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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 16, 2013
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Rubber Ducks, Brain Burps, and Hospitality 

Yesterday I read “10 Little Rubber Ducks” to the preschool. You would think that a counting book, in which the number of ducks remains 10, would not be exciting. But every time we started counting ducks, the kids joined in and counted louder and louder. By the end of the book—still ten ducks—they were squealing with laughter. 

As we were counting along, pride showed on their faces. This was about more than being about to count to ten. They were able to join in the group, confident that they were saying the right words and making the right motions (making a face like a pelican and swimming like a sea turtle). 

A few weeks ago I was reminded of how uncomfortable it can feel to not know what to say or do in a church setting. My mind burped during the Lord’s Prayer at the 9:30 service, and the congregation had to finish the prayer without me. I felt foolish. Did people think I don’t know the Lord’s Prayer? It made me wonder about whether a visitor would feel foolish not knowing the words of a prayer or song. 

Walking into a church for the first time is scary. The bulletin may have a “*” to stand, but what if I am the only one who stands? Are there words I am supposed to say after the scripture reading? Will I have to introduce myself? 

Our Council on Ministries and Administrative Board are asking questions about Sunday morning worship. They will be approaching classes and small groups for input. They will invite those not part of a small group to special sessions to share. 

They will ask questions about what worship times and service elements are inviting and welcoming to others. Is there a better time to meet? A time for children and small groups? 

What is scary to a first time visitor? What about our worship helps strangers to know this as a place of hope, community, and compassion? What helps to make disciples and grow disciples? 

I hope that you will be part of these discussions. More than anything, I hope you will reflect on what makes church a welcoming time and a growing time. 

When I finished the story to the preschoolers, I told them that I was glad that the last rubber ducky finally found a home. I shared my hope that every child feels welcome at Mt Carmel and the Preschool makes them feel like the rubber ducky when he finally found a home. 

One little boy chimed out “I do! Thank you!” 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone who walked into our sanctuary could answer this way?

I’ll see you this Sunday.

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Stewardship Presentation
  • Combined 10:30 Service & Soup Lunch: Oct. 27
  • Literacy Festival Booth
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 20 - 9:00 - 2:00
  • Church Conference - Oct. 20 - 2:30 
  • Notes From and For Youth
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Fall Festival - October 19 at 11:00
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Preschool News


Week 2 of the Stewardship Campaign

Dorothy meets the Tin Man!

View this week's episode here!


United Methodist Women's Sunday: Oct. 27 - 10:30 AM Combined Worship Service

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, October 27th when we will have a combined worship service at 10:30, led by the women of our church.  

Our speaker will be Rev. Lynne Smith, Minister of Education in the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.

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Soup Lunch
Please stay for lunch on October 27 following our 10:30 service. 

The Mt. Carmel Youth will provide a tasty lunch of Soup, Salad and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the Summer Youth Mission Trip.


Booth at Literacy Festival

Literacy BoothThank you to everyone who helped or donated items to be used at the Berkeley Lake Elementary International Literacy Festival.


We appreciate your help in reaching out to some of our youngest neighbors. We love to help in ways that get out the word, "Mount Carmel cares about our community."



Children's Art on Bulletin Covers


Thank you to Cela Kilmer for her rendition of "The Call of Samuel" that was on the bulletin cover last Sunday! 

Watch for more great artwork from our children on upcoming bulletins.

Red Cross Blood Drive
October 20: 9 AM - 2 PM

Our next Blood Drive will be from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 20 in the Fellowship Hall.

Since we have a weekend date, the Red Cross would like for us to schedule 50 donors for our drive, so PLEASE give if you can and invite your friends too!

Plan to give before church, afterwards, or before our Church Conference which begins at 2:30!

Please sign up here, using the code mtcarmelumc and help save lives! 


Church Conference on October 20 - 2:30 PM

Mark your calendars now for our Annual Church Conference where you can meet our new District Superintendent, Dr. Dan Brown. We will hear details of the past year at Mt. Carmel, as well as plans for 2014.


Notes From and For Our Youth!

Thanks everyone for your food donation to Norcross Cooperative Ministries! 

Attention All Youth - Halloween Party 
Oct. 27 - 5:15 PM

Start getting those Halloween Costumes ready for the Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27, 5:15 at the Home of the Hoge's.

( 4912 Riveredge Dr; Duluth, Ga.) 

Parents will need to provide transportation to and from the party.


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School

This week our lesson jumps over to David, in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. David is chosen to be King. God sees things differently than we do. He did not pick the oldest or the strongest of Jesse’s sons but waits for David. David wanted to serve God. Samuel anoints David to be king in this story. Read with your children in the Bible why God rejects Saul as King. Pray as a family that God will give you wisdom to trust God even when things are not going as planned. 


Fall Festival

This Saturday from 11:00 - 2:00. Bring your friends and neighbors for a morning and afternoon of fun!

Volunteers are still needed. 


Christmas Pageant

Listen to the CD and sing along with the words of Rise and Shine and the Christmas Carol medley. We will practice music on Sunday morning.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

http://mtcarmel-umc.org/#/children


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

Well Fall officially began last week with our visit to Berry Patch Farms. The weather was perfect, the sky was blue, the pumpkins so orange, the apple cider delicious, and the hayride was delightful. Thanks to all the parents who joined the fun and drove our children safely to and from the Farms. We are so blessed! 

We have a very quiet week this week, but next week we have visits from our fire fighters and a trip to Fire Station #4 with our oldest children. Our “Seniors” have the pleasure of visiting our community helpers and seeing where they sleep, eat, and prepare for any emergency that might happen. Thursday the fire truck will visit at 10:00 and our fire fighters will give us information in the sanctuary, before we go out and look at their favorite toys. Friday we drive to Station #4 on Spalding and will begin our tour at 10:00 as well. It will be a blast! 

Halloween parties will take place on Thursday, October 31 at 12:30 in the classrooms. No costumes, please! We don’t want to see Batman hanging from the swing set by his cape! 

It is hard to believe that October is half way done already! Be looking for Lollie Hats in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas! This is a special fundraiser offered to us by Valor’s grandma, Lollie, who donates ALL the hats and we reap the profit! The hats not sold are donated to those children in need who may not otherwise have a Christmas gift. We love Lollie!!!!!! 

Do we have room in the school for more students? Indeed we do! Please help us fill our classes and invite new people into the fold. 

In joy and love,


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Bill & Susan Posey
  • Jim Mitcham - surgery
  • David Jones - eye surgery
  • Trentini Family - death of Shelia's father
  • Klinetob Family - death of Dick's mother
  • Those effected by government shut-down
Thanksgivings
  • Judy Peck's sister improving
  • David Jones' surgery successful
  • Steve Pearson: upcoming wedding of Sharon & Cameron
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative


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

1 Samuel 16:1-13
John 7:24


Birthdays this week:

Jacque Tapley
Bobby Smith, Sr.
Hillary Whaley
Bob Jones
Atticus Hicks
Chris Bryant
Jerri Phillips

Anniversaries this week:
William & Gail Bolton


Save the Date

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 16 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 16 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

WOMEN'S STUDY
OCTOBER 16 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

UMM DINNER & MEETING
OCTOBER 17 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PAVEMENT POUNDERS
OCTOBER 19 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

FALL FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19 - 11:00 AM

MOONLIGHT HIKE
OCTOBER 19 - 5:30 PM
TALLULAH GORGE PARK
MEET AT CHURCH

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 20 - 2:30 PM
SANCTUARY

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 21 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 22 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

FIREFIGHTERS VISIT PRESCHOOL
OCTOBER 24

PRESCHOOL 4'S VISIT FIREHOUSE
OCTOBER 25

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S SUNDAY
OCTOBER 27 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
OCTOBER 27 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 27 - 5:15 PM
HOGE HOME

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 3

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS!
NOVEMBER 3

MID-HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
NOV. 8 - 10

PRESCHOOL SOUP LUNCH
NOVEMBER 21 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH-WIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FOYER



Family Wellness
through Counseling, Education and Research


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

678-242-9355
ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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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