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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
April 16, 2014
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How Many Does It Take?

There is an old joke about how many Christians it takes to change a light bulb. One of my favorite versions answers the question this way: 

Episcopalians: Three – One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was. 

Presbyterians: None – Lights will go on and off at predestined times. 

TV Evangelists: One. But for the message of light to continue, send in your donation today. 

Roman Catholic: None. We use candles only. 

Baptists: Change??? My grandmother donated that light bulb! 

Methodists: Undetermined. But whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Bring a bulb of your choice to the Sunday lighting service and a covered dish to share. 

Amish: What's a light bulb?

I share this because I started counting how many Mt Carmel people it takes to prepare for Holy Week, the days leading to Easter. 

John and the choir have been practicing for ages to share a magnificent piece, Barber’s Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings) at the 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday worship service. 

Our best guess is that 25 people took bags of plastic eggs to fill with candy and about twelve more have volunteered to help with the 10 a.m. Saturday egg hunt. 

The 9:30 musicians are gearing up for Maundy Thursday as well as the sunrise service. Dan Bailey and Bob Jones are putting together music for Good Friday noon worship. 

Alex Smith drew a picture we’ll use on the bulletin for the 6:45 Easter Sunrise Service. Speaking of sunrise, the men’s club will be making and serving breakfast after that. 

The list of contributors for Stations of the Cross is long. There are artists (Lori Anderson, Judy Bagwell, Lindsay Bolton, George and Lila Hunter, Kathleen Moore, Joanne Ragon, Steve Ruhl, Katrina Stone, Sam Tapley), children and youth who made crosses to give out, new devotions by Steve Pearson, and people who helped with staging (Barbara Cooper, Michelle Hammond, Faye Harwell, George and Lila Hunter, Lorrie and Pekka Ignatius, Marian Long, Jacque Tapley, Dick Thompson, and Mary Jane Wilson.) Stop by and see the way all of these people share the story of God’s love, today through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. 

It’s Holy Week…the week before Easter. Holy simply means set apart for God. All of these people have set aside time and given of themselves in some way to help us prepare for the good news of Easter. 

How many of us does it take to share and celebrate the light of Christ? All of us!

I’ll see you on Sunday,
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Holy Week Schedule
  • Stations of the Cross: April 16 - 19
  • Children's Ministry: Egg Hunt April 19 at 10 AM
  • Videographer Needed: April 27
  • Preschool News
  • Women's Book Club: May 2 at 7 PM
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Strikes for Jesus Bowling on May 3
  • New Wednesday Study Begins May 7
  • Thank You
  • New Baby
  • Adopt a Cat


Holy Week Schedule

Stations of the Cross: April 16 - 18 / 11 AM - 7 PM

Maundy Thursday Worship - April 17 / 7 PM

Good Friday Worship: April 18 / 12 PM
     Lunch: 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

Stations of the Cross: April 19 / 9 AM - 12 PM

Easter Egg Hunt: April 19 / 10 AM

Easter Worship: April 20
     Sunrise Service: 6:45 AM  
     Breakfast by Men's Club: 7:15 AM
     Worship: 9:30 & 11:00 AM


Stations of the Cross









April 16 - 19, 2014 
Wednesday thru Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

You are invited to walk through the events of Holy Week and share some of Jesus’ experiences. 

Pray with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, look for your face in the crowd that shouted, “Crucify Him”, taste the vinegar Jesus tasted on the cross, smell the herbs and oils used to anoint His body. 

You will have an opportunity for reflection, prayer and other personal expressions.

Also, volunteers are still needed to help with the Stations, Thursday thru Saturday. Please contact the church office if you can help.  Thank you.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School: 
It is Easter, Christ the Lord is risen today! We are leaving behind the sadness of Lent and celebrate that Christ is no longer in the tomb. He was resurrected. 

Come share the celebration at 9:30 and/or 11:00 Children’s Worship Time.

Easter Egg Hunt: April 19 at 10:00 AM

Join us for Mt. Carmel’s community wide Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19! 

In addition to the egg hunt, there will be pictures with the “renowned”
Easter Bunny, crafts and snacks. 

Invite your friends and neighbors and remember to bring some flowers to place on the flower cross for Sunday.

Volunteers (youth or adult) are also needed so if you can come and help, please let Marian know.  Thank you!


Vacation Bible School: 
Weird Animals!
June 2 - 6 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Registration is now open on the church website at mtcarmel-umc.org. Look under the CHILDREN tab, and then the VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL tab. 

VBS is for children who are rising preschool 3’s through 5th grade.

We also need adult and youth volunteers. Please contact Marian Long or the church office with any questions.

Marian Long 
Children's Ministry 


United Methodist Women: Sweet Shop 

The Spring BBQ and Sweet Shop is coming up SOON!  On Friday and Saturday, April 25th & 26th, LOTS of help is needed to make this a great event, raising money for Missions!

If you can help by working at the Sweet Shop, please sign up on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or contact Vicki Walden. The shifts needed are 9:30 - 12:00, 12:00 - 2:00, 2:00 - 4:00 and 4:00 - close.

Baked goods to sell are also needed.  Please sign up to bring goodies on Friday or Saturday also.

And remember to tell your friends and family to come out and have some great BBQ, brunswick stew and dessert!


Spring BBQ!  April 25 - 26



HELP NEEDED!

The BBQ is right around the corner and LOTS of help is needed! Preparation begins next Wednesday and volunteers are needed through closing on Saturday. If you have some time to share, please contact a member of the Men's Club, or the church office

And invite your friends and family!  They'll get a great meal and support some important missions at the same time.  Flyers are available in the church office or sanctuary.


Videographer Needed: April 27

Our seminary intern, Clair Lovett, will be preaching at Mt. Carmel on Sunday, April 27th and she needs a recording for her class.

If anyone has video equipment and could record her sermons at 9:30 and 11:00, she would appreciate the help.

Please contact the church office if you can do this for Clair.


Preschool News

Dear Friends, 

Well, we have been swinging from the chandeliers this week in anticipation of Pizza with Dad and a full moon! Whew, just add in a week’s vacation and two rainy days and I think everyone gets the drift. 

Thankfully, we have been able to go outside today and will be in fine form tomorrow for the Easter egg hunt. Yes, we will have all our gentlemen joining us for lunch and the hunt tomorrow. This event is the most well-attended happening of the year! I know you would love to be a fly on the wall for this. 

We will not be in session on Good Friday, but will be back in force on Monday with class photos being taken by our favorite photographer, Miss Ashley, on Thursday and Friday. 

After that, we round the corner and May will be on the radar. How in the world did that happen? We are slowly but surely filling up for the fall, but there are some spaces still available. Please do your best to help us have a full house next year! 

In joy and love, 


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: May 2nd

All women of the church are invited to join the Women's Book Club which will meet on Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Lamb in His Bosom, by Caroline Miller, endorsed by Margaret Mitchell.  It is a  novel, set in the pre-Civil War south.

For more information, contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.


Outreach Focus

Norcross Cooperative Ministry: Fruit of the Spirit
Show your love and kindness by donating canned fruit to NCM this month.  We hope to collect at least 900 cans - one for each family served each month.

And please remember that APRIL IS OUR FOOD DRIVE MONTH FOR NCM!  While we support NCM all year long, in April they particularly depend on our church for major support. Please drop food donations into the NCM box in the foyer, or drop a checked marked for NCM into the offering plate this month.

Earth Day - April 22
Earth Day is more than a day to reflect upon the importance and vulnerability of the earth’s environment. It is an opportunity to renew your own commitment to good stewardship of the earth. 

Two easy ways to begin are with recycling and a personal energy audit. Many local governments sponsor electronics and hazardous materials recycling events once or twice per year, usually in the fall and spring, and the Gwinnett County website’s Clean and Beautiful page provides lists of recyclers for each of more than 150 types of waste from antifreeze to wood polishes. 

The Cool Congregations website includes information about home energy audits that can increase a home’s energy efficiency and reduce utility bills over time. It also contains a list of steps for under $25 and one for over $25 that show how much you can reduce your production of carbon dioxide with any given step. For example, replacing a halogen lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp can reduce your carbon footprint by 475 pounds a year. 

The website is: 


Give Blood on 
May 21st: 2 - 7 p.m.

Registration for the Mt. Carmel Blood Drive is now open. 

To schedule a time to donate blood, go to: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor and enter sponsor code mtcarmelumc, or contact Julie Jones at jaj31@bellsouth.net with your preferred times.

Lives are depending on you!

EXTRA BONUS: Each donor at our Blood Drive will also receive a coupon for a $9.99 oil change at Midas!


Strikes for Jesus 

Saturday, May 3 – 11:00 AM 

Everyone is invited to join in the fun of bowling at Brunswick Lanes, 6345 Spalding Dr., Norcross, GA. If you plan to attend or have any questions, please contact Neil Odom at 770-582-7457.


New Wednesday Study - Begins May 7

A new Wednesday night study, “Loving Generously,” will begin on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. in room 112/114 downstairs. 

For more information please contact Neil Odom at 770-582-7457.


New Baby!

Congratulations to Sarah, Shawn and Ashley O'Leary on the recent birth of their new son, Nolan.

We wish them all the best and can't wait to meet him!


Thank You Very Much

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls and support for me, my brother and our families during the recent loss of our father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Words cannot express how much this touched my heart.

Blessings,
Vickie, John & Taylor Tucker


Church Cat for Adoption!

This EXTREMELY friendly male cat wandered up to the church about two weeks ago and seems to need a home. We are taking care of him right now, but can only do so temporarily. 

Our friends at the Medlock Bridge Animal Clinic have checked him and found no ID chip, but have determined that he is approx. 2 years old, in apparent good health, has been neutered, and de-clawed in front.

If you or someone you know can provide a home for this nice cat, please contact the church office or see Suzanne Foster.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Ken & Cheryl Smith - death of Ken's step-father, Chuck
  • All those who left prayers at the Art Festival booth
  • Alison Alesi's mother-in-law: health problems, and her grandmother: upcoming surgery
  • Jacque Tapley's brother: financial problems
  • Patricia & family: cancer / chemo and new job
  • Successful BBQ
  • Hildred Bell in car accident - but thankfully OK
  • Barbara Cooper's sister: death of her friend & pastor, Wes
  • Cindy Jones' father: heart problems
  • Guests who will visit Stations of the Cross this week
  • Jerri Phillips: relief of pain
  • Easley's friends: Chuck - loss of mother  /  Ina, Patrick & Breezy - loss of husband - father
  • Lucile Jones & sister Voncile: pneumonia / bronchitis
  • Gail Bolton & family - decisions for her father's health
  • Katrina Stone & family - sale of father's property / big family changes
  • Clair & Sean Lovett: pregnancy / baby
Thanksgivings
  • John Waller & choir: wonderful Palm Sunday music
  • John Waller from the choir: for great leadership
  • Nora Ignatius' 25th birthday
  • Chuck & Jerri Phillips' 41st anniversary
  • Michael Sengbusch's father visiting - great time together
  • Steve Pearson: cousin's cancer is treatable
  • New O'Leary baby
  • Vicki Tucker: prayers & support during time of father's death
  • Megan Foster's friend Chelsea: new baby / prayers for the new parents
  • Those making employment decisions
  • Janis Hoge: great trip with best friend
  • Steve Riviere: can be at home for the BBQ
  • Barbara Cooper: sister's heart problems are MINOR
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:

John 20:1-18


Birthdays this week:

Janis Hoge
Bryson Jarrett
Gunther Trentini
Will Thompson
Vernon Jones
Kris Bell
Lane Bendig
Mark Bagwell, Jr.
Tammy Smith
Karen Weeks
Trisha Trentini
Ellen Berlage

Anniversaries this week:
Preston & Alice Porterfield
Steve & Annette Rogers


Save the Date

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 16 - 18 - 11 AM - 7 PM
SANCTUARY / FOYER

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
APRIL 16 - 5:45 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 26 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL PIZZA WITH DAD / EGG HUNT
APRIL 17 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MAUNDY THURSDAY
APRIL 17
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

GOOD FRIDAY
APRIL 18
WORSHIP - 12:00 PM
LUNCH - 11:30 AM & 12:30 PM

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 29 - 9 AM - NOON
SANCTUARY / FOYER

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 19 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

STATIONS TAKE-DOWN
APRIL 19 - NOON

EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
APRIL 20
SUNRISE: 6:45 AM
BREAKFAST: 7:15 AM
WORSHIP: 9:30 & 11:00 AM

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
APRIL 21

UMW DAY CIRCLE
APRIL 22 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

NO BROWN BAG STUDY
APRIL 22

SPRING BBQ / SWEET SHOP
APRIL 25 - 26

STRIKES FOR JESUS
BOWLING
MAY 3 - 11:00 AM

TEACHER RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, MAY 4

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
MAY 9 - 10

MOTHER'S DAY
SUNDAY, MAY 11

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY / GRADUATE RECOGNITION
SUNDAY, MAY 18
9:30 RIVER SERVICE
10:30 COMBINED SERVICE
11:30 COVERED DISH LUNCH

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 21: 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FELLOWSHIP GOLF
MAY 24 - TEE TIMES TBD
RIVER PINES CLUB



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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