SCW Faith Notes Nov. 2

New pastor joins Carmel Baptist
Alex Kennedy is the new senior pastor at Carmel Baptist Church.
The congregation welcomed Kennedy on Sunday, Oct. 28, following the retirement of Dr. Wayne Poplin, who was with Carmel Baptist for 21 years.
Kennedy was senior pastor for 10 years at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas.
“Pastor Alex has focused his ministry on helping people connect with God, learn to genuinely love others and serve the local community,” said Anne Goodyear, vice-chair of the church’s pastor selection committee, in a news release. “That fits our ministry at Carmel exactly.  Pastor Alex is a very practical, authentic teacher, and the Carmel Family is looking forward to his arrival.”
Kennedy, and his wife, Christy, have four children.
Carmel Baptist is located at 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, in Matthews.

Holy Trinity Preschool hosting fundraiser
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church preschool is getting ready for its 10th annual Yiayia’s Kouzina – otherwise known as “Grandma’s Kitchen” – Greek luncheon fundraiser.
The event, Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will raise money for the preschool. An adult plate costs $10, and a kid’s plate of spaghetti is $3. A drink and dessert is included, and people can dine-in or carry-out. For more information, call 704-333-4961.
Holy Trinity is located at 600 East Blvd..

Church schedules communion for Election Day
In order to “defuse the animosity out there,” according to Myers Park United Methodist Church Senior Pastor James Howell, the church will hold a communion on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
The service is part of a national effort to “build unity for Christ in the midst of theological, political and denominational differences,” according to organizers. Find more information on the effort at
Myers Park UMC is located at 1501 Queens Road. Find more information at the church’s website,

Christmas Under Construction at Harrison UMC
The congregation at Harrison United Methodist Church will come together next week to start getting ready for Christmas.
Christmas Under Construction will include opportunities to learn to make your own Advent wreath, a family holiday ornament with pictures taken at the event, create a card for Jesus, select an Angel opportunity to help a child of an incarcerated parent or help pack shoeboxes for needy children through Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.
Donations for Operation Christmas Child will be accepted through Nov. 9. Items needed include cardboard boxes, small toys, electric games with batteries, school supplies, bandanas, hair accessories, hard candy, coloring books, crayons and markers and more. No liquid, food, war toys or glass items are accepted. Volunteers are needed for packing, and cash donations are needed to cover the $7 shipping costs per box.
Find more information at the church’s website, Harrison UMC is located at 15008 Lancaster Hwy., in Pineville.

Providence UMC offers holiday grief group
Providence United Methodist Church is inviting people to a grief support group next weekend.
The Rev. Beth Brittain, chaplain and grief counselor with Hospice and Palliative Care, will present a program called Living With Grief During the Holidays for those who have lost a loved one. The program, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, is free and open to the public.
Find more information at the church’s website, Providence UMC is located at 2810 Providence Road.

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