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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
November 2, 2016

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor - Before you Vote
  • All Saints Sunday: November 6
  • Daily Prayer Calendar for November
  • Lunch on Sunday at Gino's Pizza
  • Mission Moment from Last Sunday
  • Youth Bedsheet Fundraiser / Youth News
  • Chrismon Party: November 6
  • Kid's Corner: Pageant Practice Begins November 6
  • Loan of Nativities
  • Women's Book Club: November 11
  • Mt. Carmel Thanksgiving Dinner: November 20
  • Arts & Crafts Fair: November 20
  • Christmas Tree Volunteers Needed: November 20
  • UMW Collecting Items for Personal Care Kits
  • Angel Tree Coming Soon!
  • Flamingo Thank You!
  • Atlanta-Roswell District Training: November 13
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

Before You Vote

I’m over it. I’m ready for the election season to end. 

I’m tired of promotional material masquerading as news. I’m tired of headlines designed to generate anger, frustration, or fear, so that I will click and someone else will earn advertising dollars. 

How are you handling the stress? In the mornings, I write down reasons to be thankful, hoping it will train me to find reasons to be thankful throughout the day. 

And while it wasn’t intentional planning, I just have to say that having All Saints and Holy Communion the Sunday before the election is the very best thing that we could do before we go to the polling booth and vote.

When we name the saints on Sunday, we will honor people who were not perfect, but in some way experienced the goodness of God. And in their changed lives, we saw a glimpse of God at work. 

While political parties promise change, it is God that transforms our hearts and minds. It’s God who has the final say in this story of which we are part. 

Real power is found in the Holy Spirit, and seen as the spirit transforms us to life with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

Seriously, when you know Jesus and trust in resurrection, everything else is small potatoes. 

This Sunday, we gather as one church for Holy Communion and remember that Christ is our Lord. We will kneel at the rail with Democrats, Republicans, the undecideds, the excited and the disappointed. What binds us together is bigger than any political or national boundary. 

We will take from one loaf of bread, because although we are many, there is one body. We are the body of Christ. 

And while a president may “run” the country, in taking bread and wine we renew our covenant and ask Jesus to “run” our lives. 

Worship this Sunday is truly the best thing we can do to get ready for the elections. I’ll see you at 9:30 and 11.

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church

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 submit names to the church office (770-449-4498 or BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2.

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 Gino's New York Pizza!

Turn left out of the church - continue straight across Medlock Bridge - turn left at Hwy. 141 / Peachtree Pkwy. - turn right at Jay Bird Alley - turn right into Walgreen's then continue through parking lot to Gino's  (beside the Starbuck's) 

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

Mission Moment from Last Sunday

Thank you to Shawn O'Leary for providing the Mission Moment on Sunday, October 30th!

To listen to the talk, click HERE!

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.  

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.)

Kid's Corner

Christmas is just around the corner...and its time for Christmas Pageant practice!! 

Our first practice will be Sunday November 6th at 12:15 in the Double Classroom. Pizza lunch will be provided. Each week we will begin practice with our songs so that the little ones can head home while the speakers run through their lines. 

The pageant is December 4th at 6 pm. This year, our play will be What Is Christmas All About. Come and join us as we learn from our children what the true meaning of Christmas is. There will be plenty of non-speaking parts for the littles as manger scene folks--shepherds, angels, holy family, etc. So far, we have one angel, a shepherd, and a puppy! 

Nov. 13, 20, and 27th practices will take place in the sanctuary at 12:15-1:30. 

Dress rehearsal will take place on Saturday December 3. Parts will be finalized this coming Sunday. 

See you Sunday!

Loan of Nativities

Do you have a Nativity set that you would be willing to loan to the church for the holiday season?  These will be displayed in the altar area during Advent and a variety of types and sizes would be wonderful!

Please DO NOT loan any that are fragile or very sentimental!  While extreme care will be taken with them, there is always the possibility that something could be damaged while on display.

If you can loan one or more nativities, please bring them to the Worship Service on Sunday, November 27th to be placed at the altar.  Thank you!

Women's Book Club: November 11
Please note that the November meeting of the Women’s Book Club has been moved to Friday, Nov. 11th in the lower Fellowship Hall. 

This month's book is Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier.

All women are invited. See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions.

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.

Christmas Tree Volunteers Needed: November 20

Immediately after church on the 20th some strong volunteers are needed to help set up the Christmas tree in the sanctuary! 

The tree will be set up and lights attached in the afternoon, then volunteers will be invited to decorate it after the Thanksgiving dinner that night.

If you can stay after church and help with this project, please check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office. Thanks!

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)

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!

Flamingo Thank You!

The Mt Carmel Youth would like to thank the congregation for their generous support of our Flamingo Fundraiser! 

Thank you to those who bought insurance and those who let the flamingos nest in your yard. We hope you enjoyed them. 

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards our mission trip next summer. Thank you!

Atlanta-Roswell District Training: Together We are Stronger: November 13

All are invited to this event offered by the District at Northbrook UMC:  Come and learn how clergy and laity can more effectively partner to form a stronger body.

Plenary Session with Herzen Andone: 
2:30 - 3:15 pm

Ministry Workshops: 3:25 - 5:00 pm
SPR led by Doug Thrasher
FINANCE led by Steve Winter
TRUSTEES led by Joy Melton
COUNCIL MEMBERS led by Herzen Andone
LAY DEVELOPMENT led by David Harris
COMMUNICATION led by Sybil Davidson

For more information or to register, contact Katie Cook at

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Carol Bryant's friend Lillian: death of her mother
  • Judy Bagwell's sister Alice: chemo
  • Diane Smith's friend Bill and his family
  • Downeys: friends Doug, Nancy & Pete - have cancer / for Eric & Kate as they purchase a house
  • Ann Blue's 27 yr. old cousin Elizabeth: just completed round 2 of chemo
  • Ruby Easley's brother Bill: recovering from pneumonia / cousin Helen - cancer / Brian - pancreatitis
  • Dawn Seigler's friend with health problems
  • Church friends who we haven't seen in a while
  • A great Fall Festival on October 26!
  • Jo Minor's mother is visiting this week

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
Jonah 4:1-11

Birthdays this week:

Marie Peek
Judi Boyd
Marolee Kime
Emory Riviere
Gail Bolton

No Anniversaries 
this week.

Save the Date

NOVEMBER 2 - 7:00 PM


NOVEMBER 3  - 3:30 PM

NOVEMBER 6 - 9:30 & 11:00

NOVEMBER 6 - 12:15 PM

NOVEMBER 6 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

NOVEMBER 6 - 5:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

NOVEMBER 6 - 5:15 PM

NOVEMBER 7 - 7:00 PM

NOVEMBER 8 - 11:30 AM


NOVEMBER 9 - 5:30 PM

NOVEMBER. 11 - 13

NOVEMBER 11 - 7:00 PM

8:30 - 10:00 AM

9:30 & 11:00 - SANCTUARY

9:30 & 11:00 - SANCTUARY

NOVEMBER 20 - 12:15 PM

NOVEMBER 20 - 6:00 PM


NOVEMBER 20 - 6:00 PM

NOVEMBER 24 - 25



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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