What's Happening

From the pastor’s desk,

       It is an exciting time here at Carmel Baptist. Once word got out that we have started cleaning out the basement and are just looking at starting out in the rebuilding of the basement, so many people came forward and said, “Count me in to help.” The direction we are going in is this. There are basically four large rooms in the basement that we plan on bringing back into useable space. We have talked and discussed for a while now as to the various usages of that space. In the one room we hope to install full bathrooms, one for ladies, and one for men, which will include shower facilities. One of the rooms we hope to make into a movie room, where three different levels of seating would be arranged around a big screen TV with surround sound. One of the rooms will be a game room geared for youth as well as children. The remaining room we would like to develop into a “blessing store”. Items would be put on shelves and when we know of someone in need, we can take them thru this store. They can pick up what they need. Items in this store would vary from household products to personal items. Kind of like a miniature Walmart, only without a cash register. To make all this to happen will require a lot of labor and a lot of money. So I just ask each of you to be in prayer for these projects…that in God’s timing they will come about and where He will fit you in the process.

     A lot of the paintings by Sidney King were sent off for repair. They should be back in the next month or so. What the artist is doing is repairing a hole in one, removing ketchup, repairing some of the frames and then applying varnish, thereby restoring the canvas back to like new condition. The outdoor sign has some electrical problems with it and this will be again addressed as soon as possible. We are looking at replacing the kitchen sinks and faucets in the kitchen. The sinks have been donated. Now we are looking at the faucets and for one good plumber.

     But more importantly I’m excited as to the spiritual wellbeing of so many here at Carmel Baptist. If you have ever been camping and gotten up first in the morning, it is generally cold. So you go over to the embers and blow on them then put a few sticks on it. All of a sudden you have this fire. When a church invites the Holy Spirit to come into their doors, this is like blowing on those embers. The Holy Spirit blows upon the people and then the people are on fire just wanting to do something for the Lord. Folks, the Holy Spirit is blowing on the coals, the embers are hot, and we just need to add a few more sticks. Then we are going to experience a great warming fire! But we need sticks.  Have you added to the fire this week?

                                               Take care,

                                        Gerald Castlebury

May 2016

posted May 5, 2016, 12:21 PM by Fonville Hayes

To my friends in Christ,

     What a glorious time to be involved with this church! I have always seen how powerful it is when a person gets a “calling” as to some service or activity for our Lord God. What I love to see in particular is when this “calling” is not only an inward call, that being where the person hears from the Holy Spirit as to a direction to go in, but that they also receive an outward call. Now the outward call is where someone outside of that desire that is within that persons own heart, that they will either do something or say something, that in itself is confirming that which the Holy Spirit has already asked you to do. I rejoice because this is exactly what is happening within the church.

     For sure the calling to have more Bible study is a calling a lot of folks here are in agreement on. So we are in agreement, so where is the outward calling? When folks outside the membership of this church are asking as to when the Ladies Bible study begins, when folks who belong to other churches show up and enquire as to starting a Bible study here at this church that is the outward confirmation of the inward calling that we encourage Bible study here at this church. We have been encouraging folks to read thru the Bible each year and many are doing just that. We are starting to reap that which we have sowed. The more we read the Bible the more we want to study the Bible. The more we study the Bible, the more we want to share the Bible, thus we have Bible studies. By the way one does not have to be an expert in Biblical studies to lead a Bible study, all you have to be is called, called by The Holy Spirit.

     Another of those callings, I think, has been the inward call of this church to be a safe haven. I think we have been called to be a safe place for special needs families, single mothers, single dads, folks in crisis, families in general, yes a safe haven. And there are a lot of folks here within the church who feel that same calling, but all of which is within the church. So where is that all powerful outward calling being confirmed? Churches have donated money and resources toward the safe haven here at this church. People outside this church, members of other churches have donated material for this safe haven at this church. Various other ministries outside of this church have donated greatly material for this safe haven. Various professionals have volunteered their time (a lot of time) in providing a safe haven here at this church. I would estimate that at this time we have had over $7,000 in fixtures (vanities, light fixtures, etc.), $3,000 in material (wood, screws, nails, etc.), and $4,000 in labor all donated for the safe haven project. This is the outward confirmation of the inward calling that we become a safe haven church.

     If you would like to be a part of this great calling out of God’s people, there are many opportunities available. Start a Bible study, the church will provide all of the materials you need and all of the support you need. Volunteer your time here at the church. The playground equipment needs painting. The playground grass needs to be cut and attended to in general. There are always opportunities to pick up sticks in the yard. We have one member who comes up and cuts the whole field for us already. They are numerous opportunities to just clean up areas here at the church inside. There are going to be opportunities for all types of small and large projects for the next two years here at this church. Now if you can’t be a part of the labor, then maybe you would want to buy a 5 gallon bucket of paint ($120), or a doorknob set ($12). But more importantly please be in prayer for this church, this community in which we live, this congregation, this pastor, that together we would be that lighthouse on that rock, that safe haven, whereas those who are lost would see this church as an open door church, a church with open hands willing to receive them in and with open hearts waiting to love them all the way to the cross.

                                                                       Gerald Castlebury

PS: Please know how appreciative I am of the beautiful old wooden wagon that was given to me by this congregation. This was a great surprise. This was a great gift. Talk about the inward calling and then the confirmation, this was it for sure. The Holy Spirit led me to preach on how to gracefully accept blessing/gifts the week prior to this gift and so when the wagon was presented, it was like the Holy Spirit saying to me, “Got you!”


Mary's Table

posted Mar 3, 2016, 7:02 PM by Fonville Hayes   [ updated May 5, 2016, 12:18 PM ]

Can you imagine what it was like in Mary's kitchen with Jesus as a son? 
At Carmel, we do food well!  Great smells from the kitchen!  
We gather around the table for Holiday Outreach dinners, 1800's Celebrations, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and more!

Carmel Crusader Corner

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:40 PM by Fonville Hayes   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 3:30 PM ]

2016 has been busy for the Crusaders.  The year kicked off with a study of the Armor of God vs Satan’s Tricks.  The Youth displayed what they had learned on Youth Sunday by leading worship and performing a skit.  They also pooled their skills and talents at the Real Escape Room breaking codes, solving clues and dodging laser security.  Their teamwork and faith won out and they succeeded in completing the game in 45 minutes! Go Crusaders! Presently they are doing a comparison study of different religions compared to Christianity. 


Looking to the future includes preparing for the Easter season by looking at the final days of Jesus.  We will be visiting Salem Baptist Church for Maundy Thursday Service on the 24th.  We will soon be looking at plans for a camp out, hike, Silver Ring Thing, summer mission trip and more!

Join Us Every Thursday Night 6:30-8 PM


 Invite Your Friends!

  Remember:  No school means No Youth meeting!

Food Drive

posted Oct 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Fonville Hayes   [ updated Mar 3, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

*FOOD PANTRY NEEDS: peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, syrup, chili, one can meals, & more*

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