People Cared That I Was There
On Sunday I went to the District Training event. In addition to a notepad full of ideas and reflections, I left with a spring in my step. You were complimented. Hearing that I was from Mt. Carmel, a session leader spoke with praise, repeating the reports of mystery worshipers who visited our church.
A few months ago our evangelism committee requested the conference to send mystery worshipers. Like mystery shoppers who visit stores, these guests were trained to evaluate worship services.
You can read the full reports at the church website:
Report on 9:30 service.
Report on 11:00 service.
There are suggestions and comments about signage and shorter announcements; we have already begun, and will continue to, put their comments to good use.
More importantly, the reports imply what matters most to our guests. Someone welcomed them and asked if they needed help. Someone sat with them. Others introduced themselves. A pew mate made sure they understood what was happening.
For myself, the one comment that summed it all is:
"People cared that I was there."
I think newcomers are brave to visit a church. It's difficult to worship if you suspect others are watching to see if you stand or sit at the correct times. It's intimidating to enter a room where others know one another.
Thank you for caring for the guests who come into our doors. Thank you for letting them know that this is their home too. I hope you read the reports, too. They will put a spring in your step!
I'll see you this Sunday,
April 29, 2012
Our 2012 Confirmation Class has been hard at work with Youth Director, Kaylen Short, learning about Methodism, baptism and church membership.
On April 29th, a 5th Sunday, there will be only one worship service at 10:30 AM where the members of the class will join the church!
BEFORE the service, at 9:30 AM, you are invited to gather at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross for the baptism of Eva Proels, Ryan Stark and Riley Stark.
AFTER the service, there will be a COVERED DISH LUNCH to honor the confirmands in the Fellowship Hall.
Please plan to join us as we congratulate our newest church members!
Your Family Photos are Needed
for New Church Directory!
The Evangelism Committee will soon begin production of a new Pictorial Directory for Mt. Carmel. They are going to try a different process this time which will allow families to send in their own digital photos instead of having a photographer take posed shots.
Photos can be family favorites including pets, etc. but they need to be close-up in order to distinguish facial features. Online photos should be jpeg, no larger than 10mb and can be emailed to Donna Riviere. Photo-prints can also be turned in to the church office and will be scanned.
It is suggested that members wear complimentary colors and have a background that is not too light or busy.
If you don’t have a suitable photo, our own George Hunter will be available to take one for you. Just let the church office or Neil Odom know and that can be arranged. Contact Neil also if you have other questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s lesson is from Luke 24:36-53. Jesus tells his disciples to go everywhere and teach people about him. Some of the disciples traveled all over the known world to spread the good news about Jesus. Ask your children where they would travel to spread the Gospel.
Earth Day: Sunday, April 22, 3:00-5:00
April 22 is Earth Day around the world and Mt. Carmel children will celebrate the day with activities to help us remember that God loves our earth and ways we can show our love.
We will take an unnatural hike, plant some flowers, make some paper from junk mail, and clean up litter around the church. Wear clothes that can get dirty and sneakers. SIgn up by Thursday, April 19 at email@example.com or call 770-449-4498.
VBS is coming: June 4-8 for Preschool 3’s – Fifth Grade
VBS will be here soon and we need adult and youth helpers for the week. There will be training on May 19 at 10:00 and/or May 20 at 3:00. You can register on line at: www. mtcarmel-umc.org, then click on Children’s Activities - VBS. Thanks in advance for your help!
Director of Children's Ministries
Native American Ministries Sunday
This Sunday in worship is Native American Ministries Sunday, one of the six churchwide Special Sundays of The United Methodist Church. Native American Ministries Sunday recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to church and society.
Native American Ministries Sunday is celebrated with a special offering on the Third Sunday of Easter. The funds allow The United Methodist Church to collaborate with existing Native American ministries and create programs on behalf of Native Americans. Money collected also supports seminary scholarships for United Methodist Native Americans.
From the Preschool
We had the best time ever at the Southeastern Railway Museum last week and even became explorers after our Thursday trip! Since we were stopped from leaving the museum by a train with bad brakes, we took a detour through the woods and ended up in the parking lot of Duluth Middle School! Can you imagine what people thought when they saw car after car emerging from the trees that day? It was a hoot to say the least. There is never a dull minute at Mt. Carmel Preschool!
As you can see in our pictures, we had story time and then we were able to climb aboard the trains and see how people used to travel. How nostalgic! We think this field trip is a keeper, so we are surely going again next year when we study about ways we travel.
We are busy from this day forward with picture days, Mother’s Day tea, end-of-the-year blast, graduation and our ballet recital. I know the time will pass so quickly that before you know it, we are out for the year. We still need everyone to wear closed toe shoes and no Crocs, please! We love our clean record of an accident free year at the school!
There are still openings in the fall and we need to fill our classes! If you know of any child without a preschool home, send him our way!
In joy and love,
Red Cross Blood Drive
Our Blood Drive is TOMORROW from 2-7! Thank you to everyone who has signed up to give. If you still want to sign up, just contact the church office.
Thanks again for helping to save lives!
American Cancer Society "Relay for Life":
May 4-5: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds
Thank you from the Mt. Carmel Relay Team for all of your support in our fundraisers this year. We are happy to once again be able to contribute to the battle against cancer.
This year you can also purchase a luminary on line in memory or in honor of someone who has been touched by cancer. These will then be lit at dusk at the Fairgrounds as a parade of cancer survivors and care-givers pass by.
Just click here - Our team name is Mt Carmel UMC - from there you can purchase the luminary .
It's a Boy!
Congratulations to Preschool Teacher Virginia Daneke on the recent birth of her new grandson, Gavin. Congratulations to proud parents Eva & Paul also!
We wish them all the best!
Yard Sale a Great Success!
The Transformers class would like to thank every one who donated goods to our Food for the Poor yard sale last Saturday.
If you haven't heard, it was a complete success, thanks to all of you, our hard working volunteers and all who came out to shop with us! Our original goal was $3,200, which is the amount needed for Food for the Poor to build a house for a family. Between this sale and our sale last fall, we collected $6,340, so we will be able to build FOUR houses, because Food for the Poor has agreed to match our contribution.
We are so blessed to be part of a church family that is so generous. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We could not have done this without you!!
The "Cowboy Campfire" Untalent Show:
Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
The youth still need a few more acts for the show, plus lots of people in the audience!
The Untalent Show is an evening that includes some wonderful talent, along with some acts that have no talent at all, which makes for a night of laughter and fun! There is no admission charge, but lots of opportunity to give free will donations.
Rumor has it that the Cowboys will have a jail and you will have the opportunity to pay to have someone arrested! Of course the person who is arrested has to pay to get out of jail too!
Our concession stand will have hot dogs, baked beans, s'mores, assorted candies, chips and soft drinks. All of the proceeds will benefit the youth mission trip to the Eastern Najavo Indian Reservation in Twin Pines, New Mexico. Come and join the fun!
Trinity Soup Kitchen on May 6
The youth, as well as other church members will go to Trinity Soup Kitchen on May 6 to serve the homeless. The youth will make 1200 sandwiches on Sunday morning before we leave, but we also need 60 gallons of vegetable soup, 17 boxes of saltine crackers (4 sleeves to a box) and 18 bottles of squeeze margarine. If you would like to serve at the kitchen, you are welcome to join us at JR's Restaurant for breakfast at 9:30 AM, or meet us at Trinity UMC at 11:00 AM. We usually are finished no later than 3:30 PM. If you would like to donate any of these items or join the group, please contact Gail Bolton.
Thank You Very Much!
The last three months flew by as I filled in as Interim Music Director/Organist, and I can't thank the Mt. Carmel Congregation, Choir and Staff enough for your unending support, as the search for a permanent Music Director/Organist took place. Thank you also for the unexpected gift I was presented on Easter Sunday. It was very much appreciated.
Mt. Carmel holds a very special place in my heart, and though I will be doing some work in various churches in the area, I will still be attending Mt. Carmel when I'm in town or not helping out at other churches.
In His Love,
Stations of the Cross Follow Up
Thanks to all those who contributed art and volunteered as greeters for the Stations of the Cross.
We have two opportunities for those who want to remember these. David Jones made a video, now available at the worship section of the church website mtcarmel-umc.org , or you can access it directly here .
George Hunter has added a photograph album of the stations to the church facebook page.
BOY SCOUT CAMP CARDS
Pay any Mt. Carmel Boy Scout $5 and get a card that includes a $5 discount at Publix and $10 off at Sports Authority. While these are one time discounts, the card has several other discounts that can be used numerous times before the end of the year. It’s a great way for the scouts to earn money for Summer camp, Philmont and Jamboree. Consider buying several cards! Mt. Carmel scouts are: Johnny Roe, Ryan Stark and Trevor Jones.
Praying for one another
Please join with others in our church family in praying the thanksgivings and intercessions named in worship last Sunday and during the week:
Sherry Blackwood traveling to N.Y.
Utt Family - death
Loyd McGee ill
Tarin Hinson's grandfather - surgery
David Jones - cataract surgery
Cindy Jones - successful teen ministry
New Music Director John Waller and wife, Isabel
Confirmation Class plans
Successful yard sale for "Food for the Poor"
Barbara Cooper back in choir
News to Share?
Do you have an article to include in next week's bulletin or newsletter?
Email these to Suzanne Foster or call the church office.
5100 South Old Peachtree Road
Norcross, GA 30092