Mt Carmel UMC Newsletter for 11/13/2012

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church

live, love, learn, labor
  following the

example of Christ
 mtcarmelumc in sun 2 
Nov. 13, 2012
In this issue:


From the Pastor

Children's News 
Youth Events
Parents Night Out
Preschool News
Fair Trade Sale
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving
Arrangements
UMW Events
New Bible Study
Angel Tree
Chrismon Tree
Sunday's Prayers
Save the Date
In Worship this week
Birthdays / Anniv.
NCM
Counseling Center
 
Save the Date...
LOVE & LOGIC CLASS
NOV. 13 - 6:30 PM
RM 112/114

EVANGELISM MTG.
NOV. 13 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

WED. NIGHT STUDY
NOV. 14 - 7:00 PM
RM 112/114

WOMEN'S STUDY
NOV. 14 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

CHOR PRACTICE
NOV. 14 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PRESCHOOL SOUP LUNCH
NOV. 15 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PAVEMENT POUNDERS 
NOV. 17 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

YOUTH "THANKSFASTING"
NOV. 17 - 18

FINANCE MTG
NOV. 18 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

FAIR TRADE SALE
NOV. 18
2:00 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOV. 18 - 4:00 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOV. 18 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL CLOSED
NOV. 19 - NOV. 23

EXODUS STUDY
NOV. 19 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

NIGHT CIRCLE
NOV. 19 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DAY CIRCLE
NOV. 20 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

THKSGVG. FLOWER PICK-UP
NOV. 21 - 10:30 - 1:30
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
NOV. 22

OFFICE CLOSED
NOV. 22 & 23

NO BROWN BAG STUDY
NOV. 20

DECORATING SANCTUARY TREE
NOV. 24 - 10:00 AM

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
NOV. 30 - 6:30 PM

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DEC. 2

YOUTH PLAY AUDITIONS
DEC. 2 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILD. PAGEANT PRAC.
DEC. 2 - 4:00 PM
SANCTUARY

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE
DEC. 5

BREAKFAST W/SANTA
DEC. 8 - 9:00 & 10:00 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILD. PAGEANT PRAC.
DEC. 8 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

CHILDREN "WALK THRU BETHLEHEM"
DEC. 8 - 6:00 PM

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
DEC. 8 - 6:00 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT:
"THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER" 

DEC. 9 - 6:00 PM

PRESCHOOL NATIVITY & COOKIE SWAP
DEC. 13 - 12:00 PM
SANC./FELL. HALL

ADULT CHOIR PROGRAM
DEC. 16 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

NIGHT CIRCLE PARTY
DEC. 17 - 6:30 PM 
ANDERSON HOME
 
In worship this week...
Psalm 146
Ruth 4
Birthdays this week:
Jan Dodd
Lamar Andrews
Richard Myer
Ellie Grogan
Ted Klaren
Byron Follmer
Jason Smith


No anniversaries this week.
 
 
Norcross Cooperative Ministry
Norcross Cooperative Ministry

As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support as they assist those in need in our area.  


For more information on NCM, see their facebook page at 
www.facebook.com
/norcrosscm
.
 
North Georgia Family Counseling Center

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

 







 


 
 
Pastor Cyndi McDonald
 Marshmallows or Nuts? Or None?

How do you prepare for Thanksgiving? At my parent’s home, we’ll prepare at least three varieties of dressing, two types of cranberry sauce and potatoes cooked four ways.  There will be sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and pecans, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and even sweet potatoes served in a pie crust.

Thanksgiving morning over 10,000 of us will prepare for Thanksgiving by running the Gobblejog in Marietta. Casseroles and desserts taste even better when you’ve already run off the calories.

Some will prepare by listing the things for which we are thankful. We will scratch a list on a tablet or share around the table that we are thankful for friends and family, homes and food, jobs, pets, and marshmallows.

And our youth will prepare for Thanksgiving…by fasting.

This Saturday our youth will prepare by giving up something. Some will give up cell phones or social media, others will give up television, and some will give up food. For 24 hours they will fast in some way, and then break their fast at the church Thanksgiving dinner Sunday evening.

They are turning my world upside down.

I tend to give thanks for what I have. They will give thanks even when they do not have.

I tend to give thanks for the people that I love. They will empathize with those they do not know, but who are hungry or thirsty.

I tend to fill the longings of my heart with chocolate or television. They will remain empty, and pray for spiritual nourishment.

I tend to think of these holidays as opportunities to get what I want: lots of food, lots of time on the couch, and lots of time charting a shopping strategy for Black Friday. They seek holy time.

Isaiah once prophesied of a day when the world is turned upside down: the wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat…and a little child will lead them (Isaiah 11:6). Our youth are no longer “little children”, but this week they lead us all as they turn the holiday upside down and into a holy day.

I’ll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi

Children's Ministry News:
MarianLong
Sunday School:
The week of November 18 is the end of the Pentecost season and this week's lesson is from Mark 13:1-8. The children will hear the story of Jesus foretelling the destruction of the temple to his disciples. The focus for the children is that God works for good in the face of destruction and that when we are frightened, God is always with us. Talk to your children about something scary that happened to you and how you faced it.

Pageant Practice:

Pageant PracticePractice this Sunday is at 4:00. Parts should be memorized. Please help your children read through the play several times so they are familiar with when they need to say their lines. This play has a lot of talking at the beginning and it will help us if they know when they are supposed to say their lines and move to a different part of the stage. And plan to stay for the church wide Thanksgiving dinner that begins at 6:00 too!
 
Director of Children's Ministries

Upcoming Youth Events

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 PM: "Thanks-fasting." The fast will end at the church-wide Thanksgiving Dinner!

Friday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 PM:
Youth sponsored "Parent's Night Out"

Saturday, Dec. 8th at 6:00 PM:
Youth Progressive Dinner (meet at church)


Parents Night Out Is Coming ... 
Sign Up Now!!

The youth will again sponsor the Annual Parent's Night Out on Friday, November 30th from 6:30 until 9:30. Dinner, Movies and Gingerbread Houses will make it a night of fun for children ages 2 yrs. through 5th grade. 

As a gift to everyone, we will only be asking for a $5.00 registration fee per family, but space is limited, so register now at children@mtcarmel-umc.org or call Marian Long at the church office.  770-449-4498.


Turkey LegPreschool News

Dear Friends,

It’s time for Friendship Soup and we are almost ready with our costumes, decorations, and the delicious soup stock that is being made ahead of time. All we need to do is add our veggies and we will be ready to share our soup just like in the book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. I hope you have all had the chance to do your homework and have read that book together. We will gather in Fellowship Hall, which has new carpet!, have a prayer, then eat our lunch together. As you know, we have beef soup and vegetarian soup. Everyone is invited to attend along with two guests. We can’t wait! Please be sure to go to your child’s class to pick him up before the meal!

We have the following week off to enjoy Thanksgiving with our families, then resume for one full week of November. I know, it’s a strange month! 

We will be gearing up for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 with a 9:00 or a 10:00 seating. Please make reservations by emailing me at mtcarmelpres@comcast.net. I need to know how many adults and how many children and which time you would like to join in the fun! Students in college even qualify as students, so invite everyone to enjoy pancakes, bacon, juice, coffee, tea, and Colby’s cocoa! We also need to know if you are willing to donate a centerpiece for our raffle! We have everything from haircuts to gingerbread houses and a lot of other things in between. Please let me know if you would like to participate!

Looking ahead, we have our Nativity play and cookie swap on Thursday, December 13 at 12:00.  What is a cookie swap, you may ask? Well, those who would like to swap cookies should bake about 3 dozen, have them plated, and should also bring an empty container to swap cookies with one another. The children will eat some of the goodies and have juice, but the leftovers are for all the people who love to offer treats to guests, but don’t have the time to bake all different kinds of goodies. You could end up with 20 different types of cookies for the holidays and you have only had to bake one kind. It’s a God send in this busy time! I know I am going to participate! It would also be helpful to have the recipe attached to the cookie plate in case someone would like to bake them at home! Those who have baked are the people who swap. 

Busy is our middle name in the days to come! Please be sure your child is here on time to enjoy all the fun that takes place in preparation for our holidays.

In joy and love,
Lorrie


FairTradeFair Trade Gift SaleFairtrade 2
Nov 18
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Make a difference in your holiday giving this year!

Your purchase of fair trade gifts (typically $5-$25) will improve the lives of artisans and farmers in developing countries.

Mt. Carmel UMC will host a Fair Trade Gift Sale using SERRV (www.serrv.org) and Equal Exchange (www.equalexchange.coop) products. Shop SERRV’s unique and handcrafted fair trade items from around the world. 

turkeyChurch-wide Thanksgiving Dinner!

Mark your calendars for the CHURCH-WIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER on Sunday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m. 

Our United Methodist Men will provide the main items and everyone else is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.  Come and enjoy the food and fellowship!


Thanksgiving FlowersThanksgiving Arrangements

The youth will be taking final orders for your Thanksgiving floral arrangements on November 18. You will be able to pick up your arrangement on Wednesday, November 21

Regular pick-up is between 10:30 and 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall, but LATER PICK-UP CAN BE SCHEDULED IF NEEDED.

Cost is $23 which will help defray the cost of our Summer Mission Trip.  Thank you, as always for supporting our Youth!


United Methodist Women's Events

All women of the church are invited to join the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women at either of two upcoming meetings. 

On Monday, Nov. 19th the Lola Belle Young Night Circle will meet at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall to assemble Thanksgiving baskets for our shut-ins, as well as enjoy dinner together.

On Tuesday, Nov. 20th, the Day Circle will meet at 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall for their program and business meeting.  


New Bible Study

The study of Acts is a 24 week study and will be offered in two parts with a break between. The study will begin tomorrow at 7:00 pm in the double classroom.  Cost is $10.00 for materials.

If interested, please contact Neil Odom at 770-827-2122 or nonojo413@gmail.com.


ANGEL TREEWatch for the 2012 Mt. Carmel Angel Tree!

The tree will be up in time for the Thanksgiving Dinner on November 18th.

Each year, Mt. Carmel sponsors families in need and supplies them with gifts and food for the holidays. 

The tree stands upstairs in the foyer and is decorated with paper angels. Each angel has a gift that a member of a family has requested, and a number. To participate, just choose an angel and on the sheet nearby, sign your name beside that angel’s number. Then do your shopping and attach the angel to the gift. The gifts MUST be returned to Mt. Carmel by Wednesday, DECEMBER 5th.

Please DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS. Either place the gift in an open gift bag, or leave it unwrapped. This will help when sorting out the gifts. 

Thank you for sharing the spirit of Christmas with our neighbors!


Christmas TreeSanctuary Tree to Be Decorated 
November 24th


The Christmon Tree in the sanctuary will be decorated with lights and Chrismon ornaments on Saturday, Nov. 24th at 10:00 AM. 

Please meet in the sanctuary if you are interested in helping.


Praying for one another

Please join with others in our church family in praying the thanksgivings and intercessions named in worship last Sunday and during the week:


CONCERNS:
Co-worker of Vicki Walden: lung cancer
Linda Osborne
Marilyn McGee
Mother of Hema Chudasama hospitalized in India
Friend of Paul Bendig: chemotherapy
Death of friend of Easley family
Craig German's niece: health concerns
Jerri Phillips - recovering from surgery
Friend of Nora Ignatius - car accident
Janice Murphy in car accident but not injured
Nicole, cousin of Megan & Mackenzie Gallagher - lymphoma
Co-worker of Jacque Tapley - brother died of heart attack
Victims of Hurricane Sandy still recovering
Sister of Kathleen Moore - lost job
Sister of Mark Bond - lost job
Holiday travelers
Tim Foster's co-worker Pam - breast cancer


THANKSGIVINGS:
Cooper's daughter finished doctorate in nursing
Penny Millar - 3 new alpacas born and other won ribbons in show


News to Share?

Suzanne FosterDo you have an article to include in next week's bulletin or newsletter?

Email these to Suzanne Foster or call the church office.

 

office@mtcarmel-umc.org
5100 South Old Peachtree Road
Norcross, GA 30092
770-449-4498
www.mtcarmel-umc.org

 




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