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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
March 23, 2016








Stations of the Cross: 
Thursday & Friday: 11 AM - 7 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - Noon
Maundy Thursday Service: 7 PM
Good Friday Service: Noon
Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday - 10 AM
Easter: Sunrise - 7:15 AM, 9:30 & 11:00
(Breakfast at 7:45 AM)
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Foyer Restoration to Begin
  • Office Closed Easter Monday
  • Monday Night Study Invitation
  • The Children's Corner
  • UMW Night Circle Meeting: March 28
  • Women's Book Club: April 1
  • Holy Communion for Shut Ins
  • Church Workday: April 9
  • Art Date: April 23
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation



Sunday morning I asked the children about the mess in the sanctuary. Who could have turned over the tables? Who would have knocked over scales, like those in the temple? Who scattered coins on the ground? 

A few of them remembered and told the story of when Jesus was upset at moneychangers and other religious leaders. Jesus did not like them getting in the way of people praying in the temple. 

Later that day, Katherine told her mother Alison that she had a secret. Katherine knew who messed up the front of the church. It was Darth Vader! 

What a smart girl! She knew that the dastardly Darth Vader had tried to prevent the Christmas message back in December. So of course he would making a mess as we prepare to hear the Easter message! 

How are you preparing to hear the good news of Easter? At Mount Carmel, we want to allow the resurrection to be more than a theory or a collection of historical facts. We want to experience Easter in ways that transform our hearts. 

That’s why we prepare for Easter with Stations of the Cross prayer walk, with the Lord’s Supper on Thursday night, and by hearing the crucifixion story on Good Friday at noon. 

That’s why we do more than throw eggs out on the lawn – we include activities at the Easter egg hunt that will help our children learn the real story of Easter (not the Darth Vader version). 

That’s why we have a sunrise service, rain or shine. Easter comes no matter what, because Christ lives and offers life, even on dark and dreary days. 

Thank you for the ways you help others experience the story and prepare for Easter. I cannot imagine any better gift, than to help someone know the joy of resurrection. 

I’ll see you this Sunday (and hopefully before that, on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday),

Pastor Cyndi 

P.S., There's a video on the church facebook and and on youtube that describes how Mount Carmel can help people experience Easter. Would you share this? 


Pardon Our Mess!

Beginning the week after Easter, we will be undergoing a project to refurbish the vestibule at the main entrance to the 
sanctuary. 

The project will include removal of the vent shaft in the middle of the vestibule to create a more welcoming entry for members and guests into our beautiful sanctuary. 

The Trustees have worked closely with an architect who specializes in church restorations and has paid careful attention to the Mt. Carmel project to ensure that the results will be consistent with the period of the original church construction. 

The work is expected to be completed by April 18. Thanks for your patience during this time.

The Mt. Carmel Board of Trustees


Church Office Closed
Please note that the church office will be closed on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016.  We will reopen on Tuesday at 9 a.m.


Monday Study Group Begins New Book

The next Monday night study begins April 4, when we discuss some of the less frequently referenced descriptions of God in the Bible as we read Lauren Winner's book, Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God.   

Everyone is invited to join the discussion, led by Steve Pearson, Mondays at 7 pm in the Hope House.


The Children's Corner

Calling All Volunteers!

The Easter Egg Hunt is right around the corner and we need Youth and Adult helpers for the ...

Egg Hunt on 
Saturday, March 26th from 10 am to noon!

The main needs are:
  • Helpers at the Game Station inside the Fellowship Hall
  • Set up of the Egg Hunt area outside
  • Hiding the eggs
  • Keeping children out of the street during the Hunt

If you can help, please let Leslie Raymer know you can volunteer...and what you would like to do: lraymer.mtcarmel@gmail.com or 404-664-2574. Volunteers are asked to arrive from 8:30 to 9 on the 26th. 

On Easter Sunday, we will process into worship singing with our own Easter Banner, which we created in Sunday school!

See you on Saturday and Sunday,
Leslie

Director of Children's Ministry


UMW Night Circle meeting:
What I Wore: The Clothes of Our Lives

On March 28th, the United Methodist Women's Night Circle will revisit memories of special clothes.  Come share the story of a favorite (or unfavorite) outfit, article of clothing, or accessory from your past or present.

Maybe your memory will be about an Easter hat or maybe a prom dress or your first pair of heels or a sewing project gone awry. Bring a photo, the item itself, or just a story!

Monday, March 28 at 6:30 at the home of Barbara Cooper.
Contact Barbara or the church office to RSVP or get directions.


Women's Book Club: April 1 at 7:00 p.m.


All women are invited to the Book Club which will meet in the Hope House in April. 

This month's book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Arul Gawande.

Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions.


Holy Communion for Shut Ins

Holy Communion will be served on Sunday, April 3rd during worship.  Then during the week, volunteers will deliver Holy Communion to those who are unable to get to the church and would like it brought to their home.

To request Holy Communion be brought to your home, just call or email the church office.  770-449-4498.

To volunteer to deliver Holy Communion to shut ins, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.


Church Workday: April 9 - 9:00 AM

Everyone is encouraged to attend the church workday to help with jobs inside and out, keeping Mt. Carmel in good shape!

The Trustees appreciate your help - please bring yard tools, gloves, cleaning supplies, or anything that you think might be of use. Thank you!


Art Date to High Museum: April 23

On Saturday, April 23 our "Art Date" will be to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  We will gather in the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and travel together. 

Contact Katrina Stone if you plan to go, or for more information.


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Friend of the Jensen/Roe family: cancer
  • Jensen/Roe friend Brock: birthday of Beth last week
  • Sam Tapley: family of Eddie who died last week
  • Jeff: nephew of Tapley's neighbor: tumor in leg
  • Daughters & granddaughter of Cynthia Currence
  • Bill Downey's two co-workers: Paul - mother having surgery for cancer  /  Ray - father passed away
  • Merriman's friend Myra & family
  • Deck J. - young man with health issues
  • Tony & his family: friends of Marianne Thompson - 24 yr. old with stage 3 melanoma / his sibling also had cancer
  • Friends & family of Eileen who passed away
  • Craig German's friend: hospitalized with hearth trouble
  • Wife of Ed McDonald's friend: she had emergency open heart surgery away from home on Monday
  • Cheryl Martin and team going on Mission Trip to Tanzania this week
Thanksgivings
  • Cheryl Martin: for support and prayers for her on mission trip
  • Steve Pearson: thankful for parent's help past 3 months after his stroke.  They have now gone home to N.C.


Ways to Make a Donation Electronically

Thank you for your support of Mt. Carmel!  

There are many ways to give: You may use a Debit Card, Credit Card, or PayPal, or you may make an automatic electronic funds transfer on a one-time or recurring basis.  

Click HERE to give electronically. 
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative


Sunday's Lesson
Mark 16:1-8


Birthdays this week:

Jan German
Kathy Sigmon
Katie Reinhart
Ann Joyner
John Waller
Madison Blair

Anniversaries this week:
Bob & Julie Jones


Save the Date

CHOIR PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
7:00 PM - SANCTUARY

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
8:30 PM - SANCTUARY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
THURSDAY & FRIDAY,
MARCH 24 & 25
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
FOYER / SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB 
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
3:30 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP
MARCH 24 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP
MARCH 25 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
SATURDAY - MARCH 25
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FOYER / SANCTUARY

EASTER EGG HUNT
MARCH 26 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL / OUTSIDE
RAIN OR SHINE!

EASTER SET-UP
MARCH 26 - 12:00 - 2:00 PM
SANCTUARY

EASTER
MARCH 27
SUNRISE SERVICE - 7:15 AM
BREAKFAST - 7:45 AM
WORSHIP - 9:30 & 11:00 AM

OFFICE CLOSED
MARCH 28
EASTER MONDAY

FOYER RESTORATION
MARCH 28 - APRIL 18
SANCTUARY

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
MARCH 28 - 6:30 PM
COOPER HOME

UMW DAY CIRCLE
MARCH 29 - 10:00 AM
SANCTUARY

TUESDAY STUDY
MARCH 29 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

GWINNETT COUNTY SPRING BREAK
APRIL 1 - 8

CHURCH WORK DAY
APRIL 9 - 9:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

NEWCOMERS CLASS
APRIL 10 - 11:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

VBS PLANNING MTG.
APRIL 10 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

CONFIRMATION CLASS
APRIL 10 - 4:00 PM 
YOUTH ROOM

YOUTH COUNCIL
APRIL 10 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

FINANCE MEETING
APRIL 10 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
APRIL 10 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT
APRIL 15 - 17
CAMP GLISSON

ART DATE TO HIGH MUSEUM
APRIL 23 - 12:30 PM

SPRING BBQ & SWEET SHOP
APRIL 29 & 30


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry


















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

Donations of non-perishable food may be left in the NCM tub in the church foyer, and checks made to the church and marked for NCM may be dropped into the offering plate or by the church office.



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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