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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
September 3, 2014

New Narrative 
Lectionary 
begins on Sunday!
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Stuck in the Mud

These last few days I have been scrambling to finish my door for the Habitat for Humanity benefit. As I shared with the children on Sunday, I wanted to paint a picture that would inspire those who life has knocked down to the ground. (I admit it was fun to lay on the sanctuary floor and look up at the beautiful wood on the ceiling.) 

I worry that people confuse material “blessings” with God’s love. If someone believes that a nice home, a new car, a healthy family are signs of God’s blessings, then they might also believe that the lack of these means that God does not bless. 

My painting of a zinnia from below was to show that God is present, even when it seems that you are stuck in the mud. We tell the story of God reaching down into the dirt, shaping the first person, and breathing life. The beauty in the underside of the zinnia reminds that no matter what we experience, God is faithful. 

The stories we tell in church aren’t like the stories elsewhere. This weekend Ed and I went to see the Expendibles 3, which follows a familiar plot. There are troublemakers. Get rid of them and the world will be a better place. 

Another story often heard is that more is better. With the right kitchen remodel, my family will have pleasant meals together. With the right putter, I could experience peace on the golf course. A good life is found in more sex, a more fulfilling career, or getting revenge. 

In contrast, in the church we use words like “this is Jesus’ table and all are welcome here”, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”, and “my peace I give to you, not as the world gives.” No one else tells the story that in losing your life you gain everything. 

This week we return to the narrative lectionary—a fancy way of saying we are going through the Bible together. Instead of listening to the voice that says you don’t matter, we will hear stories of God reaching out to people throughout the ages. Don’t believe the stories others tell. God never gives up on us.

I’ll see you this Sunday. You’ll want to be part of this story. 


P.S.  Here are some great ways to hear God’s story at home, too. 
Ms. Marian provides daily activities and devotions for families with children in K-2 and 3-6 grades (http://mtcarmel-umc.org/children/sunday-school.)

I continue to host http://livingingodsstory.com/, where ministers write daily devotions related to the week’s story. I usually write these one week each month; you can subscribe and receive these by email at the top right of that page.
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • Children's Ministry
  • Mission Moment
  • Women's Book Club: September 5
  • Monday Night Study - Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday "Brown Bag" Study - Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Beth Moore Study - Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Chapel in the Woods Hike - November 8
  • Outreach Opportunities
  • Don't Forget ...
  • Worship Feedback Form
  • Girl Scout Pancake Breakfast


Sunday's Bulletin Cover



Thank you to Alex Smith for providing last Sunday's bulletin cover!  

The cover depicted Psalm 104:14-23.  


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This Sunday, we begin our new series ”Living in God’s Story.” Our first lesson returns to Genesis with the Rainbow in the Sky story from Genesis 6:16-22, 9:8-15. This is the story of Noah, the ark, and the promise God made. 

We will focus on these points: Noah trusting God and obeying him, and our God is a God who makes and keeps promises with all of creation. 

Each week on Mt. Carmel’s website there will be a Parent Page that you can use to keep up with what your child is learning and to grow spiritually as a family. It also includes family devotions and activities you can use during the week. You may already do daily devotions as a family, but if not, challenge yourself and your family to take a step toward some sort of family time learning about God, praying and having fun. If you are new to devotions, start with once a week and adapt to what works for you. 

Teacher Commissioning: Sept.14 
At both 9:30 and 11:00 services, all Sunday School and Preschool teachers will be commissioned to lead their students to the knowledge and love of Christ.

Coming Events:
Family Picnic at Berkeley Lake Chapel
Sunday, September 21st at 4:30 pm

Marian Long, Director of Children's Ministries


Mission Moment

Thank you to Susan Posey for the Mission Moment on Sunday, August 31st!

Click HERE to see the video.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

All Mt. Carmel women are invited to join the Book Club that meets on the 2nd Friday of each month in the Hope House.

The meeting lasts about 1 1/2 hours and includes interesting book discussion over refreshments.

This month's book is Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers.

Please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.


Fall Studies Begin Soon

Monday Night Study: Sept. 8 - 7:00 p.m. in Hope House

The Bible is a complicated document. While we trust that God is revealed in scripture, many of us--and much of society--have questions. Is this an owner's manual? A book of promises? Why is God so violent in the Old Testament? Why would Paul command women to be silent in church? How does God view homosexual relationships? 

The Monday evening study group will use Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton to consider these and other questions as we discern together God’s calling upon our lives. Discussions begin September 8.

Tuesday Morning "Brown Bag" Study: Sept. 9 - 11:30 a.m. in Hope House

Beginning September 9, Pastor Cyndi will lead a study of the scripture for the upcoming Sunday worship service. 

Bring a bag lunch and a Bible to these weekly gatherings at 11:30 a.m. in the Hope House. No preparation needed, join in for one week or every week.

Beth Moore Study: September 10 - 7 p.m. in Room 112/114

In this study, BELIEVING GOD, Beth learned that God didn't tell her to believe IN him, but to believe him.

The 10 week study is led by Neil Odom. Orientation is on Sept. 10 at 7:00 p.m., and the first class is on Sept. 24 in room 112/114.  (Men, it's OK for you to take this study too!)

Cost is $19.75 plus S&H for the book.  Please contact Neil if you'd like to join the class. 


Chapel in the Woods: "Beaver Moon" Hike

Join us for a chilly stroll through the woods and down to the stream to discover where our forest friend, the beaver, lives. Learn all about this furry, chewing friend and why his hard work in our woods makes him a Keystone Species! 

This hike takes place at the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center in Buford, GA.  Everyone will register for themselves at 

Those wanting to car pool should meet at Mt. Carmel at 4:45 p.m.  If you are not car pooling, directions are available from the website, or the church office.


Outreach Opportunities:

Red Cross Blood Drive

Mt. Carmel will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 22 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars to stop by the Fellowship Hall to help save a life!

Update on Berkeley Lake Food Project:

We originally thought that Berkeley Lake Elementary only needed our help with bags of food for some of the school families during the month of August.  However now it seems that they will need us through mid-October, and will need 8 bags per week instead of 7, so please continue to bring the items from the list (available on the church website) and drop into the donation boxes in the foyer.  

We could also use another volunteer or two to deliver the bags to the school office on Thursday afternoons of each week.  Please contact the church office if you can help.

For more information on any Outreach project, please see the church website.


Silent Auction in Time for Christmas!

The Mt. Carmel Transformers are at it again. They have decided to have another fund raiser to benefit the Leave a Trace Foundation and Imagine No Malaria.Our goal is to raise at least $2,000.00 with this auction. 

We are asking the congregation to make donations of new or slightly used items that they think people will want to bid on and purchase as Christmas gifts or for themselves. We hope to have items donated by vendors, such as haircuts, nail services, oil changes, gift cards, etc. We know we have many talented people in the congregation, so if you are crafty or have a special talent, please consider making a donation in this way. 

If you do not have anything you can donate, we will take gift card donations or cash donations for these worthy causes. 

This event will take place the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 23rd. The items will be on display all day that Sunday, through the Thanksgiving dinner that night, for people to write in their bids. 

Please be thinking of ways you can donate and mark your calendars to do a little Christmas shopping on that day!


Don't Forget ...

Don't forget about these articles from previous newsletters. Full information about each can be found on the church website.


Worship Feedback Form

Throughout the year, the worship committee solicits feedback from our church family. In addition to sharing your feedback with a committee member, you can take the survey by Friday, September 5th.


Your input helps create meaningful worship services that draw us closer to God and one another.



Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
  • Friend of Christine Werdebaugh: Kathleen - possible hip replacement
  • Visitor Christopher: family / girl friend
  • Ryan Jamieson: recovering from back surgery
  • Ragon's friend Dave: in Houston, TX for cancer treatment
  • Safe travels for those away on Labor Day
  • Laraine Downey's friends' grandson Joey: seizures
Thanksgivings
  • Lindsay Bolton's wedding in Orange Beach, AL
  • Jackson Smith turned 4 and his great-grandfather turned 94 on Sunday
  • Wynne Buran: for church family
  • Mariah Hinson: has part-time job
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:

Genesis 6:16-22, 9:8-15


Birthdays this week:

Leslie Smith
Nicholas Follmer
Kelly McVey
Margie Fisher

Anniversaries this week:
Ernie & Christy Richmond
Dave & Lisa Spiller


Save the Date

CHOIR PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 3 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
SEPTEMBER 3 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADULT / FAMILY COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 7 - 11:00 AM
YOUTH HALL

WORSHIP COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 7 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

OUTREACH COMMITTEE
SEPTEMBER 7 - 3:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH GROUP
SEPTEMBER 7 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
SEPTEMBER 8 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY RESUMES
SEPTEMBER 9 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
SEPTEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY STUDY ORIENTATION
SEPTEMBER 10 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

MEN'S BREAKFAST / MTG.
SEPTEMBER 14 - 8:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

TEACHER & ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
SEPTEMBER 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 / SANCTUARY

CHOIR RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 20 - 8:30 AM
COOSA UMC  (CARPOOL FROM MT. CARMEL)

CHURCH PICNIC / VESPERS
BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 21 - 4:30 PM

COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

MONTH OF OCTOBER:
FOOD DRIVE FOR NCM

FALL BBQ & SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 3 & 4

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
OCTOBER 5 - 4:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 8 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

WOMEN'S FALL RETREAT
OCT. 10 - 12
LAKE HARDING, ALABAMA

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 15 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
OCTOBER 22 - 2 - 7 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FRONT LAWN

UMW SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26 - 10:30 AM
COMBINED SERVICE
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH SPONSORED BY YOUTH
OCTOBER 26 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FALL FESTIVAL / HOT DOGS ON THE LAWN
OCTOBER 29 - 4:30 PM 
(HOT DOGS AT 6:00 PM)


Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

The current password is:  barbecue



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


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

Help with the most urgent needs.


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