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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
October 22, 2014





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What We Learn from Mystery Worshipers and Hotdogs

My friend Cathy came for a visit last week. Since she lives in Missouri, we don’t often get to see one another. How good a friend is she? She is such a good friend, that I didn’t bother to clean up for her visit. 

Ok, we changed the sheets in the guest bedroom. But for the most part, I don’t worry about cleaning up before her visits. At one point she lifted a decorative teapot off the kitchen shelf…then carefully replaced it in the exact same location to hide the circle of “no-dust” underneath. 

Cathy doesn’t judge me based on my housekeeping skills. She knows what I am passionate about (obviously not dusting!) and has already decided that despite my foibles, she wants to be friends. 

The first time she visited, though, I did the manic “stash and dash,” running around with a dust rag and moving stacks of books and papers from the living room to the bedroom (with a closed door.) I wanted to make a good impression.

I feel that way most Sundays. I don’t want there to be distracting clutter or an uncomfortable silence. I want to make a good impression on our guests. 

Occasionally, volunteer mystery worshipers will visit the church, and we hear first hand their impression. I was proud of Mt Carmel when I read this latest report. At least a dozen people greeted our guest! Wow! I wondered who went out in the middle of the rain and met our guest with an umbrella. Which person recommended their Sunday School class to our guest? You can read the full report here.

The report describes the sanctuary lighting, signage, parking availability, and worship service. We know that most guests determine within the first minute whether they will return, so these are all important. But a dozen people greeting our guest? Mt Carmel does a great job not only at first impressions, but also second impressions, third impressions….

I think that’s part of why I look forward to hot dogs on the lawn tonight and next Wednesday. When we did this in the spring, we kept everything simple. We had time to welcome, sit and talk, and get to know our guests and one another. We weren’t stressed by putting together a complicated meal or stopping by the store to get a dish for a covered dish meal. Instead we just relaxed under the trees and enjoyed a few laid-back evenings with one another. 

Some people are reluctant to step into a church, for fear of being judged. One recent survey found that fear of not having the right clothes was one of the top five reasons for not attending church. When we serve a simple meal like hotdogs, we are saying that at Mt Carmel you don’t have to worry about being judged. Come as you are.

This looks like another beautiful afternoon and evening. I hope that there will be kids remembering to do simple things like drawing chalk pictures and playing hopscotch. I hope you’ll come out and enjoy a cool breeze and conversation with friends. I’m hoping for guests, because I want them to meet you. That’s really the best impression we could make, them getting to know you. 

I'll see you tonight -- and don't forget to stop at the blood drive, too!

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Outreach Opportunities: Food Drive for Norcross Cooperative in Oct. / Blood Drive Oct. 22 / Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Hot Dogs on the Lawn: TONIGHT and Oct. 29 - 6:00 pm
  • Fall Festival: October 29th 
  • UMW Sunday / Fellowship Lunch: Oct. 26
  • All Saints Names Needed
  • Women's Book Club
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover
























Thank you to Catie Samples for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover! The cover depicted King David repenting.


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.


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!

Red Cross Blood Drive: TODAY! 2:00 until 7:00 p.m.

It's not too late!   Walk-ins are happily accepted! 

Thank you for supporting this lifesaving mission!





Berkeley Lake Backpack Ministry Needs

Our ministry to Berkeley Lake Elementary families continues as our church team provides bags of food each week for the school to hand out.

This week's needs are canned meat, as well as volunteers for the coming weeks!

If you can provide canned meat, please place them in the bin outside of the church kitchen.  To sign up to help, please click HERE, or contact the church office.

Thank you!


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This Sunday is a one service – UMW Sunday, followed by a Soup and Sandwich Lunch sponsored by our youth. We will have a combined children’s Sunday School class after the children’s sermon. 

The lesson this week is a story about Solomon asking God to give him wisdom. Solomon has to make a hard decision about a baby. 1 Kings 3:4-28. 

We will also practice our Christmas pageant songs. 


Fall Festival: 
Wednesday, Oct. 29: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Come in costume to enjoy hot dogs, a moon walk, a hay ride, spooky activities and Trunk or Treat!

We still need a few more cars to decorate the inside of their trunks and hand out candy at 6:30. The most creative trunk will get a prize!

Festival begins: 4:30
Hotdogs: 6:00
Trunk or Treat: 6:30


Children’s Advent Wreath Workshop: 
Nov. 2 at 2:00 
There will be a flameless and a candle version of our Advent Wreath available. Please specify which you'd like to make when you sign up. Registration is required at children@mtcarmel-umc.org.


Christmas Pageant Practice: 
Nov. 2 from 4:30 until 5:30 
This practice is for K through 5th grade. Children should be ready to say their lines, not read them.

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Hot Dogs on the Lawn TONIGHT!

Once again groups from our church will serve hot dogs, chips and cookies in front of the sanctuary TONIGHT and also Wednesday, October 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 cute hot dog dancing near the street!


UMW Sunday: 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. 

Leah has a Masterʼs Degree in Conflict Resolution and a background as a Licensed Christian Counselor specializing in individual, family, and marital conflict. She is also an approved mediator for Gwinnett County and for the 9th Judicial Administrative District and a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.  She and her husband Raymond are celebrating 32 years of marriage this year and have one son, Zachary, who is 26. 


Soup, Salad & Sandwich Lunch! 
October 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Following the UMW Sunday worship service, the Mt. Carmel Youth will sponsor a Fellowship Lunch.  Proceeds will help defray the cost of the 2015 Summer Mission Trip.  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.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Vicki Walden.  

This month's book is The Cracker Queen, A Memoir of Jagged, Joyful Life, by Lauretta Hannon.

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions or for directions.


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Linda Anglin: recovering from surgery
  • Leslie Smith and the DuBose family: death of Leslie's grandfather / traveling to service
  • Sam Tapley: for support of Silent Auction fundraiser
  • Peachtree Corners family of teens who were shot / students who went to school with them
  • Laraine Downey's brother-in-law: radiation treatments
  • Laraine Downey: friend with cancer
  • Waller's daughter Fei Fei: traveling / spiritual life
  • Ebola victims everywhere
  • Mark Bagwell, Jr.: wife Amanda / family / church
  • Lisa Long's son Cameron: found out will be moving / off medication - resulting in his hospitalization
  • Ruby Easley: custody court case on Wednesday, 10/22
  • Jeanne Manget: young child she cares for out of hospital but still health issues / his mother on crutches from recent hip surgery
  • Sherry Blackwood's mother recovering at Sherry's house
  • Cyndi McDonald's mother: medical procedure on Wednesday
Thanksgivings
  • Bob Jones' birthday
  • Jerri Phillips' birthday
  • Janis Hoge's father able to attend his 67th high school reunion
  • Bob Jones: broken arm now in a soft cast instead of hard one
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:

1 Kings: 16-28
Matthew 6:9-10


Birthdays this week:

Jerri Phillips
Eliah Nichelson
June Brigman
Bryant Riviere
Joyce Ivy
George Hunter
Amanda Gilmore
Carol Bryant

Anniversaries this week:
Mark & Lisa Moore
Chris & Lamar Bolton


Save the Date

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

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 22 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
OCTOBER 22 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
OCTOBER 22 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

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

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
OCTOBER 27 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
OCTOBER 28 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29: 4:30 PM 
HOT DOGS: 6:00 PM
TRUNK OR TREAT: 6:30 PM

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
OCTOBER 31

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

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

ADVENT WREATH WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER 2 - 2:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
NOVEMBER 2 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

OUTREACH COMM. MTG.
NOVEMBER 2 - 3:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 2 - 4:30 PM
SANCTUARY

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES
NOVEMBER 2 - 4:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

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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ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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