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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
September 23, 2015











Fun at the Church Picnic!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • NCM: Cereal Sunday - September 27
  • Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop: October 2 and 3
  • Church Conference: October 4 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Blessing of the Animals: October 4 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Picnic Thank Yous
  • Children's Ministry
  • Flamingo Alert
  • UMW Night Circle: September 28
  • Women's Book Club: October 9th at Chris Bolton's Home
  • Women's Fall Retreat: Oct. 16 - 18
  • Silent Auction: November 22
  • Outreach Opportunity: Homework Club
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Welcome Reverend Scott Parrish

This Sunday we welcome Reverend Scott Parrish to lead us in worship.

Rev. Parrish is an ordained deacon and serves on the staff for both the General Board of Global Ministries and the North Georgia Conference. 

His role with NGUMC is to be a mission resource and coach with congregations. His position is not so much to sell programs as it is to help a congregation take their next steps of faith in Christ as they love God, and love their neighbor - locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Rev. Parrish has spent 25 years serving churches, worked in churches in three conferences, and has been in long term mission partnerships in 10 countries, always from the perspective of mission and ministry in the local church and community context. 

On a more personal note, Rev. Parrish grows heirloom vegetables - “the old timey, non-hybrid, great tasting, but finicky items.” He enjoys eating local cuisine no matter where he is in the world, and occasionally cooks based on these interests. He and his wife Monica have three children: Zeke, Sydney, and Cooper.

I know that you will welcome him with warmth and kindness!

Pastor Cyndi


Cereal Sunday - September 27
for Norcross Cooperative Ministry

NCM, our local co-op, is always in need of cereal for their clients, so Sunday, September 27th has been 
designated "Cereal Sunday!"

Please bring boxes of all types of cereal and place them in the baskets on the altar rail that Sunday.


Flamingos are Heading to Mt. Carmel!

The Mt. Carmel Youth are in the midst of the Flamingo Fundraiser for their Summer Mission Trip!  Flocks of Flamingos will begin appearing on the lawns of members and friends of Mt. Carmel the week of October 18.

If you DO NOT want the Flamingos to visit you, please stop by the insurance table located outside the sanctuary door THIS SUNDAY to purchase your insurance in the amount of $15. This is the final Sunday to purchase insurance, so remember to stop by!

If you would like for the flamingos to come for a visit, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in the bulletin or you can stop by the Flamingo Table and sign our Nesting Site sheet. 

When the flamingos arrive at your house please follow the directions that are in the bag on a flamingo. Please do not bring the flamingos back to the church - they will be removed within 24 hours. 

The flamingos visit your home in acts of kindness and love from the youth. Thanks for your support!!


Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop:  October 2 & 3

BBQ and SWEET SHOP TIME is coming soon when the Men’s Ministry team will host the Fall BBQ, while the United Methodist Women provide baked goods at the Sweet Shop. 

Lots of hands are needed to make these fundraisers successful, so please help where you can! 

To sign up, please mark the box on the back of the Connect Card in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


Church Conference on October 4

Mark your calendars for our Annual Church Conference which will be held on Sunday, October 4th immediately following the 11:00 worship service.

We will meet in the sanctuary to hear a review of the past year at Mt. Carmel, and plans for the upcoming one.


Blessing of the Animals: October 4

Join us with your pet on the front lawn on Sunday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. to bless these important members of our families!

All pets are welcome - with leashes and cages please.


Picnic Thank Yous

The church picnic held at Berkeley Lake Chapel last Sunday was a great success!  

About 75 members and friends enjoyed relaxing, playing in the bouncy house, going on boat rides, and eating lots of good food in the afternoon.  Then everyone joined in a sing-along with the Gospelites in the picnic area before packing up and going home ... tired but happy!

Lots of volunteers made this event happen and they deserve a big thank you!  They are: Lori Anderson, Anne Bailey, Ken Birmingham, Tim & Suzanne Foster, Phil & Mercer Griffin, George Hunter, Bob Jones, Marian Long, Cheryl Martin, Ed McDonald, Shawn & Sarah O'Leary, Lois Salter, Lane Shutt, Bob & June Spruell, Sam Tapley, Marianne Thompson, and the Berkeley Lake Chapel Board.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School
The lesson this week continues our journey through Genesis with the story of Jacob’s strange encounter with God, Genesis 32: 22-30. 

Jacob, the central character of our story, is the son of Isaac and Rebekah. While traveling with his family he meets with a stranger (God?) while alone. They wrestle through the night and Jacob receives a blessing and is changed. We will focus on blessings that we receive that change us. 

Also please bring a box of cereal for Norcross Cooperative Ministry to place on the altar during Children’s time. 

Save the Date 
Fall Festival: Oct. 28 begins at 4:30 PM
Start planning now to participate in the Trunk or Treat contest!

Christmas Pageant: December 6 
We are beginning to cast the parts for our Christmas Pageant! 
If your child does NOT want to be in the play, please let me know. Otherwise there will be a part for everyone.

Director of Children's Ministry


UMW Night Circle Celebrates School Days

School days, school days! Dear, old golden rule days . . . 

All women of the church are invited to join the UMW on September 28 at 6:30 at Barbara Cooper’s home as we remember our school days together. 

Bring a photo of yourself as a child or teenager, and we’ll have a fun guessing game. Bring a memory to share, too, of a favorite teacher, a poignant or amusing moment, or a spiritual turning point from your school days. 

Let’s enjoy getting to know each other better!

RSVP to Barbara Cooper or the church office.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

All women are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club that meets monthly. This month's book is All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.

The next Book Club meeting will be on Friday, October 9th at 7:00 at the home of Chris Bolton. Light refreshments will be served.

You may contact the church officeChris Bolton, or Vicki Walden for more information or directions.


Women's Fall Retreat: October 16 - 18

Mark your calendar for our annual fall women’s retreat! This year we will spend the weekend exploring how we experience and serve God through our 5 senses.  As always, it will be a weekend of fun and fellowship! 

DATES: Fri., Oct.16 – Sun., Oct. 18

COST: $40.00 per person (make checks payable to Mt. Carmel UMW; please give payment to Margaret Crawford or drop by church office.) 

PLACE: Lane Shutt’s Cabin at Lake Harding, Alabama 

TIMES: Dinner Friday night (appx. 7:00 pm) through morning session on Sunday (approx. 11:00 am) 

To RSVP and for more information, please contact the church office.


The Transformer's Sunday School Class is At it Again ... Silent Auction Nov. 22

Our silent auction fund raiser was so successful last year (thanks to all of you), we have decided to do it again. We have decided to have another silent auction this year, on November 22nd, the same day as the Men’s Ministry Church-wide Thanksgiving dinner. This year, we have decided to raise money for World Vision and Family Promise of Gwinnett (a world outreach and a local charity.) The funds will be divided 50/50 for each of these worthwhile causes. 


World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is in nearly 100 countries and works collaboratively to find lasting ways to improve the lives of those in need. 85% of dollars raised go to programs including bringing clean water and sanitation, education, health clinics, stable food sources, livelihoods, and quick response to disasters. To see the impact that donors to World Vision are making around the world, go to http://www.worldvision.org/our-impact.

Most of us are already familiar with what Family Promise of Gwinnett is all about, through our hosting of homeless families in the past several years. Their mission statement is … “to mobilize communities of congregations that partner with social service agencies to end homelessness – one family at a time.” Their mission is achieved by focusing all their resources on eight families at a time. Currently, the average stay in their network is 70 days and 83% of the families in this program graduate with full-time employment and permanent housing. 

In order for us to make this fund raiser successful, we need YOUR HELP. We need donations of goods, services, gift cards, furniture, antiques, etc., or if you are “crafty,” hand-made items are very popular and welcome! 

If you are thinking about cleaning out some closets or the basement, please hold on to any items you think might sell in our auction. We will have people available to make pickups of larger items closer to the auction time. Then, we will need you to come and “shop” the donated items on Sunday, November 22nd. 

THANK YOU for helping us help others!


Outreach Opportunity

Make a Difference with the Homework Club!

Each Thursday from 3:30 until 5:00, the Homework Club meets in the Fellowship Hall, providing a safe environment and one-on-one guidance for our Berkeley Lake Elementary School student neighbors to work on their homework after school.

Volunteers must have completed Safe Sanctuary within the last year to participate. If you need training, please contact Marian Long.

If you'd like to help these students one or more weeks, sign up HERE!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Andy Loftis: surgery on September 28
  • Anne Bailey's friend Lisa: starts chemo this week
  • Cynthia Currence: for children to draw closer to God
  • Chrstine Werdebaugh: Christians in danger around the world / those suffering with cancer
  • Valverde-Jensen family: going through difficult time
  • Friend of Erin Carroll: fiancee killed in car crash 4 weeks before their wedding
  • The Foster's brother-in-law Tim & family: death of Tim's mother on Sunday
  • Carl Garner: antique car moving to Rome (blessing or concern?!)
  • People going through divorce
Thanksgivings
  • Jacque Tapley: father's swallowing test good and he's eating and drinking now
  • Ted Marcis: mother Meery moved to the area 
  • For 9:30 musicians
  • Ernie Ricmond: to visit mother in New Mexico
  • Bob Spruell at church - heart OK
  • Newlyweds Thad & Emily Thompson at church
  • Elizabeth Crawford & Josh Miles here from Greenville, SC
  • Dorothy Edwards back in church
  • Linnea & Tom Porter's 2nd anniversary
  • Amanda Garner's birthday


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:

Genesis 32:22-30
Mark 14:32-36


Birthdays this week:

Donna Riviere
Tarin Hinson
Marcy Medinger
Lila Hunter
Marian Long
Eleanor Leeper
Jamey Roe
Frank Hamilton
Mary Hosack
Connie Hull
Danny Parrish

Anniversaries this week:
Cecil & Minnie Thomas


Save the Date

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
SEPT. 23 - 5:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPT. 23 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
SEPT. 23 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB 
SEPT. 24 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CEREAL SUNDAY!
SEPTEMBER 27
9:30 & 11:00 AM

YOUTH PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 27
5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

SUNDAY STUDY
SEPT. 27 - 6:00 PM
COUNSELING CENTER

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE 
SEPTEMBER 28 - 6:30 PM
BARBARA COOPER'S HOME

BROWN BAG STUDY 
SEPT. 29 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW RETREAT PLAN. MTG.
SEPTEMBER 30 - 6:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

BBQ / SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 2 & 3
11:00 AM UNTIL ...

CHURCH CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 4 - 12:15 PM
SANCTUARY

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 4 - 5:00 PM
CHURCH LAWN

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 9 - 7:00 PM
CHRIS BOLTON'S HOME

UMW FALL RETREAT
OCTOBER 16 - 18
LAKE HARDING, AL

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 25
SERVICE: 10:30 AM
LUNCH: 11:30 AM

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 25

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS / TRUNK OR TREAT
OCTOBER 28
BEGINS AT 4:30 PM

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY /
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS
NOVEMBER 1

CATACOMBS COFFEEHOUSE
NOVEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

SPECIAL FLOWERS FOR VETERAN'S DAY
NOVEMBER 8

SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
NOVEMBER 22 - ALL DAY
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS / CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 26 & 27

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 29


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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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