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Vol. 47 October 25, 2022 Number 41
HAVE IT GOD’S WAY
Barry Kennedy
“Have it your way” was a promotional slogan for one popular restaurant
franchise. They promoted the idea that the customers determined how their food
was going to be prepared. That was a very successful campaign for the restaurant
because people love to have things their way. If we are honest, we would have to
admit that we do not like for anyone to tell us what to do, nor do we like to be
told that we are wrong. The reality is, there are times when we need someone to
say, “That was wrong.” or “This is what you should do.” In fact, the Bible says
that “...the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his
steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). That being said, what is a person to do in order to be or
do what is right? Some choose to take the approach that there is no absolute right
or wrong, that is to say, all things are relative. Others choose to follow the ways
of tradition. People who choose this route would likely say, “If it was good
enough for my parents (grandparents etc.) it is good enough for me.” In like
manner, some follow the path of least resistance. These are the people who
simply go along with the flow. These are the “everyone else is doing it” group.
Finally, there are those who choose the way of righteousness. These are the souls
who choose to let God’s way be the standard for their living. Every one of the
ways mentioned previously follow a standard of authority. The problem is that
only one standard is inspired, divine, and Heaven sent. That standard is God’s
way or following the Word of God. Paul told Timothy that “All scripture is
given by inspiration of God...” (2 Timothy 3:16). This Word is profitable in
fulfilling our every need, whether they are pertaining to life (physically
speaking) or godliness (spiritually speaking). “According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter 1:3).
Are we going to muddle our way through this life following our own
ways which may lead to death? “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25) Will we seek the
Lord and His way that we might have life? “I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is still pleading for
man to “Enter into the strait gate...” (Matthew 7:13). The strait gate leads to life,
but sadly few will find it because they are too busy trying to walk their own path.
May God help us all to lift our eyes and see the truth that life is really not worth
living if we are not going to have it God’s way.
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)
The Grumbler
In every town and city,
Some people can be found,
Who spend their time in grumbling,
At everything around.
They grumble if we speak to them.
They grumble if we won’t.
They grumble if we visit them.
They grumble if we don’t.
They grumble at the preaching.
They grumble at the prayer.
They grumble at the singing
They grumble everywhere.
But if we live for Jesus,
And persecutions bear,
When we get to heaven
There will be no grumblers there!!
Copied
~~~~~
“Trunk or Treat”/Chili
Supper
Our annual “Trunk or Treat”/Chili
Supper will be held this Sunday, Oct.
30 at 5 pm. Everyone is encouraged
to park their car on the east side of
the building and pass out candy as
the children come by. We will then
have a chili/hot dog supper in the
multipurpose room about 6 pm. A food sign-up list
is posted in the foyer underneath the TV monitor.
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.
Worship Time Change
Beginning on Sunday, Nov. 6 in connection with the
time change, the elders have decided that through the fall
and winter, our service times will be as follows.
Sundays at 9:00 am -- Bible class
Sundays at 10:00 am – Worship
Sundays at 5:00 pm – Worship
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – Bible class
They will reevaluate in the spring. We appreciate
everyone’s cooperation. The elders have set aside these
times of Bible classes and worship to help us as a
congregation at East Main to grow spiritually. We
encourage everyone to make every possible attempt to
attend all of these service times.
Thank You Notes
Thanks to the brothers/sisters and elders of the
church. Words can’t express how you all have helped
us. Thanks for your prayers, all of your visits, and
your gifts of love. Please keep on praying that we get
through these hard times. Your brother in Christ,
Willie B. Gates
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear brethren,
Thank you so much for your encouraging cards
letting us know how much you are praying. My family
and I truly feel your love and compassion as you
reflect the Master. You have richly blessed us. (Psa.
28:6-7) In Christ,
BJ & Tish
Congratulations
Congratulations to Gary & Felicia
Stanford in the birth of their
granddaughter, Darling Della Walters. She
was born on Oct. 4 and weighed 7 lbs. 5
oz. and was 21 inches long. Corie &
Blaine Walters are the proud parents and South the big
brother.
Cancer Center Food Bags
The Community Outreach Program
needs your help in collecting some bags of
food for the Cancer Center’s pantry room.
There are grocery bags on the table in the
foyer with lists stapled to them. Please take
one to fill if you can and return it to the library by
Sunday, Nov. 6.
Daily Bible Reading
October 26...............................................Luke 12-13
October 27...............................................Luke 14-16
October 28...............................................Luke 17-18
October 29...............................................Luke 19-21
October 30...............................................Luke 22-23
October 31.................................................... Luke 24
November 1..................................................John 1-3
Birthdays &
Anniversaries
Birthdays: Chad Willis (Oct. 19), Mary
Robbins Bowlin (Oct. 20), Will Davis (Oct.
20), Mark Gilliland (Oct. 24), Cooper
Blansett (Oct. 28), James Burney (Oct. 30), Olivia
Puente (Oct. 30), Dean Webb (Oct. 30).
Anniversaries: David & Katie Bates (Oct. 25),
Chad & Susan Willis (Oct. 30).
Our Sick
Debbie Duke, Catheryne Santos (Gee’s wife),
Jacy Raburn (Russell Deaton’s great-niece), and
Mary Ann Hitt (Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s aunt)
continue chemo. Barry Kennedy’s dad, Larry,
shoulder biopsy last week at UAB showed no
cancer. Those home sick include Andy & Drew
Baldwyn, Wesley Bass and Robert Kingsley
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
Nursing Homes
Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure
Don’t forget to check your
mailbox in the foyer!
EMYG News
[14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a
hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do people light a
lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it
gives light to all in the house. [16] In the same way,
let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father
who is in heaven.”
A HUGE thank you to Kent and Missy for hosting
the monthly devotional tonight. We had a wonderful
time. Very thankful for our young people and the
opportunity to work with them. Alex
Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 a.m.
Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel
Bible Reading........................................ Aaryn Vines
Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner
Lord’s Supper
Mike Childers
Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons
Closing Prayer............................................Joe Smith
Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor
Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m.
Sunday 11:15 a.m. service
Opening Prayer ........................... Youth Led Service
Closing Prayer............................. Youth Led Service
Lead Singing............................... Youth Led Service
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt
Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley
The elders kindly request that men leading in public
worship wear the best dress clothes they have.
Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve.
Attendance & Contribution
Mid-Week, 10-19-22 .................................................. 113
Sunday 1st
Worship, 10-23-22 .................................... 150
Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 152
Sunday 2nd
Worship................................................... N/A
Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $7,205
*This does not include the livestreamed views.
Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter
College Student of the Week
Aaron Willis
146 Drive 1375
Mooreville, MS 38857
Aaron is currently attending
ICC in Fulton and living at home.
Please be sure to send him a card
of encouragement this week!

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  • 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Vol. 47 October 25, 2022 Number 41 HAVE IT GOD’S WAY Barry Kennedy “Have it your way” was a promotional slogan for one popular restaurant franchise. They promoted the idea that the customers determined how their food was going to be prepared. That was a very successful campaign for the restaurant because people love to have things their way. If we are honest, we would have to admit that we do not like for anyone to tell us what to do, nor do we like to be told that we are wrong. The reality is, there are times when we need someone to say, “That was wrong.” or “This is what you should do.” In fact, the Bible says that “...the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). That being said, what is a person to do in order to be or do what is right? Some choose to take the approach that there is no absolute right or wrong, that is to say, all things are relative. Others choose to follow the ways of tradition. People who choose this route would likely say, “If it was good enough for my parents (grandparents etc.) it is good enough for me.” In like manner, some follow the path of least resistance. These are the people who simply go along with the flow. These are the “everyone else is doing it” group. Finally, there are those who choose the way of righteousness. These are the souls who choose to let God’s way be the standard for their living. Every one of the ways mentioned previously follow a standard of authority. The problem is that only one standard is inspired, divine, and Heaven sent. That standard is God’s way or following the Word of God. Paul told Timothy that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God...” (2 Timothy 3:16). This Word is profitable in fulfilling our every need, whether they are pertaining to life (physically speaking) or godliness (spiritually speaking). “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter 1:3). Are we going to muddle our way through this life following our own ways which may lead to death? “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25) Will we seek the Lord and His way that we might have life? “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is still pleading for man to “Enter into the strait gate...” (Matthew 7:13). The strait gate leads to life, but sadly few will find it because they are too busy trying to walk their own path. May God help us all to lift our eyes and see the truth that life is really not worth living if we are not going to have it God’s way. 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. The Grumbler In every town and city, Some people can be found, Who spend their time in grumbling, At everything around. They grumble if we speak to them. They grumble if we won’t. They grumble if we visit them. They grumble if we don’t. They grumble at the preaching. They grumble at the prayer. They grumble at the singing They grumble everywhere. But if we live for Jesus, And persecutions bear, When we get to heaven There will be no grumblers there!! Copied ~~~~~ “Trunk or Treat”/Chili Supper Our annual “Trunk or Treat”/Chili Supper will be held this Sunday, Oct. 30 at 5 pm. Everyone is encouraged to park their car on the east side of the building and pass out candy as the children come by. We will then have a chili/hot dog supper in the multipurpose room about 6 pm. A food sign-up list is posted in the foyer underneath the TV monitor. 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. Worship Time Change Beginning on Sunday, Nov. 6 in connection with the time change, the elders have decided that through the fall and winter, our service times will be as follows. Sundays at 9:00 am -- Bible class Sundays at 10:00 am – Worship Sundays at 5:00 pm – Worship Wednesdays at 6:30 pm – Bible class They will reevaluate in the spring. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation. The elders have set aside these times of Bible classes and worship to help us as a congregation at East Main to grow spiritually. We encourage everyone to make every possible attempt to attend all of these service times. Thank You Notes Thanks to the brothers/sisters and elders of the church. Words can’t express how you all have helped us. Thanks for your prayers, all of your visits, and your gifts of love. Please keep on praying that we get through these hard times. Your brother in Christ, Willie B. Gates ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear brethren, Thank you so much for your encouraging cards letting us know how much you are praying. My family and I truly feel your love and compassion as you reflect the Master. You have richly blessed us. (Psa. 28:6-7) In Christ, BJ & Tish Congratulations Congratulations to Gary & Felicia Stanford in the birth of their granddaughter, Darling Della Walters. She was born on Oct. 4 and weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Corie & Blaine Walters are the proud parents and South the big brother. Cancer Center Food Bags The Community Outreach Program needs your help in collecting some bags of food for the Cancer Center’s pantry room. There are grocery bags on the table in the foyer with lists stapled to them. Please take one to fill if you can and return it to the library by Sunday, Nov. 6.
  • 3. Daily Bible Reading October 26...............................................Luke 12-13 October 27...............................................Luke 14-16 October 28...............................................Luke 17-18 October 29...............................................Luke 19-21 October 30...............................................Luke 22-23 October 31.................................................... Luke 24 November 1..................................................John 1-3 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Chad Willis (Oct. 19), Mary Robbins Bowlin (Oct. 20), Will Davis (Oct. 20), Mark Gilliland (Oct. 24), Cooper Blansett (Oct. 28), James Burney (Oct. 30), Olivia Puente (Oct. 30), Dean Webb (Oct. 30). Anniversaries: David & Katie Bates (Oct. 25), Chad & Susan Willis (Oct. 30). Our Sick Debbie Duke, Catheryne Santos (Gee’s wife), Jacy Raburn (Russell Deaton’s great-niece), and Mary Ann Hitt (Mark Hitt & Lori Sheffield’s aunt) continue chemo. Barry Kennedy’s dad, Larry, shoulder biopsy last week at UAB showed no cancer. Those home sick include Andy & Drew Baldwyn, Wesley Bass and Robert Kingsley 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 Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Don’t forget to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News [14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” A HUGE thank you to Kent and Missy for hosting the monthly devotional tonight. We had a wonderful time. Very thankful for our young people and the opportunity to work with them. Alex
  • 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 a.m. Announcements.......................................Jeff Mansel Bible Reading........................................ Aaryn Vines Opening Prayer ..................................Hugh Scribner Lord’s Supper Mike Childers Lead Singing....................................Eddie Simmons Closing Prayer............................................Joe Smith Ushers .................................Will Davis & Joe Minor Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer ........................... Youth Led Service Closing Prayer............................. Youth Led Service Lead Singing............................... Youth Led Service Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lead Singing...............................Bobby Joe Lindley The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 10-19-22 .................................................. 113 Sunday 1st Worship, 10-23-22 .................................... 150 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 152 Sunday 2nd Worship................................................... N/A Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $7,205 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter College Student of the Week Aaron Willis 146 Drive 1375 Mooreville, MS 38857 Aaron is currently attending ICC in Fulton and living at home. Please be sure to send him a card of encouragement this week!