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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 November 30, 2021 Number 46 FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS Steve Higginbotham One of the most humbling thoughts one may ever entertain is the fact that our omnipotent God has chosen to depend upon us. The very thought that our God, who spoke the universe into existence, formed man from the dust of the ground and holds the cosmos and our lives together, would allow me to partner with Him in His good purposes. For those who may say, "Maybe God would use you or someone else, but He would never use me. You see, I’m just an ordinary person," let me remind you that... • Moses was just a shepherd, yet God used him to deliver His people (Ex. 3:1). • Gideon was just a thresher of wheat, yet God used him to defeat an enormous army with just 300 men (Judges 6:11). • Daniel was a young refugee in a foreign land, yet God used him to demonstrate his power to stop the mouths of lions (Daniel 6:22). • Rahab was a harlot, yet God used her to be in the ancestry of Jesus (Matthew 1:5). • Paul was a tentmaker, yet God used him to be one of the greatest missionaries the world has ever known (Acts 26:16-18). • Peter was a fisherman, yet God used him as one of the great apostles (Matthew 10:1-4). • Esther was an Israelite orphan, yet God used her to become a queen and save His people (Esther 2-4). ...And then there's your story. You don't think you could ever have a story? My question is, "Why not?" Has God stopped working in the affairs of men? Does He no longer use people to accomplish His purposes? If you are willing, why would God not use you as an instrument of His providence? Just take it in for a moment. Consider the thought. Imagine your life being used as a tool in the hands of God to accomplish His good purposes! Just what do you think an all-knowing, all-powerful God could do with an ordinary life like yours and mine? I know what He's done in the past, and I know what He can do in the future if we will make our lives available to Him. As we begin the New Year, let us ask God to use us as tools in His providence. Who knows, you may have been brought to this very place "for such a time as this!" 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 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 The Senior Saints are invited to the multipurpose room this 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. Parents of the Youth Parents, we are hosting the annual holiday luncheon for our senior saints in the multipurpose room this 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. Thanks! 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 December 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Katherine Mansel Trish Scribner Brain Freeze 2 Cor. 1-4 2 Sr. Adults— fellowship meal at building @ 6 pm 2 Cor. 5-9 3 Brenda Beckner Laura Bennett Laney McMillen Grady & Debbie Vines 2 Cor. 10-13 4 Doug & Mary Ann Wallace Galatians 1-3 5 Sr. Saints Holiday Luncheon Area Wide Youth Meeting @ West Main 5:00 p.m. Galatians 4-6 6 Amanda Dickinson Linda Parker Michael Wilson John & Hollie Bowlin Ephesians 1-3 7 Austin McMillen Ephesians 4-6 8 Brain Freeze Philippians 1-4 9 Hilda Ratliff Ladies’ fellowship Colossians 1-4 10 Wanda Bishop 1 Thess. 1-5 11 Michelle Clifton Mikki Gilliland Donny McKay 2 Thess. 1-3 12 1 Timothy 1-6 13 Larry Long Nic Nichols 2 Timothy 1-4 14 Ladies’ Ornament Swap & finger foods @ 6 pm Titus-Philemon 15 Lynn Sanderson Brain Freeze Hebrews 1-5 16 Twinette Wallace Men’s Tool Swap & chili supper @ 6 pm Hebrews 6-9 17 Wesley & Raleigh Bass Sr. Youth—TGIF “Dirty Santa” Hebrews 10-11 18 Hebrews 12-13 19 Youth—Christmas Caroling @ 5:30 pm James 1-5 20 Rommie Dilworth Ian Willis 1 Peter 1-5 21 Greg Lyle 2 Peter 1-3 22 Suzanne Long Brain Freeze 1 John 1-5 23 2 John-Jude 24 Revelation 1-3 25 Revelation 4-5 26 Rev. 6-7 27 Kyle Smith Hayden Tindall Rev. 8-11 28 Marla Harris Rev. 12-14 29 Ander Bass Brain Freeze Rev. 15-17 30 Asher Bass Shauna McMickin Kent & Missy Nichols Rev. 18-20 31 Terry Kingsley New Year’s Eve Fellowship-whole congregation Rev. 21-22
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading December 1........................................2 Corinthians 1-4 December 2........................................2 Corinthians 5-9 December 3....................................2 Corinthians 10-13 December 4..............................................Galatians 1-3 December 5..............................................Galatians 4-6 December 6.............................................Ephesians 1-3 December 7.............................................Ephesians 4-6 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Katherine Mansel (Dec. 1), Trish Scribner (Dec. 1), Brenda Beckner (Dec. 3), Laura Bennett (Dec. 3), Laney McMillen (Dec. 3), Amanda Dickinson (Dec. 6), Linda Parker (Dec. 6), Michael Wilson (Dec. 6), Austin McMillen (Dec. 7). Anniversaries: Grady & Debbie Vines (Dec. 3), Doug & Mary Ann Wallace (Dec. 4), John & Hollie Bowlin (Dec. 6). Our Sick Carester Hallmark is in NMMC with breathing issues. Patricia Dillingham, Mary Ann Wallace’s cousin’s wife, is in NMMC. Susan Reed’s husband, Jerry, continues in the Columbus hospital. Continue to remember Brenda Lindley, Stephanie & Andy Bald- wyn, and Susan Reed’s mother-in-law who are recuperating from Covid. Hugh Scribner is recovering from the flu. 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 Righteous Desires Alex Blackwelder Above is our youth calendar for December. Please make every effort to be part of what you can this holiday season! We’ve just moved from a period of thanksgiving to the hope of Christmas presents (only if we’ve been nice ☺). Desires are an interesting thing, aren’t they? What might seem desirable to me may not seem desirable to you. Some desires can be good. New Year’s resolutions are founded on the desire to improve ourselves somehow. But sometimes, we can desire things that are not good for us. James 4:14-15 say, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” Sinful desires conceive the act of sin. If you think about something long enough, you’ll end up doing it. It says we’re lured by our own desires. Does that mean that I am the one who sabotages my relationship with God? Absolutely! The only person that will keep you out of Heaven is you. We need to make sure our decisions and desires are God honoring! I love you all! Please let me know if I can help you!
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lord’s Supper Roger Sanderson Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Ushers ..................Terry Kingsley & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Closing Prayer..................................... Dale Dulaney Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Sr. Saints’ Fellowship The Senior Saints are invited to the multipurpose room this 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. Parents of the Youth Parents, we are hosting the annual holiday luncheon for our senior saints in the multipurpose room this 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. Thanks! Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Opening Prayer ......................................... Joe Minor 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, 11-24-21 .................................................. 125 Sunday 1st Worship, 11-28-21 .................................. 173* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 172 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 108 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,941 *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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