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East main informer, 11 10-20

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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 November 10, 2020 Number 44 I CAN’T QUIT NOW! Barry Kennedy Life has been described as being “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get” (Forrest Gump). I have never seen this movie, but I have heard this quoted many times. One must realize that there is some truth to that statement. It may be that someone reading this article may be having one of the most unexpected situations occurring in his life. It could be something wonderful or terrible, but either way totally unexpected. Most of us welcome the unexpected pleasures of life. They tend to uplift us and give us a new zest for life. On the other hand, the unexpected tragedies have the potential to make us want to quit, give up, or throw in the towel so to say. How can we as Christians learn to develop the never give up attitude that we so desperately need to succeed? We should be asking, “what will it take to get myself to the I can’t quit now mindset?” First, we must realize that mindset is key. Please do not misunderstand this point to mean mind over matter, but one’s mindset can help or hinder any situation. God placed before Israel the awesome task to conquer the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 20). God also understood how that seeing the enemies’ numbers, horses, and chariots might cause the Israelites to quit (Deuteronomy 20:1a). Therefore, Moses said, “The Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 20:1b). In other words, God brought you out of Egypt with a strong hand; don’t quit now! The mindset must be established before the task. Maybe we all need some Bible boot camp to help ready our minds to endure. Next, we must remember that it’s an individual task. Many, if not most, find comfort in stepping back and letting others take on the difficult tasks. This person would not hesitate to quit when the going gets tough. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). In the end we all will have to give an account of our individual lives before God. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Paul went on to say, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men...” (2 Corinthians 5:11). Are we persuading others? Don’t quit now! Finally, we must recognize that we are not alone. Moses and the children of Israel needed to be reminded not to let their powerful enemies bring them down. “For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your --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 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 .......................8:30 a.m. .....................10:00 a.m. Bible Classes ...............9:30 a.m. .............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— enemies, to save you” (Deuteronomy 20:4). God always promises to be with His people “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrew 13:5b). Jesus told His disciples “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? It may be that the one reading this is in the middle of a devastating situation and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Have you ever had a good day? How many times have we allowed one bad day to negate a lifetime of blessings? Really look around and count your blessings to see what God has done, and what He wants to do (Matthew 10:22; 1 Timothy 2:4; Revelation 2:10). We must seek God’s help to realize our need to have the right mindset to not give up; remember that it is our individual task to not give up and recognize that we are not alone, so we don’t have to give up. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). The bottom line is: we can’t quit now! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wedding Shower A wedding shower will be held in honor of Zoe Wright, the bride-elect of Wesley Funderburk, this Sunday, Nov. 15 “drive by” at the church building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Wesley & Zoe are registered at Elizabeth Claire’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Reed’s. Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to the family of Pete Barber who passed from this life on Nov. 7 after an extended illness. Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Pegues in Tupelo. We will sorely miss brother Pete at East Main. Please keep Charles and the family in your prayers. Joyful Rebellion The girls’ joy- ful rebellion group will meet this Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room before Bible class. See Beth Reed if you need more information. Thank You Notes Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! The 2020 fall food drive for Pine Vale was a wonderful success. We had enough congregations that picked the traditional route pick-up to meet our current pantry needs and keep us stocked for most of the year. We also had a great number of congregations that gave money for perishables or other needs (I call this our milk and meat fund). Some sent cash/checks, some sent gift cards, and others sent money directly to our local grocery store accounts. These funds will be an excellent boost to our food budget this year. I thank you and pray that your blessings for us bring blessings to you. Thank you, Randy Collum Executive Directory ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To the members of East Main Church of Christ, Thank you so much for continuing to support our patients! The happies that you send each month are greatly appreciated. You all let your light for Christ shine through the generous donations. Please know that we appreciate you! Lauren Thompson, LMSW Radiation Oncology Social Worker John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Quantico, VA Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea Ty Nichols stationed in Germany
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading November 11 ...................................................Acts 6-7 November 12 ...................................................Acts 8-9 November 13 ...............................................Acts 10-12 November 14 ...............................................Acts 13-14 November 15 ...............................................Acts 15-16 November 16 ...............................................Acts 17-18 November 17 ...............................................Acts 19-20 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Lori Blansett (Nov. 12), Bobby Joe Lindley (Nov. 17). Anniversaries: Kelly & Evelyn Thompson (Nov. 11). Our Sick Jean Mounce and Norma Deaton are home from the hospital. Linda Hand will go back to Cedars to resume her physical therapy this week. Gail Geno underwent back surgery Monday in Memphis. Jill Rice, Debbie Vines’ mother, continues at Sanctuary Hospice. Kirk Sheffield’s mother, Delois Sheffield, is in CCU at the Corinth Hosp. with COVID. Also, Bobbie Estes, Chad Willis & Kristie Webb’s aunt, is in the hospital with COVID. Lisa Lindsey’s dad, Jack McKinney, is home with COVID and her mom, Linda, has the flu. Joe Smith has tested positive for COVID. Wade Bryan’s brother, Mike & his wife Gina; Susan Reed’s aunt, Francis Smith, and her sister, Rita Payne; Katherine Mansel’s sister, brother-in-law, nephew, parents, aunt and uncle all have COVID. On-Going Illnesses Steve Kelly, Mary Lou Walden, Bettye Davis, Frankie Estes, Stella Pittman, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Tommy Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Shirley Roberts, Merlene Johnson, Thomas Lloyd, Steve Higginbotham, Brenda Dawson, Jimmy Lindsey, Brian Carver, Sean Koehn Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Veona Harris, Bob & Clara McClure EMYG News Thanks again to everyone who helped with the T.G.I.F last week. It was a blast! Thanks for inviting your friends to play a live version of Clue. Don’t forget our Fall Retreat this weekend, Nov. 13th-14th at Maywood Christian Camp. The speaker for the weekend is Dr. Mark Blackwelder. If you plan to spend the night on Friday, please let Alex know ASAP. There will be a bus leaving the parking lot of the church building at 7:45am on Saturday if you would like to ride. The schedule: FRIDAY(OPTIONAL) 4:00pm – Leave church building 5:00pm – Arrive at Maywood Christian Camp 5:45 – Walking Tacos 7:00 – Singing 7:20 – God’s Fire from Heaven (1 Kings 18) 8:30 – 10:00pm – Free Time 10:30 – Lights out SATURDAY 8:00 – Breakfast 8:45 – God’s Fire Around Us (2 Kings 6) 9:30 – Break 9:45 – God’s Fire Before Us (Exodus 13-14) 10:30 – Free Time 11:15 – Lunch/Free Time 1:00pm Break Out Sessions Barry Kennedy – Green Group Mark Hitt – Blue Group Mike Childers – Orange Group Alex Blackwelder – Red Group 1:45 – Free Time/Rope Course/Basketball game 3:45 – Group Picture 4:00 – Grill Out 5:15 – God’s Fire Within Us (Luke 24) 6:00 – Clean-up/Pack up/Leave for Home
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020 a.m. Announcements...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Bible Reading........................................Aaron Willis Opening Prayer ................................... Dale Dulaney Lord’s Supper Tim Davis Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder Closing Prayer......................................... Larry Long Ushers ....................Ricky Lindsey & Mike Childers 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) Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 11-4-20 .................................................. 121* Sunday 1st Worship, 11-8-20 ........................................ 33 Sunday Bible Class................................................... 162* Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................. 142* Contribution (budget $7,900) ................................ $8,576 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................Spaghetti sauce 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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