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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
March 4, 2014
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Can I Do That?

For the last few days I have been wondering how I will practice being more faithful during the season of Lent. 

What are the ways that I am not attentive to God or other people? How might some practice draw me closer to God and others? 

I still don’t know whether I can give up facebook. Can I really make it through the line at Ingles without watching a video of kittens playing. I have to know what my friend Paige is having for lunch. Or, if I gave this up, would I be more present and alert to others? 

Last year I took on the practice of praying once a week for every person who attends our church. I divided names into days of the week and it took about 40 minutes each day to go envision and pray for each set of names. Do I really have time to do that again? (Note to self, not a good sign if I’m asking whether there is time to pray. Maybe giving up facebook is needed for more than one reason!) 

In the church we recognize rhythms in the life of faith. There are times of celebration, like Christmas and Easter, when we express joy and wonder. God became flesh! Death has been conquered!

At other times, we recognize that despite our best intentions, we have not followed Jesus in the way we intended. We did not support one another as we should have. We said hurtful words. At other times, when words were needed, we said nothing. We looked away from those in need.

Tomorrow we gather in the sanctuary. I will place a mark of ashes on each forehead. These ashes represent the brokenness and failures. 

Yet each mark will be in the shape of a cross. God does not leave us as we are but meets us at the cross. In Christ there is forgiveness and new life.

I’ll see you tomorrow, 
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Daylight Saving Time Change: March 9
  • Lenten Schedule
  • Special Lenten Offerings
  • Mission Moment: Stuart Dowling
  • Dinner Theater - March 7 & 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Children's Ministry
  • Church-Wide Workday: March 15 at 9:00 AM
  • Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: March 14 at 7:00 PM
  • Men's Breakfast Meeting: March 16 at 8:00 AM
  • Outreach Opportunities


Daylight Saving Time Change!


Don't forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday night, March 8th. Hope to see you at church on Sunday!


Lenten Schedule

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Lenten season:

Ash Wednesday - March 5 
"Ashes To Go" - 6:00 - 9:00 AM
Drop in anytime between these hours to receive ashes and prayer to start your day!

Pot Luck Dinner: 6:00 PM - please bring a dish or two to share 

Worship Service: 7:00 PM - imposition of ashes / communion 

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


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.


Mission Moment

Thank you to Stuart Dowling for this week's mission moment, used in the 8:30 and 9:30 worship services on Sunday. 

Watch the video here and learn how God taught Stuart an important lesson about how the world works.


Youth Dinner Theater this Weekend!

Friday & Saturday
March 7 & 8
7:00 p.m.


Legendary swordsman and hopeless romantic Cyrano de Bergerac comes to life in the Mt. Carmel Youth Dinner Theatre production of:

CYRANO LOVES ROXANNE
by Pat Cook 

Based on Rostand’s tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, gallant Cyrano's heart is as big as his nose - HUGE! When he visits the "Comon Inn" in France to see his lovely protégé Roxanne, he asks his young friend, Maurice, to meet him there. But everything goes hilariously awry when Roxanne and Maurice fall in love at first sight, and Cyrano must hide in the shadows to provide Maurice the exquisite words he needs to win her over. 

Throw in three rogue sailors trying to kidnap either Cyrano or Maurice, overly-protective aunts trying to thwart Roxanne from meeting her true love, sassy servant girls, a salty sea captain, and more, and you have a great evening of laughter, romance and lots of swordplay in store! 

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students, and $10.00 for children 5 – 10. (Childcare is provided for children five and under with dinner: $3.00)

To purchase tickets, please contact the church office or call (770) 449-4498. Seating is limited, so please order your tickets today! 

CYRANO LOVES ROXANNE is produced by special permission with Contemporary Drama Service, Meriwether Publishing Ltd.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
The story this week continues through the Gospel of John, John 11:1-44. Jesus performs one of his greatest miracles in this story. First, Jesus shows love and compassion for his friends even though it is dangerous for him to do to Judea. Then, Jesus shows the people what God can do by raising Lazarus from the dead, offering final evidence that he is the Messiah. 

This week begins the Lenten season. Check the family take homes pages for ideas of things you can do in your family devotion time. 

Lenten Dinners: 
Don’t forget Lenten Dinners start this week. There will an activity for children before and after they have their dinner. There is a nursery for the Ash Wednesday service. 

Children’s Council Meeting:
Brief meeting this Sunday, March 9 immediately following Sunday School in the Double Classroom. 

Children/ Family Movie Night: March 28 / 6:00-8:00: 
$1 per person There will be pizza and popcorn. Watch for the big news about the movie title. 

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!


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.

Do you LOVE kids and parties? 
Here’s an Outreach Opportunity for YOU!!! 

Rainbow Village in Duluth needs "Kid Birthday" Hosts on the second Tuesday of each month. The next three are March 11, April 8 and May 13. 

Rainbow Village is a transitional housing program for homeless families with children of North Metro Atlanta. You will receive the name, gender and ages of the child(ren) prior to the date. Join the birthday children at the Rainbow Village meal starting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday and offer words of encouragement! 

Birthday Hosts provide:
• Cake for 50. (may also provide a small cake or cupcakes for birthday child to take home) 
• Table decorations 
• Cards 
• Gift for kids under age 8, or a recommended $20 gift card for older children.

Sign up on-line at 


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Miguel Valverde-Jensen's sister-in-law: chemotherapy
  • Steve Pearson: sister's marriage / uncles with health issues / safe travel to work conference
  • Gene Anglin
  • Lila Hunter's friend Mona: improving but long way to go
  • Lila's friend Erin: still needs prayers
  • Max Follmer's sister Andrea: job search
  • Mary Rezzuto's brother: elderly / poor health
  • Family of 27 yr. old actress killed on set in Savannah and all others injured
  • Penny Millar: working 4 - 10 hour days this week
  • Penny Millar's friend Sandy: a little improved, continued prayers needed
Thanksgivings
  • Anglins back at church
  • Buddy Atkins back at church
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:

John 11:1-44
Psalm 104:27-30


Birthdays this week:

Jerry McDonald
Dan Downs
Sarita Stark
Steve Riviere
Carl Howard

Anniversaries this week:
Bill & Susan Posey
Kevin & Kelly Hinson


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSALS
MARCH 4 - 6:  5:30 PM 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ASH WEDNESDAY
MARCH 5
ASHES TO GO - 6 - 9 AM
DINNER - 6:00 PM
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 5
FOLLOWING SERVICE

YOUTH DINNER THEATER
MARCH 7 & 8 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
SUNDAY - MARCH 9

YOUTH STRIKE SET
MARCH 9 - AFTERNOON
FELLOWSHIP HALL

STUDY OF LUKE
MARCH 9 - 6:00 PM
COUNSELING CENTER

LENTEN DINNERS & CONVERSATION BEGINS -
WEDNESDAYS: MARCH 12 - APRIL 9
6:00 PM: DINNER
6:40 - 7:00 PM: GOD IN THE MOVIES

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

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

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

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

SR. HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
MARCH 28 - 30

KID'S MOVIE NIGHT
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

GWIN. CTY. SPRING BREAK
APRIL 7 - 11

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

PALM SUNDAY
APRIL 13

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 14 - 19
SANCTUARY / HALLWAY

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



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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