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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
January 15, 2014
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That's Enough!

I almost didn't preach on Sunday. It seemed to me that baking bread during the service and serving loaves hot out of the oven was the best way that I could "preach" the message of Jesus' grace and abundance. Yet even the surprise of hot bread served in Holy Communion is nothing compared to the lavishness of Jesus' miracle at the wedding of Cana. Enough water turned to wine to fill at least 600 wine bottles -- we can trust that there is enough to invite anyone to join in God's party! 

Turns out that the wedding party in Cana was not the only group to run out of enough to serve. While we were saying that with Jesus there is always room at the party for others, the youth serving at Trinity Soup Kitchen were experiencing this for themselves. Rather than my usual preaching in the weekly newsletter, I will let this thank you note be the sermon. Enjoy the pictures of the youth and take a moment to thank Gail and the youth for making room at God's table for the hungry. 

I'll see you this Sunday, 


Gail, 
I wanted to extend my thanks for a great day at Trinity Table last Sunday. I understand your soup was so good that the early birds had seconds (and if I know some of those guys, thirds) which made you run short! That is a good thing. Davina was impressed with your ability to glean from the pantry and make some another batch that was sufficient for the rest of our guests with some left for the ladies and children at Mary Hall Freedom House. It is always a treat for them to be able to have something for supper and not have to cook on Sunday evening. 

Davina was also impressed with some youth who helped out. I will assume they were from Mt Carmel, as I did not schedule any students to come. In Davina's words, "A few students were a big help at their stations: McKenzie and Johnny who worked various table teams, Sam helping with sanitation, and Isabella who went out of her way to be helpful working multiple tasks including offering our opening prayer. These dedicated young people provided an experience bubbling with hospitality for our guests." I am always impressed when the young people are confident enough to offer a public prayer. 

Once more Mt Carmel has helped make Trinity Table a welcoming, friendly place for hungry people in Atlanta to come. Please share our appreciation to everyone who either purchased, prepared, or served to make this day a success. 

Gratefully,
Bonnie Selleck 
Trinity Table Manager 

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Church Leader Recognition - January 26
  • Children's Ministry: Valentine Workshop - Feb. 2 - 3 PM
  • Book Club: February 7, 2014
  • From the Preschool
  • Youth News
  • Basics of Christianity: Begins Jan. 19th - 12:15 
  • Men's Retreat: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
  • Outreach Opportunity
  • Chili Cook-Off: Jan. 25 - 6:00 PM - Ignatius Home
  • UMW Brunch: Jan. 26 at 12:15 p.m.
  • NCM Needs
  • Thank you
  • District Training / Choir Festival: Jan. 26


Church Leader Recognition

We are so thankful to everyone who is willing to serve on a committee at Mt. Carmel!  

On Sunday, Jan. 26th we will recognize all of our committee members during the worship services, so please plan to attend to either be recognized, or to thank those who will be.


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School: Zeal for God’s House 
The lesson this week is from John 2:13-25 and is the story of Jesus cleansing the temple of money changers. Jesus was zealous about the temple being a place of worship because he knew people needed a special place to connect with God. Jesus took a stand against those who were hurting worship, even though it made them angry. Follow Jesus’ example and set up regular prayer time and rituals with your family. 

Mitten decorating:
During our gathering time at Sunday School, the children will be given some paper mittens to decorate for our bulletin board. They can take them home or stay during extended session and create their special mittens. If you are not going to be here this Sunday I will have them available next week also.

Save the Date:
Valentine Workshop - 
February 2nd at 3:00 pm  
This year we are inviting everyone, children and adults alike, to come by Room 112/114 and make a Valentine for the residents at Morningstarr Assisted Living Center. We 
would like for each resident to get a Valentine from Mt. Carmel. 

We also will have supplies for you to make Valentines for the special people in your life.  Come and join the fun!


Women's Book Club in February

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, 

Goodness, we have a week under our belts and are raring to go! 

The new year is full of fun and we begin with our 4’s (aka Seniors) going to Fernbank to continue our studies of dinosaurs. This is an excellent field trip and the children get up close and personal with dinosaur skeletons. We find fossils in the floor of the museum, trace them, and bring them home with us. We see all kinds of dinosaurs and a giant sloth to boot. This is one of my favorite trips of the year. 

We have registration for the fall of 2014 on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29 and 30 in Fellowship Hall. Community registration begins on Monday, February 3 at 9:00 in the hall as well. Please be prepared to pay a $100 registration fee at that time. If you are registering a new student, we ask for September tuition in addition to the registration fee.

It is hard to believe it is that time already! Geof Johnson visits on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30 in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to join the fun, even if your child is not scheduled to be in school on Thursdays. You could join us for chapel then continue the day in Fellowship Hall. We just love Geof! 

We welcome new students to the fold this semester, two of whom are siblings. One is the little sister of alums who are so big I hardly recognize them!  Welcome everyone!

In joy and love,


Youth News

Youth Ski Retreat:









The weekend of January 17-20, the Youth will go to 
Beech Mountain, N.C. for their annual Ski Retreat.

Costs are:
Shopping only-$175.00 
Skiing- $264
Snowboarding-$273

We will ski at Beech Mountain Ski Resort. 
They offer ski bib and ski coat rental for $20, 
or $14 for just the bib or coat.
 
If you need to take a ski lesson, the cost is $25 and will be paid at the time you take the lesson. 

Payments for the Ski Retreat need to be turned in to Gail Bolton or the church office no later than TODAY! There are still spots available for more youth, so if you would like to go, please contact Miss Gail. 

Sunday Night Youth Meetings / Sunday School:
Due to the Ski Retreat, the Youth will not meet on January 19. 

There will by Youth Sunday School on Jan. 19th at 9:45 AM as usual.


Upcoming Study

Basics of Christianity
Pastor Cyndi McDonald will lead this 4 week study on Sundays, beginning on January 19 at 12:15 p.m. in the Hope House. A light lunch will be provided. 


Men's Retreat: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

All men of the church are invited to attend the Mt. Carmel Men's Retreat to Amicalola Falls. This will be a time of study, fun and fellowship in the great outdoors! Contact any Men's Club member or the church office for more information.


Outreach Opportunity

Have you seen the Box Tops symbol on products that you have purchased? Don’t throw money away - cut out those box tops! 

Most schools in the area submit these box tops for cash that they can use to buy needed supplies. 

Collect up a few and hand them off to one of the children in the church or place them in the Labels for Education container on the table across from the upstairs kitchen.


Chili Cook-Off: Jan. 26th - Ignatius Home

Get your recipes out and your taste-buds ready. You are ALL invited to the Mt. Carmel Annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, January 25 – 6:00 PM at the home of Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius (3890 Berkeley View Dr., Duluth, GA 30096).

If you are new to Mt. Carmel, please plan to attend this fun, casual event where you can meet new church friends, have some fun and enjoy some great chili. If you’re an “old-timer,” please come and welcome our new friends! 

Everyone is invited to bring a pot of their favorite chili; hot or mild; beef, tofu, venison or chicken, anything goes. Or you may bring side dishes or desserts to go with the meal instead. 

After much serious tasting and debate, (along with lots of FUN!) the winner of “BEST TASTING CHILI” will be declared and a prize will be presented!

Please RSVP to Lorrie and Pekka to let them know how many people will attend and what you plan to bring. 

Just check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact: lorrie.ignatius@gmail.com or 770-265-9948. Hope to see lots of you there! 


UMW Woman of the Year Brunch: January 26th at 12:15 p.m.

All women of the church 
are invited to the Mt. Carmel UMW “Woman of the Year” Brunch 

January 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Fellowship Hall 

Please plan to join us as we recognize a special woman who has gone above and beyond in her service to our church. 

Please RSVP to the church office at office@mtcarmel-umc.org or call (770) 449-4498.


Norcross Cooperative Ministry Needs

This month, NCM has the following specific needs.  Please consider them while doing your shopping, or you could drop a check marked "NCM" into the offering plate to help too.  Donations may be dropped into the NCM container near the handicap entrance at Mt. Carmel.  Thank you!

Food Pantry
crackers, pudding, Jello, fruit juice

Personal Care Items
soap, shampoo, toothpaste

Clothes and Household 
blankets,  coats,  baby clothes (0 - 6 months), toilet paper, paper towels

Also volunteers: adults who can commit to some consistent schedule, needed for any day but Thursday


Thank You Very Much

Dear Mt. Carmel family,

Thank you so much for all of the cards, prayers and concern that you sent our way at the death of Tim's mother, Betty Jo McLaney.  

It meant so much to us to have all of your support during this sad time. It's so nice to be a part of such a caring church family.

Sincerely,
Tim, Suzanne, Erin & Megan Foster and
Pam, Sven, Erika & JoHanna Rodenbeck


District Training and Choir Festival

You are cordially invited to the Atlanta-Roswell District UMC Choir Festival and Training Event on Sunday, January 26, 2:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Roswell First United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075 

2:30 p.m. - AROS Festival Choir
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 - 5:15 p.m. - Workshops 
or call Katie Cook at 770-362-1002, AROS District Office

$5 registration fee per person to be paid in each workshop session 

Workshops
* Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee 
* The Ministry of the Laity Inside and Outside of the Church 
* Cokesbury Resource Table 
* Advanced Finance Workshop 
* Church Finance 101 
* Not If, But When: What to do When the Media Calls
* Trustees 101 
* The Stewardship Journey
* Evangelism: What Laity Need to Know 


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Kathleen Moore's sisters
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth: house flooded
  • Jeanne Manget's ex-husband Tommy
  • Ruby Easley's friend Kay - cancer
  • Morgan & Jay Nichelson - custody battle
  • Lane Shutt's mother - under hospice care
  • Joanne Ragon - recovering from surgery
  • Susan Posey's cousin Martin - autoimmune disease
  • Steve Pearson's friend Joel - lost job, hope, faith in God
  • JoAnn Weathers - Barbara recovering from back surgery
  • McGee's grandson - skiing accident
  • Friend of Mandy & Matt Haecker - house fire / newborn
  • Those being served by Trinity Soup Kitchen and all of their prayers
Thanksgivings
  • Foster family - for prayers & concern during Tim's mother's illness & death
  • Carl Garner's birthday - all kids at home
  • Andy Loftis & Joanne Ragon - thanks for congregation care during illnesses
  • Youth serving at Soup Kitchen
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:
John 2:13-25
1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
Psalm 127:1-2


Birthdays this week:

Thad Thompson
Emily Whaley
Cindy Cox
Ruby Bolton
Daniel Smith
Cathy Smith

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
JANUARY 15 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WHO IS THIS MAN? STUDY
JANUARY 15 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

WOMEN'S STUDY
JANUARY 15 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
JANUARY 15 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

MEN'S CLUB DINNER / MTG.
JANUARY 16 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SKI RETREAT
JAN. 17 - 20
BEECH MTN., NC

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
JANUARY 18 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

BASICS OF CHRISTIANITY BEGINS
JANUARY 19 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

STUDY OF LUKE
JANUARY 19 - 6:00 PM
COUNSELING CENTER

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
JANUARY 20 - OFFICE CLOSED

"WHO IS THAT MAN" STUDY
JANUARY 20 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
JANUARY 21 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
JANUARY 21 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

EVANGELISM MEETING
JANUARY 21 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
JANUARY 23 - 5:45 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILI COOK-OFF
JANUARY 25 - 6:00 PM
IGNATIUS HOME

CHURCH LEADER RECOG.
JANUARY 26
SANCTUARY

UMW BRUNCH
JANUARY 26 - 12:15 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DIST. TRAINING & CHOIR FESTIVAL
JANUARY 26 - 2:30 PM
ROSWELL UMC

PRESCHOOL IN-HOUSE REGISTRATION
JANUARY 29 - 30

MEN'S RETREAT
JAN. 31 - FEB. 2
AMICALOLA FALLS

YOUTH LOCK-IN
JAN. 31 - FEB. 1
FELLOWSHIP HALL / DOWNSTAIRS

VALENTINE WORKSHOP
FEBRUARY 2 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH SUPER BOWL PARTY
FEBRUARY 2 - 5:15 PM
LOCATION TBD



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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