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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
September 24, 2014













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I was that strange woman on the subway.

I have been to New York several times. As a finance professor, I took students to visit alumni and financial institutions like the Federal Reserve and New York Stock Exchange. These trips were always a rush from place to place, a whirl of activity to make sure that we saw and heard everything and everyone of importance. 

My trip last week was the opposite! Ed and I went to see one important person, our son Mark. During the days, while Mark was at work and Ed working on his laptop, I spent time simply being. I sat in the churches, like Riverside, whose services and sermons I have listened to and read. I walked in Central Park and sat in the lavender garden at the Cloisters. I meandered slowly through a museum or two. Mostly I stayed still. 

For the first time in all these trips, people talked to me on the subway. A young woman told me about the time she allowed Jesus to be in charge of her life, and the song she now sings to remind her of this. Another person shared about an illness the doctors cannot diagnose and we prayed. I met another mother, her first day in New York, with a son the same age. We shared the joy of seeing a child settled and working in a fulfilling job. 

These conversations were so unexpected. Have New Yorkers changed? Or was it so unexpected to others to see a stranger without headphones, book, or phone? 

In a few weeks the United Methodist Women will go on retreat, and my understanding is that they are planning a theme of taking sacred pauses. In Seven Sacred Pauses, Macrina Widerkehr writes that a schedule of pauses through the day will help "ease the violence many of us carry in our hearts due to a stressful, multitasking work environment." 

I have seen the research that says multitasking reduces effectiveness. But until reading Macrina Widerkehr, I never thought of this type of activity as violent. Yet consider how multitasking effects our relationships with others. What does it mean to a child to know the parent is there, but not fully present? To a friend, to suspect that you are thinking about the next project rather than listening fully? What does multitasking do to our own souls when we are never satisfied with our productivity, always trying to get more done, always trying to fit in more responsibility? 

I think this is why God gives commands like honoring the Sabbath. This is why the Psalmist says, "seven times a day I will praise you" (Psalm 119:164). This is why we go on retreats. 

On Sunday we will read the story of Moses and the people of Israel leaving Egypt. Ahead of them is the sea, and there are no bridges or boats to carry them across. At the rear, Pharaoh's army advances. How does God answer their cries for help? 

Be still. 

We can't go to New York every day to find silence. We don't need to make that trip just to take off the headphones and put down the phone. We can take time in any place and any day to be present and pause. How can God use a moment of silence to bring healing to your soul? How can God use your being present to a stranger, a friend, a relative, and bring healing to relationships? 

Be still. Wait on the Lord. You may see God at work in an unexpected way, parting waters and making a new path.

Pastor Cyndi McDonald
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Directory Photo Deadline - September 30
  • Council on Ministries Reminder
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Children's Ministry
  • Fall BBQ & Sweet Shop - Oct. 3 - 4
  • Women's Book Club - Oct. 3 
  • Women's Fall Retreat - Oct. 10 - 12
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Blessing of the Animals: Oct. 5 - 4:00
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Deadline for Directory Photos!

Remember that photos for the new pictorial directory are due by September 30th!  If you haven't turned one in yet, please bring or send one to Mercer Griffin or the church office.


Council on Ministries Retreat Reminder

Please remember that the C.O.M. Retreat is on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

If you have suggestions or recommendations of new ministries, please contact Gail Bolton before the retreat.  

And just a friendly reminder that if you have not sent your RSVP yet, you need to do so as soon as possible so there will be enough food and the retreat will run smoothly.


Sunday's Bulletin Cover















Thank you to Ellie Grogin for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover!  The cover depicted Joseph in prison from Genesis 39:19-23.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
We are traveling with Moses in our lesson for this Sunday, taken from Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29. 

We will talk about the miracle God performed by helping Moses part the Red Sea. The Isrealites were afraid and doubting God’s power to rescue them. Moses proclaims God has not abandoned them, but takes their fears seriously. 

We need empty water bottles (with caps) for an activity in the lesson. Please bring one to Sunday School. 

Save the Date: Fall Festival - Wednesday October 29 from 4:30 to 7:00 PM 
There will be hot dogs, hay rides, a monster truck moonwalk, cemetery scavenger hunt, and candy! Wear your costumes too!

Save the Date: Christmas Pageant  on December 7, practice begins November 2.  
We hope that all children will participate!

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Fall BBQ and Sweet Shop!  October 3-4


Remember to sign up to help with the BBQ / Sweet Shop!

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!


Women's Book Club: October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

All women of the church are invited to join the Women's Book Club which meets on the 1st Friday of the month. 

The October meeting will be held at the home of Barbara Cooper and the book of the month is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. 

Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton for more information.


United Methodist Women's Retreat: October 10 - 12

Mark your calendar for our annual fall women’s retreat! This year we will spend the weekend exploring the meaningful prayerful pauses throughout the day and night. As always, it will be a weekend of fun and discovery! 

DATES: Fri., Oct.10 – Sun., Oct. 12 

COST: $40.00 per person (checks payable to Mt. Carmel UMW; please give payment to Margaret Crawford or drop by church office.) 

PLACE: Lane Shutt’s Cabin at Lake Harding, Alabama 

TIMES: Dinner Friday night (appx. 7:00 pm) through morning session on Sunday (approx. 11:00 am) 

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Lori Anderson at lori_m_anderson@uhc.com .


Outreach Opportunities:

Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, October 22
2:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
Mt. Carmel Fellowship Hall

Please schedule an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

All participating donors will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 VISA Gift Card, courtesy of Suburban Propane!

Silent Auction Note

Please remember to check the Silent Auction information on the church website.  The Auction is on November 23rd and lots of items are coming in from the community to be auctioned off - thank you!

There are however, several specific items that we would like to have:  tickets to athletic events, holiday items & décor, household items & décor, gift cards, and possibly vacation rentals.  Please contact Sam Tapley or Lane Shutt if you have items for the auction.  And remember to come out to bid on November 23rd!

Opportunities to Help Norcross Cooperative Ministry

Empty Bowls Event: to Alleviate Hunger in Our Community
Saturday, October 18th - 11 AM til 3 PM at
Peachtree Corners Presbyterian Church
5918 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners, GA

If you are a potter or other artist, donate an "empty bowl" that will be given to those attending, and / or stop by for a bowl of soup and homemade bread and you may choose a bowl as a reminder of the empty bowls in our community.

Minimum donation of $10.00 per person is requested.  All proceeds will benefit NCM. Go to pcarpchurch.org/emptybowls for more information.

Shop at Kroger or Amazon and support NCM
Just sign up for the Kroger Plus Card at www.krogercommunityrewards.com or AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com/  and select NCM as your charitable organization.  These retailers will then donate a portion of your purchase to NCM!

Big Peach Mobile Pack: Pack Meals - End Hunger
October 31 - November 2
North Atlanta Trade Center
5,000 volunteers will pack 1 million meals during the 3 day event and also bring a non-perishable food item to support local partner, Norcross Cooperative Ministry.  For more information, go to fundraising.fmsc.org/MetroAtlanta.

NCM Christmas Program 2014
Needs: toys & gifts for children 11 - 18 years
Gift cards to Target or Walmart
Volunteers: watch for specific times in October


Blessing of the Animals: October 5 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us with your pet on the front lawn to bless these important members of our families!

All pets are welcome - with leashes and cages please.


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
  • Tarin Hinson: eye surgery on Thursday
  • Jan German: surgery on Thursday
  • Audrey Ferguson: in hospital
  • Scout mom: hit by car
  • Dan & Anne Bailey's grandson Calvin: broken collar bone
  • Kathryn Raye's grandmother: very sick
  • Ragon's friend Dave: continued prayers
  • Matt Haecker: new job
  • McGee's niece: cancer
  • Melanie Bagwell: recovering from outpatient surgery
  • Lane Shutt's daughter Ashley: recovering from ruptured appendix
  • Julie Samples: cancer cure / those traveling
  • Lisa Long's friend Terri - in serious condition in Texas
  • Gene & Karen Weeks and family: death of Gene's brother Darrell / safe travel for Gene & Karen also
Thanksgivings
  • Sam Tapley: wonderful sermon
  • Great music at 9:30 service
  • Mark Bond's sister visiting
  • Wynne Buran's friends visiting
  • Downey's neighbors visiting
  • Phil Griffin: new job
  • Happy Birthday to: Alex Campbell, Mark Bond, Amanda Garner, Laraine Downey, William Bolton
  • Odoms: relief for Joyce's good health report
  • Wonderful choir retreat last Saturday
  • Linnea & Tom Porter's 1st anniversary
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:

Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29


Birthdays this week:

Donna Riviere
Tarin Hinson
Marcy Medinger
Lila Hunter
Marian Long
Eleanor Leeper
Jamey Roe
Frank Hamilton
Mary Hosack
Connie Hull
Danny Parrish

Anniversaries this week:
Cecil & Minnie Thomas


Save the Date

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 24 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 24 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSIC PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 24 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

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

FLAMINGOS FLY!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEPTEMBER 28 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE LIBRARY

YOUTH GROUP
SEPTEMBER 28
5:15 - 7:30 PM

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 29 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

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

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
OCTOBER 3 - 7:00 PM
COOPER'S HOME

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

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)


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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


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