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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 44 September 17, 2019 Number 36 WHY ARE WE STILL HAVING GOSPEL MEETINGS? Barry Kennedy Sunday is the first day of our gospel meeting with Scott Cain. Scott comes to us with the same commitment as the apostle Paul who was not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). This is a great opportunity to hear and to invite others to hear the gospel of Christ. However, with all the chaos of our “rat race” world, “Why are we still having gospel meetings?” Because souls are still lost. From the very beginning of time, man has made mistakes. In the garden Eve made the mistake of listening to the serpent instead of God (Gen 3). The end result of the mistake made in the garden was being cast out of the garden, away from the tree of life. Why? Because sin separates man from the Almighty. “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). God is the very definition of sinless perfection; therefore, He cannot allow sin to be in His presence. When man was created, God made him to be in a close relationship with his Creator, but when temptation reared its ugly head, Adam and Eve succumb to its appeal and were lost. Man has been giving in to the pleasures of sin ever since (Romans 3:23). This is the very reason Christ came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). The gospel (i.e. the death burial, and resurrection 1Corinthians 15:1-4), always has been, and always will be, the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Clearly sin is still in this world, and clearly mankind is still succumbing to its allurement, therefore, souls are still lost. That is why we are having a gospel meeting. Do you know some lost person who needs the gospel? Because the church still needs encouraging. Christianity is supposed to be a lifestyle. God’s plan for Christianity is to be a continual commitment, not just a one-time act. One becomes a Christian when he is baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), based upon his belief in Christ (John 8:24; 3:16), repentance of sins (Acts 17:30), and confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Romans 10:10; Acts 8:37). Part of the conversion process is the fact that we are raised to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). The Christian walk is the greatest life one can live, but it can be a very challenging lifestyle. It requires a great deal of vigilance because of the nature of our enemy. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a --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 PREACHER Barry Kennedy ... (931)787-7108 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 Classes............. 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. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 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-- roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). One must never forget how good Satan is at his job. In fact, Satan was bold enough to stand face to face against Jesus Himself (Matt. 4). If he was that bold (and he is), it is imperative that we see the need to be encouraged to maintain our faithfulness. The vast majority of the New Testament takes on the daunting task of helping the child of God to maintain faithfulness. For example, Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). Interestingly enough, this verse follows the words “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). Yes, we can have the victory over sin’s sting of death, through the gospel of our Lord Jesus the Christ. However, we must consider that the victory is not complete until we hear Him say, “well done thou good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21). That is why we are having a gospel meeting to “consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Do you, or someone you know, need encouraging? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pine Vale’s Fall Pantry Drive East Main will be collecting items for Pine Vale’s fall pantry drive. They will be sending a truck sometime in October to pick these items up. Our assigned items are: Toilet Cleaner Spaghetti sauce (NO glass jars) Disposable plates/cups Thanks so much for your help! Baptism Haley Underwood was baptized into Christ this Saturday, Sept. 14. We are so proud of Haley in her decision to become a child of God. Haley is the daughter of Chevela Underwood. Be sure to congratulate her! Sympathy Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of our sister Laverne Raper who passed from this life early Tuesday morning, Sept. 17. Thank You Note Thank you all for the most beautiful spray of flowers you sent for mom’s service. Also, for all the prayers, cards and calls the last few months. I am so thankful and very blessed because of all of you. Much love and appreciation, Debbie & Melvin Upcoming Gospel Meetings The Antioch congregation in Blue Springs will be hosting a Gospel Meeting September 29-October 2 with Reed Swindle speaking Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and Monday- Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Amory congregation will host a Gospel Meeting October 6-9 with David Lipe speaking at 1:00 p.m. Sunday and at 7:00 p.m. Mon.-Wed. Response Sarah Phillips responded to heaven’s invitation this Sunday morning confessing things amiss in her life and asking for prayers of forgiveness. We commend Sarah in her desire to live pleasing to God. Family First Fellowship Our next Family First Fellowship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 8:15-8:45 a.m. in the multi- purpose room before worship services. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy a short period of fellowship with your brothers/sisters in Christ. John Duke stationed in Long Beach, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 18................................................Micah 6-7 September 19.....................................................Nahum September 20................................................Habakkuk September 21................................................Zephaniah September 22.....................................................Haggai September 23.......................................... Zechariah 1-2 September 24.......................................... Zechariah 3-4 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Andy Baldwyn (Sept. 20), Maggie Simineau (Sept. 22), Derik Rushing (Sept. 23), Tate Malone (Sept. 24). Anniversaries: Barry & Berta Kennedy (Sept. 20). Our Sick Pete Barber had fluid drawn off his lungs again on Monday at NMMC. Dundee Donald was able to be here Sunday following surgery. Hannon Ray will undergo surgery on the bulging discs in his neck Oct. 4. Evelyn Willis is at the Meadows in Fulton in room 116 (Hummingbird Lane). Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, and Ann Letteri, Sandra Simmons’ sister, continue hospice. Brenda Williams, Dundee Donald’s mother, is having some health issues. Andie Cooper, Christine Wilson’s sister-in-law, is having some heart issues. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, Bretta Robinson, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Aspen White, Ezra Golman, Sheba Tuggers, Ruby Clark, Homer Smith, Don Blackwell Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris, James Nichols Sr. Youth Devotional The next Sr. Youth Devotional will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the pavilion at Veterans Park. We’ll begin around 4:00 p.m. More details and a food sign-up list will be posted soon! Our guest speaker will be Caleb Martin. Mark your calendar and invite your friends! East Main Family Retreat Mark your calendar for East Main’s family retreat November 1 and 2 at Maywood Christian Camp. Reed Swindle will be presenting several lessons. We will be posting a sign-up list soon! Gospel Meeting Notes ➢ Our services THIS Sunday, Sept. 22 will be: Worship at 10 a.m., Bible class at 11:15 a.m., 2nd Worship at 2 p.m. ➢ We will have a potluck meal this Sunday about 12:15 p.m. in the multipurpose room for the whole congregation. (75 students from Freed-Hardeman University will also be joining us that day, so please stay and bring extra food!) ➢ There will be a combined auditorium class on Sunday for all adults and 7th -12th grade classes. ➢ Services Monday-Wednesday will be held at 7 p.m. each night. ➢ There will be potluck meals in the multipurpose room each weeknight at 6 p.m. and hosted by the Sunday adult classes— Monday—auditorium class; Tuesday— Room 10 class; Wednesday—Multipurpose room class. ➢ There are flyers on the table in the foyer for you to take and invite others. Outreach Item for September: Diapers
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.............................................Ian Willis Opening Prayer ............................... Robert Kingsley Lord’s Supper Bobby Joe Lindley & Chad Willis Serve Congregation, East Side: David Bates, Stuart Childers, Jake Kennedy Serve Congregation, West Side: Shawn Mounce, John Mounce, Sam Hood Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer...................................... Paul Blansett Ushers ................. Rodney Voyles & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer....................................Hugh Scribner Lead Singing....................................James Simmons Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Prayer.................................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing..............................................Mark Hitt Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters ..............................Greg & Tammy Hughes .........................Michael & Christine Wilson Prepare Lord’s Supper—September .................Patsy Nichols Nursery............................. Tracy Lyle & Logan Lyle Pantry........................................................ Dry beans Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-11-19..............................................144 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-15-19 ...............................187 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................191 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................189 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$8,397

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