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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
March 26, 2014
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Is Frozen Vanilla Yogurt a Dessert?

I am already asking “Lent” questions. 

• Is frozen vanilla yogurt a dessert? Or is it just vanilla yogurt? 
• If I say I will pray for someone on Tuesday, is it ok to pray for them on Wednesday if I’m very busy on Tuesday? 
• How many days until Easter Sunday? And when does Dairy Queen open that day? 

These questions are the very reason that I take on a Lenten practice every year. No matter how good my intentions, I will fail. 

Even if I stick to the commitment of silence in the car or limiting social media, I will fail in my attitude. Instead of making this about being available to God or being present to other people, it will become about me and what I want.

That’s why on Sunday I asked you to pray a prayer of confession each day this week. Whether in a Lenten commitment or just in the simple living out of ordinary days, we fall short. Like Peter, we answer the question of whether we are a disciple with “I am not”. I am not the person that I hoped to be. I do not follow Jesus in the way that I promised. 

Yet if you pay attention in worship, you may have noticed that we NEVER say a prayer of confession without also hearing a pardon. This, too, is who we are. We belong to a God who knows we will fail, and yet while we are still sinners, loved us and died for us. 

Jesus knew that Peter (and you and I) would say a lie to save our skin. Jesus knew that Judas (and you and I) would reject Jesus’ way and look elsewhere for security. Jesus knew that James and John (and you and I) would squabble over who gets recognition and power. 

Jesus knew that even after seeing his resurrected body, his disciples would hide in fear behind locked doors. Jesus knows that you and I would rather hide behind church doors, open our wallets to mission projects rather than enter into relationships with our neighbors. 

Jesus did what they (and you and I) could not do…he trusted in God’s faithfulness and love, all the way to the end. 

Let us confess our sins, all the while trusting that God loved us while we were sinners. Let us hear the pardon, trusting that God’s love is all the way to the end.

I’ll see you tonight (and this Sunday),
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Combined 10:30 Service - March 30, 2014
  • Covered Dish Lunch - March 30, 2014
  • Lenten Schedule
  • Confirmation Class
  • Special Lenten Offerings
  • The Lenten Cross
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club
  • Preschool News
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Family Promise Bed Race
  • An Evening with Adam Hamilton, Making Sense of the Bible


Men's Sunday - Combined 10:30 Service     March 30









This combined service will be led by the men of our church.

All men are invited to participate. Plan to attend a short (1/2 hr.) organizational meeting on Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m., and a practice time at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29th, or contact Neil Odom for more information.


Covered Dish Lunch - March 30th

Following the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, everyone is invited to bring a dish or two to share and enjoy lunch with your church friends in the Fellowship Hall.  Drinks will be provided.


Lenten Schedule

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Lenten season:

Wednesday Night Dinners and Conversation
March 12 - April 9 
Dinner: 6:00 PM - provided by the Mt. Carmel UMW

Cost - Adults: $6.00  /  Children 12 & under: $3.00
Family Max:  $20.00

God in the Movies: 6:40 - 7:00 PM

March 26:
Dinner Menu
baked chicken with dressing, green beans, green salad, fruit salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade   (pb&j for kids too)

Movie Clip 
Forrest Gump

April 2:
Dinner Menu
baked spaghetti, lasagna, green salad, fruit salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade   (pb&j for kids too)

Movie Clip
Frozen


Confirmation Class

Our confirmation students meet on Sunday afternoons to explore, ask questions and consider the Christian faith and the unique history and teachings of The United Methodist Church.

On May 18 the class will lead the worship service, and have the opportunity to be baptized or to affirm for themselves an infant baptism. Please pray for our confirmation class (Max, John, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Megan) as they meet each week. 

Check out the display outside the Fellowship Hall to share your prayers for the class. 

Thank you to the adult mentors Paul Bendig, Sherry Blackwood, Lila Hunter, Neil Odom, and Katrina Stone who are accompanying our confirmation students each week.


Special Offerings During the Lenten Season

During the season of Lent, we hope that you take on a practice that allows you to grow spiritually as you reach out to others.

If you are fasting in some way, could you set aside the funds you would have spent on chocolate or meals out, and give these to those who have less?

United Methodist Special Offerings are listed on the back of the Hymnal Cards and specially marked envelopes are provided in the sanctuary.

Please consider donating to one or more of these offerings as a part of your observance of Lent.


The Lenten Cross

The cross used in worship on Sundays during Lent was built from two Christmas trees.

There are seven candles to remind of the 7 days in the creation story.  The writer of the Gospel of John records 7 "I am" sayings and 7 "signs," suggesting that in Christ, creation begins again.

We extinguish one candle each week of Lent as we near Jesus' death on the cross.  On Easter Sunday, the cross is covered with flowers to represent resurrection and new life.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
This Sunday is UMM Sunday and a combined service at 10:30, but we will still have Sunday School. The format will be a combined class where we will work in age appropriate centers.

Our lesson this week is from John 18:28-40 and continues Jesus’ journey to the cross with the story of Jesus on trial before Pilate. Look for some skits and a puppet show. We will also practice our Palm Sunday song. 

Movie Night: 
This Friday, from 6-8. We'll enjoy pizza, popcorn and the movie Frozen. Deadline for registration, Thursday, March 27. 

Palm Sunday: 
The children will sing at the beginning of both the 9:30 and 11:00 services on Palm Sunday, April 13. A CD and the words are available for each family so your children can practice. We will also be practicing during Sunday School. Please plan to attend.

Easter Egg Hunt: 
Saturday April 19 at 10:00 AM  -  Empty eggs are available now! We need help getting them filled with non-chocolate candy and returned to the church BEFORE APRIL 18. If you can take a dozen or two, please pick them up from the basket in the hallway.  Thank you!

Marian Long 
Children's Ministry 


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: April 4th

All women of the church are invited to join the Book Club which will meet next on Friday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Bell Canto, by Ann Patchett. 

For more information, contact Chris Bell or Vicki Walden.


News from the Preschool

Dear Friends, 

What a difference a week makes. I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Barcelona last weekend and found myself in two completely different styles of churches. I was surprised at how moved I was in the strangely modern church – in a style of place I don’t normally enjoy. 

Virginia asked me if the modern church had a cold feeling, but oddly enough, the pain etched on the face of Christ in the modern church (la Sagrada Familia) was so moving, I found myself in tears there. It was a learning experience for me and one I will always remember. I will try to find what speaks to me in every church and keep my heart open. 

My more favorite church in the Gothic quarter called Esglesia Santa Ana, was so much more familiar to me, yet I find my heart going back to Sagrada Familia. Hmmm, live and learn. 

I am so thankful to my wonderful teacher girls who kept the place humming like a well-oiled machine while I was having my Spanish learning experience. Carol gave a gangbuster tour and she and Pam embraced a new student in my absence. How many directors have that gift? Be sure, there are not many.

I count my blessings with my wonderful teachers being at the top of the list. Why do you think we are so successful? It is because the teachers are devoted, loving, kind, and compassionate. This Preschool rocks.

In joy and love, 


Outreach Focus

Earth Day
April 22 is Earth Day, a time to reflect upon the importance and vulnerability of the environment and to consider personal commitments to better stewardship of the environment. 

You can begin to celebrate early and do some spring cleaning at the same time by taking your old electronics to Decatur’s Spring Electronics Recycling Day this Saturday, March 22 from 9am – 1pm at 2635 Talley Street in Decatur, Georgia. There is a $10 fee for TVs. Payment must be made in cash and exact change is required. 

Further details are available on the City of Decatur’s website at http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=138. If you plan to take personal computers, please remember to take steps to remove personal and financial information from the hard drive to minimize the risk of identity theft.

Welcome Home Boxes
Is your small group looking for a way to serve people in our community? How about packing “Welcome Home Boxes” for homeless families moving into transitional housing? 

Check out the Wish List needs at Rainbow Village: http://rainbowvillage.org/get-involved/wish-lists/ then contact lward@rainbowvillage.org to sign up. 

Give Blood
Registration for the Mt. Carmel Blood Drive is now open. To schedule a time to donate blood on Wed. May 21st from 2-7pm, go to: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor and enter sponsor code mtcarmelumc. Lives are depending on you!




Family Promise Bed Race

This Saturday, Family Promise supporters are having a Bed Race around the Lawrenceville town square! 

Check out the short 2 min video clip from last year here. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Laura Hartmann at volunteer@familypromisegwinnett.org.

We will host Family Promise this summer from July 13-27. We will be hosting families transitioning out of homelessness here in our preschool rooms converted to bedrooms. More info as we get closer, but feel free to contact Ed McDonald, Lila Hunter or Lorrie Ignatius.


Making Sense of the Bible

An Evening with Adam Hamilton
Tuesday, May 6, 2014: 7:00 p.m. at Dunwoody UMC

In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundation questions such as, How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?

Register TODAY at www.makingsenseatl.com!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • The Irish's son's mother-in-law: stroke
  • Death of Christine Werdebaugh's friend Carole: prayers for her husband & family
  • Safe & successful Sr. High Retreat
  • Ruby Easley - prayers for Morgan, Jay and Breahna, Kay, Bill, Minnie & Peter
  • Cheryl Smith's family
  • Death of Penny Millar's friend Sandy - prayers for her family & friends. 
  • Merger of two churches: North Forsyth UMC and Piedmont UMC - prayers during this challenging time
  • Fogels move to Sweden
Thanksgivings
  • Chris Bolton's friend Ronnie: cancer in remission
  • Sam Tapley: God is greater than our hearts
  • Merriman's nephew visiting & his birthday
  • Max doing well after foot surgery
  • Fogel family: thanks for church and friendships - they are moving to Sweden
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:

John 18:28-40


Birthdays this week:

Katie Reinhart
Ann Joyner
John Waller
Madison Blair
Emory Tuthill
Mark Bagwell, Sr.
Guy Marsh

Anniversaries this week:
Nick & Molly Leeper


Save the Date

LENTEN DINNER / GOD IN THE MOVIES
MARCH 26 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S SERVICE PRACTICE
MARCH 26 - 6:30 PM
SANCTUARY

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 26 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

SR. HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
MARCH 28 - 30

KID'S MOVIE NIGHT
"FROZEN"
MARCH 28 - 6:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S SERVICE PRACTICE
MARCH 29 - 8:00 AM
SANCTUARY

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
MARCH 29 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

UMM SUNDAY -
COMBINED SERVICE
MARCH 30 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

COVERED DISH LUNCH
MARCH 30 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SPR MEETING
MARCH 30 - 1:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CONFIRMATION CLASS DINNER & CLASS
MARCH 30 - 5:15 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

NO REGULAR YOUTH MEETING ON MARCH 30 DUE TO RETREAT

MONDAY STUDY
MARCH 31 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
APRIL 1 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
APRIL 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

GWIN. CTY. SPRING BREAK
APRIL 7 - 11

MEN'S DINNER / MTG.
APRIL 10 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PALM SUNDAY / STATIONS OF THE CROSS SET-UP
APRIL 13

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 16 - 19
SANCTUARY / FOYER

PRESCHOOL PIZZA WITH DAD / EGG HUNT
APRIL 17 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MAUNDY THURSDAY
APRIL 17
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY
APRIL 18
WORSHIP - 12:00 PM
LUNCH - 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 19 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
APRIL 20
SUNRISE: 6:45 AM
BREAKFAST: 7:15 AM
WORSHIP: 9:30 & 11:00 AM

SPRING BBQ / SWEET SHOP
APRIL 25 - 26

YOUTH CAR WASH AT DAIRY QUEEN
MAY 3

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS / TEACHER RECOGNITION
MAY 4

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
MAY 9 - 10

MOTHER'S DAY
MAY 11

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
9:30 RIVER SERVICE
10:30 COMBINED SERVICE
11:30 RECEPTION (FH)

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


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