MARCH, 2017 VOLUME 21, #3


Find Your Spiritual Path
On March 1st at 7:00PM during our Ash Wednesday worship service you will hear me proclaim to those in attendance “to observe a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s Holy Word.” While you may be familiar with this season leading up to Easter, you may wonder how you might “observe a holy Lent.”
There is no one prescribed way. Instead, we are each encouraged to find our own method of confronting our sinfulness, remembering our mortality, and giving thanks for the gift of salvation we receive through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One of the most common practices is to “give up something for Lent.” Some give up Chocolate, some social media, or shopping, or whatever we choose to abstain from for these forty days. This practice is known as fasting. We fast to reorient ourselves away from the distraction of those things we give up and back toward God.
Another way we reorient ourselves towards God may include a focus on devotional practices like Bible Study and prayer during this season. Enriching your prayer life during Lent is a great way to spend Lent.
Service may also be used to orient ourselves to God during Lent. Lent is a great time to take on a new way of serving. During this period of Lent, you may adopt a new habit of volunteering in the community, making a special financial gift to the church or a service organization, singing in the choir, or even participating in a small group.
You may even choose these forty days as a time for new learning. You may choose to learn about specific rituals and practices that have been used throughout church history and incorporate them in our worship during Lent. You may want to learn about the ashes of Ash Wednesday, a Maundy Thursday foot washing service, or you may get interested in being part of a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday.
The 40-day journey we call Lent is a wonderful opportunity to grow in our faith.
I look forward during this Lent to join with you as we find our spiritual path through this holy season!


BECOMER’S CIRCLE: Thank you to all who donated books and those who made donations to the “Books for Missions” Sale. We appreciate your support of our mission projects.
Submitted By:
Becomer’s Circle

CHILDRENS MINISTRY NEWS: Happy March and blessings from the Children`s Ministry!! The children are back to practicing singing and chiming and preparing scripture for the Easter season, they will lead the 10:30 AM service on Palm Sunday! Planning is under way for Vacation Bible School in the summer along with lots of other fun activities if you would like to help in any way with the Children`s Ministry or know of a child who would like to join in on the fun please make sure to invite them! As always thank you for being a congregation who loves and supports the children in their growth with God!
Ms. Nicole

Community Opportunities for Outreach- Being the Body of Christ at home and abroad.
We have a couple of opportunities for you to participate as the Church in action.
First, on a global scale:
We have the opportunity to support the Navy men and women serving on the Aircraft Carrier, George HW Bush. This ship is currently patrolling the waters outside of Syria. 2 local boys from Smith County are currently on board- Andrew Goolsby from Elmwood and Seth McCaleb. The Women’s Wednesday Bible Study group is collecting items to send by flat rate mail to them. As you can imagine, there are several restrictions and requirements as to what can be sent and what is needed. First of all, the obvious (from the Navy/Post Office)- No alcohol products and no aerosols- like spray deodorant. Also, no food that would be perishable- like chocolate that would melt or items that would spoil. It takes about 2 weeks from the time we mail the box for it to get to the ship.
The list of what they would like/need, in part- Body wash, solid stick deodorant, tide pods (these will be sealed in another waterproof bag like a Ziploc bag)- local newspapers, magazines, books, devotional reading- hard candy, nuts, beef jerky, spam, and socks (black, white or navy). There is a laundry basket in the gathering area that is marked as drop off for any items you might donate. If you want to help, but don’t have the chance to get items together, consider donating cash for the mailing and packing of the flat rate boxes. The cost is about 18$ to send one flat rate box. If you do contribute money, put it in an envelope and label it to go to mailing for Navy items and leave with Deanna. As we get items together, we will begin to mail the boxes over.

Any Sunday School classes or groups that would like to make/ send cards of appreciation- these are very welcome. Andrew and Seth will receive the cards and distribute them to the others on the ship. There are a couple of guys on board that Andrew reports as not having anyone who sends them any mail or supplies. I am trying to find out their names specifically, but until then, we can send items to Andrew and Seth and they will see that the bounty is shared.

And, finally- prayers. For the navy personnel, for their parents and family, for the refugees of Syria and our country.

Locally, the Emmanuel House is in need of a couple of items. They need laundry baskets, laundry detergents, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene supplies, and personal care items.
As a one-time need, they are decorating a room in the house as a prayer/meditation room for the ladies. They would like a nice area rug, and some throw pillows in good condition for use in the room.
If you can help with these needs, bring your items to church or contact Jane Turner for details as to donating the rug/pillows.

EASTER LILIES: If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please fill out an envelope and turn in to the church office. Envelopes are located on the bulletin boards outside of the sanctuary. The cost will be $12.00 each and all money is due in the church office by Wednesday, April 12th. Please make checks payable to CUMC.

MISSIONS: Gallatin VIM will be going to Cocotitian, Mexico November 4-11 for a medical-construction mission. They are again extending an invitation for Carthage UMC members to accompany them. The construction team is especially in need of helpers. Liz Carver, Joanne James, Mary Leslie Wakefield, Nancy Pettross, Nina Morris, Scott and Mia Miller have been part of past VIM missions with Gallatin UMC. They will be glad to share with you what is expected of those on the team. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to share God’s love with Methodists in another culture. The host churches are always very welcome and the missions are a great blessing to their churches and communities.
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: Please pray for the following.
Bartu Urawn: and his wife were attacked for refusing to renounce their faith & return to
the indigenous Sarna religion of his village. They were forced to stand in freezing water overnight - Bartu perished from the attack. (Kubuaa, India)

Pastor Haile Naygzi: was arrested & imprisoned on May 23, 2004. He has never been
charged with a crime or been offered legal counsel -- he has just disappeared in
the prison system. (Eritrea)

Tibebu Mekuria, Dawit Jemberu & Belete Tilahun: have been acquitted from charges they
burned an Ethiopian Orthodox Church. After 3 years of imprisonment a Supreme Court judge ordered the men released. They still face possible costs of damages but hope that order will be overturned as well. (GulemaIyesus, Ethiopia)
submitted by Jill Garner

YOUNG AT HEART: The YAH enjoyed a festive covered dish luncheon at the church on Tuesday, February 21st. Plans were made for the year with many interesting places we plan to visit. Sarah Frost paid us a surprise visit. She now participates with the Bellevue UMC “Keenagers” & gave us many ideas about places to go and things to do for our Young At Heart. We were thrilled to see her. On March 21st, the Young At Heart will go to Portland to the 5 Chefs Restaurant. We will leave the church parking lot at 10:00a.m. If you would like to go with us, please call the church office and leave your name by Monday, March 20th. We welcome anyone interested in our fun & fellowship.

Carthage United Methodist Church

608 Main Street North

Carthage, TN 37030





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