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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
February 5, 2014
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What are You Looking For?  (Part 2)

Jesus asks hard questions. 

When we began reading through the Gospel of John, we heard Jesus ask two of his first disciples, “what are you looking for?” We took time to ask that of ourselves. For myself, I looked first at my initial superficial answers—lose 10 pounds, financial stability, the fear of what others think—and spent time reflecting on what deep longings drive each of these answers.

In the weeks since, I have reflected on my tendency to slap on another spiritual practice—add a Bible study, add a quiet time—when what I am truly looking for is a faith that pervades all of who I am.

I want to know Christ’s peace when I get the mean email. I want to know Christ’s joy when I wake in the mornings. And when someone does not do what I want them to do? I want to know gentleness, rather than forcing my will. 

And I want this for others, too, not just me. I want others to know what it means to live in Christ, and know Christ’s grace, forgiveness, and healing. 

During this same time, leaders in the church have been asking an extension of Jesus’ question in small groups. 

What are you looking for on Sunday mornings? 

The desire behind this question is not to slap on another Sunday School or to cut out a worship service, but to ask ourselves what we as a church are looking for. 

Once again, we begin with the superficial first—convenient times, preferred music, comfortable habits—and see what fears and longings drive each answer. 

What do our preferences about worship times and practices say about what we are looking for from worship? We know that we need deep relationships with other people—these relationships teach us how to love God and love the neighbor. Should we expect our worship services to provide all the intimacy that is needed for us to be a church?

What are we looking for on Sunday mornings for our children and youth? What do we hope our children become? Do our practices help our children grow into people of faith? 

Please be in prayer for the members of the strategic planning team—members of Administrative Board and Council on Ministries. They will gather on February 16 to review the answers that you have shared in small groups. If you have not been part of a small group, you can share your responses here.

I am praying that they will dig deep, and get into what lies beneath the superficial answers. I am praying that they will have the wisdom to go beyond the superficial in our responses, and that through these responses they will see glimpses of God’s call on our church. 

Jesus asks hard questions. Following Jesus, we ask hard questions of ourselves, too.

I'll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Not So Newly Wed Game/Spaghetti Dinner - Feb. 8
  • Stained Glass Refurbishment
  • Altar Flowers
  • Children's Ministry
  • God in the Movies: Time to VOTE!
  • Book Club: February 7, 2014
  • From the Preschool
  • Outreach Opportunity: Coats for Children
  • Thank You


Spaghetti Dinner & Not So Newlywed Game!


Come and join the Fun! 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 
6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall













Will this year's winners be as excited as last year's were?!

Find out how well our contestants: Billy and JoAnn Weathers, Paul and Ronda Bendig, Keith and Michelle Gallagher, & David and Kris Bell know each other as they share their 147 years of marriage wisdom!

Adult Dinner: Spaghetti, Eggplant Parmesan, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert and Beverage 

Children’s Dinner: Chicken Nuggets, Tater Tots and Beverage 

Adults (11 & up) - $14.00  /  Children (5 – 10) - $7.00   /  Nursery (under 5) - $3.00 

Make your reservation BY FRIDAY by contacting the church office or e-mailing Gail Bolton. (Pay at the door.)

Proceeds will help defray the cost of the Youth Summer Mission Trip To Wetumpka, Alabama


Stained Glass Window Protection

The Trustees announce that in the coming weeks, work will begin to replace the old and cloudy exterior protection of our stained glass windows. 

We’re past due for this necessary maintenance work and the new protective glass will not cloud up like the existing protection, so we’ll be able to enjoy our beautiful stained glass windows for years to come! As a result, they will also present a more inviting exterior to the community. 

Thank you for your patience during this work, which will last 3 weeks or so, weather permitting.


Altar Flowers

There are still dates available for altar flowers in 2014!

Each Sunday, the flowers on the altar are prepared by one of our talented volunteers and are an important part of our weekly worship service.

These flowers may be purchased by members of the congregation, to be listed in the bulletin in honor or in memory of a loved one.  The flowers may then be taken by the purchaser after the 11:00 service.

If you would like to place altar flowers in honor or memory of someone, please sign up on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office. 

The cost of an arrangement is $40.00 which may be dropped into the offering plate or by the office. Thank you!


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School: 
The lesson this week is from John 4:46-54 and is the story of an official coming to Jesus asking him to heal his child. This is a powerful story of faith. Jesus has only to command it and a child’s health is restored. When we express concern or goodwill toward anybody our prayer has power too. We can make a difference by offering prayers of peace and love. 

Exciting News!
There will now be a Children’s Church time during the 11:00 service for children in Preschool through 5th grade. Children can go directly to Room 113 (extended session room) or come down stairs after the children’s sermon. 

There will also be childcare available at the 8:30 service beginning this Sunday!

Save the Date: 
Families and Faith
March 2nd -  2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Families and Faith is a spiritual formation workshop for parents and children that will give all families ideas to develop spiritual habits. Families are the primary faith influence in their children’s lives. This workshop will offer hands on activities and suggestions you can use at home as we begin the Lenten season. 

Contact Ms. Marian for more information.

Marian Long
Children's Ministry
children@mtcarmel-umc.org  /  770-449-4498


Coming Soon: 
God in the Movies ...
It's Time to VOTE!

During Lent we will look for God in unusual places. To help us look on Wednesday night gatherings for God in the Movies, your favorite movies are needed! 

f you have not voted in worship, please vote HERE. Please do not vote multiple times.

Then keep an eye out for coming attractions!


Women's Book Club - February 7

The Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will meet on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is: Light Between Oceans, by Margot L. Stedman.  Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you have any questions.


From the Preschool

Dear Friends, 

What? A full week of school? Can we handle this after MLK Day and the snow? Whew, it is a long time since we have had 5 days in a row, but we will muscle through. We are actually really happy to have a schedule to follow. 

We want to announce our own Miss Myong is now a grandmother! Her granddaughter, Cate, was born yesterday and mother, daughter, and father are all in great shape. Myong was a teacher at the Preschool for years and called with the good news. We are so thankful for the miracle of a new child! Congratulations, Trotter family! 

Geof Johnson will be with us tomorrow, weather willing! He was scheduled to join us last Thursday, but everyone was home with the snow. We were lucky to be able to bump him into this week and he will perform on Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend! 

We are officially on rolling enrollment at the Preschool with space available. Please invite friends without preschool homes to come in for a tour and join us in the fall. Our handbook and enrollment packet are available on the Mt. Carmel UMC website under the Preschool tab. Please help us fill the school in the fall. 

We are looking forward to Valentine’s Day celebrations next Thursday and Friday. We just enjoy this month of love and spread it wherever we go! Parties begin at 12:30 and parents are invited to attend. Children should have a valentine for each member of the class. Then the big event is to deliver our love mail and read (or eat) it! Don’t you wish you could join the fun?

In joy and love,


Outreach Focus

Berkeley Lake Elementary School CARE Team is requesting the donation of new or gently used (& washed) coats for children.

The greatest need is for medium and large sizes for both boys and girls. 

You can drop off at the school office or bring to the church and leave in the bin in Fellowship Hall.


Thank You Mt. Carmel:

Many thanks to all of you for your outpouring of love and support shown to my mother and me during her illness and death.  

My family was amazed by the beautiful birthday cards that brightened her "birthday week" that showed what a caring group of friends you are. 

I am truly blessed.
Lane Shutt


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Gene Anglin's continued recovery from stroke
  • Melanie Bagwell - recovering from set back from surgery
  • Mother of Nora Ignatius' friend: cancer / hospice
  • Family of Phil Griffin's friend who died
  • All those with mental illness
  • Laraine Downey's brother-in-law Doug: cancer
  • Laraine Downey's friend Lynn: stroke
  • Lane Shutt & family on the death of her mother
  • Breahna Nichelson: custody hearing
  • Jones' neighbor: cancer surgery
  • Death of Amanda Garner's horse Tetoe
  • Hal Crawford's friend in hospital
  • Morning Starr residents
  • Jenny Jensen's friend's son: home from long stay in hospital
  • Kim Hartwell's grandmother ill
  • Matthew Follmer: testing / doing well
  • Phil & Mercer Griffin: water problems in new house
  • Patricia Dennard: job / closer walk in Christ
  • Youth and adult mentors in Confirmation Class
  • MCC Knoxville: mourning death of founder, Marie Griffin
  • Those traveling north in storm
Thanksgivings
  • That everyone made it through snow / traffic OK
  • Steve Pearson's nephew turning 10 yrs. old
  • Successful Men's Retreat
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:

John 4:46-54
John 5:1-18


Birthdays this week:

Lorraine Howard
Darryl Jamieson
Shelby Tuthill
Bill Chappell
Kristin Anderson
Wynne Buran
Boyd Whaley
Suzanne Foster

Anniversaries this week:
George & Lila Hunter


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 5 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 5 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

WEDNESDAY STUDY
FEBRUARY 5 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH SET-WORK
FEBRUARY 7 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
FEBRUARY 8 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

YOUTH SET-WORK / 
SET UP
FEBRUARY 8 

SPAGHETTI DINNER / NOT SO NEWLY WED GAME
FEBRUARY 8 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY
FEBRUARY 9 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 9 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 9 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

STUDY OF LUKE
FEBRUARY 9 - 6:00 PM
COUNSELING CENTER

ADMINISTRATIVE BRD. MTG.
FEBRUARY 9 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY STUDY
FEBRUARY 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
FEBRUARY 11 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
FEBRUARY 14

PRESIDENT'S DAY / OFFICE CLOSED
FEBRUARY 17

UMW DAY CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 18 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SCOUT SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 23 AT
WORSHIP SERVICES
SANCTUARY

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 24 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ORGAN RECITAL / RECEPTION
MARCH 2 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY/FELLOWSHIP HALL

FAITH & FAMILY WORKSHOP
MARCH 2 - 2:00 PM
LOWER HALL

ASH WEDNESDAY
MARCH 5
DINNER - 6:00 PM
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

YOUTH DINNER THEATER
MARCH 7 & 8



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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