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Blakemore UMC Retreat (October 20-22)

Each year, our Blakemore family gathers at the Beersheba Springs Assembly in Beersheba Springs, Tennessee for a weekend away from the regular schedule. Intergenerational programming and fellowship are on the schedule, along with time to explore the retreat center, hike nearby Greeter Falls, or visiting Beersheba Porcelain. Brochures and reservation forms for the annual Church Retreat are available below.

Please return forms to Deanna McCulley: drop them off in the church office or e-mail them (deanna.mcculley (at) gmail.com.

 

Retreat Form 2017 (PDF)

 

Living Proof Simulcast

First United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville invites you and your women’s group to join them for an exciting day steeped in God’s word as they host a simulcast of Beth Moore’s Living Proof Ministry event on September 16th. For more information, see the images below.

 

2017 Annual Conference Update

The Tennessee Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church met for the 50th time on June 11-13 at Brentwood UMC. Ron Merville and I represented Blakemore at the gathering. Separate clergy and laity sessions opened the conference. At the clergy session, we dealt with matters pertaining to conference membership, such as approving individuals for licensing, commissioning, ordination, leave of absence, and retirement. At the opening worship service that evening, Bishop Bill McAlilly reminded us of our theme: “Sent to Serve God and Neighbor.”

Monday morning began with worship in which Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon preached an inspiring and convicting sermon about the parable of the Good Samaritan. She reminded us that it is normal to avoid messes and uncomfortable circumstances like the priest and Levite did, but we are called to be “weird” like the Samaritan and move toward suffering. The rest of the morning was filled with the standard business items of annual conference, such as reports about resolutions, standing rules, our financial situation and budget, clergy pensions, and the health plan.

After lunch, we returned for two worship services. The first was the Memorial Service. Tom Nankervis was among those remembered. The second was the Retirement Service. Michael O’Bannon and Michael Williams, both former pastors of Blakemore, were among those celebrating their retirements. Michael O’Bannon listed four things he’d learned as a pastor, including not to eat chili on Saturday night. Michael Williams was, of course, humorous and gracious in his speech and paid a special tribute to Rev. Bob Lewis. We closed out the afternoon by hearing several reports about some of our connectional ministries, such as Warmth in Winter, Cedar Crest, Beersheba Springs, Wesley Foundations, Martin Methodist College, and Miriam’s Promise.

Scott Chrostek, the pastor of the Church of the Resurrection’s campus in downtown Kansas City, was our speaker and teacher for Tuesday morning. He shared about his experience of planting a church in a downtown urban setting and urged all of us to move beyond the walls of the church to share God’s love out in the community. Most of the rest of the day was spent dealing with conference business. We adopted a $14.4 million budget for 2018, reorganized our standing rules, passed some resolutions, voted on constitutional amendments from the 2016 General Conference, officially reorganized the conference into five districts, voted to close nine churches (including 61st Avenue UMC) and allow two others to merge, decided not to elect new delegates for the called General Conference in 2019, elected folks to serve on various committees in the conference, and decided that we will meet at Brentwood UMC again in 2018.

Conference ended on Tuesday evening with the Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination. We commissioned one missionary, licensed 23 first-time local pastors, commissioned four provisional deacons and seven provisional elders, and ordained six elders and one deacon in full connection. The one deacon was Gracie Dugan, who used to be Blakemore’s Minister to Children and Families. That, along with getting to stand with and lay hands on Chris Allen, whom I have mentored for several years through the candidacy process, as he was ordained were the highlights of Annual Conference for me. Powerful reminders of God’s call on all our lives and how we live out that call in connection and community together.

 

~ Rev. John Hill

Last Minute School Supply Store

Each year children in our community start school without basic supplies.  This initiative, started as a Girl Scout Gold Award project, will provide an opportunity for parents to “shop” for supplies at no charge.  Please bring any of the following supplies to Blakemore Monday-Friday from 9-2 or on Sunday mornings.  Promote this project by liking and sharing their page on Facebook @LastMinuteSchoolSupplyStore

Want to know more? Contact Lily Wilson at lastminuteschoolsupplies@gmail.com

 

NEEDS LIST:

Sharpened #2 pencils
Packages of cap erasers
Pencil sharpeners
Red pens
Black pens
Packs of crayons
Washable markers
Colored Pencils
Scissors
Glue sticks
Dry erase markers
Plastic pencil box
Black sharpie markers
Highlighters
Folders with pockets and prongs
Folders with pockets (no prongs)
Three-Ring Binders (1-2 inches)
Wide-Ruled Composition notebooks
Wide-Ruled spiral notebooks
Plastic rulers
Packs wide-ruled notebook paper
Reams of white copy paper

 

Last minute FLYER 6-11-17

2017 Scholarship Opportunity!

The Blakemore Endowment Fund has two funds which offer college tuition support. The Dorothy Knowles Scholarship is open to all fields of study while the Guy and Margaret Smith Scholarship is open to students pursuing a service based career (i.e., counseling, teaching, social work, nursing, medicine, ministry).

Applicants are not limited to Blakemore members but the candidates must be active in the United Methodist Church. The award amounts vary but generally are near $1,000.

Applications are available below and in the church office. Completed applications must be returned to the church office (3601 West End Avenue, Nashville TN  37205) on or before June 30.

Completed packets require:

  • a transcript of current grades and completed classes
  • an essay
  • 3 references
  • a financial need assessment

If you are a previous recipient, you still need to complete the full packet with updated info.

Scholarship Info 2017

2017 Dorothy Knowles College Scholarship Guidelines and application

2017 Guy and Margaret Smith College Scholarship Guidelines and application. doc

Special Guest Musician, Scott Willis

Baritone Scott Willis joins us for worship on Sunday May 21.

He has performed a variety of repertoire in concert and on stages throughout Nashville, the southeastern region, and beyond.  Upcoming engagements include Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Harrower Opera Workshop and Melisso in Alcina as well Schaunard in La Bohème with Red River Lyric Opera. Recent engagements include President Melrose in the premiere of Healing with Lipscomb University, Marcello in La Bohème with Capitol City Opera in Atlanta, Georgia, Sergeant Sulpice in The Daughter of the Regiment with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc. (N.O.I.S.E) in Seattle, Washington, and Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Vancouver Summer Opera Workshop in Canada. In 2016, he was a young artist with the Druid City Opera Workshop in Alabama. Additional roles include Tim in the world premiere of Insectophobia, Jason MacFarlane in Lizzie Borden, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, David in A Hand of Bridge, and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium at East Carolina University, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Tateh in Ragtime, and the title character in Sweeney Todd at Middle Tennessee State University.

Mr. Willis has appeared in several leading roles with the Arts Center of Cannon County in Tennessee including Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bert in Mary Poppins, Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, and Link Larkin in Hairspray. He is a frequent performer with several premier ensembles including the Nashville Opera, the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, the American Caroling Company, the Atlanta-based Choral Pickup, and the Seattle-based Queen City Musicians. Concert credits include baritone soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Nashville Symphony and baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Chattanooga, TN with First Christian Church. He has also performed at the Spoleto Festival as the baritone soloist in Mozart’s Organ Solo Mass and Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat at Middle Tennessee State University.  He has been first place winner in the TN-NATS Regional Competition, was a semi-finalist at the Orpheus National Competition, and took second place at the Grace Moore Competition.

Mr. Willis holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from East Carolina University, a Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and will begin his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Alabama in the fall of 2017. Mr. Willis currently serves on the music faculty at Tennessee State University.

Our Story | Anthology

During our current sermon series, More Than a Method, we will reflect on our own stories at Blakemore. We invite church members to submit theirs or their family’s story for publication in a Blakemore anthology.

To submit your story online, please complete the Google Form below.

To submit photos, please follow this link and upload directly to the shared Google Folder.

Submissions should be completed by May 21st to ensure they will be included in the anthology. Questions? Please feel free to call the church office or connect with Ashley Kemper.

Celebrating 45 Years of Service to Blakemore UMC!

We are excited to celebrate David Hardy on April 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the BUMC Fellowship Hall! This event will include  an opportunity for comments or David stories as well as a chance to show David our appreciation in a financial way.

David’s presence in the church Monday through Friday has been constant through the many changes in ministries and staff members. In addition to being a full-time custodian and handyman for the entire Blakemore facility, David has also served to set up special events, receiving and storing Frozen Assets supplies, assisting in the Nearly New Store, carrying clothes to ARC, emptying the discarded clothing bins, and selling clothes when others can’t be there. David also established the sack lunch program in conjunction with the BUMC Food Pantry, helps individual members with their personal home projects (you know who you are), and has taken reduced or no pay when the church budget could not be met.

He is the face of care and resources for people experiencing homelessness and need who enter our Bowling Avenue doors every day. He has a servant’s heart whether he is helping Blakemore or his own church family.

Recently, several members of Blakemore have helped David secure his own affordable home. Beyond this, members have worked to establish the David Hardy Trust Fund in hopes to secure David’s financial future. We are grateful to our church family for considering a donation to help us give back to our longest serving staff member and brother in Christ.

To make a donation to David’s Trust Fund, please mail donations to Blakemore UMC at 3601 West End Avenue, TN 37205. Please be sure to add David Hardy’s name to the memo line of your check or along with your name on the outside of your envelop if you are donating cash. This will assure funds get directed to the correct account. Please note that donations made for this purpose are not tax-deductible because they are not for the general work and mission of the church but instead for the Trust Fund. To make donations directly to the Trust Fund, mail checks to:

Equitable Trust Company
FBO David Hardy Trust Fund
4400 Harding Pike, Suite 310
Nashville, TN  37205

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Opportunity

The Endowment Fund of Blakemore UMC has two funds which offer college tuition support. They are the Dorothy Knowles and the Guy and Margaret Smith scholarships.The Guy and Margaret Smith scholarship is available for service related fields, such as medical, nursing, social worker, or teaching. The Dorothy Knowles scholarship is available for any field of study. 

Applicants must submit an essay, letters of reference, transcript documents, and proof of financial need. The amount of the awards vary but is generally near $1,000.

Applications are available at the church office or can be downloaded below.

Deadline for submitting an application is July 1. All applications will be blinded and reviewed for clarity and need.

Awards will be announced by August 1. Money will paid directly to the school on your behalf.

 

2016 Guy and Margaret Smith College Scholarship Guidelines and application

2016 Dorothy Knowles College Scholarship Guidelines and application

Shop at Kroger and Support Blakemore UMC

KrogerCommunityRewardsDonating to Blakemore UMC has never cost so little

 

You can support the church just by shopping at Kroger! With Kroger Community Rewards, your grocery shopping gives back to the community.

Go online to www.kroger.com/communityrewards to enroll your Kroger Plus card and help raise funds for Blakemore with every purchase you make. 

For more information download the following pdf: Kroger Community Rewards

Thanks for your support!