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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
September 10, 2014
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We all learned about  
Noah's Ark on Sunday!  
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We Need a Nursery

First a note to my husband Ed. You can breathe. There are no surprises. I mean nurseries in the church, not at home. 

Since Sunday, I have been smiling about my conversation with Linda Anglin on Sunday; she described volunteering in the church nursery. 

What a journey! Two years ago, the Council on Ministries discussed the need for a dedicated baby nursery, an intentionally inviting room for those too young to be in the toddler area. We struggled to find the space.

It seemed an impossible task. Our church uses every room—and even some unexpected closets and corners—and there was no space available for a dedicated nursery. But Gail Bolton came to the rescue, and gave up having a Sunday School classroom of her own. This move meant a lot of inconvenience, and not only for Gail. Her classroom would no longer be available for storage and for decorating scenery for Youth Dinner Theatre. 

Even though there were no babies at that time, Gail offered her classroom. She knew that you cannot wait until a parent visits with a baby and say, “come back next week and we will make an inviting space just for babies.” You build a nursery before there are babies! Gail moved her Sunday School class, preschool teachers shifted classrooms around so the baby nursery could have a sink, the children’s ministry raised funds for nursery furnishings, Chris Bolton painted, Marian Long shopped consignment sales, and Julie Samples decorated. And we waited, hoping for babies to arrive.

I am thankful for people who notice that there are no babies and build a nursery to get ready. That’s part of what it means to be the church—to notice who is missing and make a space for them. 

Steve Riviere made the comment that if you look around the church on Sunday mornings, there are fewer men than women. Wow! I bought a copy of “Why Men Hate Going to Church”, which advised that the best thing a preacher could do to attract men was to put a paper bag on the pulpit every week. Men would look at the bag and wonder. What is in the bag. When is an object coming out? What will it be? I couldn’t see myself bringing a paper bag to worship every week—but if I could include visuals in my sermons on a regular basis, then those who best learn and are most engaged by seeing might feel more welcome. 

Most of us grew up in the church and know church music. Who is missing? Those who have never been part of a church. That was the motivation for singing Beatles music over the summer. With a sign outside proclaiming, “John Wesley meets the Beatles”, people noticed. People called the church and asked if we were really playing Beatles music. For them, hearing familiar music would make them feel welcome. Frankly, when I suggested this to the 9:30 musicians, I had no idea how difficult Beatles music would be! I’m so thankful that the 9:30 musicians are such good sports and were willing to try this. 

For the last few Homecomings we put away the hymnals that usually stay on each end of the pew. We love singing out of the hymnal, but moving two stacks of books made room for another person on each pew. It was inconvenient to not use hymnals, but it meant that 22 people who would have been missing were sitting with us in the sanctuary instead of on folding chairs in the back rooms. 

Who is missing? We are not aware of anyone in our church who is homeless. So we turn classrooms into bedrooms during the summer and create a welcoming space for Family Promise guests. Who is missing? We don’t have many who live in the apartments across the street. So Marian Long is talking with the counselors at Berkeley Lake elementary about offering a tutoring program here once a week. 

This week we read the story of Abraham and Sarah. All we know about them is that they come from Ur and that Sarah is barren. Yet they are told to build a nursery in a faraway land. It’s part of being God’s people, to build nurseries. We look around and ask who is missing. Who does not know God? How can we create a space where they feel welcome? If you wait until they arrive before you build a nursery, it’s too late.

I’ll see you this Sunday,

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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Sam Tapley to Preach September 21
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Mission Moment
  • Children's Ministry
  • New Banners
  • Beth Moore Study - Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Flamingos Heading for Mt. Carmel!
  • Fall BBQ & Sweet Shop - Oct. 3 - 4
  • Chapel in the Woods Hike - November 8
  • Outreach Opportunity
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Girl Scout Pancake Breakfast


Sam Tapley to Deliver the Message on Sunday September 21

Pastor Cyndi will be out of town next week, beginning on Tuesday.  We are happy that Sam Tapley has agreed to lead us in worship while she is away. Thank you Sam!


Sunday's Bulletin Cover


Thank you to Cynthia Grogin for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover!  

The cover depicted Noah's Ark from Genesis 9:12-13.


"I Get to Make a Difference" Booklet Available Now

If you missed it on Sunday, please check HERE on the church website to view the "I Get to Make a Difference" booklet and checklist for the coming year.

There are many ways to serve Christ through the church. We invite you to pray carefully about how God might be calling you to serve through Mt Carmel. 

You can read descriptions of the ministries in the "I Get to Make a Difference" booklet. Check the boxes of those opportunities where you want to make a difference, or write in your ideas. 

Or download and complete the printer friendly checklist online and return this in the offering on Sunday morning.


Mission Moment


Thank you to Susan Posey for the Mission Moment on Sunday, August 31!

Click HERE to see the video.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
One of the main themes for this series of lessons is promises: God’s, the Hebrew people, and ours. This week’s lesson is from Genesis 12:1-9 and is the story of Abram moving to a new land and God’s promises to him and his descendants. 

Part of our focus is that God blesses us to be a blessing to other people. Don’t forget to check our website under children for this week’s family activities and devotions. 

Teacher Commissioning: Sept.14 
At both 9:30 and 11:00 services, all Sunday School and Preschool teachers will be commissioned to lead their students to the knowledge and love of Christ.

Family Picnic: Berkeley Lake Chapel - Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m.
There will be several fun activities for children before we eat - bubbles, jump ropes, horseshoes, hula hoops, chalk, etc. 

Does anyone have a cornhole game we could borrow for the afternoon? Please let me know at children@mtcarmel-umc.org.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Thank You for New Banners!

Thank you to the following volunteers who helped paint the new banners. 

Judy Bagwell, Wynne Buran, Barbara Cooper, Lila Hunter, Lisa Klaren, Joanne & Don Ragon, Alex Smith, Mary Jane Wilson and the Mt. Carmel Youth.

We will enjoy them as we work our way through the Narrative Lectionary this fall and winter!


Fall Studies are Beginning

Monday Night Study: 7:00 p.m. in Hope House 
The Bible is a complicated document. While we trust that God is revealed in scripture, many of us--and much of society--have questions. Is this an owner's manual? A book of promises? Why is God so violent in the Old Testament? Why would Paul command women to be silent in church? How does God view homosexual relationships? 

The Monday evening study group is reading Section 1 of Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton to consider these and other questions as we discern together God’s calling upon our lives.  

Tuesday Morning "Brown Bag" Study: 11:30 a.m. in Hope House 
Pastor Cyndi leads this weekly study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship service. Bring a bag lunch and a Bible to these gatherings at 11:30 a.m. in the Hope House. No preparation needed, join in for one week or every week.

Beth Moore Study: Date Change

The Orientation for this 10 week study led by Neil Odom has been changed to September 17 at 7:00 p.m.  It will still be held in room 112/114.  Cost is $19.75 plus S&H for the book.

Please contact Neil if you'd like to join the class. See more information on the church website


Flamingos Headed to Mt. Carmel!

The Mt. Carmel Youth will begin the Flamingo Fundraiser for the Summer Mission Trip on Sunday, September 7. Flocks of Flamingos will begin appearing on the lawns of members and friends of Mt. Carmel the week of September 28. 

If you DO NOT want the Flamingos to visit you, please stop by the insurance table located outside the sanctuary door to purchase your insurance in the amount of $15. Insurance policies will be sold on September 14 and 21. 

If you would like for the flamingos to come for a visit, please check the box on the back of the connect card in the bulletin or you can stop by the Flamingo Table and sign our Nesting Site sheet. 

When the flamingos arrive at your house please follow the directions that are in the bag on a flamingo. Please do not bring the flamingos back to the church-they will be removed within 24 hours. 

The flamingos visit your home in acts of kindness and love from the youth. Thanks for your support!!


Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop!  October 3-4


The United Methodist Men’s Club will once again host our Fall BBQ, while the United Methodist Women offer delicious baked goods at their Sweet Shop! 

While this is always a great fundraiser for many important missions, as well as a fun event, it takes LOTS of volunteers to pull it off, so please sign up to help where you can! 

To sign up to work at the Women’s Sweet Shop or to bring baked goods, please check a box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletins. 

To help with the BBQ, please see any member of the Men’s Club or contact the church office to find out where you can help. 

Also, FLYERS are available on the table at the back of the sanctuary. Please take one for yourself and several for friends and family!


Chapel in the Woods: "Beaver Moon" Hike - November 8 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a chilly stroll through the woods and down to the stream to discover where our friend, the beaver lives.  Learn all about this furry, chewing friend and why his hard work in our woods makes him a Keystone Species!


This hike takes place at the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center in Buford, GA.  Everyone will register for themselves at https://gwinnetthc.org/programs/night-hikes/ .


Those wanting to car pool should meet at Mt. Carmel at 4:45 p.m.  If you are not car pooling, directions are available from the website, or the church office.


Outreach Opportunity:

Red Cross Blood Drive

Mt. Carmel will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 22 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars to stop by the Fellowship Hall to help save a life!


Don't Forget ...

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website.



Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Annette Rogers' aunt Cindy: waiting for lymph node biopsy results
  • For peace / cancer research
  • Neil Odom's friends with financial trouble: to be able to care for their families
  • Jeanne Manget's sister: divorce
  • Bob Jones: two broken bones in forearm
  • Leslie Smith's grandfather
  • Lane Shutt's daughter Ashley: ruptured appendix
  • Lisa Grogin's father-in-law: in hospice care / cancer
Thanksgivings
  • Happy that Barbara Cooper was back in the choir
  • Sherry Blackwood: daughter Stephanie visiting from NY
Every week:
  • Prayers
  • Worship this week
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Save the Date
  • Counseling Center
  • Norcross Cooperative


Sunday's Lesson
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Genesis 12:1-9


Birthdays this week:

Dick Klinetob
Clara Hoge
Erin Foster
Cecilia Carroll
Allison Piepmeier
Lynn Parrish
Mark Moore
Buddy Atkins
Matthew Whaley
Lisa Klaren

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
SEPTEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 10 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MEN'S BREAKFAST / MTG.
SEPTEMBER 14 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TEACHER & ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM / SANCTUARY

FLAMINGO INSURANCE SALES
SEPTEMBER 14 
ALL MORNING

YOUTH GROUP DINNER / PROGRAM / WORSHIP
SEPTEMBER 14 - 5:15 PM

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 15 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
SEPTEMBER 16 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
SEPTEMBER 16 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY STUDY ORIENTATION
SEPTEMBER 17 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 20 - 8:30 AM
COOSA UMC  (CARPOOL FROM MT. CARMEL)

CHURCH PICNIC / VESPERS
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 21 - 4:30 PM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

FLAMINGOS FLY!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 5 - 4:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 8 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT
OCT. 10 - 12
LAKE HARDING, ALABAMA

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 15 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
OCTOBER 22 - 2 - 7 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29 - 4:30 PM 
(HOT DOGS AT 6:00 PM)


Guest Password

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The current password is:  barbecue



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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