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The Carthage Press
  • Carthage church closing its doors

  • A Carthage church with 44 years of history has shut its doors for the final time.
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  • A Carthage church with 44 years of history has shut its doors for the final time.
    The Oak Street Assembly Church, 2183 W. Oak St., held its final service on Sunday and will put its building up for sale.
    Pastor Anthony Crane declined to go into detail as to why the church is closing, other than to say it was “just time for it to move on.”
    “We honor the past and thank God for all the good that came out of the church and all the lives that were changed,” Crane said. “The congregation decided it was time to close the doors.”
    Crane said he read a short history of the church at Sunday's service.
    He said Howard Graham started the church on Oct. 12, 1969 in a building at Budlong and Orchard streets.
    Graham was pastor of the church for 25 years until he passed away in 1994.
    His wife took over as pastor for five years, then a Rev. Hull led the church from 1999-2001.
    Pastor Jason Parnell led the church for six and a half years before Crane came in in 2009.
    The church was founded as the Pentacostal Tabernacle, then changed its name to the Oak Street Tabernacle Assembly of God before shortening that to Oak Street Assembly.
    The church has held numerous public outreach events, including an annual back-to-school backpack giveaway for several years and an outreach to single mothers last year.
    Church members also distributed free bottles of water at the annual Independence Day fireworks display at Municipal Park for a few years and distributed water at the July 5, Battle of Carthage Vespers Service one year.
    “We want to honor our past and honor all those who contributed to the 44 years our church existed,” Crane said. “We're thankful for all the lives that were touched.”

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