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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 April 27, 2021 Number 16 WHEN WE LOSE FOCUS Barry Kennedy Focus is needed in every area of life. Consider all the work people are doing to try to stop “texting and driving.” Really, what is the big deal? Texting takes one’s focus off his driving and makes him vulnerable to having an accident. This poses a danger for the one doing the texting as well as pedestrians, and any other drivers on the road. Therefore, it is clear to see the importance of having focus when we are driving, but can we see the importance of having focus in our Christian lives? When we lose focus spiritually, we endanger ourselves. God made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26). The fact that He created us should serve as a reminder that He knows what is best for us. What does that have to do with focus? The apostle Paul showed the importance of focus in his letter to Philippi. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Our hope comes from God’s promises, but we too must focus upon the goal (Philippians 3:13, 14). When we allow our minds to become distracted, we may find ourselves unstable (James 1:8). Certainly, that would put us in danger. When we lose focus spiritually, we endanger others. Example is the greatest tool we have to show others the hope God gives to His children. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15). Paul told Timothy to be an “example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). We often consider peer pressure to be a negative force that derives from others. Certainly, that can be the case (1 Corinthians 15:33), but have we ever stopped to consider that our example might be the source of that evil communication? That is why it is so important to maintain our Christian focus! Jesus, the greatest example (1 Peter 2:21), maintained His focus while here on earth. “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). Even when He was twelve years old, He told His mother: “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” (Luke 2:49). Yes, Jesus kept His focus and so should we. Satan is good at His job, but he can only win when we lose focus. 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— which was also in Christ Jesus:” (Phil. 2:5). Jesus was always focused upon keeping God first. He illustrated this when He said to His mother, “...wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?” (Luke 2:49). Also, when Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4); He was setting forth the example of focusing upon prioritizing our time. It is easy for you and me to say that the Lord’s kingdom and His righteousness are first in our lives. That begs the question, “Does God know that He is first in our lives?” “Kingdom of God” If we are to seek first the kingdom, would it not imply that we must know how to define the kingdom of God? The Bible uses the phrase kingdom of God to reference two things, the church (Matt. 16:18-19), and Heaven (Matt. 8:11). The fact of the matter is that no one can enter the Kingdom of God i.e. Heaven, without being a part of the Kingdom of God the Church that belongs to Christ (Matt. 7:21). That being said, it is also true that no one can be a faithful member of the kingdom of God without seeking it first. “Righteousness” Simple question, “Do you and I long to do what is right, or do we desire to make what we want right?” If we are to expect success (i.e. all these things being added unto you) we must let what God says is right be what we follow as right. Paul wrote, “...let God be true, but every man a liar;” (Rom. 3:4). “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro 14:12). Are we truly seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the families of two former East Main members who passed from this life last week. Sister Dale Pate passed away on April 7 in Nashville, TN. Funeral services were held April 12. Brother Olun Hood passed away on April 11. Funeral services were held in Fulton on April 13. V. B. S. East Main’s Vacation Bible School has been set for June 13-16 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each evening on the topic “Champion: Empowered by Jesus.” There will be classes for all ages including adults. Make plans now to attend and invite others! John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in Saudi Arabia May 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Aiden Lindley Congregational Karaoke—5:30 pm mp room Ezra 1-2 2 Wedding Shower John Levi (Willis) Pennington & Kelsey Spradling Ezra 3-4 3 Ezra 5-6 4 Ezra 7-8 5 Heath & Christina Lindley Ezra 9-10 6 Debbie Vines Nehemiah 1-2 7 Sr. Youth-TGIF Nehemiah 3-4 8 LuAnne & Paul Funderburk Nehemiah 5-6 9 Nehemiah 7 10 Jake Donald Barbara Wright Nehemiah 8 11 Tammy Hughes Nehemiah 9-10 12 Maggie Minor Summer Smith Larry & Suzanne Long Nehemiah 11-12 13 Paul Blansett Dolline Gibson Nehemiah 13 14 Scotty Bishop Esther 1-2 15 Aaryn Vines Esther 3-4 16 Jalon & Katherine Mansel Honor High School Graduates Esther 5-7 17 Roger & Lynn Sanderson Esther 8-10 18 Sarai Lindley Melvin & Debbie Duke Job 1-3 19 Mike Childers Lauren Lindley Ricky Lindsey Anna Mae Huggins James & Sandra Simmons Eddie & Jeannie Simmons Job 4-7 20 Annie Martin Mark & Carrie Hitt Job 8-10 21 William & Marla Harris Job 11-14 22 Avery Gilliland Brooke Roby Job 15-17 23 Job 18-19 24 Zan Roby Hattie Sheffield Job 20-21 25 Cannon Funderburk Job 22-24 26 Gail Geno Job 25-28 27 Job 29-31 28 Katie Bates Job 32-34 29 Ryan Oliver Andy & Stephanie Baldwyn Job 35-37 30 Marlon & Gail Geno Job 38-39 31 Job 40-42
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 28.............................................. 2 Chronicles 26-28 April 29.............................................. 2 Chronicles 29-32 April 30.............................................. 2 Chronicles 33-36 May 1 .................................................................. Ezra 1-2 May 2 .................................................................. Ezra 3-4 May 3 .................................................................. Ezra 5-6 May 4 .................................................................. Ezra 7-8 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: McKenna Lindsey (Apr. 28), Aiden Lindley (May 1). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick James Simmons continues chemo. Ashley Davis has begun radiation. Shauna McMickin, Scotty & Wanda Bishop’s granddaughter, continues at St. Jude. Tommy Goff, Patsy Nichols’ brother, continues home hospice. Shirley Lyons underwent hip surgery last week at NMMC after falling. Waymon Gibson is home from the hospital. Teresa Turner underwent open heart surgery last week at NMMC. Berta Kennedy’s brother, Ricky Britt, underwent surgery Tuesday at NMMC for a broken hip after falling. 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 High School Graduates We will be honoring our high school graduates on Sunday, May 16. This year’s graduates are Mary Morgan Lyle and Jordan Laney. Congregational Activity The entire congregation is invited to the multipurpose room this Sat., May 1 at 5:30 p.m. for karaoke night. Sign the list on the bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom if you plan to attend and what you will bring. EMYG News Hello! I hope you’re doing well. I appreciate those who attended the youth and parent meeting today. If you were unable to attend, here’s the rundown of the meeting. We have a busy summer planned for you and your family. On the youth board, there is a sign-up sheet to help chaperone T.G.I.F. I NEED YOUR HELP! There will only be two T.G.I.F.’s in the month of May, so please get involved now and in the months to come. Starting in June, T.G.I.F. will transition into being a biweekly (every other week) event. We enjoy our weekly opportunities to be together, but due to the other activities planned for the summer and with those traveling, it seems best to transition in this way. Also, starting in June, we will have BRAIN FREEZE every Wednesday for those who have a sweet tooth and desire to spend more time together. The summer monthly calendar will be on the youth board soon for you to reference as needed. I will also be more diligent to use the “REMIND” app to also help keep you updated about current events. We brought up in our meeting the possibility of taking a trip to visit the ARK encounter as well as the Creation Museum. More info about this trip regarding dates and other details will be announced soon. East Main’s VBS will be June 13th - 16th. Please reach out to me or Michael Wilson if you would like to help teach. **For more immediate dates and events, we have our junior youth lock-in beginning this Friday from 8pm- 6am Saturday morning. If you can help chaperone, please let me know. This coming Saturday evening, we will have our church wide Karaoke night. All are encouraged to participate! It'll be fun!! PLEASE sign up on the youth board by THIS WEDNESDAY or let me know if you plan to attend so we can get a head count for food. If you would like to host a Senior youth devotional at your house July-December, please let me know or go to the youth board to see the available dates for that. The monthly devotionals will begin in June and June’s monthly devo will be held at the Blackwelder’s house. As always, if there is anything that I can help you with, please let me know. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Brenda Lindley in the loss of her sister, Blanche Rainwater, on Apr. 19. Funeral services were held Apr. 23 in Amory. Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob/Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, May 2, 2021 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.................................... Andy Baldwyn Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Alex Blackwelder Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Ushers ..........................Will Davis & Ricky Lindsey Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..............................Dennis Hallmark Closing Prayer....................................Daniel Morton Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder 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, 4-21-21 .................................................. 152* Sunday 1st Worship, 4-25-21 .................................... 170* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 159 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 136 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,266 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item......................................................Cereal

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