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Join First Baptist Church Carthage for Trunk or Treat on October 30, 2019

First Baptist Church Carthage will be hosting a Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Christian Life Center.

The event will include free food, tons of candy, inflatables, and plenty of characters in costume.

Come out for an evening of fun, faith, and fellowship with the community! All children and adults are welcome any time at FBCC. 

First Baptist Church Carthage is located at 409 Main Street North in Carthage, Tennessee.

Carthage United Methodist Church Blessing of the Pets – September 21, 2019

The Carthage United Methodist Church will host its 3rd Annual Blessing of the Pets from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

“Bring you kitty, your doggo, guinea pig or lizard. Bring whatever lives in your home that you call a pet,” the church shared in a post on social media. “All creatures great and small…The Lord God made them all! Let’s celebrate the gift of critters that came directly from God to you.”

At the Blessing of the Pets, pet portraits will be drawn by a local artist, special activities for kids will be offered, and nail trims will be available for a donation to Smith County Animal Clinic Lovie’s Fund.

The Carthage United Methodist Church is located at 608 Main Street North in Carthage, TN.  Learn more about the Carthage United Methodist Church at

Living Water Ministries to host 4th Annual Church Unity Picnic (CUP) on Saturday, September 28

The following letter was submitted to Smith County Insider by Howard Jarvis, Outreach Pastor – Living Water Ministries:

What is the Church Unity Picnic? 

Several years ago, I felt the Lord moving in my life and reinforcing the importance of Church Unity. He did this in several ways: the movie, An Appalachian Dawn, through interactions and ministry with my fellow believers and the Holy Bible. Though the Lord will work in a single denomination, church, or person, I saw first hand how in ministry, when multiple denominations were involved, the Lord would bless the work. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.   Matt 18:20 (KJV)

There are several examples of this in our community; including the Bridging the Gap court ministry, The Emmanuel House women’s shelter, and the Food Distribution at the Smith County Agricultural Center. The love of Jesus has impacted the lives of thousands through these interdenominational ministries. One reason these ministries are so powerful, is because they are supported by a multitude of churches, not just a single church. 

The Word of God teaches that we should be one with Him and with one another. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to this year’s CUP event. In a county that has upwards of 150 churches for about 20K people, there is a lot of opportunity to celebrate the things we have in common with Christ as co-laborers for the Kingdom of God. In the spirit of His Love, let us come together sitting down to a meal to focus on our similarities.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.   John 17:20-23 (KJV) 

The Church Unity Picnic has 3 Goals: 

  1. To gather – In true fellowship, and His joy in one accord, relevant to the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. 
  2. To minister – One to another, in humility and His love. -Reconciling the church. 
  3. To give – To the body of Christ, useful program information, ministerial support and as      needed, food, water, shelter and clothing.

The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will have food, fellowship, opportunity to praise Jesus, and sermonettes. 

All are welcome! Bring yourself, someone else and a covered dish and enjoy fellowship with “The Church”.

Howard Jarvis | Outreach Pastor at Living Water Ministries

Wilburn & Wilburn to perform at North Carthage Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, August 18

Come to North Carthage Missionary Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 18, 2019, to see a performance from father and son Southern Gospel duo Wilburn & Wilburn.

This will be an afternoon full of great Southern Gospel music that you don’t want to miss! 

Everyone is invited to attend.

North Carthage Baptist Church is where the Wilburn family first began singing together in 1969.

North Carthage Missionary Baptist Church is located at 111 Carmack Avenue in Carthage, Tennessee. Please call 615-735-2650 for more information.

Bible Lands Museum at Carthage Church of Christ – August 9-11, 2019

The Bible Lands Museum is on tour and will be showcasing educational artifacts, along with exhibits and lectures, free to the public at host Carthage Church of Christ.

The exhibit will be open at the following times:

  • Friday, August 9th from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.

Some Exhibit Highlights:

  • Crucifixion Display
  • Scale models of Jerusalem, Caesarea Martima and Ephesus
  • “Take Your Own Photo” wearing armor used in the movie Hercules
  • The Great Isaiah Scroll (replica)
  • The Taylor Prism (replica)
  • And MUCH more!!!


Carthage church of Christ Annex   

711 Main St. N Carthage, TN 37030

Entrance Located at the Rear of Building

For more information on this exhibit, call the Carthage church of Christ at 615-735-0114 or visit their Facebook page at

Bible Lands Museum is located at 39640 Pioneer Blvd in Sandy, OR in the lower lever of the church of Christ. The museum is open free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT, and by appointment. Avid Bible historian and Bible artifact collector Bob Stancell opened Bible Lands Museum in 2015 by debuting a portion of his private collection. Bible Lands Museum has more than quadrupled its exhibits on display since then and offers many documentary film presentations for visitors to view at no charge.

For questions about the Bible Lands Museum, please email You may also visit their website at

Carthage Full Gospel Church Vacation Bible School to be held July 27, 2019

Carthage Full Gospel Church will host Vacation Bible School on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

All children ages 4 years old through 8th grade are welcome to attend. 

Lunch and a snack will be provided during VBS.

Family Day will follow on Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Carthage Full Gospel Church is located at 109 First Avenue West in Carthage, across from Smith County Bank.

Summer Kids Blast at Carthage Church of God — July 10-13, 2019

Calling all Superheroes to Summer Kids Blast at Carthage Church of God!

Summer Kids Blast will be held Wednesday-Friday, July 10-12 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and will wrap up with Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

All children ages 3-12 are welcome. Younger children may attend with parental supervision.

Kids are encouraged to wear their craziest superhero shirt on Wednesday, their craziest superhero socks on Thursday, and their craziest superhero outfit on Friday. 

There will be inflatables, food, and fun for the whole family! You don’t want to miss it!

For more information, check out the Summer Kids Blast Facebook event. 

First Baptist Church Gordonsville to host picnic and movie night

Join First Baptist Church Gordonsville from 6:00 p.m .until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, for a free Picnic and Movie Night!

The evening of fun and fellowship will be held inside the church gym, located at 70 East Main Street in Gordonsville.

Bring your friends and family and enjoy food, drinks, homemade ice cream, and an inspirational movie! 

The movie will be Run the Race, which tells the story of two desperate brothers who sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town.

When a devastating injury puts Zach—and his dreams—on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

Run the Race shows what’s possible when you run to—instead of from—the overwhelming love of God.

The movie was produced by Tim Tebow.

Be sure to bring lawn or camping chairs and blankets for the kids!

Vacation Bible School at East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church to be held June 22

East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church is having a 1-day Vacation Bible School on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

There will be classes, crafts, singing, and activities for all ages!

A cookout for all children and parents will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Please come out and join us!

The East Carthage Missionary Baptist Church is located at 228 McGinniss Avenue in Carthage.

Carthage Church of Christ to host Vacation Bible School this week

The Carthage Church of Christ invites the community to their annual Vacation Bible School, which will be held nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on June 3-7, 2019. Classes will be offered for all ages including children and adults.

The theme for this year is “Bible Superheroes.”

The Carthage Church of Christ is located at 711 North Main Street in Carthage, Tennessee. You may contact the Carthage Church of Christ by phone at 615-735-0144 or by email at

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