Blakemore UMC Newsletter - 01/05/2016
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Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Baptism of the Lord
Scripture Luke 3:21-22

Join us as we remember our baptisms with gratitude and joy. 
Join us for a FREE Community Meal & Game Night! 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
5:30- 7:30 p.m - Fellowship Hall
Help us out with meal planning by RSVP-ing on your bulletin tear-off section next Sunday or by calling the church office (615-297-6519) by January 11.
Invite friends, family, neighbors and all those yet-to-be!
 Free childcare is also provided. 

District Training Event

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Calvary United Methodist Church

Workshop offerings:
Evangelism, Rev. Heather Heinzman Lear -Director of Evangelism Ministries, UMC Discipleship Ministries
Creating a Climate for Innovation, Craig Kennet Miller-
author iKids: Parenting in the Digital Age
Financial Reporting, Jeff Stockard - District Finance Chair, and Carol Ruckman - Assistant to the District Superintendent
Staff/Pastor Parish Committee Training, John Collett - Exec. Assistant to Bishop McAllily 
Trustees, Bryan Mills - Associate General Counsel
Increasing Energy Efficiency of our Church Facilities, Rev. Phil Jamieson - UM Foundation
Church Safety, Sgt. Steve Linn - Metro Nashville Police Department 
For information and registration, visit .
 The 2016 calendars for Mugs & Hugs and Altar Flowers are now posted on the board outside the church office.  Reserve your "special" Sundays now or perhaps make 2016 your first year to sign up.  Remember, non-floral altar arrangements that reflect Sundays' messages are welcome and encouraged. Mugs & Hugs need be neither elaborate nor expensive but instead inviting for members and visitors alike to linger after services for fellowship.  We have immediate need for volunteers in late January and all of February. See the sign-up sheets for open dates.
Wednesday Night Life Update:  We resume dinner and programs on Jan 13, 2016 with our  FREE Community Meal & Game Night, catered by Bill & Judy Holland!  

Check your schedule in the weeks to come and be proactive by contacting one of the Dinner Belles (Patty Tippens, Lanette O'Brien or Beth Holzemer) before they contact you!  Important things to remember:
The church covers meal costs.
No time to cook?  Arrange for delivery (pizza, deli sandwiches, BBQ, etc.)
Or...You can shop and we'll chop!
No time to shop?  Tell the Belles what you need and we'll have it ready. 
 Can't stay to serve dinner? The Belles has you covered.    

So be ready with your "YES" when the Belles comes calling!
An Epiphany Project: we are soliciting toiletry items for
West End Middle School. 
Middle School is an awkward age when young people experience changes in their bodies that require changes in self-care.  Sometimes teachers and other adults become aware of these changed needs before the young people themselves and are often called on to have hard conversations.  These conversations become harder when adults know that the young person's family may not have the financial resources to buy these supplies.  The toiletries that we collect will make it easier for adults to help students meet the changing needs of their bodies.  Our bodies are a gift from God, what we collect will make it easier for young people to address the changes that growing-up bring without embarrassment.
Please consider contributing the following: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant for girls and boys, lotion, feminine hygiene products.
Leave you donations in the barrel in the Fellowship Hall.
Blakemore's 2016 Leadership Board met recently to begin our work together by looking at what we value as a congregation. Here is what we came up with:
  • We value you, just the way you are.
  • We value kids, even when they aren’t quiet and don’t sit still.
  • We value our neighbors, from West End to Uganda.
  • We value a good conversation and the many thoughtful opinions about how to walk a faithful journey
  • We live as forgiven and reconciled people in God's grace
So, what do we look like when we are living as a congregation in these values?  We are planning a larger conversation on this topic during our first “Saying Grace” potluck on the 24th of January (save the date!) after church.  We hope to have these lunches every other month as a way to share from the Leadership Board and to hear from the congregation.  In addition, the full minutes of the Board will be available in the newsletter and on the website. 
If you have questions about the new leadership structure, these values, lunch, or anything happening at church, I invite you to seek out me, John, or any other member of the Board.  We are trying something new, and feedback from the congregation is critical to making NEW happen.  
--from Ellen Zinkiewicze
 Mark your calendars for the next one...January 24, 2016. Volunteer sign-up sheets are posted in the Fellowship Hall--we need overnight hosts, drivers, cooks, servers and more.  Choose your date, use your skill and expect a blessing!
For more information contact Kristi Stephens Walker ( or Kathy Jackson (
Blakemore Directories are available in the church office during the week from 9-2 or on Sundays after worship and Wednesday evenings.  Corrections will be published in the weekly newsletter for you to update in your directory. 

Chuck Chellman's new (corrected!!) email address
Faye Chellman's new email address:
Hey, Girlfriends!  Start packing for our 10th annual Women's Retreat--Feb. 5-7 2016 at Montgomery Bell State Park.  We'll be getting away from the busyness of life to relax with friends, share laughter and stories, and spend time with God. For more information contact Carrie Friddell, Beth Holzemer, Ashley Kemper, Kristi Walker, or Patty Tippens.  
More Frozen Assets for Your New Year Needs!
Don't stress about what to serve at the next meal or take to the next party...Frozen Assets is your answer!  Items listed below are still available in limited supply to be sold on first come, first served basis:
$8 Artichoke Dip                           $9 Jalapeno Bread*
$17 Beef Enchilada                         $18 Poppy Seed Casserole
$14 Black Beans & Veggies                 
$11 Vegetable Beef Soup
       over Brown Rice                      $12 Sausage Egg Casserole*
$17 Chicken Enchilada                      $17 Santa Fe Meatloaf
$11 Chicken Vegetable Soup
*              $10 Southwest Chicken Soup   
$12 Cranberry Meatballs                   $6 Spinach Artichoke Dip*
$12 Frozen Cranberry Salad*              $14 Spinach Lasagna*
$13 Ham Rolls*                             $12 Sweet Potato Casserole
$10 Hash Brown Potatoes*                 $15 Tamale Pie*
$9 Italian Herb Bread*                    
$8 Spiced Tea Mix*
                        * 7 or fewer available
Contact the Church Office (615-297-6519) to reserve your order!
Prayers for the Congregation and the World
The Blakemore Family
Mary Katherine Hammer@ Blakeford
Carol Holmes@ Belmont Village
Naomi Wade @ Morningside
Judy Wright@ NHC Franlkin

Rosanne Awbrey
Pat Carty
Susan Eatherly
Nancy Speas Hill
Mary Margaret Hornal

Lawrence Koch 
Ryan McCulley
Kay Overfield
Norda Parochka's job and nanny
Fred Rowles

Friends and Extended Family
Gene & Kathryn Boling (Gary's parents)
Bill Carter (Marge Rajotte)
John Casey (Tippens' friend)
Dorothy Cunningham (Rita O'Hara's niece)
Doris Dorsey (Chuck Chellman's sister)
Mike & Jordan Eaton (Becky Eaton)
Bobby Evans (Joe Mattox's friend)
Family of Berty Hardesty (Rita Mattox)
Leon Johnson (John Gonce's friend)
Marcellus (child with brain tumor) 
Connie Martin (Anne Kabiling's cousin) 
Jack Matheny (Jim Matheny's brother)
Family of Joe Parsons (Cheryl Williams) 
Jobie Phelan (Rita O'Hara's sister)
Cecilia Phillips-Binder (Rosanne Awbrey)

David Roark (John Gonce's friend)
Family of Ken Sawyer (Bill & Judy Holland)
Mary Seabolt (Carrie Friddell's mother)
Margaret Seigenthaler & family (Tippens' friend)
Shaffer Family (Susan Slater)
Doris Silber (Patsye Candish’s friend)
Jack Slater & Family (Tom Slater's father)

Syrian refugees
Patsy Frith Vaughan (Bette Newman’s friend)
Julia Wilke (Kathy Jackson)
Victims of natural disaster

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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