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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
November 5, 2014




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Not so obvious to me

Usually I agree 100% with whatever Neil Odom suggests. I have found that he is a wise person with the heart of a servant. Watching him, I have learned why our Book of Discipline requires that United Methodist Churches elect a “lay leader” each year at church conference. 

But earlier this week I received an email from Neil. I’m not sure that I agree with him. What do you think? 

Hello Faithful Brothers and Sisters, 
Mt. Carmel is in the process of starting a Homework Club for the nearby residents. We will be working with Berkeley Lakes Elementary School. The need for this ministry is in my opinion self evident. 
We need your help. If you can spare a couple hours a week or month, we want you to join us. 
We are having our first organizational meeting this Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House. What we currently know is that we will offer tutoring on Thursdays from about 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Please come and join us for our first meeting. Blessings, 
Neil 


Neil says that the need for this ministry is "self evident". 

I’m not sure I agree with that, so I thought I would add my two cents. 

For myself, when I came here I assumed there was not a lot of economic need at Berkeley Lake Elementary. After all, there is no shortage of nice homes in this area. 

Then we did a coat drive last year for the school, and I learned from one of our younger members that sometimes her elementary class could not play on the playground. She had classmates without coats, and on cold days the entire class stayed in. 

A few months ago the school counselors asked our mission team coordinator Julie Jones about providing bags of food for families at the school. They have enough needy families at the school to qualify for grant money, but needed our help in the interim. 

Over the last few years, we have reached out to nearby families in several ways. We have put out signs inviting them to a flamingo fling and then hot dog dinners, trying to get to know our neighbors and their needs. The evangelism team sent out messages asking if any families would like tutoring, with no answers. 

We have been reaching out to our nearest neighbors—suspecting there are needs--but it’s difficult to establish relationships. 

Then we turn around, and through Julie Jones and others, we have grown in our relationship with the school, and the school counselors have already identified 20 children nearby that could benefit from a homework club. 

So yes, there is a need is in our community, children who need tutoring and friendship, and there are counselors who want to help us build relationships with these families so that we can help them. 

There is another need too…our need. We need to be in relationship with our neighbors. Maybe you think this is self evident, but I will go ahead and belabor that point, too. 

We are most like Christ when we love our neighbors. 

We are most alive when thinking of others. 

Some of us have few opportunities to be with children, and miss out on the great joy in helping a child become the person God intends them to be. 

When Jesus talked about visiting prisoners, sharing coats and meals with those who are cold and hungry, he described these as times when he is especially present. We need to be in the presence of Jesus. 

It’s a lot easier to organize fundraisers and coat drives. It's less complicated to give money than to give of our time. If we offer a homework club, there will be frustrations, because it’s always messy when you allow someone to be part of your life. 

But our neighbors need this. And we do too.

I’ll see you this Sunday (and hopefully at the meeting Thursday evening),

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Silent Auction: November 23
  • Youth Sell Pies and Flowers
  • Outreach Opportunities:
  • Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club
  • Church Workday: November 15
  • Undies Sunday: November 16
  • Poinsettias Coming Up!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover
























Thank you to Kathryn Raye for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover! The cover depicted "Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy."


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!


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

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:
The lesson for this week begins our journey through the prophets by hearing the message of Micah.

In the passage, Micah 5:2-4 and 6:6-8 we will hear a message of hope and the message to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” 

The children will focus on what it means to walk of justice, love others and love God today.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


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
  • Gunther Trentini's sister Miriam: foot surgery
Thanksgivings

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:

Micah 5:2-4, 6:6-8


Birthdays this week:

Marolee Kime
Emory Riviere
Gail Bolton
John Whitlow
Quentin Proels

Anniversaries this week:
Joe & Cecelia Davis


Save the Date

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
NOVEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 5 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL SAFE SANCTUARY TRAINING
NOVEMBER 6 - 9:45 AM
LOWER HALL

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

CONSECRATION SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 9

ADULT / FAMILY COUNCIL
NOVEMBER 9 - 12:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 9 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH GROUP
NOVEMBER 9 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
NOVEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

DEADLINE FOR CHURCH CONFERENCE REPORTS
NOVEMBER 10

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

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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Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.

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