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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
November 6, 2013
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This Wunderful Cherch

One of my favorite times of year is stewardship. This year the team dressed Lori Anderson as Dorothy and Trip Ogden as the cowardly lion, scarecrow, and tin man. They reminded us that our happiness is not found in “stuff”. What truly matters – hope, community, and compassion – are found here at Mt Carmel. If you missed one of their videos shown in worship, you can see them here

I love it when our children fill out pledge cards. You can see in their cards how they are growing in faith. Last year we had pledges to:

• Water the plants and be with this “wunderful cherch”. 
• Singing and Sunday School 
• Help the “pour”. I will bring food for NCM (Norcross Cooperative Ministry) 

I think the children understand that this is a place of community. They know that they are welcome here. They also know that this is a place of hope and compassion. They know that the church is not just for us—at the core, we exist to help others, not for ourselves. 

While I love stewardship, at the same time, I dread this time of year. Talking about money seems self-serving. My salary is paid by the church. The people who I love serving with, our staff, are paid by your giving. 

Every year I tell you that Ed and I tithe. I am uncomfortable saying this, as it sounds like I am bragging. But it’s important for you to know that giving has been a vital part of my growing in my relationship with God. 

Despite this, I’d rather not talk about money. I doubt you want me to talk about money, too! 

But what happens if we never talk about money? If we never make a commitment? All too often, unless we plan our giving—either a dollar amount or a percentage amount—God gets the leftovers, and money is spent first on everything else. 

Making a commitment is about determining priorities. If we never determine priorities and make commitments—whether a family budget or a commitment to the church—then there are plenty others who will be happy to set priorities for us. At the end of the year, I don’t want to wonder where the money went. I want look back and see that God used my money and time to make a difference. 

It’s important to talk about money; beneath the topic of money rests the far more important issue of values. 

Do my spending habits reflect my relationship with God? Do I give to God first? Or do I give the leftovers? 

This Sunday in worship you will be invited to fill out a pledge card and place this on the altar rail. At the 9:30 and 11:00 services, Will Thompson will share the song that he wrote about Mt Carmel. You will want to be here as we celebrate the ways that God makes a difference at this “wunderful cherch” Mt Carmel. 

I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Thanksgiving Pies / Flowers
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Mission Moment
  • Leave A Trace Foundation Presentation: Dec. 8
  • Youth Schedule
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Women's Book Club: November 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Preschool News
  • Global Soap Project
  • Opportunity to Serve


Order Your Dessert and Arrangement for Thanksgiving!

This year in response to several suggestions, the Youth Group will be taking orders for Homemade Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin Pies, as well as our traditional Pumpkin Flower Arrangements. 

The pies will be $12.00 and be available for pick up on Sunday, November 24. 

The Pumpkin Arrangements will be $25.00 and will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 27 at 12:00 pm. 

You may place your order by filling out the insert in the bulletin on Sunday, or calling the church office. Thank you for supporting the youth Summer Mission Trip.



Children's Art on Bulletin Covers

Thank you to Quentin Proels for his rendition of the "Still Small Voice" on last Sunday's bulletin cover!

Watch for more of our children's artwork on upcoming Sundays.


Mission Moment

Thank you to Karen Weeks for her Mission Moment on UMW Sunday, October 27, 2013.  Here is Karen's bio, and you can view the Mission Moment here!

Karen Weeks grew up on a farm near Wayne, NE where her dad raised cattle and she and her brothers raised sheep. She is a life-long United Methodist, and attended church and Sunday School nearly every week. After graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, she met Gene in the Singles group at First Methodist Church in Omaha, NE. They married in 1968 and have two children and two grandchildren. In 1980, they moved to Norcross because of Gene's job. She was the nurse at Berkeley Lake Elementary School for 27 years. Since retirement, they divide their time between GA, CO and WA. 

The family joined the Mt. Carmel family in the mid 1980's. Here she taught 3rd to 5th grade Sunday School, led the Cherub Choir with Jan German, served on Council on Ministries, Administrative Board and Trustees, participates in Bible Studies and UMW and sings in the choir. She describes Mt. Carmel as a special place with special people.


Clean Water - Leave A Trace Foundation Presentation: December 8th - 9:45 & 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

YOU need to see this presentation! Clean water is one of the most basic things needed for survival and yet there are many in the world without it. Our United Methodist Men's group has invited The Leave A Trace Foundation to come share about their work providing clean water in developing countries. 

Josh Lee, sophomore at Georgia Tech, and Christina Lee, sophomore at Kennesaw Mountain High School, helped found this 501(c)3 nonprofit and have taken several trips abroad to install water purification systems in areas that desperately needed it. Christina will display and explain the operation of the equipment they install and the difference it makes in the lives of the communities. 

For more information, go to: http://leaveatrace.org 

Questions? Please contact Ed McDonald at 678-983-5588 or edmacmo@gmail.com


Youth Events

Saturday, Nov. 9: the Mid High youth will be having a day retreat in downtown Atlanta. We will meet at the church at 10:00 and return between 4-5. If you have a child in 6-8 th grade who doesn’t come to youth, we would love for them to join us. Please contact Gail Bolton for more information. 

Sunday, Nov. 10: Senior High Youth will be going to dinner/ Mid High will not meet. 

Sunday, Nov. 17: Magical Night of Lights Trip - All youth of the church are invited to go to Lake Lanier Islands to see the Christmas Light Show. We will meet at the church at 4:00, have dinner, see the Light Show and return back to the church at 9:00 pm. 

Cost: $10.00 Admission plus dinner, hot chocolate and s’mores, and shopping as desired. We will be traveling by bus, so please reserve your seat by November 10 by e-mailing Gail Bolton.

Sunday, Nov. 24: Churchwide Thanksgiving Dinner


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School

This week’s lesson is from Amos 1:1-2, 5:14-15, 21-24. Amos was a shepherd and a trimmer of sycamore trees and became a prophet. He was another one of those unlikely people God picks to share his message. 


Amos shared God’s concern about the injustices that the Israelites were doing to the poor. Part of the focus for children will be learning about fairness and justice in today’s world and what they can do in their daily lives. Talk with your children about ways your family can help. 


Pageant Practice: Sunday at 3:00 in the Sanctuary

Play practice is scheduled again this Sunday. Please practice your lines and the songs. We will be working on stage placement this week.


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

http://mtcarmel-umc.org/#/children


Women's Book Club

All women are invited to join the Book Club which will meet in the Hope House on Friday night, November 8th at 7:00 PM. 

This month's book is "Leaving Cold Sassy Tree," the unfinished sequel to "Cold Sassy Tree," by Olive Ann Burns. Contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions.


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Robert (Gates, aka Mr. Pam) for taking time on Halloween to give us all the best hayride ever! Every year he adds a new thing to the ride and this year there were two new things! We had a witch at the front of the hayride and a blinking sign on the back! Wowza, we were riding in style. Many, many thanks, Robert, for your kindness and good nature. We had a ball. You can see that in our photo!

Wow, we are gearing up for Thanksgiving with all the activities we have planned. We are studying shapes and sizes, patterning in our environment which means finding shape or color patterns around us. What do the awnings on some of the restaurants look like, for example. This topic is a precursor to reading, so it is very important for even the youngest of our children to look for patterns or to make them. We are also learning about early America and the Pilgrims and our Native American friends, the harvest and finally about the meaning of Thanksgiving. 

This is an early reminder that we have Friendship Soup on Thursday, November 21 at 12:00. Parents are invited to join us in eating soup, cheese, crackers, tangerines, apple juice, or water on that special day. I encourage you to read Marcia Brown’s award winning book Stone Soup, which is what we do to prepare our soup for you! The book reminds us to share, in order to feed one another. Isn’t that what happened at our first Thanksgiving? Oh, we tie things in so well here at the school. I know, we are good. 

We have opened our T/Th Toddler class as a drop-in classroom. We have 3 available spots that can be reserved on a day-to-day basis this holiday period. We would need a reservation on Thursday morning for the following Tuesday, so Miss Susan has time to prepare for a guest and I have time to let Miss Sarala know that we need her help. The same is true for Thursday. I would need to know by Tuesday morning. If I hear your need in the afternoon, it will be too late as Miss Susan is not here on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday in order to have some time in school to prepare for more students. The cost is $30 per day. 

We still have openings in our school, so please get the word out! We love our school and hope to serve the members of our community. 

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Global Soap Project


The Global Soap Project (globalsoap.org), locate
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 in Norcross, recovers and recycles discarded soap from American hotels with a process where it is sanitized and remolded into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations including orphans, disaster victims, prisoners and refugees. Since its inception, GSP collected over 1000 tons of soap that would have ended up in the landfills. To date, our bars of soap have reached people in need in 30 countries including Kenya, Uganda, St. Lucia, Swaziland, Haiti, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Cameroon, South Sudan, Tunisia, Ecuador and Guatemala.

Volunteers are needed to: 
  • Sort the soap donations from hotels and take inventory
  • Inspect and clean the previously used soap of any hair or other particles; get rid of any bad soap 
  • Cut bars of soap from the reprocessed soap created by the machine 
  • Put soap in boxes and move boxes to storage area of warehouse
  • Break down and set up boxes as needed 
  • Help keep the warehouse neat and tidy 
Contact Julie Jones at jaj31@bellsouth.net or 770/263-1009 to sign up to work at the warehouse on: 
  • Monday, November 25th from 9am – noon 
  • Saturday December 21st from 10am – noon 
NOTE: Our maximum capacity is 15 volunteers at a time. This project is not accessible for wheelchair users and because of the strong soap scent, may not be appropriate for those with chronic respiratory conditions. Individuals can sign up for other time slots through handsonatlanta.org. Monetary donations are used to cover the costs of shipping the soap to those in need.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Nichelson Family
  • Urie J.
  • Bill Chappell
  • Kelly Harrell's sister - job
  • Andrew Bond's friend - cancer
  • Diane Bond's co-worker's daughter - cancer
  • Faye Harwell's brother & his wife
  • Matthew Follmer - sick on Sunday
  • Follmer's neighbor who just had twins
  • Lane Shutt's mother in rehab
  • Lila Hunter & family - death of her father
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth - hospitalized
  • Chris Bolton's friend Ronnie - reaction to radiation trmt.
  • Mackenzie Gallagher's coach - awaiting test results
  • Craig German's brother in hospital
  • Death of Posey's friend, Bob
  • Pastor Edny Joaquin - here from Brazil to serve new Brazilian Church in our District
Thanksgivings
  • Phil & Mercer Griffin - new house almost complete
  • Steve & Donna Riviere in town
  • Lydia Thompson & Linda Anglin's birthdays
  • Jim Mitcham - cancer free
  • Pastor Cyndi & Matt completed marathon
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative


Sunday's Lesson
This week in worship the lessons will be:

Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24
John 7:37-38


Birthdays this week:

Gail Bolton
John Whitlow
Quentin Proels
Bob Fugate
Jeffrey Bolton

Anniversaries this week:
Joe & Cecelia Davis
Bobby & Cathy Smith


Save the Date

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
NOVEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

WOMEN'S STUDY
NOVEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
NOVEMBER 8 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
NOVEMBER 9 - 8:00 AM
RUN FROM CHURCH

MID-HIGH YOUTH DAY RETREAT
NOVEMBER 9 - 10:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

PLEDGE SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 10

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
NOVEMBER 10 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 10 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH CHOIR REHEARSAL
NOVEMBER 10 - 4:30 PM
CHOIR ROOM

SR. HIGH YOUTH OUT TO DINNER
NOVEMBER 10 - 5:15 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

WORSHIP COMMITTEE
NOVEMBER 10 - 5:45 PM
ROOM 112/114

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
NOVEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY 
NOVEMBER 12 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

BLES FALL FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 16 - 11:00 - 3:00
BERKELEY LAKE ELEM.

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER LIGHTS
NOVEMBER 17 - 5:15 PM

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 18 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW DAY CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 19 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL SOUP LUNCH
NOVEMBER 21 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH PIE PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 24

CHURCH-WIDE THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 24 - 6:00 PM
FOYER

PRESCHOOL CLOSED
NOV. 25 - 29

YOUTH FLOWER PICK-UP
NOVEMBER 27 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 28 & 29

1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
DECEMBER 1



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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