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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 13, 2014
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Why Churches Fight Over Music (and Windows and Carpet and Candles)

I have a theory about why church members argue over things like music. The theory explains why people are adamant about how to pray (Circle? With or without prayer requests? Prepared or spontaneous?) and whether to use a hymnal or words on a screen. 

The theory goes like this. There was a time when you heard the song ”his eye is on the sparrow” and knew that God’s eye was on you. There was a moment when you sang “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” and could almost feel the movement of the Spirit creating bonds of love and hope in the room. 

There was a time when it felt like your life was falling apart and you walked into the sanctuary and the golden light streaming through the stained glass windows seemed magical; in that moment you knew that it would work out. There was a time when the piano—or guitar or organ—played as you walked down the aisle, wanting to give everything to God. 

We care so much about looks, sounds, and smells because they remind us of moments when we knew God present. Like an elderly couple that returns each year to the drug store soda fountain where they had their first date, we hope to recreate again those precious moments when we knew God.

This Sunday our regular 8:30 attenders evaluated how the transition to a lay led service is progressing. They had such positive words, sharing their appreciation for Neil Odom’s sermons and music from Mark Bond, Dan Bailey and Bob Jones. Lay leadership had recruited five additional volunteers to serve at the service by providing sermons. 

But for the last few weeks, there were times when there were more worship leaders up front than people in the pews. As one person put it, it doesn’t seem fair to volunteers to continue with such a small group.

Based on this feedback, on Sunday night the Administrative Board determined to discontinue the services. The last 8:30 service will be on August 31. 

This is hard. 

In her mission moment, Michelle Hammond shared that the 8:30 service is her “date night” with God. In one of the original discussions about Sunday morning services, one 8:30 participant described this time as one that she shared with friends no longer with us like Mary Cofer, J.W. Rikard and Curt Raymond.

I ask that you pray for our regular 8:30 attendees, because it’s hard to give up a time and place where you have met God and know dear friends. 

All of us long to recreate the moments when we knew God with us. It will be our responsibility and honor to be present to the 8:30 attendees in ways that assure that God is present and we too want to be present with them. 

We do this when we say, “I’m glad you’re here” and “sit with me on this pew.” We do this when we share prayer concerns. 

We do this when we wholeheartedly attempt to sing unfamiliar songs; even though a song is not my song, we know they are the songs where someone else has met God. 

Earlier this year, John Waller and Bob Jones met the Confirmation class to share their reflections on worship and how they pick songs for worship. They explained their primary goal is to select music that reflects the scripture for that day. But they also try to select music that will appeal to the different generations they expect to see on Sunday morning. One song might be for an older crowd; another for youth or young adults. 

Where two or three are gathered, there will be four or five preferred ways to worship! Yet Jesus said that when two or three are gathered in his name, the presence of God is with them. Perhaps he meant, in part, that when one person sets aside his or her own preferences in order to be with another person, when we ask how God might be revealed through another person, we meet God.

Pray for our 8:30 family. Join them in worship on one of these final services, August 24 and 31. Look for the ways they can teach us, too, about meeting God.

I’ll see you this Sunday,
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Homecoming: August 17
  • Mission Moment
  • Men's Dinner Out: August 14 at MacKenzie's Restaurant
  • Children's Ministry
  • CPR / First Aid Class: August 19 at 10:00 AM
  • UMW Night Circle: August 25 at 6:30 PM
  • Berkeley Lake Food Project
  • Holy Communion at Assisted Living Homes
  • Harvest of Hope
  • New Pictorial Directory
  • Church Member to Visit Graves in Normandy


Homecoming!  Combined Worship Service on Sunday, August 17 - 10:30 AM


This will be a combined 10:30 worship service, followed by a covered dish lunch in the Fellowship Hall. 




Come and hear from guest speaker Dr. Doug Thrasher, our new District Superintendent.  

Everyone is also invited to bring a dish or two to share and enjoy lunch with your church family.


Mission Moment: Amanda Garner


Thank you Amanda for the Mission Moment last Sunday!

To view Amanda's video, click HERE.


Men's Dinner Out: Thursday, August 14 - 7:00 p.m.

All men of the church are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Men's Club for dinner out at MacKenzie's Restaurant. We'll meet at the restaurant at 7:00 p.m. 

It is on Peachtree Industrial Blvd., just past Zaxby's. 
(4790 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Berkeley Lake, GA)  It's on the 2nd floor of the building, but an elevator is available.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This Sunday is Homecoming with a combined 10:30 service of music and a guest speaker, followed by a covered dish lunch. 

Children will have Sunday School after gathering for the Children’s Sermon in the Sanctuary. Our lesson is the parable of The Sower from Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23. 

Nursery and extended session volunteers will help with the lessons. 


Children’s Art Work for Bulletin 
This fall we will again be using children’s art interpretations of the narrative lectionary scriptures as our bulletin covers each week.
 
I have a sign-up list for you to select the scripture you would like to draw. The list will be in the Double Classroom.  We would like for every child to draw a picture. Art work will be due back 2 weeks before your cover date.  See Ms. Marian or Pastor Cyndi if you have any questions.


Children’s Council Meeting: 
August 24 at 10:45 in the Mid High Room 
We will discuss fall children’s programs and budget for 2015.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Preschool Offers CPR / First Aid Class
On Tuesday, August 19th at 10:00 AM our Preschool will once again offer this CPR & First Aid class through First Response. 

Cost is $20 per person, made payable to First Response, and the class will be held in our Fellowship Hall.

If you need to take the class for the first time, or renew your certificate, this is an inexpensive & convenient place to take it!

Please contact Lorrie Ignatius to sign up: 770-265-9948 or lorrie.ignatius@gmail.com 


United Methodist Women:  Lola Belle Young Night Circle on August 25

All women of the church are invited to join the Night Circle which will meet for dinner and a program on Monday, August 25th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  

Following dinner, this month's program will be a book discussion. Please RSVP to the church office if you plan to attend.


Outreach Opportunities

Berkeley Lake Family Food Project Continues


The counselors at Berkeley Lake Elementary have requested help for the month of August.  When a teacher identifies a student whose family is in need, they give that family a food bag.  

Each food bag contains:
  • dry beans
  • bag of rice
  • package of tortillas
  • canned fruit
  • tuna/salmon/other canned meat
  • canned corn or other veggie
  • mac and cheese
Additional items if available:
  • detergent (a baggy or pods, not a whole box)
  • toothpaste
  • bar of soap
  • other household or hygiene product
You can help our Berkeley Lake Elementary School neighbors by providing some of these items.  Bins are with the Norcross Co-op bin, in the hallway between the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.

Serving Holy Communion to Assisted Living Residents

Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, Pastor Cyndi and Neil and Joyce Odom visit the two assisted living homes in Norcross to serve Holy Communion.  If you would like to join them, please contact Neil, Pastor Cyndi or the church office.

The next opportunity will be on Thursday, August 21st at 9:45 AM.

Harvest of Hope





Harvest of Hope is the ecumenical study, worship, and action mission trip program of the Society of St. Andrew. HoH offers opportunities to learn about hunger and a common sense solution (gleaning) to the issue. (See video on the Mt. Carmel website here.)

Together we will glean fresh fruits and vegetables which will immediately, through the help of local feeding agencies, find their way onto the tables of those in need. A simple, healthy lifestyle will be experienced during the event. We will worship together, exploring what God wants us to do concerning our neighbors who are in need. 

Join us and do something about hunger! 
November 7-9 in Dahlonega, Georgia 
Intergenerational / All Ages Camp facility: Camp Glisson
690 Camp Glisson Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533 
Facility website: CampGlisson.org 
Produce historically gleaned: Apples

For more information, check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or see Julie Jones.


Still Time to Submit a Photo for the New Church Directory!

The Evangelism Committee will be collecting your photos for a new directory throughout the summer so send yours today! (Deadline is September 30.)

(Photos may include pets, vacation scenes, etc.)

Everyone is asked to either:

1. Provide a photo of themselves for the directory. (Please send or drop off photos to the church office, in person or electronically.) 

2. Use the same photo that was in the previous directory. (Let the church office know.)

3. Have a new photo taken by our resident photographer, George Hunter.

Contact Neil Odom or Mercer Griffin with any questions.


Member to Visit Normandy - Kind Offer

Mt. Carmel members, David and Ann Whitlow, will soon be traveling to visit their son and daughter-in-law and part of their visit will include a trip to the beach and graves in Normandy.

The Whitlows wondered if any members of the congregation had relatives buried in Normandy.  If so, they would be happy to try to find the grave and take a picture for the family.

Contact Ann Whitlow or call the church office for more information.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Lila Hunter: recovering from knee surgery
  • Barbara Cooper: upcoming surgery on 8/11
  • Tom Cooper: recovering from heart issues
  • Tarin Hinson: additional eye surgery needed
  • Those suffering overseas / Christians being persecuted and killed
  • Trentini Family: traveling to Florida with grandson Brian
  • Family involved in Duluth home invasion
  • Donna Riviere's sister-in-law: degenerative back disease
  • Cindy Jones' brother: cancer
  • Maxine Follmer's sister & family
  • Teachers beginning new school year
  • Students beginning college and their parents
  • Gail Bolton's injured thumb
  • Homecoming service on 8/17
Thanksgivings
  • Lila Hunter: thanks for food, love, visits & prayers
  • Coopers: that all of their family is together in church
  • Birthdays of: Bill Posey, Jessee Hoge, & Hayne Thompson
  • Jerri Phillips in church 
  • Riley Stark for her years of service as an acolyte
  • Dawn Siegler back today and joined the church
  • Dawn also thanks everyone for prayers after her accident
  • John & Gwen Lansing visiting

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 delivered by guest preacher, Dr. Doug Thrasher.


Birthdays this week:

Chris Mitcham
Jenny Jensen
John Michael Smith
Molly Leeper
Charlie Leeper

Anniversaries this week:
Hayne & Marianne Thompson


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 13 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

MEN'S DINNER OUT
AUGUST 14 - 7:00 PM
MACKENZIE'S RESTAURANT
BERKELEY LAKE, GA

HOMECOMING
AUGUST 17 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

COVERED DISH LUNCH
AUGUST 17 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH COUNCIL
AUGUST 17 - 3:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
AUGUST 17 - 5:15 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
AUGUST 18 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CPR / FIRST AID CLASS
AUGUST 19 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING
AUGUST 19 - 10:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
AUGUST 20 - 5:45 PM
HOPE HOUSE

HOLY COMMUNION AT ASSISTED LIVING HOMES
AUGUST 21 - 9:45 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / CLASSROOMS

EVANGELISM MEETING
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S COUNCIL MTG.
AUGUST 24 - 10:45 AM
MID-HIGH YOUTH ROOM

PRESCHOOL CAMP WEEK
AUGUST 25 - 29
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
CLASSROOMS

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE DINNER & MEETING
AUGUST 25 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LABOR DAY - CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 1

PRESCHOOL RESUMES NORMAL SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 2  - 9:30 AM

TEACHER & ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 / SANCTUARY

CHURCH PICNIC / BAPTISM
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 21 - 4:30 PM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM


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