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  1. 1. 4 Hugh Vol. 44 May 7, 2019 Number 17 Godly Mothers Are Not Accidentally Made By Barry Kennedy There are a lot of things that we may become as a result of blind luck. One may become rich by being born into a wealthy family. Some might be the winner of a game with a lucky catch, hit or some other such play. They get the praise and honor for the win, but deep down they know that they just got lucky. However, godly mothers are not the result of luck. It takes planning, preparation, and a lot of prayers to be a godly mother. Godly mothers are the source of strength. One of the greatest examples of motherly strength has to be Naomi. She endured more than any one woman should ever have to endure. The first chapter in the book of Ruth records the great suffering Naomi had to endure. Verses one and two describe how Naomi and her family had to deal with famine. It is very difficult for a family to have to pack up and leave their homes, but how much more difficult would it be when survival is the reason? Naomi showed great strength by following Elimelech to Moab (Ephesians 5:22). Moving to Moab may have seemed to be a great victory over the famine, but it would be short lived. Naomi would now have to face the death of her husband and father of her two sons. Just think about how easy it would have been for Naomi to give up and say, “Why me?” However, she continued to show strength for her two sons. This too would not last long, for then her two sons died (Ruth 1:5). Many people have faced an onslaught of trials in life and though each one is unique; we all suffer in similar ways. It takes great faith to have the strength to keep going to the end. Naomi decided she would return to the land of her ancestry. Her strength is shown in her attitude toward her daughters-in-law. “And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice and wept.” She felt as though God were against her and she had nothing left to offer Orpah and Ruth (Ruth 1:12, 13). Orpah left Naomi and Ruth to be with her blood relatives, but Ruth was committed to the strength of Naomi’s faith. “And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1:16, 17). No doubt, Naomi’s example brought Ruth close to her side. We do not know about Ruth’s parents, but we know the strong desire she had toward Naomi --article continued on 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 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 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-- (Ruth 2:1-3). This would put Ruth in the right place, at the right time to meet her future husband Boaz, a near kinsman to Elimelech (Ruth 2:20). Naomi saw the favor of God in this chance meeting and advised Ruth in what she should do next ((Ruth 2:22-3:4). What if Ruth had not listened to the advice of Naomi? Obed would not have been born and if Obed had not been born Jesse would not have been born. Jesse was the father of David and all of these are in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:1ff). Solomon’s inspired advice is for a son (or daughter) to “hear the instruction of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother” (Proverbs 1:8). It is not wise to neglect this advice, nor is it in our best interest. Good advice, like other godly traits, are passed on from one generation to another (Titus 2:3ff). No, godly mothers are not accidents, but rather, the carefully taught and nurtured daughters of today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held this Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Hardin’s Country Store. Family Fellowship The Family First Group will be hosting a “Family Fellowship” on the last Sunday of every month from 8:15-8:45 a.m. before worship services. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be provided. Missing Tables There are two 6-foot tables missing from the multipurpose room. We will need these on May 19 for our luncheon to honor our High School graduates. If you borrowed them, please return them ASAP. Thank you! Thank You Notes I want to say thank you very much for the fabulous knitted hats you have made and donated to the cancer center and all the cards and prayers on mom’s behalf. My sister and I have bought many caps for her, but she has received the most compliments on her yellow knitted one she is wearing this spring. This boosts her spirits so much. Please continue to pray for her. Her lung cancer has metastasized to her hip and back. The pain is unbearable for her. She has many more appointments and treatments ahead. We thought she was on the downhill slide, but she is headed back up hill. Sincerely with lots of love, Debbie Duke ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ East Main Community Outreach, Thank you for donating to the Hope Food Pantry at the Cancer Center! We have patients who truly benefit from your donation and kindness. Each donation that we get is a blessing to someone in need. Thanks for all you do. NMMC Radiation Lauren Thompson, LSW Mark Your Calendar East Main’s VBS June 2-5
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading May 8......................................................Nehemiah 5-6 May 9.........................................................Nehemiah 7 May 10.......................................................Nehemiah 8 May 11..................................................Nehemiah 9-10 May 12................................................Nehemiah 11-12 May 13.....................................................Nehemiah 13 May 14..........................................................Esther 1-2 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Chelsea Wynne (May 8), Jake Donald (May 10), Barbara Wright (May 10), Tammy Hughes (May 11), Maggie Minor (May 12), Summer Smith (May 12), Dolline Gibson (May 13), Scotty Bishop (May 14). Anniversaries: LuAnne & Paul Funderburk (May 8), Larry & Suzanne Long (May 12). Our Sick Jean Mounce continues her therapy at the Eupora Hospital. Evelyn McEwen, Mary Ann Wallace’s mother; Sarah Grubbs, Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s grandmother; and Jill Rice, Debbie Vines, mother; are all at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Steve Kelly continues to recuperate from foot surgery. It was good to see Betty Long at services Sunday after having 5 stints put in. Marlon & Gail Geno’s 2- year-old great-granddaughter, Penny Lane, has been diagnosed with diabetes. On-Going Illnesses Laverne Raper, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Linda McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, James Nichols, Sheba Tuggers, Sherry Gregory, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Carol Nichols, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Randy Groover Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Home Devotional In what chapter of the Bible do you find? Enoch and Methuselah...............................Genesis 5 The tower of Babel...................................Genesis 11 The ten plagues ..................................... Exodus 7-12 Hannah .....................................................1 Samuel 1 Birth of Jesus.................................................. Luke 2 List the divisions of the New Testament: Gospels History Letters Prophecy List the 8 writers of the New Testament: Matthew Mark Luke John Peter Paul James Jude Memory Verse: Why do I need Jesus? Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Put the following Bible characters in chronological order: Moses Abraham Noah Benjamin Joshua Can you tell a Bible story form the following picture?
  4. 4. Go Into All the World “IN CHRIST ALONE...” June 7th-8th Please register at eastmaincoc.com ASAP! Speakers: Eric Owens, Joe Wells, Jonathan Bates & Harrison Moran This camp is for ages 13-22 and is being hosted by the East Main Church of Christ, 1606 East Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804. Please see Josh or Barry Kennedy for more information. Men to Serve Sunday, May 12, 2019 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Lord’s Supper Bobby Joe Lindley & Hugh Scribner Serve Congregation, East Side: Chad Willis, Ian Willis, Aaron Willis Serve Congregation, West Side: Grady Vines, Robert Parker, Greg Lyle Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................ Clinton Kingsley Ushers ..........................Andy Baldwyn & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .....................................Harold Roby Closing Prayer................................. Robert Kingsley Lead Singing................................... Eddie Simmons Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Prayer................................................ William Harris 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 .............................. Mike & Renee Childers ....................... Bobby Joe & Brenda Lindley Prepare Lord’s Supper—May..........................James & Sandra Simmons Nursery....Chevela Underwood & Twinette Wallace Pantry.................................................................Jelly Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 5-1-19................................................163 Sunday 1st Worship, 5-5-19 .................................190 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................183 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................180 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$7,461

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