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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 August 2, 2022 Number 30 Keep Looking Up Barry Kennedy Some of you may recall a show on PBS years ago called “Star Gazer.” It was hosted by an astronomer named Jack Horkheimer. He would discuss matters pertaining to the stars and planets in our solar system. He always displayed a high level of excitement discussing the grandeur of outer space! He would always close his segments with the phrase, “Keep Looking Up!” As fascinating as it is to investigate the heavens and see the glory of God’s handywork, we would do well to keep looking up to see beyond the here and now and to focus on Who is behind it all (Psalm 19:1)! Looking up at the stars we often find ourselves trying to see the constellations. You know, a few stars in succession that make out some sort of image, i.e., the big dipper, Orion’s belt, etc. With that in mind, we need to keep looking up and to help in that endeavor consider the three words in the above title. 1. “Keep” can mean to protect, or to build some sort of fortification. It also, denotes holding on to someone or something. Both imply doing so continually. God’s people are encouraged to have what has been called “stick- to-it-ness!” Stay the course, keep on keeping on, etc. Paul wrote to the church in Galatia encouraging them to not grow “weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). Well doing involves a strong prayer life. “And He spake this parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). A strong prayer life must be something we keep (1 Thess. 5:17). Endeavor to keep, and we can keep looking up! 2. “Looking” denotes an idea of searching. That reminds us of the words of Jesus from His sermon on the mount. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). Are we constantly seeking Him in all that we do? Many might say, “of course not!” It does seem nigh impossible, right? After all, why should we? Jesus forsook all for you and me! That is love on the highest level. Many are looking for love, happiness, gain, and peace but all those are only found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Endeavor to keep looking, and we can keep looking up! 3. “Up” implies direction! Often, when we think of Heaven, we find ourselves focusing our attention upward. The very opposite is true when one --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 (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-- considers Hell! God’s Word makes it clear that He has prepared two vastly different places for eternity (Matthew 25:34, 41). Jesus made it clear that He was leaving this world to go and prepare a place for His faithful (John 14:1-6). Luke records the Lord’s departure from the presence of His apostles (Acts 1:9). What did they see? They witnessed Him being taken up in a cloud. Their focus, just like ours today, must always be on God! We must develop that longing to be where He is, with all our being. If that desire is there, we will always keep looking up! God’s eyes are ever looking down on us (Proverbs 15:3). Let us put forth every effort to return that love and keep looking up! ~~~~~~~ Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Lexie Dickinson, bride-elect of Peyton Chism this Sunday, Aug. 7 from 2-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Lexie & Peyton are registered at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Square Gift Company in Fulton. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Norma Deaton in the loss of her sister, Wanda Cone, on July 30 in Mobile, AL. A memorial service will be held in Opp, AL. Wanda was also the aunt of Jean Mounce and Leigh Bland. 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. Pack the Backpacks The Community Outreach Program would like to thank the elders and each member who provided supplies for the backpacks!! It was a great success! Also, thanks to ALL those who helped pack and distribute the backpacks to the schools!! Alex Tucker Leaving Sunday Alex Tucker will be leaving us this Sunday, Aug. 7 to finish his senior year at Freed-Hardeman University. We have thoroughly enjoyed having him over the summer to work with Alex Blackwelder and the youth. We wish him Godspeed! In conjunction with this, we plan to have a fellowship in the multipurpose room this Sunday from 5:00-8:00 pm. There is a food sign up list posted in the foyer under the TV monitor for the meal and plans are to have some games afterwards where each elder will be responsible for a team. We hope everyone will be able to come! Ladies’ Fellowship The next monthly ladies’ fellowship will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room. Berta Kennedy will be teaching the devotional thought. All the ladies are invited! 40s & 50s Fellowship The next 40s and 50s fellowship will be held on Friday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Please bring finger foods and games. Our Fall Gospel Meeting Our fall Gospel Meeting will be held October 2nd -5th (Sunday- Wednesday) with Allen Webster speaking. Mark your calendars and plan to attend every service!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 3..............................................Jeremiah 7-10 August 4............................................Jeremiah 11-15 August 5............................................Jeremiah 16-20 August 6............................................Jeremiah 21-25 August 7............................................Jeremiah 26-29 August 8............................................Jeremiah 30-31 August 9............................................Jeremiah 32-33 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Jeff Mansel (Aug. 4), John Ezra Lindley (Aug. 6). Anniversaries: Rommie & Annie Dilworth (Aug. 3), Greg & Tracy Lyle (Aug. 3), Danny & Barbara Wright (Aug. 8). Our Sick Debbie Duke started her chemo Monday. Greg Hughes was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. Bob Smith is home from the hospital but very weak. Betty Long continues her therapy at Cedars, Room 712. Bettye Davis and Bill & Annie Martin are home with Covid. Beth Reed & baby Ellis are home from the hospital and doing well. Brian Carver will undergo cancer removal surgery again on Aug. 9. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Michelle Maclean, Linda Butler, Pam Gassaway, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blackmarr, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Don’t forge to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News I can’t believe the summer is over already. This summer I’ve had the chance to grow spiritually not only with myself but to help the young people of this congregation as well. Through the experiences I’ve had, the memories of camp, all the TGIF devos, and just spending time together, I’ve seen the love that this youth group has for God. I’ve seen how they push one another to be better Christians each and every day and the support they give each other helps them stand tall in times of trial. This summer I have felt welcomed into the family here at East Main. Getting to create relationships that have helped me grow and sharpen the skills I will need to become a successful youth minister of my own have been very encourage- ing this summer. I see the bright future this congregation has and know how proud you should be of your young people. This summer I have been proud to be part of the family at East Main and work with the elders, Alex Blackwelder, and brother Barry Kennedy. Working with them has been a true joy and has helped me to grow into the spiritual leader I need to be. I will miss all of you very much as I return to Freed Hardeman to continue my education, my prayers are with you always. In Christian love, Alex Tucker
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022 a.m. Announcements.............................Alex Blackwelder Bible Reading....................................... Kent Nichols Opening Prayer ..................................... Wade Bryan Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ....................................Larry Presley Closing Prayer................................... Stuart Childers Lead Singing.........................................Wesley Bass Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 7-27-22 .................................................... 118 Sunday 1st Worship, 7-31-22 ...................................... 150 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 143 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 137 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $9,478 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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