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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
January 11, 2017
On Sunday we 
Remembered our Baptism!
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Monday Night Study
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • Welcome New Member
  • Trinity Update
  • Office Closed January 16
  • Altar Flowers for 2017
  • Book Club Date Change: January 12
  • The Gong Show is Coming!  January 28
  • Chili Cook-Off: February 4
  • UMW Woman of the Year Brunch: February 5
  • Sounds System Help Needed
  • Men's Retreat to Amicalola Falls: February 3-5
  • Upcoming District Training
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

Radical Hospitality

Last October, on a Sunday off, Ed and I went to visit New Church UMC. This church is so new, they haven’t even settled on a permanent name! I knew two things about the church: (1) Rev. Andy and Rev. Angie Woodworth, friends from seminary and the ordination process, were helping to start the church. (2) Their facebook page described the church as “Authentic. Artistic. Adventurous.” 

It had been a while since I visited a church. I wanted to remember what it felt like to be a visitor, so I pulled out my journal and began to list all the things that I was thinking that morning. Here are a few items on my three page list: 
• I get to wear pants today! Woo hoo! 
• I’ve been wearing a robe for years. None of my Sunday clothes fit. And if they did, they wouldn’t be in style, anyways. 
• The facebook page lists artistic in the church description. What do artistic people wear? I don’t have a clue.
• What if they dance in church? Definitely wearing sneakers. That’s kind of artistic, isn’t it? 
• I hope they don’t pass the peace. I hate feeling like someone doesn’t want to shake my hand but is doing it anyway. Or worse, standing alone while people who know one another greet each other. 
• I’m sure they won’t introduce visitors and make them stand. This is a Methodist church. 
• I hope there is no closing song where you hold hands. I can usually sing along to most songs if I have words. But if I’m holding hands I can’t read song lyrics. And Ed hates holding hands with anyone but me, that’s why he stays in the sound room during the closing song. 
• Waze says we will arrive at 10:39. I want to arrive early so we can find where to go. But not too early that there is awkward conversation. We should circle the block a few times if we are too early. 
• I wonder what kind of music they sing. I hope I know some of it. 
• I hope that “radically inclusive” part on their Facebook page doesn’t mean that they introduce visitors. 
• I asked Ed what he is thinking about. “Nothing about church.” Guys are lucky. Put on dockers and polo shirt and go.
• I wonder if I will know anyone. Facebook says that there are lots of mutual friends. I only have one tattoo. I might not fit in with an authentic and artistic community. 
• Too early. Drive around the block. Are there any parking spots, I can’t tell from the drive by?
• The Pokemon Go game lists the wrong name for the church pokestop. 
• Is ten minutes still too early? Will it be awkward to sit in the sanctuary? 
• Do we have cash for the offering? If we use a check, they’ll have our name and address and we’ll get mail for ages. 
• That looks like coffee and biscuits on the church front porch. We should have come on early instead of driving around the block. 

It turned out I didn’t know any of the songs. But they were simple tunes, and the song leaders sang through a verse, and I was able to join in. There was no passing of the peace, although a greeter in the parking lot and another at the biscuit table made us feel welcome and at ease. 

In retrospect, I’m not surprised. Starting a new church means that you are sensitive to the fears, even irrational, of potential guests. 

In December and these first two Sundays of January, I’ve been tweaking the worship services. Maybe you noticed that at the choir / music worship service, you wrote prayers that I read out later in the service. I was surprised at how that changed the prayers. In addition to prayers for friends and family who are sick or grieving, you also prayed for peace and places in the world in conflict. You stretched our prayers to include the Homework Club and Norcross Coop. 

When we didn’t pass the peace at the usual time, one person told a neighbor, “you mean we don’t have to hug each other? I hate that!” Moving the passing of the peace to the end of the service seemed to generate some good conversations, without the time limit usually imposed. 

I’m still thinking about how to be welcoming. We have more than one 9:30 regular guest who always leaves before the circle. Based on my own thoughts before visiting a church, I suspect that they aren’t comfortable holding a stranger’s hand or worry they’ll be introduced to others. 

What if we had a passing of the peace before a worship service? Some of our most welcoming people are in the choir, and this would let them connect with the congregation before they go into the choir loft.

Let’s try out a few ideas. Let’s keep on thinking of how we can be radically welcome. Some things we know for certain: 
• come 10 minutes early to worship and welcome guests, 
• move forward and save “in the back” seats for guests, 
• ask that useful question, “help me with your name.” 

And pray. Most of us know God because someone took the time to pray for us, to welcome us, and to share how God has been part of their own lives. And now it’s our turn.

I’ll see you this Sunday,

Monday Night Study: 
Essential Stories of the Bible

Do you need to brush up on your Bible stories? Do you sometimes feel that you're missing something during worship because you don't know the stories being referred to?

Join us Monday nights at 7 in the Hope House as we look at some of the most important stories in the Bible--starting with Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. 

Bring your Bible and all your questions!

Lunch on Sunday

Do you have plans for lunch on Sunday after church?
If not - let's go to Kiko's!  They've been wondering where we've been!

We'll meet there at about 12:15.  

Directions:  Left out of church, through the light, right into the Texaco shopping center.  Kiko's is on the far side of the lot.

Hope to see you there!  See Wynne Buran with any questions.

Welcome New Member!
We are happy to welcome Danny Bennett who joined Mt. Carmel on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Danny joins his wife Cathie who became a member back in November. We are so happy to have them at Mt. Carmel!

Thank You to our Youth, Counselors
and Congregation!
THANK YOU to the Mt. Carmel Youth & counselors, and to the congregation for helping them to provide the food and serve 150 people at Trinity Soup Kitchen on Sunday!

Even though the weather was COLD with spots of ice, our intrepid youth and counselors took warm soup, sandwiches, water and snacks to the Soup Kitchen last Sunday.  They couldn't have done it without your help!

For more information on the Mt. Carmel Youth, see the Youth Newsletter HERE. Or contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson.

Office Schedule

Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Please plan any church business accordingly.

Altar Flowers Needed in 2017


There are still many Sundays in 2017 with no sponsor for our altar flowers! 


If you would like to sponsor an arrangement in memory or honor of a loved one, please check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.  (770-449-4498)  Cost is $40.00

Women's Book Club: January 12

Due to the bad weather forecast last Friday, the Women's Book Club changed their January meeting to this Thursday, January 12.

They will still meet in the Hope House at 7:00 p.m.

This month's book is, House Rules by Jodi Picoult.

All women are invited. See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions or for directions.

The Gong Show is Coming!

Don’t miss the 
Mt. Carmel Gong Show 
on Saturday, 
January 28 at 6pm! 

Hosted by the Mt. Carmel Youth Group, this is similar to the 
Un-talent show that we have held in the past. 

It is a church-wide, fun, fellowship event that anyone can participate in. All acts are welcome! 

The Gong Show will include serious acts and less serious acts. ALL acts run the risk of being “Gonged”, so bring some extra money in case you need to “Gong” someone off the stage! 

Participate in an act or come to watch the show! Doors open at 6:00 pm for concessions and the show starts at 6:30. 

Anyone who is interested and willing to perform in the Gong Show should contact Eva Proels, Allie Bell, or the church office

Admission is free. Proceeds from concession sales and “Gong” money will benefit the Youth Mission Trip. 

The menu will include hot dogs, chili, and Frito bowls with a vegetarian option. Thank you for supporting our mission trip!

Get your recipes out and your taste-buds ready for the 


Saturday, February 4 – 6:30 PM

at the home of Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius 

(3890 Berkeley View Dr., Duluth, GA 30096) 


From past Cook-Off champions (Jerry McDonald in 2016!) to brand new friends - all will gather at Pekka & Lorrie’s to enjoy chili and fixings, tell tall tales, and have lots of fun! 


Please note that this event is “adults only” so moms and dads can enjoy a child-free evening with church friends! Childcare is provided at the church BY RESERVATION ONLY. Please RSVP for your child/children BY FEBRUARY 1. 


To participate in this casual, fun event, just bring a pot of your favorite chili; hot or mild; beef, tofu or chicken, anything goes. Or you may bring side dishes or desserts to go with the meal instead.


After much serious tasting and debate, the winner of “BEST TASTING CHILI - 2017” will be declared and a "major award" will be presented! 


Please RSVP BY FEBRUARY 1ST to let Lorrie and Pekka know how many people will attend and what you plan to bring. 770-265-9948, or


Hope to see lots of you there!

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women Honor "Woman of the Year" at a Brunch on February 5 - 12:15 p.m.

All women of the church are invited to a Brunch to honor a woman who has gone above and beyond in her service to the UMW and the church as a whole this year!

Stop by the Fellowship Hall after church on February 5th to see who this year's honoree is!  

And if you haven't voted yet, please contact Lori Anderson to cast your ballot.

Sound System Help - 
Can You Hear Me Now??

We need a few more volunteers to run the sound system during worship services and we'd like to have volunteers willing to commit to a regular schedule of once per month minimum. 

It is fairly easy to learn--you can run it from an ipad sitting in the pew if you wish. We will provide training and sit with you a couple of times to make sure you are comfortable with it before going solo. 

Please check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact Ed McDonald at or 678-983-5588 for more information.

Mt. Carmel Men's Retreat - Amicalola Falls State Park

The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Men will hold a weekend retreat on February 3 through 5 at Amicalola State Park, north of Dawsonville. All men are invited. 

Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the back of the sanctuary or contact the church office if you plan to attend so that we can plan accordingly. 

Friday night will consist of dinner and fellowship together. 
We will travel to Ellijay on Saturday 4th for a community service project with the Appalachian Children’s Center.

Scott Parish with the North Georgia Conference will be providing our program on Saturday night and Sunday morning. 

Plan to arrive Friday night between 5 pm and 8 pm. We will depart Sunday morning by 11 am. Men are welcome to attend all or any portion of the weekend. Watch for more notes regarding carpooling at a later date and see Mark Bond or Dick Easley for more information.

Upcoming District Training

January 30th - Atlanta-Roswell District 
Training Event 
Roswell UMC – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Join us for dinner, Ministry Innovations led by Denise Hunicutt, and breakout sessions on Successful Models for Reaching God’s people…including models of Radical Hospitality from Impact Church, Vision development from Dunwoody, Older Adult Ministry from The Korean Church, Special Needs Ministry from Mt. Pisgah and more! 

There will be a $10 fee for dinner. 

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Cheryl Martin & family: death of "Dad Welch"
  • Craig German's friend - health issue
  • North Georgia Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
  • Atlanta-Roswell District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Doug Thrasher
  • Lane Shutt's brother Neal: seeing surgeon today for decisions on treatment of cancer
  • Lori Anderson's friend Rex: in ICU recovering from heart surgery
  • Chris Bolton's friend Barbara and husband John: John recovering from heart surgery and Barbara mourning the death of her third sister - all 3 died in 2016
  • For peace
  • Gail Bolton's uncle Lynwood
  • For all those who don't know Jesus
  • Smooth transition of new president
  • For family members - to trust God with healing in all ways
  • Resources for those who have none
  • For Mt. Carmel in 2017
  • God's promises that never fail
  • For good health, families, and our church

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
Luke 4:14-30

Birthdays this week:

Carl Garner
Lynne Smith
Minnie Thomas
Marin Spiller
Bill Blalock
Margaret Crawford
Steve Rogers
Savannah Bolton
Thad Thompson
Emily Whaley

No Anniversaries 
this week.

Save the Date

JANUARY 11 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 11 - 8:30 PM

JANUARY 12 - 3:30 PM

JANUARY 12 - 7:00 PM

JAN. 13 - 16

JANUARY 15 - 9:30 & 11:00



JANUARY 16 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 17 - 10:30 AM

JANUARY 18 - 5:30 PM

JANUARY 19 - 3:30 PM

JANUARY 19 - 5:30 PM

JANUARY 19 - 7:00 PM

JANUARY 21 - 9:00 AM

JANUARY 28 - 6:00 PM

FEBRUARY 4 - 6:30 PM

FEB. 3 - 6

FEBRUARY 5 - 12:15 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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