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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 October 19, 2021 Number 40 I’m Never Alone When I wake in the morning and face the new day, I should find the comfort that God’s presence will stay. When I’m driving in traffic and I’m tempted to rage, Just knowing He’s with me can keep my life straight. When I’m surrounded by people who don’t know His way, And tempted so heavily I fear I will stray, His Word can so powerfully turn Satan away, And guide me right back in God’s presence straightway. Though Satan may want me to feel all alone, I know that my God Who heals and atones. Will never forsake me or leave me out in the cold. His cross is the sign that His love is complete, And those who are His never have to retreat, But will walk in His light and enjoy a life so sweet. The world may promise a life on a throne. But God offers a life that’s eternal where we are never alone. —Barry Kennedy 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. TAKING HOLY THINGS FOR GRANTED Bob Prichard In my recent Bible reading, the following passage was significant. “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD” (Leviticus 10:1-2). This tragic situation came about because these two sons of Aaron were careless in their service to God. What struck me in my reading of the passage this time is what I read in the two verses before this. “And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” (Leviticus 9:23-24). Did you notice what happened? The “glory of the Lord” appeared to the people, and the Lord sent a fire out that consumed the sacrifice, and “all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” And then in the very next verse, Nadab and Abihu brought down more fire from the Lord by their disobedience. It makes me wonder; how could they have done this? Weren’t they paying attention? Didn’t they realize the power of God? Didn’t they know what they were doing? I don’t know all of the reasons that Nadab and Abihu made their fateful choice, but one thing is obvious. They took holy things for granted. They were the right people, with the right implements of worship, doing the right thing, in the right place, but in the wrong way. And they paid for it with their lives. I wonder how often we are guilty of taking holy things for granted. Have you ever partaken of the Lord’s Supper, and then realized that you didn’t even think about what Christ did for you? Most all of us are guilty of singing words we don’t mean or believe in worship. When we sing “Anywhere with Jesus,” do we mean it? When we sing, “all to Thee, I surrender,” do we mean it? The Lord has blessed us with His mercy, in that He has not destroyed us like Nadab and Abihu. But can we continue to take holy things for granted? “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29). Trunk or Treat Fall Festival Everyone in the congregation is invited to building on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 5:00 p.m. for “trunk or treat” in the parking lot. Please come and decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the children as they come by in their Halloween costumes. Following that we will have a chili/hotdog supper in the multipurpose room. Also, several will have games set up to play and a costume & trunk decorating contest following supper. Please come and enjoy this period of fellowship with our church family. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Staci Rushing in the loss of her mother, Faye Moore, on Oct. 16 in a car accident. Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at By Faith Baptist Church in Pontotoc. Please keep Staci and her family in your prayers! Brain Freeze Don’t forget that this Wednesday, Oct. 20 following Bible class we will have Brain Freeze in the multipurpose room for anyone who would like to enjoy an extra time of fellowship and ice cream. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Olivia Blansett, bride-elect of Frankie Puente, this Sunday, Oct. 24 “come and go” from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Olivia & Frankie are registered at Amazon and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Response Leigh Bland came forward Sunday morning to confess things amiss in her life and ask for prayers of forgiveness. We commend Leigh in her desire to live pleasing to God.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading October 20...................................................... Luke 1 October 21...................................................Luke 2-3 October 22...................................................Luke 4-5 October 23...................................................Luke 6-7 October 24...................................................Luke 8-9 October 25...............................................Luke 10-11 October 26...............................................Luke 12-13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Mary Robbins Bowlin (Oct. 20), Will Davis (Oct. 20), Mark Gilliland (Oct. 24), Ethan Benefield (Oct. 26). Anniversaries: Judy & Pat Jones (Oct. 21), David & Katie Bates (Oct. 25). Our Sick Perry Hand is home following two stents. Nancy Haywood has been put on hospice. Twinette Wallace is home from NMMC and will see a neurologist Thursday at UAB. Maggie Simineau is recuperating from arm surgery. Susan Reed will see a cardiologist Oct. 21. Wanda & Scotty Bishop are home with Covid. Donny McKay’s mother, Blanche Chamblee, has been moved to The Meadows in Fulton. Lori Blansett’s father, Larry Cobb, continues hospice. Gail Geno is home with a broken shoulder. Brian Carver is undergoing chemo. 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, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders, Glenda Barnette, Barbara Bishop, Debbie McCoy, Larry Kennedy Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Hello East Main Family, This month is going by very quickly! This Wednesday (Oct. 20), we’ll have Brain Freeze after Bible class. This Friday (Oct. 22), we’ll have T.G.I.F. beginning at 9:00pm. On the 29th , We will have another T.G.I.F. On the 31st , we will have our trunk or treat and Halloween party here at the building. Be here at 5:00pm! The best trunk and the best costume will win prizes! ~~~~~~~~ Growing up, I never liked scary things. I never liked being chased by someone who was dressed up in a creepy costume. But the older I’ve become, the more I tolerated those kinds of things. Throughout my life, I’ve done some pretty scary things and have learned to enjoy them. But…there are things in life that would scare me enough that I would not do them. What happens when God’s people go through scary things and what kind of response should we have? David writes in Psalm 18:2, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer…” When we are faced with scary or great hardships, what or who do we rely on? Some physical substance that has no lasting protection? Or will we be people who rely on the Lord who is our rock? Someone who is dependable, solid, and provides the ultimate protection (Ephesians 6). Finally, David says that we serve a God who will deliver us. As a child, when I was scared, I would come to my parents in whom I had confidence in and that they would, not only protect me, but bring me out of that scary situation. Do we have the confidence in God knowing that He will deliver us? I challenge each of us this week, to live lives of confidence, knowing that our Lord is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer! Have a great week!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 a.m. Announcements..................................... Wade Bryan Bible Reading........................................Wesley Bass Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lord’s Supper Nic Nichols Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Ushers ..................Jalon Mansel & Roger Sanderson Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Closing Prayer....................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Opening Prayer ...................................Jake Kennedy Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-13-21 .................................................. 141 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-17-21 .................................. 132* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 123 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 118 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,151 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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