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East main informer, 9 29-20

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East main informer, 9 29-20

  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 September 29, 2020 Number 38 LEARNING TO COPE Barry Kennedy “Time is filled with swift transitions” are the words in the first verse of the song “Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand.” Those swift transitions will come (if they haven’t already) and try our faith. How do we cope with the hardships that befall us? It may not be the case that we ever “get over” some hardships, i.e. death of a loved one, etc., but there is hope to “get through” them and that is what learning to cope is all about. So how do we accomplish coping? First, “Build your hopes on things eternal.” It is easy to get overwhelmed in the affairs of this life if all of our focus is on this life alone. The church in Colossae was given this formula long before the above song was written. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:1-2). We cannot truly find peace looking to just another day here on this earth. “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19). When we learn to focus on the blessings beyond this life (i.e. eternal), then we can better appreciate the blessings of this life. It is up to us to build our hopes on things eternal and hold to God’s unchanging hand. Then, “Trust in Him who will not leave you.” Trust is a very valuable commodity. We give trust once and when it is broken, then it must be earned. With God there has never been any reason not to trust. Scripture teaches that God is more trustworthy than the word trustworthy itself. “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;” (Tit. 1:2). Therefore, we can trust what He says and find hope. “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” (Heb. 6:18-19). Knowing that God is with us brings a peace of mind that helps us to cope with whatever life has to offer. We just need to learn to hold to God’s unchanging hand. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). Finally, “When your journey is completed, If to God you have been true, Fair and bright the home in glory Your enraptured soul will view.” This final verse brings us to the point of it all. Life eventually comes to an end. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb. 9:27). Judgment is not to be feared if one is ever going to truly learn how to cope in this life. God has done His part to make our hope secure and to give our lives value. In His kingdom we all have a place and a value beyond measure. After all, Jesus died for every one of us (John 3:16; Hebrews 2:9). That level of love must be returned in kind; therefore, if God so loved us, we ought also to love Him and one another (1 John 4:11, 19). Knowing God is on our side is really all that we need to know in the process of learning to cope. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). He most certainly is for us, are we holing to God’s unchanging hand? h t t p : / / l i b r a r y . t i m e l e s s t r u t h s . o r g / m u s i c /Hold_to_Gods_Unchanging_Hand/ 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 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. 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. Wednesday Bible Classes This Wednesday, September 23, the elders have decided to resume Wednesday night Bible classes at 7:00 p.m. at the East Main building. We will NOT meet in the auditorium as a whole but go directly to our Bible classes so as not to congregate in the hallways. Barry Kennedy will teach an adult class in the auditorium. The young married class taught by Mark Hitt will meet in Room 10 (downstairs). Roger Sanderson & Tim Davis will teach the college class in their regular room upstairs. Alex Blackwelder will teach the 7th-12th grades in the big classroom upstairs. Several ladies (Missy Nichols, Ashley Davis, Kristie Webb, Renee Childers) will teach the 3- year-olds through 6th grade in the multipurpose room. Sherry Kingsley will teach the 2-year-olds and under in the nursery. Everyone will be dismissed to the parking lot following class. We are asking everyone school age and up to wear a mask, if possible. We are looking forward to being able to meet again in Wednesday for Bible class. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Hunter & Haley Underwood in the loss of their grandmother, Wilma Underwood, on Sept. 20. Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at 1:00 p.m. at Kessler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Pine Vale Fall Pantry Drive East Main will be collecting items for Pine Vale’s fall pantry drive for the next couple of weeks. They will send a truck by sometime during the week of October 19 to pick these items up. Our assigned items are: Batteries (AA or 9-volt) Salad dressing (Ranch/Thousand Island) Light bulbs (40w, 60w, 100w) Pine Vale Children’s Home would like to thank you for helping with the restocking of their panty and for all the ways you help support their children. Thank You Notes Dear Brethren, We thank our Heavenly Father for your fellowship in the soul saving work. The response from your preacher, elders, and members was uplifting. We look forward to partnering with you as you move forward to develop the evangelism principles you learned. We love you all and are praying for many souls to be saved. May God be glorified, and the borders of His Kingdom expanded. In His Service, Rob, Nicole, Hannah & Jared Whitacre ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Fellow Christians, We appreciate your continuing support for our work at World Evangelism. We continue to try to give the Christians overseas as much help as we can with TV, literature and the “Voice of Truth” magazine. We hope to see you next year and we pray that all of you will stay in good health. In Christian love, Jerry & Paula Bates John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany October 2020 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Dundee Donald Matthew 1-4 2 Lexie Dickinson Robert Parker Matthew 5-7 3 Matthew 8-9 4 Matthew 10-11 5 Glenda Barnette Matthew 12-13 6 Sandra Simmons Matthew 14-15 7 Matthew 16-17 8 Matthew 18-20 9 Ken Pearson Matthew 21-22 10 Jon & Ainsley Millard Matthew 23-24 11 Matthew 25-26 12 Tyler Barnette Beth Reed Matthew 27-28 13 Mark 1-3 14 Ian Reed Mark 4-5 15 Mark 6-7 16 Nancy Haywood Mark 8-9 17 Mary Ann Wallace Mark 10-11 18 Brenda Spearman Mark 12-13 19 Chad Willis Mark 14-16 20 Mary Robbins Bowlin Will Davis Luke 1 21 Judy & Pat Jones Luke 2-3 22 Luke 4-5 23 James Simmons Luke 6-7 24 Mark Gilliland Luke 8-9 25 Evelyn Willis David & Katie Bates Luke 10-11 26 Ethan Benefield Luke 12-13 27 Luke 14-16 28 Luke 17-18 29 Luke 19-21 30 Olivia Blansett James Burney Dean Webb Chad & Susan Willis Luke 22-23 31 Luke 24
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading 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 October 6..............................................Matthew 14-15 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Dundee Donald (Oct. 1), Lexie Dickinson (Oct. 2), Robert Parker (Oct. 2), Glenda Barnette (Oct. 5), Sandra Simmons (Oct. 6). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Jean Mounce came home from UAB yesterday. Andy Baldwyn will undergo rotator cuff surgery Oct. 14 in Germantown. Mary Lou Walden continues therapy at Cedars. Pete Barber & Jill Rice (Debbie Vines’ mother) continue at Sanctuary Hospice House. Brent, Codi & Liam Hallmark have tested positive for Covid-19. Linda Hand has developed cellulitis in her leg. Judy Bates has a fractured vertebra. Linda Bryan, Wade’s mother, had a PET scan to determine if a spot on her lung is cancer. Hazel Stutts, Missy Nichols’ 18-month great niece, is in UAB with a staph infection in her trachea. Brian Carver & Sean Koehn, former members of East Main, are both battling cancer. Brenda Dawson, Marlon Geno & Shirley Lyons’ cousin, is undergoing therapy at NMMC following surgery. Prayers have been requested for David Rushing, Pat Putt’s son, who will be undergoing surgery Thursday in Birmingham. On-Going Illnesses Steve Kelly, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Jennie Cox, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd, Steve Higginbotham, Tommy Goff, Betty Westmoreland Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News Room 10 Adult Class The adult class that normally meets in Room 10 on Sunday will resume their class this Sunday, Oct. 4 immediately after the 8:30 worship service in the multipurpose room. They will continue in the same book they were using when in person services were stopped in the middle of March due to the pandemic. Call Mike Ratliff if you have any questions.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading.......................................Britton Smith Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lord’s Supper Jalon Mansel Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer...................................... Kent Nichols Ushers .................................Tim Davis & Joe Minor 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. Bible Classes (streamed each week) Adult class................Jeff Mansel (Facebook/YouTube) Adult class.......... Barry Kennedy (Facebook/YouTube) College class.....Roger Sanderson/Tim Davis (Facebook) Young married class............................ Mark Hitt (Zoom) High School class ................... Alex Blackwelder (Zoom) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-23-20 .................................................. 115* Sunday 1st Worship, 9-27-20 ........................................ 30 Sunday Bible Class.................................................... N/A Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 147* Contribution (budget $7,900) .............................. $11,076 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item............................................ Canned fruit Mark Your Calendars! Fall Family Retreat – November 13th--14th Services will be livestreamed this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. if you do not feel safe attending the service in person.

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