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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 13, 2013

Twenty Seven

I was surprised when a caller mentioned that he no longer needed an answer to the question on my voicemail. Voicemail? There are no voicemail messages on my phone! 

I checked again. There were a few missed calls, but no messages. 

Puzzling over this, I realized that it had been a long time since I had a message. You can guess what happened next. I dialed voicemail and listened to 27 new messages. 

I have spent this afternoon returning calls and apologizing for the delay. I might need to buy my mother some chocolate covered strawberries to go with my apology, since half of the calls were from her. 

You probably know how I “fixed” the voicemail problem. Turn off the phone, then turn it back on.

Powering off seems to be the solution to a lot of technological problems, doesn’t it? It seems to help with my life, too, to power off on a regular basis. I try to include being still and listening in my morning routine. I read a scripture passage, and then turn on the timer for 7 minutes. Power off. No thinking. Be still. 

Yes, random thoughts jump in my brain, but I try to use these as reminders to give thanks and return to stillness. When I begin to make a “to do” list of actions for the day, I tell God thank you for this day, and settle again into being quiet and aware of God’s presence. 

Almost always I think of something that someone said. I hear the words again, then begin to plot about what I should say next time I am in this situation…and realize that my mind has wandered. I tell God thank you for that person, which is sometimes difficult to say, let go of my plans for the perfect response, and return to being still. 

If meditation were a video game, I would still be at level 1. I haven’t yet made it to the 7 minute timer without wondering if the timer should have already beeped. One day I’ll make it to level 2 and start setting the timer for 9 minutes. 

Moments of quiet don’t guarantee a word from God, or even that the morning will be peaceful or my attitude will be loving. But I have done this long enough to know that I need a power down time of awareness and listening. These moments remind me to look from up my own worries, my “to do” list or thoughts of the perfect verbal response. They remind to look up from myself, and know that God is at work in extraordinary ways. 

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Homecoming is this Sunday!
  • Mission Moment from Ann Whitlow
  • Children's Ministry
    • Operation Christmas Child filled 50 boxes
    • 2 Artists Needed for Bulletin Covers
    • Sign Up for Kids Cooking Club
  • Men's Dinner Out this Thursday
  • Youth Elect New Officers
  • Fellowship Golf Outing on August 24th
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on August 31st
  • Get Ready for the NCM Yard Sale
  • Prayer and Thanksgivings

Homecoming on August 18th - 
THIS Sunday!
Combined Service at 10:30 AM

Picture of Jay Hodges 4

Did you guess who this person is? If you guessed Jay Hodges, you're correct!  Now Reverend Jay Hodges, he will be our guest preacher at Homecoming on Sunday!

Covered Dish Lunch
After the combined worship service, everyone is invited to bring a dish or two to share and join us for a COVERED DISH LUNCH in the Fellowship Hall. Drinks and paper goods will be provided.

Invite past members, friends and neighbors to join us for this fun service and meal!

Mission Moment

Take a moment to watch Ann Whitlow's "Mission Moment" from Sunday, August 11th.

Great job Ann!

Children's Ministries

Homecoming Sunday: August 18th at 10:30 AM

This Sunday, the children will gather in the Sanctuary for singing and Children’s Time, then those in 1st grade and under will go downstairs for a lesson based on Luke 5:1-11 (Jesus choosing his disciples.)

Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Last Sunday we filled 50 shoe boxes with items for Operation Christmas Child. We have a few more items, but ran out of boxes, so if you have extras, please drop them off at the church. Thank you!

Children’s Drawings for Worship Bulletins

Thank you for signing up to draw a picture for the Worship Bulletins through the rest of 2013. We have two dates left, Oct. 20 and Nov. 10. Please let me know if your child can draw a picture for one of those Sundays. 

The Oct. 20th passage is 1 Samuel 16: 1-13 

and Psalm 51: 10-14. 

The Nov. 10th passage is Amos: 1-2, 5: 14-15, 21-24. 

All drawings are due back by Sept. 1. 

Cooking Club: September 15. 2:00-3:30 

Come make some tasty, healthy (mostly) snacks with us on Sunday afternoon! For ages Pre-K through 5th grade. Register @ by Sept. 13th.

Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries


United Methodist Men’s DINNER OUT! 

On Thursday, August 15th the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Men’s Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Norcross Station Café (in downtown Norcross) for dinner. 

ALL men of the church are invited to join the group!

Youth Gear Up for 2013 - 2014
School Year!

The Mt. Carmel Youth met on Sunday and elected the new Youth Council for the 2013-2014 school year. Officers are:
  • President: Zack Bond - Senior at North Gwinnett High School 
  • Vice President: Lydia Thompson - Junior at North Gwinnett High School 
  • Secretary: Sam Medinger - Senior at Norcross High School 
  • Senior High Representative: Casey Bell - Junior at Wesleyan High School
  • Mid High Representative: Andrew Bond - Eighth Grade at North Gwinnett Middle School 
  • Mid High At Large Member: Elizabeth Sigmon - Eighth Grade at Pinkneyville Middle School 
  • Sunday School Representative: Tarin Hinson - Ninth Grade at Duluth High School 
  • Worship Leader: Will Thompson - Senior at North Gwinnett High School 
All youth in 6th - 12th grades are invited to come to Youth from 5:15 until 7:30 on Sunday evenings in the Youth Hall. (downstairs on sanctuary side of building)

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.  

Please contact Neil Odom if you'd like to play in this fun event!  or (770) 827-2122.

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!)

Pekka gave me a gentle reminder that he is the current champion ... affirming that GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS! 

Everyone is welcome - contact Neil Odom to sign up.  or  (770) 827-2122.

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!

Member Care would like to expand it's 5 care teams to 7 teams so that no one is called upon too often to provide assistance. 

When you are called however, the notice is often sudden since a team is called upon when someone gets sick or has some sort of emergency.

If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Chris Bolton or Joyce Odom 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 garage sale on the front lawn of the church (or Fellowship Hall in case of rain). All proceeds from the garage sale will benefit Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s Restoring Hope program. 

What is “Restoring Hope!”? 
The Norcross Cooperative Ministry will work closely with a minimum of 100 families over the next five years to help them break the cycle of poverty and return to a productive lifestyle. These clients will receive expanded services, such as housing assistance, education programs, money management and employment preparation.

 NCM will also increase food distribution and emergency housing and begin to provide non-food items to families in need. Food bags distributed by NCM currently have about a four or five day food supply. NCM would like to give a week’s worth of food. 

How YOU can help… 
You can volunteer to help with the actual garage sale by helping us set-up or sell the donated items. We will have a sign-up sheet closer to the event for you to indicate how you can help. Also, start thinking about items you can donate to the garage sale. Bring these items to the Fellowship Hall beginning September 16th. If you have large items that you need picked up, please contact Sam Tapley at 770/833-0091 (e-mail or Ed McDonald at 678/983-5588 (e-mail We hope you will also come out and shop with us on September 21st. 

We will also be selling hot dogs, chips, drinks and baked goods. If you can provide any of these items, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet. Proceeds from all food sales will benefit the Mt. Carmel UMC general operating fund. 

At our last garage sale, we made enough money to build four houses for families in Nicaragua! It is exciting to be able to do something that truly transforms lives and to help those in need in our immediate area. 

We sincerely thank you for your support in the past, and hope you will support this church-wide effort in some way on September 21st.

Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

  • Tom Cooper
  • Cindy Jones' co-worker: emergency surgery
  • Gene Anglin's sister: broken hip & shoulder
  • Death of Craig German's relative
  • Steve Rogers: upcoming heart catheterization
  • Gwen Lansings' co-worker: Paige
  • Sherry Blackwood & grandchildren: trip to N.Y.
  • Marilyn McGee's sister-in-law: transitioning to assisted living
  • father of Laraine Downey's son's girlfriend: esophageal cancer
  • Preschool: enrollment and upcoming school year
  • Dan Bailey's mother: pain
  • Diana & James Nishimuta and babies
  • Alex Bailey
  • children who are bullied / have no friends
  • Tony - 53 yr. old with dementia
  • Shirley: broken leg
  • Mike: Haitian friend of Valverde-Jensens - unfair treatment
  • Anglin's friend Barbara
  • Philip Bryan Talbert: job soon, uncle who has cancer, and grandmother
  • Donna Riviere's mother Barbara: thyroid biopsy
  • river / water issues with Georgia / Florida
  • John & Shirley
  • Tom home from hospital
  • Birthdays of Anne Bailey, Bill Posey & Jessee Hoge
  • Claire's brother proposed to her future sister-in-law
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:

Chris Mitcham
Jenny Jensen
John Michael Smith
Molly Leeper
Charlie Leeper

Anniversaries this week:
Hayne & Marianne Thompson

Save the Date

AUGUST 13 - 6:30 PM

AUGUST 14 - 6:00 PM

AUGUST 14 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 14 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 15 - 6:30 PM

AUGUST 17 - 8:00 AM

AUGUST 17 - 4:00 PM

AUGUST 18 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 18 - 11:30 AM

AUGUST 18 - 1:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

AUGUST 18 - 5:15 PM

AUGUST 20 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM



AUGUST 25 - 3:00 PM

AUGUST 26 - 6:30 PM

AUGUST 31 - 11:00 AM

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.

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