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Newsletter for September 2021


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2021
SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR
Raphael Starr

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry

ELDER EMERITIS:

Larry Reynolds

OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley

MOVING FORWARD INTO FALL

I have heard many people say that fall is their favorite season of the year. They enjoy the cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors in the trees. I like the fall because it is a great time of ministry in the church.
On September 12, the youth group will have a family cook-out. Sue and I will be hosting this at our home to kick off another great year of meeting with our youth.
We are excited to bring back the great Banquet weekends. This is a time to get away from the normal routines of life and focus on our relationship with God. The men's weekend is September 23-26, and the women's will be September 30-October 3. Registration is still open for both weekends and you can contact the church office to sign up.
We are also excited to bring back our Tuesday evening women's Bible study. It begins on September 28 through November 9. It is a new study by Beth Moore called "Now That Faith Has Come", based on the book of Galatians.
For the men, we have the Community Men's Group that meets at 8:00 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. They are doing a study called "Kingdom Men Rising."
Looking ahead to October, we are planning a one-day Vacation Bible School experience on Saturday, October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The theme is "Country Junction" and we will be taking kids down on the farm for some great Bible teaching, crafts, games, food and of course FUN. We need lots of kids and volunteers, so please sign up at Connection Central.
On October 24, we will celebrate the 169th anniversary of the church. We will have one worship service at 10:30 a.m. followed by our annual congregational meeting and a fellowship dinner.

God bless, Pastor Roger





PRAYER CONCERNS

CANCER

John Clark, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus, Paul Couch, Kandie Courtney, Sue Gardner, Butch Groover, Lynn Luyet, Dick Reynolds, Claudia Seward, Bill Waymire,

POOR HEALTH:

David Anthony, Joshua Carlin, Jim Cole, Betty Crull, Ann Fortson Gifford, Matthew Hamon, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Bob Hensley, Hoban family, Chad Huck, Howard Huffman, Lorie Marley, Michael Griffin, Brenda McClish, Darlene Moody, Becky Poor, Dave & Maggie Romine, Jennifer Richards, Cathy Starr, David Stewart, Kim Stewart.

ARMED FORCES:

Andrew Duncan, Darren Jarvis, Hector Mendez, Jr., Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Joseph Seward, Lisa Shock

MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE

We appreciate your generosity which enables us to support the work of Youth Serving Christ, directed by Pastor Garri George. During September, our special mission offering will go to Tools of Hope, sponsred by Church World Service. Tools of Hope provides much needed supplies to people in developing countries such as blankets, farm tools, school and medical supplies.

On September 11th, Leanne Gilbert will be sharing more about this mission and how we can help.

LADIES, ARE YOU READY FOR A FALL EVENING BIBLE STUDY???
Please say YES! and join us for an exciting new Beth Moore study, "Now That Faith Has Come". This deep dive into Paul's letter to the Galatians will be wildly interesting and astonishingly relevant to our present world.
The seven-week study will be on Tuesdays, Sept 28 thru Nov. 9 (Two Wednesdays, the first week of October and November) We are asking participants to order their own books (Amazon $18, LProof.org $20) or should you need help ordering, you can stop by the church office.
Registration will begin in September. Any questions, please call Sharon Crandall, 552-5778.

CANCER CARE MINISTRY: serving people dealing directly with cancer and their caregivers through prayer, love, and open ears. If you are a church member who would like someone from the ministry to contact you, please call the church office ( 765-552-7171).

(We also have opportunities for those who would like to be a part of this ministry.)

Help us to provide the best pastoral care possible when you or a member of your family are in the hospital or another health care facility. When you register, tell them that you are affiliated with East Main Street Christian Church and sign the release allowing the facility or the hospital chaplain to notify us. You may also call the church or notify the pastor in advance of going to the hospital.
MEMORIAL FLOWERS REMINDER: Those wishing to provide flowers for a specific Sunday in memory of loved ones, should contact the florist of their choice to place and pay for the order themselves at that time. Notification should be given to the church office if this information is to be included in the monthly newsletter.
EMSCC PRAYER CHAIN: Phone prayer requests to the church office (552-7171) Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. Weekend requests may be left on the church answering machine. Prayer requests may also be added at our web site.
EMSCCHURCH MESSAGING: creates meaningful connections with our church community and provides a safe and secure place to connect on a deeper level. We now enjoy Group Channels - Ministries, choir, board, praise and prayer, Bible study, etc. (We'll add more as the needs arise), Unlimited Messages - send messages to the group or to individuals (no need for phone numbers), Share- prayer, photos, gifs, files, answer polls. All contained inside our app. To join, make sure you have the app installed on your device. Then tap the messages icon in the top right of the app. If you don't have the icon or don't have the app, go to: https://emscchurch.org/app#messages to get started.

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.

Peter Marshall
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