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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 March 2, 2021 Number 8 DON’T GIVE UP, DON’T EVER GIVE UP Barry Kennedy This world is filled with great ups and downs, But God has promised that He will always be around. So, don’t give up, don’t ever give up! He teaches so clearly within His Holy Word, That He offers us comfort for all of our woes. All cares are supposed to be cast upon Him, In knowledge that His greatness and love will persist. So, don’t give up, don’t ever give up! The problem that often arises with man Is our failure to trust in God and His plan. We sometimes start thinking we only can fail, And inevitably that is the course that we sail. So, don’t give up, don’t ever give up! The failure remembering God will forgive Has led too many to give up and give in. This world was made by the God of all grace. It is sin that has brought on the sadness and shame. So, don’t give up, don’t ever give up! As we climb the mountains so grand Or plunge into the valleys of deepest despair, Remember God’s promise to always be there. So, don’t give up, don’t ever give up! He gave man the strength and ability to choose, So, serve Him faithfully and ever be true And remember this motto when life gets a bit blue. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up! 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 Early worship...............8:30 a.m. Bible class................9:30 a.m. Main worship.............10:00 a.m. Bible class.............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. SPIRITUAL WEARINESS Robert Hatfield Even the best of Christians may be plagued by spiritual weariness. Far too often the Lord’s work goes unnoticed or is unwelcome, and this can be discouraging to faithful brethren. Paul reminded the Galatians, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). Webster says that to be weary is to be “exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, or freshness” and that it is much like “having one’s patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted.” The Greek word for “weary” which Paul used in Galatians 6:9 literally means, “to faint or to lose heart.” The word “faint” in that verse literally means “to be loosened or relaxed,” similar to the way the limbs of a physically weary person will hang (cf. Heb. 12:12). It is sad when Christians become discouraged, begin to slack, and ultimately quit in their work for the Lord. One of the worst things about spiritual weariness is that it is addictive. The faintheartedness of one often becomes that of another. This is undoubtedly the reason why the inspired writers of the New Testament would repeatedly warn against giving up. But why were those once-faithful servants tempted to give up? What would cause one who is so blessed (both physically and spiritually [Eph. 1:7; 2 Pet. 1:3]) to suddenly find himself or herself so disheartened to the point of folding altogether? The New Testament indicates that some folks give up because they expect immediate reward (Gal. 6:9; 2 Thes. 3:13; Luke 18:1- 7). Paul would remind these people to press on (Phil. 3:14) and await the reward which is to come “in due season.” Others are weary because of a lack of patience and trust in God (cf. Heb. 10:36; James 5:7ff.) or because of persecution (Eph. 3:13). Even others buckle under pressure and wonder why God is chastising them (cf. Heb. 12:3, 5). Sadly, some become disheartened and give up simply because they do not get their way in the church. Can an honest, truth-seeking soul beat spiritual weariness? Absolutely! Jesus was mindful of His fainting followers (Mat. 9:36) and He is surely mindful of those who suffer weariness today. But the fact that He is compassionate toward the weary does not mean that He overlooks it. The Lord (through His word) admonishes the faint-hearted to look to heaven: “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22). “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). The New Testament writers repeatedly emphasized the reward that awaits God’s enduring servants. While the reward remains yet unseen, the promise remains true (cf. Titus 1:2): “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3). Members of the church are involved in the greatest work on earth. The message they carry is the living bread and water which can spiritually feed a dying world. Within that message the Savior pleads, “Come unto me... no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Matt. 11:28-30; John 14:6). And those who surrender their lives to the Savior in humble obedience will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matt. 25:21, 23). What is your response? Will you give the Master 100 percent, or will you allow yourself to be overcome by spiritual weariness? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Will Davis in the loss of his grandmother, Beulah Davis, Feb. 26. Funeral services were held in Fulton on Feb. 28. Also, our sympathy is extended to the family of Philip Franks who passed away Feb. 26 with Covid pneumonia. Funeral services were held in Kosciusko Feb. 28. He was a cousin of Ken Pearson, Suzanne Long, & Pat Putt. Thank You Notes Thank you for the cards, texts, the beautiful plant, but most of all the prayers sent on behalf of David during his illness & passing. It is such a blessing to be part of such a wonderful church family. In Christian love, Amy Hughes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you so very much for sending cards to my parents, Bob & Clara McClure. They have been steadily getting them over the last several months & are so appreciative. When I call them, the first thing they tell me is who sent them a card. Thank you! Missy Nichols John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 3 .................................................. Joshua 9-13 March 4 ................................................ Joshua 14-16 March 5 ................................................ Joshua 17-21 March 6 ................................................ Joshua 22-24 March 7 .................................................... Judges 1-2 March 8.................................................... Judges 3-5 March 9.................................................... Judges 6-8 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Chase Stanford (Mar. 3), Star Ray (Mar. 5), Chevela Underwood (Mar. 5), Christine Wilson (Mar. 6), Patsy Nichols (Mar. 9). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Kelly Thompson continues in ICU at NMMC following a stroke. He also has a little pneumonia and C-Diff. James Simmons will have his 2nd chemo treatment Thursday. Ashley Davis had her 2nd chemo treatment last Thursday. Shauna McMickin has been diagnosed with stage 2, type B Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will begin chemo at St. Jude this week. Betty Beard was to undergo cataract surgery Monday on her other eye. Kent Nichols underwent oral surgery Monday. Missy Nichols’ mother, Clara McClure was taken to the ER Thursday evening but is back home now. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Sean Koehn, Tommy Goff, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Mike & Jane Griffin Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson Bible Class Change Since more are feeling comfortable attending Bible classes in person, the infant-1st grade class that has been meeting in the multipurpose room will be split on Sunday, March 7. Infant-age 3 will meet in the downstairs classroom beside the ladies’ bathroom. The 4 yr. olds-1st grade will meet upstairs in the room across from the bathrooms. All other classes will reman the same for now. EMYG News In Psalm 46, we read of a song written in a response to God’s defense of His city and people. In times of distress and hardships, we can have the confidence that God is our refuge and strength. While the waves of hardship come crashing down on us, verse 10 allows us to have a new perspective during those times. It says, “Be still, and know that I am God!” It’s hard to see God at work in our lives when all we’re focused on is that immediate trail or situation. I challenge us to be people that when life throws us a curveball, we’re able to slow down and think. To be able to slow down and remember who is in control. Our lives get so busy so quickly. Where is God in all the miles driven to all your sporting games? Where is God when you’re overloaded with schoolwork? Where is God when you are by yourself? Verse 11 says that He is with us. I exhort each one of us to make a conscience effort to slow down, to be still, and to know that He is God. Just a reminder that we will have another T.G.I.F. this week. Please send your kiddos and have them bring their friends! As always, we love you and if there is anything I can help you with, please let me know! Alex Registration for the 2021 season opened March 1st ! East Main’s week is July 18th -24th ! The cost is $180 per camper Register at maywoodchristiancamp.com
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading....................................... Paul Blansett Opening Prayer .............................Alex Blackwelder Lord’s Supper Tim Davis Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer....................................Daniel Morton Ushers ..................... Mike Childers & Dale Dulaney The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Tim Davis/Roger Sanderson (Facebook) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 2-24-21 .................................................. 104* Sunday 1st Worship, 2-28-21 ........................................ 23 Sunday Bible Class................................................... 160* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 125* Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $14,311 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item................................................... crackers Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel comfortable attending in person. However, if you do feel comfortable meeting in person, we will have our 8:30 a.m. worship, our 10:00 a.m. worship and our 11:15 a.m. Bible class this Sunday, March 7. (Also, in person Bible classes will be held this Wed., March 3.)

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