Blakemore UMC Newsletter - Week of Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Sunday School  9:30 a.m. • Worship  10:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Twenty-fourthSunday after Pentecost 

Matthew 15:29-39

This Sunday, November 4, will be different than any we have had in the past at Blakemore UMC. For our inaugural Worship Without Walls, rather than a traditional worship service, we will go out into the community and do service for others. We'll gather in the Sanctuary at 10:30 for a very brief worship time of song and Holy Communion before we divide into four groups and serve our neighbors. All are welcome, so please invite your friends! We hope you'll join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for Worship Without Walls.  

Remember, you can catch up on past sermons here.
This week ends Daylight Saving time - don't forget to change your clocks on Saturday so you're on time for Sunday!
November 7, 2018
Cost of meal $5 for adults and youth, $2.50 children

Menu: TBD
Chef:Rosanne Awbrey & Lanette O'Brien

5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Children's Choir
6:30 p.m. Programming for all ages
6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
This semester, Nate Partee and Rosanne Awbrey have been leading us in a study on the book Generational IQ. In this study, participants will gain insights to what makes each generation so unique, engage in dialogue around tough questions, and learn how we each experience and live out Christ's call on our life within the framework of our generation. 

Please visit our website for more information for the Fall 2018 WNL Schedule.
Be sure to click "view entire message" at the bottom of the e-mail to see all of the wonderful things Blakemore has been up to!
New This Week We Are Blakemore
MORE Kids and Youth Outreach & Missions
November 4
Worship Without Walls, 10:30 a.m.

General Conference Listening Session,
3:00 p.m. (Clark Memorial UMC)
November 5
Raise the Roof Academy Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m. (Rocketown)
November 10
Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting, 11:00 a.m. (Fellowship Hall)
November 12
Leadership Board, 6:00 p.m. (Room 204)
November 13
Charge Conference, 6:00 p.m. (TBD)
November 16-17
Frozen Assets Pickup
November 18
Community Thanksgiving Service, 7:00 p.m. (The Temple)
November 25
Room in the Inn, (details coming soon)
December 12
BUMC Christmas Cabaret, 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)
December 19
Service of the Longest Night, 6:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)
Nov. 11 Worship Service

Next Sunday will be a unique worship service for Blakemore. We will celebrate All Saints Day, Veterans Day, Worship Without Walls, Membership Sunday, and Stewardship Sunday. We will treat the entire service as a prayer of celebration highlighting each of these with a chance for the congregation to share and rejoice together. If you are interested in united with Blakemore UMC in church membership as part of the celebration, please contact Rev. John Hill.

Daughters of the American Revolution
Please join us at our next meeting, November 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will meet Carole Webb Slater, author of Letters from the Heart.
General Conference Listening Sessions
The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward, which was appointed to examine our denomination's stance on human sexuality and explore options for unity in the church. The delegation from the Tennessee Conference will have 5 listening sessions for church members to share their views. The closest one to Blakemore is at Clark Memorial UMC (1014 14th Ave N) on November 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information and other listening sessions, please visit the conference website.
Spiritual Journey Conversations

The Spiritual Journeys Conversation serves as a safe place to question, challenge, and pursue our own concept of who or what God is. While there will never be anyone to replace the open-minded, inquisitive leadership of Steve Tippens, we will move forward in his honor. All persons interested in a conversational class on the issues of the day are welcome to join us.

Come, join us for stimulating, thought-provoking conversation. Sundays from 9:30-10:20 a.m in the Library, across from Room 204.  A safe space for open conversation that doesn’t follow traditional teaching scripts and where each participant’s contribution to the conversation is honored.

See you there,
Joe T. Hensley-Templeton
Services for Steve Tippens
The service to celebrate the life of Steve Tippens will be in the Sanctuary of Blakemore UMC tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 pm.

A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. The family is hoping to put together a collection of notes, stories, and anecdotes about Steve. If you have one to share, please be sure to bring it with you on Saturday.
BeMORE Meeting Update

 Please join us the Tuesday, November 6 beginning at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

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)
Thank You!

At this time of the year, we are reminded to be thankful for those we love and appreciate and for things we are given.  Blakemore has been blessed with a great group of folks who willingly give of their time and efforts in managing our Church Office for a little over the last 3 years.  This service also saves money from our tight Church budget. Some volunteers work on a weekly basis, and others a few times a month, while others come in quick turn-around with cancellations, or as needed.  These folks meet the community representing Blakemore, as they answer phone calls and open the door for folks, answering questions from the poor and needy, as well as other various needs of folding bulletins, getting mail stamped and labeled to go out, and taking orders for Frozen Assets.  

Please let the following Volunteers know that you appreciate their service and commitment to Blakemore. They are Rosanne Awbrey, Rene Bass, Patsye Candish, Mary Evelyn Cheshier, Doris Fawcett, Franky Haggenmacher, Joe Hensley-Templeton, Martha Hunt, John Jackson, Kathy Jackson, Leann Koerner, Bette Newman, Pat Pile, Pat Roberts, Patty Tippens, and Gayle Lembcke.

If anyone is interested in helping Blakemore as an Office Volunteer, please contact Gayle Lembcke at 615-646-8710.  The hours volunteered are Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM. We can ALWAYS use more Volunteers!

News from our Partners

Summer 2019 Intern Applications Open!

We believe that relationships can transform communities. Without relationships, neighbors are disconnected and communities are fractured.

At PT, young adults are part of the solution, bridging the gaps between communities and neighbors.

Our young adults are empowered through meaningful service and leadership, by leading summer day camps for children, living in intentional Christian community, learning from Christ-inspired leaders, exploring faith in action, and representing PT in the community. They work hard—really hard—as they love God and neighbor.

Apply to Intern
Calling All Performers!

Come celebrate the last WNL before Christmas with the Blakemore Chancel Choir for their festive and fun semi-annual fundraiser: BUMC Christmas Cabaret!

Please reach out to Matthew no later than November 18th if you're interested in performing in the cabaret! 
Frozen Assets
Frozen what? Each year, cook teams assemble to prepare recipes that are time-tested and freezer approved. These finished dishes are then frozen to sell during the holidays, where folks can thaw and cook a full meal during some of the busiest weeks of the year.

Frozen Assets sells thousands of frozen entrees, side dishes, desserts, and breakfast items each year, and proceeds go to the missions and outreach of the church. More than a fundraiser, it is an opportunity for our church family to cook together, serve together, and share in a tradition that spans multiple generations.

Items still needed:
Gallon-sized Freezer Ziploc Bags

Cooks still needed:
Bread cook teams 

Interested in joining a cook team or helping with these special requests?
Please contact Marge Rajotte at (615) 604-0084.

Thanks for all you do,

Parker the Penguin
& the Frozen Assets Team
New Sunday School Study
The Sunday School class that meets in Room 204 is beginning a new video-based study by Adam Hamilton called Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times. No homework or reading is required - just show up on Sundays at 9:30, watch the video, and discuss. All are welcome!
We have launched a new weekly email update for our Children and Youth Ministries. If you would like to receive this email, please contact Steffie Misner-Wampler. Some upcoming activities:

November 1-3: Wonderfully Made (Formerly Created by God) at Calvary UMC 
December 12:  Wednesday Night Generational Celebration

Volunteer Sign Ups
Immediate help is needed in the following areas. Click on the list name to go to the sign-up sheet:
Children's Sermon
Wednesday Night Children
Wonder Worship
Subscribe to the MORE Kids & Youth Newsletter
Raise the Roof Fundraiser
On November 5, Raise the Roof Academy is hosting a dinner. Kevin Walker is hosting a table in honor of Blakemore. The money raised will go toward the financing of new residential homes for students on the campus. 

For more information about how to donate, please contact Kevin or visit the Raise the Roof Academy website.

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

Special Note: The meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 22nd, will take place on Friday, November 23rd (same time, same place).

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 PM.

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

The Blakemore Family

Laudine Clark @ Richland Place
Mary Katherine Hammer @ Blakeford
Marge Stanberry @ Blakeford
Norda Aguila
Pat Carty
Mildred Duer
John Gonce
Mary Margaret Hornal
Martha Hunt
Matt & Elizabeth Jacobs
David Luster
Doreen Matheny
Rita & Joe Mattox
Bessie & Jim Mitchell
Kay Overfield
Fred Rowles
Bonnie Spear
Loved ones of Steve Tippens
Loved ones of Carol Holmes 


In Military Service of Our Country
Bryce Behringer
Caleb Carlson
Cody Chellman
Chris Doyle  
David C. Hardy
Ryan Dean McCulley        

Joseph Seward 
Bryan Weathers
Friends and Extended Family

Jim Brewster (Cindy Kleinrock)
Kenny Brown (John Gonce)
Frank Carpenter (Susan Slater)
Stacie Denton (Gayle Lembcke)
Teresa Hutchins (Diane Lee-Smith)
E.J. (Gayle Lembcke)
Kastans (Gayle Lembcke)
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)
Hurricane Victims
Shooting Victims in Pittsburgh


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