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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
March 1, 2017
Thanks to the Mt. Carmel children for burning
last year's palms for this year's ashes!

Ash Wednesday: March 1
Covered Dish Dinner in Fellowship Hall: 6 PM
Ash Wednesday Service: Sanctuary: 7:00 PM
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi: A Holy Season
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • Youth News: Dinner Theater / T-Shirts on Sale
  • NCM Needs
  • Lenten Dinners & Small Group
  • Women's Book Club: March 3
  • Transformers to See Movie: The Shack - March 4
  • Stations of the Cross
  • UMW News: Chattahoochee River Keeper to Speak
  • New Baby!
  • Crowell Brothers Funeral Home: Free Seminar
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


A Holy Season

In the early church, new Christians were baptized at Easter, and the time of preparation and learning about Christianity could take months or years. Over time, they were joined by other Christians who had already been baptized, but recognized their own need for forgiveness and a renewed relationship with God. 

How will you celebrate Lent? Will this be a time of renewal in your faith? 

As a church, we hope that this is a time when you will “listen to him”. I challenge you to be part of worship on the six Sundays of Lent. 

Sunday mornings at 9, there will be a time of prayer and quiet in the youth room (parents can drop off kids in the double classroom for breakfast and activities). On Tuesdays, a group will gather at Medlock Tavern for dinner at 6 and to hear a story of faith. 

There have been times when I wished for help from someone further along in the spiritual journey. Sometimes others in my small group did not have the same interests, or want to read a book every day. These authors have helped me to grow more deeply in my journey. Perhaps they could be of help to you, too. 

Praying Continually: From Brother Lawrence I learned a desire to be in prayer in every situation. He was a 17th century soldier who retired and joined a monastery, where he worked in the kitchens and as a shoemaker. He was well known for his peace and prayerful attitude, and visitors came to seek spiritual guidance from him. The Practice of the Presence of God is a collection of his conversations and letters. 

Simplifying: Perhaps you are participating in the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. We have so much stuff, that many of us are using Lent as a season to declutter. But simplicity is more than decluttering and owning fewer possessions. It begins with an inward focus on what is most important—our relationship with God—and affects every area of life. In Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster encourages us to consider how much of our words and actions are attempts to impress others or to feel good about ourselves. 

Fasting: Many of us give up sweets or meals or eating out for the season of Lent, without understanding how this can be a spiritual discipline. Scot McKnight’s book Fasting explores fasting in the Bible, and how fasting is sometimes misused. He also describes times and attitudes in which fasting can be helpful to us in growing in compassion. 

Chris Seay also addresses the topic of fasting with a 40 day devotional book, A Place at the Table, A 40-Day Journey of Grace. He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days and then to donate their savings. Each daily reading includes scripture, prayer, facts about poverty and words of encouragement. 

Marriage: For many of us, marriage is a relationship that is part of our formation as disciples. This is the person who we cannot fool—they’ve seen us at our best and worst—and it can be hard to exhibit fruits of the spirit like patience and kindness, year after year. I found Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s short book, the Marriage Manifesto, to be helpful in thinking of marriage as a relationship of extending grace to one another. He is a Christian clinical psychologist, and if you sign up for his blog here, you can get a free copy of the ebook the Marriage Manifesto. 

Scripture: If you would like to incorporate more scripture in your daily routine, I suggest reading the Gospel of Luke for Lent. If you read half a chapter a day, you will finish at Easter. You’ll also get more out of the Sunday worship services, because you will have a greater sense of how our Sunday readings relate to the themes in the gospel. 

Alternatively, the scripture lessons for the next few weeks of Lent are ones in which we listen to Jesus teaching with parables. Often these stories are more than meets the eye! In Parables from the Back Side, J. Ellsworth Kalas describes some of the twists in these stories. He is easy to read, engaging, and full of food for thought.

When Paul names the fruit of the spirit, he concludes with self-control. This is truly grace! My prayer is that whatever practice or self-discipline you exercise during this season, that this will be part of how God brings all of the fruits within you… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. 

I’ll see you on Sunday,


Do you have lunch plans on Sunday?

If not, let’s meet at ‘Cue BBQ!


We'll meet there at about 12:15.

 (Left from church / Left on Medlock Bridge Rd. / Right into lot between Comfort Inn & Meineke


See Wynne Buran with questions.


Scout Sunday Video:
What Jesus Did

Did you miss Scout Sunday last week?  If so, you can still see the video that was shown featuring some of our scouts!

Click HERE to view!


Mt. Carmel Youth News

Youth Dinner Theater
March 17 & 18
7:00 PM

The luck of the Irish will be with you when the Mt. Carmel Youth Dinner Theater presents Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife! 

Meet a village full of comical characters in Limerick, Ireland, where delightfully devious little leprechauns Shillelagh, Shay, and Shannon help orchestrate the fun! 

Braggart Finn McCool has made himself the talk of the town, stretching the truth more than a wee bit too much. Thank goodness his wife, Oona, has been clever enough to get Finn out from between many rocks and hard places. But with his latest tall tale, he might be in the rockiest, hardest place yet! How can she protect Finn from his boastful lie that he could beat a giant in battle? 

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students, and $10.00 for children 5 – 10. (Childcare is provided for children five and under with dinner: $3.00) 

To reserve tickets, please contact the church office, or (770) 449-4498, or come by the ticket sales table on Sunday mornings in the Mt. Carmel foyer. 

Seating is limited, so please order your tickets today! 

FINN McCOOL AND HIS FEARLESS WIFE is produced by special permission with Pioneer Drama Service.

Mission Trip T-Shirts Available to Congregation!
This summer the Mt. Carmel Youth Group is going to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. We will be working around the community completing home repair and building projects, spending time in Vacation Bible School style lessons with kids, and submerging ourselves into the culture and community while allowing God to work through us to be His hands and feet.
We are so blessed by your generosity to pursue this amazing opportunity. Thank you!!  "All of you together are Christ’s body and each of you is a part of it." - 1 Corinthians 12:27 

This year we're offering something new - you can now buy one of the same mission trip t-shirts that our Youth will wear!

Short sleeve shirts are $17.50 and long sleeve shirts are $22.00.

Click HERE to order, or watch for sales along with the Dinner Theater tickets on Sunday mornings. Sales will end on March 12.

Thank you again for your support!

Contact Youth Director Emily Thompson with any questions about the Mt. Carmel Youth Group.

See current Youth Newsletter HERE!


Norcross Cooperative 
Ministry Needs

Norcross Cooperative Ministry has noted that they are currently in particular need of jelly (in plastic jars please) and spaghetti sauce.

Please leave donations in the NCM box in the Mt. Carmel foyer. 

Monetary donations are always appreciated too!  These may be marked for NCM and dropped into the Mt. Carmel offering plate.


Lenten Dinners at Medlock Tavern &
Sunday Morning Prayer 

The Council on Ministries offers two ways to be part of a small group during Lent.

Lenten dinners are planned at Medlock Tavern on Tuesdays of each week.  Come at 6:00 p.m. or soon after for dinner and to hear a faith story. (March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4)

A time of prayer and meditation will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the mid-high classroom downstairs.  So that parents can participate, breakfast and creative play will be offered for children in the double classroom at this time. (Room 112/114)  March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9


Women's Book Club - March 3rd - visit from author

Mt. Carmel  Book Club is pleased to announce that Mary Anna Bryan, local author of our March book selection, Cardinal Hill, will be joining us at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, in the Fellowship Hall. 

We encourage all who love to read to join us and honor Mary Anna! Please also contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden if you would like to attend and need a copy to read in advance, as several church members purchased copies at previous events. 

Copies of the book will be available that evening, or may be purchased at Barnes and Noble.

Author, Mary Anna Bryan, grew up near Augusta, GA, graduated from Agnes Scott College and completed graduate work at UGA. She moved to Lawrenceville in 1970 and taught English at Central Gwinnett for many years. After retirement, she remained in Lawrenceville and is a member of The First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville.

Her book won the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and has been nominated for the Georgia Association of Writers, Author of the Year Award for First Novel. Beautifully written, Cardinal Hill is a coming of age tale set in rural Georgia in the 30s and 40s. It is about friendship, family dynamics, adolescent love, but most of all about family secrets, to include the book protagonist's big secret. 

All in all, it is a wonderful Southern novel about finally finding those two important things in life - love and acceptance. 

See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions or for more information.


Transformers Class to see "The Shack"

The Transformers SS Class has scheduled a group outing to go and see the movie "The Shack" this weekend. We would like to invite everyone to join us this Saturday, March 4th, to see the movie and enjoy some fellowship. 

We will meet at the Sugarloaf Mills Theatre box office at 12:30 PM to buy our tickets for the 2:00 PM show. Then, we will have some lunch at the mall and be back at the theatre by 1:45 to watch the movie together. 

After the movie, some people will meet for coffee or ice cream to discuss the movie. 

If you would like to join us, just be at the Sugarloaf Mills box office by 12:30 on Saturday (or by 1:45 if you don't want to meet for lunch). We hope to see you there!


Stations of the Cross
This year Stations of the Cross will be held: 

April 13 & 14: 
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

April 15: 
9:00 am – noon

If you can help with set-up and/or provide artwork, please check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office.


United Methodist Women's News:
Speaker from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

On March 25 at Dunwoody UMC, the UMW will host their Social Action: Lenten Time Apart Event.  This year the speaker will be from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Registration is that morning at 9:00, speaker from 9:30 - 10:45, and worship with Holy Communion at 11:00.
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And just for your information, a "Sweep the Hooch" event is coming up on April 8th.  You may register to help by going online to www.chattahoochee.org.


New Baby!
Julia Parker and her family are happy to welcome Julia's new great-granddaughter, Solei!  

Her middle name is Everette, which was also the middle name of her great-grandfather Wayne, Julia's husband. 

We wish them all well!


Free Lunch & Learn: 
Pre-Planning Your Final Wishes

Crowell Brothers Funeral Home is hosting a free Lunch and Learn seminar on the benefits of pre-planning your final wishes.

Tuesday, March 7 or Thursday March 9 at 11:00 a.m.

The Crossing Restaurant
40 S. Peachtree St.
Norcross, GA 30071

RSVP to kalfonzo@bellsouth.net or call 770-769-2034.
Bring a friend!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Lisa Grogin: her father's memorial service is 3/25
  • Our state and national leaders
  • Danny & Cathie Bennett's brother-in-law Bob: shingles
  • Christians in dangerous places & occupations
  • Cheryl Martin: surgery on arm - March 2
  • Gene & Linda Anglin
  • Tom & Barbara Cooper - moving
Thanksgivings
  • For Scouts and their leaders


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 10:25-42


Birthdays this week:

Jackson Carroll
Ryan Jamieson
Luke Sengbusch
Andrew Spiller
Barbara Cooper
Judy Bagwell
Jerry McDonald
Dan Downs
Madi Riviere
Sarita Stark

Anniversaries 
this week:
Bill & Susan Posey


Save the Date

COVERED DISH DINNER
MARCH 1 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL 

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
MARCH 1 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 1 - 7:30 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
MARCH 1 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
MARCH 2 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
MARCH 3 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRAYER / MEDITATION SMALL GROUP
MARCH 5 - 9:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

CHILDREN'S BREAKFAST / PLAY - MARCH 5 - 9:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

WORSHIP SERVCIES
MARCH 5 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 5 - 2:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FINANCIAL PEACE CLASS
MARCH 5 - 3:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
MARCH 5 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 6 - 9: 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
MARCH 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LENTEN DINNERS - TUESDAYS AT MEDLOCK TAVERN
MARCH 7, 14, 21, 28, APRIL 4
6:00 PM

YOUTH SET BUILD
MARCH 11 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
MARCH 12

FAMILY PROMISE SPEAKER
MARCH 12 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH DRESS REHEARSAL
MARCH 13 - 16: 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER THEATER
MARCH 17 - 18
7:00 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

PALM SUNDAY
APRIL 9

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERV.
APRIL 13 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
APRIL 14 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 13 & 14: 11 AM - 7 PM
APRIL 15: 9 AM - 12 PM

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 15 - 10:00 AM

EASTER - APRIL 16
SUNRISE SERVICE - 7 AM
OUTSIDE

EASTER SERVICES
9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY


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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