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  1. 1. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 46 September 28, 2021 Number 37 GOD’S WORD AND THE WORLD TODAY Barry Kennedy John Quincy Adams said: “I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year. My custom is to read four or five chapters every morning immediately after rising from my bed. It employs about an hour of my time and seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.” No doubt, God’s people see the true blessing that comes from having the divinely inspired Word of God in hand. Look at the state of the world who have rejected the word of God. Media tells us that hatred, envy, disregard for human life, immorality, theft, (and the list goes on and on) runs rampant in this great country. Why? Why has America digressed so far from the desire to be “One Nation Under God?” Could it be because there is a famine of the Word within our borders as well as our hearts? The Prophet Amos recorded how Israel found themselves in a similar state. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” (Amos 8:11). We are not without opportunity to hear the Word of the Lord here in the United States of America. Bibles can be purchased, borrowed, and even downloaded for free. Anyone reading this who does not have a copy of God’s Word, feel free to use the contact information on the cover of this bulletin, and we will make sure you get one. The only reason anyone in America today is suffering from a famine of hearing the Word of God is because we choose not to hear it. Sadly, many of our fellow citizens have decided to follow the pleasures of sin, instead of being like Moses, who was willing to suffer afflictions with God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-25). What is the motivation? Pleasure is a powerful motive that Satan is always ready to use against God’s people. The Serpent tempted Eve with the pleasure of eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3). Satan told God that Job only served because of his wealth and health (Job 1-2). The wealthy young man forsook eternal life (the very thing he asked Jesus to receive) because he was not willing to forsake his riches (Matthew 19:16-22). On the other hand, Moses was motivated by his faith in God. Moses held to the eternal, understanding that the pleasures of sin are only temporal. Maybe it is not as bad as many believe? As long as the world exists there will always be a force of evil, that seeks to demoralize, and destroy all that is good and holy. Maybe we need to be spending a lot more time listening to the Word of God, more so than the woes of media. After all, faith (i.e. the saving faith that involves trusting in God) comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). We need God’s Word in our hearts, our homes, and the world today as much as ever! God has done His part, what are we going to do with His Word right now in this world? 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 2— will be lost if he is not baptized, then his faith in God’s plan is lacking. In the Bible, only sinners are told to be baptized (Acts 2:36-38; 22:16), and one who is baptized just to please parents, spouses, in- laws, or friends has not been scripturally baptized. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by true repentance. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). A person who is unwilling to change his lifestyle (repent) might as well not be baptized, because it would not do him any good. If one does not intend to quit drinking, cursing, smoking, committing adultery, or lying, why be baptized? It just makes a mockery of a sacred practice. Baptism does not do any good if it is not preceded by a biblical confession. “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:36-37). Most religious people in our world do not make this confession at their baptism. Many say something like, “I believe that God for Christ's sake has forgiven my sins.” Where is this found in the Bible? It is not! God said that He forgives sins at baptism (Acts 22:16), not before. If one does not make a scriptural confession prior to baptism, he has not been scripturally baptized. Baptism does not do any good if it is not an immersion. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death . . .” (Romans 6:4). Many advocate that one can be baptized by sprinkling, pouring, OR immersion. The Bible does not give such options but calls bap-tism a “burial” (Colossians 2:12) and shows that it requires going down into the water (Acts 8:38). The word baptism literally means “to dip, plunge, or submerge.” If one was not immersed, then his “baptism” did not do any good. Baptism does not do any good if it is not followed by faithful Christian living. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42). Occasionally, a person is baptized and never darkens the building’s door again. Some come for a time but then fall away. Others may continue to attend services, but their lives mirror the world instead of the image of Christ (cf. Romans 12:1-2). In each of these cases, baptism did not really do any good because ultimately (without repentance) they will be lost. There is a record of some who were baptized incorrectly in God’s book (Acts 19:1-6). They were told to be baptized again—correctly. Why not do so if you need to? Eternity awaits your decision. Baptism will do you good! Ladies’ Day The Forest Hill congregation in Memphis is hosting a ladies’ day this Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. with Melissa Cain speaking on the topic “Draw Me Nearer.” RSVP to office@foresthillcofc.org. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Ken Pearson in the loss of his aunt, June Pearson Franks, on Sept. 17. She was also a cousin to at least 25 members here at East Main. Funeral services will be held Sept. 22 in Kosciusko. Barry Kennedy’s niece, Taylor Ely, lost her newborn son shortly after giving birth on Saturday in AL. Our condolences to Tammy Minor and Stephanie Baldwyn in the loss of their cousin, Pat Stone, on Sept. 17. Funeral services were held Sept. 20 in Fulton. Maggie Minor’s good friend, Lindsey Cockrell, lost her father, Christopher, on Sept. 16 from post covid pneumonia. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Logan Lyle, bride elect of Reed Mallard, on Sunday, Oct. 3 “come & go” from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Logan & Reed are registered at Belk, Reed’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Thank You Note Dear church family, Thank you for your concern while I was recovering from surgery. I appreciate the texts, cards and offers of food. Most of all thank you for your prayers. In Christian love, Kathryn McKee October 2021 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Dundee Donald Sr. Youth--TGIF Matthew 1-4 2 Lexie Dickinson Robert Parker Matthew 5-7 3 Logan Lyle Bridal Shower Matthew 8-9 4 Matthew 10-11 5 Glenda Barnett Jase Mansel Matthew 12-13 6 Sandra Simmons Brain Freeze Matthew 14-15 7 Matthew 16-17 8 Matthew 18-20 9 Ken Pearson Jr. Youth— Burgers & Bikes @ 4:30 pm Matthew 21-22 10 Area Wide Youth Meeting @ Antioch 5:00 p.m. Matthew 23-24 11 Matthew 25-26 12 Tyler Barnette Beth Reed Matthew 27-28 13 Brain Freeze Mark 1-3 14 Ian Reed Ladies’ fellowship Mark 4-5 15 Mark 6-7 16 Nancy Haywood Mark 8-9 17 Mary Ann Wallace Sr. Youth Devo. @ Childers’ house Mark 10-11 18 Brenda Spearman Mark 12-13 19 Chad Willis Mark 14-16 20 Mary Robbins Bowlin Will Davis Brain Freeze Luke 1 21 Judy & Pat Jones Luke 2-3 22 Luke 4-5 23 James Simmons Luke 6-7 24 Mark Gilliland Olivia Blansett Bridal Shower Luke 8-9 25 David & Katie Bates Luke 10-11 26 Ethan Benefield Luke 12-13 27 Brain Freeze Luke 14-16 28 Cooper Blansett Luke 17-18 29 Sr. Youth—TGIF Luke 19-21 30 Olivia Blansett James Burney Dean Webb Chad & Susan Willis Luke 22-23 31 Youth Led Service Luke 24 Youth—Six Flags
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 29 ................................................ Malachi 1-2 September 30 ................................................ Malachi 3-4 October 1...................................................... Matthew 1-4 October 2...................................................... Matthew 5-7 October 3...................................................... Matthew 8-9 October 4.................................................. Matthew 10-11 October 5.................................................. Matthew 12-13 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Joyce Burney (Sept. 29), Keisha Gholston (Sept. 29), Dundee Donald (Oct. 1), Lexie Dickinson (Oct. 2), Robert Parker (Oct. 2), Glenda Barnette (Oct. 5), Jase Mansel (Oct. 5). Anniversaries: None this week. *Forgot Tanya Pannell’s birthday (Oct. 26) last week. Our Sick James Simmons is in room 206 at NMMC following surgery. Gail Geno & Maggie Simineau are home with broken bones. Twinette Wallace is suffering with Trigeminal Neuralgia&is to see her doctor Nov.2. Susan Reed will see a kidney specialist Oct. 7. Willie Topp’s brother-in-law, Willie Bob Gates, continues in NMMC with Covid. Sarai Lindley has tested positive for Covid. Scarlett Wyatt, a young girl at Crossville, has scarlet fever. Glenda Barnette has another melanoma on her back. Barbara Bishop has fell after back surgery and isn’t getting around well at all. Donny McKay’s mother, Blanche Chamblee, isn’t very weak following Covid. Lori Blansett’s father, Larry Cobb, is not doing well. Debbie McCoy, Roger Sanderson’s cousin, has been di- agnosed with cancer. Please keep these in your prayers! On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Steve Higginbotham, Shauna McMickin, Stella Pittman, April & Olivia Pounders Nursing Homes Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure, Brenda Dawson Sympathy Mary Lou Walden’s sister-in-law, Kathryn Walden, passed away. Her funeral services were held Sept. 24. EMYG News Hello East Main Family! I’m super excited about what’s happening during October. Below is the calendar. PLEASE be involved & bring friends. Lots of time & work go into making the youth & family program what it is, but it can’t happen without your involvement. Here’s what to expect in October: (The numbers indicate the date). 1 T.G.I.F. for our Senior youth. This is such a great evangelistic opportunity God has given us each time we plan it. Please have your senior kids be part of this fun & great opportunity to grow in faith (9:00pm-12:00am). 2 Singing at Mayfield church of Christ. This coming Saturday from 6:00-8:00pm, we will worship in song with our spiritual brothers & sisters at the Mayfield congregation. If you need a ride, meet at the building at 5:40pm & we will arrive back at around 8:30pm. 6 Brain Freeze after Wednesday Bible Class. If you like fellowship & ice cream, come to the multipurpose room after class and enjoy this “sweet” fellowship! 9 Junior Youth Burgers & Bikes. For several months we have been trying to do this, but weather made it impossi- ble. This time, we’re going to try to make it happen. Meet at the building at 4:30pm. Come ready to rock out with some tasty burgers & roll on your favorite bicycle! 10 Area Youth Meeting. Meet at the building at 4:15pm to ride to Antioch.We’ll be back around 8:00pm. 13 Brain Freeze after Wednesday Bible Class. If you like fellowship & ice cream, come to the multipurpose room after class and enjoy this “sweet” fellowship! 17 Senior Youth Monthly Devo. This month, our hosts are the Childers. Our physical meal will be BBQ nachos. GIRLS: bring a dessert. BOYS: bring drinks & plain tortilla chips. For our spiritual meal, Jake Donald will lead singing & Mr. Mike will provide our devotional thought. The address is: 172 Drive 1139, Mooreville. Meet there at 5:00pm 20 Brain Freeze after Wednesday Bible Class. If you like fellowship & ice cream, come to the multipurpose room after class and enjoy this “sweet” fellowship! 22-23 SIX FLAGS TRIP!!!!! I hope you’re excited about this one! I know I am. I will provide the itinerary for the trip & post it on the youth board soon. We’ll be going to the one over GA. The cost is $50.00 PER person. The $50.00 covers your hotel & admission into 6 Flags. You will also need money for eating out 3 times. Bring a mask just in case they are required in some places. Families welcomed! 27 Brain Freeze after Wednesday Bible Class. If you like fellowship & ice cream, come to the multipurpose room after class and enjoy this “sweet” fellowship! 29 T.G.I.F. for our Senior youth. This is such a great evangelistic opportunity God has given us each time we plan it. Please have your senior kids be part of this fun & great opportunity to grow in faith (9:00pm-12:00am). 30 Fall Festival & Costume Competition. Come to the building at 5:00pm dressed up for an evening of fun food, games&competition!“May the odds be ever in your favor!” 31 Youth Led Worship The young men will lead our hearts &minds closer to God as we worship Him in Spirit &in truth.
  4. 4. Bridal Shower A bridal shower will be held in honor of Logan Lyle, bride elect of Reed Mallard, this Sun., Oct. 3 “come & go” from 2:00-3:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Logan & Reed are registered at Belk, Reed’s, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Congratulations Congratulations to Sky & Jennifer Ray in the birth of their son, Levi Hannon, on Sept. 22. He weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Hannon & Star are the proud grandparents. Mother & baby are doing well. Singing The Mayfield congregation in Saltillo is hosting a congregational singing this Saturday, Oct. 2 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at their building. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 a.m. Announcements...................................Mike Childers Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lord’s Supper Eddie Simmons Lead Singing.......................................... Nic Nichols Closing Prayer...................................... Paul Blansett Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ..............................Dennis Hallmark Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Opening Prayer ................................... Dale Dulaney Lead Singing........................................ Greg Hughes The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact the Ricky Lindsey (255-8136) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-22-21 .................................................... 138 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-26-21 .................................... 160* Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 166 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 125 Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $6,761 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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