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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 8, 2014








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I could not pick just one.

So I brought home butter cake, peanut butter brownies, coconut tarts, and praline cookies. 

Ed had a similar problem. He added to my pile of goodies from the Sweet Shop a few slices of chocolate cake and chocolate pie. (He knows that chocolate says love.)

At the time, not choosing seemed easier. Later, standing on the scale Monday morning, I regretted not making a choice! 

Do you ever delay making decisions? I am slow to RSVP to invitations. Something better--or an obligation I cannot refuse--may come up between now and the date. In a few weeks, I might want to choose differently. 

During my sermon this week I read the Ask Amy response to Sad Sister, who complained that her sister did not fit in. I have been carrying around that article for months, thinking about her response: the only way your sister (or brother) will ever fit in is if you make room.

It's easy to show up in worship, so excited about seeing friends, that our focus is on those we know. Rather than wonder if someone is new, we ask, "help me with your name." Making room for others is a decision we make as a church. We live this out every week.

I don't want to look back and regret not making decisions. 

That's one of the reasons I appreciate our Sunday morning worship. I hear the stories of faith and remember that God made a decision to choose every one of us. God's love demands a response and I have chosen to live out of grace rather than fear, out of thankfulness for God's love rather than anxiety over the future. I need this reminder every week that I have chosen God's life-giving way. 

On Sunday mornings I look out and see the faces of people that I love and I am reminded that each one has chosen to serve God through the ministries of Mount Carmel. It's hard to live out a choice alone. We need one another, and we have chosen to love and to serve God together. 

Choose. Choose to allow God to be part of your life each day in some way. Choose to be in worship on Sunday. You may regret not making a choice. 

I'll see you on Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Church Office Closed October 10
  • Outreach Opportunities: Food Drive for Norcross Cooperative in Oct. / Blood Drive Oct. 22 / NCM Food Pack for Children
  • Children's Ministry
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn: Oct. 22 & 29 - 6:00 pm
  • Fall Festival: October 29th 
  • UMW Sunday / Fellowship Lunch: Oct. 26
  • All Saints Names Needed
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover
















Thank you to Cela Kilmer for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover! The cover depicted "God brings Israel to Himself as on eagles' wings."


Don't Forget!

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website or contact the church office with any questions.


Office Closed on Friday: October 10

Please note that due to the United Methodist Women's Retreat, the church office will be closed on Friday.  Please plan any church business accordingly.


Outreach Opportunities

October is Food Drive Month for NCM

While we try to support Norcross Cooperative Ministry all year long, the month of October is one of the months that they count on us specifically for food and monetary donations.

Please remember NCM as you do your shopping for non-perishable food items, baby items or household goods.  These may be dropped into the NCM bin in the church foyer.

Monetary donations are also happily accepted!  Just make your check out to Mt. Carmel and mark for "NCM" at the bottom.  Then drop into the offering plate.  Thank you!


Youth Food Collection - Sunday, October 19th.
Instead of youth programming on Sunday night, October 19th, the youth and counselors will have a door to door food collection 
for NCM!

If you would like for them to come by your house to 
collect non-perishable food for NCM, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Oct. 22 - 2 until 7 p.m.

What could be more important ...

... than saving lives??

I know you are busy.  But you are needed.

Every pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.  The life you save may be that of a friend or family member.
 
Please email Julie Jones to schedule your appointment for the Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel or sign up online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code mtcarmelumc.

Thank you for supporting our lifesaving mission!

"Feed My Starving Children" Food Pack for NCM: November 1 at North Atlanta Trade Center

5,000 volunteers will pack 1 million meals during the 3 day event. The meals will go to malnourished children around the world, as well as to our local partner, Norcross Cooperative Ministry.  

The sign ups are going well, but volunteers are still needed for these shifts at the Trade Center:  (1700 Jeurgens Ct., Norcross, GA  30093)

Saturday, Nov. 1:  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 1:  8:00 - 10:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 2: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday, Nov. 2:  4:00 pm to load food at Trade Center and deliver to Norcross Co-op

If you can help with any of these, please contact Shirley Cabe at shirley@norcrossco-op.org.

For more information on the event, go to fundraising.fmsc.org/MetroAtlanta.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
The lesson this week is from Joshua 24:1-15. 

We are jumping ahead in our Old Testament story to finding the Israelites settled in the Promised Land. Joshua has led the people of Israel into the Promised Land and has conquered Canaan. In our story, Joshua is reminding the Israelites about the things God has done for them so they will continue to trust in God. They are facing different challenges as they move from the nomad lifestyle of the desert into a more settled lifestyle of the Promised Land. He wants them to know God is not just a wilderness God or a Rescuing God but a God for all times. 

The take home activities found on www.mt.carmel-umc.org/children encourage you to think about different covenants you have made and promises that you can make now to serve God. 


Extended Session / Children’s Worship Volunteers Needed
We have an urgent need for a volunteer at 10:45 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday of May, July, Sept. and Nov. and also a worker or two for 4th Sundays, both odd and even months. 

This involves helping with the Sunday School lesson and/or playing with the younger children. Please let Greta Kilmer know if you can help.


Fall Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 29: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
This year's festival is on Wednesday evening with a Monster Truck Moonwalk, Hayride, Free Hot Dogs, and a Cemetery Scavenger Hunt! 

We also need a few people to decorate their car trunks for Trunk or Treat candy handouts and we'll need some bags of candy for this Trunk or Treat too. Here are some great ideas for decorating a trunk!  http://trunkortreat.homestead.com/ 


Children's Christmas Pageant: December 7
It seems far away, but we are practicing the music right after Sunday School for a few minutes each week. Scripts will be handed out next week so children can learn their lines and if you did not get your CD last week they are available. 

Needed to borrow for Pageant: 
a kid size drum set and an electric guitar
(it doesn’t have to have strings or work) 

Practice begins on November 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Hot Dogs on the Lawn: Oct. 22 & 29

Once again groups from our church will serve hot dogs, chips and cookies in front of the sanctuary on Wednesdays, October 22 & 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Come out to help, or to eat and welcome visitors who may stop by in response to the giant hot dog dancing near the street!


Fall Festival Fun!  Oct. 29 - 4:30 p.m.


This year our festival will be held on Wednesday evening beginning at 4:30 with a monster truck moonwalk, hay rides, a cemetery scavenger hunt and Trunk or Treat for candy! 

Everyone is invited to wear their Halloween costumes too. Along with the Festival, there will be Hot Dogs on the Lawn for dinner beginning at 6:00. 

Mark your calendars and bring your friends!


UMW Sunday & Fellowship Lunch by Youth: October 26 at 10:30 a.m.

The United Methodist Women will lead this 10:30 a.m. worship service with guest speaker Leah Ivy Cagle. 

Following the worship service, the Mt. Carmel Youth will sponsor a Fellowship Lunch.    Mark your calendars now!


All Saints Sunday: November 2 - names needed by October 24

During the worship service on All Saints Sunday, 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 bulletin to submit names, or get them to the church office BY OCTOBER 24 at 770-449-4498 or office@mtcarmel-umc.org.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Family of Lisa Long's friend Terry who died last week.
  • Melanie Bagwell: MERSA staff infection
  • John Huggins: heart health
  • John & Isabel's daughter Fei Fei: interview / faith
  • Animals at Blessing on Sunday
  • Bill & Susan Posey: Bill's medication / staff care issues
  • Janis Hoge's mother: improving
  • Hoge's friend Greg: father died in S. Africa - cannot attend funeral
  • Jeanne Manget's niece: cervical cancer
  • Cindy Jones' brother-in-law Sam: stage 4 cancer
  • Sherry Blackwood's mother: out of hospital, but challenges ahead
Thanksgivings
  • Marilyn McGee's birthday
  • Steve Pearson's sister: divorce situation improving
  • Sweet Shop & BBQ help Friday & Saturday
  • Jan German back in church after surgery
  • Tarin Hinson at BBQ and in church Sunday
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:

Joshua 24:1-15


Birthdays this week:

Alice Porterfield
Harlee Nichelson
Tom Cooper
Anna Whitlow
Forest Whitlow
Kathy Atkins
Leah Bendig
Fran Smith

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 8 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE 
OCTOBER 8 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
OCTOBER 8 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

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

FINANCE COMM. MTG.
OCTOBER 12 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
OCTOBER 12 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 13 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 14 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW OFFICERS' MTG.
OCTOBER 15 - 5:45 PM
HOPE HOUSE

U.M. MEN'S DINNER / MTG.
OCTOBER 16 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH FOOD COLLECTION
OCTOBER 19 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
HOUSE TO HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
OCTOBER 21 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

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

COMMUNION TO ASSISTED LIVING HOMES
OCTOBER 23 - 9:45 AM

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

SOUP, SALAD & SANDWICH LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH HALLOWEEN PARTY
OCTOBER 26 - 4:30 PM
BOND'S HOME

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

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - SET CLOCKS BACK!
NOVEMBER 1 - PM

ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 2 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
NOVEMBER 7 - 7:00 PM
WALDEN HOME

BEAVER MOON HIKE
NOVEMBER 8 - 4:45 PM
MEET AT CHURCH

DEADLINE FOR CHURCH CONFERENCE REPORTS
NOVEMBER 10

CHURCH-WIDE WORKDAY
NOVEMBER 15 - 9:00 AM

NCM "UNDIES SUNDAY"
NOVEMBER 16

CHURCH CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 23 - 12:15 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 23 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TRANSFORMERS' SILENT AUCTION 
NOVEMBER 23
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ANGEL TREE UP
NOVEMBER 23
FOYER

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 27 & 28

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 30


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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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