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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 January 21, 2020 Number 3 Ministering to the Grieving Steve Higginbotham Through the years, I have stood at the head of many caskets, and I have heard many comments made to grieving families that made me cringe. While the intent was not to harm or add pain, in reality that is what they did. Like Job’s friends, they would have better served as comforters if they would have just remained silent. I think most people share a common fear of saying the wrong thing to one who is grieving, or simply not knowing what to say. Because of this fear, we often withdraw from people at a time when they need us the most. The apostle Paul said that since the God of all comfort comforts us in our tribulation, then we should comfort others (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). The following suggestions are offered in hopes of equipping us so that we may effectively minister to those who are grieving. Give them your presence. Don’t allow a person to suffer alone. Understand that you don’t have to say anything. Just be there. A hug; an expression of sorrow; and a reaffirmation of your love for them is all that you need to say. Your presence is what will be remembered and treasured, not your words. Don’t stress over words. No words can fix the situation, so drop the burden of feeling you must come up with the “perfect thing to say.” There is no sage advice to offer at this moment that if they do this or that, it will all be better. Be there when the dust settles. We often inundate the grieving family with support during the immediate time of loss, but who is ministering to this family two months later? Determine to be the person who is ministering two months, four months, six months after the funeral. Remember dates. Mark your calendar and make note of birthdays, anniversaries, and especially the anniversary date of the person’s death. I assure you that the anniversary of a person’s death will not be overlooked by loved ones we are left behind. Let the grieving know that we remember too. Such remembrances are treasures by those who are grieving. Do good. Don’t simply offer to do good, actually do it. Sometimes we find ourselves saying, “If there’s anything you need, just let me know.” This offer may salve our consciences, but it is rings hollow and is an offer that will rarely be acted upon. Instead, if you really want to offer your help, say something like, “Would you rather me run to the store and get some groceries for you, or would you rather have me do the dishes for you?” This wording is much more likely to receive a positive response and allow you the opportunity to minister. Let people grieve. A widow once told me that whenever she started to cry, a close relative would tell her to stop crying and be strong. Don’t encourage a person to --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers..............397-6453 Dennis Hallmark .........255-5557 Mark Hitt.....................322-0917 Bobby Lindley.............260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan.................419-5552 William Harris.............416-8149 Ricky Lindsey .............255-8136 Jeff Mansel..................871-0357 Jimmy Spearman.........840-8957 Michael Wilson ...........891-0891 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office...........................842-6116 Fax...............................842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship....................... 9:00 a.m. Bible Classes............. 10:15 a.m. Worship..................... 11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes .....7:00 p.m. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1-- suppress grief. Crying is not only a human response to grief, but it’s healthy. Avoid empty platitudes. Trite phrases that do not comfort and some of which do not even accurately reflect biblical truth, need to remain unspoken. Saying things like, “I understand exactly how you feel,” or “God must have needed another angel,” or “it was God’s will,” or “at least you’re young, you can marry again/have more children” are either hurtful, insensitive, or do not reflect the truth. If you struggle for words to say, then simply say these, “I’m sorry.” “I’m praying for you.” “I love you.” If we follow these suggestions, we will be better equipped to comfort others the way God comforts us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Youth & Family Minister This past Sunday, Alex Blackwelder became a part of the family at East Main in the capacity of Youth and Family Minister. Alex is a recent graduate of Freed Hardeman and has begun work on a master’s degree. He is engaged, and he and his fiancé’ Cassie are planning to be married in June. She is also a student at Freed Hardeman University. Alex is currently looking for a place to stay in Tupelo through May. Once he and Cassie are married (June 6), they will reside halfway between Tupelo and Henderson, TN, for a year as Cassie finishes school. Please be sure to meet Alex & Cassie! We are looking forward to working with them! **If you know of a small place Alex could rent for the next four months please let us know, possibly a “mother-in-law’s quarters” or basement. Sisters Supporting Sisters The Sisters Support- ing Sisters group will have their quarterly meeting this Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. All ladies of the congregation are invited! Please sign the sheet on the bulletin board across from the library if you will be attending, so we will know how many to prepare for. LAM Mission Trip If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Latin American Mission trip this summer, please let Michael Wilson know. Grief Seminar Notes ➢ On Friday, Jan. 24 sessions will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ➢ On Saturday, Jan. 25 breakfast will be served from 8-8:30 a.m., then sessions will be from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. ➢ Friday and Saturday sessions will be held in the multipurpose room. ➢ On Sunday, Jan. 26 Ron Williams will continue the Grief Seminar with lessons at 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. ➢ Everyone from the 7th grade up through adults will meet in the auditorium for Bible class Sunday at 10:15 a.m. ➢ We will have a potluck meal Sunday after the 11:15 a.m. worship service in the multipurpose room. ➢ Please come and invite your friends. A list of the lesson topics is on the back page of this bulletin. Senior Youth All the youth and adults attending CYC in Pigeon Forge February 28-March 1, need to please turn their $60 for the cabin rental to Amy Voyles or Tim Davis ASAP. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 22........................................... Exodus 13-15 January 23........................................... Exodus 16-18 January 24........................................... Exodus 19-21 January 25........................................... Exodus 22-24 January 26........................................... Exodus 25-27 January 27........................................... Exodus 28-29 January 28........................................... Exodus 30-31 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Sarah Minor (Jan. 22), Bethany Bryan (Jan. 23), Jordan Laney (Jan. 24), Ava Bates (Jan. 26), Bettye Davis (Jan. 26), Melea Mansel (Jan. 26), Hunter Underwood (Jan. 26), Stephanie Baldwyn (Jan. 28). Anniversaries: Joyce & James Burney (Jan. 22). Our Sick Karen Mix, Jack McKinney (Lisa Lindsey’s father), and Laney McMillen (infant daughter of Anna Claire & Austin) are all home from the hospital. Patsy Nichols is home with walking pneumonia. Billie McNutt is home with bursitis. Judy Marks, Linda Parker’s sister-in-law, is at the Sanctuary Hospice House. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Pete Barber, Jean Mounce, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Ruby Clark, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris, James Nichols Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Hannah .....................................................1 Samuel 1 King Agrippa ...........................................Acts 25-26 Stoning of Stephen.......................................... Acts 7 Birth of the church .......................................... Acts 2 Name the books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, & the Letter to the Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians & Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus & Philemon, Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I & II & III John, Jude & Revelation List the 8 writers of the New Testament: ❖ Matthew ❖ Mark ❖ Luke ❖ John ❖ Peter ❖ Paul ❖ James ❖ Jude Memory Verse: ❖ Why do I need Jesus? ❖ Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: ❖ Daniel ❖ Abraham ❖ Eve ❖ Joshua Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture? Outreach Item for January Garbage bags
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Johnson Opening Prayer ................................Michael Wilson Lord’s Supper Chad Willis & Kent Nichols Serve Congregation, East Side: Grady Vines, Larry Bates, David Bates Serve Congregation, West Side: Greg Lyle, Ian Willis, Aaron Willis Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................. Robert Kingsley Ushers ...........................Larry Long & Jalon Mansel Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Prayer................................................ Russell Deaton Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Contact Jeff Mansel (871-0357) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ......................................Joe & Alicia Smith ..................................Grady & Debbie Vines Prepare Lord’s Supper—January......................Hugh & Rachel Scribner Nursery (1st worship)..Stephanie Baldwyn/Maggie Minor (2nd worship)............................Tammy & Sarah Minor Pantry.................................................... Canned fruit Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 1-15-20..............................................154 Sunday 1st Worship, 1-19-20 ...............................211 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................208 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................211 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$9,100 Coping with Loss (Grief Recovery seminar) Guest Speaker: Ron Williams January 24th-26th

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