APRIL 2017 VOLUME 21, #4


Dear Friends,

Without Easter, the Christian faith is a waste of time!
That’s what the apostle Paul says: “If Christ hasn’t been raised, then your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17).
The reason for this is that Christ’s Resurrection not only gives us hope for eternal life, but it also confirms that what Jesus said in His earthly life was true. Jesus said he would rise from the dead. If he hadn’t, who would have taken his teaching seriously thereafter?
“But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He’s the first crop of the harvest of those who have died,” Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:20 CEB. The resurrection was God’s stamp of authenticity on Jesus, proclaiming, “Yes, Jesus is my Son. Yes, he has overcome death. Yes, what he told you is true. Trust him! Follow him!”
There will be special worship opportunities at Carthage United Methodist Church during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. These include:

April 9, 2017 – Liturgy of the Palms – Children processing with Palm Branches and the
message will be “Which Parade Are You In” Matthew 21:1-11
April 13, 2017 - Maundy Thursday Communion Service – 7:00 PM. The message will
be “In Remembrance” Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
April 14, 2017 - Good Friday Service 7:00PM. Immediately following this service there
will be a 24-hour prayer vigil that will begin.
April 16, 2017 - Easter Sunday! His is Risen!!! We will begin our day with a Sunrise
Service at 6:09AM at……. Immediately following the Sunrise Rise
Service there will be a church wide breakfast. We will then have a
combined Easter Worship Service at 10:30AM in the sanctuary.

We hope you can join us for all of our worship experiences but especially our services during Holy Week where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

CHILDRENS MINISTRY NEWS: Happy Spring from the Children's Ministry! The children are preparing to lead our Palm Sunday Service on April 9th, we hope you can all be with us to celebrate the joyous entrance of our Lord! Also, our Resurrection Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt will be that afternoon at 130 PM. It is open for birth-5th grade and feel free to bring a friend! Thank you for always being a congregation who loves and supports the children!
Ms. Nicole

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.
MYF: The MYF Spring Retreat is quickly approaching on April 7th-9th and is open to all students in grades 6-12. This retreat will take place at the annual location of The Petty’s Lake House, 517 Lakeview Drive, Smithville TN. The full cost to attend this retreat is $25.

Please mark your calendars with these other important, upcoming MYF events:
May 5th -6th: 30-hour famine
May 21st: Youth Sunday
June 25th-30th: Mission Trip to Pensacola FL
More details about these events will become available in the upcoming weeks.

Also, if you would like to provide a meal on Wednesday nights for MYF, please contact Zach Bryant.

OUTREACH: The 11th annual SCHS Jazz Band dinner concert will be held in the CLC on Thursday, April 20th. Music will start at 6:15p.m. and the meal will start at 6:30p.m. This is an annual fundraising event to benefit the Smith County High School Band and the Harold Petty Memorial Scholarship Fund. Big Band Sound, which features area band directors, will be special guests again this year.

Come join us for an evening of lively music, delicious food, and special desserts to be auctioned. Tickets are on sale now in the church office $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Tickets are limited, so get yours before they are gone!

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: Please remember the following people in your prayers. Petr Jasek: Regional Director for Voice of the Martyrs in Africa was released after serving 14 months of a 24-year prison sentence. He gifted a Sudanese Christian a small amount of money to help with medical expenses & was charged with many crimes including espionage. Two other Sudanese men, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem & Abdulmonem Abdumawla, were also charged with Petr & they remain imprisoned. (Sudan)

Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo: age 62, was kidnapped in broad daylight when masked assailants stopped his car & grabbed him on February 13. Several witnesses have given statements but no leads have been forthcoming. Police believe there is a religious component to the kidnapping because Pastor Joo had recently been accused of proselytizing to Muslim, though the claim was dropped due to lack of evidence. (Malaysia)

Compassion International: a Christian organization that partners with local churches is the largest single foreign provider of aid in India, serving 145,000 children in poverty. The Indian government has begun restricting the activities of foreign charities over concern of their influence, about half of the foreign charities operating in India have closed since 2012 & Compassion International has begun shutting down operations. Religious liberty, an important part of the Indian Constitution, is under increasing pressure due to increasing Hindu nationalism. (India)
submitted by Jill Garner

RELAY FOR LIFE: The Smith County Relay for Life Committee will have a booth at the Smith County Farm, Home, and Garden Show at the Ag Center on April 8th from 10am-4pm. We will be selling a variety of dessert-type items. If you would like to donate something sweet for us to sell, please contact Jane deLong. If your sweet tooth just needs satisfying, please stop by our booth on April 8! Thanks for your support.

The recent Relay for Life luncheon at CUMC netted over $400! The Relay for Life committee is grateful for the use of our church facilities and is always very complimentary of our well-equipped kitchen. Thank you to those of you who could join us for lunch and to all of you for so generously sharing our bounty with the community.

YOUNG AT HEART: The Young at Heart group enjoyed a wonderful day on March 21st of fellowship traveling to Portland, TN. We ate at the quaint café, 5 Chefs, which is in a restored Victorian home. This meat and three eatery is known for its delicious homemade desserts. There were about 15 delicious cakes sitting on a counter as you entered the restaurant. This really makes the taste buds start flowing even before you are seated to order your meal. Also, there is a lovely gift shop which was fun to browse through.

Next month we are going to Riverside Restaurant in Ashland City. A special thanks to Phillip Hudson for being our bus driver. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month and welcome anyone to join our group.

24 HOUR PRAYER VIGIL: Starting Good Friday, April 14th after the choir program at 7pm and running thru Saturday April 15th till 7pm- please consider signing up for a 30-minute slot for prayer and contemplation at CUMC. The sign-up board will be in the Gathering area- you may sign up as an individual, as a family or even as a group- like a Sunday School class, Choir, Men’s group, etc.

There will be at least 2 or 3 people on the premises at all times, even throughout the night so you may feel secure as you enter to spend time in prayer. We will have doors locked at night- those details will be worked out and posted closer to the date of the vigil. There will be several prayer stations in the sanctuary, so you can have different options as to how you express your prayers. Please read and meditate on John 17- the chapter in which Jesus prays for Himself, His disciples, and all believers to come- that there may be unity in the body of the church and that we may focus on our vision for the future and how best to live out the mission statement of the UMC which is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the whole world.”

If you are unable to physically be present at a time period, but desire to be in prayer at that time, please sign up for that time slot, but put a notation that you will be praying at home during the time.
If you are interested in helping with any of the logistics of the prayer vigil- security, coffee, planning, etc.- please contact the church office or Jane Turner.

HELP NEEDED: Part of the Outreach Ministry of CUMC is to provide leadership in worship at the Carthage Pavilion Assisted Living. We are responsible for the services on the third Sunday of each month at 2pm.

Up until now, 1 or 2 people have been able to adequately do this, but the facility is near capacity in residents and we are in need of help. One person can’t sing, play, read, preach, offer communion, and visit with the residents and do this in a fulfilling manner. The services are informal and don’t last over 30 minutes. I can provide you with guidance as how to go about structuring the service- most of the residents are ambulatory and able to interact very well in the service. They love to see the children, the choir, and any group- as well as music and singing. Another option would be for a family to sign up to provide some music or devotional program.

Please consider with your SS class or youth or children’s group to sign up for one or two of the services. All months are currently open except for August and September. The signup sheets are in the sanctuary or you may speak to Deanna or Jane Turner. If no one is interested in helping with these services, we may well have to cancel our involvement in this and that saddens me to let an opportunity like this go when we could easily be the Church in the world for these dear people.

WEDNESDAY WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: One of the highlights of the week for a growing group of ladies is the Wednesday morning Bible study. We meet from 9-11:30 am every Wednesday and jump right in to the study of the Word. There is great discussion, confession, encouragement, and did I mention, eating? This is a diverse group, with ladies from all over the county. Please consider joining us, if you haven’t already. Starting Wednesday April 5th and going for 6 weeks, we will begin a brand-new study. This one is on the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah- and is entitled “Daring to Hope in an Unstable World.” One of the best parts of the Bible study is not just learning Bible literacy, but learning biblical application. That is, we want to understand what we are reading in the Scriptures, and then we want to know how to go out and actually live it!!

There is no cost to attend, except for the cost of the workbook. Please sign up ASAP, as the study starts soon and the workbooks are in.

Continue in support of our military: The Wednesday Women’s Bible study ladies have provided and shipped 11 boxes of supplies to the men and women on board the Aircraft Carrier, George HW Bush, of which Andrew Goolsby from Elmwood is currently stationed. This Naval vessel is patrolling the waters off Syria.

We have also sent some of the boxes to a Special Forces Unit in the Middle East,
of which Derek Carter (son of Judy Smith) has been stationed. Derek is currently
stateside, but the boxes are sent to the Chaplain and he distributes the supplies.

This is an important effort to keep going, and as a church, if you would like to help,
here are some suggestions.
For boxes going to the aircraft carrier, here are items needed:
nuts, chips, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, crossword puzzle books, socks (black or white),
deodorant, dryer sheets, spam, and books. Items that are individually wrapped ship best as they
can be packed more easily than bulk items. Chips and nuts in canisters are more difficult to
ship as the canisters take up a lot of space.
Prohibited from shipping at all: NO ALCOHOLS and NO AEROSOL PRODUCTS.

For items going to the Middle East,
Protein Bars, beef jerky, spam, crackers, nuts, chips,
chap stick is a big request
Glad bags
Crossword puzzle books
devotional materials for the Chaplain
Rules for packing materials are the same as for the Naval Vessel.

VISITATION TEAMS FORMING: As Lay Leader, one of my goals for us as a congregation is to become better at serving our hospital and homebound persons. We have several in our congregation who are long term homebound members and who need to know that they remain in our hearts and prayers as part of the body of CUMC. Also, the need arises at times for hospital visits, especially for serving communion or delivering prayer shawls and encouragement. The Pastor is, of course, involved, but it cannot fall to the Pastor to meet every need of every person for community and support, especially in the long term.
Following the model of leadership established by Jesus with the early disciples, I would like to have at least 2 or 3 people able to go out when the need arises and even at times to have some of the choir or musicians to make home visits for care. Please prayerfully consider if this ministry is for you. The requirements would be the need to have a somewhat flexible schedule, as illness and bereavement don’t go by the clock. Also, confidentiality would be required, as well as the ability to sit and listen. It can be a temptation at times to offer advice and personal experiences as to when similar things have happened to us, but these visits are not the time nor place for that. Just a willing ear and hands to hold. Watch for sign up information, or speak to Jane Turner for details.

Remembering Dr. H. Bert Coble (1923-2017)
Dr. Coble was our choir director for a total of about 15 years here at Carthage UMC. His first time period with us was in the early 1980’s for about 5 years and then again in the mid 1990’s for about 10 years. Health reasons caused him to decide to retire, a day that I remembered well. He kept us in the choir loft after church for the announcement. I believe that most of us sensed that this would be the end of his regular duties in church music, due to his failing health.
Bert was the single most important human factor in getting our choir to the point where we are today. Important because he developed the sound that we grew to appreciate and expect as a choir and congregation. Also of equal importance was his influence on our current choir director, Jennifer, as a musician, director and person.
Bert and I were at different places on the musical spectrum of what church music should be. Bert was Baptist and “high church” music to the bone. He was also an extremely gifted musical leader who had a heart for God and skill set to teach and grow musicians. We are blessed to have been a small footnote in his obituary.
He and Sue’s decision to come to Carthage UMC, not once, but twice, was divinely inspired. On paper, it didn’t make a lot sense. We were probably the smallest church that he served over the years. But he loved us, as we loved him. Long live his musical legacy, not only here at Carthage UMC, but through the Bert Coble Singers, Cumberland University and beyond!

NOTE: Thanks to the generous donations from church members, we were able to forward a $4,000.00 check to the Dr. H. Bert Coble Endowed Scholarship at Cumberland University.

Submitted by:
David Bass

Carthage United Methodist Church

608 Main Street North

Carthage, TN 37030







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