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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Vol. 47 September 13, 2022 Number 36 FRIENDSHIP Barry Kennedy Friendship is one of those blessings that many take for granted until they lose it. That brings to mind the old saying, “Give me my flowers while I am living.” Far too often we wait until it is too late to let one another know exactly how we feel, or we fail to take advantage of opportunities to help one another. There are many examples of friendships recorded in the pages of God’s Word. From David with Jonathan to Jesus with John, the Bible emphasizes how God expects man to establish and maintain good friendships with one another, and with God Himself. So, what is friendship in God’s eyes, how do we establish it, and how do we maintain it? What is friendship in God’s Eyes? The English word friendship is found only two times in the King James Version (Proverbs 22:24; James 4:4). The American Standard Version of 1901 has the word five times (Job 29:4; Psalm 25:14; Proverbs 3:32; 22:24; and James 4:4). It is very interesting to note that the KJV translators went with the word secrete instead of friendship in (Job 29:4; Psalm 25:14; and Proverbs 3:32). Just taking their difference at face value might cause one to be somewhat puzzled. It is not puzzling if you consider best friends keeps secretes the best. True friendship is not based upon what we can get from someone else, but what we can give. Luke recorded how Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Friendship is helpful. Many think that being a friend is just making people feel good, but true friends tell us what we need to hear. There will never be a better friend than Jesus (John 15:13), but He didn't always make people feel good. One of the many examples of this is His meeting with a “certain ruler” (Luke 18:18-25). This man came to Jesus asking about eternal life, but he didn't like the friendly message Jesus gave him. “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” (Luke 8:22). Luke went on to record how that the ruler went away sorrowful because he was very wealthy (Luke 18:23). Jesus told the ruler what he needed to hear, but it clearly was not what the man wanted. True friendship will never compromise the spiritual well-being to maintain physical relationships. How do we maintain true friendship? Anyone who owns a car, a home, or any other big-ticket item of the like, understands the need for maintenance. We --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 ....... 706-1888 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— change oil, check the tires, etc. on our vehicles, and don’t get me started on the home maintenance, all to keep things running at peak performance. Maintaining friendship is no different. We get out of it what we put into it. The Bible says, “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). We have no control over what anyone else may do or how they may feel about us. We do, however, have control over what we do. Think about it. Jesus does not force us to be His friend, but He willingly extends His hand of friendship to you and me. We previously noted that He gave His life for His friends (John 15:13) and in the very next verse He said, “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you” (Luke 15:14). How do we maintain true friendship? Get self out of the way. “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.” A beautiful song, but can the Lord sing, “What a friend I have in (Your Name) all My words he’ll hear and do, what faithful way he serves Me, brings light to others too?” True friendship is a blessing both to the giver and receiver, Let’s all practice true friendship today. ~~~~~~~~ Church Directory Update We are updating our church directory! If you have started coming to East Main since the last directory, need an updated picture, have had an address change, phone number change, new births or weddings, please text or email this new information to Jean Mounce at 662-491-0362 or njm563@bellsouth.net OR Renee Childers at 662-401-7328 or renchilders@yahoo.com. If you do not have access to either of these and would like a new picture, please see Jean Mounce for that. Thanks. 40s and 50s Fellowship The 40s and 50s bi-monthly fellowship will be held this Sunday, Sept. 18 in the multipurpose room at 6:00 pm. Please bring finger foods. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Earline Dickerson who passed away Sept. 10 at the age of 90. Funeral services were held at Pegues on Sept. 12. Mrs. Dickerson was a sister of Pat Putt, mother-in-law of Diane Dickerson, & aunt to Wanda Bishop. Jr. Youth Devotional The Junior youth devotional will be held this Sunday, Sept. 18 immediately following morning worship services in the multipurpose room for any child age 2-6th grade and their parents. A food sign-up list is posted in the foyer under the TV monitor. Sr. Youth Devotional The Senior youth devotional will also be held this Sunday, Sept. 18 at the home of Will & Ashley Davis at 5:30 pm. Please see Ashley for what to bring. 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. Enrichment Workshop You are invited to participate in a series of eight classes that will be held on the second Monday of each month, beginning Sept. 12 and ending Apr. 10 at Gloster St. in Tupelo. This workshop is for men and women. It is designed to encourage gospel preachers, class teachers, elders, deacons, and all other Christians who desire to be more effective in the service of our Lord. Class times are Oct. 10, Nov. 14, & Dec. 12, 2022; Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, & Apr. 10, 2023 from 6:30-8:00 pm. with Sam Hester teaching. Gospel Meeting The Amory congregation will have a Gospel Meeting Sept. 18-21 with Kirk Brothers speaking at 1:30 pm on Sunday and at 7:00 pm Monday- Wednesday.
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading September 14 .............................................Jonah 1-2 September 15 .............................................Jonah 3-4 September 16 ............................................Micah 1-2 September 17 ............................................Micah 3-5 September 18 ............................................Micah 6-7 September 19 .................................................Nahum September 20 ............................................Habakkuk Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Lauren Long (Sept. 17), Andy Baldwyn (Sept. 20). Anniversaries: Barry & Berta Kennedy (Sept. 20). Our Sick Debbie Duke underwent another chemo treatment Monday. Michael Wilson’s mother, Rivers Wills, is in room 567 at NMMC following hip surgery. Russell Deaton’s great-niece, Jacy Raburn, is at St. Jude suffering side effects of chemo. Mark Hitt and Lori Sheffield’s aunt, Mary Ann Hitt, has begun chemo for her lymphoma. Greg Hughes was sick at home Sunday. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Bettye Davis, Betty Long, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Bob Smith, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Michelle Maclean, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates, Brian Carver, Larry Kennedy Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Don’t forget to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News Hello East Main Family, I hope that you are doing well and are having a great week so far. This past Sunday, we enjoyed having FHU with us and the opportunity for fellowship that them being here brought. Just a reminder that this Friday night is T.G.I.F. beginning at 9:00pm. Also, this coming Sunday, Will and Ashley Davis will be hosting our family monthly devotional at their house beginning around 5:30pm. Please contact them for what to bring. Below are some pictures from this past Sunday. As always, if I can help you with anything, please let me know. Alex
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading.................................... Stuart Childers Opening Prayer .....................................Wesley Bass Lord’s Supper Michael Wilson Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer................................... Terry Kingsley Ushers .............................Mike Childers & Ian Reed Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ............................ Rommie Dilworth Closing Prayer....................................Ricky Johnson Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, September 21, 2022 Opening Prayer ...................................Mike Childers Lead Singing.......................................Misha Pannell The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jeff Mansel (871-0357) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 9-7-22 ...................................................... 151 Sunday 1st Worship, 9-11-22 ...................................... 196 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 200 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 159 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $9,621 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter College Student of the Week Cooper Blansett P. O. Box 73 Mooreville, MS 38857 Cooper is currently attending ICC at Belden and is living at home. Please be sure to send him a card of encouragement this week.!

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