June 9, 2020

Carmel Family,

In the Fall of 2018, we printed our first edition of The Able Life. Boldly printed on the cover were the words "your story matters."  Stories inspire, challenge, encourage, and inform us - we each have a God-given and unique story. 

This summer, we're shifting The Able Life to a digital format. Each week's eNews will begin with a story from the Carmel family celebrating what God does when ordinary people live lives that abide in Christ so they can build relationships and live the Gospel with everything.  

Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Our stories of God at work are like a lighthouse - reflecting outward, piercing darkness, and giving hope. Sharing our stories of God at work in and through us is powerful. These stories testify to the brokenness in our world and His power to transform lives.  Evangelist D.L. Moody commented, "Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine." Carmel family, this summer let's share our stories and "just shine!"

Love you Carmel, 

Pastor Alex

How is God at work in your life? Share your story with a member of our team or email it to communications@carmelbaptist.org.

Other News...

Tomorrow - Facing Shattered Dreams
Join this online conversation with Carmel Counseling Center  here  tomorrow, June 10 at 1:30pm.  Have questions you'd like to see them answer in this Zoom discussion? Submit it here .  
Summer Outreach Opportunities
As we head into summer, the needs and opportunities to serve in our community continue.  There are opportunities this summer to work with Crisis Assistance Ministries to help families secure utility waivers and assist with summer food delivery for CMS families.  For more information and to sign up, click  here .
Carmel Students - Summer 2020
It might not look the way we expected, but we've got big plans this summer for Carmel Students!  Click here to learn about all the different things going on and register by June 18!
Carmel Men - June 20 Opportunity
ManUp Charlotte will stream LIVE on Saturday, June 20th from 9am - 12pm for men of all backgrounds ages 15 and up! You'll be encouraged to become a more godly leader for your family & challenged to impact the fatherless in Charlotte. Professional athletes, local pastors & speakers will join in delivering powerful messages. Click here for more information and to register. Experience ManUp Charlotte in community by safely gathering with the men in your Discipleship Community or Journey group.
Carpool Carnival - June 25
Our Preschool and CarmelKidz ministries are hosting a Carmel Carpool Carnival  for our Preschool thru 2nd Grade families on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30-7:30pm. Click here for more information and to register for this fun event!
Looking for Resources?
RightNow Media offers a number of resources addressing racism and racial reconciliation free for the Carmel family. Check out these resources here. If you haven't used RightNow Media before, you can request access here.
Take Your Next Step!
Whether it is a relationship with Jesus, baptisms, Carmel membership or joining a small group, our Connections team wants to help!  Complete our Next Step Card and we'll be in touch!  


Praise is sweet - literally! We miss our friends at Carrington and look forward to returning to volunteer in their ice cream parlor. In the meantime, glad we could help the staff keep the scoops coming! We are thankful for our faithful Carmel volunteers that regularly serve there in the ice cream parlor.

Praise for sweet fellowship! This past Sunday, the Gripped by Grace Discipleship Community gathered in person to worship together. As reopening continues, we encourage small groups to find ways to gather safely in person.

Carmel Online Opportunities
Highlights below. Complete calendar   here .

Wednesday (June 10)
Thursday (June 11)
Sunday (June 14)
Wednesday (June 17)

If you are interested in an online small group, please let us know here.

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