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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
July 6, 2016













Thanks to everyone who is helping 
with Family Promise this week!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Wisdom from James & Charlie Brown
  • The Mt. Carmel Lunch Bunch: July 10 - Thai Star
  • Bridal Blessings Tea: July 10
  • "Holy Guacamole!" July 11 - 7:00 pm
  • Kid's Corner
  • Women's Book Club
  • NCM Needs Volunteers - July 14
  • New Church Directory!
  • Thank You Note
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Christ has Friends in Low Places

You never know what will happen in worship! This week we needed a country music star to help us tell the story of God's love. 

Ever get a song in your head and can’t stop singing it? As I read our scripture for Sunday, James 2, I was stuck in the Garth Brooks song I’ve Got Friends in Low Places. James writes to a church that welcomes the wealthy with the best seats but tells the poor to sit on the floor. In contrast, Jesus seemed to go out of his way to reach out to those in low places.

I wrote a verse about how Jesus was born in a low place, but then was stuck. It would take another 17 verses to describe all the people in low places in Jesus’ story—tax collectors, children, women—and Jesus’ words sending us to those who are thirsty, hungry, and homeless. 

Thankfully, Barbara Cooper came to the rescue. She took these scribblings and ideas and quickly shaped them into a real song, with rhymes and everything! She has a gift for lyrics. Bob Jones added chords, and our country stars Ernie Richmond, Wynne Buran, and John Waller rocked out with this in worship. 

So tag! Now it’s your turn to get a song stuck in YOUR head. Maybe in low times, this will help you remember that Christ is near. And in all times, good and bad, may it remind you to follow Jesus and reach out to others. 

Christ Has Friends in Low Places 
Lyrics by Barbara Cooper and Cyndi McDonald 

Blame it all on his love, 
He came down from above, 
A child born in Bethlehem. 
No room in the inn, 
A world full of sin, 
God was the last one you thought you’d see here. 

The shepherd’s surprise, 
The fear in their eyes, 
When the angels said, 
“Don’t be afraid. 
“Go worship the king, 
A babe who will bring 
Good news and great joy for all.” 

Chorus: 
‘Cause Christ has friends in low places, 
Where temptations drown but the spirit chases our sins away,
And we are changed. 
Christ shows up in surprising places, 
Before we asked, he offered graces,
‘Cause Christ has friends in low places. 

On his daily walk, 
Christ would always talk 
To people the world ignored.
Lepers he would meet, 
Women of the street, 
Tax collectors and more. 

“Let the children come. 
It’s not burdensome.” 
The disciples hadn’t a clue. 
Could it even be 
Christ wants you and me 
As part of God’s kingdom too? 

Chorus 

When you meet the poor, 
Don’t take a detour, 
But do what Jesus would do. 
Offer something to eat, 
Rest for their feet, 
And show that you care for them too. 

Give up acting grand;
Lend a helping hand 
To those who are frightened and weak. 
With a humble heart, 
You can do your part, 
And live the way that you speak. 

Chorus

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi

P.S.  You can listen to the song HERE, as well as catch up on the Charlie Brown episodes.

P.P.S. In the last week I've had 3 conversations with people about prayer. Something you want to learn more about? Please let me know if a class or sermon series would be helpful to you.


Wisdom from James and Charlie Brown 












Did you miss the wisdom of James, Charlie Brown, and Sally on the video last Sunday? 

Just click HERE and scroll down to see the video!


The Lunch Bunch: July 10 - Thai Star










The Lunch Bunch meets most Sundays after the 11:00 service (about 12:15) to enjoy lunch and fun together. If you’d like to be added to their email notices, please check the box on the Connect Cards in the Sunday bulletins, or contact
 Wynne Buran for more information!

Upcoming Lunch Dates:
July 10:     Thai Star - Medlock Bridge & Pchtree. Ind. Blvd.
July 17:     Gino's Pizza - Peachtree Pkwy.
July 24:     Emerald China - Pleasant Hill Road - (near Kroger)


Please join us for a
Bridal Blessings Tea

in honor of
Miss Elizabeth Crawford
Bride Elect of Joshua Miles

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016 AT 2 P.M.
Mount Carmel
Fellowship Hall
Hosted by Annette Rogers

Please bring a recipe or blessing to share with Elizabeth.
You may email recipes to Annette in advance if you prefer to have it printed on the card.  Cards are available in the Choir Room and in the Fellowship Hall.

Annette9616@bellsouth.net
(404) 271-6522


"Holy Guacamole!" Worship on July 11

Plan to be at the next "Holy Guacamole" worship service at Kiko's Mexican restaurant on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Arrive around 6:15 - 6:30 to order dinner, then enjoy the service that includes prayer, a short message, music led by Wynne Buran, and lots of fun!  

Kiko's is located at the corner of S. Old Peachtree Road and Medlock Bridge Road, in the same parking lot as the Texaco station.

Upcoming schedule:
July 11 - Music leader Wynne Buran
July 18 - Music leaders The Georgia Gospelites


Children's Corner

Summer Sunday School and Other Fun Summer Stuff!
This summer, our Sunday school theme will be ‘A Summer of Service’ and we also have lots of other fun activities planned before school begins again!

And since "service" is hard work, there will be Sno-Cones at Sunday School too!

Here is our Summer Schedule:

July 16 - 17:  Kid's Camping in the Fellowship Hall - We'll arrive about 4:00 on Saturday, have lots of fun, sleep-over, then be ready for church on Sunday morning!

July 31: The Children's Dept. is in charge of a Quesadilla Lunch Fundraiser at 11:30 a.m., following the 10:30 a.m. Youth Sunday worship service. Watch for more information on when to sign up to help!

August 7: Blessing of the Backpacks during the Worship services, Promotion Sunday for Sunday school classes, then Water Fun in the afternoon at 2:00!

I'm looking forward to a fun summer with you all!

Children's Director
404-664-2574


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: August 5

The next meeting of the Women's Book Club will be on Friday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. 

Light refreshments will be served as the group discusses this month's book, The Boys in the Boat, Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel Brown.

For more information, please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden


NCM Needs Volunteers for Career Fest:
July 14

Norcross Cooperative Ministry will host a Job Fair on Thursday, July 14th and they desperately need volunteers!

Volunteer are needed for:
Set-Up: 7:45 AM - 10:00 AM - 5-6 people needed
Clean-Up: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM - 8-10 people needed
Resume Critique / Linkedin Profile Reviews: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Also people to provide baked goodies 

If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Shirley Cabe at shirley@norcrossco-op.org or 770-263-0013.


New Directory being Planned!

The Connect Team is working with Life Touch Photography to 
prepare a new church directory and we need your help!

Each person / family who participates will receive a directory, plus a free 8 x 10 photograph from Life Touch. 
Photos will be taken on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23 & 24 from 2 – 9 p.m. at Mt. Carmel. 

Sign up now at the church website or call the church office. 


Thank You Very Much!

We have received the following note from the Georgia River Network in response to the $300 donation raised by the children during Vacation Bible School for Paddle Georgia!

On behalf of the Georgia River Network, I would like to thank you for your gift of $300 received on 6/17/2016 ...

Your support of Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia event enables us to engage and empower citizens across Georgia to care for our state's most vital natural resources, our rivers. With your generous donation, we will continue to work hard for clean, healthy rivers!

Thank you very much,
Dana Skelton
Executive Director


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Melissa Crawford: long recovery from car accident
  • Merriman's relative: Virginia
  • Lila Hunter: let injury from fall
  • Family of the Sigmon's friend Chip who died after motorcycle accident
  • Garner's friend Ernest: cancer has returned
  • Susan Posey's parents
  • Smith family: loss of daughter Bella
  • Family Promise familes
  • Jeanne Manget's roomate: recovering from hip surgery
Thanksgivings
  • Steve Pearson's cousins visited for his sister's concert / one cousin also moving to Atlanta
  • Elizabeth Sigmon's 16th birthday
  • Family Promise volunteers


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
James 3:2-12


Birthdays this week:

Elizabeth Crawford
Elizabeth Sigmon
Deb Pittman
Joe Davis
Sandra Merriman
Spencer Grogin
Alex Smith
Shelia Trentini

Anniversaries this week:
Carl & Joan Garner
Dan & Sandra Merriman
James & Diana Nishimuta
Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius


Save the Date

NO CHOIR PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
7:00 PM - SANCTUARY

BREAK DOWN OF FAMILY PROMISE ROOMS
JULY 10 - 6:30 AM
DOWNSTAIRS

SUNDAY WORSHIP
JULY 10: 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

LUNCH BUNCH TO
THAI STAR
JULY 10 - 12:15 PM

BRIDAL TEA 
JULY 10 - 2:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
JULY 10 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

HOLY GUACAMOLE!
WORSHIP AT KIKO'S
JULY 11 - 7:00 PM
(6-6:15 TO ORDER DINNER)

CPR CLASS
JULY 12 - 9:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
JULY 13 - 5:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

KIDS' CAMP-IN & MOVIE
JULY 16 - 17
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LUNCH BUNCH TO
GINO'S PIZZA
JULY 17 - 12:15 PM

HOLY GUACAMOLE!
WORSHIP AT KIKO'S
JULY 18 - 7:00 PM
(6-6:15 TO ORDER DINNER)

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
JULY 21 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH RAFTING
JULY 23

STAFF MEETING
JULY 14 - 12:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LUNCH BUNCH TO
EMERALD CHINA
JULY 24 - 12:15 PM

HOLY GUACAMOLE!
WORSHIP AT KIKO'S
JULY 25 - 7:00 PM
(6-6:15 TO ORDER DINNER)

PRESCHOOL DINOSAUR CAMP
JULY 25 - 28
9:00 - 1:00 PM
DOWNSTAIRS

YOUTH SUNDAY
JULY 31 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

QUESADILLA LUNCH BY 
CHILDREN'S DEPT.
JULY 31 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
AUGUST 5 - 7:00 PM

BLESSING OF BACKPACKS/ SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS COMMISSIONED / PROMOTION SUNDAY
AUGUST 7 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

WATER FUN DAY
AUGUST 7 - 2:00 PM
OUTSIDE

GWINNETT COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL
AUGUST 8


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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