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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
April 13, 2016











Pray for the Youth on 
Retreat at Camp Glisson:
April 15 - 17!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Foyer Restoration
  • "Take a Closer Look" Classes
  • Election Workers Needed
  • NCM Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 11-16
  • Art Date: April 23
  • Night Circle to Repair Chrismons: April 25
  • Spring BBQ and Sweet Shop: April 29 and 30
  • Red Cross Blood Drive: May 2
  • Mother's Day Roses
  • Women's Book Club: May 6
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Fill in the Blank

I am a United Methodist geek. I claim the name proudly! I loved introducing the confirmation class to Chuck Knows Church and my John Wesley bobblehead. I’m excited about the stewardship meeting later today (Barbara and Tom have an idea that rivals last year’s series It’s A Wonderful Church.) 

But mostly, I’m still reveling in the discussions from Sundays Finance Committee and Administrative Board meetings. (Now you know I am a United Methodist geek!) 

We talked about the church’s decision to fully fund, despite a shortfall, church ministries because these ministries are the best way we know of offering Christ and growing as disciples.

But we also talked about practical matters of welcoming people. Like the fact that for many people it’s uncomfortable to stand or walk in front of others. And yet when we sit in the sanctuary back pews, that’s what we are telling guests. You have to walk in front of us! 

Most guests decide whether to return to a church within ten minutes of their first visit. So several members of these two committees made a commitment to come ten minutes early on Sundays, with the intention of welcoming others. 

Would you sit closer to the front, so that guests don’t have to walk in front of others to find a seat? Or at least scoot to the middle of a pew, so that guests can sit in the more comfortable spot near the aisle? 

What about arriving early for worship? What obstacles would prevent your arriving ten minutes early in the sanctuary to make sure that guests are welcome? Or after the service, looking for visitors to greet before catching up with old friends? 

I love these committees. They know that words like “I’m glad you’re here” are empty if we aren’t showing that welcome with our actions, too. 

Which blank will you fill in? 

Guests are important to God and Mount Carmel, but________________. 

Guests are important, so I will _______________________________.

I’ll see you this Sunday, 
Pastor Cyndi


Pardon Our Mess!

A project to refurbish the vestibule at the main entrance to the 
sanctuary is underway! 

The project includes removal of the vent shaft in the middle of the vestibule to create a more welcoming entry for members and guests into our beautiful sanctuary. 

The Trustees have worked closely with an architect who specializes in church restorations and has paid careful attention to the Mt. Carmel project to ensure that the results will be consistent with the period of the original church construction. 

The work is expected to be completed by May 2. Thanks for your patience during this time.

The Mt. Carmel Board of Trustees


Preschool News: Summer Camps

Looking for something fun for your child to do this summer? Well summer camp registration has officially begun at
preschool. We have a limited number of spots available for both camps. 


Patriotic Camp is June 27-30 and Dinosaur Camp is July 25-28. 

Both four day camps are $100 each and that covers a week of crafts, music, outdoor time and stories. 

It is open to children who are between 3-6 years old and potty trained. You do not have to attend Mt. Carmel during the school year to attend our camp, so invite a friend! 

There is information on the church website if you go to the preschool section and click on summer camp. We hope to see you there!

Preschool Director


"Take a Closer Look"
Sundays: April 17 - May 1
11:00 AM in Youth Hall

You are invited to "Take a Closer Look" at Mt. Carmel.  
  • 4/17: History of Mt. Carmel
  • 4/24: Ministries - Children & Youth
  • 5/1:   Ministries of Mt. Carmel and Lunch with the Pastor
All meetings are in the Youth classrooms below the sanctuary.
April meetings are from 11:00 - 12:00 / May 1 from 11:00 - 1:00

(If 11:00 doesn't work for you, don't worry! Classes will be repeated in the fall for those who attend the 11:00 service.)


Election Workers Needed

The Norcross / Peachtree Corners Voting Precinct is seeking workers for the upcoming election on May 24, and for set-up on May 23.

These positions would be for 2 hours on the 23rd, and from 6 AM - 8 PM on the 24th.  The pay would be $120 - $145.

Anyone interested should contact David Bugg at 770-403-4228.


April is Food Drive Month for NCM!

While we try to help Norcross Cooperative Ministry all year long, April is our month to hold a FOOD DRIVE for NCM! 

Please remember them while you shop, and leave donations of non-perishable food (no glass jars please) in the NCM box in the church foyer. 

Monetary donations are always needed also. Please make checks out to Mt. Carmel UMC, marked for NCM. 

Thank you for helping those in need in our community!


Art Date to High Museum: April 23

On Saturday, April 23 the "Art Date" will be to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.  We will gather in the church parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and travel together. 

Contact Katrina Stone if you plan to go, or for more information.


UMW Night Circle to Repair Chrismons

The United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, April 25th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall for dessert and conversation. 

Then they will begin the task of repairing the Chrismon ornaments that hang on the tree in the sanctuary at Christmas.

All women are invited to attend, whether you're "crafty" or not to help freshen the Chrismons. Supplies such as gold beads, lace, gold sequins, glue guns, etc. are welcome. Please join us!


Spring BBQ and Sweet Shop:
April 29 and 30

HELP NEEDED! 

The BBQ / Sweet Shop is right around the corner and LOTS of help is needed! 

Please check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card in the Sunday bulletin if you can help, or contact the church office.

And don't forget to invite your friends and family! They'll get a great meal and support some important missions at the same time. 

Flyers are available in the church office, fellowship hall and sanctuary.


Donors Needed for Red Cross Blood Drive! Monday, May 2:  4 - 8 pm

The Outreach Committee has scheduled a Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel on Monday, May 2 and lots of donors are needed!

Every pint donated can save up to THREE lives so please give if you can!

 

Click HERE to sign up online, sign up at the Blood Drive table at church on Sundays, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. (Online, use the sponsor code mtcarmelumc, or the zip code, 30092, to find our drive.)


Mother's Day Roses

On Mother’s Day, May 8th, the Youth will once again place roses on the altar in honor or in memory of our mothers and those who have been like mothers to us.

 

If you would like to purchase a rose, please fill out the form in the Sunday bulletin and drop it into the offering plate or contact the church office by May 2, 2016.

 

Cost: $12.00 ~ includes vase, single rose with greenery and baby’s breath. (white rose in memory of ~ red rose in honor of)


Please make checks payable to Mt Carmel, marked "Rose."

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Summer Mission trip to McDowell County, WV.  Thanks for supporting our Youth!


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: May 6

The next meeting of the Women's Book Club is on Friday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.  All women are invited to attend for light refreshments and book discussion.

This month's book is In the Unlikely 
Event, by Judy Blume.
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
  • God's direction for our church
  • Easley's friend Brent: recovering alcoholic
  • Cyndi McDonald's cousing Lisa: in hospice care
  • McDonald's friend Joe: brain tumor
  • Gene & Linda Anglin
  • Richard Smith: recovering from back surgery
  • Cindy Jones: death of her father
  • Riviere's granddaughter Maddie: digestive issues
  • Lila Hunter's friend Mia: kidney & liver failure
  • Katrina Stone's mother-in-law: out of hospital, but still declining - much support needed
  • Ignatius family's friend Jackie: surgery
  • Cheryl Martin's friend Kenn & family - death of 12 yr. old son with brain cancer
  • Smith family: death of wife / mother Ramona - past members of Mt. Carmel
  • Joshua Marson & family: death of Joshua's grandmother
Thanksgivings
  • Steve Pearson: thankful to be able to sing with the choir again
  • Tim & Suzanne Foster's 33rd wedding anniversary


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
1 Corinthians 1:10-18


Birthdays this week:

Shane Moore
Megan Gallagher
Alexis Ruth Russo
Brennan Alesi
David Williams
Janis Hoge
Bryson Jarrett
Will Thompson
Gunther Trentini
Vernon Jones
Kris Bell
Lane Bendig
Mark Bagwell, Jr.

Anniversaries this week:
Preston & Alice Porterfield
Steve & Annette Rogers


Save the Date

FOYER RESTORATION
PRESENT - MAY 2
SANCTUARY

CHOIR PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
7:00 PM - CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
8:30 PM - SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB 
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
3:30 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SPRING RETREAT
APRIL 15 - 17
CAMP GLISSON

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:
MT. CARMEL HISTORY
APRIL 17 - 11:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

TRUSTEE MTG.
APRIL 17 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MTG.
APRIL 17 - 12:15PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY STUDY
APRIL 18 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

NO TUESDAY STUDY
APRIL 19

UMW DAY CIRCLE
APRIL 19 - 10:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

CONNECT MINISTRY TEAM
APRIL 19 - 6:30 PM

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
APRIL 21 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ART DATE TO HIGH MUSEUM - APRIL 23
MEET AT CHURCH AT 
12:30 PM

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK:
MINISTRIES: CHILDREN & YOUTH
APRIL 24 - 11:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

CHILDREN'S EARTH DAY ACTIVITY
APRIL 24 - 12:15 PM\

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
APRIL 25 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SPRING BBQ & SWEET SHOP
APRIL 29 & 30

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
MAY 2:- 4:00 - 8:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PENTECOST
MAY 15

UMW DAY AT THE LAKE
MAY 21

BAPTISM AT THE RIVER
MAY 22 - 9:30 AM

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
MAY 22 - 10:30 AM 
ONE SERVICE ONLY

THANK YOU LUNCH BY YOUTH
MAY 22 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 6 - 10

YOUTH MISSION TRIP TO GARY, WV
JUNE 19 - 25

MUST LUNCH PREPARATION
JUNE 20 - 24

FAMILY PROMISE
JULY 3 - 10


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.

678-242-9355
ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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