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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
August 5, 2015



Blessing of the Backpacks!
August 9 at 9:30 & 11:00
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Blessing of the Backpacks: August 9
  • Lunch Bunch: August 9 after 11:00 service
  • Homecoming: August 16 - 10:30 service only
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: August 7
  • Night Circle Book Review: August 24
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


That was Odd

For one season, I played on a ladies softball team in a church league. As the season progressed, and fewer players showed up for games, I even got some playing time. They put me in left field—way out! 

I managed a few hits, and even slid into home plate. Actually the word slide is an exaggeration. This was more falling backward while running forward. 

Since this was a church league, we thought it would be good to say a prayer before the game. Unfortunately, no one in the group was willing to lead this. After uncomfortable silence, someone suggested we all say the Lord’s Prayer together. 

When we got to the part about “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”, some of us said “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”, others said “sins and those who sin against us”. Some of us were quiet during the last line, “for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory”.

After the last amen, one of the ladies chimed in with, “that was odd!” 

Who would think that there are so many ways to pray the Lord’s prayer? 

This summer we have been going through the Apostles’ Creed, and this week we hit one of those places where churches differ. Most other denominations include a line that Methodists omit. After Jesus was “crucified, dead and buried”, other churches include strange words: “He descended into hell.” 

Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and the resurrection was on Easter Sunday. Are they saying that Jesus spent all of Saturday in hell? Is that Biblical? It’s certainly odd! 

I look forward to worshiping with you every Sunday, but this week I am especially excited about the scripture and what it means to us today. I can’t wait to see the children bringing their backpacks for a blessing. I can’t wait to see you!

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi


Blessing of the Backpacks: 
August 9 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

Students of all ages are encouraged to bring their backpacks to church for this special Back to School blessing.

After the Blessing, the children will go downstairs for a Bible story with a BIG surprise!


Lunch Bunch to Grouchy's on Sunday!

Plan to join "The Lunch Bunch" on Sunday after the 11:00 service (12:15 / 12:30) at Grouchy's Deli.  They have N.Y. style deli sandwiches, soups, salads and BREAKFAST!  Yay!

5275 Peachtree Pkwy., 
Norcross, GA  30092
678-879-0707
  • Left out of church parking lot
  • Right at light (Medlock Bridge)
  • Left at Peachtree Corners Circle (before you get to 141 / Peachtree Pkwy.)
  • Left at 141 / Peachtree Pkwy.
  • Right (almost immediately) into shopping center with Ippolitos Restaurant.  
No reservations needed - hope you can come!


Homecoming: August 16 - One 10:30 Service Only, followed by Lunch

Mark your calendar for Mt. Carmel's annual Homecoming service on August 16!  We are happy to welcome our guest speaker, the Reverend Joy Rikard Brown, daughter of Ann and J.W. Rikard. 

Following the service, there will be a covered dish lunch in the 
Fellowship Hall.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish or two to share, (main dish, side or dessert) and come enjoy this special day! Drinks will be provided.

And if you DON’T bring a dish to share ... come and eat anyway! There is always plenty of food!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School
It is Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday this week, so bring your backpacks for a special back to school blessing. After the blessing we will go downstairs for a special surprise lesson and craft.

Third Grade Bibles
Third graders will receive their Bibles on August 23rd and grades 3-5 will begin How to Use My Bible classes for eight weekly sessions. 

Quesadilla Lunch Thank You
I want to express a big thank you to everyone who provided salads, brownies, salsa, ice cream and help for our lunch on August 2. 

An extra special thank you is extended to Lisa Grogin, Alison Alesi, Cheri Proels, Sarah O’Leary and Julie Samples for all their help setting up and cleaning up. It was a great success.

Director of Children's Ministry


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club 

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on August 7th and the book of the month is The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

All women of the church are invited to join this group. 

For more information or directions, see Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden or visit the church website.


Night Circle Book Review

All women of the church are invited to join the Lola Belle Young Night Circle on Monday, August 24th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  

Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite book - fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, educational, old or new, it's up to you - to share with the group!

This is always a fun meeting with lots of discussion of our favorite books - and there will be dessert also!

RSVP to lisa.grogin@tetratech.com or the church office if you will be there!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • From the Weathers: Ammon - youth healing from serious injury in auto accident
  • Friend of Anne Bailey: Lisa - breast cancer
  • Berkeley Lake resident: Kitty - recovery from stroke, surgery & complications
  • From Kathryn Raye: for my friends
  • From Jenny Jensen: Glen - stage 4 colon cancer / Beth - brain tumor returned - terminal
  • Cindy Jones' father in hospital
  • Lorrie Ignatius' friend: death of her mother
  • Wynne Buran's co-worker: relative has cancer
  • David Jones' friend: 4 stints put in
Thanksgivings
  • Raven Hinson is New Youth Director
  • Mark Bond's niece was married on August 1


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:

1 Peter 3:18-20
Jonah 1


Birthdays this week:

David Jones
Caitlyn Samples
Rachael Samples
Rob Smith
Andy Loftis
Jessee Hoge
Hayne Thompson
Cate Campbell
Bill Posey
Anne Bailey

Anniversaries this week:
Jason & Michelle Jarrett


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR RESUMES WEDNESDAY PRACTICE
AUGUST 5 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS RETURN TO 8:30 PM PRACTICE
AUGUST 5
SANCTUARY

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

BLESSING OF BACKPACKS & PROMOTION SUNDAY
AUGUST 9
9:30 & 11:00 SERVICES

LUNCH BUNCH TO GROUCHY'S DELI
AUGUST 9
12:15 / 12:15 PM

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
AUGUST 9 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

FINANCE COMM. MTG.
AUGUST 9 - 6:30 PM (HH)

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
AUGUST 9 - 7:30 PM
(RM 112/114)

GWINNETT COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL
AUGUST 10

MONDAY STUDY
AUGUST 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL UNDERWATER CAMP
AUGUST 11 - 14
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

EVANGELISM COMM. MTG.
AUGUST 11 - 7:00 PM (HH)

C.O.M. PLANNING RETREAT
AUGUST 15 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ACOLYTE TRAINING
AUGUST 15 - 10:00 AM
SANCTUARY

HOMECOMING
AUGUST 16 - 10:30 AM (ONE SERVICE ONLY) 
SANCTUARY
(NO SUNDAY SCHOOL)

COVERED DISH LUNCH
AUGUST 16 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG. WITH DINNER
AUGUST 20 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

3RD GRADERS RECEIVE BIBLES
AUGUST 23 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE BOOK REVIEW
AUGUST 24 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
AUGUST 25 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / CLASSROOMS

ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
AUGUST 30 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH PICNIC AT BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 20 - 4:30 PM


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