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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 30, 2013
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How Do You Run 26.2 Miles?

The short answer is one step at a time. Left foot. Right foot. Repeat.

The longer answer is that you run your own race. Last week Jason Smith called to wish me good luck at the Marine Corps Marathon. He had already shared insights about the course, but this time he called to remind me that at the race I would be surrounded by people and the excitement of the crowds. "Don't get caught up in it all," he advised. "Run your own race."

My son Matt was with me and at one point he complained that I ran too slow on the run intervals and walked too slow on the walk intervals. I repeated Jason's advice to him. "Don't run and walk like me. You have to run your own race."

Matt and I crossed the finish line together. Sometimes I was ahead of him. Mostly he was ahead of me. Neither of us were hurt (except for blisters and sore muscles the next day.)

It's tempting to write that this is part of what we are doing as a church, as we meet this fall in small groups to share our visions about Sunday mornings at Mt. Carmel. We are sharing what we think is "our race." How does Mt. Carmel worship? What should our Sunday morning programs look like for children and youth? We need to race the Mt. Carmel race, not the Northpoint race or the Mt. Bethel race.

Yet if our vision for Sunday mornings were our vision, then it would be too small. We would gather and say things like "when I was a child we used to ..." or "at this other church they do this ..."

That's why we will listen for how Jesus is calling our church. Instead of asking about what we want and what is convenient for us, we will ask how God might reach our neighbors through the decisions we make.

It's scary to ask Jesus. The problem with Jesus is that his dreams are always bigger than ours. He will ask us to be more inviting than might be comfortable. He may ask us to serve in ways we never considered.

I never dreamed I would finish a marathon. Or even that I would want to! I know that running a marathon is small compared to the blessings God has in store for us. If God is involved, God's power working in us will do more than we can ask or imagine.

I'll see you on Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Time Change!
  • Thanksgiving Pies / Flowers
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • All Saints Sunday: November 3
  • Youth News
  • Photography Opportunity Nov. 5 & 6
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Women's Book Club: November 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Preschool News
  • Thank You
  • Opportunity to Serve
  • Seminars for Parents of Teens


Tim


Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour on Saturday night, November 2nd!


Order Your Dessert and Arrangement for Thanksgiving!

This year in response to several suggestions, the Youth Group will be taking orders for Homemade Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin Pies, as well as our traditional Pumpkin Flower Arrangements. 

The pies will be $12.00 and be available for pick up on Sunday, November 24. 

The Pumpkin Arrangements will be $25.00 and will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 27 at 12:00 pm. 

You may place your order by filling out the insert in the bulletin on Sunday, or calling the church office. Thank you for supporting the youth Summer Mission Trip.



Children's Art on Bulletin Covers

Thank you to Matthew Follmer for his rendition of "Solomon's Temple" on our bulletin cover on Sunday!

Watch for more of our children's artwork on upcoming Sundays.


All Saints Sunday: November 3

On ALL SAINTS SUNDAY during the worship service we will read the names and light a candle in memory of our loved ones who have died DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS. 

Families of those remembered are invited to take the candle with them at the end of the service.

The names to be read MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHURCH OFFICE. No name will be included in the service without being explicitly sponsored by someone in the congregation. In this way, we respect the privacy of those who wish it, while we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. 

Please use the space provided on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin to submit names, or send them to the church office at 770-449-4498 or office@mtcarmel-umc.org.


Youth News

The Month of November will be filled with activities in the Youth Group. 

Saturday, Nov. 9: the Mid High youth will be having a day retreat in downtown Atlanta. We will meet at the church at 10:00 and return between 4-5. If you have a child in 6-8 th grade who doesn’t come to youth, we would love for them to join us. Please contact Gail Bolton for more information. 

Sunday, Nov. 10: Senior High Youth will be going to dinner/ Mid High will not meet. 

Sunday, Nov. 17: Magical Night of Lights Trip - All youth of the church are invited to go to Lake Lanier Islands to see the Christmas Light Show. We will meet at the church at 4:00, have dinner, see the Light Show and return back to the church at 9:00 pm. 

Cost: $10.00 Admission plus dinner, hot chocolate and s’mores, and shopping as desired. We will be traveling by bus, so please reserve your seat by November 10 by e-mailing Gail Bolton.

Sunday, Nov. 24: Churchwide Thanksgiving Dinner


Preschool Invites Us to Picture Day!

The Preschool is happy to have Ms. Ashley from Precious Memories Photography here on November 5 and 6 to take our pictures with a Christmas background. 

The congregation is invited to come and have your photos taken too, between 10:00 and 11:30 or so. Christmas cards can be ordered at the same time!

Just contact Ms. Lorrie if you'd like to participate!


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School

In this week’s story, 1 Kings 19:1-18 “ Elijah Meets God,” the prophet Elijah is very depressed because of threats to his life. He goes to Horeb into a cave. The Lord comes to Elijah, not in a show of power, but in a small quiet voice. 


God shows his love for us through many people and situations. Talk with your children about how we can share God’s love with other people through fellowship. 


(Photos from last week of "Building Solomon's Temple.")


Pageant Practice: Nov. 3 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Pageant practice starts this Sunday. Be prepared to sing and read or say your lines. We will practice music during Children’s Church and the girls’ chorus will practice immediately after 9:30 the communion service.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

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


Women's Book Club

All women are invited to join the Book Club which will meet in the Hope House on Friday night, November 8th at 7:00 PM.

This month's book is "Leaving Cold Sassy Tree," the unfinished sequel to "Cold Sassy Tree," by Olive Ann Burns. 

Contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions.


Preschool

Dear Friends,

Well, Halloween has finally arrived. Did you realize it is tomorrow? Unless you have a preschooler in your home, it may have slipped your mind. We are over the moon about this day and will surely enjoy the parties, followed by trick-or-treating in the evening. Please remember to be safe, have a flashlight with you, and share the wealth. We don’t want any sick tummies! 

Next week marks our time with Miss Ashley from Precious Memories Photography. She will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, and everyone is invited to have a time with her. The Preschool opted for a Christmas backdrop and children will be dressed in their festive outfits, then changed into school clothes following the shoots. Ashley also offers Christmas or holiday cards, so this could be a real help to all of us during the busy days ahead! Please email the Preschool office if you are interested in joining us for pictures. 

We are delighted to offer online tuition payments now and have about 10 families signed up. This is such an easy way to pay tuition as it is deducted from savings or checking accounts each month. No more remembering to send a check in! I encourage everyone to participate in this. It makes life easier for everyone!

We still have room for more students! Our last spot in the 4’s will be filled in mid-November, but we have space in every other class. Please let me know if you are interested and remember, you will receive your registration fee back if you lead a family to our school! 

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Thank You

Thank you to Norcross Supply Company on Buford Highway for the aromatic cedar samples used in the children’s story last Sunday and to Bentley’s Mulch and Stone on Medlock Bridge Road for the building stone sample. 

We appreciate the gracious generosity of these neighbors.


Opportunity to Serve at the Berkeley Lake Fall Festival!

On November 16th from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, there will be a Fall Festival at Berkeley Lake Elementary School and Mt. Carmel will have a children's craft booth there.

A few church members are needed to staff the booth and if you have a Mt. Carmel shirt, please wear it. We want our community to know that we care about them!

If you can help, please contact the church office.  


Parents of Teens Seminars - November 10 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm at Roswell UMC

Who: Parents and anyone who relates to teenagers
What: Two great seminars: "A Parent's Guide to Understanding the Teenage Brain," and "A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media."
When: Sunday, November 10: 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Where: Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA

Led by Mark Oestreicher and Adam McLane of the Youth Cartel.
Sponsored by the North Ga. Conference Connectional Ministries.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Lila Hunter & family - death of her father
  • Lane Shutt - mother having major circulation issues
  • Tapley's friend Tony - mesothelioma
  • Laraine Downey's son - moving to MD / safe travels
  • Dorothy Edward's friend Robert - medical problems
  • Jan Dodd's sister - hospitalized
  • Vicki Walden - death of co-worker / prayers for family
  • McGee's son-in-law's mother - hospitalized
  • Ragon's neighbor's daughter - brain tumor
  • Cheri Proel's brother - recovering from spinal surgery
  • Bill & Susan Posey
Thanksgivings
  • Ken Smith - tests show he is cancer free!
  • Sam Tapley's daughter expecting 3rd child
  • Lamar & Chris Bolton's 46th anniversary
  • Youth provided lunch on Sunday
  • Lynne Smith for being guest preacher on Sunday
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 12:27-28
1 Kings 19:1-18


Birthdays this week:

Lydia Thompson
Marolee Kime

Anniversaries this week:
Arlo & Audrey Ferguson
Jason & Leslie Smith


Save the Date

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

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 30 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
NOVEMBER 2 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY / HOLY COMMUNION
NOVEMBER 3

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS!
NOVEMBER 3

ADULT FAMILY COUNCIL MTG.
NOVEMBER 3 - 11:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 3 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

SPR MEETING
NOVEMBER 3 - 3:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
NOVEMBER 3 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH CHOIR REHEARSAL
NOVEMBER 3 - 4:30 PM
CHOIR ROOM

U.M. YOUTH DINNER/PROGRAM
NOVEMBER 3 - 5:15 PM
LOWER HALL

YOUTH WORSHIP
NOVEMBER 3 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
NOVEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL PICTURE DAYS
NOVEMBER 5 & 6

BROWN BAG STUDY
NOVEMBER 5 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

MID-HIGH YOUTH EVENT
NOVEMBER 9

PLEDGE SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 10

BLES FALL FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 16 - 11:00 - 3:00
BERKELEY LAKE ELEM.

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER LIGHTS
NOVEMBER 17 - 5:15 PM

PRESCHOOL SOUP LUNCH
NOVEMBER 21 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH-WIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FOYER



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.

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