May 21, 2013
In this issue:
From the Pastor
Annual Conference Offering
Summer Lunch Program
Trinity Soup Kitchen
Tuesday Study Group
Save the Date
In Worship this week
Birthdays / Anniv.
Save the Date...
MAY 21 - 7:00 PM
MAY 22 - 10:00 AM
WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
MAY 22 - 7:00 PM
MAY 22 - 7:00 PM
COMMUNION SERVED AT MORNING STARR HOME
MAY 23 - 9:30 AM
MAY 25 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OFFERING
MEMORIAL DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
BROWN BAG LUNCH - FINAL STUDY
MAY 28 - 11:30 AM
MUST MINISTRIES -
SUMMER LUNCH PREP
MAY 28 - AUG. 5
SAFE SANCT. / VBS
MAY 29 - 10:00 AM
UMW RETREAT MTG.
MAY 29 - 6:00 PM
TRINITY SOUP KITCHEN
JUNE 2 - 7:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 3 - 7
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 11 - 13
BOOK CLUB AT WALDEN HOME
JUNE 14 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH MISSION TRIP
TO CAIRO, IL
JUNE 16 - 22
HOST FAMILY PROMISE GUESTS
JUNE 16 - 23
JUNE 25 (TUESDAY)
10:00 AM - LOWER HALL
ALL MUSIC SUNDAY
JUNE 30 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP LUNCH BY RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM
JUNE 30 - 11:30 AM
Birthdays this week:
Morgan E. Nichelson
Diana B. Nishimuta
Anniversaries this week:
Mark & Diane Bond
Jay & Morgan Nichelson
Gene & Linda Anglin
Bill & Laraine Downey
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.
A Recipe for Trinity Sunday
Ed and I celebrated our anniversary by making Thai red curry together. We were excited about the recipe. I found it on a website, and the author claimed to have worked for three years trying to imitate a recipe from our favorite noodle house Doc Chey’s.
We had a frustrating time following the recipe. Ingredients were not listed at the beginning. We weren’t sure whether to use thai basil or sweet basil. We still don’t know when the author added the onions to the mix.
We pressed on, trying to interpret the recipe. We reminded one another to be grateful for the author rather than aggravated about the writing style. After all, the author spent years trying to replicate one of our favorite restaurant dishes.
When we reached the simmer stage, Ed stirred the pot and I put away the measuring spoons and spices. As I put away the red curry paste, I noticed a recipe on the jar.
I’ll bet you already know what that recipe was, don’t you? It was exactly the ingredients and amounts from the website . The only difference was that the recipe on the jar was organized and clearly written.
The website author had spent three years developing a recipe only to end up with the same recipe as the one printed on the spice jar.
I felt a little disappointment. It seemed more exciting to follow the recipe from an unknown author who has been tweaking and experimenting for three years.
But then again, some of my favorite recipes are from labels…banana pudding from the nilla wafer box, pecan pie from the corn syrup bottle, and green bean casserole from the french fried onions can.
This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. We’ll be using a lot of recipes used through the ages to dramatize the mystery of God. Although I won't throw rose petals, I will use ingredients like three-leaf clovers and sunshine, steam and dancing shoes. But if you listen closely, when we talk about God is three persons, it will all come down to the simple recipe that God is love.
Which says a lot about God, and means much for us.
I'll see you this Sunday,
Annual Conference Offering
An offering to support the North Georgia Conference "Bridges to Mission" will be collected at worship services this Sunday, May 26th. This offering will help provide training for clergy and laity in El Salvador, The Bahamas, Russia, The Philippines, Kenya and Portugal.
We, along with other churches of the North Georgia Conference, will then turn our donations in at our Annual Conference on June 11-13 in Athens, GA.
Info and Signups
We are one of the host churches in the Gwinnett County Family Promise program. We host pre-screened homeless families in our church for a week at a time, providing them with housing, food, fellowship, and most importantly, love. This is a time for us to model our Christian witness by serving others here within our church home.
Our first host week for our Family Promise guests is June 16-23. We have jobs for EVERYONE! See the photos below of a room from last year, Mark and Lorrie moving tables, and Pekka setting an alarm clock when we were done with setup. For more info and to signup, please see the display in the kitchen hallway, or contact Ed McDonald: email@example.com /678-983-5588, Lila Hunter: firstname.lastname@example.org / 678-687-9990, or Lorrie Ignatius: email@example.com / 770-265-9948.
We are happy to welcome Penny Potts to our Mt. Carmel church family!
Penny joined on Sunday, May 19th at the 9:30 worship service. Please make her feel welcome.
MUST Ministry - Summer Lunch Program Training Meeting - May 22th at 10:00 AM
Mt. Carmel will host MUST ministry volunteers from May 28 - August 5, to prepare lunches for those children who would normally get free lunches during the school year.
A volunteer training session will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m. in the Hope House. There are still volunteer spaces open, so everyone interested is invited to join the group.
Children's Ministry News:
This week’s lesson is based on Psalm 8 and it is also Trinity Sunday. We are going to Praise God for all his creations. Did you know that in 1969, Pope Paul VI gave the astronauts a copy of Psalm 8, that was left along with other items on man’s first visit to the moon?
Summer Sunday School Teachers Needed
Our regular teachers are off for the summer and we need some wonderful volunteers to teach for them.
The Preschool Class needs a teacher: June 2, June 16, July 14, and July 21.
The older class needs a teacher for June 2, July 17 and July 21.
Please let me know if you will teach on any of these Sundays. Lesson plan and materials are provided.
The Preschool has moved some of their classrooms this summer and our nursery will now be used only for babies and young toddlers for church events. As a result, the toys and books have moved to the new Preschool Toddler Class. To make our nursery more inviting we need:
Gently used baby friendly toys that can be cleaned easily (not stuffed animals) ages birth to 2 yrs
push and pull toys, Busy Box, Thomas the train toys, etc.
A play table
Books (sturdy enough for babies and young toddlers
Child size chairs for reading
Please keep a look out at garage sales and other places. We want our nursery to be inviting to new parents.
VBS and Safe Sanctuary Training
Wednesday, May 29
Safe Sanctuary 10:00 AM / VBS 11:00 AM
We will have one last training before VBS. If you are an adult who did not take Safe Sanctuary in 2012, you need to be recertified. We will schedule another class after Vacation Bible School.
We do NOT need any more brown paper bags, Publix has donated 300.
We DO need 500 5oz. paper cups and 4 slinky toys.
Snacks also Needed for VBS
If you can provide any of these items for VBS snacks, please mark them for VBS and leave them in the church kitchen. Thank you!
Instant Lemonade - 4 large containers (i.e. Country Time)
Grape Jelly - 3 large jars
Mini Marshmallows - 5 bags
Mini Pretzels - 5 bags (pretzel sticks OK too)
Plain M&M's - 4 large bags
Raisins - 4 large boxes
Director of Children's Ministries
Attic Clean Up - June 1st
In an effort to claim more storage space for the church, the Board of Trustees plans to clean out the attic and install more flooring and shelves to make the space more useful.
To do this however, they will need to sort through what is now up there and get rid of things no longer needed.
Please CLEARLY mark your important items BY JUNE 1ST to avoid having them discarded. Thanks!
Letters to Youth
Last year, a part of the youth's summer mission trip experience was to receive letters from members of the congregation and we need your help again this year!
The only responsibility is to write three cards to the youth who you're assigned. If you can help out, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaylen Short -Youth Director
Now that the Preschool has gotten their cars and classrooms all cleaned up, they're out having fun for the summer!
Preschool resumes on August 26th with Camp Week, then regular classes begin on September 3rd.
There are still openings for the fall, so please refer your friends and family!
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, sign up on the Sunday bulletin insert or online here.
Monetary donations for purchasing items for the meal are happily accepted too. Just mark your check "Trinity" and drop it into the offering plate.
Items needed are listed below. Thank you!
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
Tuesday "Brown Bag" Study Group
The Tuesday morning "Brown-Bag" study group will take the month of June off. Their final meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28th when they will cover Psalm 23. The study guide for Psalm 23 can be found here.
The group, led by Pastor Cyndi, will resume in July when they will once again meet each Tuesday at 11:30 AM in the Hope House. They read and discuss the scripture which will be a part of the worship service the following Sunday, then enjoy having a brown-bag lunch together. Everyone is invited to join the group when they resume.
Mt. Carmel Book Club
Friday, June 14 at 7:00 PM
The June meeting of the Mt. Carmel Book Club will be at the home of Vicki Walden.
The book of the month is Still Life by Louise Penny. We invite anyone interested in discussing the book for a fun evening of fellowship and light refreshments.
Children's Books Needed
The teacher friend of a Mt. Carmel member operates a Children's Book-Mobile during the summer months while school is out. She travels to different neighborhoods, allowing children to come in and pick one book each to take home and keep. However, she needs help keeping a good supply of books.
If you have gently used children's books (for any age child) that she could have for the Book-Mobile, please bring them by the church office. The children will really appreciate your help!
Praying for one another
Janis Hoge - broken foot / surgery
Ken Smith - beginning cancer treatment
Caroline Koch's uncle in hospital
Anglin's daughter LaNita recovering from surgery
Penny Potts' sister's ex-husband - terminal illness
Friend of a friend of Johnny Carroll - aneurysm burst
Death of Diane Bond's cousin - prayers for his family
Tapley & Bailey's friend Pat - recurrance of cancer / treatment
Jacque Tapley's company - awaiting FDA approval of new cancer detection device
Jeannie Klinetob's 81 year old uncle - mauled by dog
Dan's co-worker - miscarriage
Those facing tough choices in their jobs
New member Penny Potts
Bond's anniversary this week
Great coffeehouse for Relay for Life - thanks to Phil Griffin's band
Jessica Ignatius engaged
Hal Crawford's birthday
News to Share?
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Norcross, GA 30092