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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
September 10, 2013
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Why did I get a tattoo? 

I suppose the short answer is that two weeks ago I turned 50. That’s what you do for round numbers like 40, 50, 60, right? Something crazy and unexpected. 

The longer answer is that I have been thinking about this for about five years. It started off as a joke to tease my senior minister. Yet over time, I began to ask myself what I would tattoo. What is the most true thing that I know? What do I need to remember in life’s darkest moments? 

It came down to the creation story in which God creates people, male and female, in the image of God. That’s how God looks at each one of us. We may be covered in sin, broken, guilty…and yet within there is that image of God. Much as God looked at the first people and said “very good”, God looks at each one of us with love. 

When I pray, I pray with my palms up. So I walked into a tattoo parlor and asked the artist to write “Imago Dei”, or “Image of God”, on my wrist. Even on days when I am uncertain, I could look down and see who I am at heart. On days I have no words to pray, I can look down and see this. 

Yet prayer is not the only time I hold my hands with palms up. Faith can begin with my relationship with God, but it cannot stop there. So I asked the tattoo artist to write this a second time, facing 
tattoo
outward. 

When I reach out to others, I want them to know that they too are created in the image of God. 

When I serve bread and wine, my whole body should offer hope. Christ died for you while you were a sinner. No amount of sin covers who you are at heart, a child of God, created in God’s image. Take and eat, you are welcome at Jesus’ table. 

I’ve been thinking about the other wrist. When I turn 100, I think I’ll get a cross. 

I’ll see you this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 


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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Daily Devotions and Children's Activities
  • Make a Difference - Volunteer at Mt. Carmel
  • Parenting Workshop
  • Sign Up for a Small Group Study
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School - God Keeps His Promise
    • Kids Cooking Club - September 15
  • Church-Wide Picnic: September 22 
  • Flamingo Fund Raiser in Full Swing
  • News from the Preschool
  • Yard Sale Sept. 21



Children's Art on Bulletin Covers

Thank you to Clara Hoge for her rendition of "Let There Be Light" that was on the bulletin cover last Sunday! 

Watch for more great artwork from our children on upcoming bulletins.


Devotions and Children's Activities

Living in God's Story

Have you signed up to receive the daily devotions that go with the upcoming Sunday scripture lesson? If not, just go to LivinginGodsStory.com, enter your email address, and devotions will be sent daily.


Take the Faith Home! 

In Sunday School, children get a handout with daily activities for children and their families. This week's edition is at http://mtcarmel-umc.org/#/children/sunday-school


Make a Difference - Volunteer!

It's not too late to sign up to volunteer at Mt. Carmel in 2013!

Read descriptions of our ministries and turn in your sign-up sheet in worship on Sunday, or complete one online here.


North Georgia Family Counseling Centers
Rev. Lynne Smith, Independent Facilitator 

Parenting the Love and Logic Way TM 

A six session parenting program designed by the Love and Logic Institute. 

Learn how to: 
✦ Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments 
✦ Stay calm when their kids do incredibly upsetting things 
✦ Set enforceable limits 
✦ Avoid enabling and begin empowering 
✦ Help their kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them ✦ Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators 
✦ And much more! 

This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!

Dates: Tuesdays, October 8th - November 12th  
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm 
Location: Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church 
(Room 112/114)
5100 South Old Peachtree Rd.
Norcross, GA 30092 

Cost: $100.00 per person / $150.00 per couple 

Register Here

Facilitators of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way TM curriculum are independent and are not employees of the Love and Logic Institute. 


Children's Ministry News

Sunday School

This week’s lesson is from Genesis 21:1-3 and continues God’s story with Abraham, Sarah and Issac. The children’s lesson focuses on the significance of Issac’s birth. God made a big promise to Abram and Sarai and God keeps his promises, even if we have to wait a long time for them to happen. 


The children’s take home activities for families include suggestions for setting up a time and pattern for family devotions. Make sure you check it out. 


Cooking Club: Sunday Sept. 15th at 2:00 p.m.

Yum, yum, we are going to be making snack pizzas, cheese krispies and orange ball cookies. We will also have some ice cream as a special treat since the adults upstairs are having ice cream. I need to know who is coming by Friday in order to purchase supplies so please register at children@mtcarmel-umc.org


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

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


Church-Wide Picnic!
September 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Berkeley Lake Chapel

Everyone is invited to join in games, food, and fellowship, followed by a Vespers service led by Pastor Cyndi.

Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be furnished.  Everyone is asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share.

Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss the fun!


Flamingos Headed to Mt. Carmel

The Mt. Carmel Youth will began the Flamingo Fundraiser for the Summer Mission Trip on Sunday, September 8. 

Flocks of Flamingos will begin appearing on the lawns of members and friends of Mt. Carmel the week of September 29. 

If you DO NOT want the Flamingos to visit you, please stop by the insurance table located outside the sanctuary door to purchase your insurance in the amount of $15.00. Insurance policies will continue to be sold on September 15 and 22. 
(OR sign on the "no-nesting" sheet at the table if you would rather NOT participate.)

If you would like for the flamingos to come for a visit, please check the box on the back of the connect card in the bulletin or you can stop by the Flamingo Table and sign up on our Nesting Site sheet. 

When the flamingos arrive at your house, please follow the directions that are in the Bag on a flamingo. Please do not bring the flamingos back to the church - they will be removed within 24 hours. 

The flamingos visit your home as an act of kindness and love from the youth. Thanks for your support!


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

Another week behind us and a new one in front of us! We begin all our after school activities this week

 and today was a huge success with Miss Diane and Fun and Games Galore! Tomorrow Miss Holly joins us for yoga, and Miss Jessica returns for ballet on Thursday! I guess this means school is totally in session. 

We are stunned at how quickly our students have fallen into the groove of school. Even the youngest among us have adapted quickly, thoroughly enjoying school even if they hit that wall at the end of the day. We thank you all for being on time for pick up and for taking suggestions teachers are giving. It all adds up to a smooth beginning. 

As you may or may not know, my daughter will marry on Saturday, September 21. That means I will be out of commission Thursday - Tuesday, September 19 - 24 and you will depend upon my capable staff. Please know that as much as I love you, I will not be answering any emails or phone calls during that time. You may call Suzanne at the office if there is a huge emergency otherwise email as usual and one of the teachers will respond. 

We want to thank Ms. Marian for feeding us a delicious brunch today! We had the most delicious melon, berries, pineapple, and three different baked treats and felt very loved. Ms. Marian is a blessing to us all here at the Preschool. Thank you so much, Marian! We love you! 

We are enjoying ourselves so much and soon you will be able to join us for sanctuary. The doors to the chapel will be open on Tuesday, October 1 for anyone who would like to sing. Soon you, too, will know all kinds of great new songs!

In joy and love, 
Lorrie


Yard Sale for NCM - September 21
It's almost here!

On September 21st, the Transformer Sunday school class is coordinating a church-wide yard sale on the front lawn of the church (or Fellowship Hall in case of rain.) All proceeds from the yard sale will benefit Norcross Cooperative Ministry’s Restoring Hope program. 

Items for sale can be left in the Fellowship Hall beginning on Monday, September 16th.

Visit our website for more information and how YOU can help!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Cheryl Martin's friend Kathy - cancer
  • Marian - hip replacement (Judy Bagwell)
  • Ernie - cancer (Judy Bagwell)
  • Dale Rhodes - stomach cancer (Judy Bagwell) 
  • Tarin Hinson - treatment for tumor on optic nerve
  • Lori Anderson's co-worker Elizabeth - cancer
  • Ken Smith - awaiting PET scan and results
  • Craig German & family - death of Craig's sister
  • Karen Weeks' cousin Bob - leukemia relapse
  • Austin - 3rd grader with mass on spine - surgery / treatment
  • Family of Ashley - 24 yr. old who died of bone cancer
Thanksgivings
  • Mary Rezzuto - prayers for leg wound and God's healing
  • Tim Lilley doing OK with new chemo treatment
  • Clair Lovett's sister - engaged
  • Thanks for prayers for Ken Smith
  • Leslie Smith's grandfather's 93rd birthday
  • Steve Rogers recovering from heart surgery
  • Grandparent's Day
  • Thanks for Lorrie Ignatius - Preschool Director
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:



Birthdays this week:

Katherine Peters
Dick Klinetob
Clara Hoge
Erin Foster
Cecilia Carroll
Allison Piepmeier
Lynn Parrish
Mark Moore
Buddy Atkins
Matthew Whaley
Lisa Klaren

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

UMW RETREAT MEETING
SEPTEMBER 11 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

PAVEMENT POUNDERS RUN
SEPTEMBER 14 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST
SEPTEMBER 15 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TRUSTEE MEETING
SEPTEMBER 15 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

NEWCOMER'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
SEPTEMBER 15 - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

KIDS COOKING CLUB
SEPTEMBER 15 - 2:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
SEPTEMBER 15 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH MEETING
SEPTEMBER 15 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL & ROOMS

YOUTH WORSHIP
SEPTEMBER 15 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

SEPT. 16 - 20
YARD SALE ITEMS GATHERED IN FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW DAY CIRCLE
SEPTEMBER 17 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

EVANGELISM MTG.
SEPTEMBER 17 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YARD SALE FOR NCM
SEPTEMBER 21
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
OUTSIDE / FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH-WIDE PICNIC
SEPTEMBER 22 - 4:30 PM
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL

UMW FALL RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 29
LAKE HARDING, AL.

FLAMINGOS FLY!
SEPTEMBER 29
(YOUTH FUNDRAISER)

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 4 & 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 6 - 4:00 PM

YOUTH FOOD COLLECTION FOR NCM
OCTOBER 13

FALL FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19 - 11:00 AM

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 20 - 2:30 PM
SANCTUARY

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S SUNDAY
OCTOBER 27 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
OCTOBER 27 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 27 - 5:15 PM
HOGE HOME



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


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

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