O'Hara's sister)

Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne Awbrey) 
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish)
Jim Strain (Rosanne Awbrey)
Barb Trautlein
In Military Service of Our Country
Brice Behringer    
David Caples
Cody Chellman          

Chris Doyle          
David C. Hardy           

Joseph Seward 

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