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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 January 4, 2022 Number 1 What Will We Do In 2022? Happy New Year to you and to yours! This and many similar sentiments will be said multiple times throughout this week. It is almost impossible for some of us to believe that we are about to enter the year 2022. How many of you remember thinking the year 2000 was going to look something like a sci-fi movie? Of course, we do have many advancements that mimic much of what we saw on TV or the silver screen, but mostly things continue to be somewhat the same. Solomon made that statement long ago. “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Solomon was not saying there are no new advancements in technology or medicine, etc. but that history tends to repeat itself. In fact, that is why we study history. God’s Word has been described as a love letter, map, instruction manual, science book, and historical record. The Bible accurately covers all those subjects, which helps substantiate it as the inspired word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God wants us to learn from the past to be prepared for our future (Romans 15:4). “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better” (Harry S. Truman). God’s people, like everyone else in this great country have been through a lot this past year. Believe it or not, it was not all bad. We tend to find ourselves focused on the difficulties and hardships. That is exactly what Satan wants us to do. Remember how he tempted Eve, getting her to focus on the one thing she couldn’t have (Genesis 3)? He has no need to change his tactics now, they have been working from the beginning of time (Romans 3:23). What we must remember is that he can be resisted (James 4:7). What will our history be? With this year drawing to a close, what will we do in 2022? Draw closer to God. Like with history, we need to get to know God if we are going to be closer to Him. “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). We mentioned earlier how that we can resist the devil and he will flee from us, but the next verse reminds us that when we draw nigh to God He will draw nigh to us (James 4:8). Invest in Others. Many resolve to grow their bank account by investing in the new year. Investing is defined: to expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial plans, shares, or --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— property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture. Investing in others is a similar process. We expend time, emotions, interests, etc. in the lives of others with the expectation of gain. The difference is the gain is for the other one and not necessarily for ourselves. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). Graciously forgive self and one another. Forgiveness is at the heart of God’s blessings offered to man. Jesus came to this earth with the express mission to seek and to save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). We are admonished by Jesus to forgive as we have been forgiven (Matthew 6:12). God want all men to be saved and live lives directed by the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy2:4). Jesus clarified His statement on forgiveness in the model prayer with these words: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). What are we going to do in 2022? Let’s resolve to D.I.G. Draw closer to God, Invest in the lives of others, and Graciously forgive self and others. May God bless and keep us all in 2022! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Area Youth Meeting The monthly Area Wide Youth Meeting will be held this Sunday, Jan. 9 at 5:00 p.m. here at East Main. We need the help of all who can to provide handheld desserts for our visitors. Please bring them Sunday and put in the multipurpose room. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Barbara Bishop, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mitch Maclean, Sheba Tuggers, Stella Pittman, Michelle Bellew, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Marvin Chamblee, Brent Norris Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Lisa Williams in the loss of her mother, Sarah Kitchens, on Jan. 4. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at this time. Men’s Breakfast There will be a men’s breakfast this Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room. There is a food sign up sheet in the foyer under the TV screen if you plan to attend. Sr. Youth TGIF The Senior youth are invited to the building this Friday, Jan. 7 from 9:00 p.m. until midnight for TGIF. Please come and bring your friends! Thank You Notes Dear Brethren, Thank you for being a part of our children’s Christmas. We could not do what we do without the support of our brethren. The children were so excited to open their gifts and enjoy their new clothes and goodies. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a blessed new year. Sincerely, Jon O’Keefe Executive Director of Pine Vale Children’s Home ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To the East Main Church of Christ, Thank you very much for your continued support and prayers for our patients. You have always been a support for our patients, and I appreciate that. Each bag of food that I can give a family in need, creates a smile that only the love of Jesus can create. Many congregations say they want to make a difference, but it takes congregations like yours actually going above and beyond to create change. Thank you for what you do. The Cancer Center Lauren Thompson, LMSW
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading January 5.............................................Genesis 16-18 January 6.............................................Genesis 19-20 January 7.............................................Genesis 21-23 January 8.............................................Genesis 24-25 January 9.............................................Genesis 26-28 January 10...........................................Genesis 29-30 January 11...........................................Genesis 31-32 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: John Mounce (Jan. 5), Mike Ratliff (Jan. 6), Barbara Bishop (Jan. 10), Annie Dilworth (Jan. 10), Callie Bennett (Jan. 11). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Shirley Sollinger, Evelyn Thompson’s sister, is in the hospital in Olive Branch following emergency surgery Friday to remove a blockage in her intestines. She also has Covid and is very weak. Several in the congregation are home sick including, Debbie Duke, Eddie Simmons, Matthew Nichols, Ander Bass, Shawn, Jean, Sarah & John Mounce, Marla & Madi Harris, Tony & Hallie Donald, Linda Parker, Billie McNutt, and Steve Kelly. Prayers have been requested for 38-year-old Lacy Plaxico who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. EMYG News “You Say You Want A Revolution” Alex Blackwelder Are you one of those people that like to make New Year resolutions? I used to be! In fact, the New Year was about the only time I was serious and committed about changing parts of my life. This year, I want to do something different. I’ve noticed that a lot of people start off strong with their resolutions and by March, they’re not as committed anymore. Personally, I don’t want to be part of that percentage that gives up so easily. I’ve decided, I don’t want to create spiritual resolutions for myself because the person that creates a spiritual resolution can also break the spiritual resolution. And the consequences of breaking them aren’t immediately significant, but one day will be. I challenge you to join me in putting away your resolutions. Join me in being part of this New Year revolution. A revolution where your resolutions become obsolete. A revolution where you allow God’s Spirit to have His way with you. And from that, you develop an unmovable faith. So, how does this revolution begin? It begins when we allow our hearts and minds to become clay and let God mold us into His image. For example, when I look into the mirror and all I see is Alexander Ryan Blackwelder and his accomplishments, I’ve missed the mark. Through God, I need to become less of self and more like Him. That way when I look in the mirror, I see Alexander Ryan Blackwelder, God’s hands and feet. Sounds simple enough, right? Well…keep reading. At its core this revolution is about selflessness. Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it (Luke 9:23-24 ESV). The revolution begins with a change of mind. You are not your own. According to Romans 12:2, you only act how you think. So, if you change your thinking, your actions will follow. Earlier, I mentioned allowing God’s Spirit to have His way with you. There’s no doubt that the spirit plays an active role in our lives today and can do so much more with us if we allow him to. Paul says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another (Galatians 5:16-26). By crucifying the fleshly desires and adopting what the Holy Spirit has asked us to have, the church will blossom and grow from the inside out. Now that’s a revolution I can get behind!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading........................................Aaron Willis Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lord’s Supper Tim Davis Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer............................................Joe Smith Ushers ..........................Andy Baldwyn & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Opening Prayer ..............................Jimmy Spearman Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Wade Bryan (419-5552) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 12-29-21 ................................................. N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 1-2-22 ...................................... 135* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 125 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 115 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,431 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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