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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
September 4, 2013
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Labor Day Race Report 

Labor Day morning I woke early and headed down to Piedmont Park. Despite the rain, I was looking forward to a 5K through the park. 

The race was to raise funds for Action Ministries, which supports ministries like summer lunch programs and housing for the homeless. Playing on their name, Action Ministries invited runners and walkers to come dressed as “Action Heroes”. There was an abundance of characters like The Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and this little fellow, complete with cool shades, who was dressed as Superman. 

Just after the race started, I noticed that I was going at about the same pace as this young Superhero. I wondered how long he would be able to sustain this pace. He looked about five years old to me, and my experience is that younger kids run in spurts. I assumed he would tire soon and I would pass him. After all, he’s only about five. 

We kept running together, and as we were nearing the two mile marker, his Dad gave a warning. “When we hit the two mile mark, we’re going to let it all out. We’re going to floor it and run as hard as we can. Are you ready?” 

And they did. They took off, leaving me well behind. For that last mile, I laughed at myself for being blown away by a five-year-old. 

I should have known better than to compare myself to someone else. That's what we tend to do, isn't it? Make a judgment. He is better than I am. She is worse than I am. 

Yet this Sunday, when we open the Bible to the beginning and read the creation story, we will see that everyone is created in the image of God. 

Isn’t that amazing? We bump into the image of God throughout the day, in the office, on the telephone, in the car…and in the mirror. 

In the church, rather than make comparisons—too good, not good enough—we speak words of God’s love. In our worship, small groups, and service, we open ourselves to God's Spirit working within, throwing out the sin that covers the image of God within. 

No comparisons are needed. Within each of us is the image of God.

I’ll see you this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Teachers Commissioned - Sept. 8th - 9:30 AM
  • Parent Focus Group - Sept. 8th - 10:45 AM
  • 8:30 Hymn-Sing on September 8th
  • Make a Difference - Volunteer at Mt. Carmel
  • Sign Up for a Small Group Study
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School Starts New Series
    • Kids Cooking Club - September 15
  • Church-Wide Picnic: September 22 
  • Flamingo Fund Raiser Begins September 8th
  • Preschool is Back!
  • Get Ready for the NCM Yard Sale Sept. 21


Teacher Commissioning on Sunday, Sept. 8th at 9:30

On Sunday at the 9:30 worship service, our hard-working Sunday School and Preschool teachers will be commissioned.  If you are a teacher, please plan to attend, and if you are not, please be there to support our dedicated Mt. Carmel team!


Focus Group for Parents of Young Children - Sunday at 10:45 AM

On Sunday, September 8th at 10:45 a.m., parents of young children are encouraged to attend a focus group in room 112 downstairs. Your input is needed for church planning on how to create a more family oriented experience on Sunday mornings. 


8:30 Hymn-Sing on September 8th!

The 8:30 worship service will enjoy a HYMN SING this week!

If you enjoy singing songs of faith from the Cokesbury and United Methodist hymnals, plan to be there!


Make a Difference - Volunteer!

It's not too late to sign up to volunteer at Mt. Carmel in 2013!

Read descriptions of our ministries and turn in your sign-up sheet in worship on Sunday, or complete one online here.


Fall Bible Studies

Grow in a small group with others at Mt. Carmel this fall!  The following studies will begin soon.  

A “BROWN BAG” STUDY led by Pastor Cyndi began on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11:30 AM in the Hope House. 
Everyone is welcome to attend as we study the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, then enjoy having a brown bag lunch together afterwards.  

AN INVITATION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT, a 10 week Disciple study, will be offered on Monday or Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. The first meetings will be on Sept. 9th in the Hope House, and Sept. 11th in Room 112. 

To join any of the studies, just check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or sign up at the website.


Children's Ministry New

Sunday School

This week we begin our new series “Living in the Word”. It is part of the Narrative Lectionary that Pastor Cyndi will be preaching in worship. 


Each lesson contains three main objectives:

1) Teaching God’s Story through individual Bible stories, 

2) Teaching the “nuts and bolts” of the Bible 

3) Teaching spiritual practices to help students live their faith. 


The first lesson begins with the story of Creation, the story of beginnings. We will be sending home information about what we studied this week and what we will study next week. There are also daily devotions that you can use as a family. 


The 3rd – 5th grades will continue their Learning to Use their Bibles and will focus on the History and Poetry books. 


Cooking Club: September 15th - 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Come make some tasty and healthy (mostly) snacks with us on Sunday afternoon! For ages pre-K (4’s) through 5th grade. Please register by Sept. 13th at children@mtcarmel-umc.org.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

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


Church-Wide Picnic!
September 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Berkeley Lake Chapel

Everyone is invited to join in games, food, and fellowship, followed by a Vespers service led by Pastor Cyndi.

Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be furnished.  Everyone is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.

Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss the fun!


Flamingos Headed to Mt. Carmel

The Mt. Carmel Youth will begin the Flamingo Fundraiser for the Summer Mission Trip on Sunday, September 8. 

Flocks of Flamingos will begin appearing on the lawns of members and friends of Mt. Carmel the week of September 29. 

If you DO NOT want the Flamingos to visit you, please stop by the insurance table located outside the sanctuary door to purchase your insurance in the amount of $15.00. Insurance policies will be sold on September 8, 15 and 22. 

If you would like for the flamingos to come for a visit, please check the box on the back of the connect card in the bulletin or you can stop by the Flamingo Table and sign up on our Nesting Site sheet. 

When the flamingos arrive at your house, please follow the directions that are in the Bag on a flamingo. Please do not bring the flamingos back to the church - they will be removed within 24 hours. 

The flamingos visit your home as an act of kindness and love from the youth. Thanks for your support!



Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

We’re back!!!! 

We enjoyed a delightful Camp Week and had fun over the Labor Day weekend, but now we are ready to get the Preschool show on the road! We begin with ballet after school this week and next week marks our Fun and Games Galore and Yoga. 

It is wonderful to have so many new families with us this year, but I have to remember not everyone knows the ropes. This will prove to be difficult since we have slipped into the new year so smoothly! If any of you see a new family floundering, please reach out a hand to help. After all, that is what our theme for the year is. 

We are still looking for more Toddlers and I am asking each and every one of you to help us fill our T/Th class. Our Four’s has one spot left and our Three’s have a couple of slots to be filled. Our M/W/F Two’s could use a few more students as well. Let’s have a Preschool that is bursting at the seams. 

Due to your love, prayers, and help, our Preschool is in fine form, but there is always room for growth! 

We look forward to a great year and thank the Boy Scouts for spreading the mulch once again this year. We also thank Dick and Virginia Daneke for taking care of the ants. Now if we could just get rid of the flying pests! 

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Yard Sale for NCM - September 21

Mark your calendars! 
On September 21st, the Transformer Sunday school class is coordinating a church-wide yard sale on the front lawn of the church (or Fellowship Hall in case of rain.) All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s Restoring Hope program. 

Visit our website for more information and how YOU can help!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • The Tapley's friend Tony - mesothelioma
  • The Weather's friend Charlotte - lymphoma
  • Nichelson family member Carolyn - death of mother
  • Dick Thompson - employment
  • The family of Virginia Mitchell
  • Ken Smith - awaiting results of cancer treatment
  • Diane Bond's co-worker's child - cancer
  • Craig German & family - sister had brain aneurysm
  • Hillary Whaley - kidney stone
Thanksgivings
  • Cheryl Martin's nephew Gavin - successful back surgery
  • Tom & Barbara Cooper's anniversary
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:


Birthdays this week:

Leslie Smith
Nicholas Follmer
Kelly McVey
Margie Fisher

Anniversaries this week:
Ernie & Christy Richmond
Dave & Lisa Spiller


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

WOMEN'S STUDY
SEPTEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
CHRIS BOLTON'S HOME

PAVEMENT POUNDERS 
SEPTEMBER 7 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

FLAMINGO INS. ON SALE
SEPT. 8, 15 & 22
IN FOYER ON SUNDAYS

PRESCHOOL & SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 8
DURING WORSHIP

PARENT FOCUS GROUP
SEPTEMBER 8 - 10:45 AM
ROOM 112/114

ADMIN. BOARD / C.O.M.
COMBINED MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8 - 12:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MT. CARMEL YOUTH
SEPTEMBER 8 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS / HALL

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 9 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
SEPTEMBER 10 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW RETREAT MEETING
SEPTEMBER 11 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST
SEPTEMBER 15 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TRUSTEE MEETING
SEPTEMBER 15 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

NEWCOMER'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
SEPTEMBER 15 - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

KIDS COOKING CLUB
SEPTEMBER 15 - 2:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
SEPTEMBER 15 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

SEPT. 16 - 20
YARD SALE ITEMS GATHERED IN FELLOWSHIP HALL

YARD SALE FOR NCM
SEPTEMBER 21
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
OUTSIDE / FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH-WIDE PICNIC
SEPTEMBER 22 - 4:30 PM
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL

UMW FALL RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 29
LAKE HARDING, AL.


Condolences

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Virginia Mitchell who died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

She will be missed.



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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