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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 June 1, 2021 Number 20 HOW TO SAY THE “RIGHT” THING Barry Kennedy Language could be the sharpest two-edged sword ever created. It would not take much thought to develop a list of all the good and bad that has developed as a direct result of one’s words. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote that the ability to avoid offending (sinning) with the tongue was the very core of self-control. “For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). James would continue making his point with three illustrations. First, was the small bit placed in the mouth of a powerful horse puts the horse under the control of the rider (James 3:3). Second, was the small rudder (in comparison to the ship) gives the captain the ability to steer the ship in whatever direction he desires (James 3:4). Third, was great fires begin with just a small flame, or a spark (James 3:5). These illustrations are very clear and make the point very well that the tongue can be very dangerous. On the other hand, the tongue can also be the source of great blessings. Think about the first time you heard that special someone say, “I love you.” How about the first time you heard your baby say, “ma, ma” or “da, da.” Of course, the ability to say, “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name” is language used in the highest level. How to say the right thing does not always come easy. In fact, for some of us it seems as if it never comes. Here are some tips to help one say the right thing. Remember that we are human. Before this point can be developed, one must realize that this statement does not exonerate one from the guilt of saying the wrong thing. Facts are facts; we make mistakes. Paul pointed this out to the Roman congregation. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The realization that we are human implies that we will make mistakes. Remembering that we all make mistakes will help one refrain from offering a tongue lashing on one who may have wronged them. James explained it this way: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). How many times have we spoken words of anger, just trying to return some of the pain that we have experienced? Many have truly said, “To err is human, but to forgive is divine.” Most mistakes are made when we fail to “take our time.” The psalmist wrote, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Calmness of mind is the first step toward learning the art of being slow to speak. If we are to going to be slow to speak, we must consider the fact that those hearing us are human as well (Romans 14:7). The only way to realize this is to slow down and remember who we are and how God would want us to speak. Remember that God is listening. Many people get so caught up in the empirical world around them that they fail to consider that the spiritual world is in our lives. This should not be looked at as being a punishment. God is not in the business of eavesdropping for gossip or intrusion, but more so as a father listening to his son. “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12). Some may say, “God only --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 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-- New Mover Basket Assembly Team: The baskets can be ordered online. The cleaning supplies (30 of every item in the basket) needs to be purchased and delivered to the building. Bible tracts for the baskets need to be ordered. Magnets with East Main’s logo and schedule of service need to be ordered and delivered to the building. Baskets need to be put together so they will be ready for delivery. This will be a monthly event so several people will be needed to assure that the baskets will be ready for delivery each month. Delivery Team: The area where the baskets will be delivered is a large area so several teams will be needed for delivery. With just 2 teams each team would have to deliver 15 baskets each. So to lighten the load we will need several teams to deliver the baskets. Additional Greeters: We will need people assigned for a special emphasis on visitors, to greet visiting families and get some information from them. Contact Creator-Care Team: We have at this time a contact creator (card mailing group) in place. The contact list is primarily composed of local people who are potential prospects, new converts, or members. Normally these individuals are sick, need encouragement, or have lost a loved one. This is a work that every Christian can participate in. Contact List Team: Besides the New Movers’ Program, we also get a contact list that comes out every other month. On this list there are people that have requested study material or in home Bible study. Hand delivering these materials will give us a chance to engage these people. Wayward Member Team: This team will focus mainly on wayward members. They will watch for members that are showing signs of weakness and needs encouragement. Also, work trying to restore members that have left the congregation The eldership has a plan to reach souls and it requires a personal commitment to evangelism. Absolutely no Christian is exempt! Our abilities may vary, but our obligation to teach is steadfast. Think this week as to what part you will take in this work. We will have a meeting Sunday, May 30 to get organized. Jesus is still saying “follow me” (Lk. 5:27; Mt. 19:21; Lk. 5:27) today just as He asked many while on earth as He was establishing His kingdom. We need to fulfill our part in reaching out to the lost so we can all be true followers of Christ indeed. Mike Childers, Dennis Hallmark, Mark Hitt, Bobby Lindley June 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Psalms 1-8 2 Dillard Scribner Wade & Karen Bryan Ian & Beth Reed Brain Freeze Psalms 9-16 3 Jake Kennedy Psalms 17-20 4 Mike & Hilda Ratliff Sr. Youth--TGIF Psalms 21-25 5 Renee Childers Carmen & Morgan Perkins Psalms 26-30 6 Rosie Bowlin Alex & Cassie Blackwelder Donny & Wanda McKay Psalms 31-34 7 Bill Martin Gary & Felicia Stanford Psalms 35-37 8 Doug Wallace Lee & Heather DuBois Psalms 38-41 9 Sarah Mounce Hugh Scribner Danny Wright Kirk & Lori Sheffield Brain Freeze Psalms 42-45 10 Psalms 46-50 11 Dale Dulaney Psalms 51-56 12 Diane Dickerson Sr. Youth Devo. @ Alex & Cassie Blackwelder’s Psalms 57-64 13 Psalms 65-68 14 Scotty & Wanda Bishop Psalms 69-72 15 Psalms 73-76 16 Psalms 77-78 17 Psalms 79-85 18 Sr. Youth-TGIF Psalms 86-89 19 Tony & Dundee Donald Psalms 90-95 20 Wanda McKay Psalms 96-102 21 Ricky & Kim Johnson Jr. Youth-Supper & Rebound Psalms 103-104 22 Psalms 104-106 23 Psalms 107-109 24 Psalms 110-115 25 Will & Ashley Davis Psalms116-118 26 Psalms 119 27 Hollie Bowlin Clayton Long & Savanna Bell Wedding Shower Psalms 120-130 28 Carol Cross Lisa Lindsey Psalms 131-138 29 Psalms 139-144 30 Joe Paul Perkins Brain Freeze Psalms 145-150 Youth—Work Camp Vacation Bible School--June 13-16 (6:30-8 pm) Ark Encounter/Creation Museum
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading June 2 ............................................................ Psalms 9-16 June 3 .......................................................... Psalms 17-20 June 4 .......................................................... Psalms 21-25 June 5 .......................................................... Psalms 26-30 June 6 .......................................................... Psalms 31-34 June 7 .......................................................... Psalms 35-37 June 8 .......................................................... Psalms 38-41 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Dillard Scribner (June 2), Jake Kennedy (June 3), Renee Childers (June 5), Rosie Bowlin (June 6), Bill Martin (June 7), Doug Wallace (June 8). Anniversaries: Wade & Karen Bryan (June 2), Ian & Beth Reed (June 2), Mike & Hilda Ratliff (June 4), Carmen & Morgan Perkins (June 5), Alex & Cassie Blackwelder (June 6), Donny & Wanda McKay (June 6), Gary & Felicia Stanford (June 7), Lee & Heather DuBois (June 8). Our Sick Dale Dulaney’s mother, Shirlene, is in NMMC with stage 4 cancer. Shauna McMickin continues chemo at St. Jude. James Simmons has finished his chemo. Ashley Davis will finish her radiation Thursday. Prayers & cards have been requested for Andy Baldwyn’s mother, Stephanie Baldwyn. She has been ill for quite some time. Her address is P.O. Box 685, Mooreville, 38857. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Sean Koehn, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob/Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson Congratulations Congratulations to Larry & Judy Bates in the birth of their great-granddaughter, Sutton Kayt Benson, on June 25 to parents Kellee & Tyler Benson. Mother and baby are home doing well. --article continued from page 1-- listens to the righteous.” Of course, the Lord only answers the prayers of the righteous (John 9:31), but if He is not aware of what everyone is doing there is no way to know if anyone is unrighteous. Some may ask, “How can we be righteous or unrighteous by our words?” Let Jesus answer that question. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:35-37). When time comes to an end, all the works (including our words) will be brought to light (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Many people are struggling with temptations and addictions in this world, yet “. . .God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Saying the right thing may not be easy at times, but when we remember that we are human, and that God is listening we will be more prepared in our everyday conversations. And that is how to say the right thing. EMYG News The Sr. Youth TGIF will be this Friday, June 4 at the building from 9:00 p.m. until midnight. Let Alex know if you can help chaperone. The Sr. Youth will have a workcamp June 7-9. If you need yard work, painting, etc., please let Alex know. A trip to the Ark Encounter & Creation Museum has been planned for June 23-26. The cost is $100 for those age 10 & up and $80 for those under age 10. A sign-up sheet is on the youth bulletin board. The deadline to sign is June 20. Brain Freeze is this Wednesday night following Bible study in the multipurpose room. Our week at Maywood Christian Camp is July 18-24. Please register online ASAP to reserve your spot. Weddings You’re invited to the wedding ceremony of John Levi Pennington & Kelsey Spradling this Saturday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at Southwind in Shannon. You’re invited to the wedding ceremony of Will Nichols & Mary-Kate Shelby this Saturday, June 5 at Lake Harbour Church of Christ in Ridgeland at 2 p.m.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, June 6, 2021 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading...........................................Will Davis Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lord’s Supper Greg Hughes Lead Singing..................................Jonathan Nichols Closing Prayer...................................... Jalon Mansel Ushers ...............................Joe Minor & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................Shawn Mounce Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Wednesday, June 9, 2021 Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan 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, 5-26-21 .................................................... 129 Sunday 1st Worship, 5-30-21 .................................... 175* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 169 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 147 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,068 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item............................................ Canned fruit Our Vacation Bible School is June 13th -16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each night! We will have classes for all ages, including adults. Please come and invite others!

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