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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
March 12, 2014
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It's a Wonderful Life

The lesson I remember most from Bishop Woody White’s class has nothing to do with the topic (United Methodist structure and polity). Rather, he shared that as a Bishop he had traveled to many countries. His wife collected “Cinderella” books and stories, and wherever he went, he would try to find a new one for her collection. 

No matter where he went, every culture had a story in which a child is mistreated. No one sees the beauty within. Then one day—through a fairy godmother or other means—the prince or princess is revealed and is beloved. 

Bishop White argued that every culture has a story like this because we all know that the outside of a person is different from the inside. We all know that people are not appreciated for who they are. Each of us dreams of a time when we become beloved.

It didn’t matter if the Genesis creation story had not reached a particular place. Something within spoke that we are created in the image of God. We live in a broken world. And yet there is hope that some force is setting things right, as they should be. 

This evening we begin our first in the series “God in the Movies.” Even though these are not made by Christian production companies, I believe that they will reveal truths about God at work in the world. As we practice looking for hints of God revealed in the movies, my hope is that we become more aware of God at work in our own lives and community. 

Come tonight at 6. The United Methodist Women are providing dinner, and you don’t want to miss their cooking! At 6:40 we’ll show a movie clip and then discuss it. You’ll be out by 7, with time to get the kids in bed, go to choir practice, or stay to watch the full movie. Even more importantly, you’ll have chance to get to know someone in your church family. As you share stories and get to know one another, you may see God at work in their lives, too! 

I’ll see you tonight (and on Sunday)
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Lenten Schedule
  • Special Lenten Offerings
  • The Lenten Cross
  • Are You a Shepherd?
  • Mission Moment: Stuart Dowling
  • Children's Ministry
  • Church-Wide Workday: March 15 at 9:00 AM
  • Preschool News
  • Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: March 14 at 7:00 PM
  • Men's Breakfast Meeting: March 16 at 8:00 AM
  • Outreach Opportunities


Lenten Schedule

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Lenten season:

Wednesday Night Dinners and Conversation
March 12 - April 9 
Dinner: 6:00 PM - provided by the Mt. Carmel UMW

Cost - Adults: $6.00  /  Children 12 & under: $3.00
Family Max:  $20.00

God in the Movies: 6:40 - 7:00 PM

March 12:
Dinner Menu
soups, stews, chowders & chili, bread, crackers, green salad, fruit salad, dessert, tea and lemonade

Movie Clip 
It's a Wonderful Life


March 19:
Dinner Menu
meatloaf, roasted veggies, green salad, fruit salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade

Movie Clip
Driving Miss Daisy


Special Offerings During the Lenten Season

During the season of Lent, we hope that you take on a practice that allows you to grow spiritually as you reach out to others.

If you are fasting in some way, could you set aside the funds you would have spent on chocolate or meals out, and give these to those who have less?

United Methodist Special Offerings are listed on the back of the Hymnal Cards and specially marked envelopes are provided in the sanctuary.

Please consider donating to one or more of these offerings as a part of your observance of Lent.


The Lenten Cross

The cross used in worship on Sunday was built from two Christmas trees.

There are seven candles to remind of the 7 days in the creation story.  The writer of the Gospel of John records 7 "I am" sayings and 7 "signs," suggesting that in Christ, creation begins again.

We extinguish one candle each week of Lent as we near Jesus' death on the cross.  On Easter Sunday, the cross is covered with flowers to represent resurrection and new life.


Are You a Shepherd?

Has the Evangelism Committee asked you to extend hospitality to a visitor or new member?  If so, why not invite someone to the Wednesday night dinner and make a point of sitting with them and introducing them to others.

Would you like to be a shepherd?  Contact Neil Odom or the church office.


Mission Moment

Thank you to Stuart Dowling for his second mission moment that he shared on Sunday.

In his second Mission Moment, Stuart describes how God brought about transformation by showing him how God saw him. God sees us and knows us and loves us. 

Watch either of Stuarts Mission Moments here.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
In the story from John 13:1-7, Jesus shows us how to serve others by washing the feet of his disciples. The children will explore the cultural context of this story, and while we will not wash each other's feet, we will discuss and plan how we can do acts of service today. 

Help your children find ways they can be of service around the house. 

Lenten Dinner: March 12 at 6:00 pm
Before and after dinner, the children will be making crosses for the upcoming Stations of the Cross. The movie topic this week is It's A Wonderful Life. There will be a short clip from the movie at 6:40.

Family and/or Children's Movie Night: 
March 28: 6:00-8:00 pm 
You can come as a family or you can drop your children off. There will be a nursery for children under 3, along with popcorn and pizza and the movie Frozen

Cost: $1.00 per person. Please RSVP by March 27 by contacting the church office at 770-449-4498 or Ms. Marian at children@mtcarmel-umc.org.

Marian Long 
Children's Ministry 


Church-Wide Workday: March 15 - 9 AM


The Mt. Carmel Board of Trustees request your help at the upcoming Church-wide Workday.  There are many jobs to be completed to keep Mt. Carmel in good working order and the more hands involved, the quicker they will all be done!

Please mark your calendar to meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.  If you have any tools or cleaning supplies that you think may be helpful, please bring those too.

Thanks from the Trustees!


From the Preschool

Dear Friends, 
Oh, are we delighted with the spring weather! It just lifts the fog from the brain a bit, doesn’t it? We are so full of energy after weeks of being indoors, we can hardly contain ourselves. 

We were blessed with an Irish dance performance yesterday from the Drake Irish Dance School. Do you know there was even a 4-year-old who danced for us? We were mesmerized by their footwork and did you know they don’t even move their arms? It was fantastic! 

We are bringing our pennies, bills, and checks in for our Pennies for Patients fundraiser in honor of our hero, Watson Dufresne. Watson is Valor’s cousin and he reigns supreme over ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) with his last treatment being almost a year ago. We collect money in Watson’s honor and thank God for His love and mercy. Please help us reach $500.00 which is our goal!  I’ll bet every single one of us could find a dollar’s worth of change in our washer or dryer alone! If everyone helps, we will succeed! 

We still have space for the fall and hope everyone tells the world about our wonderful school. I am available for tours daily and pray our fold grows so we can help others learn about God and ABC’s at the same time!

In joy and love,
Lorrie

Preschool Director


Women's Book Club - March 14

The Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will meet on Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, by Linda Rutledge.  Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you have any questions.


United Methodist Men's Breakfast & Meeting: March 16

All men of the church are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Men's Club for breakfast and a short meeting on Sunday, March 16th at 8:00 AM.  

They will meet in the Fellowship Hall for good food, a program and fellowship.  Please contact the church office with any questions.


Outreach Focus

NCM Donation of the Month - Boxed Cereal 

Share the Bread of Life! Please bring one or more boxes of cereal and place in the NCM bin in the hallway between the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.

Another Rainbow Village Opportunity

Do you love the food and fellowship of Lenten Dinners? How about extending that love to residents of Rainbow Village in Duluth? 

Every Tuesday & Thursday the resident families, graduates, staff, and volunteers join for a meal. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve these meals. Food may be prepared and brought to the dinner or prepared in the on-site kitchen. This is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer together. 

Thursdays, Rainbow Village children stay after dinner for Big Recess. Volunteers are needed to provide support, supervision, and a variety of exciting activities. 

Use this form to find out more about these opportunities: http://rainbowvillage.org/volunteer-interest-form/


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • JoAnn Weathers: family & friends of those on missing airliner
  • Dan Bailey's mother, Shelia / those recovering in Philippines / friend Joey's granddaughter
  • Ted Marcis' mother, Meery: worry & stress over dog with health issues / very dear to her
  • Ragon's friend Dave: chemo treatments & awaiting bone marrow transplant
  • Morgan, Jay & Breahna Nichelson
  • Isabella Fogel's friend who has cancer
  • Penny Millar's friend: improving, but still needs prayers
  • Cindy Jones' father not doing well
  • Preschool alum Watson: had health scare that leukemia was back, but turned out OK
  • Lila Hunter's friend: getting better, but still a long way to go
Thanksgivings
  • JoAnn Weathers: successful eye surgery
  • Christy & Ernie Richmond visiting
  • Youth Dinner Theater: for a great show, those who worked so hard to produce it, and all who supported it
  • Missing Peachtree Corners girl returned home safely
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:

Psalm 51:7-12
John 13:1-17


Birthdays this week:

Amy Jenkins
Lyle Hoge
Scott Ragon
Alston Minor
June Spruell
Penny Millar
Gene Anglin

Anniversaries this week:
Bob & Pat Pollock


Save the Date

LENTEN DINNER
MARCH 12 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

GOD IN THE MOVIES
MARCH 12 - 6:40 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

VIEWING OF MOVIE
MARCH 12 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 12 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MARCH 14 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
MARCH 15 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

CHURCH-WIDE WORKDAY
MARCH 15 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

MEN'S BREAKFAST / MTG.
MARCH 16 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
MARCH 16 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

CONFIRMATION CLASS BEGINS
MARCH 16 - 5:45 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY STUDY
MARCH 17 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
MARCH 18 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
MARCH 18 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

EVANGELISM COMM. MTG.
MARCH 18 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
MARCH 24 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SR. HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
MARCH 28 - 30

KID'S MOVIE NIGHT
"FROZEN"
MARCH 28 - 6:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMM SUNDAY
MARCH 30 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

COVERED DISH LUNCH
MARCH 30 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
APRIL 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

GWIN. CTY. SPRING BREAK
APRIL 7 - 11

MEN'S DINNER / MTG.
APRIL 10 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PALM SUNDAY / STATIONS OF THE CROSS SET-UP
APRIL 13

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 14 - 19
SANCTUARY / FOYER

PRESCHOOL PIZZA WITH DAD / EGG HUNT
APRIL 17 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MAUNDY THURSDAY
APRIL 17
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY
APRIL 18
WORSHIP - 12:00 PM
LUNCH - 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 19 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
APRIL 20
SUNRISE: 6:45 AM
BREAKFAST: 7:15 AM
WORSHIP: 9:30 & 11:00 AM

SPRING BBQ / SWEET SHOP
APRIL 25 - 26

YOUTH CAR WASH AT DAIRY QUEEN
MAY 3

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS / TEACHER RECOGNITION
MAY 4

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
MAY 9 - 10

MOTHER'S DAY
MAY 11

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
9:30 RIVER SERVICE
10:30 COMBINED SERVICE
11:30 RECEPTION (FH)

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 21: 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL



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


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