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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
April 29, 2015
Thank you all for your help and support of the BBQ and Sweet Shop!







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Nepal, Baltimore, and the Sweet Shop

I wish you had a perfect pastor. A perfect pastor would know what to say when tragedy strikes. 


In some ways, Baltimore is easier to think about. I believe that God gives us free will, the ability to choose what is not best for ourselves or for others. There is no surprise when people act in ways that reflect fear, resentment, anger, and powerlessness--whether police officers, the public, and those of us who watch from afar.


A perfect pastor might be able to offer easy answers and clear solutions. 


Instead, I look for glimpses of God in Baltimore. I give thanks for the churches who responded to school closings not with fear but by opening their doors and providing care for children. I smiled when I saw the picture of Metropolitan United Methodist giving free breakfast and lunch. We know about that don’t we, providing lunch for school children who would normally get a free lunch at school.

















A place and a lunch bag doesn’t solve every problem. It does, however, feel a bit like a much needed hug to the working parent counting on school to help them get through the day. 


Jesus showed us how God works to bring true change. Jesus empties himself of being like God and becomes one of us (Philippians 2.)  We are most like Christ when instead of thinking we are omniscient and know how to solve others’ problems, we instead enter the world of those in pain.


This is part of why I am so proud of our church for being part of Family Promise and offering a Homework Club. In these two ministries, we serve others face-to-face. In Family Promise, we let go of our assumptions of who is homeless and share meals together. In the Homework Club, the teachers have invited children that need more help (mostly time) than the school system can provide. We empty ourselves of our personal priorities and are present to these children in the way that they need.


Scriptures also teach us that some of the tragedies we encounter are not caused by people abusing their free will. Blindness and other ailments are not caused by the sin of a person or of their parents (John 9.) When a tower fell in Siloam, killing 18, Jesus was clear this tragedy was not the fault of the victims (Luke 13.) Tragedy happens in a broken world. 


The United Methodist Church is partnering with other denominations to bring relief in Nepal. Our part is focused on water purification needs. At Mount Carmel, we know about that too. In the last year, our children have raised money for water in Vacation Bible School, the Men’s Ministries gave Barbecue money for water ministry, and the huge auction organized by the Transformers Sunday School class raised money for this. One of our Lenten Offerings was One Great Hour of Sharing, which covers the operating expenses for our relief organization. This allows 100% of contributions for Nepal to go directly to that relief effort. 


We pray for people in Nepal, Baltimore and in other areas of tragedy, because we know that God’s will is for life to flourish. If I were the perfect pastor, I would be able to explain why some suffer and others do not. I can only offer words of Jesus—that he is present when a cup of water is offered to the thirsty (Matthew 25:35.) 


As you may know, I have been praying that God would send us the people no one else wants. Yesterday, I had one of my afternoon cravings for sugar, and was able to purchase some of the leftover Sweet Shop items. I joked that this was the answer to prayer, “God send us the Sweet Shop leftovers that no one else wants.” 


But the money from the Sweet Shop goes to ministries like Norcross Coop, Murphy Harpst Children’s Home, and the Angel Tree gifts. You know: people whose circumstances could make them feel as though they are not wanted. 


I wish you had a perfect pastor, someone who would know what to say and exactly what to do. Instead, I can only point to a perfect savior.  On the cross, Jesus suffers with us. In tragedy, in our greatest pains, we know God with us. In the resurrection, God reveals that tragedy is never the end of God’s story. 


Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.


I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Welcome New Members!
  • Retirement Celebration: May 3 - Noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Calling All 2015 Graduates!
  • Mother's Day Roses
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: May 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Chapel in the Woods Hike: May 9 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Blood Drive Help Needed: May 27 - 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • UMW News:
    • Day at the Lake: May 30 - Lake Hartwell
    • Sweet Shop Results - Thank you
  • Preschool Summer Camp: June 29 - July 2
  • NCM School Supply Drive
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Welcome New Members!

  

Dick and Kay Fouts
Joined on Sunday, April 26th at the 9:30 service







Lisa Long
Joined on Sunday, April 26th at the 11:00 service

Please let them know how happy we are to have them join our church family!



You're Invited!
To a Retirement Celebration 
in Honor of "Miss Lorrie"

Graduate Recognition - Sunday, May 10th

Sunday, May 3 - Drop in from 12:00 - 3:00 
Mt. Carmel Fellowship Hall

After 23 years of service, our Miss Lorrie is retiring from the Mt. Carmel Preschool at the end of the 2014-2015 year.

Join in celebrating Miss Lorrie and showing our love and appreciation for all that she has done over the years, showing "Kind Hands and Kind Hearts" to so many children!


Calling All Graduates!

On Sunday, May 10th, we will recognize all of our 2015 High School, College and higher education graduates during the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. 

To make sure that we don’t leave anyone out, we are asking that everyone who is graduating this year, or who knows of a graduate who should be on the list, please call or e-mail the church office with those names. 

Graduates are encouraged to attend on May 10th to be recognized! 

Thanks for your help, and get ready to congratulate the Class of 2015!      (770) 449-4498 / office@mtcarmel-umc.org


Mother's Day Roses

On Mother’s Day, May 10th, the Youth will once again place roses on the altar in honor or in memory of our mothers.

If you would like to purchase a rose, please fill out the form in the Sunday bulletin and drop it into the offering plate or contact the church office by May 6, 2015. 

Cost: $12.00 ~ includes vase, single rose with greenery and baby’s breath (white rose in memory of ~ red rose in honor of)


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:

We continue our travels with Paul this Sunday as we look at Romans1:1-17. Paul is writing a letter to the Roman church telling them how thankful he is for them and that he is praying for them. The Roman church would have read Paul’s letter to the congregation and they would have been very proud of its message. 


We will look at letter writing and ways we can pray without ceasing. 


Vacation Bible School and Safe Sanctuary Training: 


Training for both VBS and Safe Sanctuary will take place on the following dates: 


  • Saturday, May 16: 10 - 12 
  • Sunday, May 17:  12:30 - 2:30 
  • Wednesday, May 27: 10 - 12 


If you work in our nursery, Children’s Worship, Homework Club, Sunday School, Youth, Family Promise or anything that involves direct contact with children or youth, you must complete Safe Sanctuary every two years. If you did not have SS last spring or during this school year --- It’s Time!


Safe Sanctuary training will be first, followed by VBS training about 45 minutes later. Please let me know which session you will attend. 



Vacation Bible School "Everest"

 June 1 - 5

Spaces are going fast!  Click HERE to register.



Items Needed for VBS:


TO BORROW for decorations: 

  • hiking poles
  • snow shoes (anybody have those?)
  • 2 man pop up tent
  • a small sled
  • polyester climbing type ropes
  • Coleman lanterns
  • camping type backpacks
  • swim fins
  • wooden crates
  • white sheets or white fabric

TO BE DONATED:

  • 200 5 oz paper cups
  • 3 or 4 cans of Great Stuff Insulating foam
  • several bags of fiber fill stuffing
  • left over paint in colors of white, black, light blue and medium blue
  • 3 boxes of corn starch
  • 2 boxes of Borax
Also, we are changing our mission project for VBS from Imagine No More Malaria to UMCOR’s support for the people of Nepal. Children will contribute each day to that effort. 

Wacky Wednesday Dates: 
  • July 24 - Celebrate America 
  • July 8 - Slime and Grime 
  • July 22 - Pizza and Pasta 
  • July 29 - More Everest 
Wacky Wednesday's begin at 10:00 a.m. and are designed for a mixed age group of kids from Preschool 4’s through 5th grade. 

Join the fun by registering at: children @mtcarmel-umc.org


Marian Long   


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The Women's Book Club will meet again on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy Onassis - the Untold Story, by Barbara Leaming.

All women of the church are invited to join in the discussion, followed by light refreshments.  See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.


Chapel in the Woods Hike - Red Top Mountain - May 9





Are you ready to get out of the house and enjoy the spring weather?

A "Chapel in the Woods" hike has been planned for Saturday, May 9th at Red Top Mountain in Cartersville, GA. Everyone interested should meet in the church parking lot at 9:00 AM to car pool there.

The group will hike for a while, then stop for a devotion along the way. If you'd like more information, please contact Cheryl Martin.


Donors Needed for Red Cross Blood Drive:   May 27 - 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Our Outreach Committee has scheduled a Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel on Wednesday, May 27th and lots of donors are needed! 

Every pint donated can save up to THREE lives so please give if you can!

Click HERE to sign up online, sign up at the Blood Drive table at church on Sundays, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.


UMW News:

United Methodist Women's "Day at the Lake" - May 30th at Lake Hartwell

All women of the church are invited to enjoy a day of fun at the lake house of Margaret Crawford in Anderson, SC.  We'll leave the church at 9:00 a.m., arrive at about 10:30, and then have fun eating and socializing. (Returning around dinner time.)

Margaret has mentioned a boat ride for all who want to go, or others may decide to relax in the shade or float around in the lake for a while!  (remember to bring a swim suit and sunscreen!)

Lunch and snacks will be furnished, but it is VERY IMPORTANT that we give Margaret an accurate head count by MAY 15 so that she can plan accordingly.

If you'd like to join the fun, just check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office  (or 770-449-4498)

And THANK YOU to Margaret for graciously hosting the group again this year!

Sweet Shop Results

Last weekend, the United Methodist Women's Sweet Shop made $1,246 dollars that will be used for the various missions that we support! 

The UMW would like to thank everyone who contributed and worked at the Sweet Shop, as well as those who purchased items. It was truly a team effort!


Mt. Carmel Preschool is "Bugging Out" this Summer!

The Preschool will have a Summer Camp the week of June 29 - July 2, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The week will be "bug themed" including music, crafts and lots of fun!  

The Camp is for children who will be between the ages of 3 and 5 by September 1st, and also must be potty trained.  All children are welcome, so tell your friends!

Cost is $100 for the week, with $50 of that due at time of registration. Full payment is due by the first day of camp. Children will also need to bring a lunch each day.

Come and join the fun!  Register on the church website or contact Ms. Cindy or Ms. Lorrie at the Mt. Carmel Preschool.


NCM School Supply Drive

Even though this school year is just ending, the 2015-2016 year will be here before we know it and NCM is collecting supplies for students throughout the summer. 

Please check the online “wish list”  to see what supplies are needed, then shop and place donations in the NCM box by July 31, 2015.  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:

Prayers
  • Bill Chappell - recovering from fall, broken bone
  • Families and friends of nursing students killed in car accident
  • Victims of earthquake & avalanch in Nepal
  • The city of Baltimore / residents
  • Brian Davis and family: death of brother Chris from brain turmor
  • All students taking final exams soon
  • Susan Posey's father Elijah Moore:  surgery on Thursday
  • Billy & JoAnn Weathers: Billy had mild stoke on Tuesday
  • Jan Dodd: at Gwinnett Medical Duluth following stroke
Thanksgivings
  • Thanks to everyone for making BBQ & Sweet Shop very successful!
  • Ellie Grogin took 3rd place in a state bowling tournament
  • Christy Richmond: granddaughter now safe and happy living with her father


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:

Romans 1:1-17


Birthdays this week:

Mandi Piepmeier
Heather Medlock
Jo Minor
Jim Mitcham
Joan Garner
Sam Tapley
John Posey
David Jamieson
John Charles Roe
John Fugate

Anniversaries this week:
Hal & Margaret Crawford
Bob & Vicki Walden


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 29 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
APRIL 29 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
APRIL 30 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MAY 1 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
MAY 3 - 12:00 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
MAY 3 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
MAY 3 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MT. CARMEL YOUTH
MAY 3 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

YOUTH WORSHIP
MAY 3 - 7:00 - 7:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MONDAY STUDY OF ACTS
MAY 4 - 7:00 PM 
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
MAY 5 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL MOTHER'S DAY TEA
MAY 7 - 9:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHAPEL IN THE WOODS HIKE
MAY 9 - 9:00 AM
MEET AT CHURCH - HIKE AT RED TOP MOUNTAIN

GRADUATE RECOGNITION
MAY 10 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

MOTHER'S DAY -
NO YOUTH MEETING
MAY 10

PRESCHOOL END-OF-YEAR-BLAST!
MAY 12 - 11:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL GRADUATION
MAY 14 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY

VBS TRAINING
MAY 16 - 10:00 AM
LOWER HALL

VBS TRAINING 
MAY 17 - 12:30 PM
LOWER HALL

PENTECOST
MAY 24

MEMORIAL DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
MAY 25

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 27 - 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW DAY AT THE LAKE
MAY 30 
LAKE HARTWELL

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER RECOGNITION
MAY 31 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 1 - 5

MUST SUMMER LUNCHES
JUNE 15 - 19 

YOUTH MISSION TRIP
JUNE 21 - 28

FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
JULY 12 - 19


Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

The current password is:  barbecue



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.

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