This Week @ Blakemore UMC - February 21, 2019
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This weeks' newsletter is PACKED with great things happening at Blakemore UMC. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page!

Sunday School  9:30 a.m. • Worship  10:30 a.m.
This Sunday at Blakemore UMC
February 24, 2019
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

This Sunday, February 24, we continue in our worship series called "Imago Dei," which is Latin for "Image of God." It is Children and Youth Sunday, so our young people will be leading us in worship with a theme of "We Are Loved" and focusing on the importance of community. It's going to be a special Sunday. We hope you'll join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for worship.  

Listen to Sermons Online
Wednesday Night Life
February 27 2018
Cost of meal $5 for adults and youth, $2.50 children

Menu: Roma Chicken Alfredo with Salad & Breadsticks
Chef: Gayle Lembcke

5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. Age Appropriate Programming

6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir Rehearsal
This week, Reverend James Jones will offer a special presentation entitled "John Wesley" during the programming hour.

We will continue our discussion about human sexuality and The United Methodist Church next 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!

The Blakemore UMC Leadership Board voted unanimously in favor of supporting the Capital Campaign. This campaign will be completed near to the 130th birthday of the church, which gives it it's name: "One Hundred Thirty MORE".

More information regarding the plan was e-mailed. As a reminder, 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.
Each Sunday after worship, we gather in the Fellowship Hall for conversation and refreshments. We rely on volunteers to provide those refreshments. (You can sign up on the bulletin board outside the church office!)

We are looking for someone to coordinate those volunteers and make sure we have each week covered. If you would be interested in serving as the Mugs and Hugs Coordinator (you will not need to provide food each week - just coordinate the schedule), please contact Rev. John Hill.
NEW! Phase one, consisting of the Fellowship Hall, Pastor's Office, and Church offices are complete and now on the new zoned system.

Phase two of the installation is the Education Building. The ceiling cassettes (the heating and cooling units) have been installed in each room, the restrooms, and the hallways. Some electrical connections and condensate drain lines are yet to be completed. The thermostats are also yet to be installed. When completed, each thermostat will automatically call for heat or cooling to meet the need in that room. All thermostats will be locked.

Work has begun on the first floor. Most of this work will be at night (5:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.) Much is yet to be done.

The old heating system will continue to be used until the entire project is completed around mid-April. If you have questions about any of this project, please reach out.
Coming Up This Week
Safe Sanctuaries Training
FREE Legal Aid Clinic
February 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Belmont College of Law will host its first free Legal Aid Clinic at the Belmont Ministries Center (corner of 12th Avenue South and Caldwell Avenue / 2005 12th Avenue South). If you know of those who may have a need for legal services and would like to meet with one of our volunteer attorneys, please have them fill out this form online.

Children & Youth Sunday
February 24, 10:30 a.m.

Next Sunday we will celebrate our children and youth for a special worship service. Our young people will lead parts of worship, share their musical gifts, and teach us what it means to them to be made in the image of God.

REQUIRED Safe Sanctuaries Training
February 24, 1-3:00 p.m.

We will be hosting a Safe Sanctuaries training event in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 24, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, led by staff from the Tennessee Annual Conference. The 1:00 start time is because the training is open to other churches. Lunch will be available for Blakemore folks while we wait for everyone to arrive. Our Safe Sanctuaries policy is in place to protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults participating in ministry as well as those who serve in ministry with these populations. Blakemore's policy requires anyone who regularly interacts with minors to attend a Safe Sanctuaries training every two years. Please make plans to attend.

Room in the Inn
February 24, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

This week we'll host our neighbors experiencing homelessness. There are plenty of opportunities to serve this weekend - please connect with Sarah Cloud for more information.

BeMore Small Group Meeting
February 26, 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. For more information, please contact Deanna McCulley by email or phone (615-604-1481). 

Open Forum: The Immigration Crisis: Where Have We Been? Where are We Going?
February 28, 7:00 p.m. (West End Synagogue, 3810 West End Avenue)

This panel discussion will be facilitated by Melody Fowler Green and will provide insight on immigration in America. There will plenty of time available for Questions and Answers, and a dessert reception will follow. For more information, please call 615-269-4592 or visit 
This week, the Outreach Team shared that Blakemore would expand this ministry to accommodate 4 additional guests this season. If you are interested in helping to offset the cost of purchasing the additional cots and bedding, please contact Sarah Cloud.

With this expansion, we have a specific need for an additional driver the night of February 24 and the morning of February 25. There are only two more opportunities to serve with this ministry this season. To sign up to drive or provide other support for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, please contact Sarah or call the church office.
This year Blakemore will again have a Lenten study that will take place in a number of small groups. The text is “Entering the Passion of Jesus,” by Amy-Jill Levine. There will be studies on Sunday morning, on Tuesday evenings as part of the BeMore group, and a group using a virtual platform. It would be nice to also offer other small group times, perhaps on Sunday afternoons or during the week. If you would be interested in leading another group, please let Cindy Kleinrock know as soon as possible, either by email ( or by phone (615)830-7740. Leader guides are available.

Study books are available in the Church Office for $12. Please let Rev. John know if you’d like one. 
Outreach and Missions Newsletter
For more information about opportunities to serve, including Room in the Inn needs, West End MS supply request, and updates from Project Transformation, please click the box above to read our Outreach & Missions newsletter.
Save the Dates
February 23-26 - Called General Conference (St Louis)
February 24 - Children and Youth Sunday, 10:30 am (Sanctuary)
February 24 - Room in the Inn, 5:00 pm (Fellowship Hall) Sign-up here!
March 6 - Ash Wednesday Service, 6:30 pm (Sanctuary)
March 9 - Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting, 11:00 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)
April 6 - Trivia Night, 6:00 pm (Fellowship Hall)
April 28 - Worship Without Walls, 10:30 am
Congratulations to last week's Dominoes Top Dog
Rev. John Hill
& our Highest Scorer
Franky Haggenmacher!
We are happy to announce an additional person is now helping Gayle with facilitating this group. Pam Picklesimer and her husband, John, have been attending Blakemore for several months. Pam is a nurse and has a psychiatric nursing background, which has been a wonderful asset to the group.
Welcome Pam!

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
Mary Katherine Hammer @ Blakeford
Fred Rowles @ Richland Place
Marge Stanberry @ Blakeford
Loved Ones of Pat Carty
John Gonce
Franky Haggenmacher
Bill Holland
Mary Margaret Hornal
Martha Hunt
Matt & Elizabeth Jacobs
Logan Jones (flu)
David Luster
Rita & Joe Mattox
Bessie & Jim Mitchell
The Overfields
Bonnie Spear
Friends & Extended Family
Frank Carpenter (Susan Slater)
Kastans (Gayle Lembcke)
Susie Lewis (Lisa's mom)
Darrold McCallister (Elizabeth Jacobs' brother-in-law)
Loved Ones of Charlene Murphey
Jobie Phelan (Rita O's sister)
James Phillips (Doris Fawcett)
Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne)
Darrell Pitzer (Kathy Jackson)
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish)
John Edd Wampler (Steffie Misner-Wampler)
Radonda Vaught
Lois Wall (Eric's Mother)
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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