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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
December 10, 2014

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Shopping for Jesus

Last night I went shopping at Michaels and the trip took 3 times what I expected. All I needed was a canvas (60% off) and modge podge.

The excursion was so much longer than expected because I kept noticing sale items.  Look!  50% off paper.  I could go back to making handmade cards! Wow!  Art sets for $2.50.  Wouldn't that be nice to keep for emergency art projects!  And of course, I can't walk through the check-out line without reflecting on the various types of chocolate.

By the time I reached the register, I had the two items on my shopping list, and ten more items for me. When I realized this, I ended up using more time to return items (not the paper though, I really do want to start making cards again.)

I seem to do this every time I go shopping for Christmas presents. Last week when shopping for presents for my nieces, I bought a nativity set for me. On Black Friday, I looked for a scarf for Mark and Matt (moms worry about their boys living in the cold northeast) and bought two sweaters for me instead.

Even worse is that while I easily find items that I would like, I can't find just the right items for others. I would like to buy something for Ed to say how much I appreciate him, and maybe also to say that I'm sorry for the ways that I assume he will help me. 

I would like to buy something amazing for Matt and Mark - more than just a scarf - to say how much I miss you, all the things I wish I had said and done when you lived at home and how much I treasure the times when you call. 

I would like to buy something for my beautiful daughter-in-law Cynthia to say how thankful I am she is part of our family and for the joy she brings to Matt and to all of us.

I wish I could find the present that tells my parents that I am sorry for times when I have been so busy at ministry that I haven't visited you nearly enough.  Same for my sister and brother.

That's the problem with Christmas shopping. I try to give power to the presents - with hopes they will heal and strengthen relationships.

We read in Isaiah 42 of a wounded Savior, so gentle as to not break even a bruised reed. Jesus teaches that power grows out of compassion and wanting what is best for the other person. Yes, things can help other people, but I can't buy this kind of power in Michaels or even in Belk's.

This Sunday we will again hear the story of Jesus' birth.  At 9:30 we will sing the carols that tell the story.  At 11:00 the choir will share the music that speaks with majesty and poignancy of his coming.

Remember that Jesus came as a baby.  That's all he brought.  He gave up omniscience and omnipotence. The healing we need begins with Jesus being present with us.

The healing in our relationships with God begins with God being present to us, and our being present to God.

The healing and strengthening in our relationships with one another begins with our being present to others, and allowing them to be present with us.

Let's be present with God and one another this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Wednesday Services of Holy Communion
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Preschool Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 13
  • 2014 Angel Tree Gifts Due TODAY!
  • Children's Ministry
  • Staff Christmas Gift
  • Women's Book Club
  • Parent's Night Out: December 12 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Down Home Holiday: December 21 - 6:30 p.m.
  • New Wednesday Study Begins January 7
  • Soup for Trinity Soup Kitchen
  • Flashlight 5K for Family Promise - December 31
  • Thank You
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Wednesday Services of Holy Communion

During December, step away from the busyness and noisy preparations and pause for a moment of peace in the presence of Christ. 

A brief (15-minute) time of quiet celebration will be offered on Wednesday, Dec.10 and 17 at noon and at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. This time of simple worship will include silence, scripture and Holy Communion. 


Sunday's Bulletin Cover

















Thank you to David Williams for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover showing God the Shepherd.
















Breakfast with Santa is THIS Saturday!
December 13:  9:00 and 10:00 a.m. seatings

If you would like to make reservations for the Preschool’s Breakfast with Santa, you may make your reservations online and pay by clicking HERE

You can also let us know if you are attending by emailing the preschool and can pay at the door.


Don't Forget!

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


Angel Tree 2014


DEADLINE TO RETURN ANGEL TREE GIFTS IT TODAY!

Thank you for helping local children and their families have a merry Christmas!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
There will not be a Sunday School lesson at 9:45 or an 11:00 Children’s Worship this Sunday. The children will stay and sing Christmas Carols with the congregation at 9:30. We will sing “ A Silent Night Rap.”  An infant and toddler nursery will be provided.

At 11:00, there will be childcare for preschoolers and a nursery. Older children are invited to stay for the choir's Christmas program. 

Christmas Pageant Thank You: 
A big thank you goes to the Mt. Carmel children and parents for a wonderful production of An Unplugged Christmas!

An extra special thank you goes to Cheri and Alex Proels for their help with props and the music. A flash drive is available in the church office for you to make a copy of the video. 

Cheryl Smith took time from her busy Christmas schedule to accompany us and Marianne Thompson, Lori Anderson, Anne Bailey and Suzanne Foster put together a wonderful reception. 

Thank you all.

Upcoming Sundays in December:
Dec. 21: Birthday Party for Jesus at 9:45 - 
Bring quarters for the children's donation box for the United Methodist Children’s Home. There will be childcare available at 11:00 instead of Children’s Worship. 


Dec. 31: One service Sunday at 10:30 - 
Come be a part of a procession of Wise Persons. The children are invited to dress up as royal visitors and process into the sanctuary during the opening hymn. Sunday School will follow the children’s sermon. 

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


Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

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

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


Parent's Night Out! - Dec. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Parent's Night Out


Offered by the Mt. Carmel Youth as a service project, this event is for children ages 2 years - 5th grade.

We'll meet in the Youth Hall for pizza, making gingerbread houses, and movies!

Cost: $5.00 per child to help cover cost of supplies.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS TODAY!  

Contact:
or Gail Bolton - flossygail@comcast.net


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! 

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!


New Wednesday Study - Orientation Jan. 7

The Book of Revelation 
AGENTS of the APOCALYPSE 

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: nonojo413@gmail.com 
770-582-7457 (home)  or  770-827-2122 (cell)


9th Annual Flashlight 5K for Family Promise!

Dear Family Promise Supporter, 

On New Year’s Eve, Family Promise is sponsoring the 9th Annual Flashlight 5K Road Race, held in Lawrenceville. 

It is called the Flashlight 5K because the race begins at 6:00 PM and it is going to be dark. The fun of the race is that volunteers station themselves around the course with flashlights cheering the runners on to victory. 

We need volunteers to come for 90 minutes and be a cheerleader. If you don’t have a flashlight, don’t worry we will provide you with one. 

To take part, call: 
Chuck Ferraro 678-376-8950 or Tom Cioffi 770-985-7353.


Thank You Very Much!

Lucile Jones is back at home now after her stay in rehab due to pneumonia.

She says to please thank everybody for their prayers and concern for her during her recovery.  She also enjoyed the Holiday Box that the United Methodist Women made for her.

It's good to be a part of such a caring church family!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Victims of storm in Philippines
  • Jacque Tapley's father: stroke, and mother: knee problem
  • Sam Tapley's mother: eye surgery
  • Jacque Tapley's work: company to continue
  • Friend of Valverde-Jensen family: cancer
  • Bill Downey's brother-in-law: cancer treatment
  • Friend of Michelle Hammond: will soon be homeless
  • Pearl Harbor Day: remembrance
  • Carl Garner
  • Grandson of Prsch. teacher Ms. Virginia - ill
  • Rich - friend of the Germans: chemo
  • Amanda Garner: surgery
  • Students taking exams
  • Cousin of Carol Jamieson: fall & wife had a stroke
  • Cousin of Diane Bond: medical problems
  • Past Preschool teacher Pam Bier: in hospice care
Thanksgivings
  • Lucile Jones at home
  • Marilyn McGee at home
  • Lois Salter: glad to have family to light the Advent candle
  • Susan Posey: all eye surgeries over
  • Linda Anglin back in church
  • Ann Whitlow back in church
  • Tapleys got to visit with grandchildren
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:

Isaiah 42:1-9


Birthdays this week:

Ruby Easley
Seth Ragon
Jason Parrish
Lori Anderson
Pat Pollock
Jason Easley

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE
DECEMBER 10 

HOLY COMMUNION
DECEMBER 10
12:00 & 6:30 PM
SANCTUARY

CHOIR PRACTICE
DECEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
DECEMBER 10 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH AUDITIONS
DECEMBER 11 - 6:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

PARENT'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 12 - 6-9 PM
LOWER HALL

PRESCHOOL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 13 - 9 & 10 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHOIR REHEARSAL
DECEMBER 13 - 1:00 PM
SANCTUARY

PAIRS & SPARES CLASS PARTY
DECEMBER 13 - 6:30 PM
EASLEY HOME

CAROL SING
DECEMBER 14 - 9:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADULT CHOIR PROGRAM
DECEMBER 14 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

UMYF
DECEMBER 15 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL

FINANCE COMM. MTG.
DECEMBER 15 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
DECEMBER 15 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

NIGHT CIRCLE PARTY
DECEMBER 15 - 6:30 PM
LORI ANDERSON'S HOME

HOLY COMMUNION
DECEMBER 17 
12:00 & 6:30 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL NATIVITY PLAY
DECEMBER 18 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY

MEN'S CLUB DINNER/MTG.
DECEMBER 18 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS (AT SUN. SCH.)
DECEMBER 21 - 9:45 AM
ROOM 112/114

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY
DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
DECEMBER 24
6:30 AND 11:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
OFFICE CLOSED
DEC. 24 - 31

EPIPHANY SERVICE
DECEMBER 28 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

NEW YEAR'S STYLE LUNCH
DECEMBER 28 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

"HOT BREAD NOW" SUNDAY
HOLY COMMUNION
JANUARY 4 - 9:30 & 11 AM
SANCTUARY

WEDNESDAY STUDY ORIENTATION
JANUARY 7 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114


Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

The current password is:  barbecue



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


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

Help with the most urgent needs.


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