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Table Talk

Talking about the ideas in Sunday's message helps us learn and apply God's Truth. Click here for questions to discuss with family and friends. 


2015 Life In Christ Conference: Registration Extended - You have 1 More Day to Sign Up!

You have 1 More Day to Register! Don't miss your opportunity to be challenged, equipped and encouraged to "enjoy the ride" of life and our faith at this year's Life In Christ Conference on March 7 from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Sign up before 11:30pm tonight!

GOT KIDS? When you register for the Life in Christ Conference you can also register your kids (infant through 6th grade) for complimentary childcare - or what we call the Super Saturday Track. The morning will fly by as the kids are cared for while enjoying fun activities, crafts, and entertainment. It will be a Saturday they won't forget!

For specific details on this year's guest speaker, Jon Acuff, the conference breakout sessions, and how to register, click here.

To volunteer to help with greeting participants, registration, snack station set up/serving, or lunch set-up, click here!

For those attending, check-in begins at 8:00am on Saturday morning and our first session kicks off at 8:30am in the Worship Center - Don't be late!


Got Kids? Famjam is Wednesday Night

Parents are encouraged to bring their 1st - 6th graders on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30pm to Famjam for a fun and encouragement focused on the importance of patience. Doors open at 6:10pm, sit as a family, and don’t miss out on the cool widget we have for your family.


Wednesday Night Prayer Gathering with Pastor Alex

Pastor Alex invites you to join him for a prayer gathering in the Worship Center on Wednesday, March 4 at 6:15pm for a special time of intercession. 

Joy Prom 2015 - Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25 

Each night, special needs guests will walk the red carpet and enjoy dancing, pictures, dessert and more. Will you be one of the 1,500 volunteers who make this event a success? Volunteers must be 7th grade or older and are required to attend a training session on either April 19 or April 22.

  • Joy Prom Volunteers: Over 900 individuals have already registered to be a volunteer for Joy Prom 2015. We will close off volunteer registration once we reach capacity. Make sure you get registered so you do not miss out! You can volunteer one or both nights. Click here for volunteer registration. 
  • Not able to serve that night?
    • Donate Costume Jewelry: One of the favorite rooms at Joy Prom is the Glitz & Glamour Room. Here our special guests enjoy lip gloss, glitter hair spray, shoe shines and more. If you have costume jewelry (new or gently used) that you would like to donate, you can drop it off at the Joy Prom table in the Gathering Space beginning this Sunday!The sparklier the better!
    • Provide food for the Caregiver Hospitality Suite: Click here to sign up!
    • Help with Flower Assembly & Napkin Folding: Click here to sign up!
  • Participant Registration opens on April 1, 2015. 


Pray for Missions

Praise for the following teams who just returned from serving on mission:

  • Dominican Republic: Assisted Freedom International Ministries in evangelism and construction of a Christian school.
  • Finish the Wall (Costa Rica): Completed construction projects on a local church

Pray for the following teams who are currently serving on mission:

  • Albania Mission Team: Returning March 7. Pray for the team as they serve at Bethany Social Services Tirana.


For Freedom Ministry Training Session

Carmel's For Freedom Ministry is hosting a volunteer training at Carmel for On Eagles Wings on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00am - 3:00pm. This Charlotte area ministry provides aftercare and empowerment opportunities for survivors of human trafficking. If you are interested in volunteering with this agency, please complete a volunteer application on their website and register for the training. If you have any questions about this training, email Angela at .


Mosaic - Style With Love

Carmel is excited and blessed to be a part of a ministry called "Mosaic - Style With Love." Our goal is to minister to the many foster children here in our city by creating a store that provides these children not just with NEW clothing, but more importantly, with a VIP experience to encourage them and show them they are important, loved and special. It is our hope and prayer to plant a mustard seed that will carry on throughout their lives.

There is much to be done before the store opens for operation on April 17, 2015. Between now and then we will be collecting NEW clothes with tags attached for children ages Newborn through 18 (both girl and boy) and setting up teams to help sort and display. 

If you would like to help, please consider one, or both, of the following:

  • Purchase NEW clothes with tags attached for children ages Newborn through 18 (both girl and boy). We are collecting shoes, all clothing types (including shirts, pants, lightweight jackets, pajamas, packaged socks, packaged underwear), jewelry and other accessories. NOTE: When purchasing clothes on hangers, please ask to keep them on the hanger if possible.
    • UPDATED DROP OFF LOCATION: Please drop off all donation items in the alcove under the stairs closest to WEE school. Look for the Mosaic store display.
    • IMPORTANT DONATION NEEDS:  In particular, we need the following items to fill the store and ensure children of all ages get their VIP experience:
      • Boys clothes of all sizes 
      • Tennis shoes of all sizes
      • Jeans of all sizes
  • Volunteer to sort the new clothes during the morning hours. All sorting will take place on Carmel's campus. To sign up, click here

If you have questions about anything please email Kris Shields. We appreciate your help and we pray that many children will be blessed through this ministry.


Fuel Student Ministry - Ecamp: Early Registration

Get ready for our 2015 Student Camp - Ecamp at Crowder's Ridge! Crowder’s Ridge is the perfect place for students who have completed 7th - 12th to get out of their summer routines and have an adventure that will change their lives forever. Crowder’s Ridge is a fun and unique experience with a strong emphasis on relational and spiritual growth. From incredible nightly worship and teaching times, to exhilarating activities, including a lake with towering water slides and a human slingshot, students of all ages will have the best week of their lives! Registration opens this Wednesday, February 25 online at Early registration cost is $265! The cost increases to $300 on April 1. 


New Discipleship Community - Now Meeting

Young Married Couples are invited to a NEW Discipleship Community (called "Better Together") meeting at 11:00am in room A244. If you are around the age of 20-30, newly married, and looking to build a community of believers, this is the place for you! Leadership couples include Allison & Brittian Blaylock, Sandi & Ken Chapman, Sam & Kevin Hale, and Paige & John Lewis.


Post - Abortion Bible Study Beginning in March 

This Bible Study is for you if you desire a better understanding of God’s plan for making one of the most painful losses of your past work for His glory! Many women who experienced an abortion show signs of post-abortion trauma without ever relating it to the abortion experience. This study offers a 6 step biblical healing model led by women who have been where you are. This 8-9 week small group study takes place in a confidential setting. God forgives when we ask. Yes, that’s absolutely true, but many times women need to work through the pain, guilt and grief of the abortion experience in a healthy, healing environment. If you have questions or want to inquire about the study, contact  . All inquiries are kept confidential.


Daughters of the King Prayer Gathering 

Do you ever feel too busy, too tired, or too distracted to pray? Are you unsure how to pray or fearful to pray aloud in a group? You are not alone!

All women of Carmel are invited to join together for regular, informal prayer gatherings to help us overcome some of these fears and doubts and learn more about prayer. Join Carmel's Daughters of the King, fellow women seeking to grow in the area of prayer, in the Carmel Prayer Room for one of our prayer gatherings:

  • Weekly Morning Gathering - Every Thursday from 11:45am -12:45pm
  • Monthly Evening Gathering - Every 3rd Tuesday from 7:00pm - 8:00pm beginning Tuesday, March 17 

No need to sign up! Just come with an expectant and teachable heart!


Carmel Shuttle 

Please help us with the congestion in our parking lot by parking at Elizabeth Lane Elementary and riding our shuttle bus. You will be picked up right by your car and dropped off at the front door. The shuttle runs from 7:15am to 8:15am, and then continually from 9:00am to 12:45pm. Elizabeth Lane Elementary is located at 121 Elizabeth Lane, Matthews, NC 28105. Click here for directions. 


Carmel Email

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Carmel Community 

Carmel Community is the place where you can find phone numbers and email addresses for Carmel Baptist members and attenders. It is an online version of the old church directory - much improved. This is a secure site where you can easily search for contact information for members of the Carmel Family. Plus, in Carmel Community it’s easy to update your church records with a new phone number, email address or a family photo! In addition to serving as an online directory, Carmel Community also provides event registration and online giving options. It is a one-stop-shop! Check it out here


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Wednesday Night Schedule - March 4

4:45 - 6:00pm - Family Night Supper

6:15 - 7:30pm - GROW for Preschoolers

                           Famjam for CarmelKidz & Parents - Uptown Auditorium 

                           MS FUEL - Gym

                           Prayer Gathering with Pastor Alex - Worship Center


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