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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
February 18, 2015
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It's OK to Sigh

I learned the hard way that when I pray for someone else, I should first ask, “how shall I pray for you?” On hospital visits, after I prayed for a patient’s healing, more often than not they would ask me to pray again for something else. Pray for family members who are trying to do too much. Pray for friends who are worried.

I kept assuming that I knew what was on someone’s heart. 

This morning we opened our front doors and posted on the sign outside, “Ashes to Go”. There were several people who came into the sanctuary for the first time. 

I assumed they were there to confess sins. After all, isn’t that what Ash Wednesday is about? 

But when asked how to pray for them, they answered differently. There was a couple celebrating a successful surgery that wanted to give thanks. Another person was worried about whether their job would last. There were prayers for family members and friends. There were prayers for peace in the Middle East.

And there were sighs. 

Again, I don’t know what’s in someone’s heart unless they say so, but I know why I sigh after someone prays for me. There is a sense that I am heard, not just by the other person saying the prayers, but by God. 

And that too is what Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season are about. As we examine our fears, stress, and experiences, we also see our sinful responses to these. The good news is that God sees these with us. 

The cross means that God hears the cries of this broken world, and refuses to let it remain in sin. God sees us, and longs to make a cross not only on our foreheads, but in our hearts. 

Know that God hears and sees. And that’s a good reason to sigh with relief. God has never given up on you.

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Ash Wednesday: February 18
  • Welcome New Members
  • Spaghetti Dinner: February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Scout Sunday: February 22
  • Lenten Dinners Begin Soon
  • Children's Ministry
  • Children's Volunteers Needed on Sundays
  • Women's Book Club: March 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • NCM Volunteers Needed
  • "Imagine No More Malaria" Concert
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Ash Wednesday: TODAY - February 18


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

Worship service at 7:00 p.m.


Welcome New Members!

We are so happy to welcome new members who joined on Sunday!

The Donaldson family, Patrick, Stephanie and Cole, joined at the 9:30 service where Cole was also baptized. 

Please let them know how happy we are to have them with us at Mt. Carmel!


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


















The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again sponsor this popular event. You won't want to miss it as it will feature couples from our own congregation. Come and see how well they know each other and enjoy a delicious dinner too!

Tickets must be ordered BY FRIDAY AT NOON - please contact the church office.  (770-449-4498)

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 our classes will learn about forgiveness through the parable of the Unforgiving Servant. (Matthew 18:15-35)

Peter asks Jesus how many times to forgive and Jesus tells him “seventy-seven.” Jesus goes on to tell the story of a king who forgives his servant, but the servant does not forgive his friend.


What a great story to begin our Lenten season as we can forgive others at times as necessary, just as God does us. 



Wednesday Lenten Dinner Activities for Children
There will be a Lenten activity to work on both before dinner and before the short story and devotion time each week.

Ash Wednesday’s activity is a Lenten countdown map or a Lenten spinner. 

On February 25, we will make a crown of thorns to help us celebrate good deeds we do during Lent. 


Pictures Needed for Stations of the Cross 
Children are asked to draw and color a picture of either Jesus praying in the garden, or of Easter morning to be used in the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week.

(The empty tomb, meeting Jesus in the garden, etc. Not the Easter bunny and eggs!) 

These need to be in the church office by March 22 to be included.


Children's Volunteers Needed

We are in need of a couple of new volunteers for Extended Session childcare during the 11:00 service on Sundays.  

You would be added to a schedule to volunteer once a month or possibly every other month to care for children in the toddler age range.

If you can help with this need, please contact Marian Long, Greta Miller, or the church office.  Thank you!


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


Concert to benefit North Georgia Conference Supported Project, "Imagine No More Malaria"


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
Safety in bad weather
Anglin's friend Kim: cancer
Jacque Tapley's company
Cynthia Currence's children: to make good decisions
Those battling depression

Thanksgivings
For Donaldson's joining Mt. Carmel
For full house in church on Sunday
Tom Cooper's brother is visiting
For beautiful music
Cynthia Currence for safe travel and return
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 18:15-35


Birthdays this week:

Richard Smith
JoAnn Weathers
Marlene Porter
Jacob Portillo
Emily Harstead
Mandy Haecker
Brent Weeks
Johnny Roe
Lisa Spiller
Paul Bendig

Anniversaries this week:
Alston & Jo Minor


Save the Date

ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 18
POT LUCK DINNER - 6:00 PM
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

CHOIR PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 18
FOLLOWING WORSHIP SERVICE - CHOIR ROOM

HOMEWORK CLUB
FEBRUARY 19 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

YOUTH SET WORK
FEBRUARY 20 - 4:00 - 8:30
YOUTH HALL

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

SCOUT SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22

TRUSTEES MEETING
FEBRUARY 22 - 12:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 22 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 22 - 5:15 - 7:30
YOUTH ROOMS

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

MONDAY STUDY OF MATTHEW
FEBRUARY 23 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
FEBRUARY 24 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 25 - 5:30 PM
YOUTH 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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY
FEBRUARY 25 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 25 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 25 - 8:30 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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Family Wellness
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Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.

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ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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