Blakemore UMC Newsletter -12/20/2016
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Christmas Day
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-1

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service will be in the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 24, at 5:00 pm. While a traditional service, we also strive to make it child-friendly and certainly child-welcoming. We'd love for you to join us for this most holy and meaningful service.

We will also gather this Sunday, December 25, for worship. On Christmas day, we'll continue our sermon series called "The Characters of Christmas." Each week we are examining a different character from the stories of Jesus' birth. This week we'll look at King Herod in Matthew 2:1-18. We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for brunch and carols. Feel free to come in pajamas and let your kids bring their new gifts. It will be a super relaxed way to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our church family. We hope you'll join us this Sunday at 10:30 am.

Save the Date:

Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service 5:00 pm
Dec. 25 - Brunch and Carols in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 am (wear your pajamas and bring new presents!); worship at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary.  No Mugs & Hugs
Jan. 8, 2017 - Leadership Board Retreat
Jan. 10, 2017 - Double Nickel Planning Meeting 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall
The 2017 Women's Retreat is Coming!
Mark your calendars for February 3-5 at Montgomery Bell State Park.  
We all deal with people who are a joy to love and those who are difficult to love.  Come join us for a fun-filled weekend as we learn how to love well.  Through video we will hear from best -selling author and teacher Beth Moore, enjoy fellowship with other women, laugh our heads off, shed a few tears, eat, stay up late, make new friends and enjoy old friends.  It's a weekend you don't want to miss.  Brochures will be available soon!  
You can now sign up for altar arrangements and Mugs & Hugs for 2017! Look for the calendars on the bulletin board outside of the church office.  Dates fill up quickly so get your special Sundays reserved ASAP!
We will resume Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Use the tear-off portion of Sunday's bulletin or call the church office by Tuesday to make reservations for dinner.

Room In the Inn at Blakemore
It's time to begin planning for our guests this season from Room In the Inn. Blakemore will host eight female guests on the 4th Sunday of each month, December-April. The dates are as follows:
December 25 (Christmas Day)
January 22
February 26
March 26
April 23
Our first date aligns with Christmas, so we'll need all hands on deck to make sure our guests are well cared for. 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.
Our Planning Potluck is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10th at 11:30 in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share and ideas for outings throughout the year.
For more information or to be added to our calling list contact Kathy Jackson ( or 615-830-2227).
Community Care Fellowship could use the following items.  Please put your donations in the yellow barrel in Fellowship Hall.
   Black 55 gal. trash bags
   Winter hats
   Bathrobes (do not have to be new)
   Breakfast cereal
   Bottled water
   Diapers size 4-6
   T-shirts and underwear adult size small-3X

They are also in need of volunteers for 2 shifts:  Tues. afternoon  (12-2) at the front desk and Fri. afternoon (12-2) in the hygiene room. 
Call Pat Anthony at 
In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, the church office and Nearly New Store will be closed
Friday Dec.23, 2016
Monday Dec. 26, 2016
Friday Dec. 30, 2016
Monday Jan. 2, 2017

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale
 You can support Blakemore’s Troop 17 by purchasing your tree from their tree lot set up on the church’s lawn.  Wreaths and other decorations are also available. 
 “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life,” a book by Fr. Richard Rohr, will be the principal resource for a spiritual growth/conversation experience at the home of Patty and Steve Tippens, beginning in January, 2017.  Persons who wish to be part of this experience are asked to be touch with Patty or Steve, 615-297-9259, or, as soon as possible.
Frozen Assets Still Available--We have a limited surplus of Frozen Assets foods available for purchase:
Chicken Divan, Enchilada Casserole, Corn Casserole, Cranberry Meatballs, Cream Cheese Rolls, Frozen Cranberry Salad, Ham and Cheese Quiche, Ham Rolls, Hash Brown Potatoes, Italian Herb Bread, Jalapeno Bread, Lemon Tort, Sausage Egg Casserole, Southwest Chicken Soup, Tamale Pie, and Vegetable Beef Soup.
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 (

Thursday, December 22, at 6:30 PM
Room 204   2 Hour Session 
Facilitated by Gayle Lembcke,
Social Worker

Come join us, share, and feel unconditional love and support!

Prayers for the Congregation and the World
The Blakemore Family
Mary Katherine Hammer@ Blakeford
Carol Holmes@ Belmont Village
Naomi Wade @ Westside

Pat Carty

Laudine Clark
Nancy Speas Hill
Bill & Judy Holland and family
Mary Margaret Hornal
Laurence Koch 
Nancy Lawrence (mother's death)
David Luster
Doreen Matheny
Kay Overfield

Fred Rowles

Norma Shepard 
Bonnie Spear

Friends and Extended Family
Gene & Kathryn Boling (Gary Bolling's parents)
Family & friends of Roslyn Bricknell (Kathy Jackson)
Jobie Phelan (Rita O'Hara's sister)

Jeff & Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne Awbrey) 
River Richards (Julia Crone)
Pam Rodenbeck (The Jacksons)
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish’s friend)
Family & friends of Linda Strain (Rosanne Awbrey)
Barb Trautlein
Those affected by fires in the Smokies
Victims of fire in Oakland, CA
Those for whom holidays are difficult
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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