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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 20, 2014
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Have You See My Deodorant?

Seriously, I cannot find the deodorant. The last time I saw it was Saturday. 

Then Sunday morning, I got up excited about Homecoming. I even rolled my hair, so you know this was a special occasion! Everything was on schedule, until I opened the bathroom drawer. Where’s my deodorant?

After a quick search I decided not to worry. I’ll just use the deodorant I keep in the office. It will turn up. 

But it didn’t. 

Monday morning—again, no deodorant. I searched my bathroom and bedroom, the kitchen, the guest bedroom and bathroom. I turned drawers upside down. I went through the trash cans. 

I even looked in the freezer. That may sound odd, but on more than one occasion I have found unexpected items in the freezer. 

What have you lost? Once I lost a pair of glasses. A few months later, Ed found them in the boys’ Lego bin. 

Sometimes it’s keys. At other times it’s a writing pen. 

What are you missing? 

At Annual Conference this summer, we learned of a serious loss. I am still reeling over the numbers they shared. Of children and teens who are baptized, only two-thirds remain active in church by the time they finish high school. Another third disappears after high school and never returns as a young adult. 

Two-thirds of our former children and teens, now young adults, are missing. 

Deodorant can be replaced. But to lose someone who was once part of our church family…that’s irreplaceable. 

Sam Halverston, the conference’s Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, offered a workshop at annual conference. He shared the latest research, that the two most important factors for whether a child continues to be part of church as an adult are, (1) the number of significant relationships they have as teens with adults in the congregation, and (2) whether they worship with the congregation. 

When you show up on Sunday mornings and in small group studies, you show our children and teens that faith is a life-long process. Even as adults we continue to need God’s healing, wholeness and forgiveness. 

When you go out of your way to learn a teen’s name, and then to welcome that teen, week after week, you are saying “You matter. We need you.”

And the most important thing you can say? “I missed you last week. Is everything ok? I noticed you were not here.” 

The kingdom of God is like a woman who notices that a coin is missing, and stays up all night searching for it. 

The kingdom of God is like a shepherd who misses one of 100 sheep. Each one is precious. 

The kingdom of God is a phone call just to say, “I miss you."

I’ll see this Sunday. I’ll be wearing my new deodorant. How about you?

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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Homecoming Recap
  • 8:30 Service Ending
  • Mission Moment Collage
  • Children's Ministry
  • Youth Council 2014-2015
  • Picnic & Baptism at Berkeley Lake: Sept. 21
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Thank You Troop 650!


Homecoming Recap

If you missed the Homecoming worship service last Sunday, you missed a great sermon by Rev. Doug Thrasher, M&M's during the Children's Sermon, and the choir playing kazoos!

It was a great day!  You can see more photos on the church website HERE.


8:30 Worship Service Discontinued

Everyone is invited to attend one of the final two 8:30 worship services on August 24 and 31.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped with this service.


Mission Moment Collage from Homecoming 


This video, shown at Homecoming 2014, showcases moments from the last year of mission moments.


Hear for yourself why Mt Carmel is a place where we find a home. To view the video, click HERE.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:

The lesson this week is The Lost Sheep, Jesus’ parable from Luke 15:3-7. 

We are focusing on how much God loves us and cares for us like the shepherd cares for his sheep. 


Children’s Council Meeting: 
August 24 at 10:45 in the Mid High Room 
We will discuss fall children’s programs and budget for 2015.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


New Youth Council Elected for 2014-2015

Congratulations to the following youth on being elected to the 2014 - 2015 Youth Council!

President: Lydia Thompson
Vice President: Mackenzie Gallagher
Secretary / Social Media: Paige Medinger
Sr. High Representative: Andrew Bond
Mid High Representatives: Isaac Campbell & Andrew Raye
Sunday School Representative: Tarin Hinson
Worship Leader: Elizabeth Sigmon


Church Picnic & Baptism at Berkeley Lake

On Sunday, September 21st we will meet at Lake Berkeley Chapel at 4:30 p.m. for a picnic, followed by a Baptism Service in the lake.

Burgers, hotdogs & drinks will be furnished. Everyone should bring a side dish or dessert to share. 

Anyone who would like to be included in the Baptism Service, please contact Pastor Cyndi or the church office.


Outreach Opportunities

"Make a Difference Mondays!" to Support NCM

Each Monday during August and September, the restaurant, "Grace 1720" at the Forum in Peachtree Corners will donate 10% of all lunch and dinner sales to Norcross Cooperative Ministry!

Invite your friends and treat yourself to a delicious meal to support the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. 

5155 Peachtree Pkwy 
Peachtree Corners GA 30092 
(678) 421-1720 

Serving Holy Communion to Assisted Living Residents

Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, Pastor Cyndi and Neil and Joyce Odom visit the two assisted living homes in Norcross to serve Holy Communion.  If you would like to join them, please contact Neil, Pastor Cyndi or the church office.

The next opportunity will be on Thursday, August 21st at 9:45 AM.


Don't Forget ...

Watch for this new feature that you will now see weekly in the newsletter.  Rather than re-run article details week after week, ongoing articles will run once or twice, then will be listed in the "Don't Forget ..." box where there will be a link to the church website. Hopefully this will streamline our newsletter, while still providing the information needed.  (And thanks to Lisa Klaren for keeping the website part of this plan up to date!)

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website.


Thank You Troop 650

Mt. Carmel would like to thank the Boy Scouts in Troop 650. 

Last Saturday they spent the morning trimming the shrubs, spreading mulch on the playgrounds and generally tidying up outside in preparation for our Homecoming service and the beginning of Preschool. Thanks guys!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Barbara Cooper: recovering from surgery
  • Tom Cooper: recovering from health issues
  • From Isabel Valverde-Jensen: death of Sylvia - prayers for her family
  • Marilyn & Loyd McGee's niece: cancer
  • Steve Pearson: all college students starting classes
  • From Valverde-Jensen family: Mike - difficult times / Dashenda - leaving for Georgia Southern College / Victoria - ill and has 2 small sons
  • Riviere's sister-in-law Denise: degenerative bone disease - spinal surgery
  • Bryant Riviere deploying to Afghanistan again
  • Trouble in Ferguson, MI
  • Kidnapping victims
  • Christians being killed for not converting to Islam
  • From Ed McDonald: all those effected by Ebola outbreak
  • Judy Peck's sister Sandra: for good health & strength - she is a retired UMC pastor in FL
Thanksgivings
  • Isabel Waller's friends from China - finally here after trouble with immigration / traveling
  • Barbara Cooper: for all support after her surgery
  • Great Homecoming service
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:

1 John 1:1-10
1 John 5:20-21


Birthdays this week:

John Salter
Cindy Jones
Vicki Walden
Emma Piepmeier
Howard Greene
Michelle Jarrett
Steve Hicks

Anniversaries this week:
Boyd & Hillary Whaley
Steve & Nanci Hicks


Save the Date

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
AUGUST 20 - 5:45 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 20 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
AUGUST 20 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOLY COMMUNION AT ASSISTED LIVING HOMES
AUGUST 21 - 9:45 AM
MEET AT CHURCH

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / CLASSROOMS

EVANGELISM MEETING
AUGUST 21 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S COUNCIL MTG.
AUGUST 24 - 10:45 AM
MID-HIGH YOUTH ROOM

YOUTH PARENT MEETING
AUGUST 24 - 3:30 PM
RM 112/114

YOUTH GROUP DINNER / PROGRAM
AUGUST 24 - 5:15 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

YOUTH WORSHIP
AUGUST 24 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL CAMP WEEK
AUGUST 25 - 29
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
CLASSROOMS

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE DINNER & MEETING
AUGUST 25 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
AUGUST 25 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

SPR COMMITTEE MTG.
AUGUST 26 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW RETREAT PLANNING MEETING
AUGUST 27 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LABOR DAY - CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 1

FINAL 8:30 WORSHIP SERVICE
AUGUST 31 - 8:30 AM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL RESUMES NORMAL SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 2  - 9:30 AM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

TEACHER & ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 / SANCTUARY

CHURCH PICNIC / BAPTISM
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 21 - 4:30 PM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM


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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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