Some people are wondering what will happen to the cute little church during the road widening at Highway 5 North and Alcoa Road. Until recently, the vehicle entrance was from the front, at Highway 5 North, but construction and the purchase of right-of-way has taken much of the church’s front yard. The church assures the public via social media that they are open and you can access the parking lot from the left side of the building, by using the entrance to Dogwood Lakes Apartments.
The notice on the Mt Carmel United Methodist Church – Benton Facebook page says, “Yes, we are still open! Despite the construction in the front of the church, we are still meeting Sunday mornings at 9:45 for Sunday School, and 10:45 for worship. Since the highway construction has eliminated our Highway 5 entrance, please use the side entrance. This is accessed by going by the gas station, towards the apartment complex. Please see the accompanying map for further explanation. – Bro. Chris”