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Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church
April 15, 2015







Go Out to Lunch!
Sunday, April 19th at Noon
Everyone is invited!
(corner of Peachtree Industrial Blvd. 
& Medlock Bridge Road)
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Be Careful What You Pray For

Sometimes God answers prayers by changing the person who is praying. Have you had that happen? Maybe you prayed for a situation to change, and instead, found that you were the one who needed changing. 


A month ago, I began to pray, “God send us the people that no one else wants”. As I prayed, I listened to my own desires. Who are the people that I don’t want? Did I need to change before God could answer my prayer? 


Instead of praying for the people no one wants, I have been tempted to pray instead, “God bring us people that are fun to be with. Bring us people with creativity and talent. Bring us people who have time and energy, and can join us in ministry. Bring us people who can help us with the budget!” 


Unfortunately, the last few weeks I have been reading through Acts. The more I read, the more convinced I am that God does not show partiality. God never sets limits as to who is welcome in the community of faith. 


When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they hid from God and one another, ashamed and fearful. Yet God did not yell at them, or tell them they needed to get their act together before God would speak to them again. Instead, God calls out, “where are you?”. 


God still calls out, “where are you?” to people who are ashamed of their past decisions or fearful of the consequences of their actions.


After the fall, God made clothes for Adam and Eve, protecting them from the harsh world they would inhabit. 


God still longs to clothe those who turn away. Only now, God clothes with Christ. Instead of protection from the elements, we put on forgiveness, hope, and new life. 


God is not the one who sets limits as to who is welcome. God’s wardrobe is big enough for a whole world of people!


I still pray for God to send the people no one else wants. And people I don’t want. And I am wondering how I am part of God sending these people—maybe I am the one who is supposed to be taking them by the hand and bringing them! 


No surprise. Prayer is changing me. 


Who is the person that you are reluctant to talk to about faith? Who is it that you would never invite to Mt Carmel? 


Pray for that person. Just be careful. You might end up changing, too.


I'll see you this Sunday,

Pastor Cyndi
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In the Newsletter this Week:
  • From the Pastor
  • Monday Study of Acts: 7:00 p.m.
  • Retirement Celebration: May 3 - Noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • Mother's Day Roses
  • Children's Ministry
  • Blood Drive Help Needed: May 27 - 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • BBQ and Sweet Shop: April 24 & 25
  • NCM School Supply Drive
  • Gospelites at Norcross Presbyterian: April 19 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Women's Book Club: May 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wedding Congratulations!
  • Prayers / Thanksgivings


Monday Study Resumes - The Book of Acts

The Monday night study began again on April 13 with a study of the Book of Acts. 

The study, led by Pastor Cyndi, is held at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.  This would be a great time to start a new study for the next 2 months.



You're Invited!
To a Retirement Celebration 
in Honor of "MIss Lorrie"

Sunday, May 3 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Mt. Carmel Fellowship Hall

After 23 years of service, our Miss Lorrie is retiring from the Mt. Carmel Preschool at the end of the 2014-2015 year.

Join in celebrating Miss Lorrie and showing our love and appreciation for all that she has done over the years, showing "Kind Hands and Kind Hearts" to so many children!


Mother's Day Roses

On Mother’s Day, May 10th, the Youth will once again place roses on the altar in honor or in memory of our mothers.

If you would like to purchase a rose, please fill out the form in the Sunday bulletin and drop it into the offering plate or contact the church office by May 6, 2015. 

Cost: $12.00 ~ includes vase, single rose with greenery and baby’s breath (white rose in memory of ~ red rose in honor of)


Children's Ministry

Sunday School:
Our lesson this week is from Acts 10:1-18. It is the story of Peter’s Vision of the Animals. 

In this story Peter has a vision that opens his eyes and heart to accepting different people in his life. 

We will consider who we need to invite into our lives. 

Flat Wesleys 
We have enjoyed having John and Charles Wesley visit Mt. Carmel for these two weeks!

Last Sunday the children acted out a newscast skit about their lives. Miss Gail shared how she had been Suzanna Wesley in a play put on by the youth of Mt. Carmel when she was in youth group. We also listened to Charles Wesley’s hymns and learned John’s “Do all the Good you can……” message. 

The preschoolers made pictures of houses, horses and the Wesleys to show how they traveled from place to place, preaching to everyone indoors or outside. 

Help Needed with VBS: EVEREST
June 1 - 5 
Volunteers needed for these VBS positions:
KidVid Cinema Leader 
Preschool Leader
Crew Leaders: Youth grades 6-12

We are also gathering gear to make a mountain scene. Please watch for the climbers on the VBS bulletin board with items needed and donate if you can.  Thank you!


Helpers Needed at Red Cross Blood Drive

Our Outreach Committee has scheduled another Red Cross Blood Drive at Mt. Carmel on Wednesday, May 27th, however helpers are needed!  If we don't have enough helpers for all of the tasks, the drive will have to be cancelled.

Please look over the list below and let Julie Jones know if you can help!

  • Advertising: take posters to local businesses
  • Serve at a sign-up station at church
  • Manage online registrations
  • Set up Fellowship Hall
  • Meet the Red Cross workers the day of
  • Purchase / Deliver meal for Red Cross workers (will be reimbursed)
  • Serve at the registration table at Blood Drive
  • Serve at the canteen at the Blood Drive
  • Clean up afterwards


District Habitat Build Underway

Churches in our district will partner this spring to build two houses in South Atlanta. Saturday build dates include April 18, 25, and May 2, 9, 16, and 30.  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

More information, including which tasks are scheduled for each build day, can be found on the Mt. Carmel website.

If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office.


BBQ and Sweet Shop: Volunteers Needed April 24 & 25!

The United Methodist Men’s Ministry will once again host our Spring BBQ, while the United Methodist Women offer delicious baked goods at their Sweet Shop! 

While this is always a great fundraiser for many important missions, as well as a fun event, it takes LOTS of volunteers to pull it off, so please sign up to help where you can! 

To sign up to work at the Women’s Sweet Shop, bring baked goods, or help with the BBQ, please check a box on the back of the Connect Card in your Sunday bulletin.

Your neighbors and coworkers want to know about the BBQ too. FLYERS are available in the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Please take one for yourself and several for friends and family!


NCM School Supply Drive

Even though this school year is just ending, the 2015-2016 year will be here before we know it and NCM is collecting supplies for students throughout the summer. 

Please check the “wish list” below and place donations in the NCM box by July 31, 2015.

Wish List
Back Pack Style Book Bags
Hard Cover Notebooks (1" -  2" ring binders)
Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper
Pens
Pocket Folders with Brads
Composition Books
Glue (stick and bottle)
Crayons
Markers
Colored Pencils
Kleenex
Scissors


Georgia Gospelites perform in Norcross

Join the Georgia Gospelites for a Gospel Music Sing-along on Sunday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Norcross Presbyterian Church.  (3324 Medlock Bridge Road)

Everyone is invited to this family event. Sing along, tap your feet, or just listen!  Lyrics will be provided.

There is no charge and there will be refreshments afterwards.

Reservations are not required, but appreciated.  To RSVP, contact the church by email, phone (770) 448-7744, or comment on their facebook page.

Come out and support the Gospelites!  (you'll recognize a lot of faces!)


Mt. Carmel Women's Book Club

The Women's Book Club will meet again on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Hope House.

This month's book is Jacqueline Bovier Kennedy Onassis - the Untold Story, by Barbara Leaming.

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.


Wedding Congratulations!

Congratulations to Erin Foster and Thomas Carroll who were married in Guyton, Georgia on April 4th!


Prayers and Concerns

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

Prayers
  • Friends of Carol Jamieson: Ted & Cheryl - Ted recovering from stem cell surgery - a long process
  • Katrina Stone's father and his wife: moving to Florida
  • Dan Bailey's mother: hospitalized - possible permanent feeding tube
  • Sherry Blackwood's mother: broken right leg and left foot after fall - in rehab for 6-7 weeks, then hard decisions to make when rehab is over
  • Jacque Tapley's parents: father recovering after stroke - mother caring for him
  • Bill Chappell - fell and broke tailbone - hopefully home from hospital mid-week
  • Lila Hunter: for sick animals in shelter that closed
  • Lyle Hoge: traveling to gymnastics regionals - to do well and stay strong and healthy
  • Jacque Tapley's company - possibly closing
  • Cynthia Currence: upcoming World Vision conference in Chicago - safe travels for those attending and a good experience
  • Husband of Ms. Kathy - Preschool music teacher - mass on kidney and spot on lung - kidney will have to be removed
  • Debbie - Preschool grandmother - getting a pacemaker
  • Cheryl Martin's family member Leon: cancer
  • Linnea Porter's sorority sister Ashley & her husband: lost twin baby girls at 36 weeks pregnancy
  • Ignatius friend John M. - severe intestinal condition - waiting to be stable enough to transport home
Thanksgivings
  • Susan Posey: a fun birthday in New York with her sister - then David & Claire surprised her by coming in from Boston.  Also college roommate visiting
  • Lila Hunter: thanks to Marilyn Mraz for speaking Sunday about Foster Care
  • Katrina Stone's mother-in-law: celebrated 90th birthday
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:

Acts 9:1-18


Birthdays this week:

Brennan Alesi
Bob Pollock
Janis Hoge
Bryson Jarrett
Will Thompson
Gunther Trentini
Vernon Jones
Kris Bell
Lane Bendig
Mark Bagwell, Jr.
Tammy Smith
Karen Weeks
Trisha Trentini

Anniversaries this week:
Alice & Preston Porterfield
Steve & Annette Rogers


Save the Date

ADULT CHOIR PRACTICE
APRIL 15 - 7:00 PM
CHOIR ROOM

9:30 MUSICIANS PRACTICE
APRIL 15 - 8:30 PM
SANCTUARY

HOMEWORK CLUB
APRIL 16 - 3:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MEN'S MINISTRY MTG.
APRIL 16 - 7:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

FELLOWSHIP LUNCH AT THAI STAR
APRIL 19 - 12:00 PM

MT. CARMEL YOUTH
APRIL 19 - 5:15 - 7:00 PM
YOUTH HALL / ROOMS

YOUTH WORSHIP
APRIL 19 - 7:30 PM
SANCTUARY

MONDAY STUDY OF ACTS
APRIL 20 - 7:00 PM
HOPE HOUSE

BROWN BAG STUDY
APRIL 21 - 11:30 AM
HOPE HOUSE

SPRING BBQ & SWEET SHOP
APRIL 24 & 25

UMW NIGHT CIRCLE
APRIL 27 - 6:30 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

RETIREMENT CELEBRATION
MAY 3 - 12:00 - 3:00 PM
FELLOWSHIP HALL

MOTHER'S DAY
MAY 10

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
JUNE 1 - 5

MUST SUMMER LUNCHES
JUNE 15 - 19 

YOUTH MISSION TRIP
JUNE 21 - 28

FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
JULY 12 - 19


Guest Password

If you need to access the internet in one of the church buildings, you will need to sign in using a Guest Password.  

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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