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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. 


Love + Serve Engagement Area 

A HUGE thank you to everyone in the Carmel Family for loving and serving our Neighbors so well over the last 3 weeks! Between November 30 and December 14, we were able to collect items to bless 9 ministries here in Charlotte:

  • 825 lbs of food
  • 150 lbs of maternity wear
  • 3,816 diapers, 500 lbs. of men's, women's and children's clothing
  • AND MUCH MORE. For a complete list, click here.

Click here for an online version of the Love and Serve the Least of These Catalog. Sunday, December 14 was the final day of the Love and Serve The Least of These Engagement Area set up in the Gathering Space.  If you did not have an opportunity to visit the Engagement Area, but still want to get involved please contact the Ministries listed in the Love and Serve Catalog to join a ministry team or visit the Least of These page on our website. 

Christmas and the Queen City

Mark your calendars now for Christmas and the Queen City. This Christmas Season we will focus on the true story of Christmas - one of love, hope, redemption and relationship. Plan now to join us for the following:

  • Love and Serve Engagement Area: 11/30 - 12/14
  • Christmas with Selah: 12/6
  • Advent Conspiracy Sermon Series: 11/30 - 12/21
    • If the true Christmas story is about love and redemption, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale. Advent Conspiracy resists the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas by Worshiping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All.
  • Worship Schedule:
    • December 21 Services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am, NO Discipleship Communities
    • December 28 Services at 9:30 and 11:00am, NO Discipleship Communities
  • Christmas Eve Worship Services: December 24 at 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30pm
    • To help us better prepare for all who want to come , please let us know when you and your family will be worshiping with us on December 24! Click here to select a service time.

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Send a Christmas Card to a Carmel Sponsored Missionary

While you are sending out your Christmas cards, don't forget our Carmel Supported Missionaries. They would love to know you are remembering and praying for them at this time of year. You can either email them a message (click here for their names and email addresses), or if you prefer, write a card. Just put their name on the front of the envelope, drop it in one of our Welcome Desk drop boxes, and we will forward them to the missionary family.

2015 Finish The Wall Mission Trips

In partnership with Finish The Wall, Carmel will send teams to Honduras (February 7 - 14) and Costa Rica (March 14-21)  in 2015.  Both teams, open to men, women and children (14 years of age and older accompanied by a parent), will do construction-related tasks on local churches. To join one of these teams or for questions, contact Chad Bryant at  or 704-405-3815. For more information about the trips, visit Cost of each trip is $1,450. 

If you are interested in participating in either trip, there will be an interest meeting in the Carmel Room on December 17 at 7:30pm.

Ukraine Mission Trip & Information Meeting

There will be an information meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Carmel Room, to review details for the Ukraine Summer Mission Trip.  This trip includes ministry service opportunities in sports outreach, children/youth ministry, evangelism, home visitations, medical teams, light construction, and men's/women's ministry.  The trip is appropriate for all ages and for families.  If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Bill Smith at .  Click here to complete the online application and registration forms.

Surrendering the Secret Bible Study 

Christ came for all, died for all and loves all; not just those who chose life. Studies indicate that 43% of women have had an abortion. You are not alone if you have dealt with this issue!  Post-abortive women are your mothers, your sisters, your friends, neighbors and co-workers! There is hope. There is healing. There is freedom. Surrendering the Secret is an 8-week, closed group study that will guide you on the path to the abundant life for which Jesus gave His life. Come share your heart in a safe, confidential environment and experience all that God has in store for you.  You will never be the same!  For inquiries about Surrendering the Secret, contact us at . Inquiries are completely confidential

Men - It ​Starts at Home

All men are invited to breakfast at Carmel on Saturday, January 24 from 8-9:30.  You will be challenged and equipped to lead, love, and serve. We will hear from Pastor Alex and others as we commit to be men of prayer. The cost is $5 per person. Breakfast will be catered by The Flying Biscuit and will include scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, oven roasted potatoes, fruit and biscuits. Click here to register. Deadline to register is Sunday, January 18, 2015

Short-Term Mission Trip Application

Once a year the Global Outreach Committee evaluates and approves new mission trip opportunities for the upcoming fiscal year. The Mission Trips Team is in the process of accepting recommendations for mission trips for the 2015 - 2016 calendar year. If you would like to submit a mission trip for consideration, please complete a Short Term Trip Leader Application and return it to Diane McGee. To download a copy of the application click here or contact Diane ( or 704-847-8575, Ext. 3010). Deadline for applications is Friday, January 30, 2015.

Journey Through Church History

Building on the biblical foundations of our Fall Journey Through the Bible Survey, this course traces the Church’s understanding of the Christian faith through history. Classes, offered at Carmel in partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will be on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30pm from January 21 – April 22. There is no cost for Carmel members. There is a charge for non-members and for all who take the class for credit. Each semester of Journey Bible Study stands alone, so feel free to jump in this winter term!  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Alison Littauer at . Register here.

January Famjam

If you have elementary school age children, join us on Wednesday, January 7, 2015; for Famjam – a Family Experience where parents and their children learn a Life Application based on God's attributes. The Life Application for January is Commitment. When it comes down what matters most, faith and knowing God better, it doesn't happen automatically. It requires commitment, which we define as "Making a plan and putting it into practice."

Start 2015 with a plan to focus on what matters most - your relationship with God. The Uptown Auditorium opens at 6:10pm. Please sit as a family so you can learn and worship together.

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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 - December 17

4:45 - 5:45 - Family Night Supper
6:15 - 7:30 - GROW for Preschoolers
                      Kidjam for CarmelKidz - Uptown Auditorium
                      MS Fuel - Gym  
                      VISTA Bible Study - Loft               

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Wednesday Night Schedule - December 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services will be held at 2:00, 3:30, 5:00 & 6:30pm. Childcare, birth - 2, is available at 2:00 and 3:30pm. To help us better prepare for all who want to come, please let us know when you and your family will be worshiping with us on December 24! Click here to select a time.