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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 1, 2014








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Don't Make Me Come After You!

It was a crazy morning. Company was coming. After dashing and stashing all the toys and clutter, we were exhausted. Matt, Mark and I were hurriedly preparing a cake to serve. 

Matt wanted to crack the eggs, but I was afraid of egg shells in the batter. I offered to let him count out the eggs as I added them to the batter. He was not happy with that answer but went along. We were all impatient with one another.

Matt held up and counted another egg to add to the batter. Then Mark got that glimmer in his eye, and suggested how funny it would be for Matt to throw eggs instead. 

Matt took off, running through the house, holding eggs high. 

"Don't make me come after you!" I called out, but that wasn't enough to stop the mess that followed. Next thing I knew, we were all on hands and knees trying to rub out of the carpet a long streak of egg slime.

I guess that my saying, "Don't make me come after you!" is not an effective threat. 

But maybe the way Mercer Griffin says it will be more effective. 

Mercer is putting together the pictures in the church directory. Her way of coming after you is to go through Facebook and old church photo albums. I saw the collage she made of the Thompson family. Believe me, you don't want her to decide what picture of you appears in the church directory! 

Seriously, it isn't fair to ask the directory team to go through the church list, identify who needs a picture, send emails and make phone calls, and then spend more time hunting down old photographs. 

The directory matters. People who attend 11:00 services need to know the names of the 9:30 crowd, and vice versa. If you are new, others want to know your name. If you are a long-term member, new people want to know your name! It's part of being a church family, to know one another's names. 

If you have not sent your photograph, do it this week. 

Don't make Mercer come after you!

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Volunteer Sign Up Opportunities
  • Fall BBQ & Sweet Shop - Oct. 3 & 4
  • Blessing of the Animals: Oct. 5 - 4:00 pm
  • Outreach Opportunities: Food Drive for Norcross Cooperative in Oct. / Blood Drive Oct. 22 / Harvest of Hope Nov. 7-9
  • Children's Ministry
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn: Oct. 22 & 29 - 6:00 pm
  • Thank You Very Much
  • Support the Alzheimer's Walk
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover






















Thank you to Nicholas Follmer for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover. The cover depicted the crossing of the Red Sea!


Don't Forget!

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website or contact the church office with any questions.


Last Sunday for "I Get to Make a Difference" Stewardship Sign-Up

This Sunday will be the last time this sign-up sheet will be available in the church bulletins.  

If you have not yet checked the boxes where you want to make a difference at Mt. Carmel, please read descriptions of the ministries in the "I get to make a difference" booklet available in the pews or online here, then fill out the form from the bulletin and place in the offering plate. 

Or you may click here to download and complete a printer friendly checklist and return this in the offering on Sunday morning.


Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop this Weekend!

The Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop is THIS Friday & Saturday from 11:00 AM until they run out each day.  Remember to bring your friends and family!  

Prices are available on the church website.


Blessing of the Animals THIS SUNDAY! 4:00 p.m. on the front lawn

Join us with your pet on the front lawn this Sunday (Oct. 5) to bless these important members of our families!

All pets are welcome - with leashes and cages please.


Outreach Opportunities

October is Food Drive Month for NCM

While we try to support Norcross Cooperative Ministry all year long, the month of October is one of the months that they count on us specifically for food and monetary donations.

Please remember NCM as you do your shopping for non-perishable food items, baby items or household goods.  These may be dropped into the NCM bin in the church foyer.

Monetary donations are also happily accepted!  Just make your check out to Mt. Carmel and mark for "NCM" at the bottom.  Then drop into the offering plate.  Thank you!



Last Push for Harvest of Hope

Be a part of this mission weekend for every age! 

We will join Harvest of Hope (Society of St Andrew) for a weekend of gleaning November 7 - 9. Cost to participate is $75. Stay at Camp Glisson, enjoy woship together, and make a difference.

Registration form and payment must be submitted by Oct. 21st. The form can be found on the church website here, or in the church office.  Contact Julie Jones with any questions.


Red Cross Blood Drive: Oct. 22 - 2 until 7 p.m.

Thousands of Blood Donations Needed Daily

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders. Every blood donation can help save up to three lives. 

You can make donating something you do together, by asking a friend or family member to donate blood with you. Together, we can help to ensure that there's an adequate blood supply through the fall. 

As a special thank you for donating blood or platelets, all presenting donors during the month of October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. 

Please email Julie Jones to schedule your appointment for the Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel UMC on Wednesday, October 22nd from 2 - 7 PM.

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving mission!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
We continue going through the book of Exodus this week, going up on the mountain with Moses and learning about the Ten Commandments. 

We will focus on the fact that while different denominations have opinions about the numbering of the commandments and how they should be phrased, two ideas are constant—Love God and Love your Neighbor. 

Check out the Family Pages in the children’s section of our website.

Fall Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 29: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
This year's festival is on Wednesday evening with a Monster Truck Moonwalk, Hayride, Free Hot Dogs, and a Cemetery Scavenger Hunt! 

We also need a few people to decorate their car trunks for Trunk or Treat candy handouts and we'll need some bags of candy for this Trunk or Treat too. Here are some great ideas for decorating a trunk!  http://trunkortreat.homestead.com/ 

Christmas Pageant: December 7 at 6:00 p.m. 
We will begin practicing music for the Pageant next week right after Sunday School. We hope that all children will participate!

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Hot Dogs on the Lawn: Oct. 22 & 29

Once again groups from our church will serve hot dogs, chips and cookies in front of the sanctuary on Wednesdays, October 22 & 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Come out to help, or to eat and welcome visitors who may stop by in response to the giant hot dog dancing near the street!


Thank You Very Much

To our Mt. Carmel Church Family, 

Thank you so much for the outpouring of love for Tarin and our family before, during, and after her surgery. She is home recuperating and doing well. We are very appreciative of all the phone calls, cards, food and flowers. 

I especially want to recognize the Youth Group and their families. Tarin really enjoys the texts and Snapchats from her friends in Youth. What a great group of kids we have! They are so supportive of one another.

And what a great Church Family. We are so thankful for all of the wonderful and caring people of Mt. Carmel. We feel very blessed. Thank You!

Sincerely, 
Kevin, Kelly, Mariah, Raven and Tarin Hinson


Support the "Walk to End Alzheimer's"

Mt. Carmel member Carol Jamieson will participate in the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" this Saturday, Oct 4th, at 9:30 am in Duluth. 

If you would like more information, or would like to contribute a monetary donation to the Alzheimer's cause and help to sponsor Carol, please email her at: Carol.Jamieson@rogers.com OR,call her at 770-649-5811.

Thank you for helping to end this disease that effects so many of our loved ones.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Ruby Easley's sister-in-law Joyce: medical tests
  • Morgan Nichelson's friend Brianna - thyroid cancer
  • Jerri Phillips
  • Death of Ragon's friend Dave: prayers for his family
  • Lisa Long's friend Terry: stroke & staph infection
  • Maxine Follmer: father's health / sister's health / family peace
  • Katrina Stone's son Ben: traveling for new job interview
  • Lane Shutt's daughter Ashley: recovering from ruptured appendix
  • Jan German: recovering from surgery
  • Tarin Hinson: recovering from surgery
  • Leslie Smith's grandfather in hospice care
  • Sherry Blackwood's mother ill
  • Andy Raye & family: death of Andy's mother
  • Gene & Karen Weeks & family: death of Gene's brother
Thanksgivings
  • Birthdays of Marian Long and also Laraine Downey's son
  • Gene & Karen Weeks are in town
  • Sam Tapley - great sermon on Sunday
  • Men who cleaned BBQ cookers on Saturday
  • Dorothy Edwards has a new great-granddaughter!
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:

Exodus 19:3-7, 20:1-17


Birthdays this week:

Chris Bolton
Amy Whitlow
Sherry Blackwood
Bill Bryant
Julie Harstead
Margaret Nesbit Hobbs
Dick Easley
Elaine Nesbit
Marilyn McGee
Ed Jones
Bobby Walden
Max Proels
Amy Carling

Anniversaries this week:
Lynn & Darrell Parrish


Save the Date

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM

SPR MEETING
OCTOBER 1 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW RETREAT PLANNING
OCTOBER 1 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 1 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 1 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
OCTOBER 1 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 3 - 7:00 PM
COOPER'S HOME

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4
11:00 AM until OUT

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 5 - 4:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

MT. CARMEL YOUTH
OCTOBER 5 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH HALL

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 7 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT
OCT. 10 - 12
LAKE HARDING, ALABAMA

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
OCTOBER 22 - 2 - 7 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE
SANCTUARY

SOUP, SALAD & SANDWICH LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 26 - 4:30 PM
BOND'S HOME

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29 - 4:30 PM 
(HOT DOGS AT 6:00 PM)


Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

The current password is:  barbecue



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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