January 15, 2013
In this issue:
From the Pastor
Not So Newlywed Game
Relay for Life
Save the Date
In Worship this week
Birthdays / Anniv.
Save the Date...
JAN. 15 - 6:00 PM
JAN. 15 - 7:00 PM
UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
JAN. 16 - 5:45 PM
JAN. 16 - 6:30 PM
JAN. 16 - 7:00 PM
ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
JAN. 16 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM / SANC.
JAN. 16 - 7:00 PM
COMMUNION AT MORNING STARR HOME
JAN. 17 - 9:45 AM
UM MEN'S CLUB DINNER/MTG
JAN. 17 - 7:00 PM
PRS. 4'S TO FERNBANK
YOUTH SKI RETREAT
JAN. 18 - 21
LIFE LINE SCREENING
JAN. 18 - 9:00 AM
JAN. 19 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH
CHAPEL IN THE WOODS:
JAN. 19 - 8:30 AM
BRD. OF TRUSTEES
JAN. 20 - 12:00 PM
METH. 101 STUDY
JAN. 20 - 12:15 PM
JAN. 20 - 2:00 PM
SUNDAY NIGHT STUDY
JAN. 20 - 6:00 PM
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
STUDY OF LUKE
JAN. 21 - 7:00 PM
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MEETING
JAN. 22 - 7:30 PM
JAN. 23 - 6:30 PM
DISTRICT SPR TRAINING
JAN. 23 - 7:00 PM
GEOF JOHNSON TO PRESCHOOL
JAN. 25 - 10:30 AM
ADULT/FAMILY COUNCIL MTG.
JAN. 27 - 10:45 AM
JAN. 27 - 2:00 PM
DIST. CHOIR FESTIVAL / TRAINING
JAN. 27 - 2:30 PM
ALPHARETTA 1ST UMC
JAN. 27 - 6:30 PM
JAN. 27 - 7:30 PM
UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
JAN. 28 - 6:30 PM
PRSCH. IN-HOUSE REG.
JAN. 30 & 31 - 9:30 AM
PRSCH. COMMUNITY REGISTRATION
FEB. 1 - 9:00 AM
Birthdays this week:
Anniversaries this week:
None this week
North Georgia Family Counseling Center
through Counseling, Education and Research
Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.
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
Stick Your Hand In
Sunday’s bread for Holy Communion was so good that I had some after worship…and a little more…and a little more…until I realized that I didn’t need to each lunch. I had filled up with bread better than anything in my kitchen at home!
I asked Ms. Lorrie for the recipe, which she kindly provided (the recipe is below). I was a bit disappointed when I read through the list of ingredients. I hoped for a magic ingredient that would guarantee a beautiful loaf, but this recipe is similar to other bread recipes with which I have tried and failed. I think that I will need to watch her in action in order to learn to make a good bread dough.
My mother tried to teach me to make biscuits, but she didn’t use a recipe. She put flour in a wood bowl—it has to be wood—and then a handful of shortening. She did not measure, and had no idea how much flour or shortening was used. As she worked the shortening into the flour, she made me stick my hand in too. Each time she put my hand in the mix, she would tell me to feel the mix. “Do you feel it now? Not enough shortening.” “Do you feel it now? That’s how it is supposed to feel.”
Then she poured buttermilk into the mix and told me to stick my hand in again. “Not enough buttermilk feels like this”. She added more buttermilk and told me again to put my hand in and feel it.
I couldn’t tell the difference in the feeling of “not enough shortening” or “just right buttermilk”. But mom could. She has made biscuits so many times, and stuck her hands in the mix so many times, that she knows when the ingredient amounts are just right.
It’s that way in discipleship too. You stick your hand in the mix—you look back on the day and realize a little more prayer is needed. You look back on the week and think about those you have loved.
It’s good every now and then to stick your hand in the mix and ask whether you have the right balance of ingredients—time for your own spiritual development balanced with time to reach out to others.
Like making biscuits, discipleship is an art that is developed with practice, and best done under the guidance of a good teacher. It can be messy and time consuming. But, oh, the rewards!
I’ll see you this Sunday,
Ms. Lorrie's Bread
1 1/2 cups hot water
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. yeast
4 to 4 1/2 cups flour. (Ms. Lorrie grinds her own grain.)
If you grind your own wheat, add:
2 Tbs. Lecithin and
1 tsp. gluten
Combine water, oil, honey, salt and egg.
Add lecithin, gluten, and half of the flour. Mix thoroughly.
Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5-6 minutes). Let rise until double.
Shape as desired and let rise again until double. For two 1-pound loaves bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.
(If you double the recipe, knead 8 minutes. Triple or quadruple recipe then knead 12 minutes.)
Dear Mt. Carmel Family,
Your actions of love totally overwhelmed me during the death of my Mother. All of the food brought to my home, coming to the funeral, the prayers and cards were so generous. My entire family appreciates your "loving kindness". Thank you.
Gail, William, Connie,
Scott, Rona, and Andy
When? MLK weekend (Jan 18-21)
How Much? $150 for non-skiiers, $243 for skiing, and $251 for snowboarding.
When do we pay? You are welcome to pay any time (as some of you have), but we need all payments finalized before leaving for the trip. (Jan 18th)
Spiritual Life Retreat:
Each year Camp Glisson offers several Spiritual Life Retreats. These meaningful weekends are a time of growing in the faith and getting to know youth from other churches. We would like to go for the weekend retreat on March 15-17. There is a speaker, band, small group times, and lots more. What to bring, directions, a schedule and paperwork are available at http://www.ngumc.org/pages/detail/1286.
The retreat cost is $130. However, please as always, if money is the primary concern (I know that things can be tight this time of year) tell me and we will make arrangements to assist in whatever way possible. Please contact me if you have questions or are interested in participating.
Who Remembers the Newlywed Game?
Well our Mt. Carmel Youth are going to recreate that fun 1970's gameshow with a slight twist ... it will be the "NOT SO NEWLYWED GAME" and will feature couples from right here at Mt. Carmel!
The games will begin on Saturday night, February 2nd beginning at 6:00 PM in our Fellowship Hall!
The annual Youth Spaghetti Dinner will be a part of this fun evening too and the whole event will support the 2013 Youth Summer Mission Trip to Cairo, Illinois.
Tickets can be purchased each Sunday morning from Youth members or contact Gail Bolton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults: $14.00 / Children 5-10: $7.00 / Children under 5 (nursery): $3.00
Mark your calendars now and keep a close watch in future publications to see who the "LUCKY" couples will be!
2013 Relay For Life Team
This year will mark Mt. Carmel's 10th year participating in the American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life!"
The event takes place on May 10-11, 2013, from 6 pm - 6 am at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Join our team and help raise money to find a cure for Cancer.
We are just beginning to form the team, so let us know if you would like to join in the fun.To sign up, just contact the church office. You can also go to the Gwinnett County Relay for Life 2013 website to learn more about Relay for Life.
Children's Ministry News:
The children’s Sunday School lesson this week is about the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine, John 2: 1-11. We are focusing on how Jesus can turn sadness into joy.
Valentine Workshop: January 27 at 2:00pm
The Valentine Workshop is for adults and children; you don’t have to have a child to attend. Come have fun designing and making your own cards using stamps, stickers, Cricut Machine and embossing on pretty papers. We will also make cards for Morningstarr Assisted Living Center. Please let me know by January 24 if you are planning to come so I will have plenty of materials available. email@example.com
Spiritual Workshop for Families
February 10 at 2:00 pm
This workshop is designed to help you and your children understand Lent and to discover ways children can be better followers of Christ. Please RSVP to Marian by February 8.
Children’s Garden Project:
My hyacinth is blooming. Are yours?
Director of Children's Ministries
United Methodist Men's Sunday -
This year our United Methodist Men will lead the worship service on Sunday, April 14th and they need your help!
The UMM would like to include a presentation showing our men in action! If you have any photos from any of the United Methodist Men's events, meetings, BBQ's, retreats or other activities, please forward them to George Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your help, and mark your calendars for April 14th!
The dinosaurs have invaded the Preschool! One day the hall was empty and the next it was full of huge, colorful creatures! Why? Because in January we always study dinosaurs and it is the favorite subject of the year! Our Three’s are the artists who add 2 new creatures each year and some of our older friends go to that dumpster in the sky. It is a wonderful project and makes a huge impact on our students. The Four’s make their annual pilgrimage to Fernbank to see the skeletal remains of our prehistoric friends and trace the fossils that are imbedded in the floor of the museum. It is a privilege for our oldest group of students and a trip well worth making!
Please be reminded that we have no school on Monday, January 21 as it is Martin Luther King Day and a holiday. We will be back in school on Tuesday.
Next week we will have our friend, Geof Johnson, join us with songs in Fellowship Hall. I encourage everyone to attend, whether you are a Preschool student or not! Geof is talented, energetic, and so much fun. We look forward to his visit every year. Geof will begin his program at 10:30 on Wednesday, January 23, so put this date on your calendar in red ink!
The following week, on Wednesday and Thursday, January 30 and 31 will be in-house and church registration for the fall of 2013. I will send the new paperwork home via email for those who would like to do it in the quiet of home, and it should be returned on either of the two days aforementioned. Parents may add the $100 registration fee to their tuition checks. New students are asked to pay the registration fee, plus September tuition. Blank sheets will be available in Fellowship Hall if needed. Community registration is Friday, February 1 at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall. If parents bring in new families to the school, their registration fee will be waived. Come on guys, let’s fill the house for the fall!
In joy and love,
Summer Volunteers Needed
We have been approached about hosting a children’s summer lunch program in which volunteers meet at the church to pack lunches. This would require one or two church members to commit to serve as hosts on weekdays throughout the summer. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact the church office.
Praying for one another
Please join with others in our church family in praying this week:
Gail Bolton & family on the death of Gail's mother
Patt (by Anne Bailey)
Liz - cancer, J - cancer, Gavin (by Cheryl Martin)
Lisa - death of husband (by Hal Brickle)
Donna, Pam - medical issues (by Hal Brickle)
Andy Raye - hospitalized with pneumonia
David Bell - hurt knee
Youth ski trip
Collin - student who recently lost father
Katie Riviere - back problem
Lucile Jones - foot
Hal Brickle's mother - testing for possible heart problems
Birthdays of friends / family this month!
News to Share?
Do you have an article to include in next week's bulletin or newsletter?
Email these to Suzanne Foster or call the church office.
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