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East Main Informer, 7-26-22.pdf

  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 July 26, 2022 Number 29 FATAL DISTRACTION Ken Mears Fatal Attraction, Fatal Vision; Fatal Obsession are some of the movies which have appeared on the big screen and on TV. The titles of these movies imply that there is going to be a disaster. One of the greatest disasters for a child of God is distraction. While we are distracted by the routines of life, we may lose our family, our health, and more importantly our soul. No child of God plans to become distracted to the point that harm is done to others or himself. We may become distracted and not realize that we are in danger until the damage is done. The story is told of a young mother who left her baby in the shade of a large tree and went on her way. Being consumed with other things, she forgot her child. When she finally returned, the bright summer sun had been shining in the baby’s face and blinded it for life. The mother meant no harm, but she and her precious child had to pay a heavy price for her negligence. Distraction may seem to be an innocent thing, but it carries with it a heavy penalty. The parable of the sower is an excellent example of what happens to one’s relationship to God’s word when he becomes distracted. “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he that received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some and hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matt. 13:18-23). There’s a wide, shallow river in one of our western states that has this peculiarity--its bed is nearly all quicksand on which you may travel in safety on the condition that you keep on moving; but the moment you halt, the treacherous sands begin to engulf you. How like the world in which we live! As long as we are moving in the line of sacred duty, we are perfectly safe; but the moment we halt or neglect the great salvation, we begin to submerge in the dangerous sands. When the child of God becomes distracted, he has opened the door for his adversary to attack. The devil goes about as a roaring lion seeking those which can be devoured (1 Peter 5:8). Eternal disaster will follow those who will not turn their faces toward the Son. “Set your affections upon things that are above...” (Col. 3:2). “For in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 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-- Still further, it can be said that the Word of God is all-sufficient to motivate by virtue of its examples. Paul wrote that the Old Testament was written "for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." (Romans15:4) In the New Testament, Christians are often motivated by the example of Christ. Consider the command to patiently endure suffering (1 Peter 2:20). The Scripture motivates us by the example of Christ by reminding readers that Jesus never sinned or faltered even when He was reviled or suffered. In face of fierce and harsh treatment, He never waned in His commitment. Also consider the motivation of Hebrews 11:12. In chapter eleven, heroes of faith are paraded before our minds as examples of patience and faith. If they could remain faithful and true to God in difficult circumstances, then so could the Christian. In 12:2, further encouragement is provided by means of another allusion to Jesus and His endurance. Informationally, in the first few chapters the writer demonstrated the inferiority of the Old Covenant in comparison to the New Testament. In chapters eleven and twelve, specific motivation is given to remain faithful to what the readers knew intellectually. The Word of God is replete with examples that motivate. On every page, God motivates the reader to greater service and dedication. The Bible is a remarkable book that will indeed build up (Acts 20:32), sanctify (John 17:17), cleanse (John 15:3), save (James 1:21), complete (2 Timothy 3:16,17), and make wise the man of God (2 Timothy 3:15). It is truly sufficient and powerful enough to instruct and motivate. ~~~~~~~~ Congratulations Congratulations to Beth & Ian Reed in the birth of their son, Ellis Turner, on July 14. He weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 18 ¾ inches long. Mother and baby are home and doing well. Ricky & Lisa Lindsey are the proud grandparents and McKenna Lindsey is the proud aunt. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come, and help is welcomed. Pack the Backpacks The Community Outreach Program needs your help with “Packing the Backpacks” for area schools this upcoming year. Please check the table in the foyer and grab a supply tab of what you would be willing to purchase. Please return the supplies by Sunday, July 24. Thank you for your help. We still have many tabs left. Visitation Teams Plans are to start back our Visitation Teams. Some lists are posted on the bulletin board across from the library for you to sign. We hope to have enough participation to have 4 teams. One team will simply mail cards to those needing encouragement, the sick or visitors. One team will make visits during the month and then meet one Sunday a month following services to briefly discuss. Two teams will make visits and then have a fellowship meal once a month on Sunday to discuss. Covid has definitely affected the growth of the Lord’s church. We hope that the whole congregation will get on board to work to grow the congregation at East Main. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Lexie Dickinson, bride-elect of Peyton Chism on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 2-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Lexie & Peyton are registered at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Square Gift Company in Fulton. August 2022 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Kaley Gholston Berta Kennedy Emily Rushing Jeremiah 1-3 2 Larry & Judy Bates Tuesday Morning with the Master Jeremiah 4-6 3 Rommie & Annie Dilworth Greg & Tracy Lyle Jeremiah 7-10 4 Jeff Mansel Jeremiah 11-15 5 TGIF Jeremiah 16-20 6 John Ezra Lindley Jeremiah 21-25 7 Lexie Dickinson/ Peyton Chism Wedding Shower All Youth Fellowship@5pm Intern leaves Jeremiah 26-29 8 Danny & Barbara Wright Jeremiah 30-31 9 Tuesday Morning with the Master Jeremiah 32-33 10 Norma Deaton Mike & Renee Childers Brain Freeze Jeremiah 34-36 11 Pat Putt Ladies’ fellowship Jeremiah 37-39 12 40s & 50s Fellowship @ 6:30 pm Jeremiah 40-45 13 Sky Ray Youth-Back to School Bash Jeremiah 46-49 14 Area Youth Meeting @ Zion’s Rest Jeremiah 50-52 15 Lamentations 16 Tuesday Morning with the Master Ezekiel 1-6 17 Hannah Bland Brain Freeze PTP Begins Ezekiel 7-11 18 Kade Gilliland Ezekiel 12-15 19 Kathryn McKee Joe Smith TGIF Ezekiel 16-19 20 Ezekiel 20-21 21 Robert & Linda Parker All Youth-Lunch meeting at noon Ezekiel 22-23 22 Ezekiel 24-28 23 Tuesday Morning with the Master Ezekiel 29-32 24 Brain Freeze Ezekiel 33-36 25 PTP Ends Ezekiel 37-39 26 Adaline Bates Ezekiel 40-43 27 Easton DuBois Connie Kinglsey J. J. Reed Ezekiel 44-48 28 Family Breakfast Jr. Youth-Lunch/ Devo Daniel 1-3 29 Daniel 4-6 30 Tuesday Morning with the Master Daniel 7-9 31 Terry & Sherry Kingsley Brain Freeze Daniel 10-12
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading July 27....................................................Isaiah 46-48 July 28....................................................Isaiah 49-51 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 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Judy Bates (July 27), Kaley Gholston (Aug. 1), Berta Kennedy (Aug. 1), Emily Rushing (Aug. 1). Anniversaries: Joe & Tammy Minor (July 27), Dennis & Debbie Hallmark (July 28), Rodney & Amy Voyles (July 31), Larry & Judy Bates (Aug. 2). Our Sick Debbie Duke is in NMMC with kidney problems. She did not start chemo Tuesday as planned. Bob Smith is in NMMC undergoing tests. Betty Long continues her therapy at Cedars, Room 712. Greg & Tracy Lyle are recovering from Covid. Summer Smith is recuperating from a broken tailbone. Annie Dilworth’s daughter, Sheba Tuggers, had a mild heart attack last week. Willie Topp’s brother-in-law, Willie Bob Gates, is having many health issues. Beth Reed & baby Ellis are now home from the hospital and doing well. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Brian Carver, Michelle Maclean, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blackmarr, Freida Gardner Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Visitation Teams Plans are to start back our Visitation Teams. Some lists are posted on the bulletin board across from the library for you to sign. We hope to have enough participation to have 4 teams. One team will simply mail cards to those needing encouragement, the sick or visitors. One team will make visits during the month and then meet one Sunday a month following services to briefly discuss. Two teams will make visits and then have a fellowship meal once a month on Sunday to discuss. Covid has definitely affected the growth of the Lord’s church. We hope that the whole congregation will get on board to work to grow the congregation at East Main. Family Breakfast Our monthly family breakfast will be held this Sunday, July 31 in the multipurpose room from 8:15-8:45 am before worship services. A light breakfast will be served. Everyone in the congregation is invited to come and enjoy this short period of fellowship. Thank You Notes We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, calls, and cards. In Christian love, Danny & Barbara Wright ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers and your thoughts and prayers during the last week! We treasure your thoughtfulness during this difficult time and feel blessed that God has shown us His comfort and generosity through you! With deep gratitude, the family of Wayne Blansett ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To our brothers & sisters at East Main, We appreciate the kindness, support, and love you’ve shown to us during this difficult time, the passing of my mother/grandmother, Mayola Wilson. Thank you for your prayers, the beautiful green plant, and the ones who came to the funeral home. Love in Christ, The Laney’s (Crafton & Marla, Nicholas & Allison, Micah & Leia, & Jordan)
  4. 4. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Lexie Dickinson, bride-elect of Peyton Chism on Sunday, Aug. 7 from 2-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Lexie & Peyton are registered at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Square Gift Company in Fulton. Men to Serve Sunday, July 31, 2022 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading........................................Aaron Willis Opening Prayer ......................................Mike Ratliff Lord’s Supper Dennis Hallmark Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer..................................Michael Wilson Ushers .................. David Ramseyer & Jalon Mansel Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer.............................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Congratulations Congratulations to Zac & Savannah Tucker in the birth of their son, David “Webb” Tucker on July 22. He weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 ½ inches long. Mother and baby are home and doing well. Dean & Kristie Webb are the proud grandparents. Wednesday, August 3, 2022 Opening Prayer ................................. Drew Baldwyn Lead Singing........................................... Asher Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-20-22 ...................................................... 75 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-24-22 ...................................... 150 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 152 Sunday 2nd Worship...................................................... 93 Contribution (budget $9,334) .............................. $10,035 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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