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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
August 19, 2015



















3rd Graders Receive Bibles
on August 23rd!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Banners in Sanctuary
  • Images from Homecoming
  • Children's Ministry
  • Night Circle Book Review: August 24 - 6:30 PM
  • Search for Director of Children's Ministry
  • Strikes for Jesus: August 22 - 1:30 PM
  • Women's Book Club - September 4
  • Food Pack for Feed My Starving Children: Sept. 24 - 27
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


What does Beulah mean?

Sunday in worship, as we were rocking along to "Dwelling in Beulah Land," I heard a whisper behind me. "What does Beulah mean?" 

One of the most beautiful souls I have ever known was named "Beulah." All my life I thought Beulah was a nickname for beautiful.

But I was wrong. 

Beulah means married.

This seems strange, doesn't it, to sing about dwelling in "a married land?" I don't think the composer meant that one day everyone will have a husband or wife! 

No, the song is a reference to Isaiah 62:4, when the people in captivity are given hope. Instead of thinking of yourself as Forsaken and your land called Desolate, you shall have a new name, "My Delight" (Hephzibah) and your land will be named married (Beulah).

In the same way that a bridegroom rejoices over a bride, God rejoices over you. 

Throughout the summer, we have read the Apostles' Creed as a way of remembering our baptism. We never use family names in a baptism because in baptism we become part of a new family and are given the new family name "Christian." Baptism represents the new covenant. Just as God promised Israel that they would be married, bound together in love and faithfulness, God offers this relationship of faithfulness and love to you and me. No one else saw the Israelites captured and enslaved as a people in whom to delight. No one but God. 

Sometimes it seems hard to remember that God sees us in this way, as a person in whom God delights and longs to be in covenant relationship. Instead of captivity to an enemy, I am most aware of my own captivity to sin. I confess again to God my hubris and selfishness, my desire for my own comfort instead of caring for others, the ways I find to stay busy instead of prayer, and the ways I turn to television and books rather than living. 

We keep a font at the front of the church to remind us of our true identity. Every time we walk into the sanctuary it speaks the words God has whispered through the ages, first to Israel, and through Jesus to all people: You are my delight. I long to live with you, loving you, being faithful to you, and in turn knowing your love and faithfulness. 

I'll see you at the font this Sunday, 

Pastor Cyndi



Banners in the Sanctuary

The banners currently hanging in the sanctuary were provided by Susan Posey from a Music & Worship Arts Week that she attended recently at Lake Junaluska, N.C.  

The banners represent the different art forms used in worship. They are made of cut paper by artist Sylvia Everett who lives in Waynesville, N.C.

Thank you to Susan for claiming these for Mt. Carmel!


Images from Homecoming


Thank you to Rev. Joy Rikard Brown for delivering the message for us on Sunday. 

It was a special day!



















Children's Ministry

Sunday School
Third graders will receive their Bibles at the 9:30 service this week and will begin during Sunday school learning how to use those Bibles.

Preschool through second grade's lesson is Fishers of Men. Peter, Andrew, James and John become fishers of men.

Third Graders Receiving Bibles:
Lily Ayer, Aaron Campbell, Nicholas Follmer, Ellie Grogin, Caitlyn Samples, and Rachael Samples

Director of Children's Ministry


Night Circle Book Review

All women of the church are invited to join the Lola Belle Young Night Circle on Monday, August 24th at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.  

Everyone is encouraged to bring a favorite book - fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, educational, old or new, it's up to you - to share with the group!

This is always a fun meeting with lots of discussion of our favorite books - and there will be dessert also!

RSVP to lisa.grogin@tetratech.com or the church office if you will be there!


Search for New Director of Children's Ministry

Please be in prayer for the Staff Parish Committee as they seek to find a new Director of Children's Ministry, and also for Ms. Marian as she prepares for her retirement.

Do you know of someone who may be called to this ministry? A job description can be found HERE, or in the church office.


Strikes for Jesus!  August 22 - 1:30 pm

bowling

All bowlers are invited to the Brunswick Bowling Lanes on Spalding Drive for this "just for fun" fellowship event. 

This event is for EVERYBODY who likes to bowl, no matter how skilled, (or not!) and others are encouraged to come and watch. 

Please contact Neil Odom if you would like to bowl. 
(770) 827-2122 or nonojo413@gmail.com


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club: Sept. 4 

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on September 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House. Light refreshments will be served.

The book of the month is Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. 

All women of the church are invited to join this group. For more information or directions, see Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden or visit the church website.


Food Pack for Feed My Starving Children & Norcross Cooperative Ministry

Norcross Cooperative Ministry and Feed My Starving Children will sponsor the Big Peach Mobile Food Pack - September 24 - 27 at the North Atlanta Trade Center: 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA  30093.  

This event helps children both locally and around the world:

Internationally:  Volunteers pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children. These meals are then sent to mission partners around the world including orphanages, schools and clinics.

Locally:  During the weekend, everyone attending will bring non-perishable foods to help stock the local pantry at NCM.

You can help in two ways:

1. Help staff the NCM table during the pack times; receiving, sorting and boxing the food being collected.  If you can help in this way, please call Shirley Cabe at 770-263-0013.

2. Volunteer to pack meals.  Times and registration information are available on flyers on bulletin boards around the church, or in the church office, or go to fmsc.org/mobilepack/events.

Thank you for feeding hungry children locally and around the world!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Dorothy Edwards - rehab from hip surgery
  • The Bagwell's friend Patsy
  • Nephew of Christine Werdebaugh - recurrence of cancer
  • Friends of Kathryn Raye
  • Shelia Trentini's Aunt Gloria - surgery to determine what stage of cancer she has
  • Cousin of David & Cindy Jones: lung & throat cancer - in hospice care
  • Dawn Seigler's friend Marilynn who fell
  • Cousin of Bob & June Spruell: cancer
  • Berkeley Lake friend Kitty: recovery from hip surgery and stroke
  • Lucile Jones
  • Joanne Ragon's friend Gail & family: daughter killed by drunk driver
  • Gail Bolton: finger surgery on Friday - for success & no complications
  • John Hammarlund's mother: in hospice care
  • Jacque Tapley's father: improving - prayers to have feeding tube removed
  • College students & teachers beginning new semester
  • Elizabeth Crawford: job search / interviews
Thanksgivings
  • Susan Posey: great choir reunion with Furman Singers, saw friends and some family members too
  • Good Homecoming 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
This week in worship the lesson will be:

Ezekiel 37
1 Corinthians 12:4-26


Birthdays this week:

John Salter
Sam Sigmon
Cindy Jones
Vicki Walden
Joanne Ragon

Anniversaries this week:
Boyd & Hillary Whaley
Steve & Nanci Hicks


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
AUGUST 19 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
AUGUST 19 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

COMMUNION TO ASSISTED LIVING HOME
AUGUST 20 - 9:45 AM

STEWARDSHIP MTG.
AUGUST 20 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG. WITH DINNER
AUGUST 20 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

STRIKES FOR JESUS
AUGUST 22 - 1:30 PM
SPALDING LANES

3RD GRADERS RECEIVE BIBLES
AUGUST 23 - 9:30 & 11:00
SANCTUARY

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
AUGUST 23 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

LAY LEADERSHIP MTG.
AUGUST 23 - 5:15 PM
HOPE HOUSE LIBRARY

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE BOOK REVIEW
AUGUST 24 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY STUDY
AUGUST 24 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
AUGUST 25 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY / CLASSROOMS

ACOLYTE COMMISSIONING
AUGUST 30 - 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH PARENTS MTG.
AUGUST 30 - 4:00 PM
YOUTH HALL

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION WEEK
AUG. 31 - SEPT. 4
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
SEPTEMBER 4 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LABOR DAY
OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 7

CHURCH PICNIC AT BERKELEY LAKE CHAPEL
SEPTEMBER 20 - 4:30 PM

BBQ / SWEET SHOP
OCTOBER 2 & 3

CHURCH CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 4 - 12:15 PM
SANCTUARY


Guest Password

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The current password is:  barbecue



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


As one of the founding churches of NCM, we encourage your support assisting those in need in our area.

Help with the most urgent needs.


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