Monday, May 3, 2021

FBC Carthage E News for May 3, 2021

 FBC Carthage E-News

May 3, 2021

 

Good Morning,

 

May is an exciting month for our high school and college graduates as they anticipate the culmination of their academic work.  Be praying for our graduates as they take this next step in their lives.  You can watch the tribute video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTjCorzwdi4

 

Here is a list of our graduates this year.  Pray for them this week as they prepare for their graduations:

Smith County High School

Maria Felix

Haley Likens

Cymbrelee Spurlock

Clayton Wilmore

Grace Winfree

Aaron Academy

MacKenzie Harper

Tennessee Tech University

Emma Denton

Tanner Hackett

Peyton Jackson

Parrish Little

J Edward Trainham

University of Tennessee

Mason Dillon

Betsy Trainham Little

 

The BIG news for the week is our plans to return to one morning worship service beginning Sunday, May 23.  The Deacons and Staff recommend to move Sunday School to 9:00 AM and Morning Worship to 10:00 AM.  It has been almost a year since we went to the two services due to social distancing concerns of COVID.  We have gradually moved through the past several months to prepare for a return to a one service format.  The formal recommendation will come to the church business meeting next Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 PM.  If you have questions or concerns on this new schedule please contact Bro. Tim or one of our deacons to share your thoughts.  This has been a year of change and flexibility.  Thank you for your willingness to adapt and change. 

 

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, May 9 and we will have Baby Dedication in both Morning Services.  To sign up to be a part of this special time, contact Audrey Russell, Bro. Tim, or call the Church Office at 615 735-1929.

 

The May Business Meeting will be Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. 

 

The Women on Missions will have their monthly meeting tonight, May 3 at 6:30 PM in the Christian Life Center.  All ladies are invited to attend.

 

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, June 7-11.  Please make your plans to serve in this important week as we share the gospel with children and youth in our community.  See Jan Trainham or Tina Gantenbein for more information.

 

Check out the weekly Sunday School lessons on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Sunday School Lesson Showcase:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849  

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience. 

Simply text the word Offering to (615) 492-8661.  If you have any trouble using this online giving, please contact the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

The daily Bible reading booklets for May are available in the Connection Point and front foyer.  You can also find them online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings May 3-9, 2021:

May 3         2 Kings 6-8

May 4         2 Kings 9-10

May 5         2 Kings 11-13

May 6         2 Kings 14-15

May 7         2 Kings 16-17

May 8         2 Kings 18-20

May 9         2Kings 21-23

 

The RightNow Media video series of the week is “Lessons from the Land.”   See the sites of the life of Jesus in these 4-5 minute video lessons.   Grab your Bible and pack your bags for adventure as Barry Britnell takes you on a journey through to the Bible lands! Visit the places where Jesus lived and taught: step inside a first-century synagogue, take a boat across the Sea of Galilee, and walk through the busy streets of Jerusalem. Each video is packed full of great visuals and thought-provoking applications. Lessons from the Land is your children's ticket to the Bible lands - no passport required!  Check out the 1-minute trailer for more information:

https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/KidsShow/479706?episode=Trailer

 

If you are new to Rightnow Media, you will need 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 a gift to you from First Baptist Church Carthage and provided free of charge for your study and enjoyment. 

 

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Monday, April 26, 2021

E News for FBC Carthage April 26, 2021

 FBC Carthage E-News

April 26, 2021

 

Good Morning,

 

Yesterday, April 25 we recognized Bro. Matt Davis for his service and prayed for him and his family as they begin a new chapter in their ministry.  For the time being they will continue to live in Smith County and you may see them out and about at the store and at various community events.  Bro. Matt served FBC Carthage for more than five years and I am thankful for his friendship and work.  The Lord has blessed us with this family and we wish them God’s richest blessings in their lives and ministry.

 

We will be recognizing our graduates this next Sunday, May 2 in both morning services.  If you or your family member is graduating for high school or college please contact the Church Office at (615) 735-1929.  We will also include college graduates from 2020 Summer / Winter graduations.  You can email pictures to secretary@fbccarthage.com 

 

On Mother’s Day, May 9 we will have Baby Dedication in both Morning Services.  To sign up to be a part of this special time, contact Audrey Russell, Bro. Tim, or call the Church Office at 615 735-1929.

 

This Sunday, May 2 will be our next Membership 101 class in the Sanctuary at 10:05 AM.  This one session class is designed to provide basic information on church membership to new members and those interested in the membership process.  Simply come to the Sanctuary at 10:05 AM for this session.

 

Upcoming Planning Meetings:

Sunday, May 2

          3:00 PM      Church Council

          7:00 PM      Deacon’s Meeting

Wednesday, May 5

          6:30 PM Business Meeting following Bible Study

 

The Women on Missions will have their monthly meeting on Monday, May 3 at 6:30 PM in the Christian Life Center.  All ladies are invited to attend.

 

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, June 7-11.  Please make your plans to serve in this important week as we share the gospel with children and youth in our community.  See Jan Trainham or Tina Gantenbein for more information.

 

A local ministry called, “Church Without Walls” will be having an event at the Haven House Thrift Store, next to Sav-Way Grocery on Saturday, May 1 from 12noon to 2:00PM. Scott Nesbitt and his family will be singing and there will be free burgers and hot dogs.  Everyone is invited to come out for the special event.  It is an event designed to bring the body of Christ out of the church walls.   

 

Check out the weekly Sunday School lessons on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Sunday School Lesson Showcase:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849  

 

The daily Bible reading booklets for May are available in the Connection Point and front foyer.  You can also find them online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings April 26-May 2, 2021:

April 26      1 Kings 12-13

April 27      1 Kings 14-15

April 28      1 Kings 16-18

April 29      1 Kings 19-20

April 30      1 Kings 21-22

May 1         2 Kings 1-3

May 2         2 Kings 4-5

May 3         2 Kings 6-8

 

The RightNow Media video series of the week is “Grace Based Parenting” by Tim Kimmel.  Too much of today's Christian parenting is based on fear: fear of the world . . . fear of America's liberal culture . . . fear of other parents' and the church's opinions. Best-selling author Dr. Tim Kimmel says fear, "is an excellent way to wreck your kids."  Grace based parenting, on the other hand, relies on God's love, replicates His forgiveness and commitment to His children, and displaces fear as a motivator for every behavior.  Check out the trailer:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/315?episode=Trailer

 

If you are new to Rightnow Media, you will need 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 a gift to you from First Baptist Church Carthage and provided free of charge for your study and enjoyment. 

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience. 

Simply text the word Offering to (615) 492-8661.

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Monday, April 19, 2021

FBC Carthage E-News for April 19, 2021

 FBC Carthage E-News

April 19, 2021

 

Good Morning,

 

We began a new series in the Sunday Morning Services as we explore the Lordship of Jesus and how we can prepare for Life’s Final Exam.  2 Corinthians 5:9-11 makes it very clear that believers in Jesus will stand before Him and give an account of how they lived their lives and used the resources He has provided.   If you missed the message you can watch it on First Baptist Church Carthage Facebook page of fbcarthage YouTube channel.  

 

This Sunday, April 25 will be a time of recognition and appreciation for Bro. Matt Davis and his family as he finishes his work with us at FBC Carthage.  We will recognize Bro. Matt in both morning services.  I encourage you to express your personal thanks to Bro. Matt for his 5 years of service. 

 

Thank you to all who came out for the Pregnancy Help Center Fish Fry.  We had a wonderful turn-out and learned a lot for future fish fry fundraisers.  Special thanks to those who helped in the event.  If you were not able to come out for the fish fry, you can still give to the work of the Pregnancy Help Center by texting the keyword LIFE to 615 492-8661. 

 

Attention Men:  A special Wild Game/Fish Fry Dinner and one night Men’s Conference will be held on Friday, April 23 at First Baptist Church Gordonsville.  If you have any wild game, bring a dish cooked to the meal. 

 

The Personnel Committee is seeking to fill the Church Custodian position.  Interested persons can contact the committee by texting the Keyword “Clean” to (615) 395-6161.  If you or someone you know is interested please text the word “Clean” to the number above and complete the information form that will pop up.  If you have questions contact Bro. Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.

 

We will be recognizing our graduates on Sunday, May 2 in the morning services.  If you or your family member is graduating for high school or college please contact the Church Office at (615) 735-1929.  We will also include college graduates from 2020 Summer / Winter graduations.  You can email pictures to secretary@fbccarthage.com 

 

On Mother’s Day, May 9 we will have Baby Dedication available in both Morning Services.  To sign up to be a part of this special time, contact Audrey Russell, Bro. Tim, or call the Church Office at 615 735-1929.

 

We continue to need volunteers to clean the church each week.  We will gather on Fridays at 3:00 PM.  You can also come at a time of your convenience by contacting Bro. Tim or call the Church Office at 615 735-1929.   Could you give an hour this week as we prepare for Sunday and the many ministries that take place at FBC Carthage. 

 

Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, June 7-11.  Please make your plans to serve in this important week as we share the gospel with children and youth in our community.  See Jan Trainham or Tina Gantenbein for more information.

 

Check out the weekly Sunday School lessons on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Sunday School Lesson Showcase:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849  

 

The daily Bible reading booklets for May are available in the Connection Point and front foyer.  You can also find them online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings April 19-25, 2021:

April 19      2 Samuel 21-22

April 20      2 Samuel 23-24

April 21      1 Kings 1-2:25

April 22      1 Kings 2:26-4

April 23      1 Kings 5-7

April 24      1 Kings 8

April 25      1 Kings 9-11

 

The RightNow Media video series of the week is “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel.  Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?  Skeptics dismiss the Jesus of the Gospels by claiming there is no evidence in the case for Christ. Lee Strobel disagrees. The former legal journalist and one-time atheist knows to ask tough questions. His own search for truth about Jesus led him to faith in Christ.  He invites you to investigate the truth about Jesus Christ leading to the facts that guided him from atheism to faith in Christ.

Check out the introduction:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/403633?episode=1

 

If you are new to Rightnow Media, you will need 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 a gift to you from First Baptist Church Carthage and provided free of charge for your study and enjoyment. 

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience.  Simply text the Keyword to (615) 492-8661.

Keywords   

“Offering”             For General Budget

“Life”                    For the Smith County Pregnancy Help Center

For more information or if the text giving is not working on your phone, please contact Deborah in the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

Remember to pray for Bro. Matt and his family in this time of transition.  Also, please pray for our church as we move into a time of transition as well. 

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Monday, March 29, 2021

FBC Carthage E-News for March 29, 2021

 FBC Carthage E-News

March 29, 2021

 

Welcome to Holy Week 2021!

 

Around the world, Christians will be celebrating this week as the final week of Jesus’ ministry before His crucifixion.  This week is referred to as Holy Week and reflects the events of each day leading up to the cross and the empty tomb.  This is the most special, somber, and celebrated week in the Christian calendar.  Here is a good article giving the events of this holy week in the life of Jesus:  https://www.learnreligions.com/holy-week-timeline-700618

 

We look forward to the great day of celebration of Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection.  I encourage you to invite your family and friends to join you for the special Good Friday Service on April 2 at 6:00 PM and the Easter Celebration on Sunday, April 4 at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.  They will come with you if you will invite them.

 

The entire offering this Sunday will be given to the North American Mission Board to support hundreds of missionaries throughout the United States and Canada.  Please give generously for the gospel of Jesus to be shared to the least reached people groups in North America.

 

As a special treat, we will have photo spots set up for Easter pictures with family and friends.  This is always a lot of fun and a good way to remember special days.

 

We will not have AWANA or the evening service on Sunday, April 2.

 

FBC Carthage will be leading the Campground Service this Sunday, April 2 at Defeated Creek Campground Pavilion.   The service will begin at 8:30 AM and Bro Brad Tackett will be bringing the message.  This weekly campground ministry is coordinated by the New Salem Baptist Association. 

 

Be praying for all those affected by the weekend storms and flooding.  If you hear of those needing help moving, cleaning, or other needs please contact the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

We welcome Gamble Gibbs and Will Sleeper as they came forward during the service making their Profession of Faith and wishing to follow the Lord in Believer’s Baptism.  Please pray for them as they are baptized this Easter Sunday.

 

A special Thank You to those who have helped clean the church building.  If you would like to be a part of this cleaning ministry, contact the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

The Personnel Committee is seeking those interested in the Church Custodian position.  Please  contact the committee by texting the Keyword “Clean” to (615) 395-6161.  If you or someone you know is interested please text the word “Clean” to the number above and complete the information form that will pop up.  If you have questions contact Bro. Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.

 

The Women on Mission group is collecting laundry detergent, dish washing soap, and paper towels this month for the Emmanuel House.  Bring items to the collection box in the Connection Point.

 

It is not too late to join this semester of GriefShare, our grief support group.  We meet on  Tuesdays at 6:00PM in the Chamber of Commerce building at 939 Upper Ferry Road.  GriefShare is a joint effort of First Baptist Church Carthage, Bass Funeral Home, and Sanderson Funeral Home.  For more information, contact Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.  You can also sign-up online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/131313. 

 

Attention Men:  A special Wild Game Dinner and one night Men’s Conference will be held on Friday, April 23. 

 

Our next Membership 101 class will be Sunday, April 11 at 10:05 AM in the Sanctuary.  This one-time class is for all new members and those wanting more information on church membership at FBC Carthage.

 

Check out the weekly Sunday School lessons on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Sunday School Lesson Showcase:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849  

 

The Pregnancy Help Center is having two upcoming fundraisers for you to participate in:

·        Saturday, April 17 Fish Fry from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Chamber of Commerce at 939 Upper Ferry Road.  You can get tickets from Bro. Tim Frank or Bro. Marty Dodge.  Tickets are $10. 

 

The daily Bible reading booklets for April are available in the Connection Point and front foyer.  You can also find them online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings March 28-April 4, 2021:

March 28    Judges 15-17

March 29    Judges 18-19

March 30    Judges 20-21

March 31    Ruth 1-4

April 1        1 Samuel 1-3

April 2        1 Samuel 4-7

April 3        1 Samuel 8-11

April 4        1 Samuel 12-14

 

The RightNow Media video series of the week is “The Easter Experience” with Kyle Idleman.   “The Easter Experience” brings the passion, and resurrection of Jesus to life through dramatic storytelling and challenging teaching done in a highly cinematic style. Through these in-depth teachings, your small group will grow spiritually, bonding with each other as well as with the eternal message of Easter.  The six, 20-minute videos would be a good Holy Week reflection leading up to Easter Sunday.  Check out the first session:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/1276?episode=1

 

If you are new to Rightnow Media, you will need 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 a gift to you from First Baptist Church Carthage and provided free of charge for your study and enjoyment. 

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience.  Simply text the Keyword to (615) 492-8661.

Keywords   

“Offering”             For General Budget

“Easter”                For Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions

“Life”                    For the Smith County Pregnancy Help Center

For more information contact Deborah in the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Sunday, March 14, 2021

March 15, 2021 E-News for FBC Carthage

 

FBC Carthage E-News

March 15, 2021

AWANA, our preschool, children’s, and youth discipleship program had a wonderful restart last night with 61 in attendance!  We will meet each Sunday evening through May 23 at 5:30 PM in the Christian Life Center.  There are classes from babies through High School.  It is exciting to get this important part of our weekly church ministry up and running.  Parents, bring your children this Sunday for AWANA.

 

Speaking of classes, please pray for our children today as all public school classes resume traditional learning with all students attending in-person classes every day.  This is a big step for the schools as they move forward from the pandemic hybrid scheduling.  Pray for the teachers, administrators, and support personnel. 

 

A special “Thank You” to those who came and helped clean the church building last week.  We will continue this clean volunteer program for a few weeks as we seek a new custodian.  We will meet again this Friday, March 19 at 3:00 PM.  Thank you for your help.

 

The Personnel Committee is beginning the search and employment process for a church

Custodian.  The committee is seeking those interested in the position contact them by texting the Keyword “Clean” to (615) 395-6161.  If you or someone you know is interested please text the word “Clean” to the number above and complete the information form that will pop up.  If you have questions contact Bro. Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.

 

The Women on Mission group is collecting laundry detergent, dish washing soap, and paper towels this month for the Emmanuel House.  Bring items to the collection box in the Connection Point.

 

The new semester of GriefShare, our grief support group, is off to a good start.  We meet on  Tuesdays at 6:00PM in the Chamber of Commerce building at 939 Upper Ferry Road.  Make your plans to attend this week.  There is no cost for the sessions and a workbook will be provided.  GriefShare is a joint effort of First Baptist Church Carthage, Bass Funeral Home, and Sanderson Funeral Home.  For more information, contact Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.  You can also sign-up online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/131313. 

 

Check out the weekly lessons on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board Sunday School Lesson Showcase:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849  

 

The daily Bible reading booklets for April are available in the Connection Point and front foyer.  You can also find them online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings March 8-15, 2021:

March 15    Joshua 7-8

March 16    Joshua 9-10

March 17    Joshua 11-13

March 18    Joshua 14-16

March 19    Joshua 17-19

March 20    Joshua 20-21

March 21    Joshua 22-24

March 22    Joshua 25-26

 

The RightNow Media video series of the week is “Lessons from the Land,” a virtual adventure as Barry Britnell takes you on a journey through to the Bible lands! Visit the places where Jesus lived and taught: step inside a first-century synagogue, take a boat across the Sea of Galilee, and walk through the busy streets of Jerusalem. Each video is packed full of great visuals and thought-provoking applications. Check out this video from the synagogue in Magdala where Jesus would have actually been.  Our recent Holy Land Pilgrimage visited this exact same site!  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/KidsShow/479706?episode=1

 

If you are new to Rightnow Media, you will need 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 a gift to you from First Baptist Church Carthage and provided free of charge for your study and enjoyment. 

 

The Community Food Distribution at the Smith County Ag Center will be this Wednesday.  Here is the upcoming schedule:

          March 24 at 10:00 AM

          March 19 at 8:00 AM

To volunteer, please be at the Ag Center an hour prior to the distribution.

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience.  Simply text the Keyword to (615) 492-8661.

Keywords   

“Offering”             For General Budget

“Easter”                For Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions

For more information contact Deborah in the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Monday, February 1, 2021

FBC Carthage E-News for February 1, 2021

FBC Carthage E-News

February 1, 2021

 

Good Morning,

 

As we move into a new month, I remind you to continue to pray for the Pregnancy Help Center as they serve babies, mothers, and families every week.  Let our prayers, concern, and financial support reach beyond one month as we partner with the PHC in their work.  We will continue to have the text giving option available for you to give on a regular basis by texting the keyword LIFE to 1 (615) 492-8661.

 

I mentioned Joni and Friends and her interview with Nick Vujicic in yesterday’s message on the Sanctity of Human Life.  This inspiring, heart-warming interview will bless you.  Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTVhYO42c_0  

 

The Women on Missions will meet tonight Monday, February 1 at 6:30 pm in the Christian Life Center.  The lesson will be “Praying from the Heart.”  All ladies are invited and encouraged to attend.

 

Through the month of February we will be making contacts to touch base and update our information.  We will also be praying for the needs you may have in your life.  May this be a blessing to you and to our church as we move forward through this Covid pandemic.

 

The Deacons will meet on Sunday, February 7 at 7:00 PM in the Christian Life Center.

 

A new semester of GriefShare, a grief support group, will begin on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00PM.  The sessions will meet this year at the Chamber of Commerce building at 939 Upper Ferry Road.  There is no cost for the sessions and a workbook will be provided.  GriefShare is a joint effort of First Baptist Church Carthage, Bass Funeral Home, and Sanderson Funeral Home.  For more information, contact Tim Frank at (615) 735-1929.  You can also sign-up online at https://www.griefshare.org/groups/131313. 

 

I remind everyone of the new Sunday School resource made available through the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board called Sunday School Lesson Showcase.  Each week, Pastor Travis Biller and I will share the Sunday School lessons for the Bible Studies for Life and the Explore the Bible series.  To watch these 25-30 minute studies each week, go to:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849   

 

Our Bible Reading Plan for 2021 utilizes monthly Bible Pathways’ Booklets, available in the Connection Point.  Stop by this week and pick up a copy.  The booklets give the chapters to read, a brief thought from the passages, prayer request for our national elected officials on their birthday, and a daily country in the world for prayer.  The daily guide is also available online and as a daily e-mail to your Inbox at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings February 1-8, 2021:

February 1                     Leviticus 1-3

February 2                     Leviticus 4-6

February 3                     Leviticus 7-8

February 4                     Leviticus 9-10

February 5                     Leviticus 11-13

February 6                     Leviticus 14-15

February 7                     Leviticus 16-18

February 8                     Leviticus 19-21

 

The Right Now Video of the week is “The Meaning of Life.”   This 6-minute video answers the question, “Is there meaning to life?” Many atheists have claimed that if God does not exist, then human life is ultimately without meaning, value, or purpose. By contrast, if Christianity is true, then each one of us is here for a reason, and life does not end at the grave. God, who is the absolute standard of goodness, knows you, loves you, and intentionally created you. So your life ultimately does have objective meaning, value, and purpose!   Check it out:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/302125?episode=1

 

Remember, 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. 

 

FBC Carthage offers a Text Giving for your convenience.  Simply text the word Offering to (615) 492-8661 to give to the church electronically.  Periodically we will also have special offerings you can give toward using the same number and a special Keyword.  For example, out special offering in January is to the Pregnancy Help Center.  To give to this special offering you would text the word Life to (615) 492-8661.  For more information contact Deborah in the church office or see Bro. Tim.

 

The Community Food Distribution at the Smith County Ag Center will be on the following dates:

          Wednesdays January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10 & 24 at 10:00 AM

          Fridays February 19 and March 19 at 8:00 AM

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim

Monday, January 18, 2021

FBC Carthage E-News for January 18, 2021

 FBC Carthage E-News

January 18, 2021

 

Good Morning,

 

It was great to be back in the services yesterday, after being in quarantine for several weeks.  I appreciate all those who worked extra hard to cover for me in my absence.  I had opportunity to tune-in every service while I was out and appreciate the good messages.  It is definitely not the same as being together in worship, but I am thankful for the technology that allows the digital church community.  Let us continue to pray for those struggling with Covid and our doctors and nurses as they care for the most severely affected.

 

I encourage and ask that we all continue to be in earnest prayer this week for our nation.  With the Inauguration on Wednesday, the transition to a new Presidential administration, and the continued unrest and uncertainty, this is the time to pray.  In these days I have realized how much we need the Lord’s wisdom, strength, and guidance for our lives, our church, and our nation.  We must trust in the Lord during this time for He is the only One who is completely trustworthy.

 

I am excited to announce our Sunday School will begin meeting again this Sunday at 10:05 AM.  We chose to suspend the classes due to concerns of a holiday upswing in Covid cases.  We will continue to monitor the risks as we seek to regather in our small groups for Bible Study and Fellowship.  Our relationships in Sunday School are vitally important in our Christian walk. 

 

Speaking of Sunday School, I remind you of a new resource now available through the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, the Sunday School Lesson Showcase.  Check out each week’s lesson as Pastor Travis Biller and I share each week’s Sunday School lessons in the Bible Studies for Life and the Explore the Bible series.  To watch these 25-30 minute studies each week, go to:  https://vimeo.com/showcase/7973849

 

There is no substitute in your growth as a Christian for daily and systematically reading and studying the Bible.  Each year the challenge is given to read the Bible each and every day.  One on the disciplines I have practiced for many years is to read through the Bible in one year.  Our Bible Reading Plan for 2021 utilizes monthly Bible Pathways’ Booklets that can be picked up at church just before the first of each month.  These give the chapters to read and a brief thought from the passages.  The daily guide is also available online at:  https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/biblepathways/ 

 

One additional convenience is that the daily reading and devotional are available to come directly to your Inbox each day.  Go to the web address above and click on the “Subscribe” button.  There are no good reasons why a Believer in Jesus cannot spend a few minutes each day with God in His word. 

 

Here is this week’s Bible readings January 18-25, 2021:

January 18   Exodus 2-4

January 19   Exodus 5-7

January 20   Exodus 8-10

January 21   Exodus 11-13

January 22   Exodus 14-16

January 23   Exodus 17-19

January 24   Exodus 20-22

January 25   Exodus 23-25

 

January is “Sanctity of Life Month” and we have Baby Bottles from the Pregnancy Help Center to collect coins, cash, and checks for our annual offering for the local Pregnancy Help Center.  This is an opportunity to stand locally for the lives of men and women, boys and girls in Smith County.  Pick up your bottle this week or use our text giving by texting the Keyword LIFE to 1 (615) 492-8661.     

 

We began a new series yesterday in the Sunday Night Worship Service at 6;00 PM.  The series is entitled, “Got Questions?”  In this series we will explore important questions about our faith in Jesus Christ, as well as, take questions that you have and provide Biblical answers.  To submit a question, simply send it to timfrank1960@gmail.com and we will study and seek the answer from God’s word. 

 

The January Business Meeting will be this Wednesday, January 20 immediately following the 6:30 PM service.

 

The Right Now Video of the week is “Life In the Balance.”  Life-or-Death Questions Deserve Life-Giving Answers.  Never before has it been so important for Christians like you to discover the answers God’s Word holds to our culture’s biggest ethical and social dilemmas. Every day, the 24-hour news cycle offers stories from around the world of unimaginable physical, mental and emotional suffering. Yet more often than not, these stories and the underlying problems they represent are reported with no suggestions for resolution. Can it really be true that there are no solutions to our world’s biggest crises?  Joni Eareckson Tada refuses to believe it.  In Life in the Balance, Joni and her colleagues take on difficult issues – abortion, autism, genocide, stem-cell research and others. But they don’t just tell the stories; they dig deep into the Word of God to find real and lasting solutions to so-called “unsolvable” problems.  Check out this series at:  https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Content/Series/517

 

Remember, 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. 

 

Happy Birthday to our Atlanta mission partners, Kewon Foster.  His birthday was yesterday, January 17.  It is always good to remember the thousands of missionaries and mission partners we have throughout the USA and around the world. 

 

Have a blessed week, 

Bro. Tim