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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 July 20, 2021 Number 27 I WANT PATIENCE AND I WANT IT NOW! Barry Kennedy Is this how far Christians have come? Of course, life has become the pursuit of instant gratification for many. The fast-food restaurant is still not fast enough. There are drive through drug stores, banks, and even convenient stores, and still, many complain. These modern conveniences have had an effect even among the Lord’s church. We want the blessings God has to offer, but we are not willing to go the distance to obtain them. Noah desperately needed the blessings of God, but for Noah and his family to live, he had to build an ark (Genesis 6). Moses wanted to lead the children of Israel out of bondage and into the promised land, but he had to give up the pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11:24-25). Patience is “the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties” (Encarta). Moses is known as the meekest man (Numbers 12:3), but his patience was lost in the face of Israel’s murmuring (Numbers 20:7-12). Moses lost his hope of entering the promised land of Canaan because he lost his patience. Some would say, “How can anyone blame him?” We must take note of the fact that God is serious about what He says. Patience comes as a result of trials. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2, 3). Developing patience is not an overnight sensation but a foundation laid with the bricks of hardship. Laying a good foundation takes skill, precision, and yes, much patience. James was encouraging every child of God to see the trials of life as the building blocks of patience. Patience will comfort the child of God in his time of hardship (James 1:3, 4). When Christians allow patience to have its “perfect work,” they can be complete and wanting nothing. An impatient mind is never at peace, and never feeling complete. Consider the patriarch Job. He carries the title of the most patient man to have lived, excluding the Savior. Job had to face some of the most gruesome trials ever recorded. Satan was --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-- allowed the opportunity to take Job’s wealth, family, and even his health (Job 1-2). Satan’s work did not stop with the afore mentioned trials, he used the friends of Job to torment him further. No doubt, the words of these “friends” tore deep into the heart of Job. Job was a righteous man who feared the Lord and hated evil (Job 1:1). All the trials Job faced were mysterious to him because he did not understand why he was being persecuted. Job knew that he had not committed the sinful atrocities of which his “friends” were accusing him. Therefore, his patient endurance toward God was the only comfort he had left. Remember, even his wife failed to give him good council (Job 2:9). God blessed Job with more than he had in the beginning, but don’t forget, it was not until the end of the persecutions. Job was a patient child of God, and he found comfort as a result. How comforted are we in our trials? “Give me patience and give it to me now!” This statement is contradictory. Many joke about patience and never take it seriously. Patience is one of the many great blessing God expects His children to possess. Don’t get in too big of a hurry trying to possess patience. Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). This would include the obtaining of patience. We should seek patience but be prepared to endure the trials before you can expect the comforts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program The Community Outreach Program would like to thank everyone who bought school supplies for the backpacks we will be delivering to area schools. We had a great response and have an abundance of supplies for those children in need. Thank you again! New Movers’ Baskets This month’s new movers’ baskets are ready and on the table in the foyer. Please take a name and a basket to deliver if possible. After you deliver the basket, please turn your name back in along with any comments about the visit. What a great way to evangelize our area by introducing East Main to them! Bridal Tea A bridal tea will be held in honor of Katy Beth Voyles, bride-elect of Blake Anderson on Sunday, Aug. 1 “come & go” from 2-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Katy & Blake are registered at City Mercantile, The Red Door, Reed’s, Elizabeth Claire’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond. (You may bring your gift unwrapped, if you wish, as all gifts will be displayed on a table, giving Katy more time to visit. Maywood Christian Camp Desserts Currently our week at Maywood Christian Camp is underway. Many of our adults and youth are there this week. Thanks so much to all those who brought desserts to the building for them this week.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 21....................................................Isaiah 28-30 July 22....................................................Isaiah 31-35 July 23....................................................Isaiah 36-39 July 24....................................................Isaiah 40-41 July 25....................................................Isaiah 42-43 July 26....................................................Isaiah 44-45 July 27....................................................Isaiah 46-48 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Katy Beth Voyles (July 22), Harry Cowan (July 23), Steve Kelly (July 23), Mary Morgan Lyle (July 23), Tracy Lyle (July 23), Drew Baldwyn (July 24), Britton Smith (July 24), Judy Bates (July 27). Anniversaries: Laura & DJ Bennett (July 21), Jason & Amanda Dickinson (July 26), Eric & Glenda Barnette (July 27), Joe & Tammy Minor (July 27). Our Sick Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mother & Barbara Wright’s sister, has been moved to Landmark in Booneville. Missy Nichols’ mother, Clara McClure, has been put on hospice. Carrie Hitt’s grandmother, Wilma Chase, is recovering from open heart surgery. Randy Pearce, Chad Willis, Kristie Webb & Rhonda Pennington’s cousin, continues in the Oxford hospital. Susan Reed will undergo gall bladder surgery at UAB soon. Shauna McMickin has her last chemo treatment this week at St. Jude. Kathryn McKee continues to recover from hip surgery. Glenda Barnette had a melanoma removed from her back. She’ll have a checkup in August. 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, Lance Canerdy Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ EMYG News Brain Freeze Next Wednesday, July 28 following Bible class in the multipurpose room we will have another period of fellowship and ice cream for anyone who wishes to stay. August Calendar The August calendar of youth events will be coming out soon! Family Retreat This year’s Family Retreat at Maywood Christian Camp has been set for October 22-23. Make plans to attend!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, July 25, 2021 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer.............................. Rommie Dilworth Ushers ................. Rodney Voyles & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer....................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Lead Singing.....................................Barry Kennedy 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, 7-14-21 .................................................... 151 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-11-21 .................................... 167* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 147 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 110 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,238 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Gospel Meeting is Aug. 29th -Sept. 1st Neal Pollard, speaker Mark your calendars!

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