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Newsletter for August 2020


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
August, 2020



SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITIS:

Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley

HOW TO THRIVE

DURING A PANDEMIC

For months now we have been told what to do to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. We are inundated with negative newscasts and dire predictions. As a result, people are living in fear and dread of the present and struggling to find hope for the future. But, as children of God, we are called to a higher way of living. Psalm 46:1-2 says, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear."
Rather than merely survive this coronavirus, what if we make it our aim to thrive? What if we take advantage of a slower pace of life to reconnect more fully with those we love: to take up a new interest or activity that we always wanted to do; to accept the frailty of life in this world not as a cause for anxiety, but as a reason to place our lives more fully in the hands of God; to look for the positive side of negative circumstances and realize that every trouble carries with it the opportunity to grow in faith; to look past the inconveniences of social distancing and wearing a mask to the greater good of the community; to be more aware of opportunities to share our faith?
As a church, we are not just trying to get through this pandemic, we are developing new ways for the church to expand the effectiveness of our ministries. We are still fully committed to helping people grow higher in Christ through worship, deeper in faith through the study of God's word, and wider in love through mission and service.
This is a challenging time, but also an exciting time filled with potential. Let us go beyond surviving this pandemic. Let us thrive together as the people of God.

God bless, Pastor Roger




BIRTHS


CONGRATULATIONS:
  • to Brian and Kandie Courtney on the birth of their granddaughter, CLAIRE CAROLINE RUTHHART (7lbs,13 oz,21" lng maternal grandparents: Brian & Kandie Courtney) who was born July 8, 2020,,
  • to Darrell and Sue Bogard on the birth of their great-grandson, REMINGTON GREY REED TRACY (8lbs,6oz,20"lng) on July 8 and
  • to Blake and Kalie Courtney on the birth of their son, DREW PATRICK (7lbs,5oz, 20"lng) on July 23. (Maternal grandparents are Pat & Amy Creamer and paternal grandparents are Brian & Kandie Courtney.)



DEATH

SYMPATHY is expressed to the family of CRAIG LEININGER, who died July 2, 2020. ( Mr. Leininger is the cousin of Mary Fakes.)



PRAYER CONCERNS


CANCER: John Clark, Mike Connors, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Dick Reynolds, Monica & Joseph Shaughnessy, Bill Waymire, Tom Wilson.
POOR HEALTH: Butch & Karen Chumbley, Sandy Connors, Carrie Elder, Mary Fakes, Connie Gardner, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Howard Huffman, Kay Lacey, Amy Landis, Ton Lawler, Joyce Leininger, Lorie Marley, Darlene Moody, Keeley Pavan, Rick Pavan, Becky Poor, Larry Reynolds, Kayleigh Sandman, Claudia Seward, Charles Sowash, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart
ARMED FORCES: Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock
EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine.
MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE

We enjoyed having Doug and Tammy White in worship with us on July 19. Doug shared the work they are doing with Wyclife Associates in the area of Bible translation. Thank you for your generous support of their ministry.

In August, our special mission offering will support the work that Pastor Garri George is doing with YOUTH SERVING CHRIST. They lead Bible clubs in several Madison County schools and minister to the kids at the Juvenile Detention center in Anderson. It is vitally important that we reach the youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Garri works with a dedicated staff of volunteers who are committed to showing kids the love and grace of God.
FALL GREAT BANQUETS CANCELLED
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Heartland Great Banquet has decided to cancel the fall Great Banquets. Those who were scheduled to serve on teamand any guests who have been registered will be moved to the next set of Great Banquets. Those dates are February 18-21 for men and February 25-28 for women.


PRAYER FOR HELP

Loving God, we come to You full of anxiety about what may happen in the coming days and weeks.

We beg that You shower us with the peace Jesus promised His disciples and make us into steady pillars for those around us. In this time of uncertainty and epidemic, wake us up to the reminder that we are not alone. Even as we are asked to keep our distance from others, help us find ways to reach out to those who need our support.

We pray especially for those whose incomes and livelihoods are threatened, and for those already isolated, lonely and scared.

Loving God, give them Your peace, and through our hands ensure they have what they need. Sustain, strengthen and protect all caregivers. Bless them as they offer compassionate care and show selfless courage in the face of risk. Amen.

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