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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
May 27, 2015


























 Thank You Youth, Gail and Katrina
 for our new Pentecost Banners!
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Planting Tomatoes on Wheels

The wheels on the tomatoes go round and round.


I know it’s early, but I cannot contain the excitement. There are 4 little yellow flowers and 2 tiny green tomatoes on my tomato plants. 


I suppose that others are more casual about these appearances. But for me, multiple flowers and tomatoes on one plant is thrilling! Already there are more tomatoes than in most of my previous attempts. On a good year I average one tomato per plant. 


The secret to this year’s success? It’s not the fertilizer, or the potting soil, or even the amount of water. 


This year, my tomatoes are on wheels. 


One end of the backyard deck gets sunshine in the morning. The other end of the deck only sees the sun in the afternoon. But with wheels under the plants, I can move the plants midday. Finally, they are getting enough sun to be productive! 


Who would think that sunshine would make that much of a difference? 


Thomas Merton once asked his student James Finley, “How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun.” 


Years later, reflecting on this question, James Finley wrote: A small green apple cannot ripen in one night by tightening all its muscles, squinting its eyes and tightening its jaw in order to find itself the next morning miraculously large, red, ripe, and juicy beside its small green counterparts. Like the birth of a baby or the opening of a rose, the birth of true self takes place in God’s time. We must wait for God, we must be awake; we must trust in God’s hidden action within us. 


God is at work, providing nourishment and growth. But unlike apples or tomatoes, which have no choice where they are planted, we have the freedom to move into the shadows and away from the sun. 


This Sunday we will read Psalm 1 in worship, and see that there are ways of placing ourselves so that we can better receive the light of God. A spiritual practice like meditating on scripture allows God to shine in our lives. Accountability partners who ask about the condition of your soul remind us to stay in the sunshine. Through prayer, serving others and worship, we help wheel ourselves and one another into a position to receive the sunlight of God’s transforming grace. 


Turns out, it’s not just tomato plants that can use a set of wheels, too!


I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi

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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • SPR - Welcome Back Pastor Cyndi!
  • Children's Ministry
  • MUST Summer Lunch Program: June 14 - 19
  • Teacher Recognition: May 31
  • June 7: 10:30 Worship and Fellowship Lunch
  • Thank You to Mt. Carmel Homework Club
  • June is Music Month!  Your Songs Needed
  • Women's Book Club: June 12 at Posey Home
  • "Strikes for Jesus" Bowling: June 13 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Internet Safety Tips for Seniors - Public Library
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


From the Staff Parish Relations Committee:

The Mt. Carmel SPR is pleased to announce that Dr. Cyndi McDonald will continue her appointment at Mt. Carmel in 2016!

We are happy to welcome her back, as she begins her 5th year with us.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School

As the official start of our summer "Children in Mission" lessons, we will be decorating some of the lunch bags needed for Mount Carmel’s MUST Ministries week. 


We will also help do some finishing touch ups to decorations for VBS. 


And remember that our wonderful Sunday school teachers get recognized this Sunday, May 31 at both 9:30 and 11:00.


Starting this Sunday, there will no longer be Children’s Worship at 11:00. We are still providing a nursery for babies and toddlers and child care for 2- 5 year olds. 


 VBS Urgent Need

A photographer / someone to operate the projection system. 9:30 - 12:30 each day.


Camp Glisson Retreat: Sept. 11 - 13 

Deadline for $25 deposit is June 9


Wacky Wednesdays 

Wacky Wednesdays are half days of fun and wild activities for preschool 4’s and elementary school children. The children are in mixed age groups. Everyone should bring a lunch and wear sneakers and clothes that can get dirty.


Cost is $5 per person and registration is limited so register today!


June 24 - Celebrate America

We will get ready to celebrate our country’s independence with fun games and crafts. 



July 8 - Slime and Grime 

It’s a time to get dirty and messy, but bring a swim suit for the slip and slide!


July 22 - Pizza and Pasta 

Have fun celebrating everyone’s favorite Italian foods. We will cook lunch, play games and make a craft. 


July 29 - More Everest 

If you had fun at VBS, join us to play your favorite games, sing the fun songs, do some Imagination Station experiments and a “cool” craft. 


Register for Wacky Wednesdays at:

children@ mtcarmel-umc.org


Marian Long   


MUST Summer Lunch Program

We are once again working with MUST Ministries to provide lunches to children who normally get free lunch during the school year. We will put together 200 lunches a day, the week of June 15 - 19 and are looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches and pack lunch bags each morning that week.  We start at 9:00 a.m. and are usually done by 11:00.

There will be a kick-off meeting on Sunday, June 14 to get set up for the week. We'll begin with a light lunch following the 11:00 worship service. Those who attend the 9:30 service can help fill bags after that service and stay for lunch, while those from the 11:00 service can eat first then help to set up for the week.  

If you can help on Sunday or any week day, please call Joanne Ragon at 770-271-7350, or Suzanne in the church office to sign up.  This is a great opportunity to get to know church friends and have fun while helping our community.

We are also asking for donations of ham, turkey, bologna and cheese singles for the sandwiches, as well as snack-size bags of sweet and salty snacks and juice boxes. 

Please see June Spruell after the 9:30 service on Sunday, or Joanne Ragon after 11:00 if you can donate any of these.

And finally, there are lunch bags to be decorated if anyone enjoys a quick art project!  Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Sunday School Teacher Recognition on May 31 - 9:30 and 11:00

On Sunday, May 31st we will recognize our dedicated Sunday School teachers at both worship services.  

If you are a teacher, please plan to attend so we can thank you for your hard work this year!


June 7th: 10:30 Children's Sunday and Fellowship Lunch

June 7th will be Children's Sunday at Mt. Carmel!  Plan to attend at 10:30 a.m. to see and hear from our children about their experiences at Vacation Bible School.

The service will be followed by a Fellowship Lunch provided by the Mt. Carmel Youth.  This is a fundraiser to support their upcoming International Mission Trip to Nassau, Bahamas.

The kid and adult friendly menu will be:  chicken tenders, mac-n-cheese, a salad bar, fruit salad, and cookies.  PB&J fixings will also be available.

Mark your calendar now!


Thank You to Mt. Carmel Homework Club from Berkeley Lake Elementary!


June is Music Month at Mt. Carmel!

During worship services in June, we'll sing the hymns and songs our congregation finds most meaningful, so please send in your favorites!

Send to the church office, or list them on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The Women's Book Club will meet again on Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. This month the meeting will be at the home of Susan Posey.

This month's book is What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarity.

All women of the church are invited to join in 
the discussion, followed by light refreshments.  See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.


"Strikes for Jesus" - Time Change!  Event time has been changed to 11:00 AM.

On Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 AM, all bowlers are invited to the Brunswick Bowling Lanes on Spalding Drive to try to topple the reigning "Strikes" champion, Pekka Ignatius!  

This is actually a "just for fun" fellowship event. ALL bowlers are invited, no matter how skilled, (or not!) and others are encouraged to come and watch. 

Please contact Neil Odom if you would like to bowl at this fun event. (770) 827-2122 or nonojo413@gmail.com



Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Pat Pollock and all of the family of Bob Pollock who died on May 23
  • Bob & Spruell: Bob's upcoming heart surgery
  • Jeanne Manget's mother: fell and now has severe dementia. Will not be able to return to Jeanne's home - search for caregiver or assisted living home for her
  • Cousin of David & Cindy Jones: 72 and is not strong enough for radiation treatments that he needs
  • Jacque Tapley's company: FDA denied approval of their product again - company may go under
  • Cynthia Currence's daughter and granddaughters
  • John Hammarlund: for world peace
  • Lois Salter's dog, Silky
  • Katrina Stone: for God's light in Peachtree Corners
  • Isabel & Jensy Valverde-Jensen: health issues & choices for their futures.  For faith to be renewed and strengthened.
  • All veterans
  • Blood Drive on Wednesday
  • Steve Pearson's friend Heidi & her daughter Elizabeth - family trouble
  • Marian Long's childhood friend & her family: death of her mother
  • Family & friends of Lori Anderson's friend Elizabeth who died on Thursday
Thanksgivings
  • Gene & Linda Anglin's 50th wedding anniversary
  • Steve Pearson's parents celebrating 50th anniversary - family trip to D.C.
  • Sherry Blackwood's mother doing better - back at Sherry's house now


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
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Psalm 1


Birthdays this week:

Diana Nishimuta
David Posey
Lauren Weaver
Sam Rogers
John Lansing
Craig German
Christy Richmond
Pekka Ignatius

Anniversaries this week:
Bill & Laraine Downey
Don & Joanne Ragon
Dick & Ruby Easley
Gene & Karen Weeks


Save the Date

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 27 - 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
MAY 27 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
MAY 27 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

ANNUAL CONFERENCE BRIEFING
MAY 28 - 5:30 PM
ST. JAMES UMC

UMW DAY AT THE LAKE
MAY 30 
LAKE HARTWELL

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER RECOGNITION
MAY 31 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

ADULT / FAMILY COUNCIL MTG.
MAY 31 - 10:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 1 - 5
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

TRUSTEES MEETING
JUNE 1 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE LIBRARY

MONDAY STUDY OF ACTS
JUNE 1 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY
JUNE 7 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH BY YOUTH
JUNE 7 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
JUNE 12 - 7:00 PM
SUSAN POSEY'S HOME

STRIKES FOR JESUS
JUNE 13 - 11:00 AM
SPALDING LANES BOWLING

YOUTH MISSION TEAM COMMISSIONED
JUNE 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

MUST LUNCH KICK-OFF
JUNE 14 - 12;00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MUST SUMMER LUNCHES
JUNE 15 - 19 

NORTH GEORGIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUNE 16 - 19
ATHENS, GA

YOUTH MISSION TRIP
JUNE 21 - 28

MUSIC SUNDAY
JUNE 28 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
JUNE 28 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL "BUGGING OUT" CAMP WEEK
JUNE 29 - JULY 2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
JULY 12 - 19


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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