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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
December 17, 2014

Only ____ more days until Christmas

Monday night, Marianne Thompson shared with some of the United Methodist Women about overhearing a little girl saying with delight, “only 10 more days until Christmas!” 

What made this special was that one of the teachers whispered to Marianne, "that was one of the children who you helped with your angel tree."

So often we don’t see or hear the results of our giving. We can only imagine a parent’s fear of malaria, and the great relief they must feel when spreading over a child at night a net you provided. We look at pictures on facebook of the joy on the faces of a community that now has water because of your support of Leave a Trace. 

Our children are collecting an offering for the United Methodist Children’s Home. It’s not likely they will see the changes their gifts make. They will just trust that somehow their gifts make a difference. 

One of our neighbors stopped by during the silent auction raising funds for Imagine No Malaria and Leave a Trace. While making a purchase, they exclaimed, “this church is always doing something for other people!”

I’m not sure which of us brought gifts for that little girl, so excited and counting down the number of days until Christmas. But in a way, it was all of us. All of us who pay electric bills so that there is a place for the Angel Tree and silent auction. All of us who say that church is not just for us, and so we encourage one another to help the youth serve at Trinity Soup Kitchen next month and help them raise funds for their summer mission trip. All of us who are so thankful for what God has given, that we have to say thanks in some way. 

I’ll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • 10:30 Epiphany Service & Lunch: December 28
  • Christmas Poinsettias
  • Children's Ministry
  • Staff Christmas Gift
  • Save Your Christmas Cards!
  • Women's Book Club
  • Down Home Holiday: December 21 - 6:30 p.m.
  • New Wednesday Study Begins January 7
  • Soup for Trinity Soup Kitchen
  • Men's Retreat: February 6 - 8
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings

Sunday's Bulletin Cover

Thank you to Rachael Samples for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover showing A Light to the Nations.

Next Sunday: December 28 - 10:30 only - Epiphany Service and New Year's Lunch

There will be an Epiphany worship service at 10:30 AM on the Sunday after Christmas. Children are invited to dress as royal visitors and process in as “Wise Persons” and then go to Sunday School after the Children’s Sermon. (See Marian Long if you need a costume!)

Afterwards, everybody is invited to a COVERED DISH LUNCH in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share from your traditional New Year's meal. Drinks will be furnished.

Christmas Poinsettias Arrive

The sanctuary was beautiful on Sunday with an altar arrangement including poinsettias in memory and honor of our loved ones.  Here are the names that were listed in the bulletin:  

In Memory of:
Carl & Mary Garner 
Fred & Mary Camp 
Frances & Harold Medlock 
John Cook 
Ginny Cook-Breslow 
Virginia Mitchell 
Steven Grogin 
Martha & Pat Rishel 
Martha & Joe Traub 
Vincent Keller 
Anita Andrews 
Gim, Grandpa & Papa 
Leroy Bell 
Nic Kieffer 
Donna Kieffer 
Betty Jo McLaney 
Mr. & Mrs. Victor L. McGee 
Mr. & Mrs. J. Paul Walden
John F. Crisp 
Melissa Sengbusch 
Parents of Carol Jamieson
Norm Jamieson

In Honor of:
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Marilyn & Loyd McGee 
Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius 
Tom Porter 
Frances Sigmon 
Al & Amy Manno 
Jessica, Doug, Linnea, Tom & Nora
Mariah, Raven & Tarin 
Christine Werdebaugh 
Nanny (The Tucker Family)
Lucile Jones 
Melanie Bagwell 
Loyd & Marilyn McGee 
Billy & JoAnn Weathers 
Wynne Buran – the joy she brings our congregation

(Thank you to the Mt. Carmel UMW for sponsoring these once again.  Poinsettias may be taken home after the 11:00 service on December 21 or on Christmas Eve.)

Children's Ministry

Sunday School:

Children are Invited to A Birthday Party for Jesus 
Sunday, Dec. 21st at 9:30 A.M. 

Remember to bring some quarters to donate to the United Methodist Children’s Home as a gift also.

Childcare will be available for the 11:00 service, but no Children’s Worship this week.

Sunday December 28th: One service at 10:30 AM 
Children are invited to dress up as Wise People and process in bearing gifts. I will have costumes available at 10:15 in the lobby of the Fellowship Hall or you can design your own. After the children’s message, we will go downstairs for a combined Sunday School Class featuring the Wise Men.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries

Staff Christmas Gift:

Have You Counted Your Christmas Blessings? 

We are so blessed to have such an exceptional staff here at Mt. Carmel. Throughout the year, we benefit from their talents, dedication and hard work. There is no doubt that Mt. Carmel would not be the same without them. 

As a show of appreciation, we ask you to make a monetary Christmas gift as a special "thank you" from the congregation. If you would like to contribute, please place your gift in the offering plate on Sunday. 

Checks may be made payable to the church, simply designate your gift as "Staff Christmas Gift". And thank you for your gift to the wonderful Mount Carmel staff! 

The Staff Parish Relations Committee

What to do with all of those Christmas cards ????

If you have no place to store all of the beautiful cards that you received over the holidays, but feel guilty throwing them away, here is the answer!


This group is always looking for materials to use in upcoming artwork and arrangements for the church and has requested that you bring your Christmas cards (or any greeting cards) by the church office to add to their supply. Thank you!

Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Please note date and location change.

This month's book is Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller.

All women are invited and January would be a great time to join!
Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.

Down Home Holiday!  Dec. 21 - 6:30 pm

Join us under the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall for hot chocolate, cider and refreshments. 

We’ll sing our favorite Christmas songs, hear a favorite Christmas story, play some reindeer games and we just might have an early visit from old St. Nick himself. 

Wear your favorite Christmas sweater, and the little ones can even wear their p.j.s! 

Everyone is invited to bring a sweet or salty snack to share also.

If you need a little Christmas cheer, the “Down Home Holiday” will be the perfect evening for you, your family, and children of ALL ages.

Trinity Soup Kitchen: January 11

Once again our Youth will serve LOTS of soup, sandwiches and granola bars to the homeless at the Trinity Soup kitchen in Atlanta.

In preparation, LOTS of vegetable beef soup and granola bars are needed, so collection is starting NOW!  If you can provide a gallon or two of soup, or a box of granola bars, please sign up on the Connect Card in Sunday bulletins.
If you need a recipe for the soup, click HERE.

You may begin bringing these to the church in December. Please place the soup in the freezer in the church kitchen and granola on the counter. And remember to mark it with your name. Thank you!

Men's Retreat to Amicalola Falls:  February 6 - 8

All men of the church are encouraged to attend the Men's Retreat weekend in February.  The group will travel to Amicalola Falls and stay in cabins there while enjoying fellowship, a great program, fun and delicious food!

If you'd like to go and need more information, you may contact the church office for contact information for the Men's Club, or see any current Men's Club member. 

New Wednesday Study - Orientation Jan. 7

The Book of Revelation 

The Agents of the Apocalypse by Dr. David Jeremiah is a ten week bible study. 

The agents begin with John, the writer, and end with the Reigning King and final Judge of all mankind, Jesus Christ. If you will commit to this study with all of your being, your life will be changed forever. 

Orientation: January 7, 2015 
Class Starts: January 14, 2015 
Day and Time: Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. 
Where: Double Classroom, Room 112/114 

Cost: Study Guide, $10. 00 plus S & H /
Book ( not necessary, only if desired) $20.00 plus S & H 

Contact: Neil Odom: 
770-582-7457 (home)  or  770-827-2122 (cell)

Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

  • Amanda Garner - recovering from surgery
  • Jacque Tapley's father - stroke
  • Sam Tapley's mother - eye surgery
  • Melanie Bagwell - knee surgery
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth
  • Lucile Jones
  • Marilyn McGee
  • Safety for holiday travelers
  • Friends of Leslie Reynolds & John McGough
  • Susan Posey's cousin: complications from surgery
  • Susan Posey's father's 87th birthday
  • Christmas music at both services on Sunday
  • Jerri Phillips - for church members, music & Sunday school party
  • Successful Preschool Breakfast with Santa
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:

Matthew 1:18-25

Birthdays this week:

Ryan Porterfield
Carol Jamieson
Kevin Hinson
Bud Layson
Eva Proels
Lane Shutt
Loyd McGee
Cheryl Smith

Anniversaries this week:
Ken & Cheryl Smith
Thomas & Joyce Ivy
Bill & Carol Bryant

Save the Date

12:00 & 6:30 PM



DECEMBER 18 - 12:00 PM

DECEMBER 18 - 7:00 PM

DECEMBER 21 - 9:45 AM
ROOM 112/114

DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM

6:30 AND 11:30 PM

DEC. 24 - 31

DECEMBER 28 - 10:30 AM

DECEMBER 28 - 11:30 AM

JANUARY 4 - 9:30 & 11 AM

JANUARY 7 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

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