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  1. 1. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 September 7, 2021 Number 34 How An Old-Time Preacher Handled Mischief Author Unknown One of the best-known preachers of the first half of the twentieth century was J. D. Tant (1861-1941). My Dad knew Brother Tant and heard him preach. A few months before Dad died, he was telling me about some of the preachers he had known and some of the things that had transpired in former days. Among those events was the following story of Brother Tant that Dad said took place about 1912. Brother Tant was preaching in a Gospel meeting somewhere in south Texas and was baptizing a goodly number of people as they heard the message of truth so powerfully taught. Some ruffians decided to disrupt the meeting and offered the "town clown" a side of ham and a bushel of corn if he would go forward at the meeting to be baptized and come up from the water cursing. The brethren "got wind" of what was going to take place and anxiously warned Brother Tant. He assured them that he would take care of it if it did occur and for them not to worry. Sure enough, the suborned man came forward amidst several other respondents. Closing the service under the old "brush arbor," by lantern- light all made their way to the creek for the baptizing's. Brother Tant baptized all the genuine folks first in a very meaningful way, saying something similar to what all Gospel preachers say when baptizing. After all the legitimate baptisms, he then said, "One more man has come tonight and if he'll now join me here in the creek, we will take care of the matter." The man then waded out into chest-deep water to Brother Tant with the ruffians mingled in the crowd looking on, all ready to laugh brother Tant to scorn when the man came up from the water cussing. But brother Tant, holding the man firmly in his strong arms, said with a loud voice, "For a side of ham and a bushel of corn, I now dunk one of the most worthless characters that ever was born."Whereupon Brother Tant pushed him under --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— the water and held him there for a bit, and when he finally did lift the man up above water level, the fellow was spewing and gasping for breath! Instead of cursing, he realized he was no match for brother Tant and hurriedly and meekly left the scene. While the story is humorous, it gives us insight into what tough environs the "pioneer preachers" took the Gospel, and how they handled the situations which arose. Remember, the Bible says, "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceits" (Prov. 26:5). Dad said the meeting continued for several more nights with numerous other responses. And the church of our Lord was established in another Texas town. Thank God for men like J.D. Tant. The tiniest dewdrop hanging from a blade of grass is big enough to reflect the sunshine. Are you big enough to reflect Christ in your life (Matthew 5:14-16)? ~~~~~~~~~ Monthly Ladies’ Fellowship All the ladies and young girls of the congregation are invited to the building this Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room for the monthly devotional and fellowship. There will be no meal this month. Please come and invite others! Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Gary Williams in the loss of his sister, Renee, on Sept. 4 from Covid related illnesses. She lived in Florida. Congratulations Clayton Long & Savanna Bell were united in marriage on Sept. 2. We will try to have their address next week in the bulletin. We wish for them a long life of happiness. Brain Freeze Don’t forget this Wednesday evening, Sept. 8, after Bible class in the multipurpose room every- one is invited to enjoy ice cream and fellowship. Area Youth Meeting The monthly Area Youth Meeting will be held this Sunday, Sept. 12 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Verona congregation with Alex Thornton speaking on “God Calls Me to be Faithful Even When…I am in the Minority and Feel Alone (Noah).” Ladies’ Day The Amory congregation is hosting a Ladies’ Day on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m. until noon with Debbie Dupuy speaking on “Remind Me Lord.” Lunch will be provided. People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 8............................................................Joel September 9...................................................Amos 1-2 September 10.................................................Amos 3-5 September 11.................................................Amos 6-7 September 12.................................................Amos 8-9 September 13...................................................Obadiah September 14.................................................Jonah 1-2 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Robert Kingsley (Sept. 8), Haden Bland (Sept. 9), Bryce Roby (Sept. 11), Evelyn Thompson (Sept. 11). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick James Simmons is in room 103 at The Meadows in Fulton for physical therapy. Star Ray, Lee DuBois and Perry Hand are all recuperating from surgery. Kirk Sheffield’s dad, Roddy, is home following colon surgery to remove cancer. Kirk’s mom, Delois, fell last week and underwent hip replacement surgery. Maggie Simineau continues at home with a broken arm. Wade Bryan’s cousin, David Darnell, has been placed on hospice. Frankie Estes’ son, Len, is home from NMMC after having some stints. Christine Wilson will undergo sinus surgery Sept. 15. Roger Sanderson’s nephew’s wife’s mother, Michelle Bellew, is in the Oxford hospital with Covid, but doing better. Donna Lussier, a member of the Estes congregation in Henderson, is critically ill with Covid. Mark & Susan McNutt, Billie’s son & daughter-in-law, are sick with Covid. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News Hello! I hope you’re having a fantastic week and enjoyed the longer weekend with family and friends. We had a fantastic time at TGIF Friday night. We still have many of our youth group who aren’t coming to them, so please encourage your kids to go! They’ll be glad they did! Be sure to look at the updated September calendar on the youth board. Don’t forget, this coming Saturday, we leave for Top Golf at Birmingham. Be at the church building at 11 if you plan on riding the bus. After top golf (if the group wants), we may stop at the Birmingham Mall for a shopping spree and supper. Bring money for one meal out. For just a minute, I want you to consider grape jelly. Sounds a bit strange, I know! Most mornings, I wake up (actually I’ve woken up every morning since I was born ) and before I shower, I have breakfast. My breakfast normally consists of microwaveable sausage biscuits. Over the last week, I have been putting jelly on them and wow, they sure taste good! What does grape jelly have anything to do with our spiritual walk with God? There’s nothing wrong with grape jelly, but by way of example, grape jelly does nothing good for your body. I looked at the back of my grape jelly and here are its ingredients. It includes Concorde grapes, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fruit pectin, citric acid, and sodium citrate. Most of these ingredients are known for not being good. But we think, “but it tastes so good!” Spiritually speaking, Satan tries many ways to hook each of us with his sinful bait. Sometimes, that bait is in the form of “grape jelly” where it looks so appetizing, and we know we would really enjoy it. And sometimes we give in to Satan’s trap. What Satan doesn’t advertise is guilt, regret, broken relationships, and so much more. My point to all of this is not to get everyone to stop eating jelly. No, rather, to be more aware of our sinfulness and to not be driven by what might seem okay on the outside, all to find out afterwards that Satan was written all over it. Let us be people who can identify potentially sinful threats disguised as “grape jelly” so we can appear before God as blameless as we can. God loves you and so do I. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 a.m. Announcements.............................. Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading.........................................David Bates Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Lord’s Supper Wade Bryan Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer......................................... Perry Hand Ushers .................................. Greg Lyle & Ian Willis Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ................................... Dale Dulaney Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Opening Prayer ...................................... Chad Willis Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-1-21 ....................................................... n/a Sunday 1st Worship, 9-5-21 ...................................... 169* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 175 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 122 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,370 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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