June 12, 2018
Summer Suppers are Underway - More Tables Added! 

The initial question was simple enough: What would it look like if small clusters of Carmel women got together around the supper table and shared their stories?  But in the planning stages new ideas can be a bit daunting, and come with unique pushback: Would they even be interested? Would it be too intimidating? Are they just too busy?

However, the response to Summer Suppers has been remarkable.  As quickly as registration opened, tables filled up and the women of Carmel made it crystal clear that they were hungry to get to know each other and be known. 

This week the first round of Summer Suppers were hosted. The tables were set with genuine hospitality and food was lovingly prepared. But what happened during the fellowship took everyone by surprise - not only was there opportunity to meet  new people and eat dinner together, conversation became meaningful as women shared authentically about what was going on in their lives. By the end of the evening a common bond was formed - the kind found only in the struggles of living life and loving Jesus and trying to do both well. Strangers became comrades and confidantes, finding normalcy in the chaos and hope for the journey ahead. Many who attended mentioned feeling compelled to pray for the women at their tables in the days that followed. What a beautiful, unexpected gift!

We're excited to announce that additional tables have been added, giving more opportunities for women to gather and share. And we know that God is just getting started! There are more connections to be made, stories to be heard and hearts to be joined.

You can find out more or sign up for a seat at a table near you here,

Other News

Camp Carmel:The Moment
Thank you to all who prayed this past week for our 222 Students and 40 volunteers who escaped to the mountains for a Jesus-focused week. It was a powerful time of teaching and discipleship - with a good dose of fun. 

Brian Burgess was the featured speaker and Seth Condrey and the Northpoint Band led worship for the second year in a row!

Through the stories of the bleeding woman, Zachhaeus and others, everyone learned that
difficult moments can make us think God has forgotten us, when in reality He is present in our moments of battle. Each and every one of our scars, whether physical or emotional, tell a story of God's ridiculous generosity.
Everyone left feeling more encouraged and excited for what is to come this summer and beyond!
Prayer Request
Efforts are underway by volunteers and our facilities team this week to transform classrooms and large group space for an Amazing Journey Back to Bible Time. On Monday, more than 500 children, ages 3 through 2nd grade, will begin 4 days of hands-on learning about Jesus Christ from our faithful team of volunteers. Please pray that each child who attends will leave amazed and marveling at our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please also say a prayer of thanksgiving for the adult and student volunteers who lend their time and talents to provide this unique experience for the next generation. 
We Upcycled!
Last Friday, Carmel's facilities team and men recovering from addiction at local ministry partner Charlotte Rescue Mission combined their brute strength. Why? The old Carmel Christian School ministry weight room is being converted to allow for more classroom space and the well used but still operational equipment needed a new home. How great it was to give two ellipticals to the Pregnancy Resource Center for a desired fitness nook for their staff. And six weight-training machines have been added to the exercise space that aids the men of Charlotte Rescue Mission in their recovery. 
Seeking a Media Technology Associate
Last week we added a NEW full-time position to our employment page! We're seeking a team member savvy in media technology who can provide support for all types of AV production. Check out the details here.

Women's Prayer Gatherings - Tonight + Thursday AM
All women are invited to be a part of Carmel's recurring Daughters of the King prayer gatherings in the Carmel Prayer Room! Yes - even those of us who feel like we don't really know how to pray! Details here.


 This Week

Wednesday - June 20
Students (completed grades 7-12) are invited to join us for fun, games and a devotion most Wednesday mornings this summer! Feel free to bring a friend along. It's a great way to introduce them to the Gospel message and have fun! Location + details here.  
The Media Center has summer hours tomorrow from 5:45 - 7:45pm and Chef Lance is cooking up steak hoagie meals ($5 per person/$20 max per family). Come find a great summer read, fellowship with others in the Carmel family and enjoy a night off from cooking dinner! Adults are invited to the Choir Room for a time of worship, prayer, and study of the book of Ruth. Details  here .  
Thursday - June 14
Carmel Students will be meeting at Brakeman's Coffee in downtown Matthews for a study of the book Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. Details here.

Friday - June 22
Carmel's 19-person team heads to Ukraine to assist a global ministry partner in hosting Sports Fest - a multi-day, citywide event that God has used year after year to significantly spread the Gospel and grow His kingdom! Pray for this team as they encourage and work alongside our ministry partner.
Sunday - June 24
This Sunday, Young Adult Pastor Kenny Klinect takes the wheel on our Root 66 journey through the books of the Bible, teaching from 1 John.  Click here for an overview of 1, 2 and 3 John.

College Bible Study + Pizza + Pool Party
Where: Puckett Home
Time:   5pm
Look for an email from leaders or contact Young Adult Pastor Kenny Klinect.
Our full calendar can be found online here .

Did You Know?

Summer Table
Don't miss opportunities to connect this summer through Carmel - and get a preview of key Fall dates!  Click here to view the Summer 2018 edition of The Table .   

For Preschoolers
Ready for an INCREDIBLE summer?  This summer Preschoolers will experience IF: Incredible Faith! They'll explore the lives of some Old Testament "heroes" and discover what made them so super. They'll find out that these imperfect people were able to do some pretty incredible things when they put their faith in the one true God, the real Hero of every story!  It's going to be a super summer you will not want to miss! 
For CarmelKidz
This summer 1st-5th graders will discover what it looks like to Live Fully Alive - or  Amped - as they follow the lives of Joseph, Esther, Gideon, Samson, Elijah, Jesus, Paul, and the early church. Our volunteer teams will help kids discover what it looks like to live like you believe what God says is true!
For College Students
Take time this summer to reconnect over Sunday Night Bible Study, serve opportunities, fellowship and fun!

Click here for details about all that is happening and to connect with College Ministry. 
We're Hiring
Come join our team! Positions are open on our Facilities, Media, Kitchen, Preschool and Carmel Christian School teams. Click here to view all open positions.  
Easy GIVE Opportunity
For the month of June we will be collecting canned and boxed nonperishable food for our local ministry partners at the Carmel Collection Bins in the Gathering Space. 
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