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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
March 31, 2015
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Easter Story

This morning, I sat at the altar rail with the preschool children. We talked about Jesus, and what Jesus said.

I told them about Jesus turning the tables in the temple, and how that made people mad. Some of the leaders in Jerusalem were so mad, they decided to get rid of Jesus. We talked about putting Jesus’ body in a tomb, and how they rolled a giant stone in front the tomb. 

It’s hard to talk about this with preschoolers! (And it’s hard to talk about this with adults, too!) 

They listened, and no one seemed surprised that a good person was hurt in this way. 

But then I went behind the altar rail and rolled the stone away so they could see what happened. The tomb was empty, and angels told the good news. “He is not here. He is risen!” 

One of the little girls spoke out loudly that this could not happen. “Dead people don’t come alive!” 

She’s right. Most days dead people don’t come alive. They knew 2,000 years ago that dead people stay dead. That’s why they were surprised and frightened by what they found—and did not find—in the tomb.

It is the story of a world where no one is surprised when the innocent suffer. Those with power seem to win; those who speak of showing love appear naïve and vulnerable.

We tell the story every year, of a love so powerful that God says no to the status quo. We tell the story of a God whose love is inexhaustible, whose love takes on our suffering and sins.

We tell the surprise ending. Love was strong enough to conquer sin and death. Love tore through any barriers we would place between ourselves and God.

It’s an amazing story, and it’s our story. We should tell this story more often than Easter Sunday. We should tell it every day!

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Holy Week Schedule
  • Office Hours Note
  • Children's Ministry
  • Youth Sunday School
  • Women's Book Club: April 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Baby Shower: April 11
  • BBQ and Sweet Shop: April 24 & 25
  • MUST Summer Lunches: June 15 - 19
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Holy Week Schedule

Stations of the Cross
April 1 – 4 
Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Maundy Thursday – April 2
Worship Service: 7:00 p.m.
(with childcare) 

Good Friday – April 3 
Worship Service: 12:00 p.m. 
(no lunch this year)

Easter Egg Hunt
April 4 at 10:00 a.m. 
All children are invited to the Egg Hunt – 
rain or shine! 
There will be prize eggs, crafts, food and fun. 
Remember to bring your basket! 

Easter Sunday – April 5 
Sunrise Service: 7:00 a.m. 
Breakfast provided by Men's Ministry: 7:30 a.m. 
Worship Services: 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.


Church Office Hours

Please note that on April 2 and 3 the church office will be staffed by a volunteer (thank you!) and will be open 9:30 - 1:30. 

Monday through Wednesday, April 6 - 8, the office will be closed. Please plan any church business accordingly.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
This Sunday is the most important Sunday of the Christian year, Christ’s Resurrection. 

We are focusing on Matthew’s version from Matthew 28:1-10. Matthew’s gospel has only two appearances by Jesus. 

Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene and another Mary. We are not told if this other Mary is Jesus’ mother, Mary the sister of Martha, or another follower of Jesus. She is simply identified as the “other Mary.” Jesus allows the women to worship him and embrace his feet before he sends them to the other disciples to proclaim the resurrection. Jesus tells them to bring the message of his resurrection to the other disciples and to instruct them to journey to Galilee, where they will also see the resurrected Christ, Matthew’s second resurrection appearance. 

What a joyous Sunday! 


Special Visitors Coming to Mt. Carmel! 
Flat John and Charles Wesley will be visiting Mt. Carmel this week and next week before we send them on their way to another church. They will attend meetings, visit Stations of the Cross, participate in Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and our Easter Egg Hunt.

I expect they will be at the sunrise service and definitely will come to Sunday School. We have other activities planned for the next week also. We will be posting their visit on a special Facebook group so keep an eye out for them!


Community Easter Egg Hunt: April 4 - 10:00 AM Rain or Shine 
Invite your friends and neighbors to join in the egg hunt with prize eggs, crafts, food and fellowship. 

A very special Easter Bunny will be putting in an appearance too!

Thank you!
Marian Long   


A "Peep" ... Oops ... a "Peek" into Youth Sunday School!

The Youth Sunday School class, led by Ed McDonald, used a true Easter time "medium" to depict Bible events on Sunday!



































Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

All women of the church are invited to the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club which meets monthly on a Friday night.

The next meeting will be on April 10th at Barbara Cooper's home, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

4469 Parkspring Terrace
Norcross, GA  30092

The book selection in April is Orphan Train by Cristina Baker Kline.

Click HERE for more information or contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.


Join us for a baby shower honoring 
Amanda & Mark Bagwell, Jr.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
in the Mt. Carmel Fellowship Hall

Please RSVP by April 8th to Suzanne at:
404-216-1373
 or office@mtcarmel-umc.org 

Mark & Amanda are registered at 
Babies R Us and Target.

Hostesses
Lori Anderson, Anne Bailey, Gail Bolton, 
Suzanne Foster, Lane Shutt, 
Marianne Thompson & Shelia Trentini


BBQ and Sweet Shop: Volunteers Needed April 24 & 25!

The United Methodist Men’s Ministry will once again host our Spring BBQ, while the United Methodist Women offer delicious baked goods at their Sweet Shop! 

While this is always a great fundraiser for many important missions, as well as a fun event, it takes LOTS of volunteers to pull it off, so please sign up to help where you can! 

To sign up to work at the Women’s Sweet Shop or to bring baked goods, please check a box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin.

To help with the BBQ, please see any member of the Men’s Club or contact the church office to find out where you can help. 

Also, FLYERS are available in the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Please take one for yourself and several for friends and family!


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
Ragon's friends: Nancy & family / Gloria & Lee
Student at Diane Bond's school: Madison - cancer
Anglin's friend Josh
Cynthia Currence's daughter and granddaughter
Follmer family and also the man who hit Maxine's father
Nichelson's friend Bubba - medical issues
Jenny Jensen's friend - a stroke
Jacque Tapley - out sick

Thanksgivings
Proud of children sitting in church for Palm Sunday music
John Waller's birthday
Great music on Sunday
Jeanne Cameron out of hospital
Chuck & Jerri Phillips in church
Sam Tapley - good visit with relatives
Klinetobs: baby Kason home from hospital - still a long way to go - continued prayers please
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:

Matthew 28:1-10


Birthdays this week:

Mark Bagwell, Sr.
G.W. Marsh, Jr.
Kyle Porter
Lorrie Ignatius
Ed McDonald
Trevor Jones

No Anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 1 - 4
M-F: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SAT: 9:00 AM - NOON

WEDNESDAY STUDY
APRIL 1 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 1 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

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

PRESCHOOL PIZZA W/DAD
APRIL 2 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOMEWORK CLUB
APRIL 2 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP
(WITH CHILDCARE)
APRIL 2 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP
(NO CHILDCARE)
APRIL 3 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY
(NO LUNCH THIS YEAR)

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 4 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL / OUTSIDE (RAIN OR SHINE)

EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 5
SUNRISE SERVICE - 7:00 AM
BREAKFAST - 7:30 AM
WORSHIP - 9:30 & 11:00 AM

CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
APRIL 6 - 8

UMW DAY CIRCLE
APRIL 7 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
APRIL 10 - 7:00 PM
BARBARA COOPER'S HOME

SPRING BBQ & SWEET SHOP
APRIL 24 & 25

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 1 - 5

MUST SUMMER LUNCHES
JUNE 15 - 19 

YOUTH MISSION TRIP
JUNE 21 - 28

FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
JULY 12 - 19


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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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