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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
May 21, 2014
River Baptism 5
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I have never met you, but ...

“I never met you…but I’ve loved you for months.” That’s what I thought this morning when I went to visit Frances and her parents Clair and Sean. (Yes, she and Clair are both healthy and beautiful.) 

Later today I will go to a funeral, and there will be those present that I have never met. I will think a similar thought. I have never met you, but I grieve with you. 

That’s part of what it means to be church. To know that there are people we have never met that somehow we love. So today we also host a blood drive, because there are people we have never met that are hurting. 

Afterwards I will hang out on the front lawn, hoping that those passing by will see the posters that say “free hotdogs.”  It’s a beautiful day, so I expect that some will stop and enjoy a meal. Kids will join in the games and adults sit around the tables and chat. I hope I have a chance to think, as I talk to someone, “I have never met you before now, but I have loved you.” 

I hope those that keep driving by will see the signs and remember. That’s the church that gave and didn’t ask for anything in return. That’s the church that loved people they did not know. Maybe even I would be welcome there.

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Welcome New Members
  • Congratulations Class of 2014!
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn - Wednesdays in May - 6 PM
  •  Blood Drive - May 21
  • Children's Ministry
  • Chapel in the Woods - June 7 - 8:00 AM
  • Preschool News
  • Women's Book Club: June 13
  • Parents of Young Children Picnic - June 22
  • Outreach Opportunities: MUST Lunches, Family Promise, NCM News


New Members Welcomed on May 18

Sunday was a special day as members of our Confirmation Class were baptized in the river at Jones Bridge Park, joined the church, and led the worship service at Mt. Carmel.

The service included a devotion, special music, Holy communion, an interpretive dance and a Mission Moment, all led by our newest church members.

Congratulations: Megan Banks, Andrew Raye, John Roe & Elizabeth Sigmon

You can see photos of the baptism here, and the Mission Moment on the church website.

Thank you to the following adults who acted as mentors to the students: Paul Bendig, Sherry Blackwood, Lila Hunter, Neil Odom and Katrina Stone, as well as class leaders, Clair Carter Lovett and Pastor Cyndi McDonald.


Congratulations Graduating Class of 2014!

On Sunday, May 18th, we were happy to celebrate the hard work and accomplishment of the following graduates of the Class of 2014!

High School: 
Zack Bond, Trevor Jones, Sam Medinger, and Will Thompson








College: Mariah Hinson and Thad Thompson


Hot Dogs on the Lawn

Each Wednesday in May we will invite our neighbors to come and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and dessert with us from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m, RAIN OR SHINE!  (outside, weather permitting, or in lower fellowship hall) 

There will be bubbles, chalk, a parachute and other fun things for the children to play with also. 

Several church committees will be in charge of these dinners, but ALL church members are encouraged to come and help and visit with our neighbors! 

If you can attend on one or more Wednesdays, please check the back of the Connect Card in the Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.


The Red Cross is Here!  Please donate Blood Today!  2:00 - 7:00 PM


Walk-Ins are accepted.
Please Donate: Lives are depending on you!

EXTRA BONUS: Each donor at our Blood Drive will also receive a coupon for a $9.99 oil change at Midas!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
Our last regular Sunday Class before the summer schedule begins on June 1. We are with Paul in Athens as he shares the good news with some Athenian philosophers. (Act 17) Paul proclaims the truth about Jesus and the resurrection. 

Next week we begin our Summer classes with preschool – Kindergarten together and Grades 1- 5 together. Sunday School teachers are need for all Summer Sundays. Please let me know if you can teach. 

Sundays’ needed: June 1, 15, 22, July 6, 13, 20 and August 3. 


Weird Animal VBS: 
Help us make Weird Animals wild and wonderful!

Here are some things we need if you can help supply some of them. Please check the bulletin board outside the Sanctuary for the tags and if you can, pick a tag and return the item by May 25th. Thank you!

Some of the items needed
clear punch cups
large jar of maraschino cherries
3 large containers of non dairy whipped topping 
150 non latex food gloves (the cheap one size fits all) 
15 assorted gelatin packages 
4 plastic baseball bats 
4 packages of Starburst candy 
100 12” blue balloons 
30 6” brown balloons 
box of lawn trash bags 
roll of caution tape 
2 packages of removable ¾” round stickers 
3 boxes of saltine crackers
5 sheets of red poster paper
brown grocery bags 
fine tip permanent markers

Snack items needed:
4 - 2 liter bottles of coke 
5 - 2 liter bottles of diet coke 
4 - 2 liter bottles of sprite 
4 large bags of tortilla chips 
10 doz. large sugar cookies (need to be large enough to decorate)
4 large bags of plain M&Ms 
2 bags of twizzlers 
4 containers vanilla frosting 
1 large tub of margarine 

Please place in church kitchen and mark for VBS.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


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


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

It is so quiet here in the halls of the Preschool. Miss Lin and Miss Virginia are the only other people here which makes the halls echo with emptiness. I had a tour this morning and welcomed a new 2 year-old and his family to the clan. As you know, there is space available and those who bring in new students will received $100 which kind of means you had free registration! If you bring in more, you will continue to receive $100 for every family who joins us, so let’s see who can help the most! 

Our ballet recital was delightful and the ballet dancers showed us all how hard they had worked all year. We had a full 45 minute recital with all the children on the stage for the entire time. I just love Miss Jess and Miss Oksana. Remember, classes are available in the summer, so go to www.CreativeMovementandDance.com and find one close to you! 

We are so thankful for the year we all enjoyed and sadly said good bye to those who graduated and those who are moving to different schools. We wish the best of luck to our families and hope everyone enjoys a healthy and happy summer. Remember to spend a lot of time in the sun and water, wear sunscreen, drink a lot of water, eat a lot of delicious summer foods and grow bigger and stronger for the new school year.

In joy and love,
Lorrie


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.


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 peanut butter, jelly, bologna, cheese and bread the week of June 15 to make the sandwiches each day.

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!



Family Promise Hosting:

This will be our 3rd summer of working with Family Promise of Gwinnett (http://familypromisegwinnett.org/) to serve homeless families who are transitioning out of homelessness. We use our preschool rooms during the summer as guest bedrooms for up to 4 families with children. 

We will be hosting our Family Promise guests for 2 weeks, back to back this summer, July 13 - 27. This is a great opportunity to serve. We will be sharing more info and details over the next few weeks.


NCM News

Everyone is invited to the NCM
Annex / Playground Dedication
Sunday, June 1 - 2:00 PM

Everyone is asked to bring a food donation.  Refreshments are also needed.  If you can bring dessert, cheese, crackers, or fruit, and/or if you plan to attend, please email Shirley at NCM to let her know.

Present Needs
jelly, cereal, fitted crib sheets, baby blankets, baby towels, underwear, socks (all sizes / male & female) 


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Clair & Sean Lovett and new baby
  • Lucile Jones: death of sister Voncile
  • Cheri Proels & family: death of Cheri's father
  • Dodger DeLeon: recovering
  • Cyndi McDonald's cousin Lisa
  • Melanie Bagwell's friend Patsy: cancer
  • John Posey: moving to Charlotte / new job
  • Bobbie Walden: major dental work
  • Emily & Zach Lalor: baby due in June
  • Jerry McDonald: recovering from hip replacement
  • Gene & Karen Weeks: safe travel back to Colorado
  • Susan Posey: eye surgery next week
Thanksgivings
  • Youth: graduates / confirmation students
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:

Acts 17:16-31
John 1:16-18


Birthdays this week:

Morgan Nichelson
Alice Westbrooks
Lisa Moore
Diane Nishimuta

Anniversaries this week:
Mark & Diane Bond
Jay & Morgan Nichelson
Gene & Linda Anglin
Bill & Laraine Downey


Save the Date

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 21: 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
MAY 21: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

WEDNESDAY STUDY
MAY 21: 7:00 PM
ROOM 114/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MAY 21: 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
MAY 24 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

FELLOWSHIP GOLF
MAY 24 - TEE TIMES TBD
RIVER PINES CLUB

MEMORIAL DAY
OFFICE CLOSED
MAY 26

BROWN BAG STUDY
MAY 27 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

VBS TRAINING
MAY 28: 10:00 AM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

FINAL HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
MAY 28 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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