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East main informer, 4 28-20

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East main informer, 4 28-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 April 28, 2020 Number 17 We “Need” Barry Kennedy When was the last time we made such a statement? Did we really take the time to think, whether or not, we were telling the truth? Does it matter? There are many things in life that we truly need. Air, water, food, shelter, clothing, and companionship. The problem is that we often substitute wants for needs. When we find ourselves trading wants for needs it tends to lead us into the area of discontentment. Paul emphasized the need for contentment in the Christian’s life. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:6-8). Also, in his letter to the Philippians, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). When we take into consideration the terms we often use, it may cause us to reconsider our choice of terminology. What then could we say that we need? The word need carries the idea of necessity. Need would describe something without which one could not live or survive. With this understanding we need GOD. Sometimes we ask the question, “Where would we be without God?” The fact is we would not “be” without God (Genesis 1, 2). God is the source (John 1:1-5) as well as, the sustainer of life (Acts 17:28; Hebrews 1:3). We need God in order to have salvation. The Father desires fellowship with His creation. The problem is sin severs that fellowship (Isaiah 59:1, 2). Reconciliation is needed for a restoration of fellowship. God’s plan is salvation through the sacrifice of His Son (John 3:16) and this message was delivered by inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Therefore, anyone should easily see the need for God, considering “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). When one contemplates his true needs in life; it should not take much effort to see that we have a real need for companionship. Think about how many mistakes there have been made by people seeking companionship. One mistake may be throwing away our self-esteem (Genesis 1:26). Self-esteem is an invaluable disposition. Of course, one should never confuse self-esteem with arrogance. Humility is a characteristic of true Christianity (James 4:10); however, we are not to belittle ourselves into a state of feeling worthless, useless, or discarded. This disposition leads one into compromising convictions for the sake of companionship. It is true that we need companionship, but in what way? God said, “It is not good that man should be alone” (Genesis 2:18). True, but is it really a need that everyone be married? Paul encouraged some in the Corinthian congregation to remain single, due to the present distress (1 Corinthians 7). Is this a contradiction? Is Paul going against God in letter to the church in Corinth? Not in the least! Paul is simply stating that having God as your companion is far more needed than that of any earthly relationship (Matthew 10:32-39). The Hebrew writer (Largely believed to be Paul) emphasized how that “marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled” (Hebrews 13:4). One must not --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— against God in letter to the church in Corinth? Not in the least! Paul is simply stating that having God as your companion is far more needed than that of any earthly relationship (Matthew 10:32-39). The Hebrew writer (Largely believed to be Paul) emphasized how that “marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled” (Hebrews 13:4). One must not compromise self-esteem to ever win a spouse. It should be the case that our spouse, or prospective spouse, encourages and elevates our self-esteem. That is the true companionship that we need and that is the true companionship that God offers to all who follow Him (John 10:10). Finally, we all need forgiveness. We all find ourselves having weak moments. Temptations are everywhere and we need not forget that those temptations that torture us the most, stem from our own lusts that “war in our members” (James 4:1). James said that we are tempted when we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed (James 1:14). The fact that we have our own lusts and that we often give in to those lusts, lets us know the real need we have to be forgiven. Jesus came to make that forgiveness available to all who will obey Him (Hebrews 5:8, 9). We need salvation (the forgiveness of sin) because our sins separate us from the companionship that we had with the Almighty. We need forgiveness of sin because without it we cannot have the true self-esteem found only in the body of Christ. John wrote it this way, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We should see in this verse how all of our needs are met. What do you need? 4. This is demonstrated by divine example. Acts 2 reveals that the Holy Spirit spoke through the apostles to the multitudes (Acts 2:1-4, 22). When they heard the Word preached, they were pricked in their hearts—made believers. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). It was wielded by the mouths of the apostles (Acts 2:1-4, 22-27; 8:4-5, 12). When the people on that Pentecost day heard the Word preached by the apostles, they were pricked in their hearts—convicted of sin. 5. The Pentecostians led by the Spirit. Their change, or purification, was begun, and the effect produced by the power of the Holy Spirit. They were led by the words spoken by the apostles. But where? They were led to cry out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter answered and said: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:37-38). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ladies!! Due to the COVID-19 and the ordered quarantine, we are having to think outside the box for Savannah Tucker’s baby shower scheduled for April 26. We have decided to show our love and excitement for them with 3 different options: 1. Drop a gift card/cash or present off at the church when you are picking up emblems for the Lord’s supper. 2. Mail your gift directly to her house at the following address: 1210 CR 811, Saltillo, MS 38866 3. Order online from where she is registered, and have it shipped directly to the Tucker house!! We appreciate all the prayers and gifts for this exciting time in Savannah & Zac’s life!!! Please see Lynn Sanderson, Emily Williams, Sarah Phillips or Star Ray if you have questions. Wedding Shower for Alex & Cassie The Wedding Shower for Alex Blackwelder & Cassie Cummings is now scheduled for May 23 from 3-5 p.m. for a “drive by” shower at the church building. They are registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea May 2020 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Aiden Lindley Ezra 1-2 2 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. Adult fellowship @ 6 pm 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 Ladies’ fellowship@ 6 pm Esther 1-2 15 Aaryn Vines Esther 3-4 16 Jalon & Katherine Mansel 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 Wedding Shower for Alex & Cassie 3-5 pm Job 18-19 24 Zan Roby Hattie Sheffield Harold & Zan Roby 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 2 Job 40-42 Evangelism Workshop Once again, the social activities on this month’s calendar are subject to change due to the current COVID 19 situation.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 May 5 .........................................................Ezra 9-10 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Aiden Lindley (May 1). Anniversaries: Heath & Christina Lindley (May 5). Our Sick Andy Baldwyn’s father, Danny, continues to recuperate at home from surgery. Jean Mounce’s surgery at UAB has been postponed until things settle down. Wilma Underwood, Chevela’s mother- in-law, hopes to finish her therapy at The Meadows on Thursday. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Pete Barber, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, 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, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris --article continued from page 1— compromise self-esteem to ever win a spouse. It should be the case that our spouse, or prospective spouse, encourages and elevates our self-esteem. That is the true companionship that we need and that is the true companionship that God offers to all who follow Him (John 10:10). Finally, we all need forgiveness. We all find ourselves having weak moments. Temptations are everywhere and we need not forget that those temptations that torture us the most, stem from our own lusts that “war in our members” (James 4:1). James said that we are tempted when we are drawn away of our own lusts and enticed (James 1:14). The fact that we have our own lusts and that we often give in to those lusts, lets us know the real need we have to be forgiven. Jesus came to make that forgiveness available to all who will obey Him (Hebrews 5:8, 9). We need salvation (the forgiveness of sin) because our sins separate us from the companionship that we had with the Almighty. We need forgiveness of sin because without it we cannot have the true self-esteem found only in the body of Christ. John wrote it this way, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). We should see in this verse how all of our needs are met. What do you need? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our Sympathy We extend our sympathy to Billie McNutt in the loss of her brother, Michael Cook, on Apr. 22. A private family service was held Apr. 27 in Jackson, TN. Wedding Shower for Alex & Cassie The Wedding Shower for Alex Blackwelder & Cassie Cummings is now scheduled for May 23 from 3-5 p.m. It will be a “drive by” shower at the church building. They are registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond. High School Graduates We are still planning to honor our 2020 High School Graduates. We just have not determined exactly how we are going to do it just yet. We hope to have definite plans soon. Our high school graduates this year are Hannah Bland, Jacob Bradley, Jacie Dickinson, Sam Hood, Brooke Roby, and Kylee Steward. Please let us know if we have left anyone off. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, April 5, 2020 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading..............................Hunter Underwood Opening Prayer ..............................Roger Sanderson Lord’s Supper Dale Dulaney & Kent Nichols Serve Congregation, East Side: Greg Hughes, Joe Minor, Andy Baldwyn Serve Congregation, West Side: Lee DuBois, Ben DuBois, Jackson Voyles Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer................................. Jason Dickinson Ushers .................. David Ramseyer & Eric Barnette Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Closing Prayer................................... William Harris Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Prayer.................................................... Chet Wilson Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ..................... Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley ...................................Ricky & Lisa Lindsey Prepare Lord’s Supper—April...........................Greg & Tracy Lyle Nursery (1st worship)...................Tammy & Sarah Minor (2nd worship)......Stephanie Baldwyn & Maggie Minor Pantry................................................................ Tuna Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 3-25-20.............................................N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 3-29-20 ..............................N/A Sunday Bible Class .............................................N/A Sunday 2nd Worship............................................N/A Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$6,755 Mark Your Calendars!!! 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 We will be livestreaming services again this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. We are in unprecedented times! The elders are diligently looking for ways to spiritually feed our East Main family while we are unable to assemble as a congregation due to the COVID 19 virus. Please continue to view East Main’s Facebook page to see recorded worship services and Bible class lessons, as well as daily devotional thoughts (“Monday Meditations,” “TNT,” “Thoughtful Thursdays,” “Elders’ Encouragements”) for adults and youth. Also, you can view our Sunday worship services on YouTube. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ East Main Church of Christ Here is what the Facebook page looks like. If you are not able to access this page, please call the church office and someone will assist you in gaining access. Please continue to pray for each other and the world over! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

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