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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 February 25, 2020 Number 8 Cooperating With or Contentious Toward By Barry Kennedy Charles Osgood told the story of two ladies who lived in a convalescent center. Each had suffered an incapacitating stroke. Margaret's stroke left her left side restricted, while Ruth's stroke damaged her right side. Both of these ladies were accomplished pianists but had given up hope of ever playing again. The director of the center sat them down at a piano and encouraged them to play solo pieces together. They did, and a beautiful friendship developed. What a picture of the church's need to work together! What one member cannot do alone, perhaps two or more could do together in harmony. (Don Higginbotham) God has always required that His people be united (1 Corinthians 1:10ff; 12:12ff). God knows that life has its difficulties and we all will have our faith tried from time to time. The Hebrew writer made clear the understanding our Lord has concerning life’s difficulties. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). James emphasized the certainty of our trials. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2, 3 NKJV). Yes, we will find ourselves facing hard times. How will we endure and find joy in those hardships? Unity and cooperation one with another will help tremendously in this endeavor? Amos wrote, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). We must strive to be on the same page doctrinally and work to develop an attitude of cooperation. The early church sets forth a good example for cooperation. God’s overall plan is that all men be saved (Luke 14:23; John 3:15-17; 1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9). The saved are those whom God adds to His church. “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47). Are we to assume that the Lord’s church in the first century grew in such an explosive manner (Acts 2:41; 4:4) without Christians cooperating one with another? In fact, due to the great distress the early church experienced, they often sold their possessions and distributed them to one another (Acts 2:45; 4:34-37; 11:29). Of course, the first century Christians did not only cooperate with their physical possessions. They took to heart God’s message to go into all the world with the gospel (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 1:16). Peter was given three visions from God emphasizing the need Gentiles have for the gospel (Acts 10:9-48). Cornelius, an Italian soldier, was a good man who did good things, but he was lost in sin. If not, why would Peter command him to be baptized (Acts 10:48). Scriptural baptism, is of course, for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:15, 16). The Jews of Peter’s day would not be so eager to show any concern for the Gentiles of the world. Men like Peter show us how that we are to be willing to submit our own thoughts, desires, and cooperation to the Lord and His will. Cooperation is not always going to be easy. In fact, Paul said, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Cooperation --article continued page 3-- 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 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder (731)879-9196 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— without a shadow of a doubt Paul’s great love for his fellow Jews. Moses also displayed this same level of love for the children of Israel. “And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written” (Exodus 32:31, 32). Imagine what the church would be like today if more Christians had this level of brotherly love! How many brothers do we have? That is the question at hand. Many of you may have one, two, three, or even more physical brothers, while others may have none. If you are a Christian, you have brothers all over this world. Imagine, no matter where you go you can find a “family” member as long as there is a member of the Lord’s church present. What if there are no Christians in that area? As long as one carries the gospel with him, he has the opportunity to convert new family members into the body of Christ (Romans 1:16). “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4, 5). To those who are not a member of the Lord’s church, why not become a part of this Christ’s “brotherhood?” To those who are members of the Lord’s church, may you strive to let the world see, “HOW MANY BROTHERS YOU HAVE.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sr. Youth & Parents TNT is this TUESDAY, FEB. 18 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at Alex Black- welder’s white house (in between the storage units and Grace Baptist church in the Skyline community). We will spend time in Bible study and fun to follow. Kids and parents welcome!! **Eat before you come!** **Snacks and drinks will be provided.** ** Bring your Bible!!!!!!!** Family First Fellowship The next Family First Fellowship will be held this Sunday, Feb. 23 in the multipurpose room from 8:15- 8:45 a.m. before worship services. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a brief period of fellowship with the church family! Donuts and biscuits/sausage will be served. This is a great opportunity to get to know your church family better! Snacks/Drinks for CYC Around 60 of our youth and adults will be travelling to Pigeon Forge, TN February 27- March 1 for Chal- lenge Youth Conference. We need can drinks, bottled water & individually wrapped snacks. Please put these on the library table by Wed., Feb. 26. Thanks! Ladies’ Day Our ladies’ day at East Main is scheduled for Sat- urday, Apr. 25 with Callie Rasberry speaking on “The Seasons of Life.” We would love for all the ladies, young and old, to help if possible. The various committee sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board across from the library. Please sign if you can help in any way. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea March 2020 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Maggie & Norman Simineau Joshua 1-5 2 Joshua 6-8 3 Chase Stanford Joshua 9-13 4 Joshua 14-16 5 Star Ray Chevela Underwood Sr. Adult fellowship @ 6 pm Joshua 17-21 6 Christine Wilson Joshua 22-24 7 Pete Barber Judges 1-2 8 Visitation Team #2 Judges 3-5 9 Patsy Nichols Judges 6-8 10 Judges 9-12 11 Judges 13-16 12 Scarlett Smith Ladies’ fellowship @ 6 pm in mp room Judges 17-19 13 Judges 20-21 14 Kinsley Floyd Perry Hand Madi Harris Ruth 1-4 15 JY/ES Devo. Nursing Home Singing Area Youth Meeting @ Fulton 1 Samuel 1-3 16 Jennie Cox 1 Samuel 4-8 17 Marlon Geno 1 Samuel 9-12 18 1 Samuel 13-15 19 1 Samuel 16-17 20 Alex Blackwelder Jenna Davis 1 Samuel 18-19 21 Alicia Smith Give Away Day 1 Samuel 20-23 22 Hugh & Rachel Scribner Visitation Team #4 1 Samuel 24-26 23 1 Samuel 27-31 24 Charles Barber 2 Samuel 1-4 25 2 Samuel 5-7 26 David Bates 2 Samuel 8-10 27 2 Samuel 11-12 28 Erin Moore Crafton Laney Mark & Mikki Gilliland 2 Samuel 13-14 29 Kristie Webb Family First Fellowship Youth Led Service 2 Samuel 15-18 30 2 Samuel 19-20 31 2 Samuel 21-24
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading February 26............................... Deuteronomy 21-26 February 27............................... Deuteronomy 27-30 February 28............................... Deuteronomy 31-34 February 29............................................. “Catch-up” March 1.................................................... Joshua 1-5 March 2.................................................... Joshua 6-8 March 3.................................................. Joshua 9-13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Carrie Hitt (Feb. 27), Charlie Ruth Hallmark (Feb. 28), Micah Laney (Feb. 28), Aaron Willis (Feb. 28), Chase Stanford (Mar. 3). Anniversaries: Maggie & Norman Simineau (Mar. 1). Our Sick Those sick at home Sunday were Annie Martin, Judy Bates, Chevela Underwood, Brenda Beckner, Hannon Ray & Kannon Smith. Katie Bates’ grandmother, Margaret Miller, is in room 6643 at NMMC. Dale Dulaney’s mother-in-law, Rachel Goza, has been put on hospice care. Jennie Cox continues therapy at the Tupelo Nursing & Rehab Facility, Room A-9. 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, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts, Brad Dillard, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris --article continued from page 1— is needed to maintain the peaceable life with all. We realize that it is not possible, biblically speaking, to cooperate with some people because of their actions. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). John said that if we bid any false teacher “Godspeed” that we in turn become a “partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 11). May God help us to be cooperative and not contentious. After all, when we choose to be contentious, we only end up hurting ourselves, and we fail to follow God’s plan for man (Psalm 119:105; Romans 12:1, 2). Cooperation is in fact allowing brotherly love to continue (Hebrews 13:1). Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Hannon Ray in the loss of his brother, Jimmy, on Feb. 19 in his sleep. Funeral services were held Friday in Baldwyn. Also, our condolences to Gail Geno in the loss of her brother, Bill Rutland, Feb. 23. Visitation will be held on Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at Holland Harris and funeral services will be held on Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. also at Holland Harris in Tupelo. Thank You Note Thanks so much to everyone for all the calls, cards, visits and food. In Christian love, Pete Barber Snacks/Drinks for CYC Around 60 of our youth and adults will be travelling to Pigeon Forge, TN February 27-March 1 for CYC. We need can drinks, bottled water & individually wrapped snacks. Please put these on the library table by Wed., Feb. 26. Thanks! Outreach Item for March Lotion We would like to wish a Happy 90th Birthday to Charlie Ruth Hallmark! Hope it’s the best one yet!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, March 1, 2020 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading......................................Jake Kennedy Opening Prayer ..............................Dennis Hallmark Lord’s Supper Bobby Joe Lindley & Jeff Mansel Serve Congregation, East Side: Larry Bates, Chet Wilson, Kent Nichols Serve Congregation, West Side: Terry Kingsley, Jimmy Spearman, Chase Stanford Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Ushers .................Robert Parker & Clinton Kingsley Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Closing Prayer...................................... Jalon Mansel Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Prayer......................................................Mike Ratiff Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters .....................................Larry & Judy Bates ................................ Mike & Renee Childers Prepare Lord’s Supper—March.......................Roger & Lynn Sanderson Nursery (1st worship)....... Sherry Kingsley/Debbie Vines (2nd worship)................................ Tracy & Logan Lyle Pantry..............................................................Cereal Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 2-19-20..............................................155 Sunday 1st Worship, 2-23-20 ...............................197 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................195 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................184 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,588 Mark Your Calendars!!! Ladies’ Day – April 25th Personal Evangelism Workshop – May 29th-30th Vacation Bible School – June 14th-17th Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th

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