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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
November 13, 2013
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Who Put That Scratch on the Altar Rail?

Have you ever noticed all the scratch and water marks on the church altar rail? Every time I see these, I smile and give thanks. The rail is not some historical artifact that is kept in pristine condition and off limits. I smile because we don’t put a rope around the altar rail, but instead we use this as a place of making and receiving promises. 

We come to the altar rail for baptisms and when we join the church. It is a place of making promises. When a baby is baptized we promise to nurture the child with our teaching and example so that they will be guided to accept God’s grace for themselves. When an adult comes forward to profess their faith or become a church member, we promise to do all in our power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love. 

This Sunday was a beautiful time at the altar rail. As we brought forward pledge cards, we made promises to live out our faith in our giving. Jesus said, where your treasure is, there your heart is also. We prayed that God would be first in our hearts, and that our lives and the ways we spend money would reflect this. 

On Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24, we will come to the altar rail with prayers of Thanksgiving. 

Our usual practice on Thanksgiving Sunday is for someone from the worship team, usually Susan Posey, to arrange on the altar table a beautiful display, a cornucopia overflowing with fruits. The images remind us of all for which we give thanks. 

But here’s the thing. Our worship is more than coming into a sanctuary and admiring what someone else has done or what someone else is doing. Our faith is active and engages every one of us. 

So this year Susan and I are asking you to bring a fruit or vegetable to add to the cornucopia. For what are you thankful? Good health? Bring an apple. Life seems nutty? Bring a walnut! Are you thankful for the laughter of friends and family? Bring a crooked-neck squash that is shaped like a smile. 

Or just bring anything that would help someone else. Susan suggests long-lasting fruits and vegetables that we could give to Norcross Co-op to give out to our neighbors: oranges, apples, potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and such. These long-lasting fruits and veggies could be a way of saying thanks for the love of God that is everlasting. 

After you add your fruit or vegetable to the altar table, step over to the altar rail for a holy moment, to say a prayer of thanksgiving for the ways God keeps promises. Take a moment to notice the scratch and water marks on the church altar rail. Every mark represents a promise in a life of faith.

I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bring Fruits/Vegetables on November 24th!
  • Thanksgiving Pies / Flowers
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Thanksgiving Dinner: Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Choir at Berkeley Lake Chapel: Dec. 8 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Angel Tree: Nov. 24 - Dec. 11
  • Leave A Trace Foundation Presentation: Dec. 8
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Preschool News
  • Global Soap Project
  • New Baby!


Bring Fruits & Vegetables on Nov. 24th!

During our worship service on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 24th, we will say prayers of thanksgiving as we bring to the altar symbols of God's faithfulness.

Everyone is asked to bring a long-lasting fruit or vegetable (such as a sweet potato, orange, apple, carrot, etc.) to add to the Thanksgiving Cornucopia. Items will then be donated to Norcross Cooperative Ministry.


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 Kathryn Raye for her rendition of "Amos," on last Sunday's bulletin cover!

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


Church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner: November 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Come and join your church friends in giving thanks for all of our blessings and enjoy a delicious meal too!

The Men’s Club will prepare turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, potatoes & green beans. 

The congregation is asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Hope to see you there!


Kid's Night Out: December 6 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM!

Mark your calendar for a fun night for your children on Friday, December 6th!

The Mt. Carmel Youth will offer this night filled with pizza, gingerbread houses, movie and other fun activities for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. Your evening begins at 6:00 and ends at 9:00. 

Please reserve your spot by emailing Marian LongThere will be a $5.00 per family reservation fee which can be paid to Marian also, by December 3. Thank you for supporting our Youth!


Mt. Carmel Choir to Sing at Berkeley Lake Chapel: Sunday, December 8th at 8:30 a.m.


Come and hear a sneak preview of our choir's Christmas program at the Berkeley Lake Chapel!

So that we may support the choir at Berkeley Lake, there will NOT be an 8:30 service at Mt. Carmel on Dec. 8th.


Angel Tree Up on November 24th!

Each year, Mt. Carmel sponsors families in need and supplies them with gifts and food for the holidays. This year families will be included from local schools, Norcross Cooperative Ministry, and Action Ministries of the North Georgia Conference. 

The tree stands upstairs in the foyer and is decorated with paper angels. Each angel has a gift that a member of the family has requested, and a number. To participate, just choose an angel and on the sheet nearby, sign your name beside that angel’s number. Then do your shopping and attach the angel to the gift. 

The tree will be up in time for the Thanksgiving Dinner on November 24th.  The gifts MUST be returned to Mt. Carmel by Wednesday, DECEMBER 11th. 

Please DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS. Either place the gift in an open gift bag, or leave it unwrapped. This will help when sorting. 

Thank you for sharing the spirit of Christmas!


Clean Water - Leave A Trace Foundation Presentation: December 8th - 9:45 & 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

YOU need to see this presentation! Clean water is one of the most basic things needed for survival and yet there are many in the world without it. Our United Methodist Men's group has invited The Leave A Trace Foundation to come share about their work providing clean water in developing countries. 

Josh Lee, sophomore at Georgia Tech, and Christina Lee, sophomore at Kennesaw Mountain High School, helped found this 501(c)3 nonprofit and have taken several trips abroad to install water purification systems in areas that desperately needed it. Christina will display and explain the operation of the equipment they install and the difference it makes in the lives of the communities. 

For more information, go to: http://leaveatrace.org 

Questions? Please contact Ed McDonald at 678-983-5588 or edmacmo@gmail.com


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School

This week’s lesson is based on Isaiah 9:1-7. The prophet Isaiah gives a message of hope to the people who are suffering and are oppressed. The forever aspect of God’s promise can only be fulfilled by the promised Messiah. With your children, think about times when you saw God’s light during dark times. 


Play Practice: Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Be prepared to say your lines without scripts. Practice the songs please. We will practice the songs during Sunday School and again right after. 


Save the Date: Kid’s Night Out

Friday, December 6 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM 

Cost $5 per family for ages 3 yrs. – 5th grade. 

Reserve your spot by emailing: children@mtcarmel-umc.org. Payment due to Ms.Marian by December 3.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

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


Youth to Lake Lanier "Magical Nights of Lights" November 17 at 4:00 p.m.

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 p.m., have dinner, see the Light Show and return to the church at 9:00 p.m.

Cost is $10.00 for admission, plus money for dinner, hot chocolate & s'mores, and shopping as desired.  We will be traveling by bus, so please reserve your seat ASAP by emailing Gail Bolton.


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

As you can see from the photo, we are gearing up for Thanksgiving! The Pilgrims and Native Americans ate side by side that first Thanksgiving and we have been doing a lot of talking about helping one another and kindness. I know you are doing the same at home. 

Our Friendship Soup luncheon is right around the corner and we hope you are able to join us for delicious soup, crackers, cheese, tangerines, apple juice, and water. We will accommodate our friends who are gluten-free, so never fear! Our festivities begin at 12:00 on Thursday, November 21. Those who are not normally with us on Thursday are invited to attend! This is a lovely way to kick off our Thanksgiving holiday.

I remind you that we have the full week of Thanksgiving off again this year. We follow the Gwinnett County School calendar and enjoy a fall break. We return to begin Christmas preparations on Monday, December 2. My goodness, this year has just flown by! 

We hope more toddlers enroll in our T/TH session in January and would love to hear from you as soon as possible! We cannot continue to have one child in the class and be good stewards of our funds. Please let me know if you are interested. 

Breakfast with Santa is almost upon us. We share pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee, tea and Colby’s cocoa on Saturday, December 14 with a 9:00 or 10:00 seating. Please put us on your calendar in red and join us for this special time. Santa will be waiting in the sanctuary for a chat and photo op.

If you are interested in donating a centerpiece for the raffle, please let me know by Tuesday, December 10. We want to get you on the raffle brochure!

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Global Soap Project


The Global Soap Project (globalsoap.org), locate
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 in Norcross, recovers and recycles discarded soap from American hotels with a process where it is sanitized and remolded into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations including orphans, disaster victims, prisoners and refugees. Since its inception, GSP collected over 1000 tons of soap that would have ended up in the landfills. To date, our bars of soap have reached people in need in 30 countries including Kenya, Uganda, St. Lucia, Swaziland, Haiti, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, South Sudan, Tunisia, Ecuador and Guatemala.

Volunteers are needed to: 
  • Sort the soap donations from hotels and take inventory
  • Inspect and clean the previously used soap of any hair or other particles; get rid of any bad soap 
  • Cut bars of soap from the reprocessed soap created by the machine 
  • Put soap in boxes and move boxes to storage area of warehouse
  • Break down and set up boxes as needed 
  • Help keep the warehouse neat and tidy 
Contact Julie Jones at jaj31@bellsouth.net or 770/263-1009 to sign up to work at the warehouse on: 
  • Monday, November 25th from 9am – noon 
  • Saturday December 21st from 10am – noon 
NOTE: Our maximum capacity is 15 volunteers at a time. This project is not accessible for wheelchair users and because of the strong soap scent, may not be appropriate for those with chronic respiratory conditions. Individuals can sign up for other time slots through handsonatlanta.org. Monetary donations are used to cover the costs of shipping the soap to those in need.


New Baby!



Congratulations to Josh and Katie Riviere and proud grandparents, Donna and Steve, on the recent birth of Emory Morgan Riviere.

We are so happy for them as they welcome their new addition!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Ted Klaren's mother - hospice care
  • Sylvia Brigman - small stroke / in rehab
  • Curt Raymond - in hospital
  • Ellie Grogin - broken arm
  • Andrew Bond's classmate - cancer
  • Storm victims in Philippines / families
  • Bob Jones' father - broken leg & moving to new home
  • School children with virus
  • Cheryl Martin's friend Kathy - radiation treatment
  • Lisa Grogin's friend Jody - death of son
  • Amy Valverde-Jensen's father - recovering from surgery
  • Vicki Walden - layoffs by her employer
  • Joan Garner's cousin in ICU
  • Carl Garner's cousin's wife in ICU
  • Faye Harwell's great-niece - 4 yr. old / thyroid surgery
  • Ellen Berlage's brother-in-law in hospital
  • Clair Carter - safe travels for husband Sean to Austin
  • Clair Carter - for her presentation to GBOD this week
  • All 2nd year seminary students taking New Test. exam
Thanksgivings
  • Ken Smith recovering from cancer & treatment
  • Lori's friend Elizabeth - cancer not as bad as thought
  • Ellie Grogin's 7th birthday
  • Josh & Katie Riviere - birth of daughter (and Steve & Donna as proud grandparents)
  • Lila Hunter - thank you for prayers and concern during father's death
  • Jason Smith - aunt & uncle visiting
  • Jason Smith - birthday of U.S. Marine Corps
  • Jeanne Manget's daughter named "teacher of the year"
  • David Jones - guests at church
  • Sherry Blackwood - grandchildren visiting
  • Ellen Berlage's sister Linda - birth of 1st grandchild
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:

Isaiah 9:1-7
John 8:12


Birthdays this week:

Jan Dodd
Lamar Andrews
Ellie Grogin
Ted Klaren
Byron Follmer
Jason Smith

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
NOVEMBER 13 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE 
NOVEMBER 13 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

WOMEN'S STUDY
NOVEMBER 13 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

MORNING STARR COMMUNION
NOVEMBER 14 - 9:45 AM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS
NOVEMBER 16 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

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

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 17 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER LIGHTS
NOVEMBER 17 - 4:00 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 18 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
NOVEMBER 18 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 19 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
NOVEMBER 19 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

EVANGELISM MEETING
NOVEMBER 19 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

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

YOUTH PIE PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 24

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

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FOYER

PRESCHOOL CLOSED
NOV. 25 - 29

YOUTH FLOWER PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 27 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 28 & 29

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 1

KID'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 6 - 6:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
DECEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

STRIKES FOR JESUS
DECEMBER 7 - 11:00 AM
SPALDING LANES

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT DRESS REHEARSAL
DECEMBER 7 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
DECEMBER 7 - 6:00 PM
MEET AT CHURCH



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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