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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
May 11, 2016













School Supplies for NCM
Needed by Friday!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • The Lunch Bunch: May 15
  • Confirmation Sunday: May 22
  • Covered Dish Lunch: May 22 - 11:30 AM
  • Kid's Corner: VBS June 6 - 10
  • Safe Sanctuary Training
  • Calling All Graduates!
  • Memorial Day Flowers & Flags: May 29
  • School Supplies for NCM
  • Annual Conference Offering
  • Men's Group to Dave & Busters: May 26
  • Women's Book Club: June 3
  • Condolences
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Seeing Red

My childhood church did not celebrate seasons like Lent and Advent. We did not bother to change the altar table and pulpit clothes to white for the Easter season. Yet even there, the church changed colors once a year. Every Pentecost we wore red, and inadvertently changed the sanctuary colors to red. 
Why red? After the risen Jesus ascended to heaven, his followers gathered for times of prayer. Now there were more than 12 disciples, as they prayed with Jesus’ brothers, the women who followed Jesus, and his mother Mary. 

On the tenth day, the festival of Pentecost, their prayers were interrupted in amazing way. There whole house was filled with noise, like the sound of a violent wind rushing from room to room. What seemed like flames rested on each person. The Holy Spirit had arrived. 

As a child, I marveled at the story Bible pictures of wind and flames. Now I am amazed by what happened afterwards. Disciples like Peter, who previously bumbled with wrong words, now witness and invite their hearers into a life of faith, life abundant, and life eternal in Christ. 

I am one of those people who would like to stay in an upper room praying. But when the Holy Spirit arrived, those first disciples were sent out to carry God’s message of love. 

This Sunday we will wear Pentecost colors: red, orange and yellow. But even more importantly, we will wear these colors by living the Pentecost story with our lives. 

Like those first Jesus followers, we will gather to pray and worship together in the sanctuary. And then, we will be sent to the Fellowship Hall to reach out to others. We’ll pack relief kits for refugees, lunch kits for school children. We’ll write encouraging letters for youth going on the mission trip and make decorations for neighboring children attending Vacation Bible School. 

Pentecost flames are present whenever we allow God to send us out of the places of prayer and into the highways and byways where we reach out to others with God’s love. 

Thank you for the ways that you wear red on Pentecost, and all the year long.

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi


The Lunch Bunch

Do you have plans for lunch on Sunday?  If not the Mt. Carmel Lunch Bunch would love for you to join them after the 11:00 service.

This week's lunch destination is:
Emerald China
Kroger Shopping Center
3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Corner of Peachtree Industrial and Pleasant Hill Rd.

The Lunch Bunch meets each Sunday after church, so watch newsletters, bulletins and flyers for locations!  See Wynne Buran with any questions.


Confirmation Sunday: May 22

Sunday, May 22 will begin with Baptism at the River at Jones Bridge Park at 9:30 AM, followed by ONE SERVICE at the church at 10:30, led by the 2016 Confirmation Class. 


Covered Dish Lunch: May 22 - 11:30 AM

Following the Confirmation Sunday worship service on May 22, we will have a COVERED DISH LUNCH in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30.

Mark your calendars for this special Sunday and bring a dish or two to share for lunch!


Children's Corner

VBS is Just Around the Corner!

If you have not yet done so, please register as soon as possible for our Cave Quest VBS, which will take place June 6-10th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm!! 

There are currently 65 children registered, and our capacity is 85. We will have a great time exploring how Jesus is the light of the world!! Click HERE to register!

We still need additional youth volunteers to lead our Crews through the day, adults and youth to help with the daily rotations, and adults to help us with check in and check out each day. 

Please email if you can help out with set up, during VBS, the entire week or a few times during the week, or in any other way. We are especially in need of a couple of adults to lead our crafts for the week in the Imagination Station. 

Please email lraymer.mtcarmel@gmail.com or call me at 404-664-2574. 

Summer Sunday School 
(May 29th through August 7th) 

The last week of our spring Sunday School term is May 22nd, when we will have an end of school year celebration. 

This summer, our Sunday school theme will be ‘A Summer of Service.’ We will be making bird feeders for the kid’s parents and the older members of our congregation, and continuing making knotted fleece blankets for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Stay tuned for more information…

Children's Director


Safe Sanctuary Training

Calling all VBS Volunteers (and Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Care Volunteers)...to Safe Sanctuary Training!! 

We are scheduling two Safe Sanctuary training times in May prior to our 2016 Cave Quest VBS for VBS volunteers and those Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Care Workers who need to renew (if two years have gone by). 

The first session will be held this Saturday (May 14) at 11 am in the Double Classroom. The second session is scheduled for 4 pm on Sunday May 22nd (also in the Double Classroom). 

As in the past, youth volunteers are required to renew their training every year. Please RSVP to mtcarmel.vbs@gmail.com which session you will be attending. 

Cheers, 
Leslie Raymer
Children's Director












On Sunday, May 29th, graduates will be recognized at both the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services.

If you are a graduate or know of one who should be included, (High School, College or Higher Education) please contact the church office to add them to the list. 


Memorial Day Flowers and Flags: May 29

On Sunday, May 29, we will have an altar arrangement in memory of those who served our country and who have died. Their names will be listed in the bulletin, so please turn in names to be included to the church office.

(Note that veterans who are still living will be honored on Veteran’s Day Sunday, November 13th.) 

Also in celebration of Memorial Day (Remembrance Day), the children of the church will place American flags on the graves of veterans in our cemetery. These will be removed on Music Sunday, June 26. 

If you know of graves that should be marked with a flag, please notify the church office also.  Thank you!


School Supplies Collected for NCM!

As a part of the Mt. Carmel Ministry Fair on Sunday, May 15th, we will pack school supplies to be given to local children by NCM in the fall.  See list below for supplies needed - must be dropped off at Mt. Carmel BY MAY 13TH!

hard cover notebooks (1" - 2" ring binders)
wide-ruled notebook paper 
pens 
pocket folders with brads 
composition books 
glue (stick & bottle) 
crayons 
markers 
Kleenex (boxes)
colored pencils 
scissors

(Supplies may be left in the SCHOOL SUPPLY tub in the foyer.)


Annual Conference Special Offering: Action Ministries

On any given night, there are hundreds of families with children living in extended stay hotels in north Georgia. There are thousands more who are one paycheck, health crisis or car repair bill away from homelessness. In Georgia, we have the second highest rate of homeless veterans in the U.S., and we are in the top 10 for overall poverty rates in the nation. About 1 million of our kids are considered food-insecure. 

With the help of the North Georgia Annual Conference special offering, Action Ministries can Raise the Roof over the heads of families in need, providing them with the foundational pillars of hunger relief, housing and educational opportunities.

You are encouraged to give generously to the Annual Conference offering. Place a check in your church offering plate made out to the church with "AC Offering" in the memo line. Pastor Cyndi will then present one check from Mt. Carmel during the Service of Remembrance at Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 8. 

Find more about Annual Conference 2016 at www.ngumc.org/AC2016


Mt. Carmel Men's Group Presents:
A Post BBQ Celebration Dinner

To celebrate another successful BBQ event, all men of the church are invited to a dinner at:

Dave & Busters Gwinnett 
on Thursday, May 26 
at 6:30 p.m.

Contact Bill Downey or Mark Bond to RSVP or with any questions.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Women's Book Club will be on Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

Light refreshments will be served as the group discusses this month's book, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

For more information, please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.


Condolences

Our sympathy goes to Julia Parker and her family on the death of her husband Wayne on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Julia and Wayne attended the 11:00 worship service. Please keep the family in your prayers.


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • The Parker family: death of Wayne
  • Gary Leazer & family: death of his daughter, Christie
  • Diane Bond & family: death of her nephew
  • Arzell Thompson: upcoming surgery
  • Kelly Hinson: breast cancer / doing well so far
  • Kevin Hinson: heart surgery on May 13
  • All those grieving loss of mothers
  • Jensen family friend Tim: pancreatic cancer
  • Family of Jensen's friend Glenn: died from colon cancer
  • Katrina Stone: possible work changes that may affect her future with hospital system
  • Cynthia Currence: double pneumonia
  • Lane Shutt's sister: cataract surgery
Thanksgivings
  • Amanda Fabian's parents visiting
  • Connie Hull: thanks for all prayers & support after her auto accident
  • Thankful for all mothers
  • David & Cindy Jones' neighbor visiting
  • Zachary & Emily (Posey) Lalor: 10th anniversary on May 6th
  • Linnea Porter starts new job on May 16


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
Acts 2:1-12


Birthdays this week:

John Huggins
Annie Hicks
Sammi Gilmore
Hal Crawford

Anniversaries this week:
Sam & Jacque Tapley
Ted & Lisa Klaren
Ed & Cyndi McDonald


Save the Date

CHOIR PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
7:00 PM - CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
8:30 PM - SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB 
THURSDAY, MAY 12
3:30 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

VBS / SAFE SANCTUARY TRAINING
SATURDAY, MAY 14
11:00 AM - ROOM 112/114

MINISTRY FAIR
MAY 15: 9:30 & 11:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CONFIRMATION CLASS
MAY 15 - 4:00 PM
YOUTH ROOM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
MAY 15 - 4:30 PM
RM. 112/114

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
MAY 15 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

MONDAY STUDY
MAY 16 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CONNECT MINISTRY TEAM
MAY 17 - 6:30 PM

COMMUNION TO ASSISTED LIVING HOME
MAY 19 - 9:45 AM

PRESCHOOL GRADUATION
MAY 19 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
MAY 19 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BAPTISM AT THE RIVER
MAY 22 - 9:30 AM

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
MAY 22 - 10:30 AM 
ONE SERVICE ONLY

COVERED DISH LUNCH
MAY 22 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
MAY 23 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S GROUP CELEBRATION DINNER
MAY 26 - 6:30 PM
DAVE & BUSTER'S - GWINNETT

GRADUATE RECOGNITION
MAY 29: 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 6 - 10

YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV
JUNE 19 - 25

MUST LUNCH PREPARATION
JUNE 20 - 24

FAMILY PROMISE
JULY 3 - 10


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry


















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

Donations of non-perishable food may be left in the NCM tub in the church foyer, and checks made to the church and marked for NCM may be dropped into the offering plate or by the church office.



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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