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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
September 7, 2016

Thank you "Junior Ushers" for your leadership in worship
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • New Studies Beginning Soon
  • Church Conference: September 18
  • Women's Book Club: September 2
  • UMW Day Circle Planning Meeting: September 13
  • Youth Collect Food for NCM: September 18
  • Church Picnic at Berkeley Lake: September 25
  • UMW offers Safe Sanctuary Training: September 26
  • Youth Newsletter
  • Kid's Corner
  • Other Events You Might Want to Attend
  • NCM News: Bowling to Help Others
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

From Pastor Cyndi

I have great trust that the Holy Spirit works in and through our planning and prayers. And even more trust that the Spirit will surprise! This week it happened at both 9:30 and 11:00 services. 

I believe that the Holy Spirit works through planning, so I begin listening and reading months before each worship service. When I read or see something interesting, I look ahead at the list of upcoming scriptures, and jot down ideas. 

Early in the week I send John a summary of where I think the sermon is headed and possible hymns. We do this so that the all of the worship service elements reflect the scripture in a complementary way. Sometimes I’m surprised by his choices, and don’t see the connections until we are singing on Sunday morning. At times I have changed topics completely, and yet his hymn selections perfectly reflect the same insights from the Holy Spirit! 

At 9:30, rather than look for music that reflects the scriptural themes, we work in the other direction. The musicians suggest songs, which I then schedule for the Sundays in which their themes fit. Don’t you love how the music reflects our musicians with such a wide variety of styles? 

For this Sunday, I broke my own rule about selecting music that fits the scripture theme. Knowing that the youth would be present for the full service, I wanted us to sing a song they knew. Tarin said that they had been singing the song, “Set A Fire” on Sunday evenings. Although I saw no connections at all to the Genesis 1 creation story, I asked the 9:30 musicians to learn this and play it during Holy Communion. 

What a surprise to realize on Sunday morning that the Holy Spirit had been at work again. The Genesis scripture had led me to the realization that Sabbath is more than rest but Sabbath is wanting more of God. And that idea was the underlying theme of the youth’s song: “No place I would rather be, than here in Your love. I want more of you, God.” 

I’m a planner and trust the Holy Spirit works in our plans. But I’m a realist and recognize that the Holy Spirit often has more going on than I’ve planned! 

I thought that song at 9:30 was the end of the work of the Holy Spirit for the day. Boy was I wrong. 

At 11:00, they came. On the “piano side” of the sanctuary, there was a trio of second time guests. A few rows in front of them was a mother who took one child to the nursery and held another in a baby wrap. 

On the other side of the sanctuary were two couples that were first time guests. One couple brought a child and the other couple were expecting a child. 

I was so proud of our 11:00 crowd. You gave them welcome bags (we need to pack more, now!) After the service you surrounded these guests with words of welcome. 

Rather than simply give directions or point, the ushers took parents to the nursery. That is hospitality! 

Someone went to get Leslie so that after the service she could give an extra welcome from the children’s ministry to these visiting parents. 

Did you notice that almost all of our guests sat at the back of the sanctuary? When you move a few rows forward, that gives guests the seats they desire. Especially parents want to be able to sneak out the back if a child is noisy. 

And sweet Wynne—during the prayer of confession she went and sat with the mother whose hands were full. Wynne held the hymnal so that our guest could be part of this prayer. 

After the service, Ed and I joked that someone besides us has also been praying for us to have more guests. 

Sometimes the Holy Spirit is at work in our planning: 
  • planners preparing welcome bags, 
  • ushers committing to helping guests, 
  • you coming to worship ten minutes early to greet guests, 
  • you moving forward a few rows to accommodate others, or moving to sit with a guest. 
Sometimes the Holy Spirit is at work as planned. But don't forget that God promises power working in us in ways that are more than we can ask or imagine. 

I'll see you this Sunday, 

Do You have Lunch Plans on Sunday?
Enjoy lunch with Mt. Carmel friends! Let's meet after the 11:00 service (about 12:15) at Gino's New York Pizza. Left out of church, thru the light and continue on Spalding, left at 141, Right at Jaybird Alley, Drive thru the (Walgreens/CVS?) parking lot to Gino's (next to Starbucks)

 See Wynne Buran with any questions.

New Small Group Studies Beginning Soon

Sticky Faith 
This is a study led by Pastor Cyndi addressing the concern of raising children and youth to have faith as adults. There will be an Introduction to the class on Sunday, Sept. 11 – 5:15 pm in Room 112/114, and classes will meet on Sundays at 5:15 pm, Oct. 2 – 30, in Room 112/114. 

Brown Bag Study 
Beginning on Tuesday, September 6 at 11:30 am in the Hope House, Pastor Cyndi will lead this study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship service. Bring a bag lunch and a Bible to these weekly gatherings. See Pastor Cyndi or contact the church office with any questions. 

Monday Night Study 
This group, led by Steve Pearson, will begin meeting on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 pm in the Hope House. 
We've asked Mt. Carmel's own Wynne Buran to pick out her favorite Derek Webb songs for us to discuss in their relationship to the Bible.  If you like music, come join us ... all you need is YouTube access and a Bible!

Church Conference: September 18

Our 2016 Church Conference will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.  
A light breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM.

Plan to attend to greet District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher, hear reports of how Mt. Carmel has done in the past year, and plans for the future.

UMW Day Circle - Planning Meeting

The Day Circle of the United Methodist Women will have a planning meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. They will meet in the Hope House to discuss programs and projects for the coming year.

The regular monthly meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, also at 10:30 am in the Hope House.

Contact Annette Rogers, Margaret Crawford or the church office for more information.

Youth will Collect Food for NCM: September 18

On Sunday, September 18th, between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., the Mt. Carmel Youth will be collecting non-perishable food for Norcross Cooperative Ministry.

If you would like for them to stop by your house, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office.

Church Picnic at Lake Berkeley Chapel: September 25
Everyone is invited to a church picnic, cookout and sing-along at Lake Berkeley Chapel on Sunday afternoon, September 25.
There will be lots of fun, fellowship and good food! 

3:30 PM - A BOUNCY HOUSE will be set up for the children! 
4:30 PM - The picnic area will be ready. 
5:00 PM - Dinner is served! 
6:00 PM - A sing-along with music by the Georgia Gospelites will be held outside in the picnic area. 

Hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be furnished. Everyone is asked to please bring a side dish or dessert to share. (And please remember to bring a utensil to serve it with.) 

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss the fun! 

Location: 4043 S. Berkeley Lake Rd., Berkeley Lake, GA

  • From Mt. Carmel - turn RIGHT out of the parking lot
  • Take the first LEFT onto Lou Ivy Road. 
  • Lou Ivy Road dead-ends into Bush Road – turn RIGHT. 
  • Bush Road dead-ends into S. Berkeley Lake Road – turn RIGHT.
  • The Chapel will be immediately on your LEFT.

Safe Sanctuary Training

On Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, the United Methodist Women's Night Circle will offer a Safe Sanctuary training, led by Marianne Thompson, for ANYONE who needs to be certified or re-certified to work with the children and youth of our church.

Certification is good for 2 years for adults, 1 year for youth who work with children.

UMW members may want to attend, even if you don't work with children, since one of the UMW's focuses is ministry to support women and children. 

Please RSVP to the church office by Friday, Sept. 23 so that adequate materials can be planned. Or call 770-449-4498.

Youth News 

The Youth Group meets weekly on Sunday evening, beginning with dinner together at 5:15, followed by games, programs, worship and fun, ending at 7:30.

For the complete calendar of Youth events, click HERE to view the Youth Newsletter.  Or you may contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson at

Kid's Corner
Sunday School

We had a great time at our second Sunday of the Fall Semester in Kids Sunday School! 

Our PreK to 2nd grade class is enjoying our new Worship & Wonder SS program with their teachers Alison, Jason, Greta, and Michelle.

The 3rd to 5th graders are 'getting to know their Bibles...

Come and join us for a wonderful lesson this coming Sunday after the Children’s Sermon at the 9:30 Worship Service. We hope you can join us!

Children's Director

Other Events You Might Want to Attend

Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
The Service of Installation of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson as episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference will be held Sunday, September 18, at 4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. 

The special service is a time for our Annual Conference to gather for worship and to welcome Bishop Haupert-Johnson and her family and to give thanks for her assignment to the North Georgia Conference. The service will be followed by a reception. 

Childcare will be provided for children ages 6 weeks to 8 years old during the Service of Installation. To make childcare reservations, email Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, September 14, at 5 p.m. Childcare will open at 3:45 pm. 

Bishop Haupert-Johnson ("Bishop Sue") was elected bishop by the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference and was assigned to the North Georgia Conference by the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy. She begins her four-year term in North Georgia on September 1.

(See more about Bishop Haupert-Johnson HERE.)

Leonard Sweet at Cumming UMC
Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; a semiotician who “sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;” and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture.

He will be at Cumming UMC for a 3-Day Event, Friday - Sunday, September 16th - 18th. See details of this event HERE.

If you would like to attend or want more information, please see Pastor Cyndi.

Strikes, Spares & Santa for a Cause!

Norcross Cooperative Ministry invites you to join them, along with Team Elf, for an afternoon of bowling on Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 - 5:30 at Slingshot Entertainment, Norcross.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Christmas program at NCM.  Every child deserves to share the JOY of Christmas! 

Last year NCM helped 880 families with over 2700 children at Christmas - each receiving toys & gifts, hoodies and gloves, and a gift card for a holiday meal.

You can help this happen again this Christmas!

For more information, go to: or contact NCM at 770-263-0013.

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Jerri Phillips: recovering from broken hip / recently fell and broke wrist and eye socket. Wrist surgery on 9/9
  • Lisa Grogin: recovering from inner ear surgery

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
Genesis 2:15-3:8

Birthdays this week:

Kelly McVey
Margie Fisher
Dick Klinetob
Clara Hoge
Erin (Foster) Carroll
Cecilia Carroll
Allison (Joyner) Piepmeier

No Anniversaries this week.

Save the Date

SEPT. 7 - 7 :00 PM

SEPT. 7 - 8:30 PM

SEPT. 8 - 3:30 PM

9:30 & 11:00 AM

SEPTEMBER 11 - 12:15 PM

SEPTEMBER 11 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

SEPTEMBER 11 - 5:15 PM

SEPTEMBER 11 - 5:15 
ROOM 112/114

SEPTEMBER 12 - 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 13 - 10:30 AM

SEPTEMBER 13 - 11:30 AM

SEPTEMBER 13 - 6:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 14 - 5:30 PM

SEPTEMBER 15 - 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 17 - 9:00 AM


5:30 - 7:00 PM

SEPTEMBER 18 - 4:00 PM

4:00 - 6:30 PM


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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