Monday, March 23, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for March 23, 2020


FBC Carthage E-News
March 23, 2020

Our first Sunday of online services only went very well.  Thank you to all those who worked tirelessly last week to get us up and ready on YouTube and with the online giving.  The Digital Church Community came together and we had a good attendance, as well as a great service.  The services are posted on Facebook and YouTube to view later if you missed them live.  If you have suggestions for ways to make the services more engaging, please send your thoughts to tfrank@fbccarthage.com. 

Our live, online Digital Church Community Services are:
Sunday Mornings at 10:45 AM
Sunday Evenings at 6:00 PM
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM
Each service will feature a different message and updated information for the congregation.

We have begun to offer online/text giving through your credit card or debit card.  Almost $1000 came in yesterday though this giving option.  It will be extremely helpful during these online only days.  To set up your online giving, text the word “Give” to 1-615-492-8661. The reply will direct you to a site with clear instructions on how to set up your giving by credit card or debit card and complete your offering to FBCC. The church will receive your name and amount of your offering so electronic giving amounts will be included in your annual contribution statement.  Remember, during this time you can also mail your giving in by check or bring it by the church office during the week.  The Church address is 409 Main Street N, Carthage, TN 37030.

During these weeks of limited contact we still want to stay connected to you and your needs.  Text messages, email, and phone calls will be our primary tools.  I would ask you to contact me or the church office if you have needs, physically of spiritually.  Also, it is important to stay in touch with your Sunday School class members.  Talk to people.  Pray with people.  Find unique ways to reach out through the tools available. 

The term for all activities for the time being is “Temporarily Suspended.”  Here are some of the major events that are “Temporarily Suspended:”
All in-house services and activities at FBC Carthage
Association Men’s Conference
Association Executive Board Meeting
Association WMU Quarterly Meeting
Defeated Creek Campground Services
GriefShare Sessions
Wednesday Night Meals (Except for Shut-In Deliveries)
Young at Heart Trip and Meeting
Spring Revival with Pastor Elijah Wanje
Women of Joy Conference

RightNow Videos are a great way to spend these days being at home.  There are videos for children , as well as great videos for youth and adults.  This resource is completely free to you.  The church is paying the monthly fee.  This resource can also be given to your friends and families during this time.  One special note, if you have an Apple TV or box you can download the RightNow Video App and watch the videos on your TV. 

The RightNow Video of the Week is “The Testing of Your Faith.” Join Dr. Bruce Wilkinson as he teaches the biblical truths about what happens when God sends a test of faith into your life, and how to stand firm and allow God to bless you through these tests when they come.  If there were ever a time our faith is being tested, it is now in this Corona Virus pandemic.   Check out the first video in this series:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/386

Remember, you have to sign up to be able to view the resources at RightNow Video.  Simply go to: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc. 
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 

Bible Reading Plan for March 23-29, 2020:
Mar. 23 Judges 16-18
Mar. 24 Judges 19-21
Mar. 25 Ruth 1-4
Mar. 26 1 Samuel 1-3
Mar. 27 1 Samuel 4-8
Mar. 28 1 Samuel 9-12
Mar. 29 1 Samuel 13-14

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here is a review of the Digital Church Communications from last week:
·        The 10:45 AM Sunday Morning Service, 6:00 PM Sunday Evening Service, and 6:30 PM Wednesday Evening Service will be live streamed on the First Baptist Church Carthage Facebook page and the new First Baptist Youtube Channel fbcarthage. 
On Facebook, search for First Baptist Church Carthage 
On Youtube, search for fbcarthage
·        The service on DTC 3 at 10:30 AM and 104.1 FM the Ranch radio at 10:45 AM are the prerecorded service from last week.
·        Online giving is set up and available.  TEXT “GIVE” to 1-615-492-8661
Text “Give” to 1-615-492-8661. The reply will direct you to a site with clear instructions how to set up your giving by credit card or debit card and complete your offering to FBCC. The church will receive your name and amount of your offering so electronic giving amounts will be included in your annual contribution statement.  Remember, you can also mail your giving in by check or bring it by the church office during the week.  The Church address is 409 Main Street N, Carthage, TN 37030.
·        An online Bulletin is available on FaceBook at First Baptist Church Carthage.
·        Prepare for the online services by having your Bible, Notebook, and Pen.  Listen, participate, and worship the Lord.  Turn off all other distractions and focus on the service. 
·        Bro. Matt Davis will serve as our Digital Pastor during the services.  He will monitor comments and respond as appropriate.  Please, Do not use the comments as a time to chat.  Just like talking in church during the service, do not disrupt others by excessive comments.  Bro. Matt and his wife, Elizabeth will be available for you to call and share with during the Invitation/Decision Time at the end of the services.  We have only two lines so you may get a busy signal or leave a message.
·        It is important to stay in touch with one another during these days.  Call, text, email, and send letters to encourage and strengthen.   

Here is a list from the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board on “How to Get the Most from Attending Church Online:”
·        Get out of bed and get dressed.  It will put you in the right mindset for worship.
·        Go through your normal Sunday routine, minus the “hurry up, we’re running late” part.
·        Gather your family together.  Worship is a family activity.
·        Watch the service on your largest screen.  It will feel more like you are “there.”
·        Sing along, loud and bold.  It may feel weird but participation in worship is important.
·        Lean into the message.  Open your Bible, take notes, and say/comment “Amen” every once in a while. 
·        Make your home a sanctuary to the worship of God and the exaltation of Christ.

Monday, March 16, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for March 16, 2020


FBC Carthage E-News
March 16, 2020

Good Morning,

Wow!  The difference a week makes.  Two weeks in a row that we have said those words.  The previous week was the tornado, this past week we have gone from hearing about a virus called Corona to outright panic and shutdown of many parts of our society.  This is a time unlike any I have lived through as fear and extra precautions have cancelled all major events, closed down colleges, restricted travel, and emptied shelves of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. 

In the midst of this crisis, please remember to pray and turn to the Lord.  The government, medical profession, and Wal-Mart are not our saviors.  There is One who cares for us and holds the world in His hand.  We call Him Father.  Run to Him before you run to Wal-Mart.  Cry out to Him before you go to Facebook.  Bring your needs to Him before you look to the government.  I go to my favorite verse in this crisis, as I do in every crisis, and remind myself “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him,  And He shall direct your paths.”  That is my “go-to” verse; what’s yours?  Now is a good time to identify at least one verse and cling to it.

Here are the precautions we are taking as a church as it regards our services:
-In addition to our regular cleaning routine, we will be taking extra cleaning precautions by wiping down surfaces, door knobs, and pews with disinfectant. 

-We are encouraging everyone to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds prior to coming to the services and after using the restrooms.

-We will have bottles of hand sanitizer at the entrances for you as you come in and as you go out.

-During these weeks of caution, we also ask that handshaking be replaced by fist bumping.  You may not have a concern but those around you do.  Please, remember the bump.

-If you are feeling ill, and especially if you are running a temperature, stay home and watch the services on DTC or on Facebook Live.  (I had a slight temperature yesterday afternoon and stayed home last night.  It was down by bedtime and good this morning.  Thank you to Matt and Brad for covering for me.  We all have to practice caution for the health of others.) 

-For our older members and those with compromised health concerns, this may be a time to limit your exposure and join us by way of DTC or Facebook Live.     

During this new crisis, let us continue to pray for those involved in the tornado recovery and restoration work.  Pray especially for the families affected by the storm, especially those who lost family and friends. 


The RightNow Video of the Week is actually two different videos.  They both are looking at what the Bible says about fear and worry.  The first is a Bible study with R.C. Sproul that drives in deep to find God’s hope for anxiety.  Check it out:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/594?episode=5
The second gives a much more engaging, youthful, and sometimes humorous treatment of the same issue, “What are you afraid of?”  Check it out:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/358156?episode=3

Remember, you have to sign up to be able to view the resources at RightNow Video.  Simply go to: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc. 
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 

Bible Reading Plan for March 16-22, 2020:
Mar. 16 Joshua 22-24
Mar. 17 Judges 1-2
Mar. 18 Judges 3-5
Mar. 19 Judges 6-7
Mar. 20 Judges 8-9
Mar. 21 Judges 10-12
Mar. 22 Judges 13-15

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the week:

·        As of today, all services and activities are on as scheduled for this week.

·        Tickets are available for the 2nd Annual Men’s Conference, March 27-28 at the Smith County Ag Center.  This event will begin with a Wild Game Dinner/Fish Fry and program on Friday night, March 27 at 6:00 PM.  Saturday, March 28 begins at 8:00 AM with a big breakfast followed by a program and competition games.   Games include hatchet throwing, knife throwing archery, casting, and fire starting.  All men and boys are invited to be a part of this special weekend.  Tickets are $5 and include both meals, programs, and games.  See Bro. Matt or Bro. Tim for tickets.

·        Be making your plans and inviting your family and friends to be a part of the Spring Revival on April 26-29 with Pastor Elijah Wanje from Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya. 

·        A new semester of GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group has just begun on Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Building, 969 Upper Ferry Road.  For more information contact Tim Frank or Mary Marsh at (615) 735-1929.

·        Remember you can check the church calendar online at www.fbccarthage.com under events or go directly to http://www.fbccarthage.com/events/



Monday, March 9, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for March 9, 2020


FBC Carthage E-News
March 9, 2020

Good Morning,

Wow!  The difference a week makes.  As I write this E-News, I reflect on the past week’s destruction and devastation.  Lives lost.  Property destroyed.  People forever changed.  This has been a week of great horror in how quickly a storm can cause such damage.  It has also been a week of seeing people reach out to those in need.  Thousands of volunteers, including many of you, have gone to the people in need to help sort through what is left of their possessions, to carry meals, to run chainsaws, to pull brush, and just to be there.  Thank you to everyone for their compassion and care. 

It is also a reminder of how quickly the things of this earth can be taken away.  A house that was here yesterday is gone today.   I am reminded of the scripture in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Make sure you are laying up treasures in heaven, not just here on the earth.  The things of this world can be so quickly lost. 

Continue to pray for the recovery and restoration work being done.  There will be opportunities to volunteer and help for weeks and months to come.  Pray for the families affected by the storm, especially those who lost family and friends. 

You may wonder how you can help out in a physical way?  We received an offering yesterday for Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief work that goes to help in all the affected areas.  You can give toward that offering.  You can also bring supplies such as water, gloves, cleaning supplies to the church or the New Salem Association office.  The Stone Baptist Association has set up a registration and information site for volunteers who would like to go and help personally.  To register through Disaster Relief or through Samaritan’s Purse go to:   http://bit.ly/putnamstrongvolunteer.

The RightNow Video of the Week is entitled “If God is God, Why Do Bad Things Happen?”  In this week following the horrific tornados, many people are asking the hard questions.  This video resource may be of help to you and it may also be of help to others.  Feel free to offer this resource and all the RightNow Videos to your friends and family during this difficult time.  Check out “Why Do Bad Things Happen” at https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/798?episode=1

Remember, you have to sign up to be able to view the resources at RightNow Video.  Simply go to: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc. 
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 


During Sunday School and Morning Worship Service each Sunday there are additional bathrooms available in the Youth Area on the floor just under the Sanctuary and in the Christian Life Center. 

Bible Reading Plan for March 9-15, 2020:
Mar. 9   Deuteronomy 32-34
Mar. 10 Joshua 1-4
Mar. 11 Joshua 5-8
Mar. 12 Joshua 9-11
Mar. 13 Joshua 12-15
Mar. 14 Joshua 16-18
Mar. 15 Joshua 19-21

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the week:
·        The Young at Heart will have their monthly meeting and potluck luncheon on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 AM in the Christian Life Center.  Natasha Sensabaugh, Activities Director at the Pavilion Assisted Living will present our program.  In addition, several of the residents at the Pavilion will join us for our luncheon.  Bring a covered dish, or two and join us for this special program and guests.

·        Tickets are available for the 2nd Annual Men’s Conference, March 27-28 at the Smith County Ag Center.  This event will begin with a Wild Game Dinner/Fish Fry and program on Friday night, March 27 at 6:00 PM.  Saturday, March 28 begins at 8:00 AM with a big breakfast followed by a program and competition games.   Games include hatchet throwing, knife throwing archery, casting, and fire starting.  All men and boys are invited to be a part of this special weekend.  Tickets are $5 and include both meals, programs, and games.  See Bro. Matt or Bro. Tim for tickets.

·        A new semester of GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group has just begun on Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Building, 969 Upper Ferry Road.  For more information contact Tim Frank or Mary Marsh at (615) 735-1929.

·        Remember you can check the church calendar online at www.fbccarthage.com under events or go directly to http://www.fbccarthage.com/events/

Monday, March 2, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for March 2, 2020


FBC Carthage E-News
March 2, 2020

Good Morning,

March is an exciting month as we move from the bleakness of winter into the beauty of spring.  I am looking forward to this month of new life in the physical world and in the life of our church.  March is a great month to get back into the rhythm and habit of Sunday School, Morning worship and the other activities and services through the week.  March is the month we begin to prepare our hearts and invite others to join us for the celebration of Easter followed by our Spring Revival in April.  March is a great month for renewal in our hearts as we live for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Begin making your plans to be at each service of our Spring Revival, April 26-29 with Pastor Elijah Wanje from Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya.  Who are lost friends and family you can begin praying for now?

This Sunday, March 8 is Time Change Sunday as we move our clocks forward one hour.   I encourage you to make the move Saturday afternoon.  Spring forward; 3:00 PM will become 4:00 PM.  Enjoy the extra hour of daylight in the afternoons. 

The RightNow Video of the Week is “Knowing Christ.”  Join Bible teacher and Pastor R. C. as he explores the “I AM” statements of Jesus.  This series will go right along with our studies on Sunday mornings.  This first video study is “I am the Bread of Life.”

Remember, if you haven’t signed-up for RightNow Media you can do that right now.  Also, you can freely share the resource with your family and friends.  Simply go to https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc. 
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 

We are planning a return Israel Pilgrimage for February/March 2021.  I encourage every person to make the trip to Israel at least once in your lifetime, if possible.  There is nothing like walking in the places where Jesus walked, and seeing firsthand the places of the Bible.  I hope to have a firm date and more information in the coming week.  Begin planning now to travel with us to the Holy Land in 2021.

I remind you of the additional bathrooms available on Sunday mornings in the Youth Area on the floor just under the Sanctuary and in the Christian Life Center. 

Bible Reading Plan for March 2-8, 2020:
Mar. 2 Deuteronomy 11-13
Mar. 3 Deuteronomy 14-16
Mar. 4 Deuteronomy 17-20
Mar. 5 Deuteronomy 21-23
Mar. 6 Deuteronomy 24-27
Mar. 7 Deuteronomy 28-29
Mar. 8 Deuteronomy 30-31

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the week:

·        The Women on Missions will meet next Monday, March 2 at 6:30 PM in the Christian Life Center.  All ladies are invited to attend.  Jill Wilmore and Elizabeth Davis are hosting the meeting.

·        The Young at Heart will have their monthly meeting and potluck luncheon on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 AM in the Christian Life Center.  Natasha Sensabaugh, Activities Director at the Pavilion Assisted Living will present our program.  In addition, several of the residents at the Pavilion will join us for our luncheon.  Bring a covered dish, or two and join us for this special program and guests.

·        Tickets are available for the 2nd Annual Men’s Conference, March 27-28 at the Smith County Ag Center.  This event will begin with a Wild Game Dinner/Fish Fry and program on Friday night, March 27 at 6:00 PM.  Saturday, March 28 begins at 8:00 AM with a big breakfast followed by a program and competition games.   Games include hatchet throwing, knife throwing archery, casting, and fire starting.  All men and boys are invited to be a part of this special weekend.  Tickets are $5 and include both meals, programs, and games.  See Bro. Matt or Bro. Tim for tickets.

·        A new semester of GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group has just begun on Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Building, 969 Upper Ferry Road.  For more information contact Tim Frank or Mary Marsh at (615) 735-1929.

·        Plans are being made for the mission trips for the year.  Here are upcoming planning meetings for those interested in being on the mission teams:
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:30 PM  Mission Trip to Canada, July 18-25
Sunday, March 1 @ 3:00 PM Mission Trip to Kenya, August 3-13

·        Library News - Check out the new videos now available in the Church Library: 
Do You Believe?
Flywheel
Soul Surfer
God’s Not Dead
Courageous

·        Remember you can check the church calendar online at www.fbccarthage.com under events or go directly to http://www.fbccarthage.com/events/


Monday, February 17, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for February 17, 2020


FBC Carthage E-News
February 17, 2020

Today is my granddaughter, Carolina’s 3rd Birthday.  Birthdays are a reminder of the special people in our lives.  Birthdays also remind us of the passing of time and the importance of making the most of our time.  Young adults, median adults, and senior adults are all reminded to make the most of time.  Do those things you have been planning.  Mend those fences you have down in your life.  Spend time with the people closest to you.  Birthdays are for celebration but they are also reminders that the important things in life are not things; they are people.  Send a note.  Make a call.  Visit a loved one today.

We received a special offering for the church in Giribe, Kenya at the end of the service yesterday.  This is the church we helped start last year during our mission trip with Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi.  This offering will go toward the construction of a building for the new church.  The anticipated total for a block building is $25,000.  We will hold the offering open through the first week in March for others to contribute to this work.   Our plans will be to dedicate the building in our return mission trip in August.   

A new series will begin this Sunday, February 23 entitled, “Knowing Christ.”  We will explore the “I Am” statements of Jesus to better learn who He is and who He claimed to be.  This series will lead us into the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Invite family and friends to join us each Sunday as we focus on knowing Christ.

Our Spring Revival will be April 26-29 with Pastor Elijah Wanje from Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya.  Make your plans for this awesome week of services as we reachout into our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The RightNow Video of the Week is “The Parable of the Good Samaritan.”  Set in the hills of Judea, this 14 minute video explores a familiar parable told by Jesus which challenges Believers to be king and have compassion on those around us in need.  Tying into the message from yesterday, may we learn to be that good neighbor, that loving neighbor and reach out with the love of Jesus to the hurting around us.  Check it out:

Remember, if you haven’t signed-up for RightNow Media you can do that right now.  Also, you can freely share the resource with your family and friends.  Simply go to https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc. 
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 

Bible Reading Plan for February 17-23, 2020:
Feb. 17 Numbers 14-15
Feb. 18 Numbers 16-17
Feb. 19 Numbers 18-20
Feb. 20 Numbers 21-22
Feb. 21 Numbers 23-25
Feb. 22 Numbers 26-27
Feb. 23 Numbers 28-30

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the week:

·        A new semester of GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group has just begun on Tuesday nights at 6:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Building, 969 Upper Ferry Road.  If you, or someone you know, has lost a loved one in death, GriefShare offers expert advice, testimonies of others who have lost loved ones, and opportunities to share your grief with others who care for you.  There is no cost for the sessions and a workbook is given for a suggested donation of $15.  First Baptist Church Carthage, Sanderson Funeral Home, and Bass Funeral Home are the sponsors of this semester of GriefShare.  For more information contact Tim Frank or Mary Marsh at (615) 735-1929.

·        Our next Membership Class 101 for new and prospective church members will be held on Sunday, March 1 at 9:45 AM in the Sanctuary.  Anyone interested in knowing more about membership is urged to attend. 

·        Plans are being made for the mission trips for the year.  Here are upcoming planning meetings for those interested in being on the mission teams:
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:30 PM  Mission Trip to Canada, July 18-25
Sunday, March 1 @ 3:00 PM Mission Trip to Kenya, August 3-13

·        Upcoming Leadership Meetings:
The Church Council will meet this Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 PM. 
The Deacons will meet on Sunday, March 1 at 7;00 PM. 

·        A Community Food Distribution will be held on February 28 and March 11at 9:00 AM at the Smith County Ag Center.  This is a great opportunity to serve the community as well as pick up a box of food for yourself or a friend.

·        Remember you can check the church calendar online at www.fbccarthage.com under events or go directly to http://www.fbccarthage.com/events/

·        Here are the Upcoming “BIG” Events for your Calendar:
Smith County Men’s Conf @ Ag Center       March 27-28
Easter Sunday                                              April12
Women of Joy Conf @ Pigeon Forge           April 24-26
Spring Revival w/ Pastor Elijah Wanje April 26-29
Vacation Bible School                                  June 15-19
Smith County Fair                                        June 29-July 4
Mission Trips:
NSAB Mission Trip to Guatemala                 July 10-17
Canada First Nations Camp Ages 7-9            July 18-25
Mission Trip to Africa – Giribe Dedication    August 3-13 
Mission Trip to Atlanta                                 July 26-27
Mission Trip to New York City
Fall Carnival                                                October 16-18 
Coats for the City                                         December 4-6 





Monday, February 10, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News for February 10, 2020

FBC Carthage E-News
February 10, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Week!

Just a “heads-up” that this Friday is Valentine’s Day.  It is important to express your love to those closest to you.  The commandment Jesus left His disciples was to love one another.  He said that they would be known for their love for each other.  Let me ask you, are you known as a loving person?  Does compassion and care for others define who you are?  Jesus has made it plain that love is the important characteristic in the lives of His followers.  This is the week to show that love for spouse, children, family, and friends.  Jesus even commands us to love our enemies and those who mistreat us and slander our names.  That kind of love comes only from a heart controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. 

It was great to be back in the services yesterday.  There is something missing when I am out for a whole week.  Thank you for your prayers during my fight with the flu. 

We will have a special Couple’s Valentine Dinner this Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 PM at Rojas Restaurant.  We have the back room reserved for our group.  Come and enjoy a great meal, good fellowship and an entertaining program centered around marriage. 

In the service yesterday, I referenced the Kansas City Chief’s lineman, Stefan Wisneiwski.  Here is a great Sports Spectrum interview that shares his story of his faith in Jesus and the strength he had during a year-long period of being without a job.  https://sportsspectrum.com/sport/football/2020/01/30/chiefs-stefen-wisniewski-trying-season-god-allowed-test-bring-him-glory/

We also referenced Pastor John Piper’s article “Don’t Waste Your Cancer,” written the night before his cancer surgery several years ago.  This resource may be an encouragement to you or someone you know who is battling a disease of time of suffering.  Check it out:  https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/dont-waste-your-cancer

One more resource for those dealing with suffering and sorrow.  Here is a collection of more than 100 Christian songs that give strength and point to Jesus in your suffering.  https://worship-songs-resources.worshiptogether.com/nav/theme/sufferingtrials

In honor of Valentine’s Day, our RightNow Video of the Week is “A Lifelong Love.”  Marriage speaker, Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.  Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose, this video series based on Gary's book, A Lifelong Love, promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. Check out the first session called “The Magnificent Obsession:” https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/198823?episode=1

Remember, if you haven’t signed-up for RightNow Media you can do that right now.  Also, you can freely share the resource with your family and friends.  Simply go to https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/cfbc
This video resource and all the videos are provided free of charge as a gift from FBC Carthage. 

Bible Reading Plan for February 10-16, 2020
Feb. 10 Leviticus 26-27
Feb. 11 Numbers 1-2
Feb. 12 Numbers 3-4
Feb. 13 Numbers 5-6
Feb. 14 Numbers 7
Feb. 15 Numbers 8-10
Feb. 16 Numbers 11-13

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the week:

·        A new semester of GriefShare, a 13-week grief support group, begins tomorrow night, February 11 at 6:00 PM at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce Building, 969 Upper Ferry Road.  If you, or someone you know, has lost a loved one in death, GriefShare offers expert advice, testimonies of others who have lost loved ones, and opportunities to share your grief with others who care for you.  There is no cost for the sessions and a workbook is given for a suggested donation of $15.  First Baptist Church Carthage, Sanderson Funeral Home, and Bass Funeral Home are the sponsors of this semester of GriefShare.  For more information contact Tim Frank or Mary Marsh at (615) 735-1929.

·        The Young at Heart Group will go for lunch at Nick’s Restaurant in Cookeville on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:00 AM.  All adults 55+ are invited to join in the fun.

·        The Sanctuary Choir will begin work this Wednesday, February 12 for the celebration of Easter 2020.  This will be a perfect time for you to join in and be a part of the music/worship ministry at FBC Carthage.  Rehearsals begin immediately after Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7:30 PM. 

·         A Couples’ Valentine Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 13 at Rojas’ Restaurant on the square in Carthage.  We have the back room reserved for our group and will begin at 6:00 PM.  Bring your spouse for an early Valentine Dinner.   

·        Plans are being made for the mission trips for the year.  Contact Bro. Tim for more information:
Mission Trip to Guatemala, July 10-17
Mission Trip to Canada, July 18-25
Mission Trip to Kenya, August 3-13
Mission Trip to New York City, October 16-18 & December 4-6

·        The Women of Joy Conference will be April 24-26 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The cost is $175 per person and includes conference ticket and lodging.  Spots are still available.  To sign-up, contact Kathy Reece, Melody Tackett, or contact the church office, (615) 735-1929.  The deposit for the trip is $25.

·        Several Community Food Distributions are scheduled for January and February at the Ag Center.  These are excellent ways to get involved in serving the needy in our community.  You can also go by and get a box of food for yourself or for someone you know.  Volunteers gather at the Ag Center around 9:00 AM each time.  The upcoming dates are:  February 12, February 26, and February 28. 

·        Remember you can check the church calendar online at www.fbccarthage.com under events or go directly to http://www.fbccarthage.com/events/