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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 May 4, 2021 Number 17 Thank You Mothers Barry Kennedy It is the middle of the night. The house is quite and all in the house are asleep. Suddenly the silence is broken by a small cry, “Mom. . . Mommy.” Amazingly, Dad is in the same room as Mom, but only Mom hears the cry. Normally it is just a cry for a drink of water, maybe an accident in those “potty training” days, or a bad dream. No one on earth can bring about the same level of comfort distributed by a loving mother. May 9th, 2021 is set aside as a day to honor the woman with whom we all formed our first relationship. The Mother's Day holiday, in the United States, celebrates motherhood generally and the positive contributions of mothers to society. It falls on the second Sunday of each May. It is the result of a campaign by Anna Marie Jarvis (1864-1948), who, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905, devoted her life to establishing Mother's Day as a national, and later an international, holiday.1 It would be rare to find someone who denies the appropriateness of remembering the one we call Mom. Gratitude is often displayed this time of year through gifts such as flowers, cards, jewelry, and who could forget those wonderful homemade gifts. Everyone should be thankful for mothers who take their role seriously. However, none should be more grateful than the children of God. The Bible clearly states the danger of ingratitude. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21). In the context of this verse, Paul emphasized that God is the creator of life. The implication is one should be grateful to the creator of life (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 57:16; Zechariah 12:1; Hebrews 12:9). So how does this apply to Mothers today? It is true that God is the creator of life (Genesis 1, 2). The dust of the earth was formed into a body and God’s breath brought forth life (Genesis 2:7). Next, God took from the man a rib and made a woman (Genesis 2:21, 22). God then enacted the natural law of sowing and reaping (Genesis 1:27, 28). Eve named her firstborn son Cain saying, “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” (Genesis 4:1). No person in his right mind would deny the involvement of women (mothers) in bringing forth of new life. Are we grateful? Our government has set aside one day out of the year to honor those ladies who have brought forth new life into this world. We would have to say that is a --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— good thing, but is it good enough to remember Mom’s only once a year? After all she gave us life to enjoy on a daily basis. God has made it abundantly clear that ingratitude is an unchristian disposition. What are we doing to show Mom our appreciation? Sure flowers, candy, or maybe diamonds are nice and appreciated, but would it not be better to show Mom she is appreciated by lending a helping hand? What about taking the opportunity to lift some of the heavy load she carries on a daily basis? Many of us know that children are to honor their father and their mother (Ephesians 6:1-3). However, do we truly understand what the word honor means? “This word was taken in great latitude of meaning among the Jews: it not only meant respect and submission, but also to take care of a person, to nourish and support him, to enrich.2 How well do we take to heart the responsibility of caring for our parents, especially our Mothers? God has given man many wonderful blessings (Ephesians 1:3). One of the most special blessings we have are godly Mothers. If you are reading this and you are a godly Mother, to you we say thank you! May God continue to bless us all with godly Mothers. 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day_(United_States) 2. Adam Clark’s Commentary, “The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” Vol 1 p.162 ~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. Also, if you have a college graduate, please text Renee their name and degree. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Patsy Nichols in the loss of her brother, Tommy Goff, on Apr. 29 after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at Pegues in Tupelo on May 2. Our condolences also to Annie Martin in the loss of her brother, Morris Brewer, on May 3 due to cancer. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at this time. Everyone Invited Everyone in the congregation is invited to come to the multipurpose room this Wednesday, May 5 after Bible class for fellowship and Cinco de Mayo type food. 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
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading May 5 .........................................................Ezra 9-10 May 6 ..................................................Nehemiah 1-2 May 7 ..................................................Nehemiah 3-4 May 8 ..................................................Nehemiah 5-6 May 9 ..................................................... Nehemiah 7 May 10 ................................................... Nehemiah 8 May 11 ..............................................Nehemiah 9-10 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Debbie Vines (May 6), Jake Donald (May 10), Barbara Wright (May 10), Tammy Hughes (May 11). Anniversaries: Heath & Christina Lindley (May 5), LuAnne & Paul Funderburk (May 8). Our Sick James Simmons continues his chemo. Ashley Davis continues her radiation. Shauna McMickin, Scotty & Wanda Bishop’s granddaughter, continues at St. Jude in Memphis with a lot of issues with her chemo. Shirley Lyons and Berta Kennedy’s brother, Ricky Britt, are both undergoing therapy following recent hip surgeries. Prayers have been requested for little James, the infant son of Luke & Jessica McNutt. He was taken to the hospital in Jackson Monday with some health problems. 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 EMYG News How many times do you wish you could just grow up and be an adult? To be married and have a high secure paying job, to have children who look up to you, and who value your opinions. To drive a cool car and to have tons of money to travel the world, all this seems wonderful. We might spend hours daydreaming about being something we are not. Being a child isn’t that bad, right? I mean, you’re being taken care of, right? As many have said before, don’t rush into being an adult. Jesus even highlights the value of being a child in Matthew chapter 18. Beginning in verse 1, “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Do you have a sibling that you’re trying to always be better at? These grown adult men are acting childish by asking who will be the greatest in this kingdom that Christ is going to establish. What does Jesus say next? I like how the NLT puts it, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Notice how there is a difference between being a child and being childish. Jesus isn’t commending His disciples on being childish, rather He tells them to become humble, submissive, and pure. These are big steps in becoming part of His kingdom today. Being humble and admitting your sin, choosing to be submissive to His will and not your own, and striving to live the most innocent life you can. All those are what Jesus is getting across. Yes, it might be nice to have the pride knowing you’re rich and live this dream life. But if your life does not resemble, The Life (John 14:6), then it’s time to reevaluate the life you’re currently living. By living a life that is God focus will result in you living your best life to come. As always, God loves you and so do I. Parents: Please check the bulletin board in the east hallway, across from the ladies’ bathroom, for a sign-up sheet to host the monthly Senior Youth Devotionals in your home. Thanks so much for your help!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, May 9, 2021 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.................................... Stuart Childers Opening Prayer ....................................... Perry Hand Lord’s Supper Kent Nichols Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers .................. Andy Baldwyn & Mark Gilliland Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer.......................................Wesley Bass Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt 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, 4-28-21 .................................................. 137* Sunday 1st Worship, 5-2-21 ...................................... 172* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 163 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 143 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,286 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item......................................................Cereal

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