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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
December 14, 2016
Sunday, Dec.18 - 10:30 AM
Combined Worship Service!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Combined 10:30 Worship / Down Home Holiday
  • Nativity in Candlelight Last Sunday
  • Holy Communion during Advent
  • Many Thanks
  • Christmas Eve and Day Volunteers Needed
  • Kid's Corner
  • UMW Delivering Christmas Cards
  • Staff Christmas Gift
  • Mt. Carmel Youth
  • Monday Night Study Schedule
  • December 24 & 25 Schedule
  • Women's Book Club: January 6
  • Trinity Community Kitchen: Donations Needed
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


THIS SUNDAY: Combined 10:30 am Service
Come and worship together on this special Sunday.  There will be music from both the 9:30 musicians as well as the Chancel choir.

And then stay
for the ...
Down Home Holiday & Soup Lunch
Due to school and holiday schedules this year, the Down Home Holiday will be held right after church on Dec. 18th instead of in the evening.  And it will be joined by a Soup & Cornbread Lunch! 

Of course there will still be lots of fun, Christmas cheer, opportunities to make some Christmas gifts and cards, and a visit from Old St. Nick himself!  Plan to stay after church and celebrate simply together!


Candlelight Nativity Service Last Sunday
Were you in church on Sunday to see the nativity in candlelight and hear the children read?

If not, click HERE to hear the recording!


Holy Communion during Advent: Dec. 14 & 21

Each Wednesday during Advent from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., a short Holy Communion service will be held in the sanctuary. 

Stop in for a little peace and reflection during this hectic season.


Thank You Very Much ...

for the beautiful Christmas music!
Thanks to the 9:30 musicians for providing the Christmas Carol service on Sunday!  And to the 11:00 Chancel Choir for their beautiful Cantata, "God Is With Us!" We so appreciate all of you sharing your talent with us - thank you musicians!

for donations to the Angel Tree!
Thanks to your donations, the Angel Tree provided 3 toys, an outfit, and stocking stuffers for 35 children, (3 car loads!) grocery gift cards for their families, toys for Norcross Cooperative Ministry's Christmas program, and household items for Family Promise program graduates!  Thanks Mt. Carmel!

and for donations to Covenant House shelter for homeless Youth!
As part of UMW’s mission to serve women and children, this year’s emphasis was on reducing sex trafficking. The North Georgia UMW chose to support this cause by donating hygiene kits to Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in downtown Atlanta. Through the support of the church (for donating items), the Men’s Club (for donating money to buy more items), the UMW Night Circle (for packaging the kits) and the youth (for adding in the late arriving toothbrushes and for counselor Matthew Whaley who dropped them off downtown) we were able to deliver 72 kits containing socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, lip balm, and deodorant! For more information you can visit http://www.covenanthousega.org/  Thanks Mt. Carmel!


Worship Volunteers Needed

USHERS, READERS and ACOLYTES are still needed for some of the Christmas Eve and the Christmas Day services. If you can help, please check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office.


Kid's Corner
Upcoming Kid's Events:
Our annual Kids Christmas Party will take place during the 10:30 worship time on Sunday, December 18th. 

Lets make a present and decorate Christmas cards! --- We will make a present and decorate cards during the Down Home Holiday on December 18th at 11:30.

See you Sunday! 
Cheers, Leslie


UMW Delivering Your Church Christmas Cards

The Mt. Carmel United Methodist Women are once again delivering your Christmas cards to your church friends during Advent.

Just bring your labeled cards to church and drop them into the wrapped, alphabetical boxes at the back of the sanctuary. If you are at the church on some other day and would like to check to see if you have cards, they are stored in the History Room at the back of the sanctuary.


Staff Christmas Gift 

We are so blessed to have such an exceptional staff here at Mt. Carmel. Throughout the year, we benefit from their talents, dedication and hard work. 

As a show of appreciation, we make a monetary Christmas gift to them as a special "thank you" from the congregation. 

If you would like to contribute, please place your gift in the offering plate. Make checks payable to the church and designate your gift as "Staff Christmas Gift." 

Thank You, 
The Staff Parish Relations Committee


Mt. Carmel Youth

The youth meet each Sunday night beginning with dinner together at 5:30, followed by fun, programming and worship until 7:30 p.m.

For more information, see the Youth Newsletter HERE!
Or contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson.


Monday Night Study Schedule

During this season of Advent, we'll be meeting weekly each Monday night - through December 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

BOOK WE'LL BE USING: The Bible (bring your own, or look over someone else's shoulder, or grab one off the shelf in the Hope House, or just listen in as we read and talk.)

 ****FEEL FREE TO JUST 'POP IN' WHEN YOU CAN**** 

Yes, we want your 'presence', but we're not taking attendance or anything; I promise! 

During our meetings in December, Our Advent "Conspiracy" is gonna go something like this: 

December 19: "Give More" - John 1:1-14, Matthew 1:18-23 and Isaiah 7:14 
*additional readings: John 1: 1-3, John 1:14, John 10:30, John 14:9, Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14, Colossians 1:15, Luke 2:11, Philippians 2:6, Mark 10:45 

December 26:  "Love All" - Luke 2:1-24, Luke 4:16-21, Matthew 25:34-40
*additional readings: Jeremiah 2:13, Luke 4:18, 2 Corinthians 8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:20, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 25:35-36, John 17:20-23

For more information or with questions, contact Wynne Buran.


Christmas Eve and 
Christmas Day Worship Services

December 24: 
- Children's Service at 5:00 pm
- Christmas Eve Services 
at 7:00 & 11:30 pm

December 25:
- Christmas Day Worship Service at 4:00 pm


Women's Book Club: January 6

The book club will meet in the Hope House on Friday night, January 6th, 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.


      
It’s time to help the TRINITY COMMUNITY KITCHEN! January 8th

On January 8th the Mt. Carmel Youth will provide food and serve at the Trinity Community Kitchen (formerly Soup Kitchen) and your help is needed! 

Please look below and also on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin to see if you can help with any of the items needed. 

You may either check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card, or contact the church office to sign up. Then just bring your donations to the church kitchen by January 6th. Please make sure that you put your name and "Trinity Kitchen" on your donation when you bring it to the church. (Soup should be delivered FROZEN in gallon zip-lock bags please.) 

If you can help make the sandwiches that weekend, or want to go with the Youth to help serve, you may sign up for that too! Thanks! 

NEEDED: 
1 gallon vegetable-beef soup (need 35 gallons)
3 boxes granola bars - any type (need 300 bars total) 
Peanut Butter 
Grape Jelly 
Help mix peanut butter and jelly on Saturday 
Help serve at Trinity on Sunday


Communications Chair for Mt. Carmel UMC

We are looking to add the position of Communications Chair to our leadership roster for 2017.

A more coordinated and well-structured approach to all our communication efforts will help us in achieving our vision. 

“At Mt. Carmel we fulfill this mission through
life transforming relationships with God, 
with one another, and with neighbors.” 

The main responsibilities for the Communications Chair will be to develop and implement a unified communications strategy for Mt. Carmel and to lead a group of team members to be identified. 

This includes resource planning, direction of volunteers assigned for various tasks, recruitment of additional volunteers as needed and the coordination of their individual efforts. 

Please contact Pastor Cyndi, Lois Salter or Pekka Ignatius if you are interested in assuming the role of Communications Chair or have any questions regarding the position.


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Linda Anglin: procedure on Thursday, 12/15
  • Donna Riviere's aunt Mildred: knee crushed and leg broken in 6 places due to a fall
  • Jacque Tapley's co-worker: told can't conceive and they really want children
  • Gene Anglin's sister Barbara
  • Lane Shutt's brother: cancer
  • Dawn Seigler's friend & family whose father died
  • For our children - to know that they are safe
  • Jacque's family - mourning death of her father
  • Our country and its leaders
  • Dick Thompson - still recovering from fall
  • Our Youth - to guide with love
  • Those seeking jobs
  • For the world to know God and obey Him
  • Waller's daughter Fei Fei: to be touched by the Lord
  • For Christians persecuted around the world
  • For those battling addictions
  • For those battling cancer
  • For those dealing with depression - for strength to deal with difficult times
  • For women's rights and treatment in other countries
  • For those in the military
  • For good food and clean water for everyone
  • For peaceful protesters  in Standing Rock, ND
  • For peace in Israel / for Syrian people / those in war torn countries
  • For our pets
Thanksgivings
  • Gene & Linda Anglin to be Great-Grandparents!
  • Steve Pearson's cousin Laura - invited back to Emory for 2nd year of internship
  • Jacque Tapley's mother fell, but did NOT break anything!
  • For our church & that God is faithful
  • For beautiful music on Sunday / for musical leadership of John Waller
  • For children, youth and time spent with our families
  • For homes
  • For Jesus' teachings
  • For clothing and food
  • That God loves us so much he sent Jesus


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 1:67-80


Birthdays this week:

Lori Anderson
Pat Pollock
Emily Thompson
Jason Easley
Carol Jamieson
Kevin Hinson
Bud Layson

Anniversaries 
this week:
Ken & Cheryl Smith


Save the Date

HOLY COMMUNION
DECEMBER 14 - 6:30 PM
SANCTUARY

CHOIR PRACTICE
DECEMBER 14 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 PRACTICE
DECEMBER 14 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
DECEMBER 15 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CONNECT TEAM MTG.
DECEMBER 15 - 5:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
DECEMBER 15 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE
DEC. 18: 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

DOWN HOME HOLIDAY / SOUP LUNCH
DEC. 18 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

NO BROWN BAG STUDY
DECEMBER 20

HOLY COMMUNION
DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED 
DEC. 23 - 26

CHRISTMAS EVE: DEC. 24
  5:00 PM - CHILDREN'S SERVICE with HOLY COMMUNION
  7:00 PM - WORSHIP SERVICE with HOLY COMMUNION
  11:30 PM - WORSHIP SERVICE with HOLY COMMUNION

CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP SERVICE
DECEMBER 25 - 4:00 PM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
DECEMBER 27 - 30
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NEW YEAR'S DAY WORSHIP
JANUARY 1, 2017
9:30 & 11:00 AM
HOT BREAD NOW!

YOUTH TO TRINITY COMMUNITY KITCHEN
JANUARY 8


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry


















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.

678-242-9355
ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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