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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
July 29, 2015











Youth Sunday!
August 2 - 10:30 AM
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Youth Sunday / Fellowship Lunch: August 2
  • Preschool Note
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: August 7
  • Night Circle Book Review: August 24
  • Thank You Note
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


What are Your Retirement Dreams?


I hope one day to have grandchildren (hint, hint to Matt and Mark). I hope to have good health that allows me to spend time with them. 

I join John Wesley in his prayer, “God grant that I may never live to be useless!” I hope that at every stage of life that I can give to others. 

At Mount Carmel, we have benefited greatly from someone who could never be useless even if she tried. Marian Long has been with us since April 2008, and during this time, she has taught us what it means to minister in creative ways. 

She has taught us that Vacation Bible School should be as big as Mount Everest. She has shown us that Wednesdays are meant to be Wacky, full of fun and friendship. She has taught us how to make beautiful homemade Valentine’s Day cards and organized Mardi Gras bicycle parades. 

She teaches our children that they are loved, welcoming children on Sunday mornings, and following up with visitors. She makes the church safe for them, providing safe sanctuary training. She recruits Sunday School teachers, and not only provides them with curriculum but also with friendship. 

She teaches our children that God’s love is meant to be shared. All summer, they have served, setting up rooms for Family Promise, decorating sacks for MUST lunches, and making monsters to comfort refugee children. 

But traffic has grown worse, and Marian’s commute is now more than an hour. She keeps talking about how she would like to travel and spend time with grandchildren. I cannot blame Marian for wanting to step down as Children’s Director. 

Marian is gracious and flexible, and working with Staff Parish to make a smooth transition. In the next few months, we will attempt to hire someone as our children’s director. But I don’t think it possible that we can ever replace Marian! 

Please pray for Marian, and for the Staff Parish Relations Committee as they begin the recruiting process. Over the next few months, tell Marian thank you. She means the world to us, and it will be hard to imagine Sunday mornings, Lenten dinners, and Easter egg hunts without her smiling face and strong leadership.

I'll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi


Youth Sunday This Week! August 2 - 10:30 Service Only

Plan to attend this combined service where the Mt. Carmel Youth will lead us in worship and Holy Communion. 

They will also share some of their experiences from the Summer Mission Trip!

Fellowship Lunch: August 2 - 11:30 am
Following the worship service on Youth Sunday, our Children's Department will prepare lunch for us in the Fellowship Hall. 

The menu will include a quesadilla bar, salad and brownies.

You won't want to miss this fun day!


Note from the Preschool
The Preschool is getting ready for the final summer camp of the season which will happen August 11th through the 14th. 

We also wanted to let everyone know that we are excited to be adding Sprouting Scientists to our after school program options. Now students can take Fun and Games Galore, Sprouting Scientists or Tap and Ballet as an optional after school program on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 

School officially starts August 31st!

Cindy Bill
Preschool Director


Children's Ministry

Sunday School
This Sunday is a 10:30 service. It is Youth Sunday and the Children’s Department is providing the quesadilla lunch. 

Since we will be getting ready during the church service, there will only be child care for infants through preschool 4’s. 

The older children are invited to stay in church and sit as a group to learn about the Youth mission trip. Or they can help in the Fellowship Hall with lunch preparations. 

Blessing of the Backpacks: 
August 8 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Students of all ages should bring their backpacks for the special Back to School blessing. After the Blessing we will go downstairs for a surprise Bible story.

Box Fan Needed
As a part of the Sunday School lesson on August 9th, we need an extra box fan.  If you have a fan that could be loaned for that weekend, please let me know.  Thank you!

Director of Children's Ministry


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club 

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on August 7th and the book of the month is The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

All women of the church are invited to join this group. 

For more information or directions, see Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden or visit the church website.


Night Circle Book Review

All women of the church are invited to join the Lola Belle Young Night Circle on Monday, August 24th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  

Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite book - fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, educational, old or new, it's up to you - to share with the group!

This is always a fun meeting with lots of discussion of our favorite books - and there will be dessert also!

RSVP to lisa.grogin@tetratech.com or the church office if you will be there!


Thank You for Graduation Gift

Dear Mt. Carmel,

Thank you so much for the money and book!  You guys have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember!  Thanks so much for the support.

Love,
Amanda Gilmore


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Charlotte Bagwell - to be strong
  • From Weathers: Amon - 17 yr. old in serious condition after auto accident
  • Collins Boyd's aunt Connie: brain & other cancer
  • Jeanne Manget's daughter: unexpectedly has become temporary guardian for two sisters - 12 & 17 yrs. old
  • Jacque Tapley's parents: father fell / mother caregiver
  • Berkeley Lake resident Kitty: fell, then stroke, now more complications - 96 yrs. old
  • O'Leary's friend Rachel: chemo / breast cancer
  • Family, friends and schoolmates of all involved in domestic violence / suicide murder last week - mother, 4th grader & 2nd grader killed by step-father / grandfather injured
  • From Katrina Stone: Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth - long standing leader of 25 yrs. retiring - prayers for her, for GMCD, for incoming VP, transition and community
  • Mt. Carmel Preschool family: mother's 24 yr. old brother killed near Buford last weekend - fell into the street in motorcycle accident, then run over by hit and run driver.
Thanksgivings
  • Thomas & Erin (Foster) Carroll expecting a baby in the spring
  • Wedding anniversaries of the Germans (50th), Weathers (61st) and McGees (63rd)
  • Jerry McDonald's daughter and granddaughter visiting from California
  • Former members, Harris family, visiting Mt. Carmel
  • Birthdays of Emily (Posey) Lalor and Allie Bell
  • Sherry & Michael Blackwood: 3 weeks with grandchildren / also Sherry's mother able to go back into her own home after fall and lengthy rehab


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 Lesson
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Galatians 5:22-23 


Birthdays this week:

Jordan Smith
Dave Whitlow
Allie Bell
Lamar Bolton
Ted Marcis
David Jones

Anniversaries this week:
Billy & JoAnn Weathers
Craig & Jan German
David & Cindy Jones
Jason & Michelle Jarrett


Save the Date

NO ADULT CHOIR OR 9:30 PRACTICE TONIGHT!
JULY 29

YOUTH WHITE WATER RAFTING
AUGUST 1 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

YOUTH SUNDAY
AUGUST 2 - 10:30 AM
SANCTUARY

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH
AUGUST 2 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
AUGUST 2 - 1:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
AUGUST 2 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

MONDAY STUDY
AUGUST 3 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADULT CHOIR RESUMES WEDNESDAY PRACTICE
AUGUST 5 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS RETURN TO 8:30 PM PRACTICE
AUGUST 5
SANCTUARY

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

BLESSING OF BACKPACKS & PROMOTION SUNDAY
AUGUST 9

FINANCE COMM. MTG.
AUGUST 9 - 6:30 PM (HH)

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
AUGUST 9 - 7:30 PM
(RM 112/114)

GWINNETT COUNTY BACK TO SCHOOL
AUGUST 10

PRESCHOOL UNDERWATER CAMP
AUGUST 11 - 14
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

EVANGELISM COMM. MTG.
AUGUST 11 - 7:00 PM (HH)

C.O.M. PLANNING RETREAT
AUGUST 15 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

HOMECOMING
AUGUST 16 - 10:30 AM (ONE SERVICE ONLY) 
SANCTUARY

COVERED DISH LUNCH
AUGUST 16 - 11:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

3RD GRADERS RECEIVE BIBLES
AUGUST 23 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
AUGUST 30 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

CHURCH PICNIC AT BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 20 - 4:30 PM


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