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Robin Underwood invited to speak at “Christian Day on Capital Hill”; aCROSS Smith County becomes aCROSS Tennessee

This past Christmas season, Smith County was aglow with crosses, thanks to the aCROSS Smith County Community Cross Lighting Project

At the end of 2019, the project had grown to include approximately 1200 crosses and reached to every corner of Smith County…and beyond.

In fact, aCROSS Smith County has drawn statewide attention, and Robin Underwood, the movement’s founder, has been invited to speak at “Christian Day on Capitol Hill,” an event sponsored by Layman Lessons Ministries.

“Christian Day on Capitol Hill” will be held at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The program’s featured speakers will include pro-life champions, Christian Legislators, and pastors from Bean Station to Memphis, Tennessee. 

Robin shared her thoughts about the invitation, and aCROSS Smith County’s future, in a post on the aCROSS Tennessee Facebook page last week. 

“We have had many people message us and comment that they would like to see ‘aCross Smith County’ grow across the state or maybe even the nation. I truly believed that God would open the door if that was what we were supposed to do. When we got the unexpected call last Friday to be a guest speaker at ‘Christian Day on Capitol Hill’ to share our story of ‘aCross Smith County’ I knew the door had been opened,” Robin wrote. “What better place to ask Tennesseans to join ‘aCross Smith County’ in expanding to ‘aCross Tennessee’?”

From the movement’s humble start as aCROSS Sykes in 2018, to the expansion to aCROSS Smith County in 2019, and now, the transition to aCROSS Tennessee in 2020, what began as a community cross lighting project has transformed, in Robin’s words, into a Cross Lighting Ministry.

This year, aCROSS Tennessee will take place from November 27 until December 31, 2020. 

Be sure to follow aCROSS Tennessee on Facebook to stay up-to-date!

Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition plans Faith Forum – January 9, 2020

Join the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, for a Faith Forum.

All are invited to attend this short celebration, which will include stories of hope from Smith County individuals and families. A light meal will be provided.

For more information about the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, as well as this and future events, please call 615-588-1622 or visit http://smithcodrugprevention.org.

Crosses light the way as community participates in “aCROSS Smith County” movement

by Rachel Petty 

If you’ve taken an evening drive through Smith County lately, you may have noticed a number of glowing crosses illuminating your path.

Big, small, simple, or dazzling, these crosses aren’t a coincidence; they are a coordinated effort thanks to the aCROSS Smith County Community Lighting Project.

This project, spearheaded by Robin Underwood and her family, began last year as “aCROSS Sykes.”

“I thought wouldn’t it be neat for children and families to drive thru a community and be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas,” Robin said.

The aCROSS Sykes project encouraged residents of the Sykes community to erect crosses and invited folks to come see the crosses on full display. Over 40 lighted crosses dotted the landscape between Brush Creek and Hickman last Christmas season.

Last year’s event may have only focused on one community, but this year, Robin wanted to expand the scope of the project to include all of Smith County.

aCROSS Smith County 2019 officially began on November 29, but crosses began to pop up in all corners of the county well before that. 

Daily, more and more residents, businesses, and churches continue to participate in the project, and each new cross is shared on the aCROSS Smith County Facebook page. 

As of Thursday, 350 crosses were registered on the map.

The event will continue until December 31, 2019. 

If you would like to participate in aCROSS Smith County, you can register your cross by visiting https://www.acrosssmithcounty.com/takepart and filling out the form.

You can find the list of crosses in each community here and see an interactive map of cross locations here. 

This Christmas, take some time to slow down on a leisurely drive through our community and reflect on the beauty and meaning of the season. You can use the map as a guide so you don’t miss a single cross…or, just let the crosses light your way!

Carthage United Methodist Church to host “Blue Christmas” Service – December 19, 2019

Join the Carthage United Methodist Church for a “Blue Christmas” service on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

Christmas can be a painful time for some. Rather than finding joy in all the holly, jolly and mistletoe, some people can only feel sadness, hopelessness, and emotional pain. 

It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. 

We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. 

‘We need hope to live the days ahead of us’. Christ is that Hope!

Come share an evening of hope in Christ with us, come find light in the darkness as we bask in The Light of the world. 

The Carthage United Methodist Church is located at 608 Main Street North in Carthage, Tennessee. Visit them online at http://www.carthagetnumc.org.

Brush Creek Baptist Church presents Life of Christ Christmas Drive-Thru – December 7 & 8, 2019

On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2019, Brush Creek Baptist Church will host a Life of Christ Christmas Drive-Thru for all to enjoy. 

This event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. each night.

Donations for the church’s Hats of Love Ministry are greatly appreciated!

For more information, please call 615-683-8249, or email bcmbc@dtccom.net. In case of inclement weather, please call the above number and listen to the recording.

Brush Creek Baptist Church is located at 26 School House Circle in Brush Creek, Tennessee. 

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 http://www.carthagetnumc.org.

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!!!

Location:

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 https://www.facebook.com/carthagecoc/.

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 BibleLandsM@comcast.net. You may also visit their website at www.biblelandsmuseum.org.

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