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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
August 10, 2016

Fun on the Water Slide!
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • 20 Objects for 20 Weeks
  • Lunch with Friends on Sunday
  • Homework Club Notes
  • Homecoming: August 21
  • New Church Directory
  • Undies Sunday for NCM: August 28
  • Youth Newsletter
  • Kid's Corner
  • From the Preschool
  • Men's Ministry Cook-Out: August 14
  • Women's Book Club: September 2
  • Fall Women's Retreat: Save the Date!
  • Thank You!
  • Purple Hats for Babies
  • Apply for Leadership UMC
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


There are always surprises on Sunday. But this week… 

Before worship, we pulled out 25 matching zipper tags. Who would have thought we would have so many show up for the Blessing of the Backpacks! What a great surprise, when we needed to find the extra tags!

Then there was Jackson, who was one of the first to have his backpack blessed. What a wonderful smile on his face! But that didn’t compare to his smile when he sneaked behind us and showed up towards the end of the line for a second blessing of the backpack! 

Before the 11:00 service, I went to greet a visitor whose face seemed familiar. I was thankful for that phrase, “help me with your name”, for situations when you aren’t sure whether you know someone.

When she replied that her name was Sue Haupert-Johnson, my knees started shaking and my heart began racing. 

Bishop Sue, as she has asked to be called, was elected in July at the Jurisdictional Conference. She was assigned to North Georgia, effective September 1. With a child in school, she came early to settle in. And to check out some of the United Methodist Churches. 

During the first half of the sermon, I was trying to stop the quivering in my voice. For the second half, I was trying to remember how to pronounce “Haupert-Johnson“ in order to invite her to give the benediction. I’m pretty sure that I bungled this. 

I’m not aware of another Bishop worshiping with Mount Carmel during the church’s 190 year history. If she visits a different church each week, it will take Bishop Sue 18 years to visit the 932 churches in our conference. 

Yet the biggest surprise was still to come: the reaction of some of our members after the 11:00 worship service. They expressed disappointment to Bishop Sue. They had hoped that she would come back and be part of the church, but that would not be possible for a Bishop. 

I was proud of you on Sunday. You welcomed her before the service, and someone gave her one of the hospitality bags for guests. 

But even more, I was proud of you for hoping that a stranger would want to be part of the church. The church is the place where people hear God say “yes”. Your welcome and invitation are part of the way that God says, “I forgive you”, “I love you”, “I want to be part of your life”. 

When you want someone to be part of the church, they hear God saying “yes”. 

This week, we’ll have some extra tags, in case someone brings a backpack for a belated blessing. We’ll have extra hospitality bags for guests. But no matter how we prepare, when God is present, there will be surprises! 

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi

P.S. How did Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson become a Bishop? She served as a pastor in the Florida Annual Conference, which nominated her. Every four years, delegates from conferences throughout the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference gather at Lake Junaluska. This year, five Bishops were needed in our conference to replace those retiring or who had passed away. 

The Florida conference supporters prepared a website and video as part of their endorsing Bishop Sue in the election. Take a look at the video on this website, and you too will be glad that Bishop Sue will be leading the North Georgia Conference. She will be installed at a worship service on Sunday, September 18, at 4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. 

20 Objects for 20 Weeks

We continue our celebration of 190 years of ministry with another object that is a part of the history of Mt. Carmel.

The subject for Week 6 actually involves several objects including an apron, a sewing instruction book, and a scrapbook of The Pinckneyville Home Demonstration Club.

The Home Demonstration Club of the Pinckneyville community celebrated, as you might guess, the achievements of the homemaker – cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and home decorating. From the first event in the early 20th century, ladies met every month at Mt. Carmel for a meal, fellowship, and a demonstration from a county agent. 

Awards were given to those who excelled in the home arts and were kept as prized possessions. 

The Home Demonstration Club was a vital part of the community for over 50 years.

Stop by the history room at the back of the sanctuary to view this display in its entirety, as well as previous weekly displays.

Have Lunch with Friends after Church on Sunday!

Join us at Paizanos Italian Restaurant in downtown Norcross right after the 11:00 service on Sunday!  (about 12:15)   Enjoy lunch with old friends and make some new ones too!

And if you'd like to get emails about future lunch plans, contact Wynne Buran.

Homework Club News 

Organizational Meeting: August 11
It’s almost time for school to begin and that means that the Thursday afternoon Homework Club will soon begin also! 

An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. 

More adult volunteers are needed on a rotating basis, once or twice a month. Some volunteers work with the kids, while others help with administrative duties or oversee the meeting. 

If you are interested in helping in some way, please attend the meeting or contact Lisa Long for more information.

Homework Club Needs Laptops
If you have an older laptop you would be willing to donate for Homework Club use, please contact Ed McDonald at OR 678-983-5588.

It needs to be Win 7 or Win 10, ideally no more than about 5 years old. We can wipe the hard drive if needed (Drive Erase software). 

Berkeley Lake Elementary School students in the Homework Club use the laptops to check their homework, and yes, they do play educational games on them as a reward for completing their homework! 

We are having to put 4 of our 6 computers out of their (our) misery  :^)  as most of those are 10+ years old and/or overheat and shut down, etc.

All donations will be appreciated!

Homecoming Planned for August 21st!
10:30 combined service

At this combined 10:30 service, we will celebrate Mt. Carmel’s 190th anniversary! Come early and gather on the church steps to welcome a special visitor. 

There will also be great music and there is a rumor that some of Mt. Carmel’s most notable members from the past may drop in to see how we’re doing! 

Everyone is invited to dress in period costumes from ANYTIME in the last 190 years! Some possibilities are outfits from the 1800’s, the roaring 20’s, your Disco years, or just what you wore last Sunday!

There will also be a COVERED DISH LUNCH following the Homecoming service. Everyone is asked to bring a dish or two to share and plan to stay and enjoy lunch together.

Directory Appointments are Going Fast!
Schedule yours Today!

The Connect Team is working with Life Touch Photography to 
prepare a new church directory and we need your help!

Each person / family who participates will receive a directory, plus a free 8 x 10 photograph from Life Touch. 

Photos will be taken on Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23 & 24 from 2 – 9 p.m. at Mt. Carmel. 

Sign up now at the church website or call the church office. 

If you can’t make one of the appointment days at Mt. Carmel, you may have your photo taken at one of the other churches where Life Touch is shooting, then have it added to our directory. 

Just call this number to find another church: 1-866-756-0281, and tell them that Mt. Carmel’s acct. number is 240782.

News from NCM

Current Needs of NCM
Norcross Cooperative Ministry always appreciates donations of food, clothing and household items, but right now they have a special need for the following:

Canned meat (including tuna)
jelly in plastic jars
men's and boy's clothing
children's shoes
small kitchen appliances
queen & king size bedding

All donations may be left at Mt. Carmel in the NCM tub in the foyer outside of the Fellowship Hall.  Monetary donations are also appreciated and may be dropped into the Sunday offering plate. Thank you for supporting our neighbors.

Undies Sunday for NCM: August 28

Norcross Cooperative Ministry helps people develop a good foundation for their lives, but sometimes a foundation of another kind is needed also.

Please bring new Fruit of the Loom, Jockey, or whatever your favorite kind of underwear is to help NCM's clients not only look good on the outside, but FEEL good underneath too!

Remember August 28 and bring new, packaged undies of all sizes for all ages!

Youth News 

Thank you to the youth who helped with the Children's Water Fun Day on Sunday!  Hope they had a little bit of fun too!

They are getting back into their school routines this week, so please keep them all in your prayers.

For their complete calendar of Youth events, click HERE to view the Youth Newsletter.

Kid's Corner
We had a wet and wild end of summer party at Mt Carmel this past Sunday!! 

We slid on the water slide, enjoyed snow cones, sprayed each other with squirt guns, and had a rousing water balloon battle. 

Members of the youth group joined in as well, and helped to make the water slide a safe and fun experience for the kids. Thanks for your help!!

Sunday School
This Sunday during Children's Sunday School, we will continue learning how to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God through the lens of Micah 6:8. 

Until the end of August, we invite the children to bring offerings to Sunday School each week which we will donate to the Church World Service Heifer Project at the end of next month. The Heifer Project helps poor families around the world to purchase chickens, goats, sheep, and cows so that they can have a source of food and income that will help them become more self sufficient and less dependent upon foreign aid for their basic needs. 

What better way can we 'do justice and walk humbly' then by helping others to regain their dignity and self-sufficiency? 

Regular Fall Sunday School programming will recommence on Sunday August 28th...we will be launching a new Worship and Wonder Sunday School program for the Pre-K through 2nd grade kids which we are very excited about...details to follow in early August.

Hope you can join us!
Children's Director

From the Preschool

The 2016 - 2017 Preschool term is about to begin and we're getting ready for another fun-filled year!

Parent Orientation will be on August 23rd and we are back to school on the 29th. 

If you know anyone looking for a preschool home we would be happy to give them a tour. We still have a few openings.

Preschool Director

Men's Ministry Cook-Out on Berkeley Lake

All men of the church and their children are invited to a Cook-Out on Sunday, August 14 from 4-7 p.m. 

We'll meet at Berkeley Lake Chapel (4043 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.) to carpool to the home of Nina Sanders (3705 Berkeley Lake Rd.) for swimming, boat rides on the lake, and a dinner of BBQ, hotdogs, slaw, chips and drinks!

Items to bring: swimsuits, towels, folding chairs, and pool noodles for swimming.

Please email Mark Bond with any questions or if you need directions.

Women's Book Club: September 2

The next meeting of the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will be on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.

This month's book selection is Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton.  All women are welcome!

For more information, please contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.

Women's Fall Retreat: Save-the-Date!

All women are invited to attend the United Methodist Women's fall retreat on October 21 - 23, 2016!

We will spend the weekend at Lane Shutt's house on Lake Harding in Alabama.  

The weekend will include programming, prayer, fellowship, good food, free time and LOTS of fun!

Mark your calendars now, and watch future newsletters for more information.

Thank You!

Mt. Carmel friends,
Thank you very much for all of the birthday greetings! 
I think of you often.

Jeanne Cameron

Purple Hats for Babies

Several people have been working on hats for this project. This is a reminder that finished hats are due back to the Church Office by August 20, 2016. If you have any questions, contact Shelia Trentini at 404-317-0766 or 

The Click for Babies Campaign invites crafters to make purple baby hats. These are part of a hospital education program designed to remind new parents about normal periods of increased infant crying, with a goal to prevent the shaking and abuse of infants. 

Yarn: any shade of purple or lilac (no angora, mohair, or feathery yarns) 
Size: 12-14 in circumference; 6-7 in long 
Pattern: any pattern (no bells, pompoms, buttons, etc.) 
Method: knit, crochet, loom (30-31 peg loom) 

Deliver finished hats to Church Office by August 20, 2016 or mail directly via USPS to: 
Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative 
ATTN: Purple Hats 
PO Box 2374 
Morristown, NJ 07962-2374

Kindles for Kids
August 13:  9AM - 1PM
Lillian Webb Park, Norcross

Goal:  To provide used Kindles, iPads and Nooks to Middle Schools in Norcross.  This will give students the opportunity to fully participate in reading programs. Our goal is to provide at least three classrooms with reading devices for a total of 150 devices.

  • In working order with charger
  • Owner to remove all personal information
  • Find my iPad should be turned off prior to wiping device
  • We will be happy to remove data from devices in your presence
If you can't make it to this date, please email or call 678-481-9698.

Unusable devices will be recycled at the semi-annual Norcross City Electronics Recycling Event.  (Visit or for more info on this event.)

Apply for Leadership UMC 

Leadership UMC equips emerging church leaders for service in mission and ministry within the local church, district and conference. Are you interested in growing as a servant leader and helping Mount Carmel make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? 

Participants commit to four workshops, Friday evening and Saturday day, November 18-19, January 13-14, March 10-11 and April 29-30 faciliated by the North Georgia Conference. The number of participants is restricted, and applications with pastor recommendation are due September 14. 

More information and the application are available at

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Barbara Cooper: upcoming chemo treatments
  • For a smooth start to school year, cure for cancer, and heathy children leading to healty adults
  • Nicholas Follmer: for Matthew going to Middle School and for Nicholas going into 4th grade
  • Yu Xiao: for his cousin in China to find a regular job and not be involved in crime
  • Teachers & students for a good school year!
  • Penny Millar: upcoming eye surgery
  • Jerri Phillips: continued recovery from hip surgery
  • Continued recover for Lois Salter from snake bite
  • Good attendance at kid's Water Fun Day on Sunday!
  • For so many children bringing backpacks to be blessed during worship on Sunday.
  • For the new Bishop, Sue Haupert-Johnson, visiting Mt. Carmel on Sunday!

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
Colossians 3:5-15

Birthdays this week:

Cate Campbell
Bill Posey
Anne Bailey
Chris Mitcham
Jenny Jensen
John Michael Smith

Anniversaries this week:
Hayne & Marianne Thompson

Save the Date


AUGUST 10 - 8:30 PM

AUGUST 11 - 3:00 PM


9:30 & 11:00 AM

AUGUST 14 - 12:15 PM

AUGUST 14 - 12:15 PM

AUGUST 14 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

AUGUST 14 - 4:00 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 14 - 6:30 PM

AUGUST 14 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

AUGUST 16 - 6:30 PM

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

AUGUST 21 - 10:30 AM

AUGUST 21 - 11:30 AM

AUGUST 21 - 4:30 PM

AUGUST 22 - 6:30 PM

AUGUST 23 - 7:00 PM

AUGUST 23 & 24
2:00 - 9:00 PM

9:30 & 11:00 - SANCTUARY

9:30 & 11:00 AM


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.


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