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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
January 20, 2016


















"The Good Soil" 
by Emily & Cela 
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Thank You Barbara Cooper!
  • The Children's Corner
  • Preschool Registration for Fall
  • The Mt. Carmel Gong Show: January 30
  • Catacomb's Coffeehouse: February 12
  • Three Outreach Opportunities
  • Women's Book Club: February 5
  • Doughnut Provider Needed
  • NCM: We Couldn't Have Done it Without You!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


From the Pastor

I cannot say thank you often enough! People give so much to God through Mount Carmel. 

It seems like the least that I can do is to include a thank you note with church statements. But let’s be frank, it’s hard to come up with a new letter every year! 

I was looking for ideas, thinking about Bible verses related to gratitude, when it hit me. Take a look at the newsletters that go out each Wednesday. 

Our organized and highly efficient Suzanne just happens to keep a file with copies, so finding the newsletters was the easy part. But it took me forever--six hours-- to read through the newsletters and list all the ways that your giving made a difference in 2015! 

Research shows that listing ways for which we are thankful makes us healthier. If you want to be filled with joy, I recommend this: stop by the church office and read through the file! 

If you don’t have an extra hour or six, take a moment to read the year-end thank-you letter. Smile and tell God thank you for the people who serve God together as Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. 

You will be proud! 
Pastor Cyndi


Thank You Barbara Cooper











Do you enjoy the special altar arrangements scattered throughout the year?  If so, please thank Barbara Cooper!

This week's altar told the good news of a farmer who sows on the road, among rocks, among weeds, and in good soil.

Thank you Barbara for giving us such beautiful visuals to help illustrate the message of the week!


The Children's Corner

February will be full of fun and educational activities for our Mt. Carmel children! Hope you all can join us each Sunday and starting February 17th, on Wednesday nights... 

Sunday School will continue as usual with our regular curriculum for the remainder of January. Then, the first two Sundays in February (February 7 & 14) will focus on Valentines and Mardi Gras fun. 

February 7, during the Sunday School hour, the children will be making and decorating Valentines for their families and friends. The grown ups are invited to stop by during the Sunday School hour and make a Valentine too. 

February 14, we will kick off the Lenten season with a combined Valentines’/Mardi Gras party during Sunday School...come and join in the fun as we search for the baby Jesus in our King Cake and enjoy some pancakes and healthy snacks. There will also be Valentines for everyone. 

We will have children’s activities on Wednesday nights during Lent from February 17 through March 16. 

Please get in touch if you want to volunteer to help with the Children's activities—lraymer.mtcarmel@gmail.com 

Director of Children's Ministry


Preschool Registration

It seems hard to believe but it’s time to register for fall enrollment in Preschool! We need enrollment 
numbers soon so we can start planning space and staff for the fall semester. 

This year we are having registration for church members and current Mt.Carmel Preschool families on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26th and 27th, upstairs in Fellowship Hall right after carpool. (9:30 AM)

The following week we will open registration to all non-church members and families not currently enrolled in our school on February 2nd and 3rd at 9:30. 

If you know of anyone looking for a preschool home, we would love to give them a tour!

Preschool Director


The Mt. Carmel Gong Show: January 30

Don’t miss the first ever Mt. Carmel Gong Show on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6pm! 

Hosted by the Youth Group, this is similar to the Un-talent show that we have done 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 ones which run the risk of being “Gonged", so bring some extra money in case you need to “Gong” someone off the stage! 

Plan now to participate in an act or just come to watch the show! Doors open at 6pm for concessions. The show starts at 6:30. 

Anyone who is interested in performing should contact Eva Proels at: proels@bellsouth.net or the church office.

Admission is free. Proceeds from concession sales and “Gong” money will benefit the 2016 Youth Mission Trip. The menu will include hot dogs, chili, and Frito bowls with a vegetarian option. 

Thank you for supporting our mission trip!


Catacombs Coffeehouse: "Out of the Rain" February 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for ...

Ron Hipp with Carol Statella ~ Out of the Rain ~ is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power. Ron Hipp has been known in the Atlanta area as an accomplished solo artist and Carol Statella has played and sung in various groups over the years. Their joining forces to regularly perform and record music together has created a compelling, poignant sound that is both timeless and fresh.

Their sound together has been described as warm, eloquent, and vivid. Onstage, Ron and Carol draw audiences in with artful musicality, occasionally inane humor, and absolute focus on inviting the listener into the depths of a song. 

Doors to the Coffee House open at 7:00 PM on Friday, February 12th. Music starts at 7:30 PM and should go until about 9:00 PM. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and sweet treats will be on sale throughout. 

(Baked goods are needed - if you can provide a treat, please check the box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin!)

Come early… we had “standing room only” for our last Coffee House and “Out of the Rain” has always been a Catacombs favorite!


Three Outreach Opportunities

Celebrate National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and the Gwinnett County Pubilc Schools Community-Based Mentoring Program is one way GCPS provides quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults.  GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program is focused on engaging more community members in volunteering as mentors, sharing a simple message: Mentor IN REAL LIFE.  For more information, call (770) 682-8086.


Volunteer at Junior Achievement Discovery Center
The new Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center at Gwinnett is open for business! 

Staffed by JA volunteers — including parents and community members — the center will provide hands-on experiences in financial literacy for more than 27,000 GCPS middle schoolers this year. Trained JA volunteers are critical to the success of this program. Share this opportunity with friends and family or consider volunteering yourself. 

Questions about volunteering at the JA center?  Send an e-mail to VolunteerGwinnett@georgia.ja.org.


NCM Needs Food, Blankets & Coats

From our Norcross Cooperative Ministry representative, Penny Millar, we have learned that the pantry shelves at NCM are bare.  ALL kinds of non-perishable food is needed, as well as coats and blankets. 

Donations may be left in the NCM box in Mt. Carmel foyer.  Or monetary donations may be dropped into the Sunday offering plate.


Women's Book Club: February 5

All women are invited to join the Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club on Friday night, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

The book of the month is "The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant. 

For more information on the Book Club, contact Chris Bolton or Vicki Walden.


Doughnut Provider Needed

Each week, a team of volunteers take turns making sure that we have doughnuts and juice available in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings. They pick up these treats on their way to church and have them here by 9:00 a.m. This year, one of our volunteers has taken on a new position, so needs to step down from "doughnut duty."  

The Sunday slot open is on the 1st Sunday of ODD months. (January, March, May, July, September, November)  

The cost of these supplies may be reimbursed from the church, or added as a donation to the volunteer's Giving Statement.

If you are interested in helping with this need, please contact the church office for more details.


From NCM: We Couldn't Have Done it Without You!

2015 was an AMAZING year!  God has blessed this organization with great donors and volunteers.  We look forward to what He will do in 2016!

Here is a summary. In 2015, Norcross Cooperative Ministy ...
  • Served 9,676 families / 31,268 people
  • Gave out 35,174 bags of food (each bag lasts a family 3-4 days)
  • Distributed 76,577 items of clothing - some professional wear for those seeking employment
  • Had volunteers who served 23,822 logged hours - 200 that come each month throughout the year
  • Gave out 1,300 book bags, filled with school supplies, to local children
  • And finally, 2,685 children received Christmas gifts through NCM.
From the staff of Norcross Cooperative Ministry, thank you for an amazing 2015!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Sam Tapley & family: death of Sam's mother
  • Connie Hull: continued recovery from auto accident
  • Cheryl Smith: recovery from heart attack
  • Steve Pearson: continued recovery from stroke
  • Gene Anglin: recovery from hip replacement / virus
  • June Spruell's cousin Bob: in hospice care with cancer
  • Joy Rikard-Brown: home from hospital - low potassium levels - seeing a specialist 
  • Vickie Tucker's brother: brain scan this week
Thanksgivings
  • Those thankful for prayers:
    • Cheryl Smith after heart attack
    • Jeanne Manget after her mother's death
    • Elizabeth & Jeanne for prayers after their auto accident


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
Mark 5:1-20


Birthdays this week:

Ruby Bolton
Daniel Smith
Cathy Smith
Alison Alesi
Diane Bond
John Tucker
Justin Portillo
Steve Ruhl
Lindsay Braun
Charles Joyner

No anniversaries this week.


Save the Date

CHOIR PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
7:00 PM - SANCTUARY

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
8:30 PM - SANCTUARY

COMMUNION TO ASSISTED LIVING HOME
JAN. 21 - 9:45 AM

HOMEWORK CLUB 
THURSDAY, JAN. 21
3:30 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
JAN. 21 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WORSHIP COMMITTEE MTG.
JAN. 24 - 12:15 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH REHEARSAL
JAN. 24 - 2:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH DINNER & PROGRAMMING
JAN. 24 - 5:15 - 7:30 PM
YOUTH ROOMS

PRESCHOOL IN-HOUSE REGISTRATION
JAN. 26 & 27: 9:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

UMW DAY CIRCLE
JAN. 26 - 10:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

NO BROWN BAG STUDY
on JAN. 26

THE GONG SHOW: YOUTH FUNDRAISER
JANUARY 30 - 6:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FINANCE COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING
JANUARY 31 - 12:30 PM
HOPE HOUSE

PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY REGISTRATION
FEB. 2 & 3: 9:30 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
FEB. 5 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

UMW WOMAN OF THE YEAR BRUNCH
FEB. 7 - 12:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL
(NOTE DATE CHANGE)

ASH WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 10
ASHES TO GO: 6 - 10 AM
POT LUCK DINNER: 6:00 PM
WORSHIP SERVICE: 7:00 PM

CATACOMBS COFFEE HOUSE 
FEBRUARY 12 - 7:00 PM
LOWER FELLOWSHIP HALL



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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