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East main informer, 7 28-20

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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 July 28, 2020 Number 30 NEED A BREAK? Barry Kennedy “I’m tired!” “I cannot take it anymore!” “The more I give, the more they take!” “I am just plain fed up!” Do any of these quotes sound familiar to you? No doubt, most of us have said this, or at least felt this way, on more than one occasion. Is it wrong to feel this way? Does feeling this way make one sinful, or weak spiritually? To say one is guilty of sin and weakness for feeling this way would be going a bit too far, but there is a danger in such a disposition. What should the child of God do when he or she finds themselves needing to get away from all the pressure of this world? How many of us “need a break?” Sometimes we do not recognize that we need a break. Moses is one of the most famous characters about which one can read. Moses was a man in need of a break, but interestingly enough, he did not recognize that need. Exodus 18 records how that the people of Israel were coming to Moses with their questions. The Bible records how that Moses sat deliberating from morning until the evening. Jethro, Moses’s father in law, having watched the events transpiring, clearly saw that Moses was a man who needed a break. Jethro said, “Thou wilt surely wear away (emph. mine B K), both thou and this people that is with thee:” (Exodus 18:18). Sometimes friends or loved ones see that their loved one needs a break first. Moses needed to “share” some of the workload for the benefit of everyone. He took the advice of his father in law; would we? Even God’s people need a break. The events in Moses’s life, just discussed in the above paragraph, is a great example of how God’s people need a break. Having said that, Moses is not the only example of one of God’s people needing a break. In fact, some of Jesus’s closest friends needed rest (Matthew 26:36-45). Jesus, and His apostles, went into the garden of Gethsemane before the crucifixion. Jesus was there in deep distress and needing to speak with the Father in prayer. The apostles having just finished the “last supper” with their Master, found themselves physically fatigued and needing rest. Jesus prayed for one hour and came back to find them asleep. Jesus said to Peter, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40). Jesus returned to praying and His disciples returned to their slumber. Jesus was not unconcerned about their fatigue and told them softly, “Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Mark 14:41). Jesus understood, and understands today, that the body needs rest if one is to be prepared. “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Even while taking a break one should be making preparations. There is a story told about two wood cutters challenging one another in a contest to see who could cut the most wood in a day. One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisure lunch and took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substan- --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— -tially more wood than he had. "I don't get it," he said. "Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did." "But you didn't notice," said the winning woodsman, "that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest." Just as the words of Jesus rang true with His disciples, they ring true today. We must be ever vigilant especially considering our adversary is Satan. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8). A hungry lion could make a quick meal out of an exhausted prey. Satan, our adversary is no doubt having a “field day” with the slothful weary souls of man today. What about our lives? Can we say that we are in need of a break, if nothing more than to sharpen our blades? “Iron sharpeneth iron; so, a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17). God has in His plans a way for man to care for both the physical and the spiritual well-being. One of the ways this is accomplished is through His church: the body of Christ. Just as the physical body is designed to transfer all necessary nutrient throughout the body, as well as remove all the harmful waste, the spiritual body of Christ is to provide the same services. The question is, “What are we as individual members of His body doing to help other members who are in need of a break?” Will we allow our brothers and sisters to help us sharpen our blades? Are we willing to sharpen our brother’s blade and our blades as well? God knows that we have needs (Matthew 6:8; 31). He also understands that there are times when we need a break. May He help us to be watchful even in our short times of rest, remembering that Heaven is a place of rest (Hebrews 4:9), not for the rested. There we will never have need of a break ever again. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Katie Bates in the loss of her grandmother, Margaret Miller, on July 17. A family service was held at Holland Harris Funeral Home in Tupelo on July 20. Wedding Congratulations to Caleb Williams & Sydney Clark who were united in marriage July 18 at the Pine Grove Church of Christ. They will reside in Quantico, NC, where Caleb is stationed in the Marines. New Baby Congratulations to Zac & Savannah Tucker in the birth of their daughter, Mary Mariea, on July 7. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 ½ inches long. Dean & Kristie Webb are the proud grandparents and Evelyn Willis is the proud great-grandmother. Mother and baby are home doing well. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany August 2020 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Kaley Gholston Berta Kennedy Emily Rushing Jeremiah 1-3 2 Mia Malone Larry & Judy Bates Jeremiah 4-6 3 Rommie & Annie Dilworth Greg & Tracy Lyle Jeremiah 7-10 4 Betty Kingsley Jeff Mansel Jeremiah 11-15 5 Jeremiah 16-20 6 John Ezra Lindley Jeremiah 21-25 7 Jeremiah 26-29 8 Crafton & Marla Laney Danny & Barbara Wright Jeremiah 30-31 9 Girls’ Joyful Rebellion pool party @ 4 pm Jeremiah 32-33 10 Norma Deaton Mike & Renee Childers Jeremiah 34-36 11 Pat Putt Jeremiah 37-39 12 Olivia Sanderson Jeremiah 40-45 13 Sky Ray Jeremiah 46-49 14 Jeremiah 50-52 15 Lamentations 16 Sam Hood Perry & Linda Hand Ezekiel 1-6 17 Hannah Bland Ezekiel 7-11 18 Kade Gilliland Ezekiel 12-15 19 Kathryn McKee Joe Smith Ezekiel 16-19 20 Robin Tindall Ezekiel 20-21 21 Howard Tindall Robert & Linda Parker Ezekiel 22-23 22 Ezekiel 24-28 23 Wedding Shower Emily Williams & Chase Stanford Ezekiel 29-32 24 Ezekiel 33-36 25 Ezekiel 37-39 26 Adaline Bates Ezekiel 40-43 27 Easton DuBois Connie Kingsley J. J. Reed Ezekiel 44-48 28 Daniel 1-3 29 Daniel 4-6 30 Daniel 7-9 31 Terry & Sherry Kingsley Daniel 10-12 Personal Evangelism Workshop
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 29...........................................................Isaiah 52-57 July 30...........................................................Isaiah 58-62 July 31...........................................................Isaiah 63-66 August 1....................................................... Jeremiah 1-3 August 2....................................................... Jeremiah 4-6 August 3..................................................... Jeremiah 7-10 August 4................................................... Jeremiah 11-15 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Kelly Thompson (July 30), Kaley Gholston (Aug. 1), Berta Kennedy (Aug. 1), Emily Rushing (Aug. 1), Mia Malone (Aug. 2), Betty Kingsley (Aug. 4), Jeff Mansel (Aug. 4). Anniversaries: Rodney & Amy Voyles (July 31), Larry & Judy Bates (Aug. 2), Rommie & Annie Dilworth (Aug. 3), Greg & Tracy Lyle (Aug. 3). Our Sick Pete Barber continues home hospice. Linda Hand, Terry Kingsley & Crafton Laney are home recuperating from surgeries. Natalie Mansel will undergo surgery soon in Birmingham to correct TMJ issues with her jaw. Star Ray’s sister-in-law, Melissa Pittman, is in NMMC with complications from the corona virus. Star’s mother, Stella Pittman, is having some issues with her hand. Prayers have been requested for Thomas Lloyd, a good friend of Eddie Simmons who is having a lot of trouble with Spasmodic Dysphonia; and Zack Wilbanks of the Monroe County Police who is in the NMMC following a serious car accident over the weekend. On-Going Illnesses Jean Mounce, Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, 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, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure (Missy Nichols’ parents) --article continued from page 1— -tially more wood than he had. "I don't get it," he said. "Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did." "But you didn't notice," said the winning woodsman, "that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest." Just as the words of Jesus rang true with His disciples, they ring true today. We must be ever vigilant especially considering our adversary is Satan. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8). A hungry lion could make a quick meal out of an exhausted prey. Satan, our adversary is no doubt having a “field day” with the slothful weary souls of man today. What about our lives? Can we say that we are in need of a break, if nothing more than to sharpen our blades? “Iron sharpeneth iron; so, a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17). God has in His plans a way for man to care for both the physical and the spiritual well-being. One of the ways this is accomplished is through His church: the body of Christ. Just as the physical body is designed to transfer all necessary nutrients throughout the body, as well as remove all the harmful waste, the spiritual body of Christ is to provide the same services. The question is, “What are we as individual members of His body doing to help other members who are in need of a break?” Will we allow our brothers and sisters to help us sharpen our blades? Are we willing to sharpen our brother’s blade and our blades as well? God knows that we have needs (Matthew 6:8; 31). He also understands that there are times when we need a break. May He help us to be watchful even in our short times of rest, remembering that Heaven is a place of rest (Hebrews 4:9), not for the rested. There we will never have need of a break ever again. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Hannon Ray in the loss of his cousin, Jan Jacobs, on July 22. Funeral services were held July 25 at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. We also extend condolences to Sandra Simmons in the loss of her sister, Anne Lettieri, on July 25. Funeral services will be held July 29 at 11 am at Holland-Harris Funeral Home in Tupelo. Visitation will be from 10 am until service time. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany The girls’ Joyful Rebellion Group are invited to a pool party on Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. See Beth Reed for more details!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading................................Alex Blackwelder Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Ushers .................. David Ramseyer & Jalon Mansel Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Young married class............................ Mark Hitt (Zoom) High School class ................... Alex Blackwelder (Zoom) The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-15-20 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 7-19-20 ........................................ 26 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 100* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,507 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Mark Your Calendars! Personal Evangelism Workshop – August 28th-29th Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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