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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 27, 2013
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Our Story 

When Christians tell the story of our faith, we usually begin with creation and the garden. We tell of the first people, created in God’s image. We tell of sin and its consequence. 

Sometimes I wonder why Jesus did not come right after Adam and Eve were sent from the garden of Eden. Why did God choose to work through people like Abraham, Moses, and Ezekiel? Why did God form a nation, Israel? 

Apparently, God's salvation plan involved these people. That’s why this fall, beginning September 8, our church will join with others reading through selections in the Old Testament in order. We will read a few bits from Genesis, a story or two from Exodus, and then stories from the formation of Israel to a nation, to its fall and people sent into exile. As we approach Christmas we will hear the promises they heard of new hope and new kingdom. 

As we read, we will ask questions. Where was God in this story? How was God working in those circumstances towards healing and salvation? We will also ask how these experiences are similar to those of people in the world today. How might God be working toward healing and salvation? 

My great hope is that this fall will be a time when each of us opens ourselves to God in deeper ways. I trust that the ways God often works—through small group Bible studies, through daily scripture reading—will be a means for you to grow as a disciple. Consider being part of studies that explore God’s story in greater depth (http://mtcarmel-umc.org/adults/bible-studies.) Sign up for the email devotions that begin on September 2 (http://livingingodsstory.com.) Encourage a child or grandchild to do the family devotions provided in Sunday School. 

As we read through scripture “in order”, we’ll see God at work in some odd people and strange circumstances. We’ll look to the real world—also full of odd people and strange circumstances—with hopeful eyes. God is still at work in ways that lead to new life. 

It’s God’s story. And it’s our story.

I’ll see you this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Thank you for work on Banners
  • Wonderful Homecoming with Jay Hodges
  • Make a Difference - Volunteer at Mt. Carmel
  • Sign Up for a Small Group Study
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School As Usual This Week
    • Bulletin Cover Artwork - Due September 1
    • Kids Cooking Club - September 15
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on August 31st
  • Member Care Needs Volunteers
  • Get Ready for the NCM Yard Sale Sept. 21


Thank You!

Special thanks go to Barbara Cooper, Mary Jane Wilson and Katrina Stone for their help in making the "Living In God's Story" banners which will  hang in the sanctuary on Sunday!


Homecoming with Jay Hodges

We were so happy to have Rev. Jay Hodges as our guest preacher last Sunday at Homecoming!  It was a great service.

If you weren't able to be here, his sermon will be available on our website by Thursday. Just click here.


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.


Fall Bible Studies

Grow in a small group with others at Mt. Carmel this fall!  The following studies will begin soon.  

A “BROWN BAG” STUDY led by Pastor Cyndi will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 11:30 AM in the Hope House. 
Everyone is welcome to attend as we study Genesis 1, the scripture for the upcoming Sunday, then enjoy having a brown bag lunch together afterwards.  

AN INVITATION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT, a 10 week Disciple study, will be offered on Monday or Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM. The first meetings will be on Sept. 9th in the Hope House, and Sept. 11th in Room 112. 

To join any of the studies, just check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or sign up at the website.


Sunday School

On this holiday weekend, we will have our usual Sunday School classes. The 3rd through 5th graders will continue the Learning to Use Your Bible series by exploring what makes up the Books of Law. Preschool and K - 2nd will study communion and then we will join our families upstairs for Holy Communion. 


Worship Bulletins 

Please remember that art work for Worship Bulletins is due on Sunday or before. 


Cooking Club: September 15 from 2:00 until 3:30

Come make some tasty, healthy (mostly) snacks with us on Sunday afternoon. Ages 4 years through 5th grade. Register @ 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


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
  • Katie Riviere - pregnancy issues
  • Lori Anderson's friend Elizabeth - cancer
  • From Cheryl Martin: Derrick - heart problems
  • Jo Ann Weather's cousin Charlotte - lymphoma
  • Valverde-Jensen's friend Mike - family problems
  • Nichelson family - addition of niece Breahna
  • Ken Smith - recovering from chemo / waiting on results
  • Dan Bailey's mother
  • Chris Bolton's friends Gayle & Beth
  • For a successful Yard Sale for NCM
  • School students, teachers & staff
  • Families whose lives are in turmoil
Thanksgivings
  • Gene Rezzuto home from hospital
  • Son of Kathleen's co-worker - survived
  • Child with spinal meningitis recovering
  • Tom Cooper back in church
  • Steve Rogers home and recovering well

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:

Cyndi McDonald
Jim Anderson
Kelly Hinson
Kevin Parrish
Jackson Smith
Connie Bagwell

Anniversaries this week:

Steve & Donna Riviere
Tom & Barbara Cooper


Save the Date

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

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

WOMEN'S STUDY
AUGUST 28 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 28 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
AUGUST 31 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

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

BROWN BAG STUDY
SEPTEMBER 3 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

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

FLAMINGO INS. ON SALE
SEPT. 8, 15 & 22
IN FOYER ON SUNDAYS

PRESCHOOL & SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 8
DURING WORSHIP

TRUSTEE MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMIN. BOARD / C.O.M.
COMBINED MEETING
SEPTEMBER 8 - 12:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 9 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW RETREAT MEETING
SEPTEMBER 11 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114



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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