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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
June 3, 2015
Streams of Water 2


From Pastor Cyndi

I assumed that he was irritated with my kids. 

We had just sat down behind him in church. Maybe we were in someone else’s seats. Maybe Matt or Mark bumped him as they were sitting down. Why else would this older man turn and speak to us? 

“Young man!” he barked loudly. “Oh, no!” I thought. What have my boys done now? 

“Young man! Are you sitting behind me in church today?” 

Mark squeaked out a “yes”. He found the older gentleman as intimidating as I did. 

“Young man! Are you reliable? You can only sit there if you are dependable.” 

Mark squeaked out another “yes”, this time even more unsure of the situation. 

“Young man! I need you to watch me in church. If I fall asleep, you need to bump me on the back of the head and wake me up. Can you do that?” 

A gleam appeared in Mark’s eyes, and he agreed to help out our new friend Max. For the next hour, he watched Max intently. Had there even been a slight head bob, Mark would have jumped in with a head bump to save the day. 

We sat behind Max for the next three years. After a few weeks, Mark realized that Max was not likely to fall asleep in church. Even then, when Mark returned to his former practice of drawing pictures on the bulletins and offering envelopes, Mark wanted to sit behind Max. 

In every other situation, we tend to gather with people who are similar. When Mark and Matt were young, my friends were mostly parents with young children. In the neighborhood, children play with children while the parents talk with one another. Teenagers go off to the movies together. 

But in the church, we have the chance to sit next to someone who is a generation or two younger. We get to smile back at children who are proudly sharing the lessons they learned in VBS. We get to sing “Do Lord” with them. And we get to kneel at the altar with them for Holy Communion. 

What are you going to do this Sunday? I’m going to the 10:30 service at Mount Carmel, and I’m hoping that one of our children sits behind me. If so, I’m going to ask them to thump the back of my head if I start to nod off.

I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi

In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • June 7: 10:30 Worship and Fellowship Lunch
  • Children's Ministry
  • Youth Note - 6th Graders - Mystery Room
  • Mission Team to be Commissioned: June 14
  • MUST Summer Lunch Program: June 14 - 19
  • Thank You Notes
  • Father's Day Carnations
  • All Music Sunday: June 28 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Summer Lunch / Ice Cream Contest: June 28 at 11:30
  • Women's Book Club: June 12 at Posey Home
  • "Strikes for Jesus" Bowling: June 13 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation

Children's Sunday & Fellowship Lunch
June 7 at 10:30 AM

June 7th is Children's Sunday at Mt. Carmel! 

Plan to attend at 10:30 a.m. to see and hear from our children about their experiences at Vacation Bible School this week. 

Fellowship Lunch
The service will be followed by a Fellowship Lunch provided by the Mt. Carmel Youth. This is a fundraiser to support their upcoming International Mission Trip to Nassau, Bahamas. 

The kid and adult friendly menu will be: chicken tenders, mac-n-cheese, a salad bar, fruit salad, and cookies. PB&J fixings will also be available. 

Youth Note - Rising 6th Graders - Mystery Room

All rising sixth graders are invited to begin attending youth. This Sunday, following the lunch after church, we will go to The Mystery Room at Sugarloaf Mills.  The cost is $16.00 and we will be back to the church at 3:30.  

All youth of the church are invited to attend, but space is limited.  If you would like to go, please contact Gail Bolton at 678-313-3526 or to sign up.

Mission Team Commissioned: June 14

13 Youth and 5 Counselors who will go on the Summer Mission Trip will be commissioned at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 14.  

The Team will leave on June 21 for Nassau, Bahamas where they will help with work projects on local homes, schools, etc. as well as conduct a Children's Bible School for approx. 50 children.

Please keep these youth and adults in your prayers during the week of June 21 - 28.

Children's Ministry

Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School this week because the children will be involved in Children's Sunday as we celebrate this great week at VBS.  It is a 10:30 service.  There will be a nursery for little ones.

Children please meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 to practice our songs.  (A little earlier if you'd like to eat a doughnut!)

Camp Glisson Retreat for Children in grades 3-5: Sept. 11 - 13 

Deadline for $25 deposit is June 9th

Wacky Wednesdays 

Wacky Wednesdays are half days of fun and wild activities for preschool 4’s and elementary school children. The children are in mixed age groups. Everyone should bring a lunch and wear sneakers and clothes that can get dirty.

Cost is $5 per person and registration is limited so register today!

June 24 - Celebrate America

We will get ready to celebrate our country’s independence with fun games and crafts. 

July 8 - Slime and Grime 

It’s a time to get dirty and messy, but bring a swim suit for the slip and slide!

July 22 - Pizza and Pasta 

Have fun celebrating everyone’s favorite Italian foods. We will cook lunch, play games and make a craft. 

July 29 - More Everest 

If you had fun at VBS, join us to play your favorite games, sing the fun songs, do some Imagination Station experiments and a “cool” craft. 

Register for Wacky Wednesdays at:


Marian Long   

MUST Summer Lunch Program

We are once again working with MUST Ministries to provide lunches to children who normally get free lunch during the school year. We will put together 200 lunches a day, the week of June 15 - 19 and are looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches and pack lunch bags each morning that week.  We start at 9:00 a.m. and are usually done by 11:00.

There will be a kick-off meeting on Sunday, June 14 to get set up for the week. We'll begin with a light lunch following the 11:00 worship service. Those who attend the 9:30 service can help fill bags after that service and stay for lunch, while those from the 11:00 service can eat first then help to set up for the week.  

If you can help on Sunday or any week day, please call Joanne Ragon at 770-271-7350, or Suzanne in the church office to sign up.  This is a great opportunity to get to know church friends and have fun while helping our community.

We are also asking for donations of ham, turkey, bologna and cheese singles for the sandwiches, as well as snack-size bags of sweet and salty snacks and juice boxes. 

Please see Joanne Ragon if you can donate any of these.

Thank You Notes

From Casey Bell ~

Dear Mt. Carmel Church Family,

Thank you so much for the book and the graduation money. 
It means so much to have a supportive church family as I take this next big step in life.


From Lydia Thompson ~

Dear Mt. Carmel family,

Thank you all so much for the thoughtful gift and senior recognition. More importantly, thank you for the past 18 years of love, support, prayer, and family. Being a part of this church has made me the person I am today. As I have grown, I have changed schools, friends, and just about everything else, but this church and these loving people at Mt. Carmel have always been here for me.  Plan on lots of visits and many stories in the future.

I love you Mt. Carmel!
Lydia Thompson

From Lorrie Ignatius ~

Dear Friends,

How to begin? My thanks are deeply heartfelt to all of you and words simply cannot express how you made me feel loved and appreciated at my retirement celebration. Lane Shutt was the mastermind behind the day and brought together great creative souls who dotted every “I” and crossed every “T”. Marianne, Hayne, and Lori made the lovely framed gift of the Kind Heart Cabin, and I know Janis and Marcus are involved as well. Then, a shout out to the wonderful ladies who served - Diane, Vickie, June, Mary Ann, Cindy, Andria, June, Lila, Kris, Ann, Suzanne, Jessica, Linnea, and Nora for the cloak and dagger approach to making the reception so beautiful. These wonderful women should hire themselves out! I was totally exhausted after the affair due to the withheld tears (really?) and those that I simply had to let out. I so appreciated everyone who attended and brought memories and love by the bushels. I am also so thankful for the lovely notes and letters from those who could not attend. I also know there were 31 other people who provided food and decorations. Thank you all! 

I have tried and tried to write this letter. In my heart I want to thank everyone by name who loved us, helped us, prayed for us, and supported us in both emotional and financial ways. I now realize this is impossible but I just knew I had to mention J.W. Rikard. When I began this journey, J.W. told me he took care of the youngest and the oldest in church. He started to get annoyed with me when I wasn’t calling on him, and then probably regretted the day when I realized he meant what he said! I specifically remember calling him to ask for some help and his reply was “I can’t come right away but can be there at 1:00.” It was 11:30. J.W. and Ann took care of us from the beginning and I can securely say we would not have survived without them. My deepest love and thanks are sent to both of them. 

I cannot write without thanking my lovely teacher girls who put up with all the tradition that I would not let go by the wayside. These women are the reason the Preschool is such a success. Each teacher works diligently every day to make sure the children know the love of God and learn how to use kind hands and kind hearts. Our approach has always been the teachers were mothers and wives first, and then teachers. When a child was sick or needed a parent at a school event, my girls knew they were supposed to take care of that first. Did anyone take advantage of this approach? In a word, no. These are the women who take care of the children of the Preschool. I am forever thankful to my teacher friends who made my job the best in the world.

And finally, I thank my girls and my husband, Pekka. Pekka knew the Preschool was our mission and encouraged, supported, and helped maintain the integrity of the school. His first gift to the school was financial support and his last gift to the school was the same. Pekka gave me the greatest gift of all when he delighted in my work because it fulfilled my needs as a teacher while allowing me to be my first calling, a mother. Together we were able to raise wonderful girls and help others raise their own families. 

I have no words except thank you. 

In joy and love, 

Father’s Day Carnations 

On Father’s Day, June 21st, carnations will be placed on the altar in honor or in memory of our fathers, and those who have been like fathers to us. 

If you would like to purchase a carnation, please fill out the form found in your Sunday bulletin or in the church office and return it to the office or drop it into the offering plate by Thursday, June 18th. 

Cost: $12.00 ~ includes vase, carnation with greenery and baby’s breath ~ white carnation in memory of ~ red carnation in honor of.

Please make your check payable to Mt. Carmel UMC marked “Carnation”. All proceeds will go toward the Youth Summer Mission Trip to Nassau, Bahamas. Thank you!

All Music Sunday: June 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who turned in the hymns and songs that are most meaningful to you for June, our "music month." Sunday, June 28th is a 10:30 a.m. All Music Sunday and many more of your favorites will be included.

Mark your calendar for this fun worship service, and plan to stay for hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream afterwards!  (See below)

Summer Lunch / Ice Cream Contest! Sunday - June 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Following the Music Sunday service there will be a summer lunch of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and a Homemade Ice Cream Contest!  All food will be provided, only the ice cream makers need to bring anything.

If you think you make THE BEST homemade ice cream, please bring a freezer full to enter in the contest. The competition will be serious to see who can de-throne last year's Golden Scoop Winner, Marian Long!

You definitely won't want to miss this fun, summer Sunday!

Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The Women's Book Club will meet again on Friday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. This month the meeting will be at the home of Susan Posey.

This month's book is What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarity.

All women of the church are invited to join in 
the discussion, followed by light refreshments.  See Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden for more information.

"Strikes for Jesus" - Time Change!  Event time has been changed to 11:00 AM.

On Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 AM, all bowlers are invited to the Brunswick Bowling Lanes on Spalding Drive to try to topple the reigning "Strikes" champion, Pekka Ignatius!  

This is actually a "just for fun" fellowship event. ALL bowlers are invited, no matter how skilled, (or not!) and others are encouraged to come and watch. 

Please contact Neil Odom if you would like to bowl at this fun event. (770) 827-2122 or

Prayers and Concerns

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

  • Daughters & granddaughters of Cynthia Currence - deeper relationships with God
  • Bob Spruell: heart surgery on June 8
  • Safe summer for children / for them to make good choices
  • Friends of Klinetobs: Tim & family and Brian & family
  • Youth & adults going on Mission Trip to Bahamas
  • Lois Salter's dog, Silky
  • Easley's friend Brian: pancreas surgery
  • Dawn Seigler's friend Marilyn: healing
  • Travel safety for Isabel & Fei Fei Waller: traveling to China - also for Isabel's mother in China having eye surgery
  • Lisa Grogin's father Larry Traub: has ALS - hospitalized
  • Margaret Crawford's friend Tracy & husband Butch: Butch had recent gallbladder surgery
  • Great women's trip to Lake Hartwell on Saturday - thank you to Margaret Crawford for hosting the group
  • Craig German's birthday
  • Steve Pearson: good trip to celebrate his parents' anniversary
  • Ragon's 51st anniversary
  • Easley's 46th anniversary
  • Wynne Buran's sister Leslie surprised her by visiting from Arizona

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
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Children's Sunday - VBS Verses

Birthdays this week:

Chuck Phillips
Maxine Follmer
Cynthia Grogin
Stephanie Blackwood
Rebecca Smith
Casey Bell

Anniversaries this week:
Dave & Ann Whitlow
Michael & Sherry Blackwood

Save the Date

JUNE 3 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 3 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 3 - 5
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

JUNE 7 - 10:30 AM

JUNE 7 - 11:30 AM

JUNE 7 - 1:30 PM

JUNE 7 - 3:45 PM

JUNE 8 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 9 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 12 - 7:00 PM


JUNE 13 - 11:00 AM

JUNE 14 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM

JUNE 14 - 12;00 PM

JUNE 15 - 19 

JUNE 15 & 16 - 7:00 PM

JUNE 16 - 19

JUNE 21 - 28

JUNE 28 - 10:30 AM

JUNE 28 - 11:30 AM

JUNE 29 - JULY 2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

JULY 12 - 19

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