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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 1, 2013
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What kind of bread does Jesus like?

I like Ms. Lorrie’s bread. She grinds the wheat before mixing this with oil, yeast and honey. I have tried to use her recipe, but mine never tastes quite as good. Maybe she kneads extra love into her dough.

I have seen people come back to the rail for “seconds.” Others head for the kitchen to see if there are leftovers. One Sunday a little boy saw me serving others along the altar rail, and he couldn’t help himself and called out “that looks goooood.”

Yet this Sunday, we will give the best we have, Ms. Lorrie’s bread, to other people. We’ll eat bread baked by Christians who go to churches with names like Presbyterian and Episcopalian and places like Alpharetta and Dunwoody. I don’t know what their bread will taste like. I have questions about how anyone can top Ms. Lorrie’s bread. 

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Christians throughout the world will remember what we have in common. Too often we focus on our differences. Even worse, we use the word “like.” I like this type of music. I like the Wesleyan emphasis on grace. I like worship at this time. I have even been known to say “I like Ms. Lorrie’s bread." 

But on this Sunday, we remember that we haven’t been the church we were called to be. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed that his followers would be one. Too often we have argued over doctrine, over pew cushions, and over who’s in and who’s out. Too often we have focused on what we like instead of what Jesus desires.

This Sunday Christians throughout the world will remember that whether we are Baptist or nondenominational, United Methodist or Four Square, we have in common that on the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus took bread, blessed this, and gave it to his disciples. Jesus still does that today, no matter who baked the bread he serves.

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
  • Mission Moment
  • BBQ & Sweet Shop - October 4 & 5
  • Blessing of Animals October 6 - 4:00 PM
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Oct. 20 - 9:00 - 2:00
  • Church Conference - Oct. 20 - 2:30 
  • Women's Book Club - October 11
  • Children's Ministry
    • Sunday School 
    • Fall Festival - October 19 at 11:00
    • Christmas Pageant - December 8
  • Youth Collect Food for NCM - October 13
  • Preschool News
  • Moonlight Hike - October 19
  • Booth at Literacy Festival at Berkeley Lake Elementary
  • Thank You


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Children's Art on Bulletin Covers

Thank you to Nicholas Follmer for his rendition of "The Burning Bush" that was on the bulletin cover last Sunday! 

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


Mission Moment: Johnny Carroll

Johnny Carroll grew up in Norcross; his family has lived here since before the Civil War. His family helped start the church—the history room has a copy of the “resolution to form a church” signed by John Carroll, and the family name is on the stained glass above the sanctuary entrance. 

Johnny graduated in 1965 from Norcross school and served in the Air Force 1967-1971. He worked for the post office for over thirty years. 

He has a daughter and two grandchildren, enjoys playing golf (his handicap is an 8 or 9) and ushers every Sunday at the 9:30 worship service.   

You can view Johnny's Mission Moment here.


bbq 2BBQ & Sweet Shop:

The Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop is THIS WEEKEND and lots of volunteers are still needed!

Contact any member of the Men's Club or United Methodist Women to see where you can help, or contact the church office.

And remember to bring your friends and neighbors!


The Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 6
4:00 PM

Join us on the front lawn to bless these important members of our families!

All pets are welcome - with leashes and cages please!


Red Cross Blood Drive
October 20: 9 AM - 2 PM

Our next Blood Drive will be from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 20 in the Fellowship Hall.

Since we have a weekend date, the Red Cross would like for us to schedule 50 donors for our drive, so PLEASE give if you can and invite your friends too!

Plan to give before church, afterwards, or before our Church Conference which begins at 2:30!

Please sign up here, using the code mtcarmelumc and help save lives! 


Church Conference on October 20 - 2:30 PM

Mark your calendars now for our Annual Church Conference where we will hear details of the past year at Mt. Carmel, as well as plans for 2014.

If you are turning in a committee report for the Conference, please remember they are due in the office by Monday, Oct. 7th.  Thank you!


Women's Book Club 

The Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will meet on October 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the home of Vicki Walden. This month's book is Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. 

If you need a ride or more information, please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden. 


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Children's Ministry News


Sunday School

This week’s lesson is from Exodus 16:1-18 and is the story of manna or “Bread from Heaven”. The people of Israel were now in the wilderness and were not happy. They did not trust God or Moses to provide for them. They worried and complained. God did not get angry with them, but showed his love by providing quail and manna. Our focus is how God took care of his people by providing food for them. 


Our 3rd - 5th graders will be looking at the letters of the New Testament as they have almost completed their Learning to Use Their Bibles series


Fall Festival: Saturday Oct. 19 11:00-2:00 

The annual children’s Fall Festival is almost here. We will have crafts, games, a hay ride, the monster truck moon walk, a cemetery scavenger hunt, cupcake walk, and crazy hair salon. Grilled hot dogs and chips will be available for sale to benefit the Wesley Walk for Others. 


Fall Festival Needs: 

volunteers: adult and teens 

cupcakes: about 5 doz total

2 bales of straw 

colored hair spray 

hot dogs and buns 


Please let me know if you can provide any of these. Thanks!


Christmas Pageant: December 8

I know it is not even Halloween, but our play “O Little Christmas Town” has a lot of new music. We are going to start learning the music this week during Sunday School and immediately afterwards. I will have a CD for each family. Actual play practice will begin Nov. 3 at 3:00. We hope that all of our children will participate!


Marian Long
Director of Children's Ministries

770-449-4498

children@mtcarmel-umc.org

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


Youth Collect Food for NCM During Our Food Drive Month


On Sunday, October 13th, our Youth will visit homes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM to collect non-perishable food for Norcross Cooperative Ministry.

If you would like for them to stop by your house, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office. 

October is also the NCM Food Drive Month for Mt. Carmel, so any other donations that you can make of food or money will be appreciated. Just place non-perishable food donations in the NCM box in the church foyer or mark your check "NCM."

Thank you for supporting those in need in our neighborhood.


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

Wow, it’s the first of October and the doors to the sanctuary are open for you to join us every morning! If you would like to experience sanctuary, go through carpool normally, park, and walk into the sanctuary then wait for the pitter patter of little feet. It will be a big surprise for your child to see you waiting there! After sanctuary, remain in the chapel and we will leave you. Don’t be surprised if there are a few tears – this happens all the time! If your child has too much difficulty transitioning back into the classroom after your visit, we may ask you to wait a little longer to visit us again. If not, you can be there every day if you like! You will be blessed when you witness what we do every day! 

We are looking forward to the Men’s BBQ this Friday and Saturday, but we are also extra vigilant with our children. We know many people who are not aware of our existence, so we need to be super cautious when we go to the playground. Don’t forget to join the Men for lunch or dinner. I suggest you buy pounds of pork and pints of Brunswick stew to freeze for later! I do that every year and somehow I never have any in the freezer. My girls love to have some of their own and confiscate my stash! 

We love having Project 20/20 in the house this week, too. This special offer for vision screening is a gift from God! Pam uses a refracting machine which measures the eye and a read out emerges telling what a child’s vision is in both eyes. I hope everyone takes advantage of this! We have found children every year in need of glasses. Don’t pass up the opportunity to have your child tested. 

Next week we are off to Berry Patch Farms on Wednesday. Everyone is invited to attend and we carpool to the farm, have lunch, take a hay ride, pick a pumpkin, drink apple cider, look at the small animals and play on the playground before we return to the school before the end of the day! We love visiting Miss Debbie and her crew! 

We still have room for new friends, so if you find any children loitering on the street corner, bring them to the school!

In joy and love,
Lorrie


Moonlight Suspension Bridge Hike - Oct. 19th

Our Chapel in the Woods group will travel to Tallulah Gorge State Park on October 19th to have a 1 and 1/2 mile hike under a full moon!

Cost is $5 for the hike, and $5 to park. Everyone interested should meet at Mt. Carmel at 5:30 to carpool to the Gorge.

Please contact Cheryl Martin if you plan to attend. cmmartin@ups.com


Mt. Carmel Booth at Literacy Festival

Mt Carmel is sponsoring the USA booth at the Berkeley Lake Elementary School International Literacy Festival on Thursday, October 10th from 6-8pm. 

Outreach Donations needed:
1) stationary for writing Thanksgiving letters to the Troops (http://bigthankyou2013.com/), 

2) gently used picture books or elementary level chapter books to give to students, and 

3) packs of hot dogs.

Please place the non-food items in the USA bin in Fellowship Hall by Sunday, October 6th. Volunteers are needed as well. Contact Julie Jones for details - jaj31@bellsouth.net.


Thank You

Dear Friends, 

Thank you so much for your kindness following the death of my sister, Bonnie. I received so many cards and notes, and words of support on Sunday.

I am so thankful to be a part of Mt. Carmel and to rest here when I am weary. It has been a long haul, but I am finally at peace with the thought that Bonnie is no longer suffering. I will miss her for the rest of my life, but am grateful that she spoke to me the night before she died and we had a conversation like we used to have when she was healthy. 

God is good.

Love, 
Lorrie


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Cheri Proels' brother Chuck - spinal surgery
  • Cheryl Martin's friend Kathy - cancer treatment
  • Easley's friend Melani - heart problems & pregnant
  • Christian communities in Middle East - peaceful resolution to conflict
Thanksgivings
  • John Waller sharing his music with Mt. Carmel
  • Successful Women's Retreat
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 6:51
Exodus 16:1-18


Birthdays this week:

Chris Bolton
Amy Whitlow
Sherry Blackwood
Bill Bryant
Julie Harstead
Margaret Nesbit Hobbs
Mariah Hinson
Dick Easley
Elaine Nesbit
Marilyn McGee
Ed Jones
Bobby Walden
Max Proels
Amy Carling

Anniversaries this week:
Lynn & Darrell Parrish


Save the Date

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 2 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

WOMEN'S STUDY
OCTOBER 2 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 2 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 4 & 5
11:00 AM UNTIL WE RUN OUT

PAVEMENT POUNDERS
OCTOBER 5 - 8:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 6

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 6 - 4:00 PM

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
OCTOBER 6 - 5:15
HOPE HOUSE

OLD TESTAMENT STUDY
OCTOBER 7 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 8 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING CLASS BEGINS
OCTOBER 8 - 6:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

PRESCHOOL TO BERRY PATCH FARMS
OCTOBER 9 - 9:15 AM

MT. CARMEL BOOTH AT BLES LITERACY FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 10: 6-8 PM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 11 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH FOOD COLLECTION FOR NCM
OCTOBER 13: 6-7 PM

FINANCE MTG.
OCTOBER 13 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD MTG.
OCTOBER 13 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

FALL FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 19 - 11:00 AM

MOONLIGHT HIKE
OCTOBER 19 - 5:30 PM
TALLULAH GORGE PARK
MEET AT CHURCH

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


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