Click to view this email in a browser

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
June 24, 2015

Who Will Win the 
Golden Scoop on Sunday?!
- All Music Worship at 10:30
- Lunch / Ice Cream at 11:30

When It's Hard to Sing

On Sunday, I could not preach the sermon that I had planned. In light of the shootings at Emmanuel AME in Charleston, I had to begin again. As has been my experience though, the scripture planned months ago was the one we needed to hear. Psalm 27 opens with a call not to be afraid. When the Lord is our stronghold, there is no need to fear. You can listen to the sermon here

Our bishop, Bishop Michael Watson, could not begin Annual Conference on Thursday morning without first reflecting on the Wednesday night events. He spoke from the heart, and his words provided not only comfort but a warning

Although he was warning about our voting for delegates to General Conference, I share Bishop Watson's words with you. They are relevant whenever we interact with others: 

Voting is a great privilege. It’s a great privilege in a democracy. It’s a great privilege in the church. Voting can sometimes bring out the very worst in us. Because sometimes when we’re voting or when we’re dealing with very controversial issues, we find it easiest to demonize other people; to say: “You don’t agree with me? You must be of the devil.” 

The world needs to see the church find a better way. The world needs to see us be totally, completely honest with each other. [We should] not back down a bit from what we believe deep in our hearts God is calling us to be. But at the same time, treat our brothers and sisters, especially those who disagree with us, with more respect, with more courtesy. 

We must remember Jesus on the cross, with his arms outstretched, talking to the Father about me and about you, and saying, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” 

I hope in this conference we haven’t been tweeting or texting or speaking or acting in a way that would call in to question the Christian character of others in this room that we’re not supporting, while at the same time degrading. We can support without degrading. We can stand for something, without encouraging hatred for others. We live in a world that builds on hostility. And folks, we are the church. Jesus came to redeem us from that and to show us the grace of God, even in the face of cruelty and anger. Oh, I pray for our world today. And that those who see this church would be able to see us find a better way. To watch us walk hand in hand with each other, even though disagreeing on important issues. But loving each other as children of God. 

Dear friends, in Mount Carmel and in your circle of family and friends are people who disagree with you about Confederate flags, the availability of guns, and the role of privilege in what they have accomplished. 

None of us have all the correct answers. None of us are perfect. Let us be church with one another. Let us pray together, listen to God together, support one another, and learn to live together in ways that reflect the prayer Jesus taught, "on earth as it is in heaven." 

Let us be the training ground where we practice showing to one another grace, humility and love. Let us practice disagreeing without turning on one another. When it was time to bring redemption and salvation, God did not send a treatise describing the most perfect ideology. God sent a person, Jesus Christ, who showed us what love looks like. God sends you, the church, now. 

I'll see you this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi

P.S. - Don't forget that this week is Music Sunday, and we will have one service at 10:30, followed by lunch and the Golden Scoop homemade ice cream contest. No trash talking the competition!

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • All Music Sunday: June 28 - 10:30 a.m. (Only Service)
  • Summer Lunch / Ice Cream Contest: June 28 at 11:30
  • Prayers for Youth Mission Team
  • Mission Moment: David Jones
  • Children's Ministry
  • MUST Lunch Thank You
  • Women's Book Club: July 10 - Walden Home
  • Fellowship Golf Outing: July 11
  • New Piano in Choir Room
  • Family Promise: July 12 - 19
  • Thank You Note
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

All Music Sunday: 

THIS Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (Only one service)

Our "music month" of June will culminate with an ALL MUSIC 
SUNDAY on June 28th. There will be a 10:30 a.m. service ONLY where many more of the congregation's favorites will be featured.

Plan to attend this fun summer worship service, and plan to 
stay for hamburgers, hot
 dogs and ice cream afterwards!  
(See below)

Summer Lunch / Ice Cream Contest! 

This Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Following the Music Sunday service there will be a summer lunch of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and a Homemade Ice Cream Contest!  All food will be provided, only the ice cream makers need to bring anything.

If you think you make THE BEST homemade ice cream, please bring a freezer full to enter in the contest. 

The competition will be serious to see who can de-throne last year's Golden Scoop Winner, Marian Long!

You definitely won't want to miss this fun, summer Sunday!

News from the Youth Mission Trip!

13 youth and 5 counselors from Mt. Carmel arrived in Nassau, The Bahamas on Sunday afternoon. 

We have received messages saying that they are all in good spirits and spent their first day working on a local church, 
requiring them to move approximately 200 concrete blocks plus sand to the ROOF! 

Gail reported that they were all very tired, but happy. Please keep them in your prayers this week.  For specific prayers for 
each day, click HERE.

Recent Mission Moment
Thank you to David Jones for the Mission Moment on Sunday, June 14th. 

To hear why the hymn, "One Day" is one of David's favorites, click HERE, or check on the church website.

Children's Ministry

Sunday School
This Sunday is Music Sunday at Mt. Carmel and is a 10:30 service only. 

The Children’s Department will only have Sunday School for preschoolers and a nursery so that older children can enjoy the great Mt. Carmel Music. 

Next week we will continue our stuffed monster project for all ages. 

Wacky Wednesday: 
July 8 - Slime and Grime 
A day for getting dirty and wet! Wear old clothes, bring a lunch, $5, a swimsuit and towel. 

We will end our day with the slip and slide!

Marian Long   

Director of Children's Ministry

MUST Summer Lunch Program - Thank You!

WOW!!! What a fantastic week we had preparing lunches for the MUST Ministries summer program! 

Thank you to all who donated the meats, cheese, salty and sweet snacks and juice boxes.  And a special thanks to all those who came each morning to make sandwiches and put them in the lunch bags so we could get them delivered to the host church in record time.

It was a time of working together and enjoying great fellowship and would not have happened without all your generosity and help.  You are all greatly appreciated!  THANK YOU!

Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club 

The Women's Book Club will meet again on Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Vicki Walden.

 The book of the month is Gather Together in My Name, by Maya Angelou.

All women of the church are invited to join this group. This month there are two extra copies of the book and even if you can't attend the meeting, you are welcome to borrow one and read it for yourself. (Pick up a copy in the church office.)

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

Fellowship Golf Outing: July 11

The next Fellowship Golf Outing is set for Saturday, July 11 at the River Pines Golf Course. Tee times will be set two weeks before the date, so watch future newsletters for that information.

Cost is $61 and the outing is open to ALL golfers, no matter their skill level.  Just come out and have fun!

Please contact Neil Odom if you'd like to join the group or have other questions:  or  770-827-2122.

New Piano in Choir Room!

For some time the choir room piano has had structural problems, with notes that will not play, and unable to stay tuned. Choir members have been discussing how best to replace this. 

It turns out that help came from within our United Methodist connection. Kristen and Rev. Max Vincent were looking for a church to whom to donate a piano before their move today to a new appointment at Inman Park United Methodist Church. 

Kristen shares the history of the piano they gave Mount Carmel: "My grandmother was the youngest of 8 children (oddly, so is my husband) in a family of musicians. She and her 4 sisters performed as The Toren Sisters. Together, they purchased this piano for their mother - my great grandmother - sometime in the 1940’s. My grandmother then inherited the piano, which she and my grandfather used for vocal exercises every Sunday morning before church, and to lead her many choirs. That all stopped when I inherited the piano. We have kept it for more than 20 years and it’s been a great shelf for family photos, cat food bowls, etc. But today is a new day for this family heirloom as it makes its way to Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. So thrilled that it will again be used to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!"

Family Promise: July 12 - 19
This summer we will once again be a host church in the Gwinnett County Family Promise Program.  We will host pre-screened homeless families in our church for a week, providing them with housing, food, fellowship, and most importantly, love. 

LOTS of volunteers are needed for the week, including dinner and overnight hosts, van drivers, meal providers, set up and tear down helpers, and laundry angels. A training session is needed for some of the jobs, but not for all of them. 

If you would like to help with Family Promise in some way, please sign up on the poster in the church foyer, or check a box on the back of the Connect Cards in your Sunday bulletin.

For more information on Family Promise, visit the church website or the Family Promise site.

Thank You Very Much

Thanks for all your prayers, cards and get well wishes during Bob's recent heart surgery. I never realized how much a card could cheer up a patient and nurse, too!  He is continuing to improve daily.

Thanks so much,
June Spruell

Prayers and Concerns

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

  • Youth Mission Team & those they are serving
  • Easley's friend Jeff: brain tumor / stroke
  • Co-worker of Mark Bagwell Jr.: death of father
  • Kelly Hinson's mother: moving into assisted living
  • Lisa Grogin's father: diagnosed with ALS
  • Ellie Grogin: had high fever - recovering with antibiotics
  • From Mark & Connie Bagwell: Madison - surgery
  • Easley's friend Glenn: lost husband
  • Lucile Jones: recovering from pneumonia, but back in hospital
  • Bob Spruell: recovering from heart surgery
  • From Klinetobs: Tim - stage 4 brain cancer  /  Marlena - blood cancer
  • Those who are discriminated against & marginalized
  • AME church in Charleston, SC / families & friends of victims
  • David & Cindy Jones' granddaughter: 4 wisdom teeth out on 6/23
  • Katie Semple: bruised back after fall on Mission Trip
  • Ellen Berlage's brother-in-law Dave: successful heart surgery
  • Great week of packing MUST lunches
  • Barbara Cooper's friend visiting
  • Emily, Zach & James Lalor visiting Susan Posey
  • Karen & Gene Weeks visiting for a few weeks
  • Neil Odom's 60th high school reunion
  • Baby Kasen who we have prayed for - home from hospital

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:

Psalm 148, 113, 146 & 150

Birthdays this week:

Thomas O'Nan
Katherine Alesi
Darrell Parrish
Cecil Thomas
Jeannie Klinetob

Anniversaries this week:
Jeffrey & Angie Bolton
Howard & Anne Greene
Jim & Chris Mitcham
David & Linda Youngblood

Save the Date

JUNE 24 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 24 - 8:30 PM

JUNE 21 - 28

JUNE 28 - 10:30 AM ONLY

JUNE 28 - 11:30 AM


JUNE 29 - JULY 2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

JUNE 29 - 7:00 PM


JULY 8 - 10:00 AM

JULY 10 - 7:00 PM

JULY 12 - 19


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.


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.

Share your story

Do you have an article to include in next week's bulletin or newsletter?
Email these to Suzanne Foster or call the church office.

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, please reply to this message with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line or simply click on the following link: Unsubscribe

Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
5100 South Old Peachtree Road
Norcross, Georgia 30092

Read the VerticalResponse marketing policy.

Non-Profits Email Free with VerticalResponse!