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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
November 24, 2015














This little lamb got lost from his nativity set!  If you bought the set, you may collect the lamb from the church office.
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Star Followers: Journey to Christmas
  • Holy Communion: Wednesdays during Advent
  • Angel Tree: November 22 - December 9
  • Red Cross Blood Drive: December 2
  • NCM: Coats & Blankets Needed
  • Staff Christmas Gift
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: December 4
  • Children's Christmas Pageant: December 6
  • Kid's Night Out: December 11
  • Preschool Breakfast with Santa: December 12
  • December 13: Christmas Programs
  • Time to Order Poinsettias!
  • Let UMW Deliver Your Christmas Cards!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


May the Forks Be with You

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving? For the last few weeks we have given thanks to God for this church, placing gift tags on the cross to remind that every good gift is from God. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate this season than with time for giving thanks to God. 

Because I am a geek, a few weeks ago I warned my family that in addition to giving thanks, we would be watching the Star Wars saga as part of our Thanksgiving celebration. (I assure you, this did not require any arm twisting! I have a theory that geek is an inherited gene.)

To my surprise, the movies are not only helping with my Advent series preparation. (Don ‘t forget that Star Defenders: A New Hope premieres this Sunday, November 29 at 9:30 and 11, and features guest appearances with Darth Vader and a Jedi master.) 

The movies are helping me think about Thanksgiving, as well. 

While dark force characters like the Emperor and Darth Vader care solely for gaining more power and control over others, the Jedi focus on other people’s well being. They always leave one another with a blessing, “May the force be with you.” 

I confess, the idea of blessing others comes from more than Star Wars. It underlies the commandments Jesus identifies as most important, to love God and to love neighbors.

One of the ways we show love to God is with our thanks and praise. Guess what?! That’s also a way we show love to our neighbors! 

This week, show thanks to God by naming God’s gifts for which you are thankful. But don’t stop there. Write a note. Send a text or email. Tell someone, I’m thankful for you. 

When we named our thanks to God, we got particular. We thanked God for friends, air conditioning, Starbucks, parents, plants, children, grandchildren, chocolate. 

You can get particular with friends, too. Tell someone: I’m thankful that you always bring a funny story to share. Text someone: I’m thankful for the way you encourage. Email someone: I’m thankful that you make time to share memories. Call someone: I’m thinking about you while I’m making biscuits. Thank you for taking the time to teach me this. 

Send a particular word of thanks. Send a blessing.

And may the forks be with you.
Pastor Cyndi


It's a Wonderful Church!

In the last video of the series, Clarence tells Bob that he really has a wonderful church. 

Is this enough? Will Clarence earn his wings? 

Click HERE to see the final installment of "It's A Wonderful Church," a vision of what the world would be like without Mount Carmel! (And watch for the Blooper Reel this Sunday!)


Star Followers: Journey to Christmas 

We have followed the story from creation and a garden to slavery in Egypt, from the wilderness to the promised land, from the time of judges to anointing of a king. 

Now the Assyrian armies approach, with the Babylonian Empire following closely on its heels. 

In the darkness ahead, where is hope to be found? 

Nov 29 
A New Hope
2 Kings 22 & 23 

Dec 6 
The Empire Strikes Back 
Ezra 1 & 3 

Dec 13 
The Return of the Jews 
Isaiah 40:1-11 

Dec 20 
The Force Awakens 
Luke 1:57-80 


Holy Communion - Wednesdays During Advent:  6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

A moment of peace, silence & prayers provided to the congregation in the sanctuary.

December 2, 9, 16 and 23


Stop by the Angel Tree on Sunday!

The Angel Tree will is up and filled with Angels 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, (remember to take your angel too!) do your shopping, and return your gifts (unwrapped) to the church by December 9th.

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



Red Cross Blood Drive
December 2:  2 - 7 p.m.


Blood Drive in Honor of Connie Hull

Whether you're B Positive, O Negative or anything in between, come out on December 2 as we honor Connie Hull at our blood drive! 

Many of you know that our friend Connie is recovering from a serious car accident, and her family remarked that they saw for themselves the importance of our blood donations to the American Red Cross. 

Register to donate online at www.redcrossblood.org – using sponsor code mtcarmelumc, or at the table in the Fellowship Hall, or walk ins are OK too!  

Let's show Connie that we can all "B Positive" when it comes to wishing her well! 


NCM Needs Your Help!

The temperature is starting to drop and NCM is receiving more requests for coats and blankets than they can keep up with!

They need ALL types and sizes of coats, and especially Queen & King sized blankets.

Please clean out your closets and donate your "gently used" items soon.  Thanks for helping to keep families warm!


Children's Ministry
Sunday School
As we begin the season of Advent our lesson will begin in the Sanctuary at Children’s Time with a special story about Josiah finding scrolls in the temple ruins.

There may be some other characters that are not part of the original story. You will be surprised! 

Island Christmas Practice:  
Sunday 4:00 for main cast / 
4:30 for nativity scene 

Please practice your lines and the songs over the holidays. Just two more practices until the pageant! 


Director of Children's Ministry


Staff Gifts

We are so blessed to have such an exceptional staff here at Mt. Carmel. Throughout the year, we benefit from their talents, dedication and hard work. 

As a show of appreciation, we make a monetary Christmas gift to them as a special "thank you" from the congregation. If you would like to contribute, please place your gift in the offering plate. 

Make checks payable to the church and designate your gift as "Staff Christmas Gift." 

Thank You,
The Staff Parish Relations Committee


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: Dec. 4

All women are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club
that meets monthly. This month's book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The next Book Club meeting will be on Friday, December 4th in the Hope House. Light refreshments will be served. 

You may contact the church officeChris Bolton, or Vicki  Walden for more information or directions.


Children's Christmas Pageant: An Island Christmas  -  Dec. 6

Join us for the Children’s Christmas Musical set on a Caribbean Island. An Island Christmas is the story of giving by a group of children who live in the Caribbean and celebrate Christmas a little differently than we do in the States.

It is based on the scripture, Matthew 10:8b.  We hope you can join us!  A reception will follow afterwards in Fellowship Hall.


Kid's Night Out: December 11, 6-9 pm

The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again offer, as a service project, a "Kid's Night Out" in December for PARENTS to actually get a night to enjoy a quiet dinner or maybe finish up some Christmas shopping!

Meanwhile, you'll know that your children are having fun eating pizza, making gingerbread houses, and watching fun movies with their friends. 

This event is open to children ages 2 years through 5th grade and the cost is only $5.00 to cover the expense of supplies. 

RSVP by checking the box on the back of the Connect Card in Sunday bulletins, or email Marian Long - children@mtcarmel-umc.org or Raven Hinson - ravenhinson4885@gmail.com.


Preschool Breakfast with Santa!
December 12:  Seatings at 9:00 & 10:00 a.m.


Musical Christmas Programs - December 13

On Sunday, December 13th, the Worship Services will be all about music!

At 9:30 we will enjoy Nativity and Songs and at 11:00, the Chancel Choir will present their Christmas Program.

Whether you attend one, or both of these services, you will leave feeling the true spirit of Christmas.


Time to Order Poinsettias!















The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women will sponsor poinsettias in the sanctuary on December 13 and 20 in honor and memory of our loved ones.

Cost is $10.00 per plant.

To order a poinsettia, just complete the order form in Sunday bulletins and drop it, along with your check made out to Mt. Carmel UMW, into the offering plate.  Or contact the church office.

The deadline for orders is Sunday, December 6th.


Let UMW Members Deliver Your Christmas Cards

The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women will personally deliver your Christmas cards to your church friends during Advent.

Just bring your labeled cards to church beginning this Sunday and drop them into the wrapped boxes at the back of the sanctuary. 

Please note that the boxes are divided alphabetically to make the sorting process a little faster.


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Connie Hull
  • Diane Bond's family - death of cousin
  • Sherry Blackwood's aunt - stroke
  • Lane Shutt's great-niece: newborn in NICU
  • Johnny Carroll's friend Lori: in ICU after car accident
  • Steve Pearson's sister and nephew
  • Sam Tapley's mother - ill, and sister - caregiver
  • Sam as he travels to MD to help family
  • Tapley's 90 yr. old friend: broken hip
  • Jeanne Manget's friend - her son-in-law died
  • Phil Griffin: for all troops
  • Dawn Seigler's brother - searching for a job
  • O'Leary's friend Rachel - breast cancer surgery
  • O'Leary's co-worker's husband - brain tumor
  • Peace on earth

Thanksgivings
  • Connie Hull off ventilator / tracheotomy - improving
  • Cooper's son Wes: home safe from Brussels
  • Bob Jones: all family together for Thanksgiving
  • For guests on Sunday - Trisha & Andrea


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
2 Kings 22: 1 - 23: 14
Luke 24:27, 30 - 32


Birthdays this week:

Madelene Nichelson
Annette Rogers
Neil Odom
Paige Medinger
Billy Weathers

Anniversaries this week:
Dan & Anne Bailey


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
TUESDAY, NOV. 24
7:00 PM - CHOIR ROOM

NO PRACTICES
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS / CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
NOV. 26 & 27

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 29

YOUTH TO LAKE LANIER WINTER ADVENTURE
NOV. 29 - 12:00 - 5:15 PM

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT REHEARSAL
NOVEMBER 29 - 4:00 PM
SANCTUARY

MONDAY STUDY
NOVEMBER 30 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY 
DEC. 1 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
DECEMBER 2 - 2:00 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOLY COMMUNION
EACH WEDNESDAY IN DECEMBER
6:30 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
DECEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S DRESS REHEARSAL
DECEMBER 5 - 3:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PROGRESSIVE DINNER
DECEMBER 5 - 6:00 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
DECEMBER 6 - 6:00 PM
SANCTUARY

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE
DECEMBER 9

KID'S NIGHT OUT
DECEMBER 11
6:00 - 9:00 PM
DOWNSTAIRS ROOMS

PRESCHOOL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
DECEMBER 12
9:00 & 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PAIRS & SPARES PARTY
DECEMBER 12 - 6:00 PM
GARNER'S HOME

NATIVITY AND SONGS
DECEMBER 13 - 9:30 AM
SANCTUARY

ADULT CHOIR PROGRAM
DECEMBER 13 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE PARTY
DECEMBER 17 - 6:30 PM
LORI ANDERSON'S HOME

KID'S BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS
DECEMBER 20 - 9:30 AM
ROOM 112/114

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY
DECEMBER 20 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
DECEMBER 24
6:30 & 11:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
DECEMBER 25

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
DECEMBER 24 - JANUARY 1

EPIPHANY WORSHIP SERVICE - DECEMBER 27 10:30 AM ONLY

POT LUCK NEW YEAR'S LUNCH
DECEMBER 27 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL



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


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

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