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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 46 May 25, 2021 Number 19 East Main - Evangelism Efforts Personal evangelism is a work that we as a congregation are failing in. We are not alone though, as the church as a whole is failing in this area. We are losing 18,000 plus church members and well over 100 congregations each year. Obviously, what we are doing now is not working. The Bible is overflowing with verses telling us to be like Christ (1 Cor. 11:1; Jn. 13:15; 1 Jn. 2:6). To be a Christian carries the meaning to be like Christ. As we read our Bibles, we regularly come to verses that tell us to love our neighbors. Christ loved his neighbors. He was concerned about their wellbeing and because of the love and concern, he taught them the gospel. Luke 19:10 says that Jesus came to earth to seek and save the lost. To be like Christ, we should be doing the same. We say we love our neighbors, and we have the best news in the world but, do we just keep it to ourselves, or do we select who we will share it with? God has already made the decision as far as who we should share the gospel with which is everyone (Rom. 16:26; Jn. 4:42; Mt. 28:19). We are asked sometimes to, “step outside the box” or to “get out of our comfort zone,” this is one of those times the eldership along with Biblical authority is asking you to do just that. If East Main could make the statement, “we are not willing that anyone in our community be lost,” God would be well-pleased with the congregation. The elders decided a little over a year ago to resume East Main’s enrollment in House to House Heart to Heart. HTH is an eight-page evangelistic mailout filled with Bible based articles. At the present time, East Main is mailing HTH out monthly to 5000 addresses. But simply mailing out HTH to our community will not yield the desired results. Because of Covid, we have been delayed in starting some works that need to be added in conjunction with HTH to help it to be more effective in producing contacts. We are now ready to hit the resume button and start working to put these works in place. Our plan is simple-we plant, another waters, and God gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:6). It’s really a simple model. The difficult work is finding good soil. Here are some ways we are planning to find good soil or “create contacts.” New Movers Program: When someone new moves into the areas where we are sending HTH, first we will receive their name and address through a new movers list supplied monthly by HTH. Secondly, they receive a special new movers’ copy of HTH and a postcard with East Main’s schedule of services. HTH suggests that welcome baskets be made and delivered to the new movers on the monthly list. If you add a personal visit with a welcome basket, you will greatly increase its effectiveness. The monthly list of new movers amounts to an average of 25-30 families per month. --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-- New Mover Basket Assembly Team: The baskets can be ordered online. The cleaning supplies (30 of every item in the basket) needs to be purchased and delivered to the building. Bible tracts for the baskets need to be ordered. Magnets with East Main’s logo and schedule of service need to be ordered and delivered to the building. Baskets need to be put together so they will be ready for delivery. This will be a monthly event so several people will be needed to assure that the baskets will be ready for delivery each month. Delivery Team: The area where the baskets will be delivered is a large area so several teams will be needed for delivery. With just 2 teams each team would have to deliver 15 baskets each. So to lighten the load we will need several teams to deliver the baskets. Additional Greeters: We will need people assigned for a special emphasis on visitors, to greet visiting families and get some information from them. Contact Creator-Care Team: We have at this time a contact creator (card mailing group) in place. The contact list is primarily composed of local people who are potential prospects, new converts, or members. Normally these individuals are sick, need encouragement, or have lost a loved one. This is a work that every Christian can participate in. Contact List Team: Besides the New Movers’ Program, we also get a contact list that comes out every other month. On this list there are people that have requested study material or in home Bible study. Hand delivering these materials will give us a chance to engage these people. Wayward Member Team: This team will focus mainly on wayward members. They will watch for members that are showing signs of weakness and needs encouragement. Also, work trying to restore members that have left the congregation The eldership has a plan to reach souls and it requires a personal commitment to evangelism. Absolutely no Christian is exempt! Our abilities may vary, but our obligation to teach is steadfast. Think this week as to what part you will take in this work. We will have a meeting Sunday, May 30 to get organized. Jesus is still saying “follow me” (Lk. 5:27; Mt. 19:21; Lk. 5:27) today just as He asked many while on earth as He was establishing His kingdom. We need to fulfill our part in reaching out to the lost so we can all be true followers of Christ indeed. Mike Childers, Dennis Hallmark, Mark Hitt, Bobby Lindley
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading May 26 .......................................................Job 25-28 May 27 .......................................................Job 29-31 May 28 .......................................................Job 32-34 May 29 .......................................................Job 35-37 May 30 .......................................................Job 38-39 May 31 .......................................................Job 40-42 June 1 .......................................................Psalms 1-8 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Gail Geno (May 26), Katie Bates (May 28), Ryan Oliver (May 29). Anniversaries: Andy & Stephanie Baldwyn (May 29), Marlon & Gail Geno (May 30). Our Sick Shauna McMickin’s PET scan showed she is cancer free. She will, however, need to complete her chemo. James Simmons & Ashley Davis continue their cancer treatments. Shirley Lyons & Berta Kennedy’s brother, Ricky Britt, continue therapy after hip surgery. Harry Cowan is recuperating from having a pacemaker put in. Gene Collums, Jeff Collums’ father whom many know, is in NMMC. He fell several weeks ago, had hip surgery, and was undergoing therapy when they discovered a brain bleed. Lance Canerdy, Billy Hanna’s teenage son, has brain cancer. Billie McNutt’s great-grandson, James McNutt, is doing better. Prayers & cards have been requested for Andy Baldwyn’s mother, Stephanie Baldwyn. She has been ill for quite some time. Her address is P.O. Box 685, Mooreville, 38857. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Caroline Willis, Sean Koehn, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Veona Harris, Shirley McCarthy, Bob/Clara McClure, Brenda Dawson EMYG News The Senior Youth’s TGIF’s will be biweekly the months of June & July. If you can chaperone, please sign the list on the youth bulletin board. The Senior Youth will be involved in a WORKCAMP June 7-9. If you need yard work, painting, etc., please let Alex know. A trip to the ARK ENCOUNTER & CREATION MUSEUM has been planned for June 23-26. The cost is $100 for those age 10 & over and $80 for those under age 10. A sign-up sheet is on the youth bulletin board. Please sign ASAP. The deadline to sign is June 20. We’ll have a meeting soon with more info. Don’t forget that we will have BRAIN FREEZE every Wednesday night in the month of June following Bible study in the multipurpose room. Our week at MAYWOOD CHRISTIAN CAMP is July 18-24. Please go online and register now if you haven’t already at maywoodchristiancamp.com. Thank You Note To everyone at East Main Church of Christ: Words seem inadequate when you are trying to tell people “Thanks!!” for all the cards, visits & phone calls during our sad & lonely days. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless each & every one of us. With our love, Bill & Annie Martin
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, May 30, 2021 a.m. Announcements.............................. Dennis Hallmark Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Wade Bryan Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer...........................................Tim Davis Ushers ............................Robert Parker & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer......................................Larry Presley Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, June 2, 2021 Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Lead Singing.....................................Barry Kennedy The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the church office (842-6116) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 5-19-21 .................................................... 141 Sunday 1st Worship, 5-23-21 .................................... 155* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 163 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 121 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $9,755 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item......................................................Cereal Our Vacation Bible School is June 13th -16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. each night! We will have classes for all ages, including adults. Please come and invite others!

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