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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 15, 2014








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My Very Best Sermon Ever

Most Sundays our family sat on the right side of the sanctuary, in a pew about three-quarters of the way back. The family that sat across the aisle had a young son who played gameboy every week. Every Sunday at lunch we would try to guess what games “Gameboy Kid” played. 

Then one week I was offered a turn in the pulpit. I began by telling how in the Harry Potter series, when new students arrive at Hogwarts they must put on a sorting hat. I used my special creaky, squeaky high-pitched sorting hat voice to tell the story of Harry’s encounter. The hat had a difficult time sorting Harry and placing him in the house with similar values. Does Harry value power (Slytherin), hard work and play (Hufflepuff), knowledge (Ravenclaw), or bravery (Gryffindor)?

When Gameboy Kid heard me say the name Harry Potter, I thought he would have whiplash from the way his head swung up and away from his handheld device. 

I expected that as soon as I switched from Harry Potter to Jesus, Gameboy Kid would return to his usual position, head bent down over the screen. 

Instead, Gameboy Kid stayed with me. I ended up preaching the whole sermon making eye contact with just him. 

Gameboy Kid got it. He understood that while Harry knows that part of him is brave and belongs in the House of Gryffindor, another part of Harry needs approval and recognition, desires to excel, and these qualities should place him in the House of Slytherin. 

I told of a day when Jesus divides people into sheep and goats. I gave examples of how within me there are parts that were more like a goat than a sheep. 

Part of me wants to love God with all of myself—with my heart, my soul, my mind, my strength—but there is a lot more goat in me than I want to admit to myself or others. Like Harry whispering “not Slytherin, not Slytherin”, I whisper to myself, “not the goats, not the goats”. 

Even at a young age like Gameboy Kid we can see this. While the image of God is present in every person, we are also sinners. We aren’t the people we wish to be. We are not the people we want others to think that we are. Even Gameboy Kid seemed to realize a need for God. 

This Sunday I won’t need to use Harry Potter voices to keep people attentive. I can depend on the sex, lies, and intrigue in the story of King David and his interactions with Bathsheba, Uriah, and Nathan! Although the characters and plot differ, the lesson is the same. No matter how brave or daring, powerful or successful, there is within that which is sinful. 

The best part of all? That’s not the end of the story. 

I'll see you on Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Outreach Opportunities: Food Drive for Norcross Cooperative in Oct. / Blood Drive Oct. 22 / Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn: Oct. 22 & 29 - 6:00 pm
  • Fall Festival: October 29th 
  • UMW Sunday / Fellowship Lunch: Oct. 26
  • All Saints Names Needed
  • Women's Book Club
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover














Thank you to Emily Samples for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover! The cover depicted "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."


Don't Forget!

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website or contact the church office with any questions.


Outreach Opportunities

October is Food Drive Month for NCM

While we try to support Norcross Cooperative Ministry all year long, the month of October is one of the months that they count on us specifically for food and monetary donations.

Please remember NCM as you do your shopping for non-perishable food items, baby items or household goods.  These may be dropped into the NCM bin in the church foyer  ....

OR ...  let the Youth pick them up from your house!

Youth Food Collection - Sunday, October 19th.
Instead of youth programming on Sunday night, October 19th, the youth and counselors will have a door to door food collection 
for NCM!

If you would like for them to come by your house to 
collect non-perishable food for NCM, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.

Monetary donations are also happily accepted!  Just make your check out to Mt. Carmel and mark for "NCM" at the bottom.  Then drop into the offering plate.  Thank you!

Red Cross Blood Drive: Oct. 22 - 2 until 7 p.m.

Remember the Blood Drive is ONE WEEK Away!

Please email Julie Jones to schedule your appointment for the Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel or sign up online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code mtcarmelumc.

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving mission!

Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry Needs

Our ministry to Berkeley Lake Elementary families continues as our church team provides bags of food each week for the school to hand out.

For NEXT week, there is a need for 9 packs of tortillas, 7 cans of meat, 6 boxes of mac & cheese, and 2 cans of vegetables.

If you can provide any of these, please place them in the bin outside of the church kitchen.  Thank you!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This week’s lesson from 2 Samuel 12:1-9 and Psalm 51:1-9 is a Bible lesson that is not often included in children’s lessons, but gives us insight into God’s love and forgiveness.

God sends the prophet Nathan to confront King David about the terrible thing he has done. Nathan tells David the story of the rich man who takes a poor man’s only lamb. David prays to God to forgive him. 

Fall Festival: 
Wednesday, Oct. 29: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
This year's festival is on Wednesday evening with Games, a Hayride, Moonwalk, Free Hot Dogs, Trunk or Treat and a Cemetery Scavenger Hunt!   Fun for the whole family!

Festival begins: 4:30
Hotdogs: 6:00
Trunk or Treat: 6:30

Children’s Advent Wreath Workshop: 
Nov. 2 at 2:00 
We will make small advent wreaths for your family to use during the Advent season. 

Pageant practice will follow at 4:30. Reservations required for the workshop - please contact Marian.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Hot Dogs on the Lawn

Once again groups from our church will serve hot dogs, chips and cookies in front of the sanctuary on Wednesdays, October 22 & 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Come out to help, or to eat and welcome visitors who may stop by in response to the cute hot dog dancing near the street!


UMW Sunday: October 26 at 10:30 a.m.

The United Methodist Women will lead this 10:30 a.m. worship service with guest speaker Leah Ivy Cagle. 

Leah has a Masterʼs Degree in Conflict Resolution and a background as a Licensed Christian Counselor specializing in individual, family, and marital conflict. She is also an approved mediator for Gwinnett County and for the 9th Judicial Administrative District and a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.  She and her husband Raymond are celebrating 32 years of marriage this year and have one son, Zachary, who is 26. 


Soup, Salad & Sandwich Lunch! 
October 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Following the UMW Sunday worship service, the Mt. Carmel Youth will sponsor a Fellowship Lunch.  Proceeds will help defray the cost of the 2015 Summer Mission Trip.  Mark your calendars now!


All Saints Sunday: November 2 - names needed by October 24

During the worship service on All Saints Sunday, we will read the names and light a candle in memory of our loved ones who have died during the PAST TWELVE MONTHS. Families of those remembered are invited to take the candle with them at the end of the service. 

The names to be read MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHURCH OFFICE. No name will be included in the service without being explicitly sponsored by someone in the congregation. 

In this way, we respect the privacy of those who wish it, while we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. 

Please use the space provided on the back of the Connect Card in your bulletin to submit names, or get them to the church office BY OCTOBER 24 at 770-449-4498 or office@mtcarmel-umc.org.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Vicki Walden.  

This month's book is The Cracker Queen, A Memoir of Jagged, Joyful Life, by Lauretta Hannon.

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions or for directions.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Katrina Stone's son Ben accepted job in Seattle: prayers for safe travel & affordable housing
  • Tarin Hinson
  • Jerri Phillips: serious health issues
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth: hospitalized with pneumonia
  • Melanie Bagwell: health issue
  • Donna Riviere's relative: diabetes & complications
  • Downey's friend Vanessa: death of husband from cancer
  • Laraine Downey's brother-in-law: PET scan to find cancer origin
  • Jeanne Manget cares for a special needs 4 yr. old who has been hospitalized with serious health issues, and also his mother just had hip surgery and now has clots in lungs - is also hospitalized
  • Ann Whitlow: recovering from knee surgery
  • Wynne Buran, her sister & family: death of Wynne's brother-in-law in Arizona
  • Clair & Sean Lovett and family: death of Sean's father
Thanksgivings
  • Cindy Jones' brother-in-law: had stage 4 cancer, but now is cancer free!
  • Engagement of Greta Kilmer
  • Engagement of Thad Thompson & Emily Taylor
  • Successful UMW Retreat
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:

2 Samuel 11:1-14 and
2 Samuel 12:1-9


Birthdays this week:

Jacque Tapley
Bobby Smith, Sr.
Hillary Whaley
Emmy Epps
Bob Jones
Atticus Hicks
Chris Bryant

Anniversaries this week:
Gail & William Bolton
Joe & Deb Pittman 


Save the Date

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 15 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 15 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
OCTOBER 15 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

U.M. MEN'S DINNER / MTG.
OCTOBER 16 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MT. CARMEL YOUTH DINNER
OCTOBER 19 - 5:45 - 6:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

YOUTH FOOD COLLECTION
OCTOBER 19 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
HOUSE TO HOUSE

YOUTH WORSHIP
OCTOBER 19 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 20 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
OCTOBER 21 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 21 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

EVANGELISM MEETING
OCTOBER 21 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
OCTOBER 22 - 2 - 7 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

COMMUNION TO ASSISTED LIVING HOMES
OCTOBER 23 - 9:45 AM

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE
SANCTUARY

SOUP, SALAD & SANDWICH LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 26 - 4:30 PM
BOND'S HOME

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29: 4:30 PM 
HOT DOGS: 6:00 PM
TRUNK OR TREAT: 6:30 PM

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - SET CLOCKS BACK!
NOVEMBER 1 - PM

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 2 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

ADVENT WREATH WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 2 - 2:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 2 - 4:30 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
NOVEMBER 7 - 7:00 PM
WALDEN HOME

BEAVER MOON HIKE
NOVEMBER 8 - 4:45 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

DEADLINE FOR CHURCH CONFERENCE REPORTS
NOVEMBER 10

CHURCH-WIDE WORKDAY
NOVEMBER 15 - 9:00 AM

NCM "UNDIES SUNDAY"
NOVEMBER 16

CHURCH CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 23 - 12:15 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 23 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TRANSFORMERS' SILENT AUCTION 
NOVEMBER 23
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 23
FOYER

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 27 & 28

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30


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Family Wellness
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ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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