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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
March 4, 2015
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Forgiveness, continued

This Sunday in worship I confessed a conversation with a customer service representative at my cell phone provider. About 20 minutes into the conversation, I realized that I had brought with me all my past experiences: long waits on hold, the other rep who changed my number without telling me, and even every time that I had a bad experience when calling for help. 

In our conversations with others, we bring with us a lifetime of experiences. 

In the middle of the call, I realized that I was speaking rudely to a stranger who was trying to help. My great regret is that I did not realize this earlier. What is it that Groucho Marx advised? Reply in anger and you will give the best speech you’ll ever regret! 

We began our Lenten series on forgiveness with the adage that forgiveness opens a future that the past has closed off. Rather than perpetuating old patterns, forgiveness is the process of release and beginning again. 

Revealing to us our patterns, how we tend to react in stressful situations, is one of the ways that God brings healing. 

For me, times of listening and prayer are a vital part of that process. Sometimes in the silence I am aware of a tension in my chest. I am learning this often means that there is a situation in which I am avoiding confrontation. That is my pattern, to allow things to build, and then blow up. 

At the end of the day, looking back in a spirit of confession, I review the interactions and admit to God and myself the ways my past got in the way of being fully present to others. 

This week, I asked you to pray for someone else, as this is another way God brings healing. Where do past hurts constrain current attitudes? It is hard to pray with generosity for the other person. I would rather forget that God loves the other person and longs to bring healing to those who have hurt us. Perhaps that is the reason Jesus commands us to pray for our enemies; so that we will see them as God sees them. 

Most often, the healing that God brings takes a lifetime. It can be painful to see with honesty the hard and brittle patterns we develop to protect ourselves from hurt. But a seed has to crack open before the life within can unfold; before leaves can reach up to the sun and roots stretch out to the nutrients in the soil. I don’t expect that we will listen to six sermons during Lent and automatically experience perfectly healed relationships. But maybe we will develop a few painful cracks, and open ourselves a little more to God and one another, cracks in which the light of love can shine in.

I’ll see you on Sunday,
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Lenten Dinner & Activities: March 4
  • Food Drive for NCM
  • Youth Dinner Theater: March 13 & 14
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Family Promise Save the Date: July 12-19
  • Night Circle Pillowcase Project
  • Girl Scouts Host Rain Barrel Workshop
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings



Lenten Dinner & Activities on March 4

Dinner
Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. 
Cost: $6.00 ~ Adults / $3.00 ~ Children 12 and under (family maximum of $20.00) 

Menu for March 4 
A variety of Italian dishes, green salad, bread, brownies & ice cream, and beverages provided by the Mt. Carmel Children's Ministry  (pb&j will also be available for children) 

What I Learned Reading to Children
6:40 – 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall 
Storyteller: Lorrie Ignatius 

Centering Prayer Workshop 
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. in sanctuary 
Led by Pastor Cyndi 

Adult Choir Practice 
7:00 – 8:00 pm in choir room


Special Lenten Food Drive for NCM

Norcross Cooperative Ministry needs our help! The shelves are bare in the food pantry. Please bring non-perishable food donations to church on Sundays or to the Wednesday Dinners for a special Lenten Food Drive. 

Right now they are in greatest need of boxed cereal, jelly, canned meat (NO tuna please!), laundry powder, toothpaste and tooth brushes. A box for the donations is located in the hallway between the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. 

If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, please put it in the Sunday offering labeled ‘NCM’. Thank you!


Youth Dinner Theater: March 13 & 14

Prepare to be shaken, not stirred, as you enjoy an evening of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue at the Mt. Carmel Youth Dinner Theatre production of:







by Brian D. Taylor

Friday, March 13 
and Saturday, March 14
7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall

Agent Gold is the girl with the golden locks and the top agent at the FBI - the Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence, that is. She and her colleagues must save the kingdom from the Three Bears, who have recently acquired a secret weapon and plan to destroy the entire kingdom with it! 

Facing dwarves and witches, porridge and magic beans, giants and double-agents, Agent Gold and her team of agents have their work cut out for them as they race to stay one step ahead of the bears to save the kingdom! 

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students, and $10.00 for children 5 – 10. (Childcare is provided for children five and under with dinner: $3.00) 

Purchase tickets on Sundays at the table in the foyer, from any Youth, or contact the church office at office@mtcarmel-umc.org or (770) 449-4498. 

Seating is limited, so please purchase your tickets today! 

THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN LOCKS is produced by special permission with Pioneer Drama Service.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This week’s lesson continues with another parable. Jesus tells the parable of the Wedding Banquet, Matthew 22:1-14. 

This parable is confusing on an adult level, but for the children it is a beautiful story of God’s love. 

The message is directed at the Chief Priests and Scribes whose rejection of Jesus is likened to the rejection of a king’s wedding invitation. The ultimate truth is that all will be welcomed in the kingdom of heaven if they choose. 

We will also be practicing to sing at the Palm Sunday service on March 29. The song is Make Way, Make Way. 

Lenten Dinner Activity 
Next week we will start the makings of a Celtic cross. 

Pictures Needed for Stations of the Cross 
Children are asked to draw and color a picture of either Jesus praying in the garden, or Easter morning, (the empty tomb, meeting Jesus in the garden, etc., not Easter bunnies and eggs!)  Pictures are due in the office by March 22. 

Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power 
While we are hoping the snow is gone for this year, be thinking of Vacation Bible School this June 1st - 5th! 

Registration is already available on our website for children preschool 3’s – 5th grade. Preschoolers must be potty trained and preschool registration is very limited. It fills up fast.

Click HERE to register.

A need for VBS: If you or someone you know receives medication by mail that comes in Styrofoam insulted boxes, we need those boxes for decorations. I am collecting them now, so please drop off in my office or the church office. Thank you!


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

Remember the next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.  Click HERE for more information.


Save the Date for Family Promise!

Our church has been given the week of July12-19 for Family Promise. Mark your calendar, and plan on how you can show God's love to our neighbors. 

We will convert the preschool classrooms into bedrooms, provide breakfast and lunch fixings, and serve dinner to Family Promise participants. 

Did you know that Gwinnett County knows of over 1600 homeless children who are part of our school system? We cannot help them all, but through Family Promise we can make a difference for three or four families with children.


Night Circle Needs Pillowcases!

The Lola Belle Young Night Circle will begin a project at their March meeting to sew "pillowcase dresses" for young girls in underprivileged countries and you can help!

These dresses are made from a pillowcase, with the closed end cut off, and a casing with ribbon or bias tape stitched in. Arm holes and decorations are added, then the ribbon is tied at the shoulders to make a cute sundress!

If you would like to help with supplies, please provide new or "gently used" pillowcases (any size - pre-washed please.)  Also ribbon, bias tape, ric-rac, white thread, and other decorations are needed.  Supplies may be dropped off in the church office.

If you would like to help with the project, plan to attend the next NIght Circle meeting on Monday, March 23rd in the Fellowship Hall.  We will begin at 6:30 with dessert and coffee, then move on to the project. (Please note we will not have dinner at this meeting.)  

All women of the church are invited to attend!


Help Save Water and Money!

Ellie Grogin’s Brownie Girl Scout Troop, # 3063,  is hosting a Rain Barrel making workshop for Sustainable Norcross to earn our Wonders of Water Journey Share Badge. 

Sat, May 9, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Christ the King Lutheran Church 
5575 Peachtree Parkway 
Norcross, GA

The rain barrels are 55 – 60 gallon heavy duty white plastic recycled food grade drums and include self-contained kits for easy installation into an existing downspout. 

Adding a rain barrel is a quick and easy Do It Yourself (DIY) water conservation measure. One can install at home or any location with an existing downspout where you have permission to do so. Some HOA’s have restrictions, or there may be municipal zoning requirements. 

City of Norcross and Gwinnett County offer a credit on their storm water utility fee for properly installed rain barrels at residences. See their Water Resources Department websites for application and details. 

We appreciate advanced reservations to ensure sufficient inventory on site. Payments of $65 each are due at the class and can be made by checks payable to Sustainable Norcross or cash. Space is limited - email sustainablenorcross@gmail.com to reserve your spot!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
Steve Pearson's sister
Steve - car trouble
Family of young mother who died suddenly after surgery
     (from Carol Jamieson)
Curt T. and wife: lost house and 5 pets in fire
Joyce Odom's father Arlo: cancer
Toby: infant with seizures and vision loss (from Lila Hunter)
Lois Salter's dog Silky - back injury
Cynthia Currence's daughter: for wisdom and God's protection
Ragon's friend Nancy & her family: husband with Alzheimer's and 14 yr. old son having grand mal seizures
Patty Merson & family: death of Patty's mother

Thanksgivings
For Lorrie Ignatius: for helping so many children get a good start in life through our Preschool
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 22:1-14


Birthdays this week:

Jerry McDonald
Dan Downs
Sarita Stark
Steve Riviere
Carl Howard

Anniversaries this week:
Bill & Susan Posey
Kevin & Kelly Hinson


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 4 - 5:30 PM
YOUTH HALL

LENTEN DINNER / STORY - DEVOTION
MARCH 4 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CENTERING PRAYER
MARCH 4 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
MARCH 4 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 4 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
MARCH 4 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
MARCH 5 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 5 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MARCH 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH SET-WORK
MARCH 7 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
MARCH 8

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 8 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH PROGRAM & DINNER
MARCH 8 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 9 - 12: 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FINAL MONDAY STUDY OF MATTHEW
MARCH 9 - 7:00 PM
OUT TO EAT

BROWN BAG STUDY
MARCH 10 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH DINNER THEATER: THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN LOCKS
MARCH 13 & 14 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

STEWARDSHIP MTG.
MARCH 16 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
MARCH 17 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LENTEN DINNER/ ACTIVITIES
MARCH 18 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UNITED METH. MEN'S MTG.
MARCH 19 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH / PARENT MISSION TRIP MEETING
MARCH 21 - 4:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S SUNDAY
MARCH 22 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

PALM SUNDAY
MARCH 29

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 1 - 4
M-F: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SAT: 9:00 AM - NOON

MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP
APRIL 2 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP
APRIL 3 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY
(NO LUNCH THIS YEAR)

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 4 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL / OUTSIDE

EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 5
SUNRISE SERVICE - 6:30 AM
BREAKFAST - 7:00 AM
WORSHIP - 9:30 & 11:00 AM

EASTER MONDAY 
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED


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