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Mt Carmel United Methodist Church
January 28, 2015
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Filling the Hole

On Sunday, we read the Beatitudes in worship. What a strange collection of sayings. Are you grieving? You’re blessed. Do you wish the world were better? You’re blessed. Are you surrounded by people who need help? You’re blessed. Did you break two kitchenaid mixers and burn the cookies this weekend? You’re blessed! 

Jesus seems to expand who is blessed to include everyone: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the put-upon and those longing for justice. God’s kingdom is for everyone. 

At Mt Carmel, we say that we “live, love, learn, and labor following the example of Christ.” In other words, we extend God’s blessing to everyone. It doesn’t matter who they are. God is reaching out to them, and wanting us to be part of God’s invitation.

This week, I asked you to practice hospitality in some way. How is that going? Have you had a conversation with that coworker or neighbor? 

When I walk past through the neighborhood in the evenings, I see blue lights of televisions and computer screens. I think loneliness is part of the reason that serial television watching is so prevalent. We were created for relationships, created in the image of a Trinity God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we don’t have good relationships, there is a hole that needs to be filled. 

When you help someone become part of a community, especially a church community, you are helping them become the person God created them to be. Introduce someone, not only their name, but in a way that helps them make a connection. Names are easily forgotten, but if you introduce someone with a bit of who they are and their passions and interests, you create an opening for connection and friendship. 

At Mt Carmel we have something precious, a treasure that others need. We know that God’s love is for everyone. We trust that God has not given up on us, and is working within us to bring healing and peace. There is no need to turn to “more”, “better”, or “busyness” to fill the hole inside. Share a bit of yourself by being a friend, and you can’t help but share God’s love. 

God never stops inviting, welcoming, blessing. Most of the time, that’s through you and me.

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Bulletin Covers
  • New Church Mailing Address
  • Children's Ministry
  • UMW Woman of the Year Brunch: This Sunday
  • Chili Cook-Off: February 7
  • Homework Club Update
  • Men's Retreat to be Rescheduled
  • Women's Book Club: February 6 at 7:00
  • Ash Wednesday: February 18
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Sunday's Bulletin Cover


Thank you to Caroline Koch for providing the photograph on last Sunday's bulletin cover.


New Church Mailing Address

As some of you may have heard, we have had trouble recently with the U.S. mail service delivery. This involves missing mail that should be coming to the office, and also receiving mail that does not belong to us.  The most serious of these problems has involved several checks that were mailed to the church correctly, but were returned to the senders marked "no such address."

To provide a little more security for our mail, we now have a Post Office box and we recommend that you send any important church mail to this new address.

The old street address will still work as usual, but we will try to divert most mail to the P.O. box. 

The new address is: 
Mt. Carmel UMC 
P.O. Box 922997 
Norcross, GA 30010

Please make a note of it - thank you.


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
Prayer is the focus of the lesson this week as we look at Matthew 6:1-21. 

This passage contains the Lord’s Prayer and is part of Jesus’ instructions on what a life of faith looks like. God’s love is our true treasure. 

Check the family page on the church website for some prayer activities to use with your family. 

Save the Date: 

Children’s Mardi Gras Party: 
Feb. 15 at 3:00 pm

Marian Long


United Methodist Women's "Woman of the Year" Brunch: This Sunday at Noon

All women of the church are invited to join the UMW in the Fellowship Hall at a brunch to honor the 2015 "Woman of the Year!" 

The Woman of the Year is a person who has gone above and beyond in her service to the UMW and to Mt. Carmel in the previous year.

The guest of honor will be announced at the brunch, so come and find out who the honoree is this year, and enjoy lots of fun and good food also!

Please contact the church office if you plan to attend and have not already responded via the recent UMW email.


Chili Cook Off Coming Soon:  February 7 - 6:00 p.m.

From Cook-Off "old timers" to brand new friends - all will gather at the home of Pekka & Lorrie Ignatius (3890 Berkeley View Dr., Duluth, GA 30096) to enjoy chili, 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 (minimum of 2 families) BY RESERVATION ONLY.  Please RSVP for your child/children BY FEBRUARY 4.

To participate in this casual, fun evening, 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 - 2015” will be declared and a "major award" will be presented!

Please RSVP BY FEBRUARY 4 to let Lorrie and Pekka know how many people will attend and what you plan to bring.

Just check the box on the back of your Connect Card in Sunday's bulletins, or contact Lorrie at 770-265-9948, or lorrie.ignatius@gmail.com. Hope to see lots of you there!


Homework Club Update

The Mt. Carmel Homework Club, working with Berkeley Lake Elementary School, is continuing to succeed!  This will be an every Thursday event throughout the school year and we are so excited to be a part of it.

If you would like to help us provide a safe environment and one-on-one guidance for our Berkeley Lake Elementary student neighbors after school on Thursdays, you may contact Neil Odom for more information, or just CLICK HERE to sign up for a Thursday or two. 


Men's Retreat Has Been Rescheduled

In response to results from the Men’s Club survey sent recently, the Men’s Retreat will be rescheduled. Watch for more details in upcoming bulletins and newsletters.


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

The book choice in February is The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan.

All women are invited to attend. Please contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton with any questions.


Ash Wednesday:  February 18

"Ashes to Go" from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 p.m. -
     everyone bring a dish or two to share
Worship service at 7:00


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
Cynthia Currence: traveling to India on mission work - safety and success
Laraine Downey & family: death of her niece Theresa on 1/24
Jeanne Manget & friend Dennis: Jeanne may donate a kidney to Dennis
Amy Valverde-Jensen's sister: foster baby being returned to parents who still have issues - prayers for foster parents, natural parents and baby
Jerry McDonald's daughter Alyson: heart surgery 1/30
Christine Werdebaugh's cousin Carole: cancer surgery
Baby of local assisted living caregiver - hospitalized in serious condition
Family of Allene Westbrook Chalfant who died on 1/24 -
funeral at Mt. Carmel on Friday - 3:00 p.m. / Visitation at Mt. Carmel - 2:00 p.m.

Thanksgivings
Birthdays of Diane Bond and Don Ragon
Happy to have Jerry McDonald and Joyce Odom back in church
Jerry McDonald: thanks for cards and prayers
Christy & Ernie Richmond visiting
To Tara Campbell for beautiful new banners in sanctuary
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 6:7-21


Birthdays this week:

Bryan Haecker
Judy Peck
Don Ragon
Sam Medinger
Ann Rikard
Dan Bailey

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
JANUARY 28 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WEDNESDAY STUDY
JANUARY 28 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

CHOIR PRACTICE
JANUARY 28 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
JANUARY 28 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

PRESCHOOL IN-HOUSE REGISTRATION
JANUARY 29 - 9:30 - 1:15
FELLOWSHIP HALL

PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY REGISTRATION
JANUARY 30 - 9:30 - 1:15
FELLOWSHIP HALL

HOMEWORK CLUB
JANUARY 29 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW WOMAN OF THE YEAR BRUNCH
FEBRUARY 1 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH REHEARSAL 
FEBRUARY 1 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

NO EVENING YOUTH MEETING

MONDAY STUDY OF MATTHEW
FEBRUARY 2 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

TUESDAY BROWN BAG STUDY
FEBRUARY 3 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
FEBRUARY 6 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILI COOK-OFF
FEBRUARY 7 - 6:00 PM
IGNATIUS HOME

CHILDREN'S MARDI GRAS PARTY
FEBRUARY 15 - 3:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

PRESIDENT'S DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
FEBRUARY 16

UMW DAY CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 17 - 10:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 18
POT LUCK DINNER - 6:00 PM
WORSHIP - 7:00 PM

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S MEETING
FEBRUARY 19 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SPAGHETTI DINNER
FEBRUARY 21 
FELLOWSHIP HALL

SCOUT SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 22

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 23 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

LENTEN DINNERS BEGIN
FEBRUARY 25 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL


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Family Wellness
through Counseling, Education and Research


Mt. Carmel proudly supports the North Georgia Family Counseling Center.

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ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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