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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 8, 2013
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There’s No Place Like Mt Carmel!

I have spoken often about the minister who had one sermon. Every Sunday he managed to say in some way, “God loves you.” We would go home after worship and sit around the table and ask, “Can you believe he preached that same sermon again?” “Will he ever get a new sermon?” 

It took years of hearing that same sermon, every week, before I started to believe that God might love me. Some messages need to be heard again and again. Every summer the stewardship committee gathers and brainstorms about our one sermon. This year we laughed as we plotted skits in which Dorothy and her ruby slippers (and red boots and red 
mules) could grow in her faith journey and grow in trust of God. I hope you got to see the Cowardly Lion (Trip Ogden) instructing Dorothy (Lori Anderson) to trust God instead of being afraid. There is no need to fear what other people will think. You can trust God, rather than worrying about not having enough.

In the past, the stewardship committee has done skits with pies, skits with parking meters, tip jars for the church musical leaders, and price tags on the pews. We have fun brainstorming, but all the skits say the same lesson. If you trust God in your giving, you will grow as a disciple. 

We need to hear that lesson every year, so that it sinks in. Even if a wealthy donor came in and made a gift large enough to fund every dream of every Mt Carmel committee, I would still ask you to tithe. Tithing is not how God raises money. Tithing is how God raises children. 

This week we read the story of God feeding the people in the wilderness. Every morning the people would get up and gather manna and be reminded “you can trust God.” Sometimes we need to hear a message again and again. 

When we tithe, we look at each dollar and see manna. This is a gift from God and I get to keep 90%! 
Thank you. 

I’ll see you this Sunday.

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Booth at Literacy Festival at Berkeley Lake Elementary
  • Youth Collect Food for NCM - October 13
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 20 - 9:00 - 2:00
  • Church Conference - Oct. 20 - 2:30 
  • Women's Book Club - October 11
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Fall Festival - October 19 at 11:00
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Preschool News
  • Moonlight Hike - October 19



Children's Art on Bulletin Covers

Thank you to Alex Smith for her rendition of "Manna" that was on the bulletin cover last Sunday! 

Watch for more great artwork from our children on upcoming bulletins.


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Mt Carmel is sponsoring the USA booth at the Berkeley Lake Elementary School International Literacy Festival on Thursday, October 10th from 6-8pm. Please contact Julie Jones if you'd like to help! jaj31@bellsouth.net.


Youth Collect Food for NCM During Food Drive Month - Sunday, Oct. 13: 6 - 7 PM

On Sunday, October 13th, our Youth will visit homes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM to collect non-perishable food for Norcross Cooperative Ministry.

If you would like for them to stop by your house, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office. 

October is also the NCM Food Drive Month for Mt. Carmel, so any other donations that you can make of food or money will be appreciated. Just place non-perishable food donations in the NCM box in the church foyer or mark your check "NCM."

Thank you for supporting those in need in our neighborhood.


Red Cross Blood Drive
October 20: 9 AM - 2 PM

Our next Blood Drive will be from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 20 in the Fellowship Hall.

Since we have a weekend date, the Red Cross would like for us to schedule 50 donors for our drive, so PLEASE give if you can and invite your friends too!

Plan to give before church, afterwards, or before our Church Conference which begins at 2:30!

Please sign up here, using the code mtcarmelumc and help save lives! 


Church Conference on October 20 - 2:30 PM

Mark your calendars now for our Annual Church Conference where we will hear details of the past year at Mt. Carmel, as well as plans for 2014.

If you are turning in a committee report for the Conference, please remember they are due in the office by Monday, Oct. 7th.  Thank you!


Women's Book Club 

The Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will meet on October 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the home of Vicki Walden. This month's book is Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. 

If you need a ride or more information, please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden. 


Children's Ministry News


Sunday School

Oct. 13’s lesson is from 1 Samuel 3:1-21 and is titled ‘Here I am, Lord”. We are introduced to Israel’s first great prophet, Samuel. Samuel is only a child when God calls to him. He turns to Eli who guides him to hear and understand God’s plan for his life. Use your family take home page for ideas to continue daily Bible readings about Samuel. 


Fall Festival October 19 11:00-2:00 

The annual children’s Fall Festival is almost here! Invite your friends and neighbors to join us. We will have crafts, games, a hay ride, the monster truck moon walk, a cemetery scavenger hunt, cupcake walk, and crazy hair salon. Grilled hot dogs and chips will be for sale to benefit the Wesley Walk for Others also.


Fall Festival Needs

Volunteers: adult and teens 

cupcakes: about 5 doz. total 

2 bales of straw 

colored hair spray 

hot dogs and buns 


Christmas Pageant Choir Rehearsals

We are practicing the music for the pageant at Children’s Church and right after Sunday School. Make sure you pick up your CD of the music and play in the car as you are driving from place to place. Our play is titled: O Little Christmas Town and the music is great!


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

http://mtcarmel-umc.org/#/children


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

What are we doing on Wednesday? We are going to Berry Patch Farms! Now we all feel as though fall is here, especially after a hayride, apple cider, and a picnic with our friends. The weather should be perfect for us and we will carpool together for some fun in the country. 

Before you know it, Halloween will be here and there goes October. Next week we will have no school on Monday, October 14, but we will be back as usual on Tuesday. 

October is Fire Prevention and Safety Month and the firefighters will visit us on Thursday, October 24 at 10:00 in the sanctuary. Our favorite community helpers will bring the fire truck and maybe the ambulance. We have so much fun with them, even if the siren is a little scary. We always have the 2’s go back to their room before the loud noise begins!

On Friday, the 4’s are off to Station #4 to see a video and take a tour of the station. It will be an exciting time, and we will learn how to be safe. 

As you know, we still have openings and ask that you help us fill the classrooms. We are thankful to have Mt. Carmel as a safe haven and a wonderful learning environment.

In joy and love,


Moonlight Suspension Bridge Hike - Oct. 19th

Our Chapel in the Woods group will travel to Tallulah Gorge State Park on October 19th to have a 1 and 1/2 mile hike under a full moon!

Cost is $5 for the hike, and $5 to park. Everyone interested should meet at Mt. Carmel at 5:30 to carpool to the Gorge.

Please contact Cheryl Martin if you plan to attend. cmmartin@ups.com


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Bill & Susan Posey
  • Trevor Jones - high blood pressure
  • Christina Werdebaugh's daughter - bike accident
  • Billy & JoAnn Weathers - ill
  • Cousin of Miguel Valverde-Jensen & her son: addiction problems and incarcerated
  • Mike - entering Army
  • All Federal employees & contractors in uncertain time
  • Shelia Trentini's father: continuing health issues
  • Lila Hunter's father - declining health
  • Cheryl Martin's friend Kathy - chemo & radiation 
  • Daughter of Kathleen Moore's friend
  • Samples family moved over weekend
  • Lynn Koch's sister - stroke
  • Dick Thompson - cancer returned
  • Klinetob family - Dick's mother going into hospice
Thanksgivings
  • Upcoming birthdays of: Shelia Trentini's father, Lila Hunter's father, Tim Sawinska's mother, Lois Salter's grandchild (4 years old)
  • 23rd wedding anniversary of Sid & Julie Samples
  • Great BBQ!  Thanks for all help & patronage
  • Lois Salter - friends 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 lessons will be:

1 Samuel 3:1-21
John 20:21-23


Birthdays this week:

Alice Porterfield
Harlee Nichelson
Tom Cooper
Anna Whitlow
Forest Whitlow
Kathy Atkins
Leah Bendig
Fran Smith

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING CLASS BEGINS
OCTOBER 8 - 6:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

PRESCHOOL TO BERRY PATCH FARMS
OCTOBER 9 - 9:15 AM

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 9 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 9 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

WOMEN'S STUDY
OCTOBER 9 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

MT. CARMEL BOOTH AT BLES LITERACY FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 10: 6-8 PM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 11 - 7:00 PM
WALDEN HOME

PAVEMENT POUNDERS
OCTOBER 12 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

YOUTH FOOD COLLECTION FOR NCM
OCTOBER 13: 6-7 PM

FINANCE MTG.
OCTOBER 13 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MTG.
OCTOBER 13 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

COLUMBUS DAY - 
PRESCHOOL CLOSED
OCTOBER 14

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 14 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
OCTOBER 15 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 15 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

UMM DINNER & MEETING
OCTOBER 17 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FALL FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19 - 11:00 AM

MOONLIGHT HIKE
OCTOBER 19 - 5:30 PM
TALLULAH GORGE PARK
MEET AT CHURCH

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 20 - 2:30 PM
SANCTUARY

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S SUNDAY
OCTOBER 27 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
OCTOBER 27 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 27 - 5:15 PM
HOGE HOME

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 3

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS!
NOVEMBER 3

MID-HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
NOV. 8 - 10

PRESCHOOL SOUP LUNCH
NOVEMBER 21 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH-WIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FOYER



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.

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