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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
November 4, 2015


















For what are you thankful?
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Stewardship Video: It's a Wonderful Church!
  • Youth Thank You!
  • Children's Ministry
  • Coffeehouse: November 6
  • Berkeley Lake Elementary Turkey Trot: Nov. 7
  • Veteran's Day Flowers: November 8
  • Women's Book Club: November 13
  • Silent Auction: November 22
  • Trunk or Treat Winners!
  • Mt. Carmel Community Connection: Christmas Parade!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


There's been a lot of joy around here lately, hasn't there?

Wednesday’s fall festival was amazing fun. The sky cleared at the last minute, the bounce house showed up, and the grounds filled up. I’m not sure what I enjoyed most—the older kids taking over the spookhouse, redecorating and leading younger kids through this; Julie Jones passing out candy as Princess Leia, or counting how many hotdogs were left (one). 

It’s always fun to watch the Homework club kids crossing the street on Thursday afternoons, excited about this ministry. Word is that they were a little more active than usual this week. It wasn’t until the end of the session that some of the adults made the connection—Halloween Candy! 

Haven’t you enjoyed the stewardship videos, It’s a Wonderful Church? What a fun way for this stewardship team to remind us of a few of the ways we are thankful for Mount Carmel. 

The worship committee meeting smiled with joy on Sunday afternoon, when we heard that one of our acolytes spent a good bit of time in worship working out whether to light a saint candle first or to go second. He wanted to be sure that he would be the one that lit a candle honoring his grandfather. 

After worship, I read some of the gift tags that you wrote, naming the saints for whom God has gifted our lives. It fills me with joy to think of the people who have taught us about God’s love. I’ve been wondering who wrote the tags, “My mother loved the Lord…she taught me how to sing to honor him”, and “Thank you Pawpaw for telling me that it is possible to find God. Thank you for being a saint, a true missionary of God to look up towards every day”. 

There’s been a lot of joy around here lately, hasn’t there? Thank you for sharing this fruit of the Spirit, and your part in celebrating the joy and hope found in Christ. It should be that way, don’t you think? That trusting ourselves to this great God is a source of joy and thankfulness! Thank you for being Mount Carmel. 

I’ll see you this Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi


It's A Wonderful Church!

Hmmm - what would the youth of the church do if there were NO Mt. Carmel Youth Group or Scouts?

Click HERE to see the second installment of "It's A Wonderful Church," a vision of what the world would be like without Mount Carmel. 

We're all looking forward to the next act of this miniseries in church on Sunday!


Thank You from the Youth

The Youth would like to thank everyone who supported this year's Flamingo fundraiser. We really appreciate Miss Gail for her continued guidance, the generosity of those who bought insurance or donated when the flock landed in their yard, and the patience when the flock hung around a little longer than expected!

All of the funds raised will go towards the Youth Mission trip next summer. Thank you!


Veteran's Day Flowers: November 8

This Sunday, November 8, Mt. Carmel plans to honor the VETERANS in our congregation and families.

During worship on Sunday, names of veterans (living or dead) will be listed in the bulletin and they or their families will be invited to take a flower from the loose arrangement on the altar.

If you are a veteran or know of one who should be honored, please notify the church office TODAY to add them to the list.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School
Our story as we travel through the Old Testament is now in 1 Kings 12:1-15. 

King David and King Solomon have died and Solomon’s son has taken over. During Solomon’s time as king some of the Israelites were mistreated and Jeroboam comes to the new king to ask him to make their burdens less. He does not, but makes them harder instead.
We will focus on being good servant leaders. 

While we are in our large group setting we will practice our music for the play. Also, if you can stay after Sunday School for a little bit we will work with children who have solos and duets. 

Island Christmas Pageant Practice:
Sundays in November at 4:00 in the Sanctuary 
Please memorize your lines and know where you come in to say them.

Director of Children's Ministry


Catacombs Coffeehouse 
Opens Its Doors Again!
 








November 6, 2015 (Friday Night)
Doors Open at 7:00 p.m., Music from 7:30 - 9:00

Please come enjoy Great Music, Homemade Desserts & 
a Wonderful Night out with Friends.

Location: Lower Fellowship Hall


Berkeley Lake Turkey Trot: This Saturday - November 7th!

This community event, sponsored by the Berkeley Lake Elementary School PTA, City of Berkeley Lake, and the Berkeley Lake Chapel will be THIS SATURDAY and Mt. Carmel will be there!

We will have a booth set up with information about the church. If you'd like to help staff it, please contact Pastor Cyndi.  

Or if you choose to run or walk, there is a 4 mile run around the lake or a 1.5 mile fun run/walk through a Berkeley Lake neighborhood. Event registration, details and schedule can be found HERE. Hope to see you there!


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: Nov. 13

All women are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club
that meets monthly. This month's book is The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, by Fannie Flagg. 

The next Book Club meeting will be on Friday, November 13th in the Fellowship Hall. Light refreshments will be served. 

You may contact the church officeChris Bolton, or Vicki  Walden for more information or directions.


The Transformer's Sunday School Class - Silent Auction Nov. 22

Remember to keep saving those items for the Transformer's Silent Auction on November 22nd!


The auction will benefit World Vision and Family Promise of Gwinnett (a world outreach and a local charity.) The funds will be divided 50/50 for each of these worthwhile causes. 

For more information on World Vision or Family Promise, please visit their websites, see previous newsletters, or contact the church office. 

THANK YOU for helping us help others and remember to come and shop!


Trunk or Treat Winners!



Congratulations to Bob and Julie Jones as they take 1st Place in the Trunk or Treat contest for another year!  The Force is strong with them!!



Not to be passed by however were Pastor Cyndi MCDONALD (get it?) and her friend Kathy who practiced their line all afternoon ... "Would you like fries with that?" 

Church members, Preschool children and neighbors of the church all had a great time at the Festival, despite the unpredictable weather!  Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible.


Mt. Carmel Community Connection

Christmas in the Corners Parade 2015!
November 21, 2015 - 9:30 until 11:00 AM

Mt. Carmel will participate in the Peachtree Corners Christmas Parade and we need CHILDREN (and their parents) to walk the 1/2 mile parade route, dressed as biblical characters associated with the first Christmas!

The Connect Team (formerly Evangelism) will provide support and coordination.  And we'll hand out caramels to people along the parade route too!

Details are available at the Connect Table in the History Room!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Gail Bolton's sister, Connie Hull & her family
  • Preschool family: custody battle
  • Diane Bond's friend Robin
  • Lila Hunter's friend Abby: risky pregnancy
  • Children with Autism
  • Cynthia Currence's children & grandchildren: to be closer to God
  • Cyndi McDonald's friend Georgia
  • Mark Bagwell: recovering from shoulder surgery
Thanksgivings
  • Great participation and fun at Fall Festival!
  • Beautiful All Saints service


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
1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29


Birthdays this week:

Judi Boyd
Marolee Kime
Emory Riviere
Gail Bolton
John Whitlow

Anniversaries this week:
Joe & Cecelia Davis


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 4 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
NOVEMBER 5 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SPR MEETING
NOVEMBER 5 - 6:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CATACOMBS COFFEEHOUSE
NOVEMBER 6 - 7:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL

SPECIAL FLOWERS FOR VETERAN'S DAY
NOVEMBER 8
9:30 & 11:00

JOEL COMMITTEE MTG.
NOVEMBER 8 - 12:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHILDREN'S PAGEANT REHEARSAL
NOVEMBER 8 - 4:00 PM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
NOV. 8 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

SUNDAY STUDY
NOV. 8 - 6:00 PM
COUNSELING CENTER

MONDAY STUDY
NOV. 9 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY 
NOV. 10 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
NOVEMBER 13 - 7:00 PM
HISTORY ROOM

ADULT / FAMILY MTG.
NOVEMBER 15 - 10:45 AM
HOPE HOUSE

JOEL COMMITTEE
NOVEMBER 15 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

DISTRICT TRAINING EVENT
NOVEMBER 15 - 2:30 PM
CREEKSIDE UMC

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 16 - 7:00 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW DAY CIRCLE
NOVEMBER 17 - 10:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
NOVEMBER 19 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
NOVEMBER 22 - ALL DAY
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHURCH THANKSGIVING DINNER
NOVEMBER 22 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS / CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED
NOVEMBER 26 & 27

1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
NOVEMBER 29



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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