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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
April 30, 2014
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I Don't Deserve This, and I Can't Pay It Back

“I don’t deserve this, and I can’t pay it back.” 

This is one of the hundreds of thoughts that ran through my head after receiving the amazing baby shower gift from Mount Carmel last Sunday.

I was elated, overwhelmed, and incredulous. 

I could not say thank you enough. By giving so generously, you are not only supporting new life in the form of my first child, but also new life in Christ. Supporting my family enables me to answer my calling to be a deacon in the United Methodist Church. Now that I do not have to worry about buying tiny socks and little blankets, I can focus on my final exams. This moves me one step closer to graduation and ordination and ultimately devoting my life to sharing the news that Jesus loves the people of the world and forgives our sins. We did nothing to deserve this and we can never pay it back.

This type of generous love is an integral part of Christian discipleship. Giving to those in need and caring for those around us is what we are called by God to do. Over the next few weeks, Pastor Cyndi will be exploring this type of generous love in worship. Our church is partnering with 40 other local churches to show our neighbors what it feels like to receive such an amazing gift. And I can tell you, it feels good! 

Clearly the hearts of Mount Carmel are already oriented towards this type of radical love. As someone who has been on the receiving end, I would like to say thank you for including me in this community and for sharing your gifts with me and my family.

Clair Carter Lovett
Intern from Candler School of Theology
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From our Intern
  • Thanks from the Sweet Shop
  • Children's Ministry
  • Mother's Day Roses
  • Preschool News
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn - Wednesdays in May - 6 PM
  • Women's Book Club: May 2 at 7 PM
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on May 3
  • New Wednesday Study Begins May 7


Thanks from the UMW Sweet Shop!

Thank you to all men, women, youth and children of the church who gave of their time, baking/culinary gifts and purchases to make the Sweet Shop at the UMM BBQ a wonderful success – one of the best we have had in years! 

Your support of this important event allows the United Methodist Women of Mt. Carmel to support missions throughout the state, the country and the world spreading the word of Christ.

Blessings to you all. 
Vicki Walden, 
UMW Sweet Shop Coordinator


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
We are moving into the stories of the early church and the persecution of believers by Saul and other Jews who did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. 

This week’s story, Acts 9:1-19, is the powerful story of how God actively changes peoples’ hearts and minds, turning them into believers who preach God’s word and teach others about Jesus. Consider together the activity of God in the life of your own family. 
















Volunteers are needed: 
Training is May 17 and/or May 18. If you are able to help, please let me know as soon as possible. There are all types of opportunities: registration table, snacks, decorations and group leaders. Thank you!

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


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, 

April 30 ??? !!!!!! 
What in the world has happened to the year? We cannot believe we are in our last few wee ks of school which will be packed to the gills with events. Tomorrow and Friday we are off to Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth to round out our study of transportation. It wil l be so much fun to visit our friends at the Museum and climb on real trains. Join us, if you like! We will be there at 10:00 both days! 

Mother’s Day Tea is next week on Thursday and we are busy making our favorite ladies special surprises. We will all enjoy brunch at 9:30, then children will be dismissed to class at 10:00 so our moms can enjoy eating their own food, off their own plates, all by themselves. I know, it will be a new experience. 

We have begun practicing for (sniff, sniff) graduation. This year we are doing it during the day, so let’s see how it goes. It is always an adventure to see how our graduates do with commencement and all the new words that go along with the pomp and circumstance. Everyone is invited to the festivities on Thursday, May 15 at 12:00 in the sanctuary. A punch and cake reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. 

Spaces are getting swooped up for the fall, so please continue the hard work of inviting new families. We would just love to be bursting at the seams in the fall. 

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Hot Dogs on the Lawn

Our community event, Hot Dogs on the Lawn, begins on Wednesday, May 7! 

Each Wednesday in May we will invite our neighbors to come and enjoy free hotdogs, chips and dessert with us outside (weather permitting) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. There will be bubbles, chalk, a parachute and other fun things for the children to play with too. 

Several church committees will be in charge of these dinners, but ALL church members are encouraged to come and help and visit with our neighbors! If you can attend on one or more Wednesdays, please check the back of the Connect Card in the Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.


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

Summer Library Book project for Peachtree Elementary

4-5 volunteers are needed to attend a training session in Norcross on Fri., May 2nd at 10am to learn how to sort and process books for use in a satellite library to benefit students at Peachtree Elementary. Once trained, there will be other sessions to sort books and label them with the appropriate Accelerated Reader (AR) level. If interested, contact Lisa Grogin or the church office.


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!


Their NAME Tells ALL!

What does the name “MedShare” make you think of? This nonprofit takes discarded (often brand new!) MEDical supplies and equipment headed for a US landfill and instead SHARES it with some of the poorest in the world—truly “the least of these” Jesus talks about! They’ve distributed freely $100 million dollars of medical goods and kept 2 million cubic feet out of our landfills—serving a sorely needed dual purpose.

MedShare is located in Decatur and offers volunteer opportunities if you would like to help out. Volunteers come daily to do the “pre-sorting” of the huge variety of medical donations (see photo of volunteers sorting.) You can read more about MedShare at MedShare.org and individuals can volunteer at 

One last note about MedShare—they are also a Distribution Partner for PETs – the all terrain hand cranked three-wheel carts for those needing mobility in the developing countries (see photo of PET they distributed.)


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 
  • Cindy Jones' father - hospitalized
  • Norcross resident, Dodger: hospitalized - in ICU
  • Clair & Sean Lovett and baby - continued health
  • Sherry Blackwood's friend Steven & family - he will have stem-cell transplant this week
  • Death of Carol Jamieson's friend Jane's daughter - or her & her sister
  • Daughter of Kelly Harrell's friend - medical tests
  • Safe travel for McDonald's coming home from wedding
  • Students taking finals this week
Thanksgivings
  • Clair delivering message on Sunday, April 27 and her family visiting
  • Marriage of Ed & Cyndi's son Matt and new daughter-in-law Cynthia
  • Gene & Karen Weeks back in town
  • Successful BBQ & Sweet Shop
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:

Acts 9:1-19


Birthdays this week:

Heather Medlock
Jim Mitcham
Joan Garner
Sam Tapley
Penny Potts
John Posey
John Charles Roe
John Fugate

Anniversaries this week:
Derrick & Ashley Karimi
Hal & Margaret Crawford
Bob & Vicki Walden
Zach & Emily (Posey) Lalor


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 30 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

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

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
MAY 3 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

STRIKES FOR JESUS
BOWLING
MAY 3 - 11:00 AM

TEACHER RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, MAY 4

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
3:00 PM - RM 112/114

OUTREACH COMM. MTG.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
3:00 PM - HOPE HOUSE

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
SUNDAY, MAY 4
4:30 PM - HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH DINNER / MEETING
MAY 4 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL

CONFIRMATION CLASS
MAY 4 - 5:45 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY STUDY
MAY 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
MAY 6 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

HOTDOGS ON THE LAWN BEGINS - MAY 7
(WEDNESDAYS IN MAY)
6:00 - 7:30 PM

WEDNESDAY STUDY BEGINS
MAY 7 - 7:00 PM
RM 112/114

PRESCHOOL MOTHER'S DAY TEA
MAY 8 - 9:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
MAY 9 - 10

MOTHER'S DAY
SUNDAY, MAY 11

PRESCHOOL GRADUATION
MAY 15 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY / FELLOWSHIP HALL

VBS TRAINING
MAY 17 - 10:00 AM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

U. M. MEN'S BREAKFAST MEETING
SUNDAY, MAY 18
8:00 AM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

VBS TRAINING
SUNDAY, MAY 18 - 12:30 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH POOL PARTY AT
BELL HOME
SUNDAY, MAY 18 - 1:30 PM

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


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