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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
February 4, 2015
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How Is It Going?

How is it going? Have you tried giving away a treasure or two? 

On Sunday, I asked you to consider giving away five treasures. Have you thought about what these could be?

It’s hard to give away treasure. I have pulled a few treasures and set these aside in the guest bedroom, planning to put these in the Norcross Coop box. But I find myself peeking in the doorway, wondering if there might be an occasion if I needed a grey suit. 

Since Sunday, I’ve heard of a few thoughtful ways that you are taking this seriously. One of the persons in my Monday night study said that he considers time to be his most valuable possession. He is considering how to give time to someone else. 

Time is especially difficult to give away without taking it back. I make a commitment to give time to God in prayer, and it’s tempting every morning to zoom out of the door and instead do something “productive.” I decide to give time for dinner together with Ed, and next thing I know I have taken my time back by pulling out the cell phone and checking email.

Another way that I take time back is by worrying. Instead of being present to God and to the people I am with, I start thinking about everything that can go wrong. Instead of enjoying the moment, my mind loops on possibilities that I cannot control.

I need the church, because I have trouble being the person God calls me to be. Here in the church, Mercer and Steve dress in pirate costumes and remind us that the most important treasure is God’s love. I need to be around people who have decided to trust in God, and will encourage me not to take that back either.

I need the church to help me grow in giving away treasures (and junk.) I’m guessing you do, too.

I'll see you on Sunday,
Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Ash Wednesday: February 18
  • Homework Club Update
  • Spaghetti Dinner: February 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • New Church Mailing Address
  • Children's Ministry
  • Women's Book Club: February 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thank You for Prayers
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


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 p.m.


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. 


Spaghetti Dinner & Not So Newly Wed Game: February 21 - 7:00 p.m.


















The Mt. Carmel Youth will once again sponsor this popular event. Tickets are on sale on Sundays in the foyer near the handicap entrance or see any Youth or contact Gail Bolton.

You won't want to miss this fun event featuring couples from our congregation. Come and see how well they know each other!

Menu: 
Spaghetti, Eggplant Parmesan, Salad, Bread, Beverage and Dessert

Children's Dinner in Nursery: 
Chicken Nuggets, Tater Tots, Beverage

Cost: Adults: $14.00 / Children (5-10): $7.00 / Nursery (under 5): $3.00 .

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Summer Mission Trip to Nassau, Bahamas. Thank you for supporting the Mt. Carmel Youth!


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:
We continue our journey through Matthew by hearing two different miracles that Jesus performs in Matthew 14:23-33.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus feeds 5000 with 5 loaves and two fish and he walks on water and helps Peter to do the same. 

The disciples began to worship Jesus as they saw his miraculous power and realized how great his power was and how it can change lives. 

We will think about how great this power is in our lives. 

 
Children’s Mardi Gras Party: 
Feb. 15 at 4:00 pm

Join our children’s party with King Cake, masks, music and a parade!

We will end our party with a parade around the church, so bring a scooter, wagon or small bike to decorate. The party will begin in the Education hallway.  Let me know if you can come!

Marian Long


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.


Thank You for Your Prayers!

From Jeannie Klinetob and her family:

I wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and Pastor Cyndi for her visit. My little nephew Kasen still has tubes and wires connected all to him but he is able to breathe on his own (although they have not been able to take the breathing tube out because his esophagus is swollen).

The BEST news is that his Mama got to hold him today, and this is the first time in 2 weeks that the little fellow has been held. 

He still has a long way to go – but with prayers and God’s help – he is getting there. 

Thank you! 
Jeannie


Prayers and Thanksgivings

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

Concerns
John & Isabel Waller's daughter Fei Fei: spiritual wisdom
Easley's friend Jack
Respect for human life
Lucile Jones
Chris Bolton's friend Linda: recovery from stroke
Jeanne Manget's friend Dennis: has cancer so no longer candidate for kidney transplant
Assisted living worker, Mary: for faith and peace
Ragon's neighbor Gloria: cancer
Jerry McDonald's daughter recovering from surgery
Family of Dr. Hayner of Columbia Seminary - died last Saturday

Thanksgivings
Pekka Ignatius' brother visiting
Birthday of Steve Pearson's nephew
Jerry McDonald: for kind "angels"
Susan Posey: for Dr. Hayner and his wife's faith witness
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 14:13-33


Birthdays this week:

Eric Lansing
Lorraine Howard
Darryl Jamieson
Shelby Tuthill
Bill Chappell
Kristin Anderson
Wynne Buran
Boyd Whaley
Suzanne Foster

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 4 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WEDNESDAY STUDY
FEBRUARY 4 - 7:00 PM
ROOM 112/114

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

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

HOMEWORK CLUB
FEBRUARY 5 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

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

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

YOUTH REHEARSAL
FEBRUARY 8 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER / PROGRAM
FEBRUARY 8 - 5:15 PM
YOUTH HALL

YOUTH WORSHIP
FEBRUARY 8 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

FINANCE COMM. MTG.
FEBRUARY 8 - 6:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD
FEBRUARY 8 - 7:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

STUDY OF MATTHEW
FEBRUARY 9 - 7:00 PM 
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
FEBRUARY 10 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

CHILDREN'S MARDI GRAS PARTY
FEBRUARY 15 - 4:00 PM
ROOM 112/114 / LFH

PRESIDENT'S DAY - OFFICE CLOSED
FEBRUARY 16

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

ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 18
ASHES TO GO - 6 - 9 AM
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 & NOT SO NEWLYWED GAME
FEBRUARY 21 - 7:00 PM
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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