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  1. 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 43 December 4, 2018 Number 48 FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON BARRY KENNEDY It is amazing how fast this year is speeding by. It is hard to believe that it is December. This month brings to many the thoughts of winter and another changing of the seasons. Often, we will hear “season’s greetings” from people wishing us a happy holiday season. Seasons bring to mind the words of Solomon who wrote: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-9). One of the great proofs for the existence of God is seen in the “order” of all things. Solomon, credited as being the wisest man (save Jesus) to ever live, understood that there is an order to life. If one were to look carefully at his own life, be it the past, present, or preparation for the future, he should easily see the need for order in one’s life. Solomon said that there is “a time to every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). He then explained that those purposes referenced the physical attributes of life (see above text). What a difference it would make in everyone’s life if they would order their lives according to the Word of God! This changing of the seasons brings an assorted array of emotions. Many times, people expect that everyone else feels exactly the same way that they themselves feel. This has caused some to say things that may cause someone else pain. People all over the world are going through “seasons.” It may be that person “a” loves the holidays, while person “b” does not. Christians are to be considerate of the “cares” other people face. Peter said, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). If God is concerned about the “cares” of man it is certain that we should as well. It is not by chance that Peter wrote verse six just prior to his admonition to cast our cares upon God. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1Peter 5:6). Notice the last two words of verse six again “DUE TIME.” For everything there is a season. Why then are so many people having what seems to be the “BLUE” season more so than any other? This is a fair question, after all God is all powerful and all knowing. Why does He not “fix” people’s problems for them? Remember the words of --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-- Solomon, “To everything there is a season.” Look back at the sorted list Solomon referenced in the Ecclesiastical letter. Every positive has its negative. Given the choice man would choose only the positives, but just like the batteries that run our gadgets, the positive is useless without the negative. In fact, it is the negatives in life that give strength. James put it this way, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2, 3). Yes, there is a season for everything. Finally, many people never seem to grasp the real point of Solomon’s words in this chapter. They are used very often, even in everyday conversation. They are used at funerals for loved ones, and some- times to console a friend who has fallen on hard times. Of course, this is not wrong, but the point Solomon was making is seen in verse nine. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?” (Ecclesiastes 3:9). There is no profit to any of life’s labors that fail to include the God of Heaven and earth. It matters not what accomplishments one might obtain in this life nor how respected he may be among his peers. All that matters in the end is where God is in our lives. It is easy to get caught up in the world of earthly gains, but we must remember that there is a season for everything under heaven. There is coming a “season” of judgment. Are we prepared for that season? Community Outreach Program The Community Out- reach Program thanks everyone for their support in the “adopting a child for Christmas” project. All the children have been spoken for. We need these items back at the church building by WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 so we can get them delivered back to the area schools before they dismiss for Christmas Holidays. Thanks so much! Baptisms Our hearts rejoiced last Wednesday after Bible study when Ben DuBois and Lauren Long were baptized into Christ. We are so happy for Ben & Lauren in their decisions to put on Christ in baptism. Ben is the son of Lee & Heather DuBois and Lauren is the daughter of Larry & Suzanne Long. Sr. Youth Holiday Party The Sr. youth are invited to Kirk & Lori Sheffield’s home this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6:00 p.m. for food, games and a devotional. Please sign the food list posted beside the tract rack in the foyer. Also, each youth should bring a wrapped $10-$15 gift to play “dirty Santa.” Men’s Tool Swap The men are invited to a “dirty Santa” tool swap on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the multipurpose room at 6:30 p.m. We will be grilling so bring your meat of choice. Sides will be provided. Also, please bring a used or new tool (wrapped) up to a $20 value. Ladies’ Ornament Swap The ladies are invited to an ornament swap on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Kristie Webb’s home. A food list is posted in the foyer beside the tract rack. Also, please bring a wrapped ornament to play “dirty Santa.” Christmas Card Envelopes The Christmas card envelopes have been put on the bulletin boards down the east hallway for you to place your holiday cards in for the members here at East Main. If someone has been accidentally left off, please tell Renee Childers so she can get you one put up. John Duke is stationed in Long Beach, MS. Caleb Williams is stationed in Norway. Dylan Kelly, Steve Kelly’s grandson, is in Kuwait. Ty Nichols, Patsy Nichols’ grandson, is in Oklahoma
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading December 5..............................................Galatians 4-6 December 6.............................................Ephesians 1-3 December 7.............................................Ephesians 4-6 December 8........................................... Philippians 1-4 December 9............................................Colossians 1-4 December 10..................................1 Thessalonians 1-5 December 11..................................2 Thessalonians 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Amanda Dickinson (Dec. 6), Marla Laney (Dec. 6), Linda Parker (Dec. 6), Michael Wilson (Dec. 6), Austin McMillen (Dec. 7), Hilda Ratliff (Dec. 9), Wanda Bishop (Dec. 10), Mikki Gilliland (Dec. 11). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Summer Smith will undergo surgery at UAB this Thursday. Lauren Lindley is at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility for therapy. Jean Mounce is still having issues from her recent surgery. She is home. Mary Ann Wallace will begin radiation treatment this week. Debbie Duke’s mother, Carol Nichols, continues her chemo & radiation treatments. Charles Tharp is on home hospice care. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Ray Scribner, Bill Goff, Linda Bryan, Mitch Maclean, James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory, Shirley Owens, Mickey Bailey, Sammy Carson, Nathan Hale, Leroy Brown, Mike Stroup, Jadon Parish, Jill Rice Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Community Outreach Item: Toothpaste Thank You Notes Dear East Main family, Words truly fail me but just know the only way we have gotten through this is with God’s comfort and the love and prayers you all have given us. For all the calls, texts, Facebook messages, visits, food, flowers and most of all PRAYERS, I thank you. Please continue to pray for us, as well as, my mom, dad, Brian, Theresa, Andy, Jeremy & Kristy Bishop and everyone that loved our Bandi. Dundee Donald & family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, My family and I would like to thank you for your prayers and support during Annette Clifton’s passing. The plant you sent was beautiful and very much appreciated. We are new to the East Main family, but you would never know it from the kindness and love we have received during this difficult time. Thank you for extending so much love and support to our family. In Christian love, Michelle Clifton & family Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Ascension of Christ......................................... Acts 1 Birth of the church .......................................... Acts 2 Ananias and Sapphira ..................................... Acts 5 Conversion of Saul.......................................... Acts 9 Aquila and Priscilla....................................... Acts 18 Memory Verse: ➢ Who is Jesus? ➢ Matthew 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Can you tell a Bible story from the following picture?
  4. 4. Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: Men to Serve Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading......................................Jake Kennedy Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Bobby Lindley & Greg Hughes Serve Congregation, East Side: Hunter Underwood, Jacob Bradley, Lee DuBois Serve Congregation, West Side: Tim Davis, Will Davis, William Harris Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer...................................Shawn Mounce Ushers ..........................Andy Baldwyn & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .............................. Clinton Kingsley Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Prayer .........................................................Mark Hitt Lead Singing.......................................Josh Kennedy Contact William Harris (416-8149) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ................................Lee & Heather DuBois ...............................Greg & Keisha Gholston Prepare Lord’s Supper—December..................Perry & Linda Hand Nursery................. Debbie Vines & Sherry Kingsley Pantry............................................Spaghetti noodles Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-28-18............................................180 Sunday 1st Worship, 12-2-18 ...............................180 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................174 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................170 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,819 The Jr. Youth & Early Seekers are invited to “Lunch with Santa” Sunday, Dec. 9th in the multipurpose room at noon immediately following morning worship services. A food list is posted beside the tract rack in the foyer. Please bring $3 for pizza.

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