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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 20, 2013
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What Are Your Dreams for Mt Carmel? 

Didn’t you love hearing Rev. Jay Hodges speak on Homecoming Sunday? My favorite part was when he described the first Sunday that his family worshipped at Mt Carmel. Everyone came to meet his father the new minister. How many people? They filled three pews, and one pew was the Hodges family. Who could have imagined that on his return, 193 people would fill the room? 

While the Hodges were here, the congregation dreamed of sharing meals together inside. Until this time, “dinner on the grounds” was outside and on the ground. They got out the shovels and dug out rooms under the sanctuary. That downstairs room and kitchen was the first fellowship hall. Who would have dreamed that youth would fill these rooms on Sunday afternoons and scouts would fill the rooms on week nights? Did they imagine that one day we would serve homeless (Family Promise) guests in those same rooms? 

After lunch, the Council on Ministries and the Administrative Board met for a called strategic planning meeting to dream and listen to God’s call for our church. We brought questions from the book Simple Church (make this a link to amazon for the book). Lois Salter has been collecting wild and crazy ideas, and she brought these. 

Our dreams and questions? Here are a few highlights from the discussion: 
  • We want to grow, both numerically and spiritually.
  • Does Mt Carmel focus on events and programs or on growing as disciples? 
  • We need to be intentional in helping people grow as discipleships.
  • We want everyone to know someone — a friend to encourage and help them find a place in the church where they can grow. 
  • We long for everyone to be part of a small group where they can share what is going on in their lives, encourage one another when there are hardship and doubts, and grow in their relationships with God. 
  • Are we so overprogrammed that there is no time for the small groups where we learn about God? 
  • Many of us returned to Mt Carmel because on the first visit it felt like home. We were welcomed and loved. We want to be a church that extends this kind of love to others. 
  • We want to be a church for all ages. We want children and older adults to know one another and grow together. Can we restructure our Sunday morning schedule to create a more family oriented experience and grow together? 
This last dream is impossible without the input, participation and commitment of families with children. Before going any further, we need their feedback. Gail Bolton and Mercer Griffin have volunteered to hold two sessions this Sunday morning at 10:45 and 11:15, downstairs in the mid-high youth classroom, especially to get input from parents with young children. Childcare will be provided. 

This strategic group meets again on September 8. Listed below are the names of the Administrative Board and Council on Ministries. If you have wild and crazy ideas, or even normal ideas, for being more intentional about inviting others and growing as disciples, please share these with any of these people or with me. 

When we look back on our history as a church, we see God working in unexpected ways through the hopes and dreams of God’s people. How might God use your dreams for Mt. Carmel? 

I’ll see you this Sunday, 
Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 

Administrative Board
Mark Bond, Pekka Ignatius, Gail Bolton, Neil Odom, Lane Shutt, Tom Cooper, Tim Foster, Lorrie Ignatius, Lila Hunter, Shelia Trentini, Kris Bell, Carl Garner, Alston Minor, Lois Salter, Joe Davis and Andy Loftis

Council on Ministries
Gail Bolton, Neil Odom, Mercer Griffin, Julie Jones, Vicki Walden, Lila Hunter, Cheri Proels, Julie Samples, Steve Riviere, Marian Long, Marianne Thompson, Lynne Smith, Mercer Griffin, Cecelia Davis


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Acolyte Training Available for 3rd graders
  • Make a Difference - Volunteer at Mt. Carmel
  • Mission Moment from Barbara Cooper
  • Children's Ministry
    • New Sunday School Classes
    • Bulletin Cover Artwork - Due September 1
    • Kids Cooking Club - September 15
  • Fellowship Golf Outing on August 24th
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on August 31st
  • Member Care Needs Volunteers
  • Get Ready for the NCM Yard Sale


Acolyte Training

All 3rd graders were recently invited to serve as Acolytes at the 11:00 services this fall and a training session was held last Saturday.

If your son or daughter did not get this information and would like to participate, please check the website to sign up and also access the Acolyte Manual available there. 3rd graders and older are invited.


Make a Difference - Volunteer!

It's not too late to sign up to volunteer at Mt. Carmel in 2013!

Read descriptions of our ministries and turn in your sign-up sheet in worship on Sunday, or complete one online here.



Mission Moment

Take a moment to watch Barbara Cooper's "Mission Moment" from Sunday, August 18th.

Barbara and her husband Tom found their way to Mt Carmel on a Homecoming Sunday about ten years ago. She had written a drama about John Wesley, and the Mt Carmel worship team wanted to use this as the Homecoming program to celebrate John Wesley's 300th birthday. 

Not only did Barbara share her script, she played a part in the drama. Since then she has shared her passion for the arts--drama, visuals, and music--enlivening and enriching worship. Many of the church's banners and altar arrangements reflect her talents and leadership. 

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Barbara is a lifelong Methodist. She enjoys storytelling, reading fiction (especially historical fiction and mysteries), crossword and other word puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

In this video, Barbara shares what it was like to volunteer each week to pack and check summer lunches for kids on school lunch programs.


Children's Ministries

Sunday School

This is the first week of our brand new classes. 


Our 3rd through 5th Graders will begin the Learning to Use Their Bible series and Kindergarten through 2nd graders and Preschoolers will be learning about Peter and John healing a lame man from Acts 3:1-10


Third through 5th Graders should bring your Bibles to Sunday School. 


Bulletin Drawings

Thank you to everyone who signed up to provide artwork for our fall bulletin covers!  Your drawings are due in the office by September 1. Please remember to make your drawings as large as possible, in color or black and white. Contact me if you have forgotten your passage.


Cooking Club: September 15th - 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Come make tasty, healthy (mostly) snacks with us on Sunday afternoon. Ages pre-K (4’s) through 5th grade. 

Register at children@mtcarmel-umc.org by Sept. 13th.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

http://mtcarmel-umc.org/#/children


Fellowship Golf Outing - August 24

Everyone is welcome to play in the Fellowship Golf Outing at River Pines Golf Club on Saturday, August 24th. Tee time will be between 9:00 and 10:00 AM.  

Click HERE to sign up!


Strikes for Jesus ... Fun, Fun, Fun!         


Our next fun bowling event will be on Saturday, August 31st at 11:00 AM at Spalding Bowling Lanes.
(Please note TIME CHANGE!)

Everyone is welcome!

Click HERE to sign up!


Member Care Needs More Volunteers!

Do you enjoy cooking a meal for a sick friend?  Possibly driving someone to the doctor?  If so, then our Member Care Team needs you!

If you would like to help with this ministry, please click HERE for more information.


Yard Sale for NCM - September 21

Mark your calendars! 
On September 21st, the Transformer Sunday school class is coordinating a church-wide yard sale on the front lawn of the church (or Fellowship Hall in case of rain.) All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s Restoring Hope program. 

Visit our website for more information and how YOU can help!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Tom Cooper - continued recovery
  • Gwen Lansing's friend Paige - masses in liver
  • Tapley's friend Tony - in hospice care
  • Lane Shutt's cousin - cancer
  • Lane Shutt's mother - leg wound
  • Caregivers at Sunrise at John's Creek Home
  • Trentini family traveling
Thanksgivings
  • Hard work of Sherry: MUST Ministry lunch program leader
  • Support of Tom & Barbara Cooper during Tom's illness
  • Rev. Jay Hodges & family here for Homecoming
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:


Birthdays this week:

John Salter
Cindy Jones
Vicki Walden
Joanne Ragon
Emma Piepmeier
Howard Greene
Michelle Jarrett
Steve Hicks

Anniversaries this week:
Boyd & Hillary Whaley
Steve & Nanci Hicks


Save the Date

UMW DAY CIRCLE -
CANCELLED

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / CLASSROOMS

WOMEN'S STUDY
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
AUGUST 24 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

FELLOWSHIP GOLF
AUGUST 24
TEE TIME 9:00 - 10:00 AM
RIVER PINES GOLF CLUB

RECOGNITION OF ACOLYTES
AUGUST 25 - 11:00 AM

FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
AUGUST 25 - 3:00 PM
MCDONALD HOME

YOUTH COUNCIL MTG.
AUGUST 25 - 4:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
AUGUST 25 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL CAMP WEEK
AUG. 26 - 30
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
AUGUST 26 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
AUGUST 28 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

STRIKES FOR JESUS BOWLING
AUGUST 31 - 11:00 AM
SPALDING BOWLING LANES

LABOR DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 2

PRESCHOOL RESUMES
SEPTEMBER 3
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

BIBLE STUDY / LUNCH
SEPTEMBER 3 - 11:00 AM
HOPE HOUSE

BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
CHRIS BOLTON'S HOME



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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