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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
April 23, 2014
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How Much Does It Cost?

It seems like ages ago that we took the Stations of the Cross to Jones Bridge Park for Art on the Chattahoochee. Since then my days have been filled with wedding preparation, palms and songs, crosses and egg hunts, and most importantly, resurrection. 

Yet I cannot help thinking about the responses when we asked people in the park if they wanted to add a prayer to the wall. About a third of the people answered with a smile, grateful for the opportunity, and added their prayers. A second group of people muttered something like “maybe later” as they moved on. 

About a third of the people answered with the question, “How much does it cost?” 

I was surprised by this response. How much does it cost to pray? Unfortunately, we live in a society where people expect to pay for anything of value. I taught it in the finance classroom: there is no such thing as a free lunch. 

That people would expect to pay to pray suggests that this is their experience of churches, too. We pass the plate when we gather. If there is a meal, there is always a collection basket. 

That’s part of why I am so excited about the month of May. Several of our ministry teams—outreach, evangelism, stewardship, and adult and family ministries--are sponsoring Wednesday night hotdogs on the church lawn. We will invite neighbors to join us for hotdogs, family friendly games, and conversation. 

We’re good at preparing food. Our BBQ is famous. People enjoy the Lenten dinners. Our covered dish lunches overflow the tables. We are good at preparing food. 

But in May, I hope we will move past offering food, to offering friendship. Come and have a hot dog. Talk to a neighbor and ask them about their lives as you get to know them. They have children, grandchildren, and pets that they care about. They have concerns about the economy and hopes for our schools and community. 

Let’s startle them. In a world where everything has a price, when someone asks “How much does it cost?” we’ll tell them the hotdogs are free. The prayers are free. The friendship is free. We want to know you, our neighbor.

I’ll see you on Sunday,
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Extra Candle on Easter
  • Children's Ministry
  • UMW Sweet Shop
  • Spring BBQ - April 25 & 26
  • Mother's Day Roses
  • Preschool News
  • Women's Book Club: May 2 at 7 PM
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on May 3
  • New Wednesday Study Begins May 7


What was that Extra Candle on Easter Sunday?

Easter CandleOur Easter Sunrise service began by burning the confessions that were nailed on the cross during the previous week. Christ enters a world of darkness and sin, and brings about light and life. The ashes from these confessions will be mixed with those of palm leaves and used on Ash Wednesday next year. 

After the sunrise service, the flame from burning confessions was passed to a candle (shown on the altar), then passed on to light the Paschal candle and the altar candles representing the light of Christ. 

Throughout the season of Easter, the 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, we light the Paschal Candle in worship. This tall white candle symbolizes the eternal presence of Christ, light of the world in the midst of his people. During the time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, Christ appeared to his followers. 

The Paschal candle is sometimes referred to as the "Easter candle" or the "Christ candle." The name "Paschal" comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover, and relates to the Paschal mystery of salvation. The shape, a long, tall, white column, represents the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that led the Israelites through the wilderness and into the Promised Land.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
In this week’s lesson, Jesus appears before his disciples, but Thomas was not sure it was real. In this story Jesus leads Thomas to believe that he does not have to see to believe. We can too. 



Thank You:
Thank you all for your help with the Easter Egg Hunt. We had a great crowd on a rainy Saturday morning and the Easter Bunny was there! 



Crafts were made, resurrection rolls baked and lots and lots of eggs were found. 

Thank you for filling all those eggs and helping out with the celebration. 






Vacation Bible School: 
Weird Animals!
June 2 - 6 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at this year’s Vacation Bible School. You can register on line at https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/mtcarmelumc - both volunteers and participants. 

Training for Volunteers is Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 and Sunday May 18 after the pot luck lunch.

Marian Long 
Children's Ministry 


United Methodist Women: Sweet Shop 

The Spring BBQ and Sweet Shop is THIS Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th, LOTS of help is needed to make this a great event, raising money for Missions!

If you can help by working at the Sweet Shop, please contact Vicki Walden. The closing shifts both days still need helpers.

Baked goods to sell and sweet and unsweet tea are also needed.  

And remember to tell your friends and family to come out and have some great BBQ, brunswick stew and dessert!


Spring BBQ!  April 25 - 26



HELP NEEDED!

The BBQ is right around the corner and LOTS of help is needed! Preparation begins next Wednesday and volunteers are needed through closing on Saturday. If you have some time to share, please contact a member of the Men's Club, or the church office

And invite your friends and family!  They'll get a great meal and support some important missions at the same time.  Flyers are available in the church office or sanctuary.


Mother's Day Roses

On Mother’s Day, May 11th, the Mt. Carmel Youth will once again place roses on the altar in honor or in memory of our mothers. 

If you would like to purchase a rose, please fill out the form in your Sunday bulletin and drop it into the offering plate or contact the church office by May 8, 2014. 

Cost: $10.00 ~ includes vase, single rose with greenery and baby’s breath ~ white rose in memory of ~ red rose in honor of


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

Many thanks to all the dads and male escorts (ha!) who joined us for Pizza with Dad last week. We had a beautiful day and enjoyed the sunshine and Easter egg hunt. Then Friday rolled around with rain and chill and we were again blessed with sunshiny memories! We love all the men in our lives and are grateful for the time put aside by them to join us for a meal and the hunt. We are blessed! 

For the 4th time, Mt. Carmel Preschool has been deemed "A Program of Excellence for Young Children." I submitted paperwork and a presentation about our school to the United Methodist Preschool Association of the North Georgia Conference in February and heard last week we have maintained our high level of devoted education to young children and their first steps on their journey in faith. This is something to be celebrated and acknowledged. Please be sure to thank our teachers for a job well done. Without them, we would be nowheresville. 

We welcome Miss Ashley and Precious Memories Photography on Thursday and Friday of this week. We will have class pictures and individual photos taken outside, which will be lovely now that spring has finally sprung. If anyone from the congregation is interested in having a portrait taken, please let me know and plan to be at the Preschool between 10:00 and 11:00 on either day. 

We are trying to put things into place for the fall and will be making decisions about the make - up of our school. If you have friends or family without a preschool home, please direct them to us. We have room in our school and hearts to welcome new families!

In joy and love, 


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: May 2nd

All women of the church are invited to join the Women's Book Club which will meet on Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Lamb in His Bosom, by Caroline Miller, endorsed by Margaret Mitchell.  It is a  novel, set in the pre-Civil War south.

For more information, contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.


Outreach Focus

Norcross Cooperative Ministry: Fruit of the Spirit
Show your love and kindness by donating canned fruit to NCM this month.  We hope to collect at least 900 cans - one for each family served each month.

And please remember that APRIL IS OUR FOOD DRIVE MONTH FOR NCM!  While we support NCM all year long, in April they particularly depend on our church for major support. Please drop food donations into the NCM box in the foyer, or drop a checked marked for NCM into the offering plate this month.


Give Blood on 
May 21st: 2 - 7 p.m.

Registration for the Mt. Carmel Blood Drive is now open. 

To schedule a time to donate blood, go to: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor and enter sponsor code mtcarmelumc, or contact Julie Jones at jaj31@bellsouth.net with your preferred times.

Lives are depending on you!

EXTRA BONUS: Each donor at our Blood Drive will also receive a coupon for a $9.99 oil change at Midas!


Strikes for Jesus 

Saturday, May 3 – 11:00 AM 

Everyone is invited to join in the fun of bowling at Brunswick Lanes, 6345 Spalding Dr., Norcross, GA. If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact Neil Odom at 770-582-7457.


New Wednesday Study - Begins May 7

A new Wednesday night study, “Loving Generously,” will begin on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 112/114 downstairs. 

For more information please contact Neil Odom at 770-582-7457.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Jerry McDonald - hip surgery 
  • Ruhl family - death of 6 week old granddaughter
  • Lucile Jones' sister Voncile - pneumonia
  • Downey's friends Jim - heart attack / Greg - stroke / Doug, Jack & Peter - cancer
  • Jerri Phillips - dementia getting worse
  • Miguel Valverde's sister - chemo / now broken leg at treatment site
  • Cindy Jones' father - hospitalized
  • Lane Shutt's friend Dodger: hospitalized - adjusting medications
Thanksgivings
  • Beautiful Easter Sunday
  • Lisa Long's son stable - thanks for prayers
  • Work ongoing to stained glass windows
  • Birthdays of Megan Gallagher, Michelle Gallagher and Kris Bell
  • Mentors to Confirmation Class
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 20:19-31


Birthdays this week:

Louis Peters
Riley Stark
Dan Merriman
Dorothy Edwards
Gracie Downs
Julie Ragon Downs
Zach Zwicky
Kelly Klaren
Mandi Piepmeier

Anniversaries this week:
Robert & Mandi Piepmeier
Steve & Debbie Ruhl


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 23 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

SPRING BBQ / SWEET SHOP
APRIL 25 - 26

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
APRIL 26 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

NO YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
APRIL 27

TRUSTEES MEETING
APRIL 27 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH DINNER / MEETING
APRIL 27 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL

CONFIRMATION CLASS
APRIL 27 - 5:45 PM
ROOM 112/114

FINANCE COMMITTEE
APRIL 27 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
APRIL 27 - 7:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
APRIL 28 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY STUDY
APRIL 28 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
APRIL 29 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MAY 2 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

STRIKES FOR JESUS
BOWLING
MAY 3 - 11:00 AM

TEACHER RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, MAY 4

HOTDOGS ON THE LAWN BEGINS - MAY 7
(WEDNESDAYS IN MAY)
6:00 PM

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
MAY 9 - 10

MOTHER'S DAY
SUNDAY, MAY 11

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY / GRADUATE RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, MAY 18
9:30 RIVER SERVICE
10:30 COMBINED SERVICE
11:30 COVERED DISH LUNCH

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

FELLOWSHIP GOLF
MAY 24 - TEE TIMES TBD
RIVER PINES CLUB



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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