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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
August 27, 2014
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I say a morning prayer on my back patio. I have a certain way of entering this holy place. I flip the door’s deadlock as loudly as possible and I pause before opening the door. As soon as the deadlock squeaks, I hear tiny feet scampering, Sophie running across the house to join me on the patio. She is a lazy diva of a dog, and this is the only time she sheds her dignity and runs full out. 

Some mornings I stop praying just to watch the wind ruffle Sophie’s hair or the way she cocks her head at an unexpected street noise. Maybe this, too, is prayer, to sit and give thanks for the companionship, the light that streams through the leaves, and the freshness of the morning.

I am not a poet, but in these moments I long for more words. I need words that convey the feeling of joy or peace that begins in the chest and expands to reach the fingertips and pinkie toes. 

I have a wooden box that I consider filling with words like glorious, wondrous, humbling.

With a box of words I could write about the goodness in watching Susan Posey sitting in a pew with her new grandson James. 

With the right words, I could describe the joy of sitting around a table with friends. With these words I could return to the moment, and relive the laughter. 

How frustrating it must have been to those who first attempted to describe creation. One writer describes God as Elohim—a plural name for God—speaking creation into being, with rhythms of night and day, days of work and a day of Sabbath. In this story, it takes a community of men and women to reflect God’s image (Genesis 1-2:3). 

Another writer knows more words are needed! This writer uses the name Jehovah for God, because God is not only powerful, God is near. Jehovah reaches down, scoops up dirt, and with fingers shapes the mud, and with God’s own nostrils, breathes into and animates the first human (Genesis 2:4ff). 

Yet even these words are not enough. The writers of Proverbs and the Fourth Gospel add more to our understanding of the creation. Wisdom, a blueprint for how to live life, was present at creation. God that would become flesh, walking among us, showing us what it means to be fully human and truly reflect God’s image (Proverbs 22:8ff and John 1). 

More words! More words! We cannot describe this infinite God fully! There is more to know about this Creator God, and so Psalms 8, 19, 29, 65, 104 and 139 tell of God founding the earth on the seas, creating trees where birds nest, and places for wild donkeys to roam. They tell us that God created with intentionality. Bread is to strengthen the heart, oil to make the face shine, wine to gladden the heart. 

Each writer adds more to our understanding. Human words are not enough! All of creation sings, even the heavens declare the glory of this creator God! 

More words are needed…until God speaks out of the whirlwind, describing creation and asking Job, “where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Where were you when I stretched a measuring line across the earth and laid a cornerstone?” 

Job has no words. He is silent. 

Have you known that too? When words are not enough to respond to the glory of God? 

Job was silent. But I would wager that later, after returning home and beginning again the day to day business of life, he looked back on his encounter and considered making a wooden box in which to store generous, elegant, awesome, splendid words. For we are finite persons longing to express what it means to encounter the infinite.

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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Final 8:30 Service: August 31
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: September 5
  • Picnic & Baptism at Berkeley Lake: Sept. 21
  • Monday Night Study - Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday "Brown Bag" Study - Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Beth Moore Study - Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Outreach Opportunities: Make a Difference Mondays / Upcoming Blood Drive Oct. 22
  • Outreach Project Updates
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Thank You!
  • General Thanksgiving
  • Worship Feedback Form


Final 8:30 Worship Service

Everyone is invited to attend the final 8:30 worship service on August 31.  This will be a mainly musical service with music led by John Waller.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped with this service.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This Labor Day Sunday’s lesson is about someone who had to labor in a pig pen. We are learning the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32. 

Our focus is that God forgives us when we do wrong. 

Next week our new Narrative Lectionary series of lessons begins. The first lesson is about Noah. 

Coming Events:
Family Picnic at Berkeley Lake Chapel
Sunday, September 21st at 4:30 pm

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

All Mt. Carmel women are invited to join the Book Club that meets on the 2nd Friday of each month in the Hope House.

The meeting lasts about 1 1/2 hours and includes interesting book discussion over refreshments.

This month's book is Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers.

Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.


Church Picnic & Vespers at Berkeley Lake

On Sunday, September 21st we will meet at Lake Berkeley Chapel at 4:30 p.m. for a picnic, followed by a vespers service.

Burgers, hotdogs & drinks will be furnished. Everyone should bring a side dish or dessert to share. 

If you would like to be baptized that evening, please contact Pastor Cyndi or the church office.


Fall Studies Begin Soon

Monday Night Study: Sept. 8 - 7:00 p.m. in Hope House

The Bible is a complicated document. While we trust that God is revealed in scripture, many of us--and much of society--have questions. Is this an owner's manual? A book of promises? Why is God so violent in the Old Testament? Why would Paul command women to be silent in church? How does God view homosexual relationships? 

The Monday evening study group will use Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton to consider these and other questions as we discern together God’s calling upon our lives. Discussions begin September 8.

Tuesday Morning "Brown Bag" Study: Sept. 9 - 11:30 a.m. in Hope House

Beginning September 9, Pastor Cyndi will lead a study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship service. 

Bring a bag lunch and a Bible to these weekly gatherings at 11:30 a.m. in the Hope House. No preparation needed, join in for one week or every week.

Beth Moore Study: September 10 - 7 p.m. in Room 112/114

In this study, BELIEVING GOD, Beth learned that God didn't tell her to believe IN him, but to believe him.

The 10 week study is led by Neil Odom. Orientation is on Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m., and the first class is on Sept. 24 in room 112/114.  (Men, it's OK for you to take this study too!)

Cost is $19.75 plus S&H for the book.  Please contact Neil if you'd like to join the class. 


Outreach Opportunities

"Make a Difference Mondays!" to Support NCM

Each Monday during August and September, the restaurant, "Grace 1720" at the Forum in Peachtree Corners will donate 10% of all lunch and dinner sales to Norcross Cooperative Ministry!

Invite your friends and treat yourself to a delicious meal to support the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. 

5155 Peachtree Pkwy 
Peachtree Corners GA 30092 
(678) 421-1720 

Save the Date: 
Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel
Wednesday, October 22


Updates on Two Outreach Items

Please note the changes to the following programs:

Berkeley Lake Elementary Food Program:
We originally thought that the school only needed our help with bags of food for some of the school families during the month of August.  However now it seems that they will need us through mid-October, and will need 8 bags per week instead of 7, so please continue to bring the items from the list (available on the church website) and drop into the donation boxes in the foyer.  

We could also use another volunteer or two to deliver the bags to the school office on Thursday afternoons of each week.  Please contact the church office if you can help.

Harvest for Hope: Deposit Due
Mt. Carmel has 20 spots reserved for this intergenerational apple gleaning weekend on Nov. 7-9.  Enjoy dormitory style accommodations in Ivie Lodge at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. Pay your $25 deposit now to secure your registration. Mark your payment "Harvest of Hope deposit."  An additional $50 payment per person will be due on October 4, 2014. 

See more information on both of these projects on the church website.


Silent Auction in Time for Christmas!

The Mt. Carmel Transformers are at it again. They have decided to have another fund raiser to benefit the Leave a Trace Foundation and Imagine No Malaria.Our goal is to raise at least $2,000.00 with this auction. 

We are asking the congregation to make donations of new or slightly used items that they think people will want to bid on and purchase as Christmas gifts or for themselves. We hope to have items donated by vendors, such as haircuts, nail services, oil changes, gift cards, etc. We know we have many talented people in the congregation, so if you are crafty or have a special talent, please consider making a donation in this way. 

If you do not have anything you can donate, we will take gift card donations or cash donations for these worthy causes. 

This event will take place the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 23rd. The items will be on display all day that Sunday, through the Thanksgiving dinner that night, for people to write in their bids. 

Please be thinking of ways you can donate and mark your calendars to do a little Christmas shopping on that day!


Don't Forget ...

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website.


Thank You Mt. Carmel!

Dear Mt. Carmel,

Thank you all for the birthday cards, calls and prayers!  I appreciated all of the messages.  I even received a card from the Weeks in Colorado!  It almost takes the edge off turning another year older!

Have a great fall season,
Jeanne Cameron


Great Thanksgiving

Don't forget this week's check-box on the Connect Card in Sunday's bulletin: "This week I will pray the General Thanksgiving daily." 

Almighty God, Source of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.


Worship Feedback Form

Throughout the year, the worship committee solicits feedback from our church family. In addition to sharing your feedback with a committee member, you can take the survey.


Your input helps create meaningful worship services that draw us closer to God and one another.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Friend of Laraine Downey: in hospice care
  • Katrina Stone's neighbor: running triathlon for cancer research / all those dealing with cancer
  • Shelia Trentini: grandson Bryan and all children starting Preschool this week
  • Neil Odom: death of nursing home resident - thankful to have known her
  • Amy Valverde-Jensen: Victoria - immigration problems
  • Mary Jane Wilson: David - prostate cancer
  • People suffering from California earthquake
  • Kathryn Raye: mom Donna traveling to Italy - safe travels
  • Donna Riviere: son Erik to get cancer treatment
  • Dawn Seigler's friend Christine - health problems
  • McGee's niece Melissa - cancer
  • Peace for families
  • Judy Bagwell's neighbor: spots on lungs but can't have chemo due to bacterial pneumonia
  • Julie Samples: teen who lost both parents last week
  • James: person raised UM, but searching for what a church home is for him
  • Clair Lovett: continued uninterrupted sleep for baby Frances
  • Jeanne Cameron's new pastor in Iron River, MI
Thanksgivings
  • Cheri Proels' niece had baby girl
  • Susan Posey: Emily, Zach and baby James visiting
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 104


Birthdays this week:

Cyndi McDonald
Jim Anderson
Kelly Hinson
Kevin Parrish
Jackson Smith
Connie Bagwell

Anniversaries this week:
Steve & Donna Riviere
Tom & Barbara Cooper


Save the Date

PRESCHOOL CAMP WEEK
AUGUST 25 - 29
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
CLASSROOMS

UMW RETREAT PLANNING MEETING
AUGUST 27 - 6:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 27 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSIC PRACTICE
AUGUST 27 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

FINAL 8:30 WORSHIP SERVICE
AUGUST 31 - 8:30 AM
SANCTUARY

NO YOUTH ON AUGUST 31 DUE TO LABOR DAY

LABOR DAY - CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 1

PRESCHOOL RESUMES NORMAL SCHEDULE
SEPTEMBER 2  - 9:30 AM

BROWN BAG LUNCH STUDY RESUMES
SEPTEMBER 2 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
SEPTEMBER 3 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

MEN'S BREAKFAST / MTG.
SEPTEMBER 14 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TEACHER & ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 / SANCTUARY

CHOIR RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 20 - 8:30 AM
COOSA UMC  (CARPOOL FROM MT. CARMEL)

CHURCH PICNIC / BAPTISM
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 21 - 4:30 PM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 5 - 4:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 8 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT
OCT. 10 - 12
LAKE HARDING, ALABAMA

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 15 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
OCTOBER 22 - 2 - 7 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29 - 4:30 PM 
(HOT DOGS AT 6:00 PM)


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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


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

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