Monday, October 16, 2017

FBC Carthage E-News for October 16, 2017



FBC Carthage E-News  
October 9, 2017

Happy Fall Break,

For students, teachers, and families this is a big week with the local schools out for Fall Break.  It is good to take time to get away from the everyday routine from time to time and rest, refresh, and recharge.  It is also a great time to spend some extra alone-time with God.  Go for a hike, sit by the lake, or just sit on the porch with your Bible and the Lord.  During these Fall days, enjoy the crispness in the air and give the Lord thanks for a beautiful season.  Read some of the praise Psalms that give worship and praise to God.  Psalm 95-107 are several of the Psalms filled with praise and thanksgiving.  Psalm 103:1-5 is a good way to begin your prayer time as you read it aloud in worship to God:
 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Speaking of prayer, remember the PRAY 4:29 emphasis as we pray Acts 4:29 each day at 4:29 AM and/or PM. I believe in the power of prayer and the difference it makes in our lives.  Take a moment today at or around 4:29PM to pray with the early church Believers,   Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.” 

We have 30 people participating in our new online class, “Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out.”  Each week the members of the group read a chapter in the book Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out and watch a video sent to you on Facebook.  This new format is a “study at your own pace” type of class.  There are five discussion questions each week to ponder and dialogue.  You can sign up today by sending me n email, tfrank@fbccarthage.com and ask to be added to the class.  You can also watch through the videos at http://www.bhacademic.com/sharingjesus/#video.

Last week we set as the #1 Objective of our church to see 18 persons come to know Jesus as their Savior, follow Him in baptism, and begin their journey in discvipleship by September 30, 2018.  As part of that objective we set a goal of having 1000 Gospel Conversations during this year with the people you know and come in contact with.  This past week we had 17 Gospel Presentations reported through the Attendance Registers.  Remember each Sunday when you sign the attendance record to record the number of Gospel Conversations you had that week using the initials GC and the number.  So, if you shared with 3 people in a week you would record GC3 on the attendance register.  It’s as easy as that.  

As we begin a new church year I want to thank you for your generous giving in the 2016-17 church year.  The Lord worked through those gifts in a strong way.  I also want to encourage you to continue giving faithfully and systematically in 2017-18 as we see God continue to use us in evangelism, discipleship, ministry, and missions.    

During the message yesterday we shared the power of prayer for our “Daily Bread” and told the story of Bill Hess, our friend in North Dakota,  and the Lord’s protection during his recent semi-truck accident.   We related the daily prayer his wife Kathy made for him as he left for work.  They watched the service yesterday on our Facebook page and here is an e-mail testimony Kathy shared of her daily prayer for Bill and his safety that blessed my heart.   She wrote, 
“Tim..this is Kathy..I prayed specifically that God would put his angels to the right, and to the left, put them in from of Bill and behind him.  The highway patrol said it was eery..he said the semi was crushed all around but the seat where Bill was sitting was untouched.  It was like he was in a capsule!  God hears our prayer.  I have prayed that prayer every morning with him in our devotions before he left, every morning.  I thought in my head it was such a corny prayer that I was always prompted to pray.  When I got the phone call from Bill and how he walked out of the accident with no bruises, no cuts, no broken bones, and absolutely no soreness..I knew why the Holy Spirit was always leading me to pray the prayer.  It was for such a time as this..I literally heard God's voice say..’That’s why I had you pray that prayer.’   God is good, amazing, and ever present!”

In your prayer time today remember to pray for “Daily Bread”.
Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the Week:

·        Rehearsals are being held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary for a special Christmas program called “The Crippled Lamb.”   The Crippled Lamb Open to all children ages 3 years through teens.   See Elizabeth Davis for more information.

·        The Sew n Sews will meet this Friday, October 20 at 9:00 AM in the Christian Life Center.  All ladies are invited to join in the fun as this group makes pillow case dresses for Operation Christmas Child. 

·        We will not have 5th Quarter Youth Fellowships after the football games this Friday during Fall Break.  We plan to have one final 5Th Quarter after the football game on October 27. 

·        Our annual Fall Festival will be Wednesday, October 25.  In addition to the inflatables in the gym for the children, we will also have a “Super Hero” Trunk or Treat set up in the Water Street parking lot.  If you would like be a part of this Trunk or Treat by having your car and giving out candy, please see Matt or Elizabeth Davis.  Boxes to collect candy for the Fun Night are located in the Connection Point. Please donate individually wrapped candy only.  Here is a fun promotional video to watch and share with your friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB_4rcTJ_jg.

·        Our College Road Trips are going very well as we had a wonderful dinner with 5 students at UT Knoxville last week.  We only have two visits remaining and look forward to seeing the students and sharing a meal together with them.  Our final College visits for 2017 will be:
10/25 @ 12 noon MTSU
10/30 @ 6:00 PM Tennessee Tech

·        The Annual Meeting of the New Salem Association of Baptists will be this Sunday, October 22, 2:00 PM at Brush Creek Baptist Church.   Messengers are urged to attend and visitors are welcome.

·        An interest meeting for a mission trip to Guatemala in the Summer of 2018 will be held on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 PM at the New Salem Baptist Association Office on 3rd Avenue W in Carthage (Beside Mid Tenn Office Equipment).  Everyone is invited to attend.

·        As the holidays approach, now is a great time to plan an event for your Sunday School class or group in the church.  Please remember contact Deborah, our Church Secretary, if you are wanting to use the Christian Life Center for your event.   The office phone number is 615-735-1929.

Monday, October 9, 2017

FBC Carthage E-News for October 9, 2017



FBC Carthage E-News  
October 9, 2017

The Camp Meeting Fall Revival was a wonderful week of preaching, singing, and fellowship together.  The Lord used the services to touch my heart and I trust He did the same for you.  I was moved to tears in the worship as the Shepherd Family lead us in such a powerful way.  Thank you to all those who served in the nursery, sound, kitchen, and other areas during the week.  It was a blessing.

I would like to hear your thoughts and evaluation of the Camp Meeting format, having different preachers for each service.  You can send your observations to tfrank@fbccarthage.com.  Also, send me names of persons you would like for us to invite to a similar event in the future.

The Camp Meeting services are on the First Baptist Church Carthage Facebook page.  As of this morning we have had 4,395 views of the five services.  I heard from Pastor Elijah Wanje, Pastor of Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya who watched one of the services.  We also received an offering from someone who was moved by the services and wanted to give toward the Camp Meeting.   If you missed any of the Camp Meeting services you can watch them on our church Facebook page. 

During the service yesterday, I shared several new emphases for the 2017-18 church year.  The BIG one is our 5 main objectives we will be working toward as we move into the future.  The #1 Objective for First Baptist Church Carthage will be: To see 25 persons saved, baptized, and set on the road to discipleship each year by September 30, 2025.  For this year, the goal is 18 persons saved, baptized, and set on the road to discipleship.  As a part of this objective, I am asking every member to PRAY 4:29.  Here’s how it works, at 4:29 AM or PM, take a moment and pray Acts 4:29 which says, “ Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.”  This new church year can be our greatest year ever in seeing people come to Jesus. 

To help us all be better equipped and trained in sharing Jesus with others an online class is being offered called “Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out.”  We will provide a study book by that name and each week you simply read a chapter and watch a video sent to you on Facebook.  This new format is a “study at your own pace” type of class.  There will be five discussion questions each week for you to ponder and dialogue.  You can sign up today by sending me n email, tfrank@fbccarthage.com and ask to be added to the class. 

With the #1 Objective of our church being people coming to Jesus, I have set a goal for our church of having 1000 Gospel Conversations by September 30, 2018 with the people you know and come in contact with.  Each Sunday when you sign the attendance record, simply record the number of Gospel Conversations you had that week using the initials GC.  So, if you shared with 3 people in a week you would record GC3 on the attendance register.  It’s as easy as that.    

The Camp Meeting Fall Revival has my heart stirred for FBC Carthage to be all we can be for the Lord Jesus Christ in this new church year. 

Have a blessed week,
Bro. Tim

Here’s the News for the Week:
·        The Women on Mission meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 at Fran Frank’s home, 607 Main Street N and all ladies are invited.

·        The Young at Heart group will meet on Tuesday, October 12 for a potluck luncheon at 11:30 AM.  All adults 55+ are invited to bring a dish and join us in the Christian Life Center.  Weather permitting, we will have an amazing demonstration by the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation. 

·        The High School  youth will have a bowling outing this Sunday, October 15 immediately after the morning service. 

·        We will not have 5th Quarter Youth Fellowships after the football games for the next two weeks during Fall Break. 

·        Our annual Fall Festival will be Wednesday, October 25.  In addition to the inflatables in the gym for the children, we will also have a “Super Hero” Trunk or Treat set up in the Water Street parking lot.  If you would like be a part of this Trunk or Treat by having your car and giving out candy, please see Matt or Elizabeth Davis.  Boxes to collect candy for the Fun Night are located in the Connection Point. Please donate individually wrapped candy only.  Here is a fun promotional video to watch and share with your friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB_4rcTJ_jg.


·        Bro. Tim and Bro. Matt had great visits last wee with students at Cumberland University and UT Memphis.  Listed below is an updated schedule of the remaining visits.  If there are conflicts or perhaps a college we left off the list, please contact Bro. Tim at 931 261-8452.
10/12 @ 6:00 PM UT Knoxville
10/17 @ 12 noon           Vol State
10/24 @ 12 noon MTSU
10/30 @ 6:00 PM Tennessee Tech

·        This Wednesday, October 11 will be a Community Food Distribution at the Ag Center.  Volunteers are needed at 11 AM and the food distribution begins around 12 noon.

·        An interest meeting for a mission trip to Guatemala in the Summer of 2018 will be held on Monday, October 23 at 6:30 PM at the New Salem Baptist Association Office on 3rd Avenue W in Carthage (Beside Mid Tenn Office Equipment).  Everyone is invited to attend.

Monday, September 25, 2017

FBC Carthage E-News for September 25, 2017


FBC Carthage E-News  

September 25, 2017



This Sunday morning, October 1 begins our Camp Meeting Fall Revival, October 1-4.  Help spread the news and invite your family and friends to this great week of worshiping God and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are calling it a Camp Meeting because we will have a different speaker for each of the five services.  Our speakers will be:

          Sunday 10:45AM, October 1            Randy Davis                  
                                                             Exec Director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

          Sunday 6:30 PM, October 1             Scott Shepherd - Worship Specialist, TBMB

          Monday 6:30 PM, October 2            Roc Collins - Evangelism Specialist, TBMB

          Tuesday 6:30 PM, October 3            Don Pierson – Pastor
                                                              Stewart’s Chapel Baptist Church, Flintville, TN

          Wednesday 6:30 PM, October 4                      Tim Hight – Pastor                        
                                                              GraceLife Baptist Church, Christiansburg, VA



During our Camp Meeting Fall Revival, Scott Shepherd, his wife and family of four children will be leading us worship.   Each service will be a power packed offering to the glory of God.  Please note that the evening services will begin at 6:30 PM. 



Go to the First Baptist Church Carthage Facebook page and share the videos and posts about the Camp Meeting Fall Revival throughout the week.  This is one of the best ways of getting the message out.  I am asking each FBC Carthage member to do these three things:

Pray for the services. 

Invite your family and friends. 

Attend each service of the Camp Meeting Fall Revival, October 1-4. 



The Sanctuary Choir did an amazing job yesterday on the special song, “It’s All About the Cross.”  Thank you to all our musicians who lead us faithfully in worship each week.  The choir will begin work this Wednesday night, September 27 at 7:30 PM for the Christmas season.  Everyone is invited to join the choir for this season of worship and praise.  Come this week to rehearsal and be a part of the choir. 



We rejoice together with Victoria Felix as she followed the Lord obediently in Believer’s Baptism this past Sunday. Her baptism closes out the 2016-17 church year with 12 baptisms.



Speaking of closing out the church year, our giving has been fantastic throughout the year and we will end the year with giving ahead of the budget!  Thank you for your faithfulness in giving during this past year.



Through your giving this month to the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes, and Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes we have received $2,749.86.



Thank you again to Bro. Matt, Bro. Marty, and Bro. Brad for preaching in my absence last week during the Revival at Upper Helton Baptist.  I also appreciate all the birthday wishes and cards. 



Continue to pray for Van and Tracey Fields, our church custodian, as Tracey begins her chemotherapy treatments this week.



Have a blessed week,

Bro. Tim



Here’s the News for the Week:

·        All Senior Adults are invited to an Association-wide Fish Fry on Monday, September 25 at Hickman Baptist Church.  The fish fry will begin at 6:30 PM and we will leave from the church parking lot at 6:00 PM.  Jack McCall will be the special guest speaker.



·        We will have a second 5th Quarter Youth Fellowship this Friday, September 29 immediately after the Smith County High School football game for all students grades 7-12.  There will be food, games, prizes and a lot of fun.  Smith County football legend,  Josh Gibbs will be our guest speaker!  Stephen Russell’s class will host the event.  Help spread the word and invite your friends to join us for our 5th Quarter Youth Fellowship.



·        Your help is needed this Saturday, September 30 as FBC Carthage will have a local mission project as part of the William Walton Day festivities in downtown Carthage from 9am-3pm.  We will staff our two inflatables and serve sno-cones for our community.  Call the church office (615) 735-1929 or see Bro. Tim or Bro. Matt to volunteer.



·        Sunday, October 1 will be another opportunity for you to attend our 1-session Membership 101 Class in the Sanctuary at 9:45 AM.  This is designed for new and prospective members to learn more about FBC Carthage.  It is also open to anyone who would like to have a better understanding of what it means to be a church member.



·        Sunday afternoon, October 1 at 2:30 PM will be the annual Life Chain on Main Street near McDonald’s.  This Life Chain is a national event giving believers an opportunity to stand and pray for the sanctity of life and the end of the horrific holocaust of abortion across the United States.  Take a stand and pray for the innocent, unborn children whose lives are literally hanging in the balance.



·        We have renovated the Preschool classrooms and now have several small wooden chairs available for you to purchase for $5 each.   The chairs are in the hallway, just outside the Church Office.  Stop by and take one or several for your use at home.



·        Please note that the GriefShare, grief support group is meeting on Tuesday afternoons at 5:00 PM.  This earlier time allows participants to return home earlier as the days are growing shorter.  GriefShare meets at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, 969 Upper Ferry Road is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.



·         A candle-light vigil will be held on Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 PM at the Old Courthouse in memory of those in our community who have died as a result of drug overdose and to pray for the many whose lives are being destroyed by drugs and alcohol.  Everyone is invited for this special time of prayer.



·        Our final Defeated Creek Campground Service will be this Sunday, October 1 at 8:30 AM at the Campground Pavilion.  John Etheridge will be leading this service.  Thank you to everyone who has participated in this ministry through the Spring and Summer.



·        Bro. Tim and Bro. Matt are making plans to visit the college students on their annual College Road trip. Listed below is the tentative schedule.  If there are conflicts or perhaps a college we left off the list, please contact Bro. Tim at 931 261-8452.

9/27 @ 12 noon   Cumberland

10/5 @ 12:15 PM          Memphis

10/12 @ 6:00 PM Tennessee Tech

10/17 @ 12 noon           Vol State

10/19 @ 6:00 PM UT Knoxville

10/24 @ 12 noon MTSU



·         Our annual Fall Festival will be Wednesday, October 25.  In addition to the inflatables in the gym for the children, we will also have a “Super Hero” Trunk or Treat set up in the Water Street parking lot.  If you would like be a part of this Trunk or Treat by having your car and giving out candy, please see Matt or Elizabeth Davis.



·         Here are upcoming dates for your calendar:

September 25        Senior Adult Fish Fry @ Hickman Baptist – Bus leaves at 6:00 PM

28        Assoc Ex Bd Cook Out @ Office, 6 PM

Community Prayer @Courthouse, 6 PM

29        Feed the Band

5th Quarter Youth Fellowship @ CLC, 9:30 PM

                  30        William Walton Days, 9:00AM-3:00 PM

October       1        Defeated Creek Campground Service, 8:30 AM led by John Etheridge

                              Membership 101 Class @ Sanctuary, 9:45 AM

                              Life Chain @ Main Street near McDonald’s,  2:30 PM

  1-4     Fall Revival – Camp Meeting, 6:30 PM Nightly

  3        College Road Trip – Cumberland, 12 Noon

  5        College Road Trip – Memphis, 12 Noon

  8        7th and 8th Grade Bowling, 12:15 PM

10        Young at Heart Luncheon, 11:30 AM           

            Women on Missions @ Fran Frank’s Home, 6:30 PM

11        Community Food Distribution @ Ag Center, 11 AM

12        College Road Trip – Tn Tech, 6PM

13-22   Smith County Fall Break

13        5th Quarter Youth Fellowship @ CLC, 9:30 PM

15        Sr High Bowling, 12:15 PM

17        College Road Trip – Vol State, 12 noon

19        College Road Trip – UT Knoville, 6PM

20        5th Quarter Youth Fellowship @ CLC, 9:30 PM

22        Assoc Meeting @ Brush Creek, 2PM

24        College Road Trip – WTSU, 12 Noon

25        Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat, 5PM

27        5th Quarter Youth Fellowship @ CLC, 9:30 PM

29        Operation Christmas Child Kick-off




Monday, September 18, 2017

FBC Carthage E-News for September 18, 2017


FBC Carthage E-News  

September 18, 2017



In less than two weeks we will begin our Camp Meeting Fall Revival, October 1-4.  This will be a great week of worshiping God and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are calling it a Camp Meeting because we will have a different speaker for each of the five services.  Our speakers will be:

          Sunday AM, October 1             Randy Davis                  

Executive Director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

          Sunday PM, October 1             Scott Shepherd - Worship Specialist, TBMB

          Monday, October 2                  Roc Collins - Evangelism Specialist, TBMB

          Tuesday, October 3                  Don Pierson – Pastor

Stewart’s Chapel Baptist Church, Flintville, TN

          Wednesday, October 4             Tim Hight – Pastor

GraceLife Baptist Church, Christiansburg, VA

In addition, Scott Shepherd, his wife and family of five children will be leading us worship.   Each service will be a power packed offering to the glory of God.  Invite your family and friends to join with you for our Camp Meeting Fall Revival, October 1-4. 



Speaking of revival services, I am preaching a revival this week with our friend, Bro. Jimmy Arms at Upper Helton Baptist Church, 217 Upper Helton Road in Alexandria, Tennessee.  It is always a blessing to spend time with my former Pastor and dear friend, Bro. Jimmy.  We have had him preach in our revivals at FBC Carthage on two occasions and it is an honor to share this week with his congregation in Alexandria.  Please pray for these services as we proclaim the good news of Jesus to the people of Dekalb County. 



I appreciate Bro. Matt Davis preaching in the morning service yesterday while I was away.  I also appreciate Br. Marty Dodge preaching on Sunday evening and Bro. Brad Tackett preaching in the Wednesday night service.  It is a blessing to have these capable and gifted men in our congregation . 



Thank you to the Women on Missions group for hosting the Soul Food CafĂ© for the Tennessee Tech BCM students last week.  We had a great time serving and had about 100 students attend the luncheon.



Congratulations to Sam and Madison (Dillon) Ray on their beautiful wedding last Saturday.   Pray for them as they begin the exciting journey of marriage.



Please continue to pray for our church custodian, Van Fields, his wife Tracey, and their son, James.   Tracey will go to visit an oncologist on Tuesday to receive the results of the biopsy done last week and to determine what they will be the course of treatments.  



Continue to pray for the Disaster Relief workers and the clean-up efforts in Texas, Florida, and other areas affected by the hurricanes. 



Please pray for the Camp Meeting Fall Revival which begins on Sunday, October 1.  Pray for the Lord to lead each of the preachers as they prepare to share with us.  Pray for the Scott Shepherd and his family as they prepare to lead us in worship.   Pray for lost family and friends to invite to come to the services.  Pray that our hearts will be open, stirred, and re-energized to reach our county for Jesus Christ.



Have a blessed week,

Bro. Tim



Here’s the News for the Week:

·        Change of  Time Note:  Please note that the GriefShare, grief support group will begin meeting on Tuesday afternoons at 5:00 PM beginning this week, September 19.  This time change allows participants to return home a little earlier as the days are growing shorter.  GriefShare meets at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, 969 Upper Ferry Road is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one.



·        Our first 5th Quarter Youth Fellowship will be on Friday, September 22 immediately after the Smith County High School football game for all students grades 7-12.  There will be food, games, prizes and a lot of fun.  In addition, Kewon Foster will be our guest speaker!  Help spread the word and invite your friends to join us for our 5th Quarter Youth Fellowship.



·        The 7th and 8th Grade Sunday School class will be having a pool party this Saturday, September 23 at Phillip and Kathy Piper’s home, 54 Morris Lane.  All 7th and 8th grade students are invited and encouraged to bring a friend.



·        All Senior Adults are invited to an Association-wide Fish Fry on Monday, September 25 at Hickman Baptist Church.  The fish fry will begin at 6:30 PM and we will leave from the church parking lot at 6:00 PM.  Jack McCall will be the special guest speaker.



·        Here is a local mission project that you can be a part of.  Volunteers are needed to staff the Inflatables as part of our FBC Carthage ministry during this year’s William Walton Day festivities on Saturday, September 30 from 9am-3pm.  See Bro. Tim or Bro. Matt to volunteer.



·        Bro. Tim and Bro. Matt are making plans to visit the college students on their annual College Road trip. Listed below is the tentative schedule.  If there are conflicts or perhaps a college we left off the list, please contact Bro. Tim at 931 261-8452.

9/27 @ 12 noon     Cumberland

10/5 @ 12:15 PM   Memphis

10/12 @ 6:00 PM  Tennessee Tech

10/17 @ 12 noon  Vol State

10/19 @ 6:00 PM  UT Knoxville

10/24 @ 12 noon   MTSU



·        Our annual Fall Festival will be Wednesday, October 25.  In addition to the inflatables in the gym for the children, we will also have a “Super Hero” Trunk or Treat set up in the Water Street parking lot.  If you would like be a part of this Trunk or Treat by having your car and giving out candy, please see Matt or Elizabeth Davis.



·        We have renovated the Preschool classrooms and now have several small wooden chairs available for you to purchase for $5 each.   The chairs are in the hallway, just outside the Church Office.  Stop by and take one or several for your use at home.



·        Now is a great time to start collecting items for Operation Christmas Child.  School supplies are on sale now.  So pick up pencils, color pencils, erasers, paper, etc. for boxes.  Also,   many stores now have summer clothes on clearance, a great time to pick up flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts.  Please remember to buy items for our WOM/Youth packing party boxes, as well as the individual boxes your family donates.   There are some changes to note this year.  NO Toothpaste, NO Candy, and NO liquids of any kind in the boxes.  Bars of soap are allowed, but no shampoo or lotions.   Also, the suggested donation per box is $9 instead of the previous $7.  Collection week is mid-November.  FBC will again be a drop-off station for the area this year.  



·        A candle-light vigil will be held on Thursday, September 28 at 6:00 PM at the Old Courthouse in memory of those in our community who have died as a result of drug overdose and to pray for the many whose lives are being destroyed by drugs and alcohol.  Everyone is invited for this special time of prayer.