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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
October 26, 2016

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor - "But" / "So"
  • Daily Prayer Calendar for November
  • Lunch on Sunday!
  • Mission Moment from Last Sunday
  • Let's Keep Mt. Carmel Safe!
  • Youth Bedsheet Fundraiser / Youth News
  • All Saints Sunday: November 6
  • Chrismon Party: November 6
  • Mt. Carmel Thanksgiving Dinner: November 6
  • Arts & Crafts Fair: November 20
  • UMW Collecting Items for Personal Care Kits
  • Outreach Opportunity: Family Promise of Gwinnett
  • Angel Tree Coming Soon!
  • Thank you Mt. Carmel!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

"But" / "So"

This Sunday in worship we played the story-telling game, “But” / “So”. 

To play the game, each person says “so” or “but” and adds a line to the story. 

We started with, “there was a farmboy who wanted to marry a princess.” 
But he didn’t have any money. 
So…he got a job. 
But…it didn’t pay much. 
So…he robbed a bank! (You never know what kids will say!) 
But…he was caught and went to jail. 
So…he broke out of jail and ran away.

Did you notice that most of our “but” lines had to do with circumstances? He got a job…but he didn’t like his job. He went to school…but school was hard. He escaped jail…but the princess smacked him in the face (some people really enjoy adding crazy lines). 

In contrast, the “so” reminds us that we don’t have to accept circumstances. He was still poor when he ran into the princess. So…he showed her his stripes. He looked handsome in stripes.

But…she smacked him in the face. So…he said, “I’m sorry, I’ll start over and try again.”

A story that ends with “but” is a tragedy. 

That’s true in scripture. God answers the “but” of disobedience, when we turn from God, with “so I will come into the world as a human.” God answers the “but” of death on a cross with a humongous “so” of resurrection. 

Our story is one of a God who answers “so”. God has the last word, and lives are changed. 

That’s true of us, when we trust in God. We choose to answer “so” with God.

We hear, “our children and youth need to know about God’s love.” We answer SO I will serve in the nursery, or teach Sunday School. 

Church should be a place where everyone knows they are welcome. SO I will come 10 minutes early and greet guests. SO I will say hello and ask guests questions about themselves and their interests.

I want to take a step of faith in giving. SO I will change the way I spend money on other things, like clothes or eating out. 

I want to be more proactive rather than always reacting to circumstances. SO I will spend time in prayer and in planning out the day.

I want to serve God with a healthy body. SO I will exercise three times a week. BUT I get busy. SO I will put this on the calendar. 

This isn’t trying to work our way into God’s good favor. Instead, it’s recognizing how God has been good and gracious. We want to use wisely these gifts from God of time and resources, and our very lives. Rather than being mired in the “but’s, we offer ourselves as part of God’s big “SO”.

I’ll see you this Sunday! But it's hard to get up on Sundays. So I will go to bed at a reasonable time Saturday. But I still have trouble waking. So I will set an alarm. But I might press snooze and go back to sleep. So I will tell my friend to call me Sunday morning with a wake-up call. But sometimes I forget to turn the phone off silent. So I will get a dog and teach it to bark when my phone vibrates. But a dog might eat my homework. So I will...never mind, I'll just make sure that I'm there on Sunday.

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church

Rejoicing in God's Saints: A Daily Prayer Calendar for November

All Saints' Day falls on November 1 of each year.  On that date or on the first Sunday in November, many churches memorialize members and loved ones who have died the year prior.  In keeping with the spirit of All Saints' Day and of Thanksgiving, below you will find daily prompts to express gratitude to God for a now-departed saint who has influenced your life.
  1. Mentored you in your profession
  2. Helped you grow in faith
  3. Gave tangible help during a difficult time
  4. Founded an institution or movement that is important to you
  5. Showed tough love
  6. Coached you as you grew in skills and confidence
  7. Led a group that was significant in your formation
  8. Treated you like a brother / sister
  9. Introduced you to grief by his / her loss
  10. Wrote something that deeply moved you
  11. Died before you could reconcile or reconnect with him / her
  12. Introduced you to a group / community
  13. Reminded you how to see the world like a child
  14. Advocated for you
  15. Showed you something key about yourself / your values by being your adversary
  16. Gave you a tangible object that continues to inspire you
  17. (Grand)mothered / (grand)fathered you
  18. Governed in a way that fostered trust and cooperation
  19. Took you somewhere life-changing
  20. Made you feel seen in a time / place that you felt invisible
  21. Trusted you with difficult but important knowledge
  22. Created art that speaks to your soul
  23. Let you ask your questions
  24. Pointed out your gifts
  25. Introduced you to a hobby
  26. Prayed for you
  27. Embodied the values you aspire to
  28. Disagreed with you but still loved you
  29. Supported you emotionally through a low point
  30. Did something for others in death that he / she couldn't have done in life
Created in 2016 by Laura Stephens-Reed, Clergy Coach & Congregational Consultant / / @CoachLauraSR

Do You have Lunch Plans on Sunday?

If not, let's plan to meet after the 11:00 service (about 12:15) at Cue Barbecue!

Turn left out of the church - Left at the light (Medlock Bridge) - 
Left at Peachtree Industrial Blvd. - Right into shopping center just after Comfort Inn

Hope you can come!  See Wynne Buran with any questions.

Mission Moment from Last Sunday

Thank you to Tarin Hinson for providing the Mission Moment on Sunday, October 23rd!

To view Tarin's video, click HERE!

Keeping Mt. Carmel Safe

We need your help to keep Mt Carmel safe! 

We have had several instances where doors have been left unlocked at Mt Carmel. This creates an opportunity for those with less than good intentions and potential danger for our members entering an unsecured church. 

If you have a meeting at the church or Hope House, please ensure that the doors are locked and the lights are turned off before you leave. If you are responsible for any group that meets at our church, please communicate these concerns to your group.

 We greatly appreciate everyone’s help in keeping us all safe and secure at Mt Carmel. 

Mt Carmel Trustees

Youth Bedsheet Fundraiser
to benefit Mt. Carmel Youth Mission Trip

Back by popular demand, Mt. Carmel Youth are selling bedsheet sets to raise funds for our mission trip!

  • Sheets are luxurious, long-lasting, wrinkle-resistant, colorfast, breathable and hypo-allergenic.
  • Sets available include Cali King, King, Queen, Full and Twin
  • Wide array of colors including white, light blue, chocolate, cream, taupe, sage, navy blue, camel, eggplant, silver and burgandy
  • Sale kicks off October 31 and runs through November 13.
  • Youth will sell sheets at church on November 6. Otherwise, order from any youth or contact Kelly Hinson or Kris Bell.
  • Great price!  All sizes are $35!
  • Great Christmas gift! Sheets will be delivered by the week of December 5.
  • Support the summer mission trip to Montana!

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

All Saints Sunday: November 6

On All Saints Sunday during the worship service we will read the names and light a candle in memory of our loved ones who have died during the PAST TWELVE MONTHS. 

Families of those remembered are invited to take the candle with them at the end of the service. 

The names to be read MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHURCH OFFICE. No name will be included in the service without being explicitly sponsored by someone in the congregation. In this way, we respect the privacy of those who wish it, while we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. 

Please use the space provided on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletins to submit names, or get them to the church office (770-449-4498 or BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2.

Chrismon Party: November 6

Everyone is invited to join the United Methodist Women in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 6th right after the 11:00 service to help make new Chrismon ornaments for the sanctuary Christmas tree. 

Supplies will be furnished, but extra HOT GLUE GUNS would be appreciated. If you have extra decorations such as gold beads, pearls, or any other gold or white decorations, please bring those too. 

This is a great family activity and we hope that children will help decorate a Chrismon with a parent.

(A soup & cornbread lunch will be provided by the UMW. Please RSVP to the church office so that enough food will be planned.)

Mt. Carmel Thanksgiving Dinner: 
November 20 at 6:00 

Bring a side dish or dessert to share and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner with your church family! 

Thanks to the Mt. Carmel Men's Ministry for providing the turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, green beans, rolls and cranberry sauce!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Arts & Crafts Fair: November 20
During the day, as well as at the Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, November 20, you are invited to enjoy an Arts & Crafts fair in the Fellowship Hall!

Several of our own Mt. Carmel artists will be featured - Arzell Thompson, Tara Campbell, Katrina Stone and Sam and Jacque Tapley so far, and others are invited.

A portion of the proceeds of all sales will be donated to Mt. Carmel.  If you have artwork or crafts that you would like to have included, please contact Sam Tapley / 770-833-0091.

United Methodist Women Collecting Items
for Youth Personal Care Kits

At the November meeting of the UMW Night Circle, the group will put together Personal Care Kits for the Homeless Youth helped by the Covenant House in Atlanta.

The United Methodist Men have made a donation to cover some of the cost, but the more donations we have, the more kits can be delivered to Covenant House.

If you would like to contribute some of the items needed, please see the list below.  Items may be dropped off in the church office BY NOVEMBER 14.

toothpaste (regular sized tubes)
lip balm
deodorant (men's & women's)
socks (men's & women's)

Outreach Opportunity

Are you looking for a meaningful way to give of your time and talents? Family Promise of Gwinnett has several current needs. 

• Volunteers are needed at the Day Center on 5th Sundays from 1-5pm. 

• Paper Towels and Laundry Detergent are needed at the Day Center. 

• Christmas Gifts: Gift cards to Wal-Mart ($25), Kroger/Publix ($25), or gas cards ($10 increments to Race Trac or QT) Deadline is Dec 9th. 

• When families complete the program, they are presented with some new items based on their specific needs but they are currently out of most items. Review the list of "Graduate Gifts" and consider donating as an individual or small group project.

For more information, contact Julie Jones.

The Angel Tree is Coming Soon!
Believe it or not, it will soon be time for the Angel Tree to go up!

The tree will be available in time for the Thanksgiving Dinner on November 20th, so remember to stop by in the foyer and take an angel or two. 

Just sign the list provided with the number on your angel, do your shopping, and return your gifts (unwrapped) to the church by December 7th. 

Thank you for helping children from local schools and Norcross Cooperative Ministry have a merry Christmas!

Thank You
I want to thank EVERYONE at Mt. Carmel for all the prayers, flowers, cards and well wishes you have sent during my recovery.  The love and support you all gave me made me smile each and every day!

I am truly blessed to be at Mt. Carmel and look forward to getting back in the routine!

Cindy Bill

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Barbara Cooper: continuing chemo treatments
  • Cindy Bill: recovering from surgery
  • Lisa Grogin's father with ALS, and her mother caring for him
  • Julie & Bob Jones' parents: making decision about care and living arrangements
  • Ruby Easley: her brother Bill - recovering from fall; Brian - pancreatitis; Helen - cancer; William - recurring pain from accident
  • Cynthia Currence: protection and closeness to God for children and grandchild
  • Jacque Tapley's friend Mark: death of his father on 10/18
  • Dick Thompson: back in rehab to continue recovery from fall
  • Great Women's Retreat at Lake Harding - thankful for Lane Shutt loaning her lake house

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
1 Kings 17:1-16

Birthdays this week:

Joyce Ivy
Cole Donaldson
George Hunter
Amanda Gilmore
Carol Bryant
Nanci Hicks
Cecelia Davis
Linnea Porter
Marcus Hoge
Linda Anglin
Lydia Thompson

this week:
Chris & Lamar Bolton

Save the Date

OCTOBER 26 - 4:30 - 7:00

OCTOBER 26 - 7:00 PM


OCTOBER 27 - 3:30 PM

OCTOBER 27 - 6:30 PM

OCTOBER 30 - 9:30 & 11:00

OCTOBER 30 - 3:00 PM

OCTOBER 30 - 5:15 PM

OCTOBER 30 - 5:15 PM
ROOM 112/114


NOVEMBER 1 - 11:30 AM

NOVEMBER 6 - 9:30 & 11:00 


NOVEMBER 6 - 12:15 PM

NOVEMBER 6 - 12:15 

NOVEMBER 6 - 12:15 PM

NOVEMBER 6 - 5:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

NOVEMBER. 11 - 13

NOVEMBER 20 - 6:00 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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