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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
January 22, 2014

Who Makes You Angry?

Usually when I imagine what Jesus looked like, I picture him sitting on a large rock, surrounded by children. His face is so peaceful and his smile so welcoming that the children are drawn to him.

This week in worship we saw a different Jesus. We read of Jesus making a whip and cleansing the temple. The temple was supposed to be a place where people knew their prayers were heard and that they were forgiven. Instead, it had become a crowded, noisy, smelly marketplace. 

No wonder Jesus was angry. Those who longed to know God, to know forgiveness, were instead greeted by market stalls and money changers. Jesus was angered by people who stood in the way of others who needed to know God. 

What hinders people from knowing God today? In other words…what would anger Jesus today? 

Perhaps because I think of Jesus welcoming children, my initial answer is one that involves children. A child who is homeless may not see God as welcoming or generous. A child who is abused may not see themselves as created in the image of God but as worthless. For that child, the idea that God loves them may seem foreign.

I am most proud of Christians and the church when we have followed Jesus in speaking out against that which makes Jesus angry. We heard the statistic that during the 2010-2011 school year, the Gwinnett County School system accommodated over 1,655 known homeless students. We burn with Jesus’ anger and speak out … with meals and rooms for parents and children for Family Promise. 

Recently at Norcross Co-op I made phone calls for a woman whose car had been hit by another driver. She wanted someone to pray with her about getting to her job and that the repairs would go quickly. I burned with anger comparing her situation to a time, years ago, when I was hit by a another car and immediately given a rental. She was being treated differently and I suspected that this was because on the phone she did not sound like me --- white, a good education, and expecting results. First anger, then action. 

Do you ever get angry like Jesus? This week we honored Martin Luther King, Jr. and those who saw that systems of discrimination and segregation hinder our fully reflecting the image of God, loving one another and know that all people are loved by God. I’m thankful for people like him who do not keep a false peace, but instead speak out and take action.

When I pray for a heart like Jesus, I expect that there will be times when I am angry. But I don’t want to stop with anger. I also pray for courage to speak, strength and wisdom to take right action. 

I'll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Church Leader Recognition - January 26
  • Mission Moment - Sam Tapley
  • Altar Flowers
  • Children's Ministry: Valentine Workshop - Feb. 2 - 3 PM
  • God in the Movies
  • Book Club: February 7, 2014
  • From the Preschool
  • Men's Retreat: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
  • Outreach Opportunity
  • Chili Cook-Off: Jan. 25 - 6:00 PM - Ignatius Home
  • UMW Brunch: Jan. 26 at 12:15 p.m.
  • NCM Needs
  • District Training / Choir Festival: Jan. 26

Church Leader Recognition

We are so thankful to everyone who is willing to serve on a committee at Mt. Carmel!  

On Sunday, Jan. 26th we will recognize all of our committee members during the worship services, so please plan to attend to either be recognized, or to thank those who will be.

Mission Moment

Thank you to Sam Tapley for providing the Mission Moment on Sunday, January 19th. 

You can see the Mission Moment here!

Altar Flowers

Each Sunday, the flowers on the altar are prepared by one of our talented volunteers and are an important part of our weekly worship service.

These flowers may be purchased by members of the congregation, to be listed in the bulletin in honor or in memory of a loved one.  The flowers may then be taken by the purchaser after the 11:00 service.

If you would like to place altar flowers in honor or memory of someone, please sign up on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office. 

The cost of an arrangement is $40.00 which may be dropped into the offering plate or by the office. Thank you!

Children's Ministry News

Sunday School: 
This week’s story is from John 3:1-21 and tells of Nicodemus visiting Jesus in the dark of night to get a better understanding of Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness.

Share with your children that God’s love is for everyone and we are called to share that love.

Mitten Return:
Children: If you took your paper mittens home to decorate, please remember to bring them back this Sunday. 

Share the Love at the
Valentine Workshop - 
February 2nd at 3:00 pm  
Come make Valentines for friends and family and a special Valentine for our friends at Morningstarr Assisted Living. 

All ages are invited, adults and children. So there will be enough supplies for everyone, please sign up at  

Coming Soon: God in the Movies

What's your favorite movie? You'll find out more about this later, but for now, please go to the website here to enter the name of your movie, or list it on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin.

Then keep an eye out for coming attractions!

Women's Book Club - February 7

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

This month's book is: Light Between Oceans, by Margot L. Stedman.  Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you have any questions.

From the Preschool

Dear Friends,

Can you believe Fall registration is next week?  I know; it crept up on me, too!  We will have church members and in-house registration on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 and 30 in Fellowship Hall beginning at 9:30. Just drop off the children in their classrooms, then head to the hall for a cup of java and sign up!  There is a $100 registration fee for the first child and $75 for siblings. If your child is new to the program, we also ask for September tuition. 

As you can see in the photo, we had a blast at Fernbank on Friday!  We saw all the dinosaurs, had Katie’s and Carrie’s grandpa as a tour guide, and really loved having Mr. Eddie, Mr. Eric, Miss Sonia, and Miss Michelle join us as chaperones.  We are blessed at Mt. Carmel!

Then on Monday, February 3 at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall, we open our doors to the community. If you know of a child without a preschool home, please encourage his parents to join us in the fall. I give tours between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM every day, but I do need parents to call for a visit. All the enrollment information is on our website under the Preschool tab. Help us, won’t you?

Geof Johnson joins us on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 in Fellowship Hall. We love Geof and always enjoy the musical program he presents to us. Please feel welcome to attend even if you don’t have a child in the Preschool. Yes, Geof is THAT good!

Looking down the pike is Valentine’s Day parties on the 13th and 14th of February. Please be sure your child has a valentine for every person in the room. This is a favorite party of ours since the program is built right into the fest for us. We deliver our valentines, read them, then maybe eat them!  Fun!


In joy and love, 



P.S.  Drop by the Preschool wing to see who came down from the attic to visit!

Men's Retreat: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

All men of the church are invited to attend the Mt. Carmel Men's Retreat to Amicalola Falls. This will be a time of study, fun and fellowship in the great outdoors!  

Everyone will arranging carpooling among themselves. Contact Craig German  -  770-967-8733, or the church office for more information. 

Outreach Focus

Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett (
3700 Club Drive, 
Lawrenceville, GA 30044 

Our Mission To demonstrate the love of Christ in word and deed to those in need by providing affordable, quality healthcare services. 

2013 was a very busy year for the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett. We entered 2013 predicting to provide 7,000 medical appointments, but instead delivered more than 10, 000 appointments to the uninsured of Gwinnett County and surrounding areas. We provided affordable primary care services to 6,419 individuals last year, 1,937 who had never been seen at the Center before. These numbers mark a significant increase in demand for our services in contrast to 2011 when we provided only 3,139 patient visits. … most of our patients are middle-aged women earning less than $11,000 a year.

We estimate the value of our services rendered last year at $2.8 million, but spent only $857,500 to provide that much care. If not for the generous contribution of time by our many volunteers, we could not operate this organization at such low cost. We were blessed with the volunteer labor of 347 individuals during 2013, who gave a combined 14,584 hours of service, saving us more than $400,000 in salaries. 

Last summer, we announced a plan to relocate to a larger facility in order to provide more healthcare services and open the county’s only full-time charity dental practice. We are hosting a Town Hall meeting on January 22nd at Sonesta Gwinnett Place, 4:00PM-6:00PM, to discuss our community needs assessment, relocation plan and funding needs.

The public is invited to attend. To register, please email

Chili Cook-Off: Jan. 25th - Ignatius Home

Get your recipes out and your taste-buds ready. You are ALL invited to the Mt. Carmel Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 25 – 6:00 PM at the home of Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius (3890 Berkeley View Dr., Duluth, GA 30096).

If you are new to Mt. Carmel, please plan to attend this fun, casual event where you can meet new church friends, have some fun and enjoy some great chili. If you’re an “old-timer,” please come and welcome our new friends! 

Everyone is invited to bring a pot of their favorite chili; hot or mild; beef, tofu, venison or chicken, anything goes. Or you may bring side dishes or desserts to go with the meal instead. 

After much serious tasting and debate, (along with lots of FUN!) the winner of “BEST TASTING CHILI” will be declared and a prize will be presented!

Please RSVP to Lorrie and Pekka to let them know how many people will attend and what you plan to bring. or 770-265-9948

Hope to see lots of you there! 

UMW Woman of the Year Brunch: January 26th at 12:15 p.m.

All women of the church 
are invited to the Mt. Carmel UMW “Woman of the Year” Brunch 

January 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Fellowship Hall 

Please plan to join us as we recognize a special woman who has gone above and beyond in her service to our church. 

Please RSVP to the church office at or call (770) 449-4498.

Norcross Cooperative Ministry Needs

This month, NCM has the following specific needs.  Please consider them while doing your shopping, or you could drop a check marked "NCM" into the offering plate to help too.  Donations may be dropped into the NCM container near the handicap entrance at Mt. Carmel.  Thank you!

Food Pantry
crackers, pudding, Jello, fruit juice

Personal Care Items
soap, shampoo, toothpaste

Clothes and Household 
blankets,  coats,  baby clothes (0 - 6 months), toilet paper, paper towels

Also volunteers: adults who can commit to some consistent schedule, needed for any day but Thursday

District Training and Choir Festival

You are cordially invited to the Atlanta-Roswell District UMC Choir Festival and Training Event on Sunday, January 26, 2:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Roswell First United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075 

2:30 p.m. - AROS Festival Choir
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. - Workshops 
or call Katie Cook at 770-362-1002, AROS District Office

$5 registration fee per person to be paid in each workshop session 

* Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee 
* The Ministry of the Laity Inside and Outside of the Church 
* Cokesbury Resource Table 
* Advanced Finance Workshop 
* Church Finance 101 
* Not If, But When: What to do When the Media Calls
* Trustees 101 
* The Stewardship Journey
* Evangelism: What Laity Need to Know 

Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

  • Gene Anglin: stroke on Sunday
  • Buddy Atkins: recovering from knee surgery
  • Cecelia Davis: recovering from shoulder surgery
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth: home flooded
  • Jerri Phillips: for peaceful sleep with no pain
  • Miguel Valverde-Jensen: sister-in-law - cancer in knee
  • Tapley's neighbor David died: prayers for family
  • Klinetob's friend Eddie: terminal cancer / not a believer
  • Andrew Bond's friend: cancer - not doing well
  • Katrina Stone's father: moving to Philippines / decisions on sale of property
  • Jacque Tapleys' workplace / coworkers: restructuring
  • Daughter of Jacque's friend Payton: on mission to Africa
  • Phil Griffin's friends in car accident: one child with brain aneurysm, another with serious back injury
  • Carol Jamieson's friend Cooper (13): cancer spreading
  • Smith family: 2nd child has died of genetic disease
  • Steve Pearson's friend died suddenly
  • Mary: caregiver at Morningstarr Home
  • Nathan, friend of Valverde-Jensens: father died
  • German's daughter's father-in-law, Dan: stroke
  • Happy Birthday to Mercer Griffin
  • Dorothy Edwards: great-granchild expected
  • Youth and Adults on ski retreat
  • Stephanie Blackwood to work in Africa for 4 months
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative

Sunday's Lesson
This week in worship the lessons will be:

John 3:1-21
Psalm 139:13-18

Birthdays this week:

Diane Bond
John Tucker
Justin Portillo
Gary Cox
Steve Ruhl
Lindsay Bolton
Charles Joyner

No Anniversaries this week.

Save the Date

JANUARY 22 - 5:30 PM

JANUARY 22 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 22 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

JANUARY 22 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 23 - 5:45 PM

JANUARY 25 - 8:00 AM

JANUARY 25 - 6:00 PM


JANUARY 26 - 12:15 PM

JANUARY 26 - 12:15 PM

JANUARY 26 - 2:30 PM

JANUARY 26 - 3:30 PM

JANUARY 26 - 5:15 PM

JANUARY 26 - 6:00 PM

JANUARY 27 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 28 - 11:30 AM

JANUARY 29 - 30

JAN. 31 - FEB. 1

JAN. 31 - FEB. 2

FEBRUARY 2 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

FEBRUARY 2 - 5:15 PM

FEBRUARY 3 - 9:00 AM

FEBRUARY 7 - 7:00 PM

FEBRUARY 8 - 7:00 PM

Family Wellness
through Counseling, Education and Research

Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.


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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