August 10, 2020
Sunday sermon

Sermon Title: Watch Your Mouth
Scripture: James 3

"No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." That's one of the important messages in James 3 and we'll unpack it this week as our "Practically Speaking" sermon series continues. Our words have deadly potential and can produce scars that last a lifetime. Join us Sunday as Will Tyler shares a message about making sure we use our tongues wisely and produce good fruit.
In-person church to resume - in a manner of speaking
Starting Sunday, Aug. 23, MC3 Church will begin offering an in-person service in addition to our online worship experience during the 10:30 hour.

We will begin meeting again in person by holding "Church in the Parking Lot" at the old Mount Carmel church (now Carmel Mar Thoma Center). The service will be held in the parking lot next to the gym at 10:30 a.m. and will rely on FM radio for sound.

Our Church in the Parking Lot experience will be a full Sunday morning service, with the praise team, message, communion and offering time. Everyone, of course, will be encouraged to stay in or around their vehicles throughout the service to make sure we follow social distancing guidelines. Also, children should remain with their parents at all times. While this is not the preferred way of holding services, we hope it will fill a niche for those who want to worship with others versus being alone in their homes on Sunday mornings.

Our recent noontime Sunday gatherings at J.B. Williams Park have drawn about 40 to 45 people each week. Once again, this Sunday, we will hold another short devotion and communion service at noon in the park.

In the meantime, we will continue to steam services online for those who prefer to worship online during this time.
This Week's Prayer Services
Sunday Worship Materials

Parents, please look for an email Friday containing this week’s Sunday worship lesson for your children. The materials also will be on the Kids page of the MC3 Church website.

A Prayer for the First Day of School


I was driving through this subdivision and saw Lisa sitting on the porch steps this morning. She looked rather disconsolate so I stopped to chat for a minute. She was feeling low. Her first and only little one had started to school this morning. Real school. That was a big thing for Lisa and made me remember that day when our youngest started to school.

This is the first painful step in the process of growth that takes our children away from us. Up until this day, they are always at home. Sometimes under foot and in the way, but they are there. We get used to the sounds they make. We sense their presence. The house has an aura of electric excitement, or is it apprehension when they are there?

Then they start off to school. And you worry and wonder, will they be safe? What if they get sick? Will the teacher be patient enough? Will the teacher know how really special they are? Will they learn? Are they really old enough to go to school? Will bad kids influence them? Should you go with them the first day? Or any day?

No, it’s not easy to send your child off to school. And in a fleeting thought, you know this is one of a series of send-offs. Off to camp. Off on the first date. Off to college. Off to war. Off to their own wedding.

But this is the way it must be. They must grow and become persons in their own right. They must learn reading, writing and arithmetic--and they must learn responsibility away from us. 

So I pray for Lisa and all the Lisas when school starts. And I pray for my own. Guess You understand about sending off Your Son, Father.

                                               By Bob Brown – Minister
                                               “It’s Been One of Those Days, Lord”
Quick hitters for Student Ministry and Young Adults
  • Zoom this Wednesday at 7 p.m. for middle and high school students.

Young Adults
  • Bible Study over Zoom (Or in person) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Servants needed to chaperone digital learning days for students
MC3 Church has been asked to partner with local churches in the Lilburn area to provide single-parent households with a safe, secure place for their students to access digital learning.

We need servants who would be willing to staff (essentially serve as chaperones for middle and high school students) a learning center that will be hosted at The Nett Church on Pleasant Hill in Lilburn. You would not be expected to teach the students—only to supervise while they work independently.

The learning center will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, if there are enough volunteers. While the preference would be for volunteers to serve during a full 7 a.m.-3 p.m. time slot, the shifts can be broken down into 7 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. shifts.

The requirements for serving in this role are:
· Background checked or proof of a previous within the past 12 months.
· Must be 21 or older.
· Sign Covid-19 Waiver.
· Sign Waiver of Liability (NG3 and your host church).

The effort is being organized by NG3, a local mission that promotes character development and mentoring for at-risk students in area schools.

If you are interested in serving in this role, please contact Jim Barber by email or phone at 770-783-2737.
August is our month to fill up the food pantry at Lilburn Co-Op
August is MC3's month to help stock the food pantry at Lilbun Co-Op. Please bring UNPERISHABLE food and school supply items either to the church office or drop them off directly at the co-op.

So many in our community are hurting and this is yet another opportunity to help!
We're looking for a few good messages for 2-Minute Devotions
MC3 Church is looking for people who would be willing to do one of our 2-Minute Devotions.

These short devotions, which we share via Facebook and other social media, regularly draw more than 1,000 views. They are easy to film--you can do it with your phone or come into the office--and the only requirement is a Scripture-based message lasting about 2 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, please email Jim Barber at

Aug. 10 - 7 p.m. - Monday Night Building Prayer Service (Via Zoom)
Aug. 11 - 6:30 p.m. - YAMs (Young Adult Ministry) C-Group (Via Zoom)
Aug. 11 - 7 p.m. - Tuesday Night Prayer Service (Via Zoom)
Aug. 12 - 7 p.m. - 9:37 C-Group hosted by Art Stansberry (Via Zoom)
Aug. 12 - 7 p.m. - Middle and High School Student Gathering (Via Zoom - Email Will Tyler for link)
Aug. 16 - 9:30 a.m. - New Testament Journeys C-Group hosted by Jim Barber (Via Zoom) (Read 1 Corinthians 7-8 this week)
Aug. 16 - 9:30 a.m. - Adult Sunday C-Group taught by Bruce Burdick, Donna Dukett and David McGaughey (Via Zoom)
Aug. 16 - 10:30 a.m. - Sunday Worship Service (Access through MC3.Life, Facebook, YouTube or via the MC3 Church app)
Aug. 16 - Noon - Communion In The Park - J.B. Williams Park, 4935 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047
Aug. 23 - 10:30 a.m. - Church in the Parking Lot begins at Carmel Mar Thoma Center, 6015 Old Stone Mountain Rd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Attendance and Giving
Sunday's Online Attendance
Sunday Offerings
2020 YTD Offerings
Or mail your offering to:
MC3 Church
1227 Rockbridge Rd., Ste 208-251
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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