Blakemore UMC Newsletter - September 13, 2017
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Sunday School  9:30 a.m. • Worship  10:30 a.m.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture: Matthew 18:1-5

Join us this Sunday, September 17, as we continue our sermon series called "The Gospel According to Disney." In worship each week during the month of September, we'll put a Disney movie into conversation with a passage from the Bible to look for meaning and life lessons, as well as hear beautiful music and see wonderful images from the films. Our movie this week is Peter Pan, and we'll be reminded of the importance of having a child-like faith in Matthew 18:1-5. The day before at 4:00 p.m. we'll gather in the Fellowship Hall to watch the movie together as a church family. All are welcome! We hope you'll join us this weekend for the fun!

Remember, you can catch up on past sermons here.
September 13, 2017
Cost of the meal $5 for adults $2.50 for kids under 12

5:30 pm Dinner • 6:00 pm Children's Choir
6:30 pm Adult Choir • 6:30 pm Age-Level Programming
7:30 pm Handbell Choir

Chefs: Felicia Lott, Martha Hunt, & Gayle Lembcke
Menu: Whitt's BBQ
Programming: This week we will put together Hurricane Relief Kits for UMCOR. 

Upcoming Programming
9/20  Crafting Community
9/27  Bible Study
10/4  Game Night
10/11 • Crafting Community
10/18-11/8 • Implications of the Holocaust (Locations vary, see below for details).
We Are Blakemore
Outreach & Missions MORE Kids Prayers & Concerns
September 16
Disney Movie Night, 4:00 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
Showing Peter Pan
September 17
Safe Sanctuary Training, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)

Blakemore Blitz Softball Games, 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. (Mid State Sportsplex)
September 19
Safe Sanctuary Training, 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
September 23
Disney Movie Night, 4:00 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
Showing Inside Out
September 24
Blakemore Blitz Softball Games, 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. (Mid State Sportsplex)
September 25
NOAH Meeting, 1:00 p.m. (Clark Memorial UMC)
October 15
Spiritual Journey Conversations Sunday School Class Begins, 9:30 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)
October 20-22
Church Retreat, Beersheba Springs Assembly, Beersheba Springs, TN
Combined Sunday School Offering: Creation Care

Last Sunday, all adult and youth Sunday School classes met in the Fellowship Hall to start a four-week class on Creation Care as a matter of faith. These conversations are led by Creation Care Ministries Coordinator Dan Joranko and Pastor for Creation Care & Environmental Justice for the Tennessee Annual Conference Rev. Paul Slentz. Even if you are not currently a part of a Sunday School class, we encourage anyone who has an interest in taking care of our world and planet to join us for this series. 

Blakemore UMC will be collecting items to put together Cleaning Kits (Flood Buckets) and Hygiene Kits to be sent through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to Texas.

There are a couple ways to help with this project:

  • Drop off items that are needed to make the kits - click above for more information on what supplies are needed.
  • Meet to help put the kits together during our WNL programming on September 13
  • Donate money towards the cost of shipping the kits. Each kit costs $1.50 to ship (we will need $300 to ship all 200 kits).

Please contact Sarah Cloud with any questions.

Flu Shot Clinic 

In conjunction with our inter-generational Game Night on October 4, Blakemore UMC will host an opportunity for community members to receive flu shots.

For more information, please contact the church office. 
Want to catch Blakemore's softball team in action this season?
Join us this Sunday at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the Mid State SportsPlex (Field 2)
Check out their schedule by clicking here. If you want to carpool to the fields or are interested in playing, contact Korey Kemper.
During our Sermon Series, The Gospel According to Disney, we will show the movie that corresponds to the sermon title each week. Join us beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall!

Special Notice: Restrooms

The second floor men's restroom is undergoing a renovation. Men should use the second floor women's restroom during this time. Signage will indicate that this restroom has been reassigned for the duration of the renovation.

Women should use the first floor restroom only until the renovation is complete.

This renovation will add a shower to the restroom and provide an additional ministry opportunity for our neighbors. We thank you in advance for your patience as we grow our ability to live out one of our core values.
Beginning Sunday, October 15, Fellowship Hall, 9:30 a.m.

We often face questions that challenge our belief systems. This isn’t a bad thing.  Thoughtfully examining our faith promotes a spirituality that is healthy, honest, genuine, and mature.

When we speak of “faith” in a religious context, what do we mean?  Is "faith" a set of beliefs?  How do we choose what we believe?  To what extent is our professed faith the reference point for how we live our lives?  Does our faith lead us to do the right thing?  How does our faith equip us to define the “right thing?”  In what ways would our lives be different if we professed no faith? 

Join us as we examine the “faith effect” on our lives.

Questions?  Contact Steve Tippens, 615-305-8316,
Photo (c) Aina Kabiling
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 In 2014, the last year statistics are available,suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. That year there were 43000 suicides and 1.3 million adults attempting suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in children and young adults from the age of 10 to 34. Men take their lives 4 times the rate of women and account for 78% of all suicides in America. It is extremely difficult to recognize a persons intention to commit suicide. The person will hide behind a mask of a "happy face" knowing all along that their way out for them will ultimately be suicide. Depression can be a debilitating start towards the end, being suicide. Depression often leaves a person suffering with a feeling of isolation, being alone, and lacking support.  This month of suicide prevention awareness especially, but always as a loving congregation pray for those suffering in silence. Blakemore UMC, through the thoughtfulness of Gayle Lembcke wanting to help those folks dealing with depression, has developed a strong Depression Support Group. It has been my honor to come on board with Gayle to help faciliate this group. The group meets on Thursday night at 6:30 in room 204. Should you have any questions call Gayle Lemcke at 615-305-4974  or Joe Hensley-Templeton  at 615-584-2332  anytime.

Saturday, October 14, from 9:00 to 3:30 at West End UMC.

People of all faith traditions and anyone else who care deeply about this beautiful, bountiful Earth and all living things sustained by it are invited.

The conference will kick off with a keynote address by Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, an international interfaith environmental organization.  

Three sets of workshops will then be offered throughout the day geared toward equipping and inspiring individuals to help their faith communities be better caretakers of the Earth. Many of the workshops will also be of value to persons not connected to a particular house of worship.  

Workshop tracks include:  

  • Practical steps to make your house of worship more Earth-friendly, including: energy consumption; solar options; gardening; landscaping; meals; composting; recycling; purchasing practices; etc.
  • Education and worship resources and models for all ages.
  • How to impact public policy at all levels of government and earth care as a justice issue.
  • How to establish a long-term commitment to Earth care in your house of worship. This will include how to have effective conversations that seek common ground and avoid polarization.
Childcare Volunteers Needed

As you all know the news recently in regard to immigration has brought fear, frustration, and hopelessness to the Hispanic/Latino community.  In response to these feelings and the dynamic our community phase each day, Ebenezer has partner with Restore Ministry to provide a safe environment where people can come in and find support. Please click here for more information.

Thank you and blessings,
Myriam A. Cortes
Ebeneezer UMC

Editorial Internships Available

Do you know anyone seeking an opportunity to tell stories that make a difference? 

The Contributor, Nashville's international award-winning street newspaper, is looking for interns who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism, have writing experience and are ready to jump in for a hands-on experience at a newspaper. 

Each week our editorial team strives to put together a creative and relevant newspaper that our vendors will be proud to sell.

Interns are critical players on our team. In addition to copy editing and transcription, we actively encourage and work with our interns to produce content that engages the mind and explores current affairs in Nashville and beyond. Our interns will walk away with a portfolio of work that could include hard news, features and entertainment.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining The Contributor's editorial team, please contact our Managing Editor, Amelia Ferrell Knisely by email at

Blakemore is looking to partner with some sister United Methodist churches, including Clark, Edgehill, and McKendree, to become involved with Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH). NOAH seeks to bring together people from various faith backgrounds to engage in social justice work. Their current three areas of focus are affordable housing, economic equity, and criminal justice. For those interested in exploring this work, please join us for a meeting at Clark Memorial UMC on September 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Rev. John Hill.

Every Thursday in Room 204 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Meet the group's facilitators, Gayle Lembcke and Joe Hensley-Templeton on our website!

All people who are challenged by problems with depression and anxiety are invited to come and be a part of a loving, caring support group.  Everything said in the group is very confidential.  We welcome all people regardless of race, gender, culture, political views, religious belief (or none), and sexual orientation.  We take pride that Blakemore is a Reconciling Church, and reach out to all.

For more info, please contact Gayle at 615-305-4974 or at or Joe Hensley-Templeton at 615-584-2332 or at .

Safe Sanctuaries Training
Next month Blakemore UMC will host two opportunities for volunteers and staff to engage with and learn our Safe Sanctuaries policies. All adults who work with children at Blakemore UMC (Sunday School, Wonder Worship, WNL, special events, nursery, etc.) should plan to attend one of the two sessions.

Upcoming Safe Sanctuaries Training Dates:
Sunday, September 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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 (

The Blakemore Family
Laudine Clark @ Richland
Mary Katherine Hammer @ Blakeford

Carol Holmes @ Belmont Village

Norma Shepard @ Brookdale
Marge Stanberry @ Blakeford
Naomi Wade @ Westside

Sinclair Baldassari
Pat Carty

Mary Margaret Hornal
James Jones
John Kimbro
Lawrence Koch
Lynn Lentz 
David Luster
Doreen Matheney
Rachael McCulley
Brian O'Hara
Kay Overfield

Fred Rowles
Bonnie Spear

Friends and Extended Family
Trisha Arnold (Susan Slater)
Dowe Bynum (Zach Lalor)

Shirley Cantrell (liver cancer)
Frank Carpenter (Susan Slater)
Michael Elis (Parkinson's diagnosis)
Addison Haury (car accident)
Hurricane Harvey Victims & Responders
Hurricane Irma Victims & Responders
Barbara McDaniel (LaDonna Merville's mother)
Jobie Phelan (Rita O'Hara's sister)
Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne Awbrey) 
Joelle Plaatz (Kathy Jackson)
Shaffer Family (Susan Slater)
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish)
Jim Strain (Rosanne Awbrey)
Nick Stratos (The Mitchells)

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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