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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Vol. 47 October 4, 2022 Number 39 O TO BE LIKE THEE Barry Kennedy Many have participated in the singing of this great hymn written by Thomas O. Chisholm in 1897. The song’s lyrics focus upon the singer striving to be like Jesus. “This is my constant longing and prayer” are in the very first stanza. This begs the question, “Is it my continual prayer to be like Jesus?” At first thought one might be compelled to emphatically say “YES!” However, are we truly ready to “forfeit all of earth’s treasures,” just to wear the perfect likeness of Jesus? Truly being like Jesus is a life of selfless service. One must be willing to empty himself of the worldly cares and focus on the world to come. In fact, the Lord Himself said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Of course, this is not easy to do, nor does it come natural for most people. The reason people have so much trouble with self- denial is seated in the fact that they are human and thus closely tied to the empirical senses. Paul addressed this when writing to the Corinthian congregation (1 Corinthians 3:1). Paul knew that his words were falling upon the calloused hearts of world loving souls. The only way for the Corinthians, or anyone, to be like Christ requires a willingness to let go of the world and a reaching forth to the prize. Paul was familiar not only with the need to do this but the how to do this as well. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). As the song suggests, to be like Jesus one must show forth an attitude of service in helping others. “O to be like Thee! full of compassion, Loving, forgiving, tender and kind, Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, Seeking the wand'ring sinners to find.” This is the part of Jesus’ life that most people like to mention. Many, if not most, fail to consider the justice that Jesus preached (Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:46; John 3:5; 14:15). Even with the love many have for the suffering servant side of Christ, most still fall miserably short in developing this attitude in their own lives. We may find the ability to be moved with compassion, love those who are lovable, be tender, and at times even show kindness. What about forgiving? Ask people and they most likely would call themselves forgiving, but just think of how many times people have sought to “bury the hatchet” with the handle sticking out. More often than not, people lean toward probation instead of forgiveness. The new covenant Jesus established has at its heart forgiving and forgetting. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12; c.o. Jeremiah 31:31-34). --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— Can we say, “O to be like Thee” when seeking the wandering sinner to find? Jesus’ mission was always one that sought to save the lost and bring them into (or back to) the fold (Luke 19:10). This message was demonstrated by the Lord in His parables listed in Luke 15. The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost boys of this parable point out the effort it takes to bring the wondering sinners back home. Jesus went all the way from Heaven to a stable, and from Bethlehem to the hill of Golgotha, to save us all from a sinner’s fate. He then left man with the commission to go into all the world preach the gospel to every creature...” (Mark 16:15). Paul added, “...ye which are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness...” (Galatians 6:1). Bearing one another’s burdens (including restoring/forgiving) is required to “fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). O to be like thee! O to be like Thee! Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art; come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness; stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.” He has left us His perfect example, but is this our prayer today? ~~~~~~~~ Church Directory Update We are updating our church directory! If you have started attending East Main since the last directory, need an updated picture, have an address change, phone number change, births/weddings, please text or email this new information to Jean Mounce at 662-491-0362 or normamounce@gamil.com. If you would like a new picture to be taken, please see Jean Mounce also. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Gary Colley who passed away Sept. 28. Funeral services will be held Oct. 5 at the Collierville Church of Christ at 11 am with visitation from 10 am until service time. Gary was once the pulpit minister here at East Main. Response Hannah Bland responded to heaven’s invitation Sunday confessing things amiss in her life and asking for prayers of forgiveness. We commend Hannah in her decision to live pleasing to God. Door Knocking This Saturday, Oct. 8 House to House Heart to Heart is conducting a nationwide door knocking campaign. The elders here at East Main have decided that the congregation here will participate. Everyone who can is asked to meet in the multipurpose room this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 am to get materials to hand out as we door knock the neighborhoods around our building, inviting our neighbors to East Main. 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 on Oct. 17. 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. Gospel Meetings A Gospel Meeting is scheduled at the West Main congregation Oct. 9-12 with Hawathia Jones & Kevin Schwiger speaking Sun. at 10am and 6pm and Mon.- Wed. at 7pm; at the Chapman congregation in Ripley Oct. 9-12 with Adam Miller speaking Sun. at 10am, 10:45am and 1:30pm and Mon.-Wed. at 7pm; at the Oak Ridge congregation in Baldwyn Oct. 9-12 with Lance Foster speaking Sun. at 9:30am, 10:30am and 1pm and Mon.-Wed. at 7pm; and at the Danville congregation in Biggersville Oct. 9-12 with Chad Ramsey speaking Sun. at 10am, 11am, and 7:30pm and Mon.-Wed. at 7 pm. Area Singing The Mayfield congregation in Saltillo will host an Area- Wide Singing this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6pm. Everyone is invited!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading October 5..............................................Matthew 12-13 October 6..............................................Matthew 14-15 October 7..............................................Matthew 16-17 October 8..............................................Matthew 18-20 October 9..............................................Matthew 21-22 October 10............................................Matthew 23-24 October 11............................................Matthew 25-26 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays:Jace Mansel (Oct.5), Sandra Simmons (Oct. 6), Ken Pearson (Oct. 9). Anniversaries: Daniel & Maggie Morton (Oct. 9). 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) are all undergoing chemo. Michael Wilson’s mother, Rivers Wills, continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Barry Kennedy’s dad, Larry, will undergo a biopsy & tests Oct. 19 for a mass in his shoulder. 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 Baptism Ruthann Morgan was baptized into Christ Sunday evening. She has been studying with Alex for some time now and decided to put Christ on in baptism. We are so proud of Ruthann in her decision to live pleasing to God. Please welcome her to East Main. Don’t forget to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News Rush Schedule 2022 Friday, Oct. 7 o Leave East Main Church building at 4:30pm o 7:00-7:30pm - Welcome & Worship o 7:30-8:15pm - Keynote o 8:30-10:00pm - Friday Night Madness o 10:00-10:30pm - Sports Center Singing Saturday, Oct. 8 o 8:30-8:45am - Morning Show o 8:45-9:15am - Devotional #1 o 9:15-9:30am - Go to Class o 9:30-10:15am - Class #1 o 10:15-10:45am - Break o 10:45-11:30am - Class #2 o 11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch A / Free Time B o 12:30-1:30pm - Lunch B / Free Time A o 1:30-3:00pm - Speed Dating & Pass the Pigs Tourna- ment o 3:00-4:30pm - Free Time o 4:30-5:00pm - Devo #2 o 5:00-6:30pm - Dinner o 6:00-7:30pm - Fall Festival o 7:30-8:00pm - Worship o 8:00-8:45pm - Keynote o 9:00-10:00pm - Unwind o 10:00-10:30pm - Devo #3 o 10:30-11:00pm - Commons Singing Sunday, Oct. 9 o 8:30-9:00am - Worship and Communion o 9:00-9:45am - Keynote o 10:00am – Head to East Main
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.................................... Drew Baldwyn Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Rommie Dilworth Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer..........................................Will Davis Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Paul Blansett Closing Prayer........................................... Joe Minor Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Opening Prayer ..............................Jimmy Spearman Lead Singing........................................... Asher Bass 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, 9-28-22 .................................................... 136 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-2-22 ...................................... 180 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 165 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 140 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $8,742 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter College Student of the Week Lauren Long 123 Brock Dr. Saltillo, MS 38866 Lauren is currently attending ICC in Fulton and living at home. Please be sure to send her a card of encouragement this week!

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