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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
March 8, 2017











Lenten Dinners - Tuesdays at 6:00
at Medlock Tavern!
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From Pastor Cyndi
  • Daylight Saving Time: March 12
  • Lunch on Sunday
  • Youth News: Dinner Theater / T-Shirts on Sale
  • Outreach Opportunity: Family Promise
  • Kid's Corner: VBS Registration!
  • Lenten Dinners & Small Group
  • NCM Needs
  • Women's Book Club: April 7
  • Stations of the Cross
  • UMW News: Chattahoochee River Keeper to Speak
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings
  • Ways to Make a Donation


The Four Parts of Worship

At its best, worship is a glimpse of the kingdom of God. People of all ages, nations, and backgrounds come together for one purpose—to place God at the center of their lives. 

That’s why I challenge you to attend worship for the Sundays of Lent. Whenever we turn to God, we are transformed. 

Our worship services have a particular “shape”. If you look at the bulletin each week, you will see four section headings:
• We Gather as God’s People 
• God’s Word is Proclaimed 
• We Respond to God’ Word
• We are Sent Forth to Serve 

Look closely, and you will see that the heart of worship is this: serious engagement with the Word of God generates a response that affects our lives outside of the sanctuary walls. 

We encounter Jesus, the Word of God, in scripture and so every element or worship reflects the central scripture for the week. 

For the last few years we have used a lectionary—a list of scriptures for each week of the year—that covers both Old Testament and New Testament. This keeps me from repeatedly preaching from my favorite scriptures every week. (You would get tired of reading Genesis 1!) 

This also keeps me from deciding what points I want to make, and then picking a scripture to support my position. I have learned to trust that if I read, pray, and meditate on scripture, then God will provide a message. 

Having one scripture be the focus of a worship service allows for many people to “proclaim the word” in worship. 

The 9:30 musicians send suggestions to one another of music they would like to play and sing again, or new songs to learn. It’s amazing how their suggestions open up one of the scriptures already planned for the next two months. 

John selects the music at 11, also after prayer and reflecting on scripture. There have been times when I wondered why he picked a particular hymn, and as we sing the third verse I make a connection that I never saw before. 

Listen, and you will hear the day’s scripture in the prayers, too. Those who pray before the offering do an amazing job of listening to scripture and thinking about how that scripture is related to God’s gifts and our gifts. 

After Moses led the people out of slavery in Egypt, the people knew they needed food and water to survive. They asked for these (and sometimes complained about these, too). 

But God knew that food and water aren’t enough. 

God provided directions for how to worship. By building an ark and a tabernacle, the people would know that God was with them, even as they travelled through dangerous places. They would know that God heard their prayers. They would know grace, that before they sinned God had already provided a way of forgiveness and healing. 

Like those early Israelites, we don’t always ask for the things we need most. We get stuck in the daily grind, the food and water, and forget that we are on a journey to a promised land. 

Food and water aren’t enough. There’s another way of living, and we practice this pattern every Sunday: we come before God as God’s people, we listen to God’s Word, respond with “yes” to however God speaks, and are sent out in to the world to live out this call on our lives.

I’ll see you this Sunday,



Daylight Saving Time Begins!
Sunday, March 12


Do you have lunch plans on Sunday?

If not, let's meet at Kiko's Mexican Restaurant!


We'll meet there at about 12:15 p.m. (Left from church parking lot / straight through light at Medlock Bridge / immediately turn Right into the Texaco shopping center on the corner.  Kiko's is on the far side of the parking lot.) 


See Wynne Buran with questions.


Mt. Carmel Youth News

Youth Dinner Theater
March 17 & 18
7:00 PM

The luck of the Irish will be with you when the Mt. Carmel Youth Dinner Theater presents Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife! 

Meet a village full of comical characters in Limerick, Ireland, where delightfully devious little leprechauns Shillelagh, Shay, and Shannon help orchestrate the fun! 

Braggart Finn McCool has made himself the talk of the town, stretching the truth more than a wee bit too much. Thank goodness his wife, Oona, has been clever enough to get Finn out from between many rocks and hard places. But with his latest tall tale, he might be in the rockiest, hardest place yet! How can she protect Finn from his boastful lie that he could beat a giant in battle? 

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students, and $10.00 for children 5 – 10. (Childcare is provided for children five and under with dinner: $3.00) 

To reserve tickets, please contact the church office, or (770) 449-4498, or come by the ticket sales table on Sunday mornings in the Mt. Carmel foyer. 

Seating is limited, so please order your tickets today! 

FINN McCOOL AND HIS FEARLESS WIFE is produced by special permission with Pioneer Drama Service.

Mission Trip T-Shirts Available to Congregation!
This summer the Mt. Carmel Youth Group is going to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. We will be working around the community completing home repair and building projects, spending time in Vacation Bible School style lessons with kids, and submerging ourselves into the culture and community while allowing God to work through us to be His hands and feet.
We are so blessed by your generosity to pursue this amazing opportunity. Thank you!!  "All of you together are Christ’s body and each of you is a part of it." - 1 Corinthians 12:27 

This year we're offering something new - you can now buy one of the same mission trip t-shirts that our Youth will wear!

Short sleeve shirts are $17.50 and long sleeve shirts are $22.00.

Click HERE to order, or watch for sales along with the Dinner Theater tickets on Sunday mornings. Sales will end on March 12.

Thank you again for your support!

Contact Youth Director Emily Thompson with any questions about the Mt. Carmel Youth Group.

See current Youth Newsletter HERE!


     
Outreach Opportunity

Serving others can be hard. Some mission work requires substantial funds to travel to foreign places. Often you have to commit to a whole week or a whole day to serve. You might have to get vaccinations or eat strange food. You might have to work in the heat or the cold. 

But not ALL mission work is like that. Sometimes it's as easy as doing a load of laundry, or preparing a meal, or playing games, or sleeping -- all as a way of helping local families in crisis to get back on the right track. 

Watch this video about Family Promise. 

Want to know more? Come to either service on Sunday to hear from one of the Family Promise Board members about homeless families in Gwinnett County and to meet a graduate of the program. 

Then take action --- Invite a family member or a friend to sign up with you to serve during either of our Host Weeks: 
June 11th-18th 
August 6th-13th 

Make sure you mark your calendar and plan to attend: 
Family Promise Training @ Mt. Carmel 
Sunday, May 7th @ 12:30- 2pm 

We need a count for food and materials so please RSVP to Julie Jones.


Kid's Corner
Vacation Bible School will be here soon!
June 5 – 9, 2017


Registration is now open online! Just click HERE to register your children and to volunteer. Spaces go quickly, so register soon!
See Leslie Raymer for more information


Lenten Dinners at Medlock Tavern &
Sunday Morning Prayer 

The Council on Ministries offers two ways to be part of a small group during Lent.

Lenten dinners are planned at Medlock Tavern on Tuesdays of each week.  Come at 6:00 p.m. or soon after for dinner and to hear a faith story. On March 14 we welcome Katrina Stone!

A time of prayer and meditation will be offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the mid-high classroom downstairs.  So that parents can participate, breakfast and creative play will be offered for children in the double classroom at this time. (Room 112/114)  March 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9


Norcross Cooperative Ministry Needs

Norcross Cooperative Ministry has noted that they are in need of the following items. Donations may be placed in the NCM bin in the church foyer.

pots & pans, crock pots, small electric kitchen appliances, King and Queen size bed linens, and men's work boots

Thank you for your generosity.


Women's Book Club

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Friday, April 7th in the Hope House.  The book of the month is, A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.

All women are invited - light refreshments will be served.
Contact Vicki Walden or Chris Bolton for more information.


Stations of the Cross

This year Stations of the Cross will be held: 

April 13 & 14: 
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

April 15: 
9:00 am – noon

If you can help with set-up and/or provide artwork, please check the boxes on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin or contact the church office.


United Methodist Women's News:
Speaker from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

On March 25 at Dunwoody UMC, the UMW will host their Social Action: Lenten Time Apart Event.  This year the speaker will be from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Registration is that morning at 9:00, speaker from 9:30 - 10:45, and worship with Holy Communion at 11:00.
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And just for your information, a "Sweep the Hooch" event is coming up on April 8th.  You may register to help by going online to www.chattahoochee.org.


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers and Concerns
  • Cheryl Martin: recovering from arm surgery 
  • Craig German’s friends, Ron and David 
  • Joyce & Tom Ivy – Tom healing from surgery
  • Linda & Gene Anglin

  • Lane Shutt's niece Emily: young mother of two diagnosed with leukemia
Thanksgivings
  • Children who served Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday


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
Luke 13:1-9


Birthdays this week:

Steve Riviere
Leslie Raymer
Tucker Riviere
Carl Howard
Lyle Hoge
Scott Ragon
Alston Minor
June Spruell
Penny Millar

Anniversaries 
this week:
Kelly & Kevin Hinson


Save the Date

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 8 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

CHANCEL CHOIR PRACTICE
MARCH 8 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
MARCH 8 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

NO HOMEWORK CLUB
MARCH 9 

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 9 - 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH SET BUILD
MARCH 11 - 10:00 AM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS - SET CLOCK FORWARD ONE HOUR
MARCH 12

PRAYER / MEDITATION SMALL GROUP
MARCH 12 - 9:00 AM
YOUTH ROOM

CHILDREN'S BREAKFAST / PLAY - MARCH 12 - 9:00 AM
ROOM 112/114

FAMILY PROMISE SPEAKER
MARCH 12 - 9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY

YOUTH REHEARSAL
MARCH 12 - 2:30 - 7:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL
(NO REGULAR YOUTH THIS EVENING)

FINANCIAL PEACE CLASS
MARCH 12 - 3:30 PM
ROOM 112/114

YOUTH DRESS REHEARSAL
MARCH 13 - 16: 5:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MONDAY NIGHT STUDY
MARCH 13 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

LENTEN DINNERS - TUESDAYS AT MEDLOCK TAVERN
MARCH 14, 21, 28, APRIL 4
6:00 PM

YOUTH DINNER THEATER
MARCH 17 - 18
7:00 PM - FELLOWSHIP HALL

YOUTH STRIKE SET
MARCH 19 (NO REGULAR YOUTH)

PALM SUNDAY
APRIL 9

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERV.
APRIL 13 - 7:00 PM
SANCTUARY

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
APRIL 14 - 12:00 PM
SANCTUARY 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
APRIL 13 & 14: 11 AM - 7 PM
APRIL 15: 9 AM - 12 PM

EASTER EGG HUNT
APRIL 15 - 10:00 AM

EASTER - APRIL 16
SUNRISE SERVICE - 7 AM
OUTSIDE

EASTER SERVICES
9:30 & 11:00 AM
SANCTUARY


Norcross
Cooperative 
Ministry


















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.

678-242-9355
ngfccumc@gmail.com
www.ngfccumc.org


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