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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
December 21, 2016

Fun at the Down Home Holiday!
In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • December 24 & 25 Schedule
  • No Newsletter Next Week / Office Hours
  • Trinity Community Kitchen: Donations Needed
  • Advent Holy Communion Tonight
  • Kid's Corner
  • Staff Thank You!
  • Mt. Carmel Youth
  • Altar Flowers for 2017
  • Women's Book Club: January 6
  • The Gong Show is Coming!
  • Communications Chair Needed
  • Upcoming District Events
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

Christmas Eve 
Did you know that more people attend worship on Christmas Eve than any other day of the year? 

Even people who aren’t sure about Jesus or church will show up on this day. Some will come without thinking about why, being part of Christmas Eve has always been a tradition. 

Others will come to please relatives. It’s easier on the family dynamics to go along, even when there are doubts or disbelief. 

But some will come because deep inside there is a desire for a holy moment. There is a longing for something more, a restlessness that cannot be satisfied with life as it is. 

We call this grace. Even before we know that we need God, God is at work drawing us to God. 

That’s why we will tell the story, again and again, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

At 5 pm, we’ll gather for a children’s service. Children of all ages can come dressed as Mary or Joseph or shepherds. Or show up and put on a costume in the history room. It's possible we could have all shepherds or all angels but these always seem to work out. 

When we read and sing about angels then the angels will come to the manger. When we read and sing about shepherds then the shepherds will come to see baby Jesus. 

Our hope is that as they participate in the story, they will realize that they are part of the story. God’s story continues today, and we are part of God’s story. 

At 7 pm, our worship will be led by the choir and organ. The reverence of Holy Communion and candles remind us that this was a holy moment. This was not just any baby, but God in the flesh. 

At 11:30 pm, we gather at a dark hour and remember that we needed this light of Christ. The light that shone in the darkness 2,000 years ago still shines today. We’ll leave at midnight, and say Merry Christmas to one another. It’s a new day. Christmas Day. 

Every so often, Christmas falls on a Sunday. We’ll gather at 4 pm and hear the rest of the Christmas story, the magi who follow a star. God reached out to Gentiles through this Jewish child. The light in the darkness is for everyone. We will give thanks by singing carols (get your picks ready!) and hearing a more recent story of God reaching out in an unlikely way. 

We’ll tell the story, again and again, of a love that came down at Christmas. If you are travelling, I hope that you will gather at another church to hear the story. For those who are here in Georgia, I look forward to hearing the story with you on Saturday and Sunday. 

Merry Christmas to you! 

P.S. Recently someone asked why we have Holy Communion “so often”. Others have asked why we don’t do this every week. This made me wonder what other questions you have about Holy Communion. 

I’d like to include these in the “Hot Bread Now” services on January 1. Or if there are questions about baptism (January 8) or any questions about the Christian faith that can be addressed as we go through the gospel of Luke. 

Please include your questions on the connect card, or call or email the church office.

Christmas Eve and 
Christmas Day Worship Services

December 24: 
- Children's Service at 5:00 pm
- Christmas Eve Services 
at 7:00 & 11:30 pm

December 25:
- Christmas Day Worship Service at 4:00 pm

No Newsletter Next Week / Office Hours

Due to staff vacations, there will be no newsletter published on January 4. The newsletter will go out again on Wednesday, January 11.

The church office will be on closed December 23 - 27.
On December 28 - 30, volunteers will staff the office between 9:00 and 12:00.  (Thanks Volunteers!)

Please plan any church business accordingly.  Thank you!

It’s time to help the TRINITY COMMUNITY KITCHEN! January 8th

On January 8th the Mt. Carmel Youth will provide food and serve at the Trinity Community Kitchen (formerly Soup Kitchen) and your help is needed! 

Please look below and also on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin to see if you can help with any of the items needed. 

You may either check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card, or contact the church office to sign up. Then just bring your donations to the church kitchen by January 6th. Please make sure that you put your name and "Trinity Kitchen" on your donation when you bring it to the church. (Soup should be delivered FROZEN in gallon zip-lock bags please.) 

If you can help make the sandwiches that weekend, or want to go with the Youth to help serve, you may sign up for that too! Thanks! 

1 gallon vegetable-beef soup (need 35 gallons)
3 boxes granola bars - any type (need 300 bars total) 
Peanut Butter 
Grape Jelly 
Help mix peanut butter and jelly on Saturday 
Help serve at Trinity on Sunday

Final Wednesday Holy Communion Tonight

Tonight from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., the final Advent Holy Communion service will be held in the sanctuary.

Stop in for a little peace and reflection during this hectic season.

Kid's Corner
Everyone plan to attend the Children's Worship Service on Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm!

Children of all ages can come dressed as Mary or Joseph or shepherds. Or show up and put on a costume in the history room!

We'll all get to participate in telling the Christmas story!
Merry Christmas!

Thank You from the Staff 

The staff of Mt. Carmel would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for giving so generously to the Mt. Carmel Staff Gift this Christmas!

Thank you for all of your help in volunteering throughout the year also and for making us feel so appreciated!

From the Mt. Carmel staff, we wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With much love,
Pastor Cyndi, John, Leslie, Suzanne, Emily, Cindy, Chris, Lamar, Johnny and Charles

Mt. Carmel Youth

The youth meet each Sunday night beginning with dinner together at 5:30, followed by fun, programming and worship until 7:30 p.m.

For more information, see the Youth Newsletter HERE!
Or contact Youth Director, Emily Thompson.

Altar Flowers Needed in 2017


It's time to sign up to sponsor flowers on the altar each Sunday in memory or honor of a loved one.


If you would like to sponsor an arrangement, please check the box on the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin, or contact the church office.  (770-449-4498)  Cost is $40.00

Women's Book Club: January 6

The book club will meet in the Hope House on Friday night, January 6th, at 7:00 p.m.

This month's book is, House Rules by Jodi Picoult.

All women are invited. See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden with any questions or for directions.

The Gong Show is Coming!

Don’t miss the 
Mt. Carmel Gong Show 
on Saturday, 
January 28 at 6pm! 

Hosted by the Mt. Carmel Youth Group, this is similar to the 
Un-talent show that we have held in the past. 

It is a church-wide, fun, fellowship event that anyone can participate in. All acts are welcome! 

The Gong Show will include serious acts and less serious acts. ALL acts run the risk of being “Gonged”, so bring some extra money in case you need to “Gong” someone off the stage! 

Participate in an act or come to watch the show! Doors open at 6:00 pm for concessions and the show starts at 6:30. 

Anyone who is interested and willing to perform in the Gong Show should contact Eva Proels, Allie Bell, or the church office

Admission is free. Proceeds from concession sales and “Gong” money will benefit the Youth Mission Trip. 

The menu will include hot dogs, chili, and Frito bowls with a vegetarian option. Thank you for supporting our mission trip!

Communications Chair for Mt. Carmel UMC

We are planning to add the position of Communications Chair to our leadership roster for 2017.

A more coordinated and well-structured approach to all our communication efforts will help us in achieving our vision. 

“At Mt. Carmel we fulfill this mission through
life transforming relationships with God, 
with one another, and with neighbors.” 

The main responsibilities for the Communications Chair will be to develop and implement a unified communications strategy for Mt. Carmel and to lead a group of team members to be identified. 

This includes resource planning, direction of volunteers assigned for various tasks, recruitment of additional volunteers as needed and the coordination of their individual efforts. 

Please contact Pastor Cyndi, Lois Salter or Pekka Ignatius if you are interested in assuming the role of Communications Chair or have any questions regarding the position.

Upcoming District Events

January 30th - Atlanta-Roswell District Training Event 
Roswell UMC – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Join us for dinner, Ministry Innovations led by Denise Hunicutt, and breakout sessions on Successful Models for Reaching God’s people…including models of Radical Hospitality from Impact Church, Vision development from Dunwoody, Older Adult Ministry from The Korean Church, Special Needs Ministry from Mt. Pisgah and more! 

There will be a $10 fee for dinner. 

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Visits
January 8 - Mt. Pisgah UMC - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bishop Sue will be visiting our district for a Laity Gathering. All laity are invited to come meet and get to know her. 

During her time with us, she will speak a while, hold a Q & A period, and celebrate Holy Communion. 

Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • The Cooper's friend Calvin: 2 yr. old facing dialysis
  • Victims of natural disasters
  • High profile Christians
  • McGee's daughter-in-law Dana: cancer treatments
  • Jacque Tapley's sister Shelley: hospitalized already, now has a staph infection
  • Lane Shutt's brother Neal: prostate cancer - will have to have surgery
  • Ellen Berlage: for family time together during the holidays
  • The mother of the Downey's daughter-in-law: cancer
  • PTSD survivors
  • The McGees and Phillips both back in church
  • Chuck & Barbara back in the choir
  • Ryan Stark appointed to the Naval Academy
  • Thanks also to Ryan for building new shelves in the church attic as his Eagle Scout project.
  • Taylor Tucker's birthday on Christmas Day

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 Lessons
Matthew 2:1-12

Birthdays this week:

Eva Proels
Lane Shutt
Loyd McGee
Cheryl Smith
Taylor Tucker
Alexa Whitlow
Diane Smith
Gene Weeks
Ken Smith

this week:
Thomas & Joyce Ivy

Save the Date

DECEMBER 21 - 6:30 PM


DEC. 23 - 27

  7:00 PM & 11:30 PM 

DECEMBER 25 - 4:00 PM

DECEMBER 28 - 30
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

JANUARY 1, 2017
9:30 & 11:00 AM

JANUARY 6 - 7:00 PM


JANUARY 8 - 2:30 PM

JANUARY 10 - 6:30 PM

JANUARY 13 - 16


JANUARY 28 - 6:00 PM

FEBRUARY 4 - 6:30 PM

FEB. 3 - 6

FEBRUARY 5 - 12:15 PM


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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