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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
August 24, 2016

Undies Sunday for NCM
August 28!
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Homecoming 
  • New Directory Photo Date Added: Aug. 30
  • 3rd Graders Receive Bibles: August 28
  • Lunch on Sunday: Thai Star
  • 20 Objects for 20 Weeks
  • Church Conference: September 18
  • Outreach Opportunity: Relief Supply Kits
  • Homework Club Notes
  • UMW Day Circle Planning Meeting: September 13
  • NCM News: Undies Sunday / Bowling to Help Others
  • Youth Newsletter
  • Kid's Corner
  • Women's Book Club: September 2
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

What a wonderful time on Sunday! There were some concerns expressed about the risk of inviting “Dorsey Bolton” and “Dorothy Bragg” to the Homecoming service. After all, some of the things Dorsey said may not be appropriate for church! 

After the service, several people added to Dorsey's tale of times when there wasn’t enough money in the offering plate to pay the preacher. Not only did Dorsey knock on the doors of Mount Carmel members, he also asked for donations from a person well known for [gasp!] bootlegging. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if Dorsey Bolton made the rounds today and solved our financial concerns! Last week I described the church’s financial condition and how it relates to attendance. If you have not yet read this, you can read it here. 

It’s hard to believe that we have an attendance problem, given how wonderfully full the sanctuary seemed on Sunday. We had 154 in worship! This is close to the average attendance in 2015 of 157. 

Did you feel like you were in a room full of strangers on Sunday? Even if you didn’t recognize all of the faces, my guess is that they seemed like Mount Carmel folks. 

I like Mount Carmel folks. Don’t you? 

I’d like for more of neighbors to get to know you. 

I’d like for the kids in the apartments across the street to come to Homework Club, because it’s not only tutoring in reading and math that they need. They need to know that the church cares about what they care about. That’s part of how they know that God loves them. 

I’d like for more of our guests to get to know you. That's hard. As an introvert and person who thinks way too much, I find it scary to go to a new church. Who knows when to sit or stand, and they might have a strange song at the end that everyone but you already knows. As a visitor to a new church, I’ve hoped that there would not be a passing of the peace, fearful that I would stand awkwardly alone while others welcome one others. I worry that when guests don't feel welcome immediately, they won't return, and won't get to know you. 

I like Mount Carmel folks, and I think that if our guests got to know you, they would get a glimpse of how God is at work in your lives. We have neighbors who are grieving, and I wish they could meet the people in our congregation who are grieving. They need help in learning to trust in God in times of emotional pain, and if you will share your own struggles, it will help them to trust in God. 

We have neighbors who question whether God is good. I wish they could meet the people in our congregation who are trusting in God as they struggle with job loss and health problems. They would learn from your determination. And even more from your faith. 

These conversations don’t happen immediately, but they start in church on Sunday mornings. Then over time, especially in ministry together and in small groups, we get to know and accept one another as quirky, flawed sinners needing grace. With time, we even share glimpses of God at work in our lives and in our community. And this helps us all, new and old to the church, to grow as disciples. 

I want so much for Mt Carmel. I want our Sunday morning worship services to inspire us to follow Jesus—not just read about Jesus—but through God’s grace to help us BE more like Jesus in our attitudes and actions. 

I want our neighbors to really know you. I trust that if you will let them know you, and how you are trying to follow Jesus, then God will use that to bring healing to them. 

I know I began this email sharing our need to grow in attendance and financially. But that’s a small part of the story. Mt Carmel is an amazing community of people trying to live out God’s call together. Our neighbors and friends need Mt Carmel. They need us growing as disciples, because that’s how God will be at work in their lives. 

I hope to see you this Sunday, Even more, I hope our neighbors get to see you.

Homecoming was Great!

The Homecoming service on Sunday, celebrating Mt. Carmel's 190th anniversary, was a great success!

Everyone enjoyed either wearing costumes from past years, or seeing what others wore.

Special thanks go to Phil Griffin for portraying our first "circuit riding" pastor from the 1800's, Rev. Billy Parks. (And to Amanda Garner for furnishing Rev. Parks' horse, Freddy!)

Thanks also to Gail Bolton and Dick Easley for portraying 2 of the past leaders of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Dorothy Bragg and Mr. Dorsey Bolton.

Dorothy joined Mt. Carmel in 1966 and remained a member until her death in 2000.  She held leadership positions in many areas of the church including Administrative Board, Children's Ministries, and Friendly Neighbors.

Dorsey was a member from 1932 until his death in 2007.  He is well remembered for his work on the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Men's BBQ and in other areas.

It was nice to have them check in to see how we were doing on Sunday!
Mt Carmel 21

And then there was LUNCH of course!  Thank you to Chris Bolton, June Spruell and Joanne Ragon for setting up and organizing it all.

And for recording the day in photographs, thanks go to George Hunter and Megan Gallagher. To see more photos, click HERE.

Directory Save the Date 2

Additional Photography Date Set: 
August 30

Thank you to everyone who has already had your picture taken for the new church directory!  We've had such a good response that a 3rd photo date has been added.

If you have not yet signed up, please look over the times available on Tuesday, August 30 from 2:00 - 9:00 pm.  This time the photographers will be set up in the double classroom downstairs, Room 112/114.

Sign up now at the church website, on the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, or call the church office. 

If you can’t make any of the appointment days at Mt. Carmel, you may have your photo taken at one of the other churches where Life Touch is shooting, then have it added to our directory. 

Just call this number to find another church: 1-866-756-0281, and tell them that Mt. Carmel’s acct. number is 240782.

Please try to find a time that will work for you and your family. We'd love to have EVERYONE in our new directory!

3rd Graders Receive Bibles and Teachers are Commissioned on August 28

On Sunday, August 28th, children in the 3rd grade class will receive a Bible from the church, along with a “users guide!”

August 28th will also be Promotion Sunday for the Sunday school classes and we’ll Commission the 2016 – 2017 Sunday school teachers.

Do You have Lunch Plans on Sunday?
If not, and you'd like to have lunch with Mt. Carmel friends, plan to meet after the 11:00 service (about 12:15) at the Thai Star restaurant this Sunday!  (August 28)

Directions: turn Left out of church, turn Left at Medlock Bridge, and go through the intersection of Medlock Bridge and Peachtree Industrial Blvd.  Thai Star is on the corner.

See Wynne Buran with any questions.

20 Objects for 20 Weeks
We continue our celebration of 190 years of ministry with another object that is a part of the history of Mt. Carmel.

The subject for Week 8, in honor of Homecoming Sunday, is the "Circuit Riding" Preacher. 
Founded in the frontier community of Pinckneyville in the early 1800s, Mount Carmel church was part of a “preaching circuit” or a group of Methodist churches that were served by one clergy member. This model was used by Methodists and other denominations to serve congregations in rural villages and settlements. 

The preacher was appointed to a circuit by the Bishop – often a different circuit every year - similar to the present day Methodist appointment to a “charge”. The clergy member was responsible for leading worship services, visitation, and establishing new churches in his assigned area. Because of the distance between churches, these preachers would travel on horseback and thus earned the nickname of “circuit riders” (although they were officially called “traveling clergy”), carrying only what they could fit in their saddlebags. 

They preached every day at any place available – cabins, courthouses, open fields. Because of the distance they needed to cover in a short time, they were constantly on the move, and it was often a lonely and dangerous life.

Stop by the history room at the back of the sanctuary to view this display in its entirety, as well as previous weekly displays.

Church Conference: September 18

Our 2016 Church Conference will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  
A light breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM.

Plan to attend to greet District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher, hear reports of how Mt. Carmel has done in the past year, and plans for the future.

Outreach Opportunity: Flood Clean-up Help

It doesn't take much to help those in Louisiana and elsewhere who are dealing with the overwhelming task of cleaning up after a flood.

A bucket of cleaning supplies can be assembled for around $65.

To make a donation to help provide these supplies, you may drop your check into the offering plate on Sunday, marked "UMCOR Advance 901440", or donate directly to UMCOR at the website below.

For more information or to donate directly, visit this UMCOR website.

Homework Club News 

It’s almost time for the Thursday afternoon Homework Club to begin!

More adult volunteers are still needed on a rotating basis, once or twice a month. Some volunteers work with the kids, while others help with administrative duties or oversee the meeting. 

If you are interested in helping in some way, please contact Lisa Long or the church office for more information.

Homework Club Needs Laptops

If you have an older laptop you would be willing to donate for Homework Club use, please contact Ed McDonald at OR 678-983-5588.

It needs to be Win 7 or Win 10, ideally no more than about 5 years old. We can wipe the hard drive if needed (Drive Erase software). 

Berkeley Lake Elementary School students in the Homework Club use the laptops to check their homework, and yes, they do play educational games on them as a reward for completing their homework! 

We are having to put 4 of our 6 computers out of their (our) misery  :^)  as most of those are 10+ years old and/or overheat and shut down, etc.

All donations will be appreciated!

UMW Day Circle - Planning Meeting

The Day Circle of the United Methodist Women will have a planning meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. They will meet in the Hope House to discuss programs and projects for the coming year.

The regular monthly meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, also at 10:30 am in the Hope House.

Contact Annette Rogers, Margaret Crawford or the church office for more information.

News from NCM

Undies Sunday for NCM: August 28

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 August 28 and bring new, packaged undies of all sizes for all ages!

Strikes, Spares & Santa for a Cause!

Norcross Cooperative Ministry invites you to join them, along with Team Elf, for an afternoon of bowling on Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 - 5:30 at Slingshot Entertainment, Norcross.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Christmas program at NCM.  Every child deserves to share the JOY of Christmas! 

Last year NCM helped 880 families with over 2700 children at Christmas - each receiving toys & gifts, hoodies and gloves, and a gift card for a holiday meal.

You can help this happen again this Christmas!

For more information, go to: or contact NCM at 770-263-0013.

Youth News 

During the school year, the Youth Group meets weekly on Sunday evening, beginning with dinner together at 5:15, followed by games, programs, worship and fun, ending at 7:30.

For the complete calendar of Youth events, click HERE to view the Youth Newsletter.

Kid's Corner
Sunday School
Our Sunday School class is Kicking Off on August 28th! 
We hope you’ll be there on Opening Sunday! 

The 3rd - 5th graders will use the “Getting to Know the Bible” curriculum. 

Preschoolers - 2nd graders will begin the “Worship and Wonder” program. See more about this on the church website at

Sunday School begins after the Children’s Sermon at the 9:30 Worship Service.

Hope you can join us!
Children's Director

Women's Book Club: September 2

The next meeting of the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will be on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.

This month's book selection is Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton.  All women are welcome!

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

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Dawn Seigler's friend Jack: health problems
  • Cindy Bill: medical decisions to be made
  • College classes - teachers - students
  • Michelle Jarrett's 97 yr. old grandmother: having trouble recovering from a fall
  • Phil Griffin: recent death of 2 of his friends
  • Cheryl Martin: death of her old boss and friend, Doug: a Scottish memorial party will be held on 9/11
  • Arzell Thompson & family: death of his brother Jim on August 16
  • Family of Simpsonwood UMC member and UMW District leader Louise Adams who died last week
  • For Matt Haecker's mother Suzanne: damaged heart / health problems
  • For a great Homecoming Service!
  • Carl Garner: thanks for cards, calls, visits, food and especially prayers while he was in the hospital
  • Laraine Downey's son recently got engaged!

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 Lessons
Colossians 1:24-29
Matthew 18:12-14

Birthdays this week:

Joanne Ragon
Emma Claire Piepmeier
Howard Greene
Michelle Jarrett
Steve Hicks
Cyndi McDonald
Tara Campbell
Kelly Hinson
Kevin Parrish
Ashley O'Leary

Anniversaries this week:
Steve & Nanci Hicks
Thad & Emily Thompson
Steve & Donna Riviere

Save the Date

AUGUST 24 - 2:00 - 9:00 PM

AUGUST 24 - 6:30 PM


AUGUST 24 - 8:30 PM

9:30 & 11:00 - SANCTUARY

9:30 & 11:00 AM

AUGUST 28 - 12:15 PM

AUGUST 28 - 5:15 PM

AUGUST 30 - 2:00 - 9:00 PM
ROOM 112/114


9:30 & 11:00 AM



SEPTEMBER 6 - 11:30 AM



4:00 - 6:30 PM


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.


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