Mt Carmel UMC Newsletter for 4/30/2013

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church

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April 30, 2013
In this issue:

From the Pastor
Children's Ministry
Date Changes
Blood Drive
Preschool News
Book Club
Counseling Center
Grad. / Teacher Recognition
Trinity Soup Kitchen
Family Promise
Directory Photos
Usher Coordinator
Sunday's Prayers
Save the Date
In Worship this week
Birthdays / Anniv.
Counseling Center
Save the Date...

MAY 1 - 2:00 - 7:00 PM

MAY 1 - 7:00 PM

MAY 3 - 7:00 PM

MAY 4 - 8:00 AM



MAY 5 - 12:00 PM

MAY 5 - 12:00 PM

MAY 5 - 12:15 PM

MAY 5 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MAY 5 - 6:00 PM

MAY 6 - 7:00 PM

MAY 7 - 11:30 AM
ACTS 1:1-11

MAY 8 - 9:30 AM

MAY 8 - 6:00 PM

MAY 10 - 11

MAY 11

MAY 12

MAY 18 - 10:00 AM

MAY 18 - 7:00 PM
Birthdays this week:
Heather Medlock
JIm Mitcham
Joan Garner
Sam Tapley
John Posey
David Jamieson
John Charles Roe
Dot Thacker
John Fugate
Susan Herdt

Anniversaries this week:
Derrick & Ashley Karimi
Hal & Margaret Crawford
Bob & Vicki Walden
Zach & Emily Lalor
North Georgia Family Counseling Center

Family Wellness
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 assisting those in need in our area.

For more information on NCM, see their facebook page.


Cyndi at Homecoming
Pass the Plate

I remember sitting with my parents on the pew, and asking if I could put the offering  in the plate. Dad would hand me a folded check and I would proudly place this when the plate went by.

I’m not sure why I was so proud of putting the family’s offering in the plate. I certainly did not earn the funds that would go in! But I felt like this was a grown-up thing to do, an important part of worship.

That’s why I wasn’t surprised by feedback from 9:30 worshippers about adding an offering time to that service. One of the suggestions from the Transformers Sunday School class was that this should be before the children left, so that children could also be part of the offering.

Maybe they were remember being a child and adding their offering to those of the church, and knowing that they, too were part of God’s people.

This week at the 9:30 service we will invite the children to be part of the offering time, and to place their offerings in with ours. We want them to know that they are an important part of our church.

There was a time when Jesus saw a widow putting two coins in an offering, and Jesus praised her. Although she had little, she needed to give.

It’s part of who we are, created in the image of an extravagantly generous God who gave everything, his very life, for us.

Although they may seem to have little, only a few coins, our children need this chance to give and to celebrate that they too are part of God’s family.

I'll see you this Sunday,

Children's Ministry News:

Sunday School:
The lesson this week is from Act 16:9-15 and there will be lots of purple involved. The story is about Lydia, a business woman who sold purple cloth. She worked with Paul to spread the news about Jesus and God’s love. Think who you tell about Jesus.

Safe Sanctuary and VBS Training:  
Sunday immediately after 11:00 Worship
Training on Sunday will begin in the lower fellowship hall with Safe Sanctuary. VBS training will take place right after Safe Sanctuary, so if you are an adult who took Safe Sanctuary last year, so didn't need it this year, plan to be there at 1:30. 

Childcare will be available.  A second training will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00.

Register for Vacation Bible School  
June 3-7  ~ 9:30 – 12:30

Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

Date Changes

Please note on your calendars:

The Untalent Show (May 4) has been cancelled due to lack of participation.

The Ice Cream Social (May 26) has been postponed until later in the summer.  Watch for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 1, 2013  
2:00 - 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Lots of donors have signed up for our blood drive, (thank you!) but if you'd like to donate, there are still spots available! 

Sign up to donate at, or contact the church office. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Preschool News

Dear Friends,

We were really busy last week, weren’t we?  It is wonderful to have a “normal” week this week with nothing unusual on the calendar. But what happened to April? We hit May much sooner than we anticipated and now have to think about practicing for graduation! Before you know it, the school year will be over.

We still have a lot of special days ahead of us though, so remember next Wednesday, May 8 is our Mother’s Day tea. We love this day because we have special presents we have been diligently making and it has been so hard to keep secrets! We hope all our moms drive us to school, park, and walk us to our classrooms to drop off our bags, then head up to Fellowship Hall for brunch! Moms are asked to find a seat, allow our teachers to pour juice or coffee, and then after a blessing, we will eat together. At 10:00 the children will go to class and moms are invited to remain and enjoy brunch all by themselves. We think you are old enough to eat by yourselves. 

Our next special day is Tuesday, May 14 which is the end of the year blast beginning at 11:00.

Then graduation is Wednesday evening, May 15 at 7:00, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. We then have two “last” days of school where we can be together peacefully and say good bye in our classrooms. 

Please remember to sign up for Vacation Bible School (June 3 - 7) by going to and follow the directions for registering. It fills up quickly, so do it right now!

And always remember, Mt. Carmel UMC has a pew with your name on it on Sunday mornings!

In joy and love,

Book Club to meet on
May 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

The May meeting of the Mt. Carmel bookclub will be at the home of Patty Merson. (Meet at church at 6:45 to carpool.)

The group is reading "The Arrivals" by Meg Mitchell Moore. Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you'd like to join the group or need more information.

From the North Georgia
Family Counseling Center

We're back on-line! Check out our new website at and share your thoughts. What information would be helpful? What resources? 

And soon we plan to launch a North Georgia Family blog. What topics would you like for us to cover? What information would equip you to strengthen your family relationships and be the "school of agape love" that forms healthy, strong, faithful people?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Lynne Smith

Graduate Recognition /
Teacher Appreciation
May 5th

During worship services on May 5th we will honor our graduates from High School, College and higher, as well as show our appreciation to our teachers who have worked so hard this year!

If you are graduating or know someone who is, please contact the church office with those names. We don’t want to miss anyone!

Mother’s Day Roses

On Mother’s Day, May 12th, the Youth will once again place roses on the altar in honor or in memory of our Mothers.

If you would like to purchase a rose, please fill out the form found in your Sunday bulletins, or contact the church office by May 9, 2013.

Cost is $10.00 which includes vase, single rose with greenery and baby’s breath  (white rose in memory of / red rose in honor of.) Make your check payable to Mt. Carmel UMC marked “Rose”.
All proceeds will go toward the Youth Summer Mission Trip to Cairo, Illinois. Thank you for supporting our Youth!

Pentecost - May 19th

Everyone is encouraged to wear “Pentecost colors,” red, orange & yellow.

We hope to see everyone here for this fun and colorful Sunday!

Trinity Soup Kitchen - Sunday, June 2

The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again travel to the Trinity Soup Kitchen in Atlanta to serve lunch. This time we will provide a Hot Dog Meal plus sandwiches. If you would like to serve at Trinity and/or donate any items needed, please contact Gail Bolton or sign up on the upcoming bulletin insert. Items needed are listed below.  Thank you!

600 wieners               
600 buns
300 small bags of chips
65 lbs coleslaw
9 lg. cans (177 oz. /ea) vegetarian baked beans 
30 squeeze bottles ketchup
30 squeeze bottles mustard
120 family size black tea bags
20 lbs. sugar

2013 Family Promise Dates:
June 16 - 23 and 
July 21 - August 4

Did you know that families with children make up 41% of the homeless population, or that during the 2011-2012 school year, the Gwinnett County School System accommodated over 2,246 homeless students?

Our summer hosting of Family Promise guests is approaching fast and as you can see, we are hosting Family Promise guests for 3 weeks this summer.

Please put these dates on your calendar so we can help Family Promise end homelessness, one family at a time!

Directory Photos 

The Evangelism Committee is planning ahead for a future pictorial directory and requests photos from anyone who DID NOT submit one for the last directory.

Photos can be family favorites including pets, etc. but they need to be close-up in order to distinguish facial features. Online photos should be jpeg, no larger than 10mb.

There will be a chance later for editing of previous photos, but if you did not submit one earlier, please send a photo electronically or drop one off at the church office or to Donna Riviere.

Usher Coordinator Needed

The Worship Committee is seeking a volunteer to act as Usher Coordinator for the church's standard 9:30/11:00 services, as well as for special services throughout the year.

The position is described at

Please contact Pastor Cyndi or Vicki Walden, Chair, Worship Committee, if you are willing to assume the role of Usher Coordinator, as a contribution of love to Mt. Carmel.

Praying for one another

Miguel Valverde's brother Antonio - hospitalized in Costa Rica
Miguel Valverde's brother Memo - assaulted - hand surgery - unable to travel to visit family in U.S.
James & Diana Nishimuta - James' injuries from motorcycle accident / Diana's pregnancy as she takes care of James & Calvin
Tapley's friend Steve - throat cancer - 10 hour surgery on 5/10
Chris Bolton's friend Beth - continued improvement
Mary Rezzuto - healing of leg
Maxine Follmer's sister - serious infection
Donna Rivere - medical issues
Sons of Marianne Thompson' friend: one has lupus and needs a new kidney - the other son will be kidney donor for him on 5/10
Safe travel for Tapley's - traveling to Florida
Cheri Proels friend with lymphoma - has 3 children
Jerri Phillips nephew - in after-care nursing home
Ragon's niece - going through divorce, now also has cancer
Students taking finals
Thomas family - death of Cecil's brother
Ted Marcis' friend Sharon
J.W. Rikard's brother - cancer
Isabel Waller - employer is bankrupt - status of her job
Pekka Ignatius' cousin Emmi - blood clots
Kaylen Short's roommate and his fiancee & families - roommate Robby just lost grandfather this week, then fiancee Lizzy lost her father on Monday very unexpectedly

Alex Proels -responding well to stint in artery 
Penny Pitts visiting again on Sunday
Birthdays of Sam Tapley and Joan Garner
James Nishimuta's surgery went well
BBQ workers
Men's Club for allowing youth to help with BBQ to support mission trip
Josh & Katie Riviere - contract on house & expecting first baby
Sherry Blackwood - great trip to visit grandchildren
Denise's son graduating

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