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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
February 6, 2019


February is 

Preschool Registration Month!

See article below.

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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • Information Sessions - Called General Conference
  • Lunch Bunch: February 10
  • FOX Theater Tour Time Change
  • NCM Needs
  • Transformers Sunday School Class
  • Chili Cook-Off: February 23
  • Kid's Corner
  • Mt. Carmel Youth News
  • Preschool Registration Month
  • Men's Retreat Review
  • Women's Book Club
  • Lenten Dinner Coordinator Needed
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


Information Sessions Scheduled 
about upcoming 
Called General Conference

Everyone should have recently received a letter from Rev. Michael concerning the upcoming Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church - February 23 - 26 in St. Louis.  (If you did not receive a letter, please contact the church office.)

Two informational sessions are to be held at Mt. Carmel for those wanting to know more about the plans to be discussed at the Conference: Sunday, February 10th - 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, and Sunday, February 24th (time to be decided.)

Contact the church office, Rev. Michael, or Rev. Lynne Smith with any questions about these sessions.



Lunch Bunch: 
February 10

Do you have lunch plans on Sunday?  If not, the Lunch Bunch invites to you join them at the Atlanta Bread Company (at the Forum - Peachtree Pkwy.) at about 12:15 p.m.

See Wynne Buran with any questions.


Fox Theater Tour - Time Change
All of those who purchased tickets for the FOX Theater Tour on February 18th, please note that the time has changed.

Due to a change in the time of our tour, we will now meet at the church at 10:30.  The tour lasts for one hour, and we plan to have lunch at about 1:15. 

Please see June Spruell with any questions.


Norcross Cooperative Ministry 
Food Pantry Needs
This week, the NCM Food Pantry is in need of the following:
Crackers, Soup, Peanut Butter, and Jelly (no glass jars please)

Donations may be left in the NCM bin near the handicap entrance at Mt. Carmel.  Monetary donations are always welcomed too - just make your check out to Mt. Carmel, mark it for NCM, and drop it into the offering plate on Sunday.  Thank you! 


Transformers Sunday School Class Notes:

In the Transformers class a couple of weeks ago, a lighthearted illustration of the working of the Holy Spirit was shared. The gifts of the Spirit are like making a cake. One ingredient alone does not a cake make, it takes flour and eggs and sugar and vanilla and even a little salt, not to mention stuff like bowls and such. 

"Lets make a Spirit Cake and let everyone contribute to its making." Great! This Sunday, during our Sunday School time that's what we are going to do. We hope the aroma will be pleasing. This study of the Holy Spirit is somewhat of an adventure, and I truly think that is just what it is supposed to be!

We meet from 10:45 to 12:00 in what was previously the Friendship Classroom. (Across from the choir room - in the hallway behind the sanctuary) (But this Sunday you'll find us in the kitchen!)


Mt. Carmel Chili Cook-Off -
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 6:30 PM 
at the home of Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius 
(3890 Berkeley View Dr., Duluth, GA 30096)
From past Cook-Off champions (Mark Bond - 2018!) to brand new friends - all will gather at Pekka & Lorrie’s to enjoy chili and fixings, tell tall tales, and have lots of fun! 

Please note that this event is “adults only” so moms and dads can enjoy a child-free evening with church friends! Childcare is provided at the church BY RESERVATION ONLY. Please RSVP for your child/children BY FEBRUARY 13. 

To participate in this casual, fun event, just bring a pot of your favorite chili; hot or mild; beef, tofu or chicken, anything goes. Or you may bring side dishes or desserts to go with the meal instead. After much serious tasting and debate, the winner of “BEST TASTING CHILI - 2019” will be declared and a "major award" will be presented! 

Please RSVP BY FEBRUARY 20th to let Lorrie and Pekka know how many people will attend and what you plan to bring. 
770-265-9948, or lorrie.ignatius@gmail.com

Hope to see lots of you there!


Kid's Corner: VBS will be here Soon!
It may not seem like it now, but in many ways our 2019 VBS, To Mars and Beyond, is just around the corner. VBS is scheduled for June 3-7th this year. 

Please let us know if you can volunteer to help out! We need artistic visionaries, decorators, set up/take down help, station leaders, sign in/out crew, snack kings and queens, and of course, most importantly, crew leaders to shepherd the children around each day. 

Fill out a connect card and drop it in the offering plate on Sundays, or email Leslie at lraymer.mtcarmel@gmail.com. We will have our first planning meeting in early February (date TBA). 

Also, please start saving the plastic lids to your Pringle's type potato chips and cans of tennis balls! In an effort to create indestructible name tags this year, we will be using these tough plastic lids for the children's tags. We will put a collection box in the Sanctuary on Sundays, and you can also drop them off to Suzanne in the church office. We are in need of at least 60 lids. 

This year we are limiting the number of VBS campers to 55, so it is important to register your kids as soon as possible when VBS registration is opened in mid-February. The first two weeks, only church and preschool families and their friends will be allowed to register. General registration will open on March 1st. This is going to be an exciting VBS program!!


Youth News
This Sunday, Youth rehearsal will begin at 2:30, followed by Youth dinner & program at 5:15 p.m.

For more information on other Youth events, click the Youth newsletter link HERE, or contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson.


Preschool Registration

Well February is here and that means we are starting preschool registration for the fall! 

Current Mt. Carmel preschoolers and church members get priority placement, so if you are thinking of preschool in the fall, now is the time to register. 

And if you know of anyone looking for a preschool home, we would love to show them around and tell them what we do at preschool!


Men's Retreat Review
by Sam Tapley
Saturday was a good day. The weather was great, the food filling and plentiful, and the work project at the Appalachian Children's Home rewarding. We completed the check list of tasks before going to downtown Ellijay for lunch out on the patio of a local sandwich shop. 

Now, dinner was on the stove and it was time for our evening program. As we gathered together in cabin eight, the first question from Scott Parrish, our guest was: "Where did you see Jesus today?" Is this a test? I thought to myself. Perhaps Scott asked all his small groups this same question and had logged the responses ranking them from one to ten in order of worthiness, or maybe he was just trying to get us to think a little deeper. 

Scott moved on with other questions and comments focusing on the church, contemporary outreach, knowing our neighbors and how does the community understand Mt. Carmel. All good thought provoking comments. Scott has a light hearted way of asking such questions without making you feel uncomfortable. 

Comments were exchanged, the hour went by quickly and soon a wonderful dinner was served. For some reason I couldn't get beyond the first question and have been reflecting ever since. How is it that some things are so obvious that we miss them? Where did I (we) see Jesus? Why, I saw Jesus in a group of men working for children they will never meet, who in turn are seeing Jesus in the ministry of the staff as they attempt to help them heal from all kinds of abuse. Yep, I saw Jesus in the men of Mt. Carmel. Jesus fixing lights, moving mulch, pressure washing a deck, moving very heavy file cabinets, painting, hanging shade sails over picnic tables, yes, these tasks and more. 

The scripture says "we are the body of Christ", and "the kingdom of God is within." and Jesus says, "Remain in me and I will remain in you." Christianity is not something we do apart from Christ and the indwelling Holy spirit; true faith is relational, a partnership. We are Christ's hands and feet and we best understand this when we reach out in love to those who need to feel His love, like children who have been abused. 

Yes, I saw Jesus on Saturday in Ellijay, and when I look in the mirror every day, I want to see him there too. How about you?


Women's Book Club


The next meeting of the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club will be on Friday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander.

All women are invited for discussion, refreshments and fun!

 

See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.



Lenten Dinner Coordinator Needed!
Ash Wednesday is coming soon (March 6) and a volunteer is needed to recruit and coordinate groups to prepare and host Lenten Dinners this year!

If you can help with this ministry, please contact Rev. Michael or the church office to discuss.


Prayer Concerns
  • Lane Shutt’s niece Emily – battling leukemia again 
  • Gene & Linda Anglin – death of Gene’s sister Barbara 
  • Jacque Tapley’s mother: still recovering from broken knee 
  • O’Learys: Shawn’s brother in hospice 
  • Tammy Smith: recovering from serious emergency surgery
  • Diane Green: physical health and living situation 
  • Kim Hollingsworth: Al Hollingsworth – spinal surgery on 2/7/19 – prayers for good results & recovery 
  • Kathy Sigmon: Amber (daughter of a co-worker) – fell, causing paralysis from chest down – transferring from Grady to Shepherd Spinal Center this week. Prayers for her and her family. 
  • Leslie Raymer: friend Beth – serious medical issues / end of life decisions; also for Leslie who fell on Saturday injuring her leg – using a cane 
  • Jeanne Manget: for Daniel – 9 yr. old in great pain – will get shunt to help relieve pressure in March 
  • Cheryl Martin: for family of her friend Sandra who passed away last week
  • Elizabeth Crawford: upcoming job interview 
  • Isabel Waller: traveling to China to visit her mother – safe travels and a good visit
 Thanksgivings
  • Thanks to Lynne Smith for preaching this Sunday 
  • Fabian family – brother getting married and have invited all of them to be in wedding
  • Lane Shutt: Recent CT scan again returned "cancer-free!"


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


             Birthdays 
         This Week:
Darryl Jamieson
Shelby Tuthill
Wynne Buran
Boyd Whaley
Suzanne Foster
Liam Harrington
Karson Jarrett
Pat O'Nan
Hailey Bolton

         Anniversaries 
 this Week
George & Lila Hunter


Worship This Week
"Love Incarnate"
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Matthew 22:34-40


Save the Date

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE  FEBRUARY 6 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
FEBRUARY 6 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

UMW FRIDAY NIGHT CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 8 - 7:00 PM
KEPLEY HOME

WORSHIP SERVICES
FEBRUARY 10 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 10 - 2:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION SESSION
FEBRUARY 10 - 5:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM FEBRUARY 10 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

FINANCE MEETING
FEBRUARY 10 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BRD. MTG.
FEBRUARY 10 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
FEBRUARY 11 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

YOUTH SKI TRIP - 
BANNER ELK, NC
FEBRUARY 15 - 17

WORSHIP COMM. MTG.
FEBRUARY 17 - 1:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

STEWARDSHIP MEETING
FEBRUARY 17 - 2:00 PM
CURRENCE HOME

PRESIDENT'S DAY
FEBRUARY 18 - OFFICE CLOSED

CARMELITES TO FOX THEATER - FEBRUARY 18
10:30 AM - MEET AT CHURCH

UMW DAY CIRCLE BRUNCH
FEBRUARY 19 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S MEETING
FEBRUARY 21 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHILI COOK-OFF
FEBRUARY 23 - 6:30 PM
IGNATIUS HOME

GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - FEB. 23 - 26
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry
     

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.

Mt. Carmel UMC Campus
5100 S. Old Peachtree Rd.
Norcross, GA  30092

Birmingham UMC Campus
15770 Birmingham Hwy.
Milton, GA  30004


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