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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Vol. 47 October 11, 2022 Number 40 DEAD ENDS By Barry Kennedy How many times have we been told you are headed down a dead-end road? Most likely we were warned of this when we were young and not wanting to do our homework. Preparation for our future is vitally important. This is not new to anyone, but how often do we fail to do what we know is right, or needful for our future. We know that eating too much is a dead end, but to do something about it is not always easy. We know that being lazy and non-active is a dead end, but getting exercise is not always easy. Maybe we have the knowledge of what we need to do spiritually, but it is just too hard. Have we seen the pattern? Are we seeing the point? We often want things to be easy. The truth is that often the easy path is nothing more than a dead end. Jesus said there are only two ways in life (Matthew 7:13, 14). First, there is the strait and narrow. This path has difficulties and only few will travel this road. Second, there is the wide gate and broad way. This is the path Jesus said, “that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” Many, according to Jesus, are going down that wrong road; a prime example of a dead end. Those outside of Christ are described as being dead (Matthew 8:22; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13). The opposite of this death is a life in Christ. Paul described the difference so beautifully to the Roman church. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3, 4). In the same context, Paul described this death as a slavery (bondage). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Paul emphasized the choice that is to be made as to whom we are going to follow. According to verse seventeen, the Romans followed the form (pattern) of doctrine delivered to them. They in essence got off the dead- end road and started travelling the road to life. God making the way of life available, shows the beauty of what has done for us (John 3:16; 14:6; Acts 4:12). “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Could we imagine a life without hope? Hopelessness is defined as “unable to succeed or improve, or unable to be resolved, helped, 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 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder ....... 706-1888 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— cured.” sounds a lot like a dead end, doesn’t it? Far too many are living a dead-end life, with no hope of any success. God has a plan for all lives to have hope as Jesus said long ago. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus wants His creation (mankind) to come unto Him and take His yoke. A yoke sounds a lot like a burden to many people. This view is understandable because of a desire to not be responsible for any action that they may involve themselves. If Satan can convince man to believe that he is not accountable to God and that God will take care of everything, he has led us down the dead-end road. Jesus came that we might have life, but not just any life, the abundant life (John 10:10). This life is based upon coming unto Him on His terms. “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). So, what have we learned? First, many are going down the dead-end road (Matthew 7:13). Second, God wants all mankind to get off that road and get on the strait and narrow (Matthew 7:14). Third, the knowledge of how is found in God’s Word (2Timothy 3:16; 17). On which road are we right now? ~~~~~~~~~ Church Directory Update We hope to finish updating our church directory soon! If you have not sent your updated information or picture to Jean Mounce, please do so ASAP (662- 491-0362 or normamounce@gamil.com). Thanks so much for your help! Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come and help is welcomed. Ladies’ Fellowship The monthly ladies’ fellowship will be held this Thurs., Oct. 13 beginning at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room. Lauren Lindley will be presenting the devotional thought this month. We will have soup and refreshments before the devotional. ALL the ladies are invited! Visitation Team Meeting We will begin our monthly visitation team meetings this Sun., Oct. 16 at 5:30 pm in the multipurpose room for those who want to make visits and have a fellowship meal. The menu this month is potluck. Baby “Girl” Shower A baby “girl” shower will be held in honor of Hannah Bland this Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2-4 pm at the home of Debbie Hallmark. She is registered at Amazon and Walmart. Pinevale’s Pantry Drive Pinevale Children’s Home is having their fall pantry drive. East Main is responsible for collecting body wash, 33 gallon or larger trash bags, and pickles (all kinds). There are boxes in the foyer for your donations. They will be picking these items up next Monday, Oct. 17. Please help if you are able! Congratulations Congratulations to Jeannie & Eddie Simmons in the birth of their granddaughter, Maisie Faye, on Oct. 6. She weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19 inches long. Ben and Abby Stanley are the proud parents. Upcoming Events Oct. 23rd --Sr. Youth Devotional @ Kent & Missy Nichols’ home--5:30 pm Oct. 30th —“Trunk or Treat” and Chili Supper @ building--5:00 pm More information will follow soon!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading October 12.........................................Matthew 27-28 October 13...................................................Mark 1-3 October 14...................................................Mark 4-5 October 15...................................................Mark 6-7 October 16...................................................Mark 8-9 October 17...............................................Mark 10-11 October 18...............................................Mark 12-13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Beth Reed (Oct. 12), Ian Reed (Oct. 14), Mary Ann Wallace (Oct. 17), Brenda Spearman (Oct. 18). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Debbie Duke, Catheryne Santos (Gee’s wife), Jacy Raburn (Russell Deaton’s great-niece), and Mary Ann Hitt (Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s aunt) continue chemo. Michael Wilson’s mother, Rivers Wills, is home from The Meadows. Barry Kennedy’s dad, Larry, has an appointment at UAB Oct. 19 for a shoulder biopsy and other tests. Tish Clarke is recuperating from a procedure to remove a brain tumor. She is doing well. Ricky & Lisa Lindsey were home sick Sunday. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Bettye Davis, Betty Long, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Michelle Maclean, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Don’t forget to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News What a weekend! So many deep and thoughtful lectures, so many laughs, some tears, and a lot of fun. I am so thankful to the ones that came to RUSH this year. Loved being back with my FHU family and seeing so many other ministers my age serving the Lord in their own congregations. It’s easy to get discouraged about things, but God is doing a lot of good through His people. Alex Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 a.m. Announcements..............................Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading....................................Jackson Voyles Opening Prayer .................................Shawn Mounce Lord’s Supper Chad Willis Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Ushers .............................Mike Childers & Ian Reed Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .....................................Haden Bland Closing Prayer.....................................Misha Pannell Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-5-22 .................................................... 153 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-9-22 ...................................... 155 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 149 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 113 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $5,265 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter College Student of the Week Haley Underwood FHU, Box 10539 158 East Main St. Henderson, TN 38340 Haley is currently attending Freed- Hardeman Univ. in Henderson, TN. Please be sure to send her a card of encouragement this week!

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