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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
December 31, 2013
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New Year's Eve Rituals

My New Year’s Eve always begins at the church. 

I open the doors at 9:00 on January 31, just in case someone wants to bring in a check and finish paying off their 2013 pledge. This is my third year spending the morning in the Hope House. 

I will confess that my first New Year’s Eve stint was a disappointment. No one showed up at the last minute with a budget-fixing check. There was only quiet. 

I have come to expect quiet. Earlier this morning I nearly fell out of my chair when the Fed Ex delivery person banged on the office door! 

Now I find that starting the morning in silence is the New Year’s Eve ritual that I need. There is time to think about the last year and give thanks. 

It has been a good year, hasn’t it? 

I am thankful for summer sandwiches and nights with Family Promise guests. I am thankful for times when we packed soap, welcomed blood donors, and supported those who long that everyone have clean water.

I am thankful for Bible study groups where I see God at work as people share about what is going on in their lives. 

I am thankful for the times when we get to know one another in new ways, sharing dinner at the Berkeley Lake picnic or after a Sunday combined worship service. 

I am thankful for those times when we left the church grounds to reach out to our community, offering apple pie slices at the elementary school literacy festival, offering Gatorade and caramels to runners in the Turkey Trot. 

I am thankful on Sunday mornings for musicians offering gifts that nourish the soul, for people who welcome with a smile and handshake, for artists who tell the good news in the ways they arrange flowers, craft altar arrangements, and paint banners. 

Most of all, I am thankful for those people that God brought into my life this year. I sit in the quiet and smile as I think of and pray for each new person. I can’t wait to see who comes in the church doors in 2014. 

Maybe next year, instead of opening the church office, I’ll open the sanctuary. Someone else might want to make that a ritual, too, to end the year in silent thanks and prayer. 

Gotta go…I hear someone else knocking on the door.

Pastor Cyndi McDonald 
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • End of Year Giving
  • Children's Art on Bulletin Covers
  • Mission Moment
  • Book Club: January 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Soup Kitchen: January 12, 2014
  • Love & Logic Parenting Class: Begins Jan. 14th


End of Year Giving

Thank you for your support of Mt Carmel this past year with your time, talent and financial contributions. If you plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to look into our electronic giving options at http://mtcarmel-umc.org/connect/give 

Remember, all charitable contributions, in order to be tax deductible for this year, must be postmarked no later than today December 31. Mail contributions to 
Mt Carmel United Methodist Churc
5100 South Old Peachtree Rd
Norcross, GA 30092
Attn.: Finance


Children's Art on Bulletin Covers


Thank you to Cate Campbell for her rendition of the manger on last Sunday's bulletin.

And thanks to all of our children for sharing their artwork with us on Sunday bulletins!


Mission Moment


Aren't you thankful for the preschool? Please pray for our preschool students and teachers as the new year begins. If you missed seeing the mission moment with video clips of the preschool nativity program, you can watch it again here.


Women's Book Club in January

The Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will meet on Friday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is: The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbach.  Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you have any questions.


Trinity Soup Kitchen - Jan. 12

Trinity Table (Trinity Soup Kitchen) is a Sunday Soup Kitchen that has been serving the hungry of Atlanta since 1982. They serve everyone who comes to the Table a hot meal and give each guest a to-go bag of food as well. 

This ministry is successful because of the work of dedicated volunteers. On Sunday, January 12, our youth, along with adult volunteers, will be going to Trinity Table to serve. In order to serve the 250 guests, we need your help. 

Please look below and also on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin to see if you can help with any of the items needed. You may either check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card, go to the church website, or contact the church office to sign up.

Bring your donations to the church kitchen anytime before January 11. Please make sure that you put your name and "Trinity Soup Kitchen" on your donation when you bring it to the church.

If you would like to go with the Youth to help serve, you may sign up for that too!  Thanks!

Needed:
1 gallon soup (need 35 gallons) (optional recipe here)
Squeeze Margarine (need 18 bottles) 
Saltine Crackers (need 17 boxes) 
3 boxes granola bars - any type (need 300 bars total) 
Help serve at Trinity


Parenting the Love & Logic Way 

Learn practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children and help them prepare their kids for the real world. Love & Logic uses humor, hope, and empathy to build up the adult-child relationship. 

Join Rev. Lynne Smith, 6:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday evenings in the Senior High Youth Room beginning January 14th. The workshop lasts 6 weeks and is limited to 16 participants. 

Registrations are due by January 5, 2014. For more information and to register go to http://ngfcc.org/educational-services/parenting-the-love-and-logic-way-class-in-norcross/.

Rev. Lynne Smith 
NGFCC Minister of Education
 404.277.9351 


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Erin, daughter of Lila's friend: improving - Shepherd Spinal Center
  • Tom Irish - surgery
  • Melanie Bagwell - surgery
  • Ronda Bendig - recovering from head injury
  • Jacque Tapley's brother - may have muscular dystrophy
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth in hospital
  • Ryan Stark: foot surgery 12/23
  • Gail Bolton's father - vision problems
  • Easley's friend Kay - cancer surgery
  • Phillips' granddaughter - bi-polar & off medications - 5 yr. old son to care for
  • Odom's neighbor Michelle - 3rd recurrance of cancer
  • Odom's traveling for 3 weeks
Thanksgivings
  • Jacque Tapley's parents visiting
  • Campbells in church with new baby Peter
  • Hammond's 20th anniversary
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 John 1:35-51.


Birthdays this week:

Carol Fisher 
Cheryl Martin
Quinn Moore 
Ryan Stark 
Melanie Bagwell 
Melissa Crawford 
Joe Stark
Vickie Tucker 
Charles Carroll 

Anniversaries this week:
John & Gwen Lansing


Save the Date

CHURCH OFFICE OPEN
DECEMBER 31 - 9:00 - 1:00

BROWN BAG STUDY
DECEMBER 31 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
JANUARY 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SMALL GROUP MEETINGS
JANUARY 5
11:00 & 12:00 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

OUTREACH COMM. MTG.
JAN. 5 - 3:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH PLAY PRACTICE
JAN. 5 - 3:30 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
JAN. 5 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

BROWN BAG STUDY
JAN. 7 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
JANUARY 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH TO TRINITY SOUP KITCHEN
JANUARY 11

SMALL GROUP MEETINGS
JANUARY 12
11:00 & 12:00
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


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

Help with the most urgent needs.


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