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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
July 15, 2015

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Family Promise Set Up
  • Favorite Songs of the Congregation
  • Youth Sunday / Fellowship Lunch: August 2
  • Singing with the Choir
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: August 7
  • From the Preschool - Another Summer Camp
  • NCM - School Supplies by July 30th
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

You Are Blessed

Last week I shared how a moment of anger helped me to realize that I had made an idol out of worship attendance at Mt Carmel. Instead of focusing on the Kingdom of God, and what is best for the people in our community, I was focusing on my own hopes and dreams for Mt Carmel. 

It is always humbling to realize that you are not the person you want to be. (I assume that I am not the only person that feels that way!) 

One of the reasons that I am a United Methodist is my trust that as I offer my life to God, there is transformation and healing. John Wesley talked about going on to perfection, in which love becomes our driving motivation. 

So I continue to look for idols in my life. As suggested by Tim Keller in Counterfeit Gods, I am examining my emotions. “What makes us uncontrollably angry, anxious, or despondent? What racks us with a guilt we cannot shake? Idols control us, since we feel we must have them...” 

This was on my mind as I was driving to visit a friend in downtown Atlanta. I was pondering how easy it is to say “that’s an idol, don’t go there” or “that way is wrong” compared to pointing in the direction of what is true and right. It’s easy for a good thing to turn into an idol. To what can I point and say this is God? 

My answer came in one of the poorer sections of the city. I stopped at a red light, and automatically looked down to make sure that the doors were locked and checked the windows to make sure they were fully rolled up. 

Then I looked up –and in front of me was a church with the words on their sign: “you are blessed.”

You are blessed. 

We read this together back in January. Blessed are the poor. Blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. 

There beatitudes describe circumstances that I usually respond to with the emotions of idolatry--with anger, anxiety, and despondence. 

Rather than responding with anger, because there is nothing I can do to change my circumstances, I can grow to be meek, trusting in God’s providence. 

Rather than anxiety, because it seems that the world is spinning out of control, one day I will hunger and thirst for righteousness. 

Rather than despondence that there are not enough days with the people I love, one day with Jesus’ help I can learn to mourn while leaning on God’s promises. 

This is more than a set of rules saying to swap “bad emotions” for “good emotions.” I am not sure that is even possible! 

But I want to use the anger, anxiety, and despondence as signals that I am trusting in idols and instead need to look for God’s blessings. 

I hope to grow into a way of life that flows out of trusting in God, knowing forgiveness and offering forgiveness, receiving steadfast love and offering patience to others. 

We put that on our sign, too. You are blessed. The words helped me. Someone driving by might need to see this, too.

I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi

Family Promise Set Up

Thank you to everyone, especially the children, who helped set up the rooms for our Family Promise guests last Sunday!

Please keep these families in your prayers.

More Favorite Songs of the Congregation

On Sunday, July 19, favorites included will be:

Amazing Grace (requested by Collins Boyd, Lane Shutt & Mercer Griffin)

Be Thou My Vision (requested by Lila Hunter)

I Love to Tell the Story (requested by Christine Werdebaugh)

Have Thine Own Way, Lord  (requested by Gene & Linda Anglin)

Youth Sunday: August 2 - 10:30 Service Only

Plan to attend this combined service where the Mt. Carmel Youth will lead us in worship and Holy Communion. 

They will also share some of their experiences from the Summer Mission Trip!

Fellowship Lunch: August 2 - 11:30 am
Following the worship service on Youth Sunday, our Children's Department will prepare lunch for us in the Fellowship Hall. 

The menu will include a quesadilla bar, salad and brownies.

You won't want to miss this fun day!

Children's Ministry

Sunday School

It is Comfort Monster time still. We will begin sewing our monsters this Sunday, so some extra help is needed.  If your child has not made a monster yet to give to children who are scared and need comfort, there is still time to cut one out!

Wacky Wednesday: Pizza and Pasta
July 22: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

At this Wacky Wednesday, we are going to have fun with our favorite Italian foods!  There will be some cooking (pizza and pasta) so you don't have to bring a lunch unless your child does not like pizza or pasta.  We will also play games and make a pasta craft.

Cost if $5.00.  Please register by July 21 at

Lunch on Youth Sunday
The Children's Department will sponsor the lunch after the 10:30 service on Youth Sunday, August 2.  

The menu will be a quesadilla bar with cheese, chicken, salsas, peppers, etc. We will also offer salads and brownies for dessert.

Director of Children's Ministry

Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club 

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on August 7th and the book of the month is The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

All women of the church are invited to join this group. 

For more information or directions, see Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden or visit the church website.

From the Preschool - Another Fun Camp! August 11 - 14

The Mt. Carmel Preschool has one final summer camp planned for your children to enjoy every last minute of their vacation!

We will be "holding our noses" and going with an underwater theme from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14 from 9:30 - 1:30. Gwinnett County schools start back that week, so what a great way to give younger siblings something special to do also!

This camp is open to potty trained children ages 3-5 and you do not have to attend the Preschool during the school year to participate. There will be music, crafts, stories and of course, lots of fun!  Each child will also need to bring a lunch.

The cost is $100 for the four days.  The first $50 is due with your paperwork by July 20, and the remaining $50 will be due the first day of camp.

Download the registration forms HERE, and register BY JULY 20!  Forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 922997, Norcross, GA 30010, or dropped off in the church office M-F, 9:00 - 4:00.

We hope to see you and your friends at camp!

Preschool Director

NCM Needs School Supplies by July 30!

Even though we are all in summertime mode right now, the 2015-2016 school year will be here before we know it and Norcross Cooperative Ministry is collecting school supplies for students throughout the summer. 

Please check the “wish list” on the church website or check with the church office to see what supplies are needed, then do some shopping and place your donations in the NCM box in the church foyer by July 30, 2015

Monetary donations are also appreciated - just drop your check into the offering plate, marked "school supplies."

Thank you for helping local students have a good school year!

Prayers and Concerns

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

  • Josh Riviere: complications from recent surgery
  • Family Promise families and volunteers
  • The Easley's friend Bryan: pancreas issues
  • Vicki Walden's friend John: recovery from bypass surgery
  • Wife Linda, family & friends of Bruce who died on Saturday - owner of local print shop used by Mt. Carmel
  • For residents and staff from Peregrine's Landing home joining us at 9:30 service
  • Family Promise volunteers
  • Staff member at assisted living home: thankful daughter has a job after searching for 5 years
  • Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius' 35th wedding anniversary
  • Dick Thompson's sister Janet visiting from California

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
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Ephesians 1:1-10

Birthdays this week:

Ronda Bendig
Josh Riviere
Raven Hinson
Marianne Thompson
Andrew Bond
Henry Bolton
Ernie Richmond

Anniversaries this week:
Paul & Ronda Bendig
Neil & Joyce Odom
Buddy & Kathy Atkins
Spencer & Lisa Grogin
Charles & Cecilia Carroll

Save the Date

JULY 12 - 19


JULY 15 - 7:00 PM

JULY 19 - 7:00 AM

JULY 19 - 5:15 PM

JULY 20 - 7:00 PM

JULY 22 - 10:00 - 1:00 

JULY 26 - 5:15 PM

JULY 27 - 6:30 PM

JULY 29 - 10:00 AM

AUGUST 1 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

AUGUST 2 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 2 - 11:30 AM

AUGUST 7 - 7:00 PM


AUGUST 11 - 14
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

AUGUST 15 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

AUGUST 16 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 16 - 11:30 AM

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