Blakemore UMC Newsletter -03/02/2017
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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Second Sunday in Lent
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52

Join us on Sunday, March 12, as we continue our sermon series for Lent called "Interruptions," borrowed from the book of the same name by Jacob Armstrong. In it, we'll explore the interruptions we face - large and small - and how God also calls us to be interrupters. This second Sunday, we'll look at the story of Bartimaeus, a man born blind, who interrupted Jesus by the side of the road calling out for mercy in Mark 10:46-52. We hope you'll make plans to join us this Sunday at 10:30 am.

There is still time to join an in-home small group to talk about the book and share your own experiences and ideas in community. If you are interested in being part of a group, please connect with that group leader or simply show up to the group. Books are available in the church office for $8 each.

John's Sunday School Class (Sundays 9:30 AM)
BeMORE at Deanna McCulley's House (Tuesday 7:00 PM)
Diane Lee-Smith's Home (Thursdays 6:30 PM)


Are you interested in serving as a liturgist on Sundays? Or learning how to run the sound board for worship? How about rolling up your sleeves to wash dishes on Wednesdays? We'd love to include you in service -- please contact John via e-mail or call the church office to sign up!.
March 8, 2017
5:30 pm Dinner 
 6:30 pm programs
Cost of the meal $5 for adults $2.50 for kids under 12. 

Menu: Pizza, Salad, Strawberries & Cupcakes
Chefs: The Kempers (in celebration of Amelia's 4th Birthday)

Program for Kids: Something MORE with Kevin Walker
Adults: Rev. John Hill and "The Meaning of Lent"

Coming Up:
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-- Guest Speaker: Author of "Interruptions" Jacob Armstrong
Use the tear-off portion of Sunday's bulletin or call the church office by Tuesday to make reservations for dinner.
The Nearly New Store will have its semi-annual Bag Sale THIS Saturday, March 11 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fill a bag for $5.
On Sunday, March 12, the Nashville District Strategy Team is hosting a "Changing Nashville Neighborhoods Summit" at the United Methodist Publishing House (2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This collaborative session will bring together clergy and lay leaders from across our District. Dr. Garrett Harper of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce will explain Nashville's demographic changes with recent data on poverty, education, and housing that specifically impacts the work of our churches. The Rev. Phil Schroeder of the North Georgia Conference will help us to process the opportunities that Nashville's growth presents to us. The Rev. Vona Wilson of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee will guide us through the afternoon as together we seek to grow our understanding of how neighborhood change is impacting our church.
More information about how we're serving our Nashville Community during MORE Missions Week can be found on our website

To register online for any or all ministry opportunities this week, please click here. Printed registration forms are available in the church office.

Please update your calendars and join us for Triv-Con (Youth Trivia Night) on April 29 from 6-8 p.m. We have rescheduled it from the original March 11th date. Use these extra weeks to brush up on your trivia skills, recruit your best team, and prepare for an epic battle of wits in April! Need more info? Contact Ashley Kemper.

Printed registration forms can be located in the church office.

 Cedar Crest Camp registration has begun!
Check their website for more information about dates and camps for all ages this summer. Brochures are also available outside the church office. Blakemore is able to offer a 50% scholarship for members interested in attending camp -- please contact the church office for more information.

Mar. 11 -- Nearly New Store Bag Sale (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Mar. 13 -- Leadership Board Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
Mar. 22-26 -- More Mission Week
Mar. 26 -- Room in the Inn
Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017 -- Men's Retreat at Beersheba Assembly
Apr. 22 -- Hike to Heal @ Percy Warner Park (9 a.m.)
Apr. 29 -- Triv-Con (Youth Trivia Night) -- 6-8 p.m.
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!   

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.

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:
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 Rolls, Italian Herb Bread, Jalapeno Bread, Sausage Egg Casserole and Southwest Chicken Soup.
There are 5 or less of 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
Marge Stanberry @ Blakeford
Naomi Wade @ Westside

Sinclair Baldassari
Sean Berry
Gary Boling (father's death)
Pat Carty

Laudine Clark
Mary Margaret Hornal
Cindy Kleinrock & Family (father's death)
Laurence Koch 
Mackenzie Lefoster (recovering from accident)
Erin Lewis
David Luster
Doreen Matheny
Rachael McCulley
Jim & Bessie Mitchell
Kay Overfield

Fred Rowles
Norma Shepard 
Bonnie Spear

Friends and Extended Family
Family of Jocques Clemmons
Cliff Cook (Rosanne Awbry)
Dineen & Summer Cottrell (Susan Slater)
Rheta Gray's Mother
Bette Higgins (Susan Slater's mother)
Loved ones of Richard Kiebler (Mackenzie Lefoster)
Sheri Nelson
Jobie Phelan (Rita O'Hara's sister)
Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne Awbrey) 
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish)
Jim Strain (Rosanne Awbrey)
Barb Trautlein
Daniella Vargas
Kinley Winchester
In Military Service of Our Country
Brice Behringer    
David Caples
Cody Chellman          

Chris Doyle          
David C. Hardy           

Joseph Seward 

William Tenzel
Bryan Weathers
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