Does Nashville need a COB?

On November 6, we will be asked to vote on “Charter Amendment 1” establishing a Community Oversight Board (COB) which will provide independent civilian oversight of the Metro Nashville Police Department. Join us on Wednesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. at The Temple (5015 Harding Pike) to hear arguments for and against this Charter Amendment. Supporters of a COB for Nashville claim that it will provide accountability and transparency as well as improve police-community relations. Opponents have stated that a COB is unnecessary, will cost money, and interfere in policing. The forum is co-sponsored by Belle Meade United Methodist Church, Bellevue United Methodist Church, Blakemore United Methodist Church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Glendale Baptist Church, Hillwood Presbyterian Church, Sherith Israel, The Temple (Congregation Ohabai Sholom), Vine Street Christian Church, Unity of Nashville, West End Synagogue, Nashville Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Senior Ride Nashville

Senior Ride Nashville, a terrific new transportation option for seniors in Davidson County, will celebrate its first anniversary in just a few weeks. Under the headline "Back to school with Ms. Pat", a recent rider spotlight featured Vine Street's own Pat Bentrup:

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On a recent ride, Pat Bentrup went back to school with her volunteer driver. She recalled her successful school board campaign in 1982. In winning that year, Ms. Pat was one of two female members ever "elected" to Metro Schools' Board of Education, a seat she retained for nine years. Before 1982, board members were appointed to seats and a few females had earned those appointments. However, Bentrup and Dorothy Gupton (who also was elected to a seat the same year) were the first females to campaign and win.

The real kicker is that Pat had never run for any position, she had no children in school (yet), and she was going door-to-door campaigning while six months pregnant. It was her late husband, Henry (shown with her in a photo taken during her tenure on the Board), that neighbors thought should run for a seat on the board. He however suggested that Pat run instead.

"My oldest child was about to start school at Rosebank Elementary, and I had some friends in the area -- those were pretty much my qualifications," says Pat. "I was surprised I won, but I was very happy to serve."

She ended up sending five kids through Metro Schools and ran several more successful campaigns. Bentrup served Metro Schools until 1990 and says she is proud of her accomplishments during her time on the board. We at Senior Ride are proud of her too.

To learn more about Senior Ride Nashville, visit their website. Volunteers are the backbone of this growing organization, and perhaps you will be the newest addition to their pool of drivers!





The Society of St. Andrew is coordinating another gleaning event (remember the fabulous sweet potato drop in Fellowship Hall? Same idea.).

The Southeast Produce Council hosts a regular Expo where growers show off their produce to potential buyers (think: reps from Kroger, Whole Foods, etc.). In September, the Expo is at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville. At the end of this six-hour event, a lot of food is left behind! We get to pack up this bounty on pallets so that it can be donated to a local feeding agency. Volunteers are needed to pack this high-quality food into boxes and onto those pallets so that the bounty can be loaded onto a truck for distribution to hungry neighbors in Middle Tennessee.

Volunteers are needed starting at 4:30p.m. on Friday, September 7. The service project is likely to be finished about 8:30p.m. Please email Jeannie Hunter if you’re interested in coming and/or if you have any questions. Participants must be 12 years of age or older.

Water for thirsty neighbors

Temperatures are climbing. For those who work or play outside, the mantra is, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Our homeless neighbors have few opportunities to cool off, and they don't have easy access to drinking water.

Vine Street Christian Church will again receive a special offering of bottled water on Sunday, July 1. Packs of standard-size (17-24oz) bottles are great, but we also take 1-gallon and 2.5-gallon jugs.

We are grateful our ministry partners at Open Table Nashville make sure our homeless neighbors have plenty to drink when it gets hot on the streets of Nashville.

Please bring a pack or two of bottled water to worship on Sunday, July 1 to help with the effort. Thank you!

And of course you can drop off your contribution to our water offering anytime between now and July 1.

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Memorial Service for Shirley Forstman

On Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. we will gather with the family and friends of Shirley Forstman to worship God, to give thanks for Shirley's life, and to commend her to God's unending love and care. Following the service, there will be a reception in Fellowship Hall. Please continue to hold all who love Shirley in your prayers, especially her children, David, Valerie, and Paul. Follow this link to read the obituary.