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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 March 30, 2021 Number 12 7 LESSONS LEARNED FROM A SOFTBALL GAME Barry Kennedy We are surrounded by lessons everyday if we are willing to look for them. This thought became apparent while my family and I were watching a college softball game. Consider just a few spiritual lesson ideas that came to my mind while watching the game. 1. We must listen to the coach! “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). 2. Teamwork is a must! “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me” (Romans 15:1-3). 3. We need a strong defense! “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11; see also 1 Peter 5:8). 4. We must keep our eye on the ball! “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14; see also Hebrews 12:1-2). 5. Third base (almost) is never good enough! “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28). 6. Some will lose! “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21; See also 25:41-46). 7. Getting Home is the goal! “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Far too often people fail to see what really matters in life. It may be that some reading this article can’t get past the softball references to see the point. This is nothing new; people missed, and still miss, the point of the parables as well. God expects man to look past the physical and start seeing the spiritual side of life (2 Corinthians 5:7). What spiritual lessons can we learn from the Bible and the world around us? 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. 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. --article continued from page 1-- Bible study will scatter our night. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain. How could one not be revived, if he or she truly believes Jesus is the Lamb that was slain? The Bible explicitly states the importance of knowing the Christ. Jesus said, “If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). In the same chapter Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). The fact that Jesus is deity denotes the fact that He is worthy of glory and praise. No other sacrifice could bear all our sins and cleanse every stain. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb. 9:14). “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18, 19). Do we find ourselves being revived when we hear the message of man’s redemption? Do we not need to be revived on a regular basis? Satan wants Christians to become complacent, lazy, or indifferent. God wants us to be revived! Our worship can be a time to revive and renew our spiritual man within! Are we excited? Are we inviting others to come and hear the Gospel message (Romans 1:16)? Let’s pray for our Lord to “revive us again!” ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jr. Youth Activity The youth in grades 6th and under are invited to the multipurpose room on Saturday, Apr. 3 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Each child should bring a basket and 12 plastic eggs. Also, please sign the sheet on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom if you plan to attend so we can prepare for lunch. Thank You Note Dear East Main family, Sandra and I have been so grateful for all the cards, calls, food and especially the prayers during my cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments. To those who may not already know, my pet scan last week showed no more cancer, and we know that all those prayers offered on our behalf have been heard. I will continue to complete my treatments as a preventative measure, but hopefully they won’t be as hard on me physically as the previous two. Please continue to pray for strength for me, as well as for Sandra, as she continues to be my primary caregiver. We love you all and look forward to worshipping with all of you again soon. In Christian love, James Simmons ~~~~~~~~~~ The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in Saudia Arabia Mark Your Calendars! Sr. Youth & College April 16-18 -– 7th Week Squad Retreat @ Maywood (7th grade-college) More info. soon April 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Raleigh Bass Matthew Nichols Roger Sanderson 1 Kings 1-4 2 Hannon & Star Ray Sr. Youth-TGIF 1 Kings 5-6 3 Jr. Youth Egg Hunt 1 Kings 7-8 4 Mark Hitt Missy Nichols 1 Kings 9-11 5 1 Kings 12-14 6 Kim Johnson Sr. Youth-Kidz Connect 1 Kings 15-16 7 Ayzleigh Bass Ginny Berryhill Kylee Steward 1 Kings 17-19 8 Susan Reed 1 Kings 20-22 9 Jalon Mansel Emily Williams Sr. Youth-TGIF 2 Kings 1-3 10 Russell & Norma Deaton 2 Kings 4-8 11 Larry Bates Wedding Shower for Will Nichols & Mary-Kate Shelby 2 Kings 9-12 12 Scott Childers 2 Kings 13-17 13 2 Kings 18-21 14 Sky & Jennifer Ray Brain Freeze 2 Kings 22-25 15 Heath Lindley Sr. Youth-Kidz Connect 1 Chronicles 1-4 16 Mike Cross Dennis Hallmark Hannon Ray 1 Chronicles 5-9 17 Janna Gholston 1 Chron. 10-13 18 Brenda Lindley 1 Chron. 14-16 19 1 Chron. 17-21 20 Wanda Bryan LuAnne Funderburk Blaine Roby 1 Chron. 22-27 21 1 Chron. 28-29 22 Ricky & Lisa Lindsey 2 Chronicles 1-5 23 Ashley Davis Brittney Kennedy Joe & Alicia Smith Sr. Youth-TGIF 2 Chron. 6-9 24 Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley 2 Chron. 10-12 25 2 Chron. 13-16 26 Russell Deaton Greg Hughes Sarah Smith 2 Chron. 17-20 27 Shawn Mounce 2 Chron. 21-25 28 McKenna Lindsey 2 Chron. 26-28 29 2 Chron. 29-32 30 Jr. Youth— Lock-In 2 Chron. 33-36 Sr. Youth-7th Week Squad Retreat @ Maywood
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 31..................................................2 Samuel 21-24 April 1............................................................1 Kings 1-4 April 2............................................................1 Kings 5-6 April 3............................................................1 Kings 7-8 April 4..........................................................1 Kings 9-11 April 5........................................................1 Kings 12-14 April 6........................................................1 Kings 15-16 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Raleigh Bass (Apr. 1), Matthew Nichols (Apr. 1), Roger Sanderson (Apr. 1), Mark Hitt (Apr. 4), Missy Nichols (Apr. 4), Kim Johnson (Apr. 6). Anniversaries: Hannon & Star Ray (Apr. 2). Our Sick Ashley Davis and James Simmons continue chemo. Shauna McMickin is at St. Jude with some infection. Judy Bates continues to recuperate from knee surgery. Tommy Goff, Patsy Nichols’ brother, will be taking a short break from his chemo & radiation. Bruce & Dale Pate, former members here, are battling Covid. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Caroline Willis, Sean Koehn, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Jane Griffin Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob & Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson Wedding Shower A Wedding Shower will be held in honor of Mary- Kate Shelby, bride-elect of Will Nichols, “drive through” on Sunday, Apr. 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. here at the building hosted by Sherry Kingsley, Lisa Lindsey & Renee Childers. They are registered at Belk, Amazon, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of June Hale who passed away Mar. 27. Funeral services were held Mar. 30 at Holland Harris. EMYG News Hello! I hope that you are having a fantastic week. As we consider the next month, here is what to look forward to! April 2nd – T.G.I.F. from 9:00pm-12:00am. April 3rd – The Spring Egg Hunt for the Junior Youth from 10:00am-11:30am. April 4th – Begins our normal worship schedule: - Worship 9:00am - Bible Class 10:15 - Worship 11:15 April 6th – KIDZ KONNECT 6:00pm (Up to three Senior Youth kids). April 7th – Wednesday Bible Class. All meet in the auditorium at 7:00 and then will be dismissed to age-appropriate classes. April 9th - T.G.I.F. from 9:00pm-12:00am. April 14th – BRAIN FREEZE after Bible class April 15th – KIDZ KONNECT (Up to three Senior Youth kids). April 16th -18th – 7TH WEEK SQUAD MAYWOOD RETREAT ($40.00 per person). Let me know if you’re going and I’ll also be the one collecting the payment. April 23rd - T.G.I.F. from 9:00pm-12:00am. April 30th – Junior Youth Lock -In. (Parents, if you’re willing to be present at the Lock-In, it would be greatly appreciated). Please make every effort to attend these events. We love you and if we can help you in any way, please let us know. Jr. Youth Activity The youth in grades 6th and under are invited to the multi- purpose room this Saturday, Apr. 3 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Each child should bring a basket and 12 plastic eggs. Also, please sign the sheet on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom if you plan to attend so we can prepare for lunch.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Apr. 4, 2021 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading..........................................Tanner Hitt Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lord’s Supper Jalon Mansel Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Closing Prayer...........................................Tim Davis Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols 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. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 3-24-21 .................................................. 117* Sunday 1st Worship, 3-28-21 ........................................ 33 Sunday Bible Class................................................... 139* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 194* Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $12,127 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item...............................Cake or brownie mix Beginning this Sunday, Apr. 4, the elders have decided to go back to our regular schedule of services before the Corona virus affected us. We will have worship Sunday at 9:00 a.m., Bible class at 10:15 a.m., and worship at 11:15 a.m. On Wednesday we will meet in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m., have a short devotional and then go to Bible class until 8:00 p.m. The cry room will be reserved for those with health issues or compromised immune systems who should still maintain caution. The 9:00 a.m. Sunday service will continue to be livestreamed. As well as the 10:15 a.m. Bible class.

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