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Stories from Mt Carmel

A video blog

Enjoy this treasury of stories from the Mount Carmel community. Click on a title to see a video, and get to know more about how God is working through the people of Mt Carmel.

Men travel to Amicalola Falls for retreat including a half day trip to Ellijay to serve children in need with a Community Service Project helping Appalachian Children's Center.

Not sure about making presents for Christmas? Craig shares how a homemade gift has made a difference to him for over 25 years.

Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All. #AdventConspiracy

Everyone wants Christmas to be meaningful. The story of the first Christmas reveals what that would be like: Worship Fully. Spend Less. Give More. Love All. #AdventConspiracy

Julie shares how she her involvement with Family Promise has grown over time, and how this ministry makes a difference to her and others.

Pekka and Lila share their experiences of Family Promise, and how this has made a difference to them as followers of Christ.

Charlie Brown shows up looking for help. He's feeling discouraged.

It's music Sunday! Everything is ready for a lively and joyful service. There are musicians, and ushers, and even a remodeled sanctuary. Everything is ready...or is it?

On his way to his first committee meeting, his younger sister Sally gives Charlie Brown some advice. But is this really how we invite others into the family of God?

The committee meets. The double classroom has never looked like this before!

So is this all there is to evangelism? Shouldn't we do more than welcome those who show up? Linus shows Charlie Brown how his questions were also ways of others knowing God's transformation.

Dick describes how he began reading scripture and how times of quiet are times of listening to God.

Christ Has Friends in Low Places

lyrics by Barbara Cooper and Cyndi McDonald

Blame it all on his love,

He came down from above,

A child born in Bethlehem.

No room in the inn,

A world full of sin,

God was the last one you thought you’d see here.

The shepherd’s surprise,

The fear in their eyes,

When the angels said,

“Don’t be afraid.

“Go worship the king,

A babe who will bring

Good news and great joy for all.”


‘Cause Christ has friends in low places,

Where temptations drown but the spirit chases our sins away,

And we are changed.

Christ shows up in surprising places,

Before we asked, he offered graces,

‘Cause Christ has friends in low places.

On his daily walk,

Christ would always talk

To people the world ignored.

Lepers he would meet,

Women of the street,

Tax collectors and more.

“Let the children come.

It’s not burdensome.”

The disciples hadn’t a clue.

Could it even be

Christ wants you and me

As part of God’s kingdom too?


When you meet the poor,

Don’t take a detour,

But do what Jesus would do.

Offer something to eat,

Rest for their feet,

And show that you care for them too.

Give up acting grand;

Lend a helping hand

To those who are frightened and weak.

With a humble heart,

You can do your part,

And live the way that you speak.


Jason describes his mornings. Reading, praying, and community are part of how God is growing him in wisdom and love for others.

Thanks to Ed McDonald for putting together a video with glimpses of our first Holy Guacamole worship service at Kikos. Join in for worship, Mondays at 7 pm, at Kiko's restaurant.

What a joy to celebrate their faith with the 2016 confirmation candidates. We gathered at Jones Bridge Park for a baptism and remembrance of baptism, then returned to Mount Carmel UMC for a confirmation service.

At the annual ministry fair, the sermon is our serving! Give thanks for all the lives touched by this time set aside for others.

Children are more than the future of the church. They lead us into holy moments of the present.

Lorrie shares how she got started baking bread for Holy Communion, and how she prepares for this holy moment.

Easter changes everything! Resurrection is at the heart of our faith. At Mount Carmel, we'd love to help you prepare for Easter in ways that help you experience the meaning of this celebration.

At Mount Carmel, we're thankful for the people who made 2015 a great year. Enjoy a few highlights from the year, and consider how you can grow and serve God with us in 2016.

When the forces of the empire gather and grow strong, it's time for the rebellion to bring new hope.

Poor Bob. He wonders whether the church makes a difference. But never worry! Clarence the angel has a word of hope--and a vision of what the world would be like without Mount Carmel. Part 1 of a miniseries.

Clarence continues to show Bob what the world would be like without Mount Carmel. What if there were no youth mission trip or no scouts?

Clarence continues his quest of showing Bob what a wonderful church Mount Carmel is! What would the world be like without the wonderful preschool and children's ministry?

In this penultimate episode, Clarence the Angel shows just how horrible it can be without Mount Carmel. Many of our neighbors are impacted. Did you know that Mount Carmel was one of the founding churches of Norcross Coop? Imagine what our community would be like without the support of this ministry through the years.

In the last video of the series, Clarence tells Bob that he really has a wonderful church. Is this enough? Will Clarence earn his wings?

We had a great time making "It's a wonderful church". It didn't always work out exactly as planned, but even so, it's still a wonderful church.

Wynne shares her longing for God "with skin on", and how she found this in the body of Christ, the church, at Mt Carmel.

Johnny talks about helping with BBQ as a child and as an adult, and how his understanding of God has changed over time.

The men at Mt Carmel invite you to grow as a disciple. Together we can help one another grow in our faith walk.

Barbara Cooper

MUST Summer Lunch

Barbara and her husband Tom found their way to Mt Carmel on a Homecoming Sunday about ten years ago. She had written a drama about John Wesley, and the Mt Carmel worship team wanted to use this as the Homecoming program to celebrate John Wesley's 300th birthday.

Not only did Barbara share her script, she played a part in the drama. Since then she has shared her passion for the arts--drama, visuals, and music--enlivening and enriching worship. Many of the church's banners and altar arrangements reflect her talents and leadership.

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Barbara is a lifelong Methodist. She enjoys storytelling, reading fiction (especially historical fiction and mysteries), crossword and other word puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In this video, Barbara shares what it was like to volunteer each week to pack and check summer lunches for kids on school lunch programs.

David explains why "One Day" is one of his favorite hymns, and how he came to Mt Carmel.

Lisa shares about coming to Mt Carmel, becoming part of a small group Bible study, and about how God was with her even when it seemed as though God had abandoned her.

Dick Easley

Annual Conference

Dick Easley is a lay reprentative of our district at the North Georgia Annual Conference. Here he describes how the ministries at Mt Carmel reflect those of United Methodists here in North Georgia and worldwide.

Amanda Garner shares what it was like for her growing up at Mt Carmel.

Craig German serves every Thursday afternoon in the Homework Club. He shares what it is like to be part of this ministry, and how he came to Mount Carmel UMC.

Michelle shares how she came to Mt Carmel, and how important Sunday mornings are for her relationship with God.

George is from Anchorage, Alaska, and his heritage is both Alaskan native and Northern European. As a "military brat", he grew up in Florida, the Philippines and DC. George and his wife Lila moved to Duluth in 2001.

George is a support manager at Fundtech Corporation. He and Lila have five dogs and fostering two dogs. In addition to photography, George enjoys archery and messing around with computers. At Mt Carmel, George has been part of Family Promise, and the creative teams for stewardship and Stations of the Cross. He is part of the Transformers class, which meets on Sundays in the Hope House at 10:45.

Lila Hunter

Annual Conference

As Mt Carmel's delegate to Annual Conference, Lila finds that North Georgia United Methodists are making disciples for the transformation of the world.

In our first Sunday singing the congregation's picks, Lorrie and Katrina describe why they love My Hope is Built, Down by the Riverside, and Come Thou Fount. What's your favorite hymn? How does it remind you who you are and whose you are?

Lorrie, the director of the Preschool, shares how she and her husband Pekka came to Mt Carmel, and what it is like to be part of the preschool

Jerry McDonald

A Home at Mt Carmel

Jerry shares from his journey of faith and what it means to him to be part of the ministries, worship, and people of Mt Carmel.

Susan Posey arranges flowers for the church each month. In this mission moment, she shares how she came to pray for those the flowers honor or remember. Creation and bringing creation into the worship service are important components of her spiritual life.

Some highlights of the Preschool Pageant to bring a smile to your face. Aren't you thankful for the preschool?

Cheri Proels

Vacation Bible School

Cheri volunteers to help with games at VBS, no matter how hot it is outside! In this video she shares why she helps, year after year.

One of our youth has been passing out strings, stickers, and post-its every Sunday in Lent. Here's why he wants us to remember Norcross Coop, our ministry with other churches in which we share food and other support with our neighbors.

On music Sunday, we sing one another's songs and hear one another's stories. In this first video, Annette and Vicki share the memories that make these songs so special. They also tell the stories of how they came to Mt Carmel.

Alex shares about her Lenten discipline for this year, and about how she has changed the format of her birthday parties.

What is your favorite song? Perhaps you have a differenent favorite each day of the year! Maybe your favorite has meaning for decades. In this video Annette and Kris share more about their favorites.

Andrew describes what it was like to be part of confirmation and how he looks forward to his baptism.

During our "John Wesley Meets The Beatles" worship series, we had a bit of a Revolution. We packed 1000 lunches for children who would normally receive free lunches at school.

Josh shares why he wants to be baptized at this time and at this place (Mt Carmel United Methodist Church).

Katrina shares hows God led her to Mt Carmel, and how gender biases got in the way of her relationship with God.

Jacque was born in Worland, Wyoming and grew up in Idaho; Houston, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, and Merritt Island, FL. At age 23, she moved to Atlanta for better job opportunities, and now is the Office Manager for Guided Therapeutics, Inc.

Jacque met her husband Sam in high school. At their 30-year class reunion, Sam inquired about her to some mutual friends and they started e-mailing each other. They were married in 2006.

When Sam joined her here, they looked for a smaller church, more personal church. Jacque says, "We were hooked on that first Sunday. We both loved the people, the sanctuary and felt the Holy Spirit working there."

Jacque enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, sewing, making jewelry, singing and arranging flowers. She uses her talent for flower arrangements for the sanctuary once a month, and leads the decorating of the flowering cross for Easter. She helps organize the Transformers Sunday School class, volunteers for BBQ and other fundraisers, serves with the Family Promise Ministry and sings with the choir on occasion.

What you may not know is that she was extremely shy growing up, which she attributes to going to 12 different schools between Kindergarten and 12th grade. She didn't come out of her "shell" until she moved here to Atlanta. Jacque concludes, "I think it is safe to say I'm not really 'shy' anymore."

Sam Tapley shares how God used ordinary letters to speak in and through him, how he found his way to Mt Carmel, and how God is bringing healing in his life.

Over time, the people of Mt Carmel have prayed for many people. This short video shares thanks from those for whom we have prayed.

God made us to live with God and one another. Any other way, doesn't work. You are wanted, by God and by the church.

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