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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
March 19, 2014
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Dirty Dishes in the Sink

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I still have an instant of panic whenever faced with the idea of company entering our home. My gut reaction is to look at the furniture. Is it too dusty? And the floor? Is it dirty? 

There was a time when having company for dinner meant running through the house and hurriedly picking up toys, books, jackets, shoes…and stashing all of it in a guest bedroom. I remember after one such visit using a hair pin to pick the door’s lock. I was so adamant that no one see my mess that I had locked the guest room door.

I still shut the door of my bedroom when we have company. I don’t want anyone to see the stacks of books and papers on the dresser, nightstand and floor that threaten to topple over should anyone get too close. 

Do you have a place like that? Anyone have a closet that you do not dare open without everything tumbling out? Or an attic or basement that is strictly off limits to guests? 

In some ways, this attitude is a measure of friendship. You don’t have to clean up before a true friend comes in for a visit.

 The first time a friend visits, everything is sparkling and smelling like lemon furniture polish and pine scented cleaner. Maybe the second time it’s just straightened up. But if you are lucky, you reach a point in the friendship where you don’t bother. Come on in. You’ve seen my mess before! 

When Jesus tells his disciples to wash one another’s feet, this is what he longs for them. They will need to love one another and not hold back or hide from one another. A hard road is ahead of them. They will need to know one another’s faults and hurts in order to care for one another. 

As a disciple, one of the most important things we do is to be part of a small group. This could be a Sunday School, Bible study, lunch group, supper club, or running group. At first we may be hesitant to let others see the dirty dishes in the sink—and so we limit our prayer requests to those that are about others--a coworker who is sick, a cousin who lost a job. But when Jesus says we will be blessed if we wash one another’s feet, he means that we need to be part of a band of disciples who grow to trust one another to the point where we can share our own hurts and struggles.

In general, worship services are not enough to make these deep connections. We show up on Sundays in our best clothes, with any dirty linens stashed in the closet, and answer “how are you doing” with “fine”. Most of the hour we face the front of the sanctuary and not one another.

I hope that you are part of a small group of disciples that is trying to grow with one another in trust and love. Even those who had traveled three years with Jesus and heard his teaching face-to-face needed this lesson to care for one another. We need this, too.

I’ll see you tonight (and on Sunday)
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Lenten Schedule
  • Special Lenten Offerings
  • The Lenten Cross
  • Are You a Shepherd?
  • Mission Moment: Alex Smith
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club
  • United Methodist Women's Night Circle - March 24
  • United Methodist Men's Sunday - March 30
  • Pavement Pounders Running Group
  • Preschool News
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Thank You Very Much


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 19:
Dinner Menu
meatloaf, roasted veggies, green salad, fruit salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade   (pb&j for kids too)

Movie Clip 
Driving Miss Daisy

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

Movie Clip
Forrest Gump


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.


Are You a Shepherd?

Has the Evangelism Committee asked you to extend hospitality to a visitor or new member?  If so, why not invite someone to the Wednesday night dinner and make a point of sitting with them and introducing them to others.

Would you like to be a shepherd?  Contact Neil Odom or the church office.


Mission Moment


Thank you to Alex Smith for her Mission Moment on Sunday.

Great job Alex! We are so happy to have such a caring young lady as a part of our church!

You can see Alex's Mission Moment here.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
As we move through the Biblical story to Easter, this week’s lesson is from John 18:12-27. Jesus is on trial in the high priest’s courtroom, standing boldly for this ministry. Peter and another disciple have followed behind. Peter waiting outside the gate is scared and denies knowing Jesus. During this week of Lent discuss with your children different ways they can stand up for Jesus. 

Lenten Dinner: March 19 at 6:00 pm
This week’s movie is Driving Miss Daisy. Before and after the children eat their dinner, and before the program starts at 6:40, we will make crosses for the Stations of the Cross. This week we will make nail crosses. 

Family and/or Children's Movie Night: 
March 28: 6:00-8:00 pm 
You can come as a family or you can drop your children off. There will be a nursery for children under 3, along with popcorn and pizza and the movie Frozen

Cost: $1.00 per person. Please RSVP by March 27 by contacting the church office at 770-449-4498 or Ms. Marian at children@mtcarmel-umc.org.

Save the Date: April 19 at 10:00 AM -  Easter Egg Hunt

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.


United Methodist Women's Night Circle









The Lola Belle Young Night Circle will meet on Monday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The meeting will begin with dinner, followed by a program and short business meeting.  

All women of the church are invited to attend - please RSVP to the church office so that there will be enough food. 770-449-4498.


United Methodist Men's Sunday: March 30








On Sunday, March 30th we will have a COMBINED 10:30 WORSHIP SERVICE, 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.


Pavement Pounders Running Group

Have you ever thought of joining the Pavement Pounders? 

Now is a great time to get started with the super easy run/walk interval training method we use. If you can run for 60 seconds, you can do this!

The beautiful spring weather provides perfect temperatures for running. You will be amazed how fast the time goes by. Both eagles and sparrows are welcome; there is a place for you in the Pavement Pounders!  We meet at Mt. Carmel at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

If you want to learn more, please contact Lila Hunter at lila.hunter@gmail.com or 678-687-9990.


News from the Preschool


Dear Friends, 

Wow, what a week! We have had a host of leprechauns around the school making mischief at every turn! You can see in the photo how we dressed in green lest we be pinched!

In spite of the cold and dreary weather, the inside of the school has been warm and busy. There is no time to be brought down by March’s unpredictable showers! 

We are gearing up for our studies of The Five Senses and Underwater Friends. Then we begin work on Easter and all things bright and beautiful. We are also in the middle of our Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of our hero, Watson Dufresne. Did you see the fish bowl outside my office? Please empty your change (or bills and checks) into the bowl and help us raise $500.00! We are a bit behind schedule and every penny counts! After you have left your change in the bowl, don’t forget to fill out your name on the picture provided, and tape it on the bulletin board. We want to fill the board and the bowl to overflowing! March 29th is our last day to collect, so you still have a week to dig in between the couch cushions or car seats! Please help us reach our goal. 

We have openings in the fall and have a brag page on the Peachtree Corners Patch, which was lovingly set up for us by Nicole DeLeone. Stop by the page and leave a message about our program. We hope to have a full house in the fall. Go to www.peachtreecorner.patch.com/boards and leave a note!

In joy and love,
Lorrie

Preschool Director


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!




Thank You Very Much!

We would just like to say thank you to everyone for the prayers, calls, and cards that were sent our way during Gene's illness.  We truly appreciate you all!  It is wonderful to be a part of such a caring church family.

With your prayers, Gene continues to improve and we appreciate all that you have done.

Gene and Linda Anglin


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • McGee's sister-in-law with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Resident of Morning Starr home - cancer surgery
  • Family of Hal Crawford's friend Charles who died
  • Steve Pearson's uncle Ron - cancer treatment
  • Minnie Thomas - broken hip
  • Max Proels - foot surgery on Wednesday (March 19)
  • Lisa Long's son & family - son in hospital
  • Alison Alesi's mother-in-law - cancer surgery
  • Janis Hoge's father - recovering from hip replacement
  • Bob Jones: Dylan driving the Arkansas to rock climb during Spring Break
  • Jacque Tapley - job issues
  • cancer research & caregivers
  • Jeannie Klinetob's co-worker's granddaughter - bacterial meningitis - 3 mo. old / family / caregivers / doctors
Thanksgivings
  • Good church workday
  • Jacque Tapley's house sold in one hour!
  • Visitors on Sunday
  • Ignatius' niece had successful shoulder surgery
  • Gene Anglin's birthday
  • All three Ignatius girls in church on Sunday
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 18:12-27


Birthdays this week:

Ollie Medlock
Josh Carroll
Lisa Grogin
Avery Ragon
Jan German

Anniversaries this week:
Bob & June Spruell
Bob & Julie Jones


Save the Date

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MARCH 14 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LENTEN DINNER
MARCH 19 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

GOD IN THE MOVIES
MARCH 19 - 6:40 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

VIEWING OF MOVIE
MARCH 19 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 19 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
MARCH 22 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
MARCH 23 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

CONFIRMATION CLASS
MARCH 23 - 5:45 PM
ROOM 112/114

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
MARCH 24 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY STUDY
MARCH 24 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
MARCH 25 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

SR. HIGH YOUTH RETREAT
MARCH 28 - 30

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

UMM SUNDAY
MARCH 30 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

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

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 14 - 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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