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East main informer, 10 20-20

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East main informer, 10 20-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 October 20, 2020 Number 41 I’M SORRY Barry Kennedy Words have great power to touch the heart of man. It is amazing how many words we hear and use on any given day. No one can deny the fact that words have the ability to do great things such as: entice, excite, motivate, destroy, and even convert. Of course, the context in which words are being used helps one to determine the actual “power” behind any certain group of letters that we call words. Some words have a distinct ability to help “set” the context. These powerful words can somewhat stand alone and be understood, or at least appreciated. What do I mean? Take for example the word love. Just the sound of that word brings about an emotional flood of feelings, either good or bad. The same can be said of the word sorry. Let’s consider this word in the phrase “I’m sorry.” The phrase “I’m sorry” has overwhelming significance and profound power. “I’m sorry” is a statement of penitence. In fact, for one to make this statement sincerely there must be a heart condition. When considering a heart condition, one cannot help but be reminded of a heart attack. When one has a heart attack, he is facing the very shadow of death itself. Though many have survived heart attacks in this day and age, it still is a leading killer in this country. There can be great pain associated with a heart condition. The one experiencing such pain is willing to cry out for relief. The same is true for the one who is penitent. For example, David said, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1). David’s sinful actions had brought about a dishonesty deep within himself. “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom” (Psalm 51:6). As long as the darkness of sin was within David, he could find no joy and gladness (Psalm 51:8), he could not teach others faithfully (Psalm 51:13), nor could he worship God acceptably (Psalm 52:16, 17). David knew what needed to be done and thus he said, Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit (Psalm 51:7-12). --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 Classes .............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— David understood his “heart condition” and asked the Great Physician for a clean heart and a right spirit. Of course, God was willing to restore David to the faithful fold, and He is still ready to do the same for “whosoever will” come to Him today (Revelation 22:17). Are we ready to say, “I’m Sorry?” Another example is that of the “prodigal son” of Luke 15:11:32. Jesus was discussing with the Pharisees the value of every soul. He pointed out how that the lost needed to be restored, no matter what their nationality might be. In the course of His discussion Jesus pointed out the joy that restoration brings to the lost, the angels in Heaven, and to God Himself (Luke 15:7, 10). Jesus painted a picture of a young rebel who wanted to “live it up” and soon found himself without. He had lost everything, going from the party to the pig pen. What a depraved state to be in, i.e. considering eating the hog’s leftovers (Luke 15:16). Jesus said that he came to himself and realized his folly in leaving his father for the far away land of sin (Luke 15:17-19). The young man’s penitence is clearly seen in his confession that he was not worthy to be a son (Luke 15:19). By genuinely saying “I’m Sorry,” the prodigal was restored to his place in the home, and there was joy. What about us? We need to take constant inventory of our lives. It may be that we too should say, “I’M SORRY.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thank You Note My dearest East Main family, How can I begin to thank all of you good people for the many things you have done for me during my recent surgery and recovery? May God bless every one of you! I love you all and hope to see you soon. Mary Lou Walden Send a Card/Prayer Recently, Rob Whitacre from House to House/ Heart to Heart came and spoke to us on personal evangelism and how we as a congregation can evangelize our community. We have had some new cards printed and placed in the back of the pews in the auditorium that say “send a card/prayer.” It is our hope that if there is anyone you know of who is not a member of the Lord’s church or not attending anywhere and has sickness, loss of a loved one, or anything going on in their lives that would warrant a card or note of encouragement being sent, that you would please fill out one of these cards and drop it in the holder beside the church office on the wall. Renee will then put the contact in a spreadsheet and leave that list on the table in the foyer. Everyone in the congregation is encouraged to pick up a list of these names and a card available on the table, write a note on the card, drop it off in the office and it will be mailed out for you. If you would prefer to mail the card yourself, that is perfectly fine, we just ask that you use East Main’s return address so the recipient will have a connection to our congrega- tion. We are praying that many contacts will be made with this effort! Thank you for your help and cooperation as we strive to bring the lost to Christ. Sunday Bible Classes We are happy to announce that Sunday, Oct. 25 we plan to resume Bible classes after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. For now, we will follow the same format and schedule of classes as we have been doing on Wednesday evening. If possible, PLEASE wear your mask, social distance inside the building, and restrict visiting to the parking lot. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Jennie Cox who passed from this life Oct. 17. Family services were held at Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona on Oct. 20. Please keep Joyce Burney, Brenda Beckner, Jacob Bradley, Chevela Underwood and the rest of the family in your prayers. John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 October 27...............................................Luke 14-16 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: James Simmons (Oct. 23), Mark Gilliland (Oct. 24), Evelyn Willis (Oct. 25), Ethan Benefield (Oct. 26). Anniversaries: Judy & Pat Jones (Oct. 21), David & Katie Bates (Oct. 25). Our Sick Jean Mounce is home from the hospital. Andy Baldwyn, Mary Lou Walden, David Rushing (Pat Putt’s son), and Beth Deaton (Russell & Norma’s daughter) continue at home recuperating from surgery. Ricky Lindsey’s father, Jimmy, is having health issues. Pete Barber & Jill Rice (Debbie Vines’ mother) continue at Sanctuary Hospice House. Linda Hand and Judy Bates continue at home. Sean Koehn, a former member here, will undergo surgery on Oct. 22 at MD Anderson. On-Going Illnesses Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Stella Pittman, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd, Steve Higginbotham, Brenda Dawson, Brian Carver Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News What a wonderful time we had last week! A huge shout out to those who brought friends! When we gather together, we go straight to singing praises to our God. Many of our male youth lead singing and prayers. I am very glad for moments like these where our young men can gain some experience leading in worship. One of my good friends, Cameron from TN came to spend the weekend with us, and I had him speak to our group. His passage was 2 Timothy 4:7. He did an outstanding job. Tomorrow is “Tuesday’s Tender Touch” for Sr. Youth starting at 6:00pm. This is one day a month where we write and send out cards to those who need it most. Don’t forget that we have a Fall Festival day November 1st at the Lindsey’s house! Wear your Halloween costume and come enjoy some games and fellowship. It will begin at 4:00pm. See youth board for more details. This is a Junior and Senior youth event. November 13-14th is our Family Fall Retreat at May- wood. This is free if you wish to go. Contact Renee or myself (Alex) if you plan on going. There is the option to spend the night Friday night if you would like to. For more information on any youth related events, please let me know! Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.............................................. Ian Reed Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Ushers ......................Roger Sanderson & Tim Davis The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-14-20 ................................................ 104* Sunday 1st Worship, 10-18-20 ...................................... 38 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 140* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,200 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item......................................................Cereal Mark Your Calendars! Jr. & Sr. Youth Fall Festival – November 1st Fall Family Retreat – November 13th--14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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