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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
July 23, 2014

Did you ever notice that?

I never was a Beatles fan. My high school years were spent listening to Kate Bush, Elvis Costello and Men Without Hats. 

But a few months ago I heard an interview suggesting that every age could appreciate the Beatles. They suggested that teens were the ones who really understand the group, but that older generations would appreciate this, too. 

Since my hope is that every worship service would in some way connect with every generation, adding Beatles songs for the summer series on John Wesley seemed perfect. John Wesley could meet John Lennon (and Paul, Ringo, and George). 

Since then, I have been seeing The Beatles everywhere. On a recent trip to Goodwill searching for ice cream scoops, a boxed set of CDs of The Beatles jumped into my shopping cart. I stopped by the guitar center and was greeted by posters proclaiming this is The Beatles month. This week Ron Howard announced he is directing a new movie about the Fab Four. I never noticed how much Beatles mania is out there! 

A similar thing happened when I was preparing to run a marathon. Until then, I never noticed how many cars have 26.2 stickers. Every time I turned around I saw people wearing marathon t-shirts. Who knew that there was a marathon mania out there? Not me! 

Isn’t it odd? The Beatles mania and marathon mania were out there, but until I was interested, I didn’t notice. 

Have you noticed that when you buy a car, you began to pay attention to the other new cars on the road? When you buy a new grill, you begin to notice all the sales flyers related to grills? 

Jesus said that where your money is, that is where your heart will be. That’s the opposite of what I would have said. I would have guessed that where we already have a passion, we will spend money. But Jesus seems to think that if you invest in something, you will begin to have a heart for that. 

Spend time at Family Promise, invest yourself there, and you may find you have an interest in helping children who are homeless. 

Invest your time in worship—volunteer as an usher or reader, join the choir or 9:30 musicians--and you may begin to notice God at work in the scripture and songs. 

Commit to being part of a fall Bible study. You may find a passion for how God is at work when we gather with others who long to know God in new ways. 

Part of my faith journey was serving on a church finance committee. The church was in financial difficulty, and as I told stories to encourage people to support the church, I began to notice all the ways God was at work. Something happened to me—I began to fall in love with how God worked through the church. 

It’s amazing what happens when you have skin in the game. You ever notice that? 

I’ll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Family Promise Update: Volunteers Needed
  • United Methodist Women Meet July 28
  • Children's Ministry
  • Promotion Sunday / Blessing of Backpacks: August 3
  • Women's Book Club: August 8
  • Hallway Sign Volunteer Needed
  • Homecoming: August 17
  • Love and Logic Parenting Classes begin August 19
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • SPR search for Youth Director
  • New Pictorial Directory

Family Promise Update: Breante never loses in Connect Four

It's been good week and a half thanks to all the volunteers helping so far. I hope you will consider signing up for some of the remaining slots. 

Anybody can help with Teardown--just show up Sun morning 7am and help us convert the guest rooms back into Sunday School and Preschool rooms--how hard is that! 

That Breante never loses in Connect Four! I came in Monday and Scott Jones had played several Connect Four games with Breante and said that Breante hadn't lost a game yet! I said well give me a shot if he's so good-- tried playing and same thing happened -- he never loses! 

Ok, so he figured out he can reset the game. He was enthusiastic at least. 

We are winding down, and we could use some more help. Wynne Buran signed up for Day hosting all Saturday and all Sunday. Surely somebody can help out! For more questions or signup please contact Ed McDonald / 678-983-5588. You can signup online for either of the two weeks at:

United Methodist Women's News

All women of the church are invited to the Lola Belle Young Night Circle which meets on Monday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. 

We'll begin with dinner, followed by a program and short business meeting. 

Please RSVP to Lori Anderson or the church office if you will attend.

Children's Ministry

Sunday School Teachers Meeting:
July 27th at 12:15 in the double classroom  (RM 112/114)

Wacky Wednesday - More Weird Animals: July 23

Wacky Wednesday - Going Buggy: July 30 

For children ages 4 and up. Cost: $5 per person.

Blessing of the Backpacks / Promotion Sunday:  August 3

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries

Promotion Sunday / Blessing of the Backpacks: August 3

On Sunday, August 3rd, the new Sunday school year will begin. All rising 3rd graders will be recognized and will receive a Bible from the church. 

Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed before the beginning of the new school year.

Women's Book Club: August 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The Book Club will meet in the Hope House. This month they will read Sycamore Row, by John Grisham. 

All women are invited to join the group. See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you have any questions.

Hallway Sign Volunteer Needed

Do you notice the framed art as you enter the sanctuary from the foyer each week? Many thanks to Barbara Cooper for keeping it up to date to match the theme of the service that week! 

Beginning on August 17, Barbara will need a substitute for 4 weeks to take charge of this project. It involves reading the lesson for the week, then finding suitable artwork, printing or cutting it out and putting it into the frame before Sunday morning.

Anyone interested in helping, please contact the church office, Barbara or Pastor Cyndi.

Homecoming!  Sunday, August 17 - 10:30 AM

This will be a combined 10:30 worship service, followed by a covered dish lunch in the Fellowship Hall. 

Come and hear from guest speaker Dr. Doug Thrasher, our new District Superintendent.  

Everyone is also invited to bring a dish or two to share and enjoy lunch with your church family.

Parenting the Love & Logic Way

Learn practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children and help them prepare their kids for the real world. Love & Logic uses humor, hope, and empathy to build up the adult-child relationship. 

Join Rev. Lynne Smith, 10:00am - 12:00 noon on Tuesday mornings downstairs in the Sr. High Youth room beginning August 19th. 

The workshop lasts 6 weeks (skipping September 16th) and is limited to 16 participants. $100/person or $150/couple includes workbook. Church/preschool members receive 10% discount. Registrations are due by 8/11/2014. 

Website Updating Help Needed

Help is needed with posting current church events from newsletters and bulletins onto the website. 

If you can help, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.

Outreach Opportunities

Food Bags for Local Families

The Berkeley Lake Elementary School Care Team currently serves 6 families with 9 bags of food carried home by students each Friday of the school year. As families no longer need help, they roll off the list and another family is added. The program was started a few years ago when 

families were hiring a taxi to come pick up food at the school food pantry. 

Each food bag contains:
  • dry beans
  • bag of rice
  • package of tortillas
  • canned fruit
  • tuna/salmon/other canned meat
  • canned corn or other veggie
  • mac and cheese
Additional items if available:
  • detergent (a baggy or pods, not a whole box)
  • toothpaste
  • bar of soap
  • other household or hygiene product
The program could be expanded with a commitment from Mt. Carmel. In addition to preparing bags, help may be needed on Fridays to deliver the bags to the classrooms.

If you are interested in supporting this program in some way, please contact Julie Jones at 770-263-1009 or  

NCM School Supply / Book Bag Drive
Norcross Cooperative Ministry has begun their annual collection for local students to use when school resumes in August. Items from the list below may be dropped off at Mt. Carmel in the NCM bin, but the DEADLINE is July 31st so do your shopping now! 

Thank you for helping these children get prepared for school! 

Book bags / composition books (not spiral) / pocket folders with brads / loose leaf notebook paper / pencils / glue sticks / scissors / markers / copy paper / tissue / hand sanitizer

Save the Date

Harvest of Hope is the ecumenical study, worship, and action mission trip program of the Society of St. Andrew. HoH offers opportunities to learn about hunger and a common sense solution (gleaning) to the issue. (See video on the Mt. Carmel website here.)

Together we will glean fresh fruits and vegetables which will immediately, through the help of local feeding agencies, find their way onto the tables of those in need. A simple, healthy lifestyle will be experienced during the event. We will worship together, exploring what God wants us to do concerning our neighbors who are in need. 

Join us and do something about hunger! 
November 7-9 in Dahlonega, Georgia 
Intergenerational / All Ages Camp facility: Camp Glisson
690 Camp Glisson Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533 
Facility website: 
Produce historically gleaned: Apples

For more information, check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or see Julie Jones.

SPR Searches for New Youth Director

Please continue to pray for our Staff Parish Relations Committee as they search for a new Director for our Youth Program.  

This is a part time, paid position.  If you know of anyone interested, please contact Lane Shutt, SPR Chair, or Pastor Cyndi.  (Job Description)

New Church Directory Underway!

The Evangelism Committee will be collecting your photos for a new directory throughout the summer so send yours today! 

(Photos may include pets, vacation scenes, etc.)

Everyone is asked to either:

1. Provide a photo of themselves for the directory. (Please send or drop off photos to the church office, in person or electronically.) 

2. Use the same photo that was in the previous directory. (Let the church office know.)

3. Have a new photo taken by our resident photographer, George Hunter.

Contact Neil Odom or Mercer Griffin with any questions.

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Please join with others in our church family in praying our concerns and thanksgivings this week.

  • Matt - moving to Maryland
  • Baby Calvin - has gained weight to have needed surgery, but may need new kidney in future
  • Lamar Bolton - medical procedure
  • Successful Youth Mission Trip - thanks for support
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative

Sunday's Lesson
This week in worship the lesson will be:

1 John 3:7-12
1 John 4:18

Birthdays this week:

Jeanne Cameron
Christine Werdebaugh
Andy Garner
Emily Posey Lalor
Linda Youngblood
Courtnay Roe
Andrew Raye
Jordan Smith
Dave Whitlow

Anniversaries this week:
Loyd & Marilyn McGee
Billy & JoAnn Weathers

Save the Date


JULY 26 - 8:00 AM

JULY 27 - 7:00 AM

JULY 27 - 12:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

JULY 27 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM

JULY 28 - 7:00 PM

JULY 28 - 7:00 PM

JULY 30 - 10:00 AM

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

9:30 & 11:00 AM


AUGUST 8 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 14 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 17 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 17 - 12:00 PM

AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 25 - 29
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

The current password is:  barbecue

Family Wellness
through Counseling, Education and Research

Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

Help with the most urgent needs.

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