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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
November 28, 2018

Thanks to our 2018
Christmas Tree Team!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Rev. Michael: A Special Sign
  • Lunch Bunch: December 
  • Angel Tree Deadline: December 5
  • Mt. Carmel Youth News
  • Kid's Corner
  • UMW Christmas Card Delivery
  • Kid's Night Out: December 7
  • Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: December 7
  • Preschool Breakfast with Santa!  December 8
  • Carmelites Travel to Dahlonega: December 11
  • Down Home Holiday: December 16
  • Order Holiday Poinsettias Now!
  • End-of-Year Request
  • From the Preschool ...
  • Holiday Events Schedule
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


From Reverend Michael ...
A SPECIAL SIGN 

Let us think back for a moment into our childhoods. Remember in the early fall a special sign would arrive to bring delight for all the children. It wasn't the changing of the leaves or the Fall Fair. It was the Sears Wish Book, The toy catalog. Our faces would light up with joy and anticipation, excitement and suspense, because this sign meant Christmas was just around the corner. There would be visits to Santa, candy galore, and most important of all - TOYS! 

The Children of Israel had been looking for a sign for quite some time. They had anticipated the arrival of their blessed Messiah. They were waiting for their King to ransom them. Who would ever have expected him to be born in a stable? 

We struggle daily to make life meaningful. We look for the sign that says we have made it. We wait for our "savior" - whatever that may be - to ransom us. Who would have expected him to be born in a stable? 

"And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger." 

This Advent season let us look once again to Bethlehem and the Child in the manger. Let us, along with the angels in Heaven, proclaim, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all peoples." 

Dear God, Help us to clear our eyes and behold the sign of our blessed salvation in the Babe of Bethlehem. For it is in His name we pray, AMEN 

Blessings, 
Reverend Michael Martin 
Cell: 770-597-7057


Lunch Bunch: December 2

Do you have lunch plans on Sunday?  If not, the Lunch Bunch would love for you to join them at 'Cue BBQ at about 12:15!
(5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30071)

See Wynne Buran with any questions.



Please remember that the DEADLINE

for Angel Tree gifts to be returned to the church is

Wednesday, December 5th.

Thank You!



On Sunday, December 2nd the Youth will have dinner and a program beginning at 5:15 as usual.

For more information on other Youth events, see the Youth Newsletter HERE, or contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson.


  Kid's Corner:

The Mt Carmel Kids Christmas Pageant is just around the corner on December 16, 10:30 service! 

This coming Sunday we will practice during the Sunday School hour, and choir and hand bell practice will take place as usual from 10:45 to 11:15. Please RSVP to Leslie if your children will not be participating in the pageant this year. 

Christmas Pageant practice: Its very important for as many children as possible to come to the Sunday School hour this Sunday (December 2) and next (December 9), as we only have two weeks left to prepare for our pageant and practice with the choir. 

We will have two practices outside of the Sunday School hour -- (1) 11:15 on December 9th in the double classroom after choir (2) Saturday morning, December 15, final rehearsal. 

Calling all volunteers: We are looking for adult and youth volunteers to help with the pageant on December 15th (final rehearsal and sanctuary setup) and 16th (getting the kids ready, sitting with them in pews, shepherding the children through the pageant). Please RSVP (lraymer.mtcarmel@gmail.com or indicate that you can help on a connect card). 

Upoming Kids events: 
  • Dec. 7 -- Kids Night Out, 6:30 to 9:30 (sponsored by Youth Group). RSVP emily.mtcarmel@gmail.com. $5 donation suggested. 
  • Dec. 15 -- Final Christmas Pageant Rehearsal (in the morning)
  • Dec. 16 -- Christmas Pageant during 10:30 worship service, followed by Down Home Holiday. 
  • Dec. 23 -- Christmas party and story during the Sunday School hour
See you Sunday, 
Children's Director 


UMW Delivers Your Church Christmas Cards

The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women are once again delivering your Christmas cards to your church friends during Advent.

Just bring your labeled cards for LOCAL church members and drop them into the wrapped, alphabetical boxes at the back of the sanctuary. If you are at the church on some other day and would like to check to see if you have cards, they are stored in the History Room at the back of the sanctuary.



Women's Book Club

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

 

This month's book is Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott.  All women are invited for discussion, refreshments and fun!

 

See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information
.


Preschool Breakfast with Santa!

December 8th

9:00 & 10:00 AM seatings

 

Join us for all you can eat

pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee!

Crafts * Stories * Raffles

Professional photos with Santa too!

Holiday fun for everyone!

 

Cost Online in Advance:

Children 2 and up - $7

Adults - $10


($2 more for pay at the door)

 

Purchase tickets in advance at: 

https://ti.to/bws/2018

 

Questions?  MtCarmelPS@Gmail.com


Carmelites Travel to Dahlonega!

The Carmelites travel group is going to Dahlonega, Georgia on Tuesday, December 11th. We'll meet at the church at 10:00 a.m., carpool to Dahlonega to enjoy the town’s Christmas decorations, shop and have lunch at the Smith House. 

Please sign up on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact June Spruell if you can join us.


Down Home Holiday - 
December 16
Combined Service: 10:30 am
Lunch & Holiday Fun: 11:30 am

You are cordially invited to a “Down Home Holiday” celebration on Sunday, December 16 immediately following the 10:30 am combined worship service! 

Nothing to bring, nothing to pay, just join us after the service, under the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall for a soup and cornbread lunch and a jolly time together. We’ll sing our favorite Christmas songs, play some reindeer games and we just might have an early visit from old St. Nick himself. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and holiday garb. 

If you need a little Christmas cheer, the “Down Home Holiday” will be the perfect event for you, your family, and children of ALL ages!


It's Time to Order Poinsettias

Once again, the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women will sponsor the placing of poinsettias in the sanctuary for the Christmas season. 

If you would like to have a poinsettia placed in the church in honor or memory of someone, please fill out the order form in the Sunday bulletins and put it, with your check, in the offering plate, or contact the church office

Cost: $9.00 per plant.

Please make checks payable to: 
Mt. Carmel UMW. 
DEADLINE FOR ORDERS: Dec. 5, 2017.


Year-End Request from the 
Church Treasurer

Over the course of a year, many wonderful Mt. Carmel members personally provide supplies for church activities such as Sunday School, VBS, Down Home Holiday, and many others. This adds up, and these beloved activities greatly benefit from such generous support. However, the church needs your help! We need to track how much these programs actually cost to run. You can help us do that by turning in your receipts, even if you don’t want to be reimbursed. Just ask that the value be applied to your Giving Statement.

- Please turn in your 2018 receipts to the Church Office by JANUARY 6th. You can send an email or use the Church’s Check Request/Voucher form. 

- IMPORTANT - Please let us know how much you spent BY ACTIVITY (e.g. $45 Sunday School supplies; $15 Down Home Holiday; $32.50 VBS snacks = Total $92.50). 

- Excel spreadsheets are also acceptable if you’ve got more than a few items!

Thank you for your continued generosity!


From the Preschool ...

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Ann Rikard. She and J.W. were such wonderful supporters of the preschool. 

J.W. spent many years as Santa at our annual preschool breakfast. After he retired the role of Santa, you would always see he and Ann walking around--him with his candy cane hat, spreading Christmas joy. 

The preschool was also the recipient of some “anonymous” donations of equipment that the Rikards never wanted thanks or acknowledgement for. These were truly good-hearted, supportive and loving people. There is a hole in our hearts as we say goodbye.


Holiday Events Calendar

  

UMW Christmas Party: December 3 

6:00 pm - Crawford Home

 

Kid's Night Out: December 7- 6:30 until 9:30 pm

 

Preschool Breakfast with Santa 

December 8 - 9:00 & 10:00 am seatings

 

Special Christmas Music: December 9

10:30 am Combined Worship

Children's Christmas Pageant: December 16
during 10:30 am Combined Worship Service

 

Down Home Holiday: December 16

11:30 am - Lunch & Holiday Fun!


Youth Progressive Dinner: December 21

Meet at church at 5:30

 

Christmas Eve Worship: December 24

5:00 pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Service

with Holy Communion & Candlelight


11:30 pm - Usher in Christmas with 
      Holy Communion & Candlelight       

Merry Christmas!  December 25


Prayer Concerns
  • Gail Bolton and family – her father’s health / caregivers 
  • Dawn Seigler: family of her friend Sue who died last week 
  • Chris Bolton: friend Mary – hospitalized – diabetic infection 
  • Katrina Stone’s 92 yr. old mother-in-law in the hospital
  • Marilyn McGee: pneumonia 
  • Penny Millar’s friend’s mother – Alzheimer’s 
  • Lynne Smith’s neighbor, Bob C.: an issue with his eye
  • Elizabeth Crawford: job search / just bought a house
  • The Bagwell family: Lisa - total ankle replacement / Nancy & Danny - cancer recurrence for her / he has been declared legally blind
  • Ferguson Elementary family: house fire

 Thanksgivings

  • Westafers: for prayers during difficult time
  • Cynthia Currence: Solei is with her today
  • John Shipes visiting while in town
  • Sam Tapley: thanks for Family Promise donations – can still donate – contact Sam
  • Ann Blue, Thad Thompson & Andy Westafer: for support of family and church
  • Rev. Lynne Smith for sharing her story
  • Glad Andy Westafer is able to be here 


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:
Psalm 130
Luke 7:18-23


Birthdays this Week:

Neil Odom
Paige Medinger
Billy Weathers
Laura Klaren
Isabelle Reynolds
Tim Foster

No Anniversaries 
this Week.


Save the Date

ADULT/FAMILY COUNCIL 
NOVEMBER 28 - 6:00 PM
LOWER HALL

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE  NOVEMBER 28 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 28 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
9:30 & 11:00 WORSHIP DECEMBER 2

YOUTH DINNER THEATER AUDITIONS - DEC. 2
12:00 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
DECEMBER 2 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

UMW CHRISTMAS PARTY
DECEMBER 3 - 6:00 PM
CRAWFORD HOME

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
DECEMBER 3 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ANGEL TREE RETURN DEADLINE - DECEMBER 5

KID'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 7 - 6:30 - 9:30
LOWER HALL / CLASSROOMS

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

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 8 - 9:00 & 10:00
FELLOWSHIP HALL / SANCTUARY

COMBINED SERVICE - SPECIAL MUSIC - DECEMBER 9 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
DECEMBER 9 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

COMBINED SERVICE - CHILDREN'S PAGEANT - DECEMBER 16 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY / LUNCH: DECEMBER 16 - 11:30 AM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER - DECEMBER 21
MEET AT CHURCH - 5:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP: DECEMBER 25
5:00 PM & 11:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
DECEMBER 25


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry
     

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.

Mt. Carmel UMC Campus
5100 S. Old Peachtree Rd.
Norcross, GA  30092

Birmingham UMC Campus
15770 Birmingham Hwy.
Milton, GA  30004


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