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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 February 15, 2022 Number 7 Forget Me Not Barry Kennedy This European perennial is one of the world’s most-loved wildflowers, and though the little clusters of sky-blue flowers are wonderful, the romantic legend of how it got its name is even better. The plant is a streamside species, so the setting makes sense. A medieval German knight is said to have been picnicking on the bank of the Danube with his lady love. He descended the bank to the water’s edge to gather some of the lovely blue flowers he saw there, but while he was near the water, tragedy struck. A “freshet” (flash flood) suddenly appeared and pulled the young man into the churning river. As he was literally swept away, he tossed the bouquet to his lady on the bank with the three now-famous words: “Forget me not!”1 It is hard to imagine anyone wanting to be forgotten. Just knowing that someone loves you and always holds you in a special place of their heart gives a profound sense of comfort. God has the greatest capacity to remember each one of us in His heart. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4). When man chooses to maintain faithfulness to God, God in turn promises that He will never forget the blessings He has made available. “He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant” (Psalm 111:5). What an awesome thought that God, the Creator of all things, could even have a thought of us “pass” through His mind! He has promised us more than just a pass-through, we can have His undivided attention. “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him” (Ephesians 3:12). Pointing out the fact that God is mindful of us, can we honestly say that we are always mindful of God? The prophet Isaiah informed the children of Israel that they had forgotten God. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow (Isaiah 17:10, 11). __________________ 1 http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/wildflowerfolklore.asp --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 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 class..................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. 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-- Though it should not be so, it tends to be easy for people to “forget” God. Just think, if Israel (God’s chosen people) could do it, it only makes sense that we would guard against doing so ourselves. Each of us have countless opportunities which can distract one from thinking about God. The first step toward forgetting about God is done through forgetting His Word. Paul encouraged Timothy to take heed unto himself and the “doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:16). The Hebrew writer made clear the need to remember when he wrote, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (Hebrews 2:1). Without giving “more earnest heed” we run the risk of allowing the Word to slip from our minds. Usually that unoccupied space is replaced with the cares and desires of the world. Jesus told of the person who had an unclean spirit removed but failed to fill the void left behind. The result was worse than the beginning (Luke 11:25-26). Holding fast the word of God is the ultimate defense against Satan’s forces. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Psalm 119:11; see also Matthew 4:1-10). There is never a time when we have to say to the Lord, “Forget Me Not.” On the other hand, maybe He is telling you and me “Forget ME Not!” May He always be merciful to us as we endeavor to maintain a constant remembrance of Him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Donny McKay in the loss of his stepfather, Marvin Chamblee, on Feb. 17. Funeral services were held Feb. 20 at Cleveland- Moffett Funeral Home in Amory. Bridal Shower There will be a bridal shower in honor of Brittney Kennedy, bride-elect of Sam Quirk, on Sunday, Mar. 6 from 1:30-3:00 pm in the multipurpose room. Brittney & Sam are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Walmart. Their wedding website can be viewed at theknot.com/sambrittney. Challenge Youth Conference (CYC) On February 24-27, several of our youth and adults will be travelling to Pigeon Forge, TN for the annual Challenge Youth Conference. This year’s theme is “#FORME.” We need bottled water, canned drinks, and individually wrapped snacks, chips, cookies, Little Debbie’s. If you can donate any of these items. Please put them in the multipurpose room on the designated table. Thanks so much for your help. Baby “Girl” Shower Brent & Codi Hallmark’s new baby girl, Charlie Grace, was born on Feb. 2. She weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long. There will be a table set up in the foyer until Feb. 27 for you to leave a gift for little Charlie Grace if you wish. She is registered at Amazon and Walmart. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10:00- 11:00 am. Anyone available to come and help sign cards is welcomed. “My Worship Notes” Sheet On the table in the foyer where the worship guides and Lord’s Supper emblems are on Sundays, we have placed some sheets of paper for the younger children in the congregation to take notes during the lesson. Please feel free to grab your young child a sheet and use it during our Sunday worship service as a tool to promote listening.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading February 23................................. Deuteronomy 8-11 February 24............................... Deuteronomy 12-16 February 25............................... Deuteronomy 17-20 February 26............................... Deuteronomy 21-26 February 27............................... Deuteronomy 27-30 February 28............................... Deuteronomy 31-34 March 1 .................................................... Joshua 1-5 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Cassie Blackwelder (Feb. 24), Ben DuBois (Feb. 24), Frankie Estes (Feb. 25), Joe Minor (Feb. 25), Carrie Hitt (Feb. 27), Aaron Willis (Feb. 28), Malachi Lindley (Mar. 1). Anniversaries: Maggie & Norman Simineau (Mar. 1). Our Sick Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom, is at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. She fell and broke a vertebra in her neck. Joe Cook, Billie McNutt’s brother, fell & is in NMMC with a cracked vertebra and fractured foot. Bob Smith continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Barbara Bishop continues therapy at Diversicare, Room 3B, on Eason Blvd. Crafton Laney will have neck surgery in Birmingham Marc. 9. Michelle Maclean, Billie McNutt’s niece, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Twinette Wallace’s brother, Donny Dulaney, is on a low dose chemo. Roy & Daisy King, friends of Danny & Barbara Wright, both have cancer. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Mitch Maclean, Sheba Tuggers, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Marvin Chamblee, Lacy Plaxico Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Living in a Right- Handed World JAY LAUNIUS I’m left-handed and throughout my life it has been a source of both inconvenience and at times down-right difficult. For instance, when I started school as a kid the desk, we sat at were right-handed, totally opened on the left side. When I tried to write or draw my left arm was up in the air and had no support. Other school supplies caused some frustration as well, the spiral bound notebook for example. That spiral wire is right in the way of my left hand. Everyday utensils that are geared for a right-hand world. Scissors are a source of constant frustration, try using a pair of scissors to cut fabric using you’re left hand and it’s like a toothless dog trying to eat a bone, it gnaws at it, but nothing happens! Other items seem to cater to the “righties” like a computer mouse, musical instruments and even firearms. There are the names associated with being left-handed, “leftie” and “southpaw” come to mind. I’ve always wondered why we don’t have “right-paws”. Yep, it’s a right-handed world alright, geared to the majority. If you think about it, being a Christian is a lot like being left-handed. Christians are not in the majority and sometimes find it hard to fit into a non-Christian world. We are to be unique, different, not conformed to the world around us (Romans 12:1-2). We are to be “peculiar” people (Titus 2:14 AKJV) who refuse to fit into the mold of a sinful society. Take a look at your life and ask yourself, “Am I so different that those around me can tell or do I just fit in with everybody else?” We are to be so different that others notice and ask why we are not quite like everyone else. Notice Peter’s comment, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear,” (1 Peter 3:15). One of the judges of Israel was a unique individual by the name of Ehud (Judges 3:12-26). Ehud was wise, a good planner and he was left-handed and by looking at his example we can see just how important it is to be a unique child of God. If you are going to CYC, be at the building this Thurs., Feb. 24th at 9:00 am. Please bring money for 3 meals out! If you have any medical issues/allergies, please let Alex know.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading.........................................Ben DuBois Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Mike Ratliff Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer......................................Larry Presley Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Closing Prayer.....................................Jake Kennedy Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 2-16-22 .................................................... 147 Sunday 1st Worship, 2-20-22 .................................... 179* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 170 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 118 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $7,549 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 12th -15th from 6:30-8:00 pm! There will be classes for all ages including adults. Make plans now to attend!

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