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  1. 1. 4 Vol. 45 March 10, 2020 Number 10 “Am I All God Made Me to Be?” Barry Kennedy American artist James Whistler, who was never known to be bashful about his talent, was once advised that a shipment of blank canvases he had ordered had been lost in the mail. When asked if the canvases were of any great value, Whistler remarked, "not yet, not yet."1 Whistler knew that he could have made those canvases valuable, through the talent he possessed. How valuable do we consider ourselves to be? It would not be out of place to see our lives as the blank canvas. The choices we make in life paint the portrait that is to be presented before God (2 Corinthians 5:10). In the beginning, God made man in His likeness and after His own image (Genesis 1:26). One of the great blessings man has received is the gift of free will. Choice is a blessing many fail to understand. God wants, desires, and even expects His creation to be all that He created us to be. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). God has given the guide to help man become the workmanship He desires (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Are we looking inward to see if we are all God made us to be? One might ask, “What is involved in being all God expects?” Realize God comes first. Man has a very difficult time committing to this. It is not very difficult to see the need to put God first. Consider the words of Jesus, “Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God. . .” (Matthew 6:33). Putting God first begins with our obedience. Peter said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Submission to God’s will is only going to take place when one realizes God is to be first. Is God really holding first place in our homes, with our children, and with our spouses? The answer would have to be no, if God is not first in our own lives. If we are ever going to be all that God expects us to be, we must realize who we are. Many times God’s people expect something that is impossible, sinless perfection. We fail to remember who we are (Romans 3:23). It is true that God wants us to live above sin (1 John 1:7). However, we need not forget that God is the one who has made forgiveness possible (Colossians 1:13, 14). We need to be reminded, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). God has never commanded sinless perfection; however, that does not mean that He has given man a license to sin (Romans 6:1, 2). For man to be all that God wants him to be he must be faithful. Remember the words of Jesus, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). God knows our abilities far better than we do. Could it be possible that we fail to see the --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....................... 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. EAST MAIN CHURCH OF CHRIST 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— ability God has given to us? If so, we are not going to be able to be all God made us to be. A great example of this is seen in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). The master (God) entrusted each one of his servants with an amount of money, befitting their individual ability (Matthew 25:15). This parable tells us that God knows our ability. Why is that important? It is important because we cannot say, when the Lord returns, “I did not have the ability to do what God asked.” God has always planned to have His crowning creation with Him for all eternity. When He looks down upon us from Heaven, does He see you and me becoming all he made us to be? Are we striving to meet the potential God has instilled in us? We must remember that God must be first in our lives and let that cause us to remember who we are. We are God’s creation made in His image (Genesis 1:26, 27). When we realize these truths, we will strive to be all God made us to be. 1 Today in the Word, December 3, 1992. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Gary Stanford in the loss of his mother, Mary Sue Burch, on March 6. Funeral services were held March 9 at Pegues in Tupelo. Keep the family in your prayers. Also, Steve Kelly’s sister’s brother-in-law, Gene Turner passed away Monday at the hospital in Memphis. Arrangements were incomplete at this time. Monthly Ladies’ Fellowship The monthly ladies’ fellowship will be held this Thursday, Mar. 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Lasagna. chicken spaghetti & salad will be served at 5:30 p.m., if you would like to come a little early and eat. Jr. Youth/Early Seekers’ Devotional The Jr. Youth & Early Seekers’ Devotional will be held this Sunday, March 15 immediately following worship services in the multipurpose room. Parents, a food sign-up list is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. Nursing Home Singing The monthly singing at the Tupelo Nursing & Rehab Facility on Briar Ridge Rd. will be held this Sunday, Mar. 15 from 2-2:30 p.m. Please bring a song book if you can attend. March Youth Calendars The March youth calendars are on the table in the foyer. Please pick up one today and don’t miss out on anything! Thank You Notes To our East Main family, Thank you so much for all the housewarming gifts and the thoughtfulness you all are continuing to show to us. We are so blessed to be at a place where we feel so much at home. We love you all! In Christian love, Alex Blackwelder & Cassie Cummings ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To East Main church, Thank you for all the visits, cards, calls and flowers since I’ve been at Traceway. I love you all! Frankie Estes John Duke stationed in Gulfport, MS Caleb Williams stationed in Iraq Rob Cross & family stationed in South Korea
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading March 11.............................................. Judges 13-16 March 12.............................................. Judges 17-19 March 13.............................................. Judges 20-21 March 14..................................................... Ruth 1-4 March 15.............................................. 1 Samuel 1-3 March 16.............................................. 1 Samuel 4-8 March 17............................................ 1 Samuel 9-12 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Scarlett Smith (Mar. 12), Kinsley Floyd (Mar. 14), Perry Hand (Mar. 14), Madi Harris (Mar. 14), Jennie Cox (Mar. 16), Marlon Geno (Mar. 17). Anniversaries: None this week. Our Sick Jean Mounce is home with a high fever. She’s to undergo surgery at UAB March 18. Norma Deaton fell Monday. She’s home recuperating. Katie Bates’ grandmother, Margaret Miller, has been move to Pontotoc for therapy. Jennie Cox has completed therapy and is home. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Pete Barber, Steve Kelly, Frankie Estes, Donny Dulaney, Adam McCurley, Mary Jordan, James Goddard, Bill Goff, Leroy Brown, Jadon Parish, Jerry Smith, Mitch Maclean, Mary Starz, Sheba Tuggers, Homer Smith, Jill Rice, Ann Letteri, Shirley Roberts, Brad Dillard, Merlene Johnson Nursing Homes Evelyn Willis, Nancy Haywood, Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Mary Southern, Veona Harris Congratulations Congratulations to Betty Beard in the birth of her great- granddaughter, Zoe Lynn Sadler, on March 6. Jason & Desiree Sadler are her proud parents. Maywood Christian Camp 7th Week Squad Retreat The youth in grades 7-12 and college are invited to Maywood Christian Camp March 27-29 for the 7th Week Squad Retreat. The cost is $40. The retreat will begin Friday at 7:00 p.m. and end Sunday at 10:30 a.m., after a period of worship. A sign-up sheet is posted on the youth bulletin board on the east hallway if you plan to attend. Upcoming Lectureships The Cedar Grove congregation in Rogersville, AL will host their Second Annual Lectureship on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. A schedule of speakers and times is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. Also, the Memphis School of Preaching will host their 54th Annual Lectureship March 29-April 2 on the theme “Magnify His Name.” A schedule of speakers and times is posted on the bulletin board across from the library. Girls’ Joyful Rebellion The girls’ Joyful Rebellion group will meet next Wednesday, Mar. 18 at the building at 6:00 p.m. Kylee Steward will be delivering the devotional thought for the month. Give Away Day Our next Give Away Day is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 21 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Please do not bring any more clothing to the building until after the Give Away. Household items may still be brought. Outreach Item for March Lotion
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Mar. 15, 2020 a.m. Announcements................................. William Harris Bible Reading.....................................Ricky Lindsey Opening Prayer ..........................................Mark Hitt Lord’s Supper Wade Bryan & Chad Willis Serve Congregation, East Side: Ricky Johnson, David Bates, Jake Kennedy Serve Congregation, West Side: Shawn Mounce, Ben DuBois, Sam Hood Lead Singing......................................Hugh Scribner Closing Prayer.............................. Rommie Dilworth Ushers ..............................Will Davis & Lee DuBois Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday Afternoon Opening Prayer ...........................Bobby Joe Lindley Closing Prayer...................................Chase Stanford Lead Singing........................................ Kent Nichols Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Prayer................................................ Stuart Childers Lead Singing......................................... Wade Bryan Contact Michael Wilson (891-0891) if unable to serve. The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Greeters .....................................Larry & Judy Bates ................................ Mike & Renee Childers Prepare Lord’s Supper—March.......................Roger & Lynn Sanderson Nursery (1st worship)...............Amy & Katy Beth Voyles (2nd worship).................... Amanda & Lexie Dickinson Pantry.................................................................Jelly Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 3-4-20................................................139 Sunday 1st Worship, 3-8-20 .................................168 Sunday Bible Class ..............................................181 Sunday 2nd Worship.............................................178 Contribution (budget $7,900)..........................$9,141 Mark Your Calendars!!! Ladies’ Day – April 25th Personal Evangelism Workshop – May 29th-30th Vacation Bible School – June 14th-17th Maywood Christian Camp – July 12th-18th Outward Camp – July 31st-August 1st Gospel Meeting – September 13th-16th Fall Family Retreat – November 13th-14th

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