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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 29, 2014





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Saturday was one of the days when I was proud to be a United Methodist.

We had a called session of Annual Conference to discuss the sale of Simpsonwood. I had never attended a called session—neither had our Bishop—but it’s the second time that our conference has done this in recent memory. The last time was in 2007 when delegates met to guarantee loans on Simpsonwood and review the report of a Task Force on Simpsonwood. 

As we do for our annual meetings each June, the Annual Conference met in the classic center in Athens. The day began with a surprise. Many more delegates arrived than were expected. People throughout North Georgia had rearranged schedules and made a way to be part of the sessions. 

Mount Carmel was represented by myself and our lay delegate, Lila Hunter. (Churches get one lay delegate for each appointed clergy.) Since there are also retired clergy and clergy who serve at ministries like chaplaincies, districts select district representatives to keep the balance 50% clergy and 50% lay. Our own Dick Easley served in June as our district representative, which meant that he also was part of Saturday’s conference. 

We began with songs and prayer. That’s also the United Methodist way. 

I came prepared with information about the original terms of Ms. Ludie Simpson’s gift. I had notes with possible questions and comments, and I was ready to stand up immediately if the presentation left out any of the history that I had heard from folks around here who know about Ms. Ludie and her expectations of how her gift would be received and used.

I need not have bothered. There was nothing to add to the presentation. In fact, everything about the session was designed to make sure that the conference delegates had any information that could be helpful in making a decision. 

In the open session, we learned some of the history that our trustees had not been able to share previously. We learned about the conference representatives meeting with at least a dozen Simpson family members. We learned about negotiations in 2010 with the National Park Service and Gwinnett County. We learned that the reason that the trustees asked us to go to court to clear the title was that in the Fall of 2011 Gwinnett County would no longer continue negotiations until the title issues were clear. 

After this discussion of the history, the conference was closed to the public and limited to delegates and those making presentations. What I appreciated most about the session was that there was no scheduled end time. We heard presentations. We asked questions. Let me tell you, when there are 1400 people in a room, there are a lot of questions. 

Three hours into the session, we were allowed to stand and stretch our legs. Lila Hunter opened her satchel where she had brought 20 bags of treats and started handing these randomly to the delegates seated around us. I guess that’s part of being United Methodist, too, that someone brings and shares food. 

Then back to questions. We were going to stay until every question was answered. More prayer. We even let people ask questions that weren’t questions, if you know what I mean. 

After four hours, it was clear that we all understood one another and had reached a consensus in how we wanted negotiations to proceed. Fourteen hundred people cannot negotiate a contract, so when the Bishop opened the session we voted to allow the trustees to continue negotiations for us, trusting that they know the desires of the conference. 

The Bishop gave his signature “Glory Hallelujah!” I’m not sure whether that’s part of being United Methodist, but having the Bishop say “Glory Hallelujah” seems to be part of United Methodism in North Georgia.

As I left the conference, I thought about trustees that I have known for the churches of which I have been a part. They are good people who put in long hours, often at tasks they did not ask for or expect. The trustees that I know do this out of love for the church.

Although I don’t know personally the conference’s trustees, I have confidence that they have a similar heart. It was clear that they have been hard at work and that there have been many long hours at unexpected tasks. The only reason that I can see for doing this is out of love for the church.

I hope that I have not written too much. I don’t want to say or do anything that could hinder the trustees in their task, so I am trying not to say anything about that closed session. But you know how it is when you are proud of someone? You just want to say “well done” and cheer them on. 

I’ll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Silent Auction: November 23
  • New Church Directory
  • Youth Sell Pies and Flowers
  • Outreach Opportunities: Blood Drive Results / Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Fall Festival: TODAY at 4:30 pm 
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn: TONIGHT at 6:00 pm
  • Women's Book Club
  • Church Workday: November 15
  • Undies Sunday: November 16
  • Poinsettias Coming Up!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover


























Thank you to Cate Campbell for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover! The cover depicted Soloman dreaming of God granting him wisdom.


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.


Items are Piling up for the Silent Auction Fundraiser on November 23rd!

The Transformers class is sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit the “Leave a Trace Foundation” and “Imagine No Malaria.” 

The congregation is asked to make donations of new or slightly used items that they think people will want to bid on. Several specific items requested are tickets to athletic events, holiday items & décor, household items & décor, gift cards, and possibly vacation rentals. 

Please be generous, be creative and give so others can be blessed with clean water and a life free from the threat of Malaria.

Tax receipts are available. Contact Sam Tapley or Lane Shutt if you have questions or to make a donation. For more information, click HERE.

And be sure to come on Sunday the 23rd to bid on some great items!


Church Directory Update

If you haven't updated your information for the new printing of our church directory, please see Katrina Stone (at the 9:30 service) or Joyce Odom (at the 11:00 service) on Sunday to do so. 

Please make a special effort to update your info so that our new directory will be as accurate as possible!


Order Your Dessert and Arrangement for Thanksgiving!

Back this year by popular demand, the Youth Group will be taking orders for Homemade Apple, Pecan and Pumpkin Pies, as well as our traditional Pumpkin Flower Arrangements. 

The pies will be $12.00 and be available for pick up on Sunday, November 23.

The Pumpkin Arrangements will be $25.00 and be available for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 12:00 pm. 

You may place your order by completing the form found in the Sunday bulletin and dropping it into the offering plate, or contacting the church office. 

Thank you for supporting the youth Summer Mission Trip!


Outreach Opportunities

Blood Drive Results


THANK YOU to everyone who donated or helped with the Blood Drive last week!

The Red Cross said we had a total of 23 givers by their records!  Good job!


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.

Volunteers are still needed for a few more weeks! To sign up to help, please click HERE, or contact the church office.

Thank you!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
Our study this week is about God’s prophet Elisha and Naaman, a mighty warrior and great man. Naaman was afflicted with leprosy. Naaman’s wife asks Elisha to heal him. Naaman is told by Elisha to wash in the Jordan River seven times and he was healed. 

Check out the family pages on our website to find out about more prophets and miracles. Advent Workshop: Nov. 2 2:00 (see above) deadline Oct. 30.

Fall Festival: 
TODAY from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m.
Come in costume to enjoy hot dogs, a moon walk, a hay ride, spooky activities and Trunk or Treat!

We still need a few more cars to decorate the inside of their trunks and hand out candy at 6:30. The most creative trunk will get a prize!

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


Children’s Advent Wreath Workshop: 
Nov. 2 at 2:00 
There will be a flameless and a candle version of our Advent Wreath available. Please specify which you'd like to make when you sign up. Registration is required at children@mtcarmel-umc.org. Deadline to register is October 30th.


Christmas Pageant Practice: 
Nov. 2 from 4:30 until 5:30 
This practice is for K through 5th grade. Children should be ready to say their lines, not read them.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Hot Dogs on the Lawn TONIGHT!

Once again groups from our church will serve hot dogs, chips and cookies in front of the sanctuary TONIGHT in conjunction with the Fall Festival! 

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!


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.


Church-Wide Workday: November 15

Mark your calendars now to attend the Church-Wide Workday to get Mt. Carmel looking its best for the holidays!

Everyone will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:00.  There are tasks for everyone, so please plan to help.


"Undies Sunday" for NCM: November 16


Norcross Cooperative Ministry helps people develop a good foundation for their lives, but sometimes a foundation of another kind is needed also.  

Please bring new Fruit of the Loom, Jockey, or whatever your favorite kind of underwear is to help NCM's clients not only look good on the outside, but FEEL good underneath too! 

Remember November 16 and bring tons of undies for all ages.


Watch for Poinsettia Order Forms!

Hard as it is to believe, it will be time to order Christmas poinsettias for the sanctuary soon!

Watch for order forms beginning November 23rd!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Linda Anglin: recovering from surgery
  • Heather: job security
  • Donna Riviere's cousin: death of husband
  • Joan Garner's sister: death of husband
  • Cancer cure / all patients with cancer
  • Kathryn Raye: clearing out grandmother's house - hope all goes well
  • Downey's friend Doug: cancer
  • Barbara Cooper's 18 yr. old cousin: lymphoma
  • Jenny Jensen's friend: chemo treatments / liver surgery
  • Julie Samples: 11 yr. old girl with rare blood disease
  • Chris Bolton's friend Beth: at Grady with broken hip
  • Lisa Long's son Cameron: hospitalized
  • Marilyn McGee's cousin Dottie: cancer surgery
  • Doug Thrasher: recent medical procedure
  • Thompson's friend's mother: brain tumor / not doing well
Thanksgivings
  • Chris & Lamar Bolton: 47th anniversary
  • Matt Wiley & friend visiting Sunday
  • Linda Anglin: appreciates prayers
  • Matt Wiley: thankful to be able to stay with Cyndi and Ed while in town
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 Kings 5:1-19
Matthew 8:2-3


Birthdays this week:

Elaine Weaver
Nanci Hicks
Cecelia Davis
Linnea Ignatius Porter
Marcus Hoge
Linda Anglin
Ashley Karimi
Lydia Thompson

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 29: 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 29: 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
OCTOBER 29: 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
OCTOBER 31

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

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
NOVEMBER 2 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

OUTREACH COMM. MTG.
NOVEMBER 2 - 3:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

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

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
NOVEMBER 2 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
NOVEMBER 3 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
NOVEMBER 4 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

TUTORING INFORMATION MEETING
NOVEMBER 6: 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

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
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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