April 16, 2013
In this issue:
From the Pastor
BBQ / Sweet Shop
Relay for Life
Trinity Soup Kitchen
Save the Date
In Worship this week
Birthdays / Anniv.
Save the Date...
APRIL 17 - 7:00 PM
WED. NIGHT STUDY
APRIL 17 - 7:00 PM
PRESCHOOL VISITS TRAIN STATION
APRIL 18 & 19
COMMUNION AT MORNING STARR HOME
APRIL 18 - 9:45 AM
UNITED METH. MEN'S DINNER
APRIL 18 - 7:00 PM
SR. HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
APRIL 19 - 21
APRIL 20 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH
EARTH DAY FUN
APRIL 21 - 3:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL
APRIL 21 - 6:30 PM
ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MTG.
APRIL 21 - 7:30 PM
APRIL 22 - 6:30 PM
BROWN BAG STUDY
APRIL 23 - 11:30 AM
BBQ & SWEET SHOP! ~
APRIL 26 & 27
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 1 - 2:00 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH UNTALENT SHOW
MAY 4 - 7:00 PM
MAY 5 - 12:00 PM
Birthdays this week:
Mark Bagwell, Jr.
Anniversaries this week:
Steve & Annette Rogers
North Georgia Family Counseling Center
through Counseling, Education and Research
Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.
The NGFCC website is currently under re-construction. The site is temporarily un-available, so if you need to contact Boyd, Holly, or Lynne for any reason, please send us an e-mail, give us a call, or message us on Facebook.
We look forward to sharing our new and improved website with you soon.
God's grace and peace,
Rev. Lynne Smith
We all fall down!
This Saturday new runners joined the Saturday morning Pavement Pounders. Alex Smith brought friends to run and walk with the group.
The day was bright, clear and crisp, and despite their young years, Alex and her friend had no difficulty keeping up. Alternatively, perhaps it was because of their younger years they could keep up...
Unfortunately, our new friend slipped on a sidewalk crack and fell. We all rushed to provide help. Leslie poured water over the scraped knee. Lila pulled out band-aids.
And Alex provided words of comfort. She told her friend, “that’s okay. Pastor Cyndi falls all the time.”
My immediate response was to correct Alex. I do not fall all the time. I fall occasionally, if that often.
But more precise information was not what our new friend needed. She was embarrassed and needed to know that she is not alone in falling.
Have you ever stumbled then looked around to see if anyone noticed? It’s a wonder anyone ever steps out for a walk in public—someone could see you fall!
I am sometimes amazed at the courage of Sunday morning visitors. Just entering the church front door on Sunday morning is risky. When I have visited new churches I have wondered…Will I be asked to stand in front of others and, if so, will I remember my name? What if they say a creed or prayer, and I say the wrong words?
What if I wear a suit and everyone else is wearing shorts? What if they pass the peace, and I stand there alone while everyone else is talking to one another? What if they sing a song that everyone but me knows?
What if I fall and others see?
So far this year 36 brave souls have entered the sanctuary doors for the first time and risked falling in order to worship at Mt Carmel. I’m thankful for all the ways that you have welcomed them and assured them that they are not alone. You have greeted them in the parking lot and shown them the way to the nursery. You have scooted across the pew and invited strangers to share your pew.
In your own way you offer comfort like Alex, saying every week, “that’s okay. We all fall all the time. Let me help you along.”
It was the first United Methodist Men's Sunday at Mt. Carmel and what a great worship service the men of Mt. Carmel led!
The theme, Jesus' commandment to "feed my sheep," was presented in a lively and meaningful way to show how the Mt. Carmel Men are following this commandment, both locally and worldwide. There was scripture, music, laughter, prayer and even
a moving vehicle!
Thank you to
Neil Odom, Steve Riviere, Sam Tapley, Dick Easley, Ed McDonald, Carl Garner, Paul Bendig, Bill Downey, Bob Jones, John Waller,
the men who sang in the Men's Choir, Mark and Zack Bond, Mark Bagwell Sr. and Mark Bagwell Jr., and George Hunter for making the Sunday possible!
USHER COORDINATOR NEEDED
The Worship Committee is seeking a volunteer to act as Usher Coordinator for the church's standard 9:30/11:00 services, as well as for special services throughout the year.
Ushers perform a variety of duties and tasks and contribute to the structure and pageantry of a beautiful service; but most importantly, are most often the first smiling faces our visitors greet when entering the sanctuary. Due to relocation or illness, the church has lost some of our regular long-time ushers over the past few months and the need for an organizer has intensified.
The position description and details follow:
First, the Coordinator does not necessarily need to actually serve as an Usher; as coordinating the schedule for each Sunday or special services is the primary responsibility.
Ensure that a minimum of 2 Ushers are scheduled for the 9:30 service and 3, preferably 4, are scheduled for the 11:00 service each Sunday.
Assign 3 to 4 Ushers as needed for special services throughout the church year.
Coordinate training for new ushers. With new ushers being brought into the fold, Pastor Cyndi would like to participate as well, tapping the resource of our experienced ushers, brainstorming current best practices and allowing the synergy to lead to even "better practices."
Recruit new Ushers.
Work with Administrative Assistant to set up the schedule and an Email Usher Group and have each Usher responsible for finding their own replacements should scheduling conflicts occur. Administrative Assistant will also send out weekly email reminders to those on an upcoming schedule.
Please contact Pastor Cyndi or Vicki Walden, Chair, Worship Committee, if you are willing to assume the role of Usher Coordinator, as a contribution of love to Mt. Carmel.
Children's Ministry News:
This week’s lesson is the story of Tabitha being raised from the dead by Peter. It is found in Acts 9:36-43. The focus of the lesson for the children is that God works through us to bring hope and healing to others. Ask your children how they can bring hope to others.
Earth Day: Sunday, April 21
3:00 p.m. for All Children!
Come in clothes that can get dirty! We are going to plant some flowers,go on an unnatural hike and do a craft using recyclables. Bring a trowel too, if you have one.
Please let me know if you are coming so that I can have supplies for everyone. firstname.lastname@example.org
An Epic Adventure Awaits!
June 3 - 7
Click HERE to register today!
Safe Sanctuary Training:
Sunday, May 5—12:00 and Saturday May 18—10:00
The baptismal promise to surround children and youth with a community of love and forgiveness that they may grow into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ reminds us that, as parents, volunteers, and members of the congregation, we are to do everything in our power to be a place of refuge for the most vulnerable among us.
In 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted a resolution which became our Safe Sanctuary policy to provide this refuge.
Mt. Carmel UMC is committed to regular Safe Sanctuary volunteer training and policy education within the congregation. Mt. Carmel’s Safe Sanctuary Policy requires that all volunteers and staff who work with children and youth undergo a background check and Safe Sanctuary training every two years.
That includes Sunday School teachers, Nursery and Extended Session volunteers, VBS volunteers, Family Promise volunteers, youth chaperones and other volunteers that work in areas where children are present.
All volunteers who work with children and youth must have Safe Sanctuary training this year unless you were certified in 2012.
Safe Sanctuary Training will be followed by VBS training at 1:00 and 11:00. All VBS volunteers are required to take VBS training. Please let us know which training you will attend. Lunch will be provided on the 5th.
Director of Children's Ministries
BBQ and Sweet Shop:
Friday & Saturday,
April 26 & 27
LOTS of hands are needed to make this major fundraiser a success, so please sign up to help where you can!
Check a box on the back of the connect card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.
Food Drive for NCM - Month of April
Current items needed are peanut butter, jelly and cereal (no shredded wheat and no glass jars please.) Please remember NCM while you shop, and leave donations in the NCM box in the church foyer.
Monetary donations are always needed also. Please make checks out to Mt. Carmel UMC, marked for NCM. Thank you.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
2:00 - 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Mark your calendars now to donate blood at our next Red Cross Blood Drive!
Please sign up to donate at redcrossblood.org using Sponsor code: mtcarmelumc, or contact the church office.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break and are fastening your seatbelts for the ride to the end of the year!
This week we will continue studying “Ways We Travel” by visiting the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth with our 3’s and 4’s. Last year we had a safari through the underbrush when leaving the museum due to a train breaking down on the tracks across the exit of the site. We drove like a caravan through the woods and ended up in the parking lot of Duluth Middle School. Some of us think that was the most exciting part of the field trip! This year if it happens again, we won’t wait 45 minutes hoping the train moves. No sireee, we will ATV it through the woods!
This week’s newsletter is dedicated to our own Watson Dufresne. If you read his shirt in the way I did, you will think he has learned Japanese or Finnish, but read it out loud again with the accent on the second syllable. No-KE-mo. That’s right! No chemo! Watson has completed his long course of chemo fighting ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and is victorious! We celebrate in thanking God for being in the center of this battle and for all of you who have loved, supported, and prayed through this time. Our deepest praise is offered to God and to Jana and Andy, for raising their sons and finding joy even when the going was rough. Aren’t we fortunate to live in this time of modern medicine?
On that happy, happy note, I will end this week’s news. I am, for once, at a loss for words!
In joy and love,
Book Club to meet on
May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
The May meeting of the Mt. Carmel bookclub will be at the home of Patty Merson. (Meet at church to carpool.)
The group is currently reading a fun book called "The Arrivals" by Meg Mitchell Moore and will enjoy discussing it while having light refreshments that evening.
Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you'd like to join the group or need more information.
Relay for Life Update
THANK YOU to everyone for your generous donations at the Soup & Cornbread Lunch on Sunday. You raised $1,093 for the American Cancer Society!
At the Relay for Life, luminaries in honor or memory of our loved ones with cancer will line all of the walkways. If you would like to purchase a luminary ($10.00 each) please stop by the table in the church foyer on Sunday, or contact the church office.
Crowell Brothers to Lead
Funeral Pre-Planning Workshop:
Sunday, May 5th at Noon
A light lunch will be included in this free presentation.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the church office / 770-449-4498 BY APRIL 26th so that enough food will be planned.
Trinity Soup Kitchen - Sunday, June 2
The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again travel to the Trinity Soup Kitchen in Atlanta to serve lunch. This time we will provide a Hot Dog Meal plus sandwiches. If you would like to serve at Trinity and/or donate any items needed, please contact Gail Bolton or sign up on the upcoming bulletin insert. Items needed are listed below. Thank you!
300 small bags of chips
65 lbs coleslaw
9 lg. cans (177 oz. /ea) vegetarian baked beans
30 squeeze bottles ketchup
30 squeeze bottles mustard
120 family size black tea bags
20 lbs. sugar
Praying for one another
Please join with others in our church family in praying this week:
David Jones - eye surgery
Jerri Phillips' nephew - stroke - on life support
Death of Gene Anglin's niece, Angela
Chris Bolton's friend Beth
Kathy S. - (by Tim Sawinska)
Barbara Cooper's aunt Patsy - cancer surgery
Lori Anderson's friend's daughter Callie (9) - lymphoma
Judy Peck's sister Sandra - dialysis, needs encouragement
Marie McHenry (former Prsch. teacher) - death of grandson
Virginia Mitchell - in ICU
Jim Mitcham's aunt Catherine - 2nd surgery
Ellen Berlage's brother-in-law Dave
Death of Jason Jarrett's father
Death in Pritchett family (from Cindy Jones)
Neighbor of Margaret Crawford - cancer surgery
Worship service by UMM on Sunday
Great support at Lunch for Relay for Life
News to Share?
Do you have an article to include in next week's bulletin or newsletter?
Email these to Suzanne Foster or call the church office.
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