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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
June 4, 2014
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Subversive Messages in Vacation Bible School

I look forward to Vacation Bible School. Even before the kids arrive, it’s so exciting to see all the props and decorations. It’s fun to watch the kids change in just a few days. On Monday, they aren’t sure about what all is going on. Some of them are hesitant to stay. But today, the kids were ready to sing and dance before any of the adults! 

Marian always asks me to be part of the opening skit. Two years ago, at SKY VBS, I played the role of a Flash Skyrunner, a silly and scatter-brained pilot in training. The kids encouraged me and helped me to realize my dream of getting a pilot’s license.

Last year, at Kingdom Rock VBS, I rode in on a stick horse and played the role of Wanda Wendy Westchester McWilliwing. I wanted to be a knight, but was afraid of horses, cats, dogs, and even baby chicks. With the kids help, this silly and scatter-brained squire realized my dream of becoming a knight. 

This year, at Weird Animals VBS, I play the role of Dr. Paws, a silly and scatter-brained zookeeper. So far I have lost my special pet, a flea-sized flying elephant, tried to find a home for Pookie, a cross between a German Shepherd and a Tarantula, and spilled the Venom of a Laughing Lion on myself.

Hmmm…Am I being typecast? Is there a subversive message in always being asked to play the silly and scatterbrained person who needs help from the VBS kids? 

Or maybe Marian—and the VBS writers—understand that kids enjoy silliness. Starting off with a lively song and a good laugh might be the right prescription for the child who isn’t sure they want mom or dad to leave. 

This year the kids are teaching me that no matter what, Jesus loves me. It doesn’t matter if the other zookeepers ignore me. It doesn’t matter that I’m a bit strange or if I’m confused. Jesus loves me. 

The kids seem to enjoy that too, helping an adult figure out the basics of the faith.

Maybe there is a subversive message for all of us. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Start the day with laughter and a song. Children—and even adults—like to help. Let someone help you.

Blessed are the silly and scatter-brained. I know I have been blessed this week!

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Youth Plans on Sunday: June 8
  • Children's Ministry
  • Chapel in the Woods - June 7 - 8:00 AM
  • Children's Sunday / Pentecost: June 8 - 10:30 AM
  • Community Worship in Thrasher Park: June 8 - 6:30 PM
  • New Monday Study Begins: June 16 - 7:00 PM
  • Women's Book Club: June 13
  • Father's Day Carnations: June 15
  • Men's Dinner & Meeting: June 19
  • Women's Lake Trip: June 21
  • Parents of Young Children Picnic - June 22
  • Outreach Opportunities: MUST Lunches, Family Promise, NCM News
  • All Music Sunday / Picnic Style Lunch: June 29


Mt. Carmel Youth Plans this Sunday

On Sunday, June 8th the Youth will meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. to go to Marco's Pizza for dinner.  Then they will go on to the Community Worship Service in Thrasher Park.  

Anyone who plans to attend should let Ms.Gail Bolton know so that they have adequate transportation. 


Sunday June 8th: Celebrate Children's Sunday & Pentecost at 10:30 service

Plan to be at church at 10:30 on June 8th to celebrate Pentecost (everyone is invited to wear flame colors!) and see our children's presentations from Vacation Bible School!

Come early to get a good seat!


Chapel in the Woods Hike: June 7

The Chapel in the Woods hiking group will meet at Mt. Carmel at 8:00 AM on June 7 and travel to Hard Labor Creek for a day hike.

Everyone is invited to join this group for the hike and short devotion along the way.  Please contact Cheryl Martin if you have any questions. 678-464-7912


Children's Ministry

Sunday, June 8:
Since this week is Children's Sunday, there will not be any Sunday School. (There will be a nursery as usual.)

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the worship service and we will gather to practice in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 Sunday morning.

If you'd like a doughnut, PLEASE COME EARLY!  No eating will be allowed during practice.

Thank you!
As you can see from the photos, our Weird Animals Bible School is going wonderfully and everyone is having fun! 

Thanks so much to all of the volunteers who are making this week possible for our children!

Wacky Wednesday: June 25 at 10:00 AM
After we catch our breath from VBS, we'll be on to our first Wacky Wednesday of the summer!  

Mark your calendar for June 25 at 10:00 AM when we'll have a Blast from the Past!  There will be hula hoops, tie dye, and smiley faces.This is a half day of fun for children 4 years old through elementary school.  Bring a lunch and wear clothes that can get dirty.  Cost is $5.00 and space is limited!

Register now at children@mtcarmel-umc.org!

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Community Worship in Thrasher Park: June 8 at 6:30 PM

On Sunday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a worship service planned by community churches, including Mt. Carmel, at Thrasher Park in downtown Norcross

As we reach the end of the community “One2Another” movement, this service will include music by Victory World Church, stories of how “One2Another” has impacted us to love generously, and prayers for our community. 

Everyone is encouraged to participate.  (In case of bad weather, the service will be moved to Norcross 1st UMC.)


New Monday Study to Begin: June 16 - 7:00 PM

On June 16 at 7:00 p.m., Pastor Cyndi will lead a new study, A Generous Orthodoxy, by Brian McLaren. 

Members will read ahead and then reflect on what it means to be a Christian and how we can learn from the various emphases within the Christian faith. (evangelical, charismatic, green, and even mystical) 

The first class will ask the question, “Why am I a Christian?” Please contact Pastor Cyndi for more information.


Father's Day Carnations: Time to Order for June 15!

On Father’s Day, June 15th, carnations will be placed on the altar in honor or in memory of our fathers. If you would like to purchase a carnation, please fill out the form below or in your Sunday bulletins, and return it to the church office or drop it into the offering plate by Thursday, June 12th, 2014. 

Cost: $10.00 ~ includes vase, carnation with greenery and baby’s breath. (white carnation in memory of ~ red carnation in honor of)

In Honor: ________________ Given by: ________________ 

In Memory: _______________ Given by: ________________ 

Make your check payable to Mt. Carmel UMC marked for “Carnation.” All proceeds will go toward the Youth Summer Mission Trip to Wetumpka, AL. Thank you!


Women's Book Club: June 13 - 7:00 pm

This month the Book Club will meet on Friday, June 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Vicki Walden. (3746 Foxwood Rd., Duluth, GA  30096)

The book for June is The Silent Wife, by A.S.A. Harrison.

Light refreshments will be served.  Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


United Methodist Men's Dinner & Meeting: June 19th at 7:00 PM

All men of the church are invited to join the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Men's Club for dinner and a meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Thursday, June 19th at 7:00.

For more information, contact Paul Bendig or Craig German.


United Methodist Women's Lake Trip

On Saturday, June 21st at 9:00 AM, the women of Mt. Carmel are invited to meet at the church and carpool to the Crawford’s house on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC! 

This is a day trip, just for the fun of it and ALL women of the church are invited!  Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to go.


Parents of Young Children Picnic: 

Sunday, June 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Jones Bridge Park 

A new group of parents of children elementary aged and younger is organizing a picnic at Jones Bridge Park!  While the target group is families with young children, everyone is invited, whether you have children or not!

This is a "Bring Your Own Picnic" event to have fun and get to know each other.

Contact Heather Ayer if you have any questions or would like more information.


Outreach Focus:

MUST Ministry Lunch Program

Mt. Carmel will be participating in the MUST Summer Lunch program again this year, providing lunches to local children who may not have lunch during the summer. This year we will provide and assemble all the lunches for the week of June 16th through June 20th. This means making 200 sandwiches a day and filling 1000 lunch bags for the week!  It’s a big undertaking, but we can do it with your help.

Volunteers will be needed after 11:00 worship on Sunday, June 15th (lunch will be provided) to help fill lunch bags with juice boxes, something salty (chips, pretzels, etc.) and a sweet (cookies, granola bars, etc.)  We’ll fill as many bags as we can at that time, adding the fresh sandwiches each day. 

We’ll also need volunteers to make sandwiches Monday through Friday and add them to the bags so they can be delivered at 11:00 to the church that will be taking them to the apartment complexes. We’ll need to be at the Fellowship Hall about 9 or 9:30 a.m. 

Donations of juice boxes, snack-size bags of chips, pretzels and cookies or granola bars, peanut butter crackers, etc. will also be needed to help fill the 1000 lunch bags. Please leave these items in the kitchen marked MUST Lunch program. We’ll also need 1 large jar peanut butter, 2 large jars grape jelly, 400 slices of wrapped cheese and bread the week of June 15 to make the sandwiches each day.  Or donations to purchase these items will work too.

They will also pass out books to the children who receive the lunches, so if you have new or gently used children's books to donate, please bring them to the church too.

If you would be willing to volunteer your time on Sunday the 15th or any morning that week, please mark the back of the Connect Card in Sunday bulletins, call Joanne Ragon (770-271-7350) or Suzanne in the church office. Your help will be appreciated!


New Church Directory

The Evangelism Committee will soon begin putting together a new pictorial directory and they need your photographs!

Everyone is asked to provide a photo of themselves for the directory, or you may elect to use the same one that was in the previous directory. It may include pets, vacation scenes, etc.

Please send or drop off photos to the church office.  Contact Neil Odom with any questions.


All Music Sunday: June 29 - 10:30 a.m.

Do you have a favorite song? Sunday, June 29 is All Music Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and many of your favorites will be included

Last year John Wesley showed up to help us sing with gusto ... who knows what we can expect this year!

Please list your favorite hymn on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletins, then plan to join in the singing on June 29!


Summer Lunch 

Following the All Music combined worship on June 29th, there will be a summer lunch with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs provided. Everyone is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. 

Mark your calendar for this fun summer Sunday!


Condolences

Our sympathy is extended to former church member Mary Jones on the recent death of her husband, Buddy.

Also to Wanda Jones whose husband Jerry passed away recently.

Please keep Mary, Wanda and all of their families in your prayers.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Wanda Jones: death of husband Jerry
  • Mary Jones: death of husband Buddy
  • Dawn Seigler: broken leg / surgery
  • Sherry Blackwood: Cobb family
  • John Waller ill
  • VBS children and leaders
  • Camp Glisson counselors Raven, Will & Sam
  • Dodger still in rehab
  • Connie Bagwell's daughter Mandi: eye problem / MRI
  • Connie Bagwell
  • Safety for summer travelers
  • Neighbor of Chuck & Jerri Phillips
  • Grey Williams: new job / travel to Canada for orientation
  • Helen: cancer
Thanksgivings
  • Anniversaries of Craig & Jan German; Don & Joanne Ragon
  • Birthday of Pekka Ignatius
  • Dick Thompson: new job 
  • Mark Bond back in church after arm injury
  • George Hunter: for prayers and good news from doctors
  • Cheri Proels: for prayers after father's death
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:

Matthew 7:12
Stories from Acts 2


Birthdays this week:

Chuck Phillips
Maxine Follmer
Cynthia Grogin
Stephanie Blackwood
Rebecca Smith
Casey Bell
Annie Craig
Julie Jones
Amanda Smith

Anniversaries this week:
Dave & Ann Whitlow
Michael & Sherry Blackwood


Save the Date

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
JUNE 2 - 6
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
JUNE 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHOIR PRACTICE
JUNE 4 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

CHAPEL IN THE WOODS HIKE - HARD LABOR CREEK
JUNE 7 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
JUNE 7 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY / PENTECOST
JUNE 8 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MEETING
JUNE 8 - 11:30 AM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH TO MARCO'S PIZZA
JUNE 8 - 5:00 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

COMMUNITY WORSHIP - THRASHER PARK, NORCROSS
JUNE 8 - 6:30 PM

NORTH GA. ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 10 - 12
ATHENS, GEORGIA

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
JUNE 13 - 7:00 PM
WALDEN HOME

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
JUNE 15

MUST LUNCH PREPARATION
JUNE 15 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MUST LUNCH PREPARATION
JUNE 16 - 20: 9:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
JUNE 16 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S CLUB DINNER / MEETING
JUNE 19 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: TRIP TO LAKEHOUSE
JUNE 21 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN PICNIC
JUNE 22 - 12:30
JONES BRIDGE PARK

WACKY WEDNESDAY
JUNE 25 - 10:00 AM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

ALL MUSIC SUNDAY
JUNE 29 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
JUNE 29 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH / PARENT MISSION TRIP MEETING
JUNE 30 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

WACKY WEDNESDAY
JULY 2 - 10:00 AM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

INDEPENDENCE DAY
JULY 4 - OFFICE CLOSED

FAMILY PROMISE
JULY 13 - 27

YOUTH ARE COMMISSIONED FOR MISSION TRIP
JULY 13 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH MISSION TRIP:
WETUMPKA, ALABAMA
JULY 13 - 19

YOUTH SUNDAY
JULY 27 - 10:30 AM

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL



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ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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