It’s hard to beat a better family event than what’s coming up Sunday at Oak Street Assembly. It’s even harder to beat the concert that kicks it off.

It’s hard to beat a better family event than what’s coming up Sunday at Oak Street Assembly. It’s even harder to beat the concert that kicks it off.

The Carthage church, located at 2183 W. Oak St., will be holding its third annual Cowboy Sunday with one of the biggest names in gospel music to get the ball rolling.

Janet Paschal, a renowned Christian singer and author, will hold a concert from 10:30 a.m. to noon with a cowboy lunch and variety of activities to follow. All events, including the concert, will be free.

The lunch menu will include pulled pork, pulled beef sandwiches. chips, potato salad, baked beans and dessert. Cotton candy and popcorn will also be available.
Activities will include bouncy houses, pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, greased pig contest, face painting and apple bobbing.

Anthony Crane, pastor of OSA, said he was introduced to the concept of Cowboy Sunday for years at other places he pastored before 1999.

“This is our way of building connections to people and showing love for our community,” he said. “We don’t just tell people we love them, we show them.”
He added that people may come and go as they wish, not having to stick to any particular schedule.

Crane emphasized that Oak Street Assembly is a place for “life, hope and love” with something for the entire family not only on Cowboy Sunday but throughout the year.

In addition to normal worship services, OSA offers Sunday school classes for first grade through senior adults.

“We have a dozen other ministries to meet the needs of our community,” Crane said.

In addition, there are 7 p.m. Wednesday programs for children and youth. They include Enduring the Elements, a  Boy Scout type program for first through sixth grade boys; Girls of God, with field trips and a Bible learning adventure for first through sixth grade girls; and a program for youths in seventh through 12th grades that Crane cals a cutting edge youth ministry that has fear-factor challenges, relevant music and Bible teaching.

Paschal, a native of North Carolina, has shared the stage with presidents and is a featured artist on the popular Gaither Homecoming Tour.

Her career has been marked by numerous honors and accolades. With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, Paschal’s passion for life comes through in her inspiring music, including her latest release, “Treasure.”

Her recordings have been recognized with numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and she is consistently named among gospel music's favorite soloists by the genre's top trade magazines. Additionally, Paschal’s radio release, “Hide Me Sweet Rock Of Ages,” peaked at the top position on Southern Gospel Music’s most recognized national radio airplay chart, published in The Singing News Magazine.
After battling breast cancer in 2005, Paschal resumed her touring schedule, including concerts, women's conferences and cancer awareness events. In November 2008, she released a new book, “Treasures Of The Snow,” which chronicles her triumphant battle with cancer and stories from three decades in gospel music. Her first literary work, “The Good Road” became a best seller.
Paschal’s travels in 2010 and 2011 took her throughout the United States and Canada.

In recent years, she has hosted her own weekly radio program, “Walking The Good Road.” The program focuses on cancer awareness. For the past three years, she has hosted the Annual Cancer Walk at the National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s premier week-long festival. Proceeds from the event are presented to the American Cancer Society.