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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 April 5, 2022 Number 14 GOING THE DISTANCE Barry Kennedy “I can’t go one more step.” “It is just too hard to keep fighting.” “I never was going to make it in the first place.” How depressing! What is going through the minds of people who are giving up too soon? Maybe the one reading this article is feeling the same way as those previous statements indicate. What, or who is behind such defeatism? Clearly, context must be established to give an answer that is most accurate to the scenario. Maybe the reader’s mind was focused upon athletics. See the runner who is physically exhausted saying “I can’t go one more step” and yet, the finish line is just inches away. He fails to see that he has passed all the other runners, or maybe, all the other runners passed him. Either way, he is defeating himself, because he is not going the distance. Maybe the readers mind went to a boxing match, and one of the prizefighters is telling himself “It is just too hard to keep fighting.” In the heat of battle, he doesn't realize that just one more accurately placed blow will render his opponent unconscious. Maybe, he doesn't hear his corner saying, “There are only 20 seconds left till the bell!” He will have a breather, get a drink to rehydrate his body, receive medical attention for his cuts, and guidance from his coach. In combat sports, going the distance is often just as much of a victory as having one’s hand raised as the winner. The last statement must be the most depressing of all. “I was never going to make it in the first place” comes from one who gave up before he ever started. None of these dispositions are becoming of a true New Testament Christian. This is not because Christians are genetically superior to anyone else, it is because of the relationship Christians have with God. God’s Word encourages us to go the distance. John was told to write “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Jesus Himself admonishes His disciple to go the distance, even in the face of death, and He promises eternal life. There are many examples of those who “went the distance” without wavering. Consider Stephen, whose last moments on the earth were spent proclaiming the message of Christ. This truthful sermon brought him to an early death at the hands of lawless men (Acts 7). His stead- --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-- fastness was exemplified in his final words, “Lord lay not this sin to their charge” (Acts 7:60). As Stephen lay dying, Saul of Tarsus held the coats of them that stoned Stephen, giving consent to that awful deed (Acts 8:1). We must, however, make sure that we are going the distance in the right direction. Saul of Tarsus is a great example of one who was willing to go the distance, first in the wrong direction, but later in the right direction. As noted earlier in Acts 8, Saul was willing to give consent to the stoning of the gospel preacher Stephen. His conviction to the Pharisee’s version of the Old Law was so strong that he was willing to imprison men and women for faithfulness to Christ (Acts 8:3). In fact, Paul would say, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1). He went “all out” trying to stamp out the people of “this way” (Acts 9:2). However, when Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, there was a change of direction that would follow Paul the apostle to the grave. When Ananias baptized Paul into Christ, he never looked back (Acts 22:16; cf Phil. 3:13-14). The proof that Paul “went the distance” is shown in his farewell to Timothy. “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Tim. 4:6–8). Are we ready to go the distance for Christ (1Cor. 15:58)? ~~~~~~~~~~~ Wedding Gift Table A table will be set up in the foyer for Chet Wilson & Mallory Hardy until April 17 if you would like to leave them a wedding gift. They will be married in TN in May. They are registered at Amazon, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Also, Home Depot gift cards are welcomed. Chet is the son of Michael & Christine Wilson. Youth Egg Hunt The youth age 6th grade and down are invited to the multipurpose room on Saturday, Apr. 16 from 9:00- 11:00 am for an egg hunt and other activities. Please sign the food list posted on the bulletin board across from the library and bring a dozen plastic eggs filled with candy and a basket to hunt with. Ladies’ Monthly Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held on Thursday, Apr. 14 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the multipurpose room. All the ladies of the congregation, young and old, are invited. 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 & sign cards is welcomed. Area Youth Meeting The Area Wide Youth Meeting will be held this Sunday, Apr. 10 at Fulton beginning at 5:00 pm. Meet at the building at 4:00 pm if you plan to ride the bus. “7th Week Squad” Retreat at Maywood The “7th Week Squad” Retreat at Maywood is scheduled for April 22-24 for those in 7th grade through college. The cost is $40 per person. If you plan to attend, please sign the list posted on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom. Alex will be ordering some t-shirts he has designed with the summer 2022 youth group logo on it. If you would like to order one, please sign the list posted on the youth bulletin board across from the ladies’ bathroom.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading April 6.................................................1 Kings 15-16 April 7.................................................1 Kings 17-19 April 8.................................................1 Kings 20-22 April 9.....................................................2 Kings 1-3 April 10...................................................2 Kings 4-8 April 11.................................................2 Kings 9-12 April 12...............................................2 Kings 13-17 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Kim Johnson (Apr. 6), Ayzleigh Bass (Apr. 7), Ginny Berryhill (Apr. 7), Kylee Steward (Apr. 7), Susan Reed (Apr. 8), Jalon Mansel (Apr. 9), Daniel Morton (Apr. 9), Emily Williams (Apr. 9), Larry Bates (Apr. 11), Scott Childers (Apr. 12). Anniversaries: Russell & Norma Deaton (Apr. 10). Our Sick Ken Pearson is home recuperating from heart valve replacement surgery last week. Dennis Hallmark was home Sunday with a kidney infection. Steve Kelly got good results from his thyroid biopsy. Stella Pittman, Star Ray’s mom & Barbara Wright’s sister, continues at The Meadows in Fulton for therapy. Berta Kennedy’s cousin, Gerald Tutor, continues physical therapy at NMMC. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Annie Martin, Bettye Davis, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Adam McCurley, Sheba Tuggers, Larry Kennedy, Brian Carver, Lacy Plaxico, Roy & Daisy King, Michelle Maclean, Freida Gardner, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Donny Dulaney Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure EMYG News 1. The April monthly devo will be hosted by Mike and Renee Childers at their home this Saturday, April 9 at 6:00 pm. Please see Renee for what to bring. 2. On the 16th, we will have our Easter Egg Hunt here at the church building. If you want to help in any way, let Alex know by this coming Sunday (10th). 3. There is a sign-up sheet on the youth board for those who will be attending the 7th Week Squad Retreat. The church bus will be available if you want to ride to Maywood in it. Just let Alex know or put BUS next to your name when you sign up. The cost is $40 per person. As always, if I can help in any way, please let me know. I love you. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, April 10, 2022 a.m. Announcements................................Michael Wilson Bible Reading.........................................Mike Ratliff Opening Prayer .........................................Tim Davis Lord’s Supper Jake Kennedy Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Closing Prayer................................Jimmy Spearman Ushers ..................Roger Sanderson & Jalon Mansel Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Opening Prayer ..................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols 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, 3-30-22 ................................................... N/A Sunday 1st Worship, 4-3-22 ...................................... 169* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 188 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 132 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,177 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter Our Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 12th -15th from 6:30-8:00 pm! There will be classes for all ages including adults.

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