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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 November 23, 2021 Number 45 Giving Thanks To God Always Barry Kennedy For years, one of children’s favorite shows involved a large purple dinosaur who sings and teaches children many lessons about imagination, numbers, letters, and how to treat one another. My children have gone through the “cycle” all the way down to our third child. Therefore, I have memorized many of the songs through osmosis. However, one of those songs emphasized two “magic” words. Those words are “please” and “thank you.” How often do we try using these words? We do not hesitate to say please when we really want something, but are we quick to say thank you? Often, a thank you comes like a please, only when we deem them necessary. Thank you is always necessary when it comes to God and what He has done for us. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus encouraging them “be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” (Ephesians 5:18, 19). He then added, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:20). Do we really give thanks to God always and for everything? There is a poem that may help us to see beyond our “problems” and emphasize our true blessings. The Poem is entitled, “Forgive Me When I Whine.” Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her—she seemed so happy, and how, I wished I were so fair; When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle; she had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile. Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two feet --the world is mine. And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who served me had such charm; he seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm; I said, "It's nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find"; he turned and said, "Oh, thank you sir." And then I saw that he was blind. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine, I have two eyes, the world is mine. Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue; he stood and watched the others play, it seemed he knew not what to do; I stopped a moment, then I said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?" He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear. Oh God, forgive me when I whine, I have two ears, the world is mine. With feet to take me where I'd go; with eyes to see the sunsets glow, with ears to hear what I would know. I am blessed indeed. The world is mine; oh, God, forgive me when I whine. --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— It is true that the world is ours if we are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). We have all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). We have the hope of eternal life (John 3:16; 2 Timothy 4:6-8). We even have the promise of an abundant life (John10:10). Why would we not be thankful to God always? Some are not thankful because they do not realize what was given for them. Jesus is the “lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). We all need the Great Physician (Matthew 9:12) to heal us of our sin sickness (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23). How is it that everyone sins, but some do not realize their need for Christ? That’s simple, sin is a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4) and God’s law is found in God’s Word (Matthew 7:24-27; John 12:48; James 1:25). Therefore, if one will not read and study God’s word they will not see their true need until it is too late. How sad it is to think that so many are not able to express the joy of true thanksgiving, by knowing their sins are taken away and that Heaven is awaiting them on the other side of death. May we all take the time to remember that God has said, “be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). May this holiday season cause us to realize the need for thanksgiving year-round. God has blessed man so and He will continue to bless all those who will accept His gift. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). For that we should Give Thanks to God Always. ~~~~~~~~~ Community Outreach Program Christmas Angels Project The Community Outreach Program would like to invite you to adopt a child in need for the Christmas Holidays. There are ziplock bags in the foyer with the child’s name, wish list, and instructions. Once you have chosen a Christmas angel, it is IMPERATIVE that you register the angel with a C.O.P. representative. Thank you for your willingness to help. GIFTS MUST BE RETURNED BY DECEMBER 6, 2021. Sr. Youth Devotional The monthly Sr. Youth Devo. will be held at Kent & Missy Nichols’ home this Sunday, Nov. 28 at 5:00 pm. See Missy for what to bring. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to David Ramseyer in the loss of his mother, Nancy Haywood, on Nov. 18. Funeral services were held Nov. 22 at Pegues in Tupelo. We will miss sister Nancy here at East Main. Sr. Saints’ Fellowship Meal The Senior Saints are invited to the multipurpose room on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 pm for a meal. Doug Wallace is providing the turnip greens. There is a food sign-up list posted on the bulletin board across from the library for other items needed for the meal. Please come and enjoy this period of fellowship.! Parents of the Youth Parents, we are hosting the annual holiday luncheon for our senior saints in the multipurpose room on Sun., Dec. 5 at noon following worship services. Please sign the list posted in the foyer under the TV screen on the wall for what you can bring for the luncheon. Please sign up for two items, if possible. Thanks so much! Thank You Note Thank you all for all the prayers, phone calls, and all your support! If it was not for good Christians like you, we couldn’t have gone this far. Please continue to pray for Willie Bob Gates and family! With love, The Gates family
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading November 24 ...........................................Romans 9-11 November 25 .........................................Romans 12-16 November 26 .....................................1 Corinthians 1-4 November 27 .....................................1 Corinthians 5-7 November 28 ...................................1 Corinthians 8-11 November 29 .................................1 Corinthians 12-14 November 30 .................................1 Corinthians 15-16 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Sydney McMickin (Nov. 24), Tammy Minor (Nov. 24), Eli Rushing (Nov. 26), Rodney Voyles (Nov. 26), Addie Hitt (Nov. 27), Christina Lindley (Nov. 27), Amy Smith (Nov. 28), Eddie Simmons (Nov. 29). Anniversaries: Shawn & Jean Mounce (Nov. 26). Our Sick Twinette Wallace and Maggie Simineau were able to attend services Sunday. Susan Reed’s husband, Jerry, is in the Columbus hospital with Covid. Continue to remember the Bobby Joe Lindley & Heath Lindley families as several are recuperating from or have Covid. Hugh Scribner is home with the flu. Greg Hughes is also home sick. Patsy Nichols’ sister-in-law, Jeanette Nichols, is recuperating from a fall. Lori Blansett’s father, Larry Cobb, has been moved to NMMC’s hospice floor, room 5534. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Barbara Bishop, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders, Glenda Barnette, Debbie McCoy, Michelle Bellew, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Duke Loden, Mary Puckett, Marvin Chamblee, Brent Norris Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News Thanksgiving Alex Blackwelder Howdy! Don’t forget that this Sunday is our monthly devo hosted by Kent and Missy Nichols (6:00-8:00pm). Thanksgiving is just a few days away, so I wanted to create an acronym out of the word, “thankful” to show you what I’m thankful for this holiday season: T – ODAY. So much good can happen on any given day. Praise God for giving you another day to live H – EAVEN. I’m thankful for my hope in Christ and being able to spend eternity with Him. A – SSEMBLY. I’m thankful for the saints who gather every week to worship God and spend time together N – ACHOS. I like Nachos. K – IDS. I’m so thankful to work with such an amazing group of kids here at East Main. F – ELLOWSHIP. Due to the last two years, I’ve realized how much I took fellowship for granted. U – MBRELLAS. I am thankful for umbrellas when it rains. Yep. Very thankful. L - OVE that has been shown to Cassie and I by each of you. All of these and so much more could’ve made the list. I encourage you to send out a card or text. Or make a phone call to those whom you’re thankful for. From our hearts to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading......................................Jake Kennedy Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer...................................Shawn Mounce Ushers ............................Will Davis & Kent Nichols Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .....................................Wesley Bass Closing Prayer..................................... Robert Parker Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jeff Mansel (871-0357) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-17-21 .................................................. 116 Sunday 1st Worship, 11-21-21 .................................. 144* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 154 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 108 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,161 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter The youth of East Main invite our Senior Saints (age 65 and above) to a holiday luncheon prepared in your honor Sunday, Dec. 5th Immediately following worship services at noon in the multipurpose room. Please sign the list posted on the bulletin board across from the library if you plan to attend.

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