Prayer request from Clay
Woodmont Family,

I want to ask for your prayers for a very special person. 

I first met Tallu Schuyler Quinn when we were in 7th grade at Bethany Hills. I have never met anybody with such a radiant spirit, kind heart, and beautiful voice. She has served on the ministerial staff at Woodmont before becoming the full time Executive Director of The Nashville Food Project that was born at South Hall. 

Her passion for justice, care for the poor, and for serving this community is off the charts. Tallu knows what Jesus meant when he said, “just as you did it to the least of these.” 

The Nashville Food Project has soared under her vision and leadership. Right now she needs our prayers as she is at St. Thomas having tests run on a mass found on her brain. 

Please pray for Tallu, Robbie, Lulah, Thomas, and the entire Quinn and Schuyler families. Pray for strength, courage, and hope. Her caring bridge link is here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/talluquinn/journal .

Thank you!

-Clay
9 AM drive-in service
July 19, 2020
Supporting the Church During a Pandemic
by Clay Stauffer
Woodmont just celebrated its 77 th birthday. Our church was planted on July 18, 1943. I am glad to report that we finished last fiscal year (ending June 30 th ) in a healthy financial position, in the black. This is certainly a tribute to the generosity of Woodmont during this ongoing pandemic. 

We are maintaining a flat operating budget moving into the new year and are asking everybody to continue supporting the church at the same level as this past year. So far, our new church year (began July 1 st ) is off to a much slower start. July giving has been low. Part of this is summer and part of this is this the Covid pandemic dragging on. 

I just want to remind everybody of the spiritual discipline of Christian stewardship and tithing, continuing to support the mission of the church during these times. Here are some of Jesus’ core teachings about money that come straight from the Sermon on the Mount:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust consume and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 5:19-21)

“Nobody can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and wealth.” (Matt 5:24)

Jesus didn’t teach and talk about money to raise money for a cause. Jesus talked about money because he knew it was and still is the number one substitute for God. We live in a culture that worships and glorifies money, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “It’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil.” Money is neutral. It’s what we do with our money that matters. Two things speak loudly of our priorities in life: where we spend our time and our money. How we spend our time and our money indicates our priorities. For Megan and me, our top giving priority by far is the mission and ministry of Woodmont Christian Church. We believe in everything that this church does even during these challenging times. But here’s the truth: Woodmont can only do what we collectively enable it to do. So we all must keep supporting this church even during this pandemic. Giving matters. Stewardship matters.

The Woodmont Board will meet next Monday, July 27 th . LA Galyon is now the Chair and Pam Richardson is the chair elect. We will discuss where we are in terms of reopening the building and making plans for moving back into the sanctuary and Drowota Hall. We are trying very hard to balance moving forward with keeping our members healthy and safe. We will continue to communicate what is decided at that meeting. Thank you for continuing to support Woodmont. Thank you for being a part of this church family!

                                                                           Blessings,
This Sunday, July 26, drive-in service at 9:00 AM

"SIMPLY JESUS" SERIES
“Jesus and Our Money”
Clay Stauffer
Luke 12:13-21 

Open Your Palm
by Farrell Mason
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."
-Mother Theresa

In February on a crosstown New York City bus stuck in rush hour traffic the passengers looked miserable. They were cold, annoyed and more than soul-weary. The minimal exchanges of words were curt, eyes were dull and cast to the floor, postures slumped. Some days it is just plain hard to be human. The spirit struggles under the weight of heavy responsibilities and never-ending battles. These bus passengers were diminished versions of themselves.

The bus driver came on the intercom and cracked, “It looks like you people are all carrying something heavy. So this is what I’m gonna do. At every stop, I’ll open this palm of my hand and you’re gonna drop your troubles in it. My route takes me right by the Hudson River, and I’ll be sure to drop your worries into the water.”

It was as if a spell had come over the bus. Glances, eyerolls, mumbles. And even a half-way smile appeared.

The moment someone reaches out and we don’t have to carry our grief, disappointment, heartbreak, fear, anxiety, doubts on our own, the air changes. A much needed breath is taken. Hope is on board.

True to his word, at the next stop, the bus driver opened his palm. As people got off the bus they mimed dropping something into it. Some giggled, others wept. The same thing happened at the next stop and the next, all the way to the river.

No one on that crosstown bus could tell you the bus driver’s name, but no one would also ever forget that opened hand as they stepped off the bus.

The bus driver wasn’t famous, not a spiritual guru, or dollar-rewarded for his spontaneous offering of kindness. He was just one person who saw an opportunity to offer a glimmer of light in a corner of darkness. An earth angel. The smallest gestures done with great love have the power to transform a moment, a very life. The challenge is to have a “bus driver” moment in the midst of your busy and blessed life. As Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” These are strange, unsettling times where we feel like we don't have control over much of anything. But we do have control over how well and often we love our neighbor!
Child Dedication
June 7, 2020
Brodie Smith, son of Drew & Amanda
Food Drive Sunday, August 2 at Campbell West
8 AM to 1 PM
What Difference Do I Make?
by Roy Stauffer
At some time or other, all of us wonder, “What difference does my life make?” Being a Christian and member of the Church ought to help you answer that question. But, in this crazy, mixed-up, frustrating, coronavirus world, the answers aren’t always so clear. Sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics and ask, “What is being the church in this modern world all about?”

I have always said (for 50 years now!) that the Church has four basic purposes: worship, fellowship, Christian education, and service. Now the language we use to describe these four basic purposes may have changed over the years, but the meaning is still the same. Let’s take a quick look.

 #1 – Worship … or the Priestly ministry.
Worship is intended to turn our hearts towards God, and help us establish a personal relationship with God. Jesus was the great high priest and his purpose was to bridge the gap between us and God. Worship includes a lot: singing, praying, listening to Scripture, hearing a sermon, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, giving an offering,
rededicating ourselves to God, weddings, baptisms, baby blessings, funerals, prayer meetings, and so much more.

#2 – Fellowship … or koinonia.
This includes sharing life together in community – loving one another, helping one another, praying for one another, admonishing one another, etc. This also includes the Pastoral ministry of the church – counseling, Stephen ministers, visiting the sick, loving the lonely. As the Bible says, “When one suffers, we all suffer together; when one
rejoices, we all rejoice together.” (I Cor. 12:26) This important work is enhanced through Small Groups, CWF Circles, Sunday School classes, and all sorts of fellowship groups.

#3 – Education … or Spiritual Growth.
Jesus said to love God “with all your heart, and soul, and mind, and strength.” (Mark 12:28) Life is a continuing process of learning and growing. As long as we live, we learn. And that’s especially true when it comes to Spirituality. To grow Spiritually means to become more like Jesus, and to become more like Jesus means to grow in the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
gentleness, faithfulness, generosity, and self-control.
 
#4 – Service, Mission, Outreach … or the Prophetic Ministry.
Jesus said we are to love God and love our neighbor. To love our neighbor is wanting what is best for them. So from the beginning, the Church has reached out to the less fortunate: widows, orphans, the sick, the lonely, social outcasts, the poor, homeless, etc. It also means to speak out against (in words and actions) any conditions in society that are unjust, unfair to any of our neighbors, in the tradition of the Old Testament prophets.

                             
Covid Church Time

Now you might wonder how the Church can do all these things during this time of pandemic when we’re not even able to gather together. But I have been amazed how we are doing an even better job, in many ways, of carrying out these ministries, even though we have to “social distance.”
 
Meeting on Zoom is not the same as meeting in person, but I’ve been amazed how so many have joined Zoom that don’t, or can’t, come in person (like homebound members). And I must say that on zoom you have a better opportunity to look into each individual’s face, maybe even better than we gather together in person. And the more we Zoom, the more I notice people show up early to visit with each other, and stay “after class” to continue visiting.

Another example for me is the Pastoral Care we have seen enhanced during the Coronavirus epidemic. From the beginning of our “social distancing,” we have encouraged everyone to call each other. Especially call church members or class members who live by
themselves to see how they are doing. This has been wonderful and I’ve heard so many stories about how much people appreciate someone asking if they needed anything.

Another example of how even better things have come through this Covid time has to do with education. So many classes and groups are meeting on zoom. And people who couldn’t attend more than one class are doing so now. New friendships are being made electronically, and it’s great! And our Sunday School and Vacation Bible School children have loved the personal attention they have received through materials and videos being sent to them with their Bible lessons.

Drive-in, Parking Lot Church has been another unique experience we will remember the rest of our lives.

Yes, we will all be glad when the time comes that we can gather back at church to meet and worship like we did before March. But I just like to think how God has taken this unusual time (that has frustrated so many) and brought good things out of it. Even better
things than we might have known otherwise.

It’s so true – “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord.” - (Romans 8:28)                 
Sunday worship
Prayers for our church family

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
  • Clay and Colleen Perry on the birth of their daughter, Berkley Kaia Perry, on July 18, 2020. She weighed 7 pounds and is 19 inches long. Big brother is Griffin, Grandparents are Tim and Diane Perry and Great Grandparents are Bill and Betty Johnson.

NEW CONCERNS:
  • Tallu Schuyler Quinn 

CONTINUING CONCERNS:
  • Pat Bell
  • Ben Curtis 
  • Janet Howell - Life Care Center in Old Hickory
  • Billy Pirtle - Cancer
  • Virginia Rippee - NHC at the Trace (no visitors)
  • Gary Thompson
  • Virginia Waddey 

FAMILY/FRIENDS OF MEMBERS - CONCERNS:
  • Kimmy Bennett's mother-in-law, Arline Bennett - Malta, Ohio
  • LuAnn Brent's brother-in-law, Earl Milroy in Pine Bluff, AR - waiting results of biopsy in sinus
  • Bill Heyne's mother, Edie Holmstrom (90 yrs) in Ohio - chemo
  • Lucy and Wilbur Sensing's daughter, Lucy in Bellingham, WA - recovering from surgery
Prayers from our elders
  1. We pray with gratitude for the earth and all its natural treasures and ask that we be guided to be good stewards of our world.
  2. We pray for those who are suffering in Summer’s heat that they may find shelter from it and know comfort.
  3. We pray for Woodmont and its congregation as we look to new says to be loving community.
Giving
June 28: $17,260
July 5 : $31,143
July 12: $20,595
July 19: $40,046
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