JUNE 2017 VOLUME 21, #6
I once was told, “We plan, the Lord laughs!” I love that saying as it is a part of my life. Fortunately, I love the excitement that comes from change. The latest change, as you know is our move to Carthage and CUMC.

It isn’t that I am necessarily adventurous (although I am) but I try to really listen and follow God’s call. I am blessed to have a husband with the spiritual gift of faith. So, from the first time the DS asked if we were prepared to be a clergy family and all that comes with it until now coming to our fourth appointment in 14 years, he is always on board. I am blessed. I am blessed because I serve a God that loves me and uses me to further His Kingdom by filling in the gaps where my flaws make me fall short.

We will be in Carthage to begin our life in ministry on June 24th. I can hardly wait! I love everyone I have met so far and I have no doubt I will love everyone I meet. That is the good news. The not so good news is that I will miss the first two Sundays in July. Over a year ago I made a commitment to be the clergy on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. Dylan Rocks, my son, and I will be flying out June 28th and will return July 11th. Joe and Dakota will be around though.

Let me answer some of the questions people have already been asking:

Joe & I are natives of Oklahoma; Joe from Oklahoma City and I am from Tulsa. We moved to Crossville, TN in 1998 with our two daughters. We adopted the boys in 2003. They were 3 and 4.

I answered the call to ministry in 2003 and received my first two churches, Okolona, and Rickman in 2004 when I began Seminary at Asbury Seminary. The boys were four and five years old. Other than the two years I was appointed at Friendship United Methodist Church in Cookeville, we have lived in Crossville, TN. I have been at Homestead UMC for six years. During that time, I also had Grassy Cove for the first three years and acquired Dorton UMC just this past September. Homestead and Dorton churches are filled with great people and good friends and I will be forever thankful for the time we spend in ministry there.

Joe is a supervisor at CoLinx in Crossville, a distribution warehouse for several companies. Joe is also a part-time photographer shooting mostly editorial and landscape photos, although we can get him to capture people every now and then. We are hoping that eventually he finds something closer to Carthage. We are community people and hope to become immersed in the Smith County life.

We have two teenage boys that will be coming to Carthage with us. Dakota, 17, will be a senior at SCHS and he is a blue belt in tempo karate. He loves gaming and reading. Dylan, 16, will be a junior at SCHS. Dylan is a taxidermist and will be working for a Carthage taxidermist. He loves to hunt, fish, and trap. In Crossville, he competed in trap shooting and sporting clays. We hope to find a team close by for him to shoot with. Dylan also likes other school sports.

Joe has other grown children. Ron, Stacie, Stephanie, and their families live in Oklahoma. We have two grown daughters, Jillianne and Allison here in TN. Jill and her husband Micah live in Lebanon. Jill is a teacher at Mt. Juliet Middle School and Micah is the Director of Youth Ministries at Lebanon First UMC. They have two children, Amelia, age 4 and Asher, who is 2 months old. Alli is an accountant and lives in West Nashville.

Please stop by the office and say “hi”, or let me know and I will come by your place and visit with you. We have so much work to do in God’s Kingdom, the sooner we get to know each other, the sooner we can get going in ministry together.

Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Monica Mowdy

CHILDRENS MINISTRY NEWS: Happy Summer! And Blessings from the Children’s Ministry! Summer brings a time of rest and fun for the children and hopefully for their families too. We wrapped up choir and chimes for the school year in May with the children leading the Mother’s Day service, we are so very proud of the children for all of their hard work this year and thankful to their parents and families for making sure they get to practices and working with them at home. Thank you to the congregation especially for encouraging the children and letting them know how much they are appreciated and that they are an important part of the church. Our prayer and mission is that the lessons they learn now will lead them to be willing and joyful leaders in the church in the years to come! Summer also brings one of my favorite times of the year, VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! We are blessed and excited that Tim and Amanda Cowles aka “The Skadoodles” will be joining us again this year to share God’s word through their stage show filled with magic, puppets, and lots of laughs, all who attended last year from the youngest to the oldest can share with you how wonderful their ministry is and what a blessing it is to witness. VBS is scheduled for June 18th-21st from 6-8PM so please make sure you are making plans to be there and inviting lots of friends! VBS also brings the need for lots of volunteers, we are in need of adults and youth to assist with games and crafts and to provide snacks or funds to purchase them and run the snack station. If you, your Sunday School class, or ministry team would like to assist with this in anyway please let me know! You can call or text me at 615-388-1251 or email me at Nicole.harriman@live.com. As always thank you for being a congregation who loves and encourages the children.
Ms. Nicole

MYF: The Reward Trip for Students of The Story has been moved to Saturday, August 19th. We will be attending Rock the World music festival at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. It’s not too late to join us. Since the reward trip has been pushed back a few weeks that gives you an extra couple of weeks to get the required 20 readings done. Keep up the reading so you can join us on this trip!

It is unfortunate that I must announce that our Service Trip to Pensacola Florida on July 25th-30th has been cancelled. We did not have enough students or chaperones register in order to make a weeklong trip to the state of Florida feasible. All money and checks that have already been paid will be returned to you. Plans for a rescheduled, local service day over the summer will be announced in the near future. I am sorry for this disappointing news for those who had registered to attend. Sometimes God shuts doors, but he always opens new ones.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or prayer requests.

RELAY FOR LIFE: The annual Relay for Life event will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 6:00-10:00 P.M. at the Smith County Ag Center. This year, all activities except the luminaria ceremony will be held inside, out of the dust and heat. The survivors’ reception will begin at 5:30 P.M. and the reserved area will be available throughout the evening for an opportunity to rest and relax with a cool glass of water or iced tea. A fish fry dinner will be available from 6 P.M. until 8:00P.M. featuring fried fish, coleslaw, baked beans, and dessert for $10.00. The ever-popular cake walk will be taking place all during the evening along with many other activities and surprises. Another favorite, the annual Silent Auction will offer a variety of items to the highest bidder. Come out for the fish fry, participate in the luminaria ceremony, and enjoy the many activities planned around this year’s theme, “Relaying Southern Style”.

MULTI-TALENTED MICHELLE: You know Michelle McRae for her beautiful singing voice, sweet smile, and being the wife of Seth and the mother of Fisher. But did you know that she is also a talented artist? She has created a beautiful painting featuring many of the landmark locations in Smith County. This painting will be displayed at the Relay for Life Silent Auction on June 24th. Prior to that date, it will be displayed in the Gathering Room. Please be sure to take a minute to admire Michelle’s work and place a bid if you would like to be the proud owner of this original piece of art. All proceeds from the sale of the painting will benefit the American Cancer Society.

PARSONAGE UPDATE: We have a parsonage! It is located at 23 Oak Hill Lane (Tanglewood Subdivision), the former home of Tommy & Shellye Waggoner. We will get possession no later than June 15th (hopefully sooner); renovate a downstairs bathroom and then we are ready for Pastor Monica and her family.

The facts on the parsonage are: Purchase Price $210,000.00; Promissory note signed for $194,000.00 at ZERO % interest for 2 years thanks to a generous church member! We pay once a month (whatever we can pay), with the balance due in two years. On Sunday, May 21st, we received $17,000.00; this past Sunday we received $16,300.00 on the debt. When you contribute toward the parsonage fund, make sure any check has the notation “Parsonage” on it so that we can properly credit the payment toward the retirement of the parsonage debt. Also remember to be faithful in your regular giving during the summer months, even when on vacation.

Many thanks go to John Kruzan and the Trustees, Tom Paschal and the parsonage search committee, and you, the church members, for your support of this purchase. We look forward to having our pastors and their families (for years to come) becoming a complete part of our church by living within our community alongside us…

PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS: The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, organized by Franklin Graham, was held recently in Washington DC. 600 Christians from 130 countries met to discuss the issue of Christian persecution around the world. The intent of the meeting was to show solidarity with those who suffer persecution for their faith, connect church leaders with victims of persecution, raise awareness of the unprecedented levels of Christian persecution happening today & look for solutions to this crisis. According to Open Doors, on average each month worldwide 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches & Christian properties are destroyed, 772 forms of violence are perpetrated against Christians (beatings, abductions, rapes, arrests, & forced marriages). For more information on the summit & how you can help persecuted Christians visit billygraham.org
Submitted by,
Jill Garner

SHAWL MINISTRY: The shawl ministry will meet the 2nd Saturday of each month starting at 9:00A.M. We welcome anyone that would like to join us. We could also use some volunteers to deliver for us.
Submitted by,
Liz Carver

SMITH COUNTY DRUG PREVENTION COALITION: Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition presents some startling facts about drug use in Smith County. It is reported that over 50 percent of Smith Countians are addicted to either drugs or alcohol! Employers cannot fill positions because a large percentage of applicants cannot pass a drug test. One local factory took 61 applications and only 6 of those could pass a drug test. While the Drug Task Force, courts and other agencies are fighting the crimes associated with these addictions, the churches are being asked to join the fight by praying for those caught in the life altering grip of addictions. Your bulletin in the following weeks will contain some facts compiled by the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition. Please consider the implications of these facts on our county and pray for those involved in any way.
Submitted by,
Nancy Pettross

VICTORY JAM III: Victory Jam III is scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, 5-7pm in the back-parking lot of the church. This a free event and a great opportunity to meet our neighbors. There will be music, storytelling, activities for your kids, and soft drinks and food for everyone to enjoy. So, invite everyone you know, and even folks you don’t, bring a chair, a blanket, or whatever you want to relax on, and come out and enjoy the evening with us.

YOUNG AT HEART: The Young at Heart had to make a quick change for our trip on May 16th due to the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Café being overbooked. However, that’s not hard to do with 12 wonderful people full of great ideas for a place to go eat. Our capable driver, Phillip Hudson just wants to know directions and off we got to Jonathan’s Grille in Mount Juliet. A variety of wonderful salads, fish and chips, burgers, and pizza kept everyone happy. Before we left, we were greeted by Alan Long and our new minister, Monica Mowdy. We enjoyed meeting Monica and appreciated her interest in the YAH. She shared with us a special blessing for our departure. Reservations have already been made for June 20th to go to the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Café. There’s nothing like trying again! We really thought about going by George McDonald’s, taking some chocolate, and having our very own Chocolate Covered Strawberry! Be sure and call the church office by June 19th if you plan to join us. The bus’s capacity is 14 and we want it to be full!
Submitted by,
Gayle Hudson

FATHER’S DAY FLOWERS: If you would like to give a Father’s Day flower in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please fill out an envelope located on the bulletin boards outside of the sanctuary and turn it in to the church office. The cost is $3.00 each and make all checks payable to CUMC. The deadline is Wednesday, June 14th.

OFFICE INFORMATION: Deanna will be on vacation the week of June 5th – 9th.

THANK YOU: Many thanks go to Rev. Tom Halliburton. We appreciate our DS, Rev. Max Mayo, for lining up Rev. Tom to preach for us during this transition time. We look forward to having our new pastor, Rev. Monica Mowdy and her family with us on Sunday, June 25th!

Carthage United Methodist Church

608 Main Street North

Carthage, TN 37030







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