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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
November 26, 2014


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From the Transformers Class

"You're an ATM machine" Suzanne told me as we met on the fellowship hall sidewalk yesterday afternoon.  I was holding a twenty dollar bill up for her to add to the Silent Auction total. All during the day, folks were picking up the goodies and leaving me cash and checks, and so, all during the day I kept going to the Hope House and handing Suzanne these funds. Both she and I couldn't help but smile and chuckle about it.

WOW.

Our Transformers class could have never imagined the results of these efforts and God's grace in and through this event.

Katrina Jones, in her Facebook post declared, "loaves and fishes," referring of course to the story of Christ multiplying the five loaves and two fish. That's how I feel about this, our Silent Auction event. The small accumulation of items in the corner of the Hope House was multiplied many times over. I'm beginning to think that God is at heart a mathematician; he's always adding to or multiplying. God receives our offering given with a glad heart in humility and then, with just a small puff of breath, makes something great, something more than we could imagine.  Isn't God good!

The book of Hebrews, in the fourth chapter we read this. Scripture is "living and active" and this even allowed me to become a part of the Matthew story of the miraculous multiplying, and it's so much better to be the story than to just read the story.

God is calling us to BE THE STORY in our day and our time.  I'm glad I'm a part of a church that understands this and is dedicated to this end. This January, be a part of the story, become involved with the after school program, touch lives, change lives, live the life He has called you to.

Thank you everyone, blessings!
Sam Tapley
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Transformers Class
  • From the Pastor
  • Advent Reading
  • Chrismon Tree Decoration: Sat., Nov. 29 at 10 AM
  • Wednesday Services of Holy Communion
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ... Preservation of Simpsonwood Items
  • 2014 Angel Tree: NOW thru Dec. 10
  • Children's Ministry
  • Order Poinsettias Now!
  • Staff Christmas Gift
  • Women's Book Club: December 5
  • Parent's Night Out: December 12 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Soup for Trinity Soup Kitchen
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


From the Pastor

Thank you Sam Tapley for sharing the results of the silent auction. The latest count shows that the class has collected over $5,800 so far! It is amazing how many lives will be changed as a result of the people who served and gave through this event.

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. We'll be reading my all time favorite scripture lesson. Hubba, hubba, hubba for Habakkuk! 

I’ll see you this Sunday, 
Pastor Cyndi McDonald 


Thanksgiving Prayer

On Sunday, November 23rd, this Thanksgiving Prayer by Vicki Walden was used in the worship services.  It is furnished here for those who would like to use it at their own Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday. Thank you Vicki!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Heavenly Father,

As we gather together during this Thanksgiving season, warm our minds and hearts with those gifts and blessings that are most divine in our Christian walk. Let us focus on the blessings of good friends, supportive and loving family members, the beauty and grandeur of nature, and the joy that comes from the simple pleasures of life: a child’s laugh, a helping hand, a talk with a friend. Give us the peace that comes from being grateful for what we have over what the world tells us we should have. 

Let us also remember those less fortunate than us throughout the world, but especially in our own community. Strengthen our faith that we may pray for the generosity of the community, to include all of us at Mt. Carmel UMC, to provide care and support through outreach and missions. Give us pause to remember the lonely, the depressed or downtrodden, and the desire to make simple gestures of love to brighten someone’s day. 

And, let us not forget to give thanks for the greatest blessing of all; the life of Jesus Christ, your son who came to this earth to save us from our sins and show us the way to salvation. 

In Your Name We Pray,
Amen


Advent Reading / Candle Lighting

Each year during Advent, a variety of church members, friends and family take turns reading the scripture and lighting the candles on the Advent wreath each Sunday.

If you and your family or friends haven't participated in this part of the worship services recently and would like to, please contact the church office to sign up. We hope to include a nice mix of long time members, as well as new comers to the list.


Chrismon Tree Decorating: Nov. 29th

On Saturday, November 29th at 10 AM, the Worship Committee 
invites you to join them in hanging the Chrismons on the tree in the sanctuary.

Please drop by to help if you can - especially if you are comfortable climbing a TALL ladder to reach the top of the tree!


Wednesday Services of Holy Communion

During December, step away from the busyness and noisy preparations and pause for a moment of peace in the presence of Christ. 

A brief (15-minute) time of quiet celebration will be offered on Wednesdays at noon and at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. This time of simple worship will include silence, scripture and Holy Communion. 


Sunday's Bulletin Cover












Thank you to Ethan Kilmer for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover showing Robbers in the Temple! 
(Jeremiah 1:4-10; 7:1-11)


Don't Forget!

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the conference or church website or contact the church office with any questions.


The Angel Tree 

The Angel Tree is up and running, so remember to stop by in the foyer and take an angel or two as you do your shopping!

Just sign the list provided with the number on your angel, do your shopping, and return your gifts (unwrapped) to the church by December 10th to help local children and their families have a merry Christmas!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
The lesson this week is the familiar story of Queen Esther from Esther 4:1-17.

Esther’s actions show us that courage comes from faith in God, and that God grants us the strength to do what's right, even when we may feel helpless and afraid. 

During Children’s Worship we will be making a blanket to give to NCM. 


Pageant Practice: Sunday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.
For all children. We are getting down to the deadline: please know your parts.

Angels, Shepherds and Mary and Joseph: you can pick up your costumes on Sunday so you will have them for dress rehearsal on November 6th at 3:00.


Children's Pageant: 
Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Dear Mt. Carmel, 

You are invited to a time of Music, Drama, Laughter and Light as the children celebrate the True Light of Christmas, Jesus, the Prince of Peace!  Please come to ...









Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


It's Time to Order Poinsettias!

Hard as it is to believe, it's time to order Christmas poinsettias to be in the sanctuary Dec. 14 and 21!

The United Methodist Women will order these plants, given in memory or honor of your loved ones.  

Plants are 9.00 each and the deadline for ordering is Dec. 10.

Find order forms in Sunday bulletins or contact the church office.  Please make checks payable to the Mt. Carmel UMW.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club


The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, December 5th in the Hope House.  

This month's book is The Christmas Pearl, by Dorothea Benton Frank.

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


Parent's Night Out! - Dec. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Parent's Night Out


Offered by the Mt. Carmel Youth as a service project, this event is for children ages 2 years - 5th grade.

We'll meet in the Youth Hall for pizza, making gingerbread houses, and movies!

Cost: $5.00 per child to help cover cost of supplies.

RSVP's REQUIRED:
email Marian Long - children@mtcarmel-umc.org
or Gail Bolton - flossygail@comcast.net


Trinity Soup Kitchen: January 11

Once again our Youth will serve LOTS of soup, sandwiches and granola bars to the homeless at the Trinity Soup kitchen in Atlanta.

In preparation, LOTS of vegetable beef soup and granola bars are needed, so collection is starting NOW!  If you can provide a gallon or two of soup, or a box of granola bars, please sign up on the Connect Card in Sunday bulletins.

You may begin bringing these to the church in December. Please place the soup in the freezer in the church kitchen and granola on the counter. And remember to mark it with your name. Thank you!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Lucile Jones: recovering from pneumonia
  • Marilyn McGee: in rehab recovering from fall
  • Jerri Phillips: pain
  • Jacque Tapley's father (stoke) and mother (knee problem)
  • Easley's friend Tiffany: upcoming surgery
  • Davis' friend Dennis: on kidney transplant list
  • Those with health issues: Garry, Carol, Amelia, Bailey
  • Maxine Follmer's sister
  • Tarin Hinson: radiation treatments begin in December
  • Ernie Richmond: death of his father
  • Bill Downey's brother-in-law: radiation treatments
  • Musician's friend Sam: his 92 yr. old mother needs housing / care options
  • Jeannie Klinetob's aunt - surgery
  • All those traveling
Thanksgivings
  • Marriage of David Posey and his new wife Claire on Sunday!
  • Success of Silent Auction
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:

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:2-4, 3:17-19


Birthdays this week:

Annette Rogers
Neil Odom
Paige Medinger
Billy Weathers
Laura Klaren

Anniversaries this week:
Dan & Anne Bailey


Save the Date

THANKSGIVING FLOWER PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 26 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

OFFICE CLOSES AT NOON
NOVEMBER 26

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 27 & 28

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER LIGHTS
NOVEMBER 30 - 5:00 PM

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 30 - 4:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOLY COMMUNION
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3
12:00  - 12:20 PM AND
6:30 - 6:50 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
DECEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL
DECEMBER 6 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
DECEMBER 6 - 5:45 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

DINNER THEATER AUDITIONS
DECEMBER 7 - 12:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
DECEMBER 7 - 6:00 PM
SANCTUARY

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE
DECEMBER 10 

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 12 - 6-9 PM
LOWER HALL

PRESCHOOL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 13 - 9 & 10 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CAROL SING
DECEMBER 14 - 9:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADULT CHOIR PROGRAM
DECEMBER 14 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

NIGHT CIRCLE PARTY
DECEMBER 15 - 6:30 PM
LORI ANDERSON'S HOME

PRESCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY
DECEMBER 18 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS (AT SUN. SCH.)
DECEMBER 21 - 9:40 AM
ROOM 112/114

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY
DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
DECEMBER 24
6:30 AND 11:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
OFFICE CLOSED
DEC. 25 - 30

EPIPHANY SERVICE
DECEMBER 28 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

NEW YEAR'S STYLE LUNCH
DECEMBER 28 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH OFFICE OPEN
DECEMBER 31 - 9:00 - 12:00


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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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