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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
February 11, 2015
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Let the Spirit Pour Out 

When I meet with someone who wants to be baptized, I explain that in the United Methodist Church, we baptize in three ways: sprinkling, pouring, and immersion. 

Most people want to be baptized, or to baptize their child, with sprinkling. It seems right to gather at the altar rail, a place where we have often knelt for prayer and Holy Communion. Only a few drops of water are needed, which reminds that it is God at work and not the water! Our baptismal font has eight sides to remind that while creation took place in seven days, it was on the eighth day that Jesus was resurrected. In Christ, creation begins anew and we know new life! 

We also baptize by immersion. The last two confirmation classes have requested this, and so on confirmation Sunday we headed over to the cold waters of the Chattahoochee River for a “dunking". (I am not sure who donated those waders to the church, but if that was you, then THANK YOU!) The visual of going under the water and rising reminds that in our baptism we are connected to Christ. We die with Christ and we rise with Christ, a new creation. 

Cole Donaldson, who attends our 9:30 service, has requested that this Sunday he be baptized by pouring. This too, has special meaning. As water is poured over his head, we will remember that baptism is by water AND the spirit. God is faithful and pours out his Holy Spirit on God’s people.

This is the first time that I have been part of a baptism by pouring, and I have been thinking about the symbolism of using a pitcher and basin. At the last supper, Jesus wraps a towel around his waist, pours water into a basin, and washes the disciples’ feet. Then he tells them to wash one another’s feet; they are blessed when they follow his example. 

I hope you will join me at the end of the 9:30 service. Cole will make promises about his desire to follow Christ. We will make promises to help him on this journey. And most importantly of all, God’s grace will pour down on us all.

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Ash Wednesday: February 18
  • Transformers to attend "The Drop Box"
  • Spaghetti Dinner: February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Scout Sunday: February 22
  • Lenten Dinners Begin Soon
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • NCM Volunteers Needed
  • Thanks from Leave a Trace
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Ash Wednesday: February 18

"Ashes to Go" from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 p.m. - everyone bring a dish or two to share 

Worship service at 7:00 p.m.


Transformers Class will attend "The Drop Box" Movie:  March 3 - 7:00 p.m.

The Transformers class has made plans to see the movie “The Drop Box” playing on limited release in three Atlanta theaters in March. They plan to see it on Tuesday, March 3rd at a 7:00 PM showing at Regal Hollywood 24 Theatres (located off of I-85 just south of I-285.) 

To see a preview for the movie, go to www.Godvine.com, click on the search box at the top of the web site and type in “The Drop Box” and then click on the first selection that comes up.

If we get 25 people to commit to join the Transformers at this inspirational movie, the ticket price would be $10.00 per person. If there are fewer than 25 people, the ticket price is $12.50.

For additional information or if would like to go, please let Jacque Tapley know by Saturday, February 14. 

Contact her at: (404) 395-3326 or at jks1972@yahoo.com.


Spaghetti Dinner & Not So Newly Wed Game: February 21 - 7:00 p.m.


















The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again sponsor this popular event. Tickets are on sale on Sunday in the foyer near the handicap entrance or RSVP on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin.  (Or contact Gail Bolton at flossygail@comcast.net)

You won't want to miss this fun event featuring couples from our congregation. Come and see how well they know each other!

Menu: 
Spaghetti, Eggplant Parmesan, Salad, Bread, Beverage and Dessert

Children's Dinner in Nursery: 
Chicken Nuggets, Tater Tots, Beverage

Cost: Adults: $14.00 / Children (5-10): $7.00 / Nursery (under 5): $3.00 .

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Summer Mission Trip to Nassau, Bahamas. Thank you for supporting the Mt. Carmel Youth!


Scout Sunday: February 22nd - 9:30 & 11:00

All scouts are invited to wear their uniforms and join us for Scout Sunday.  

We are happy that Mt. Carmel is able to support several Girl Scout Troops: 2 Daisies, 2 Brownies, 2 Juniors, 1 Cadette and 1 Senior, as well as Cub Scout Pack 650 and Boy Scout Troop 650.

Please invite any scouts you know to attend.


Lenten Dinners Begin February 25

Plan to enjoy dinner with your church friends on Wednesday nights during Lent beginning at 6:00 p.m.  (Feb. 25 - March 25)

Various groups will prepare the dinner each week and proceeds will benefit the project chosen by that group.

A short story and devotion will follow from 6:40 - 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Cyndi will also lead a class on Centering Prayer each Wednesday from 7:00 - 7:30 in the sanctuary.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This week, we will hear the story of Jesus’ transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8) on top of a mountain. Peter, James and John witness this incredible event as a testament of the awesome things God is capable of doing. 

What a great way to start the beginning of the week of the Lenten season. 


Children’s Mardi Gras Party: 
Feb. 15 from 4:00 until 5:30 pm

We will make masks, decorate and eat a King Cake, and decorate our wheels for a parade around the church to end our party. Bring a scooter, wagon, or small bike to decorate for the parade.

Please RSVP at children@mtcarmel-umc.org to let me know if you are coming. 


Ash Wednesday: February 18 - 
Covered Dish Dinner at 6:00 p.m. /
Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.
 
Join the fellowship at the covered dish dinner at 6:00, followed by the Ash Wednesday service at 7:00. Some of our children will be helping with this service. 

I will have an activity for the kids before and after they finish their dinner.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

The book choice this month is The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams.

All women are invited to attend. Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


NCM Needs Volunteers in March

Our local Co-Op, Norcross Cooperative Ministry, has two events coming in March that they need help with.

On Thursday, March 5th from 10 - 2, they will co-host a Job Fair with the Georgia Dept. of Labor at the Congress Hotel on Oakbrook Pkwy. They need volunteers to set up on Wednesday from 2:30 - 4:30, then others to work on Thursday from 8:30 - 3:30.  

They also need desserts for the Fair - things like cookies or brownies.

The second event is the Annual Pastor's Breakfast on Thursday, March 12th at 7:30 a.m. at NCM in Norcross.  Again they need help the day before for set up at 2:00 p.m., as well as volunteers on the day of, to greet the pastors, help with tours, and clean up.

Please contact Shirley Cabe at NCM if you can help with any of these needs.  And thanks for supporting NCM!

NCM
Shirley Cabe
770-263-0013
2275 Mitchell Rd., Norcross, GA  30071


Thank You from Leave A Trace

We have received the following thank you note from the Leave a Trace Foundation for the recent donation presented to them. This was from the money raised by the Transformers Class at their Silent Auction in November.

































Girl Scouts Collect Pet Supplies

Girl Scout Troop 3583 is collecting pet food, bedding and supplies for the Georgia SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from now until March 5th.

If you would like to contribute to their project, just check the wish list on the box in the church foyer, then bring your donations back and put them into the box. The Girl Scouts thank you!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
Friends of the Trentini family: husband and wife both seriously ill
Aunt of Nora Ignatius' roommate: awaiting liver transplant 
Bill Posey: moved to higher level of care
Susan Posey: out sick last Sunday
Death of a friend of Cheryl Martin - prayers for family
Friend of Phil Griffin: father in car accident
Family & students of Norcross High School teacher who died unexpectedly
The McGee's niece: cancer
Visitor Matthiew: health and other issues

Thanksgivings
Wynne Buran: happiness in sharing music at local assisted living home
Happy to have had 3 guests from local assisted living home visit on Sunday
Assisted living visitors said they appreciated being made to feel so welcome.
Janis Hoge: successful college visit for Jessee
For youth singing at 9:30 service
To Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius for hosting a fun Chili Cook-Off at their home on Saturday night
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:

Matthew 16:24 - 17:8


Birthdays this week:

Karson Jarrett
Pat O'Nan
Hailey Bolton
David Bell
Debbie Ruhl
Anne Greene
Johnny Carroll

Anniversaries this week:
George & Lila Hunter


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 11 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WEDNESDAY STUDY
FEBRUARY 11 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 11 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 11 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
FEBRUARY 12 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SET-WORK
FEBRUARY 13 - 3:30 PM
YOUTH HALL

YOUTH SET-WORK
FEBRUARY 14 - 10:00 AM
YOUTH HALL

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 15 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILDREN'S MARDI GRAS PARTY
FEBRUARY 15 - 4:00 PM
ROOM 112/114 / LFH

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 15 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

YOUTH WORSHIP
FEBRUARY 15 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESIDENT'S DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
FEBRUARY 16

MONDAY STUDY
FEBRUARY 16 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW DAY CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 17 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

BROWN BAG STUDY
FEBRUARY 17 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 18
ASHES TO GO - 6 - 9 AM
POT LUCK DINNER - 6:00 PM
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S MEETING
FEBRUARY 19 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SPAGHETTI DINNER & NOT SO NEWLYWED GAME
FEBRUARY 21 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SCOUT SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 23 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LENTEN DINNERS BEGIN
FEBRUARY 25 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CENTERING PRAYER GROUP - WEDNESDAYS DURING LENT:
BEGINS FEBRUARY 25
7:00 - 7:30 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MARCH 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
MARCH 8

YOUTH DINNER THEATER: THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN LOCKS
MARCH 13 & 14 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S SUNDAY
MARCH 22 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

PALM SUNDAY
MARCH 29


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