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Newsletter for January 2023


EAST MAIN STREET

CHRISTIAN CHURCH

NEWSLETTER
JANUARY 2023

SENIOR PASTOR:
Roger Gardner

ASSOC. PASTOR:
Raphael Starr

YOUTH PASTOR:
Amanda Capshaw

CHILDREN'S DIRECTOR:
Brenda Edwards

DISCIPLESHIP PASTOR:
Matthew Seible

TREASURER:
Kandie Courtney

FINANCIAL SECRETARY:
Nancy Ritchie

WEDDING COORDINATOR:
Marcy Fry


TECHNOLOGY ADMINISTRATOR:
Brody Stahl


OFFICE ADM:
Cathy Cannon

MINISTER OF MAINTENANCE:
Art Hensley
INTOTHE WORD, OUT TO THE WORLD
I believe the biggest dilemma facing the church in America today is not disbelief from without, but complacency from within. Far too many people who claim the name of Christ do not know His teachings, so they do not follow the example of His life, and therefore, do not have any significant impact upon the world. We are far too casual about reading and studying the word of God. As a result, the Christian faith has been marginalized by our culture. But before we can turn our eyes to the world to bring about positive change, we must first turn our eyes to Jesus by focusing our attention on His word. That is why the theme for our church in 2023 will be "Into the Word, Out to the World".

We want to encourage every child, youth and adult in our church family to become more engaged in the word of God so we can be more engaged in the world as followers of Christ. Why so much emphasis on the Bible? Because we can't follow what we don't understand, we can't understand what we don't know, we can't know what we don't study and we can't study what we don't read.
There are three steps we are asking you to take this year:
1. Read through the whole Bible. At the very least, read the entire New Testament. To help you do this there are a variety of Bible reading plans available at Connection Central. Find one that appeals to you and go for it!
2. Participate insome form of Bible study. We have several classes available for all ages at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and throughout the year we will offer various classes on other days and times. If a group study does not work for you there are a variety of online Bible studies available that you can do personally.
3. Focus on finding practical ways to live out what you are learning in Scripture. Application is an essential part of Bible study.

I hope you will join us this year as we go deeper in the word so we can make a positive difference as we go out into the world.
God bless,
Pastor Roger
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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT NEWSLETTERS
Due to the rising cost of postage, we are no longer bulk mailing our newsletters. We encourage everyone to give the church office an email address so you can receive the newsletter by email, or you can pick one up at Connection Central the first Sunday of each month. If the only way you can receive the newsletter is by mail, please contact the church office and will continue to mail it to you.
LIFELINE SCREENING

Lifeline Screening will be coming to EMSCC on February 2. They offer: Carotid Artery (Plaque), Heart Rhythm (Atrial Fibrillation), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease screenings and Osteoporosis Risk Assessment. Pre-registration is required. Call: 1-888-653-6450.
PRAYER CONCERNS
CANCER: Christie Batalis, John Clark, Carrie Constantine, Alicia Copus , Butch Groover, Kay Lansedel, Claudia Seward. Michelle Smith
POOR HEALTH: Nick Arnold, Angie Arnold, Mike Connors, David/Kate Goodman, Jerry/Sandy Harper, Benny Haskins, Jim Hester, Howard Huffman, Bryant Hunt, Mike Landsedel, Pat Lawler, Janet Maley, Lorie Marley, Marlene Mayfield, Darlene Moody, Becky Poor, Tonya Purvis, Joshua Quenton, Dave/Maggie Romine, Cindy Schuck, Lane/Billie Smith, Cathy Starr, Kim Stewart, Ralph Trowbridge, Earl Watson
ARMED FORCES: Bryndon Anderson, Andrew Duncan, Darren Darvis, Hector Mendez, Jr, Aaron Parkins, Koda Purvis, Lisa Shock

MISSION MINISTRY UPDATE
As I mentioned on the front page, our goal in focusing on the study of God's word is so we can make a positive impact on the world. One way we apply the teachings of God's word is through our support of missions.

During the month of January, our focus will be on the Madison County Jail Chaplaincy Program. Those who are incarcerated are often seeking to make major changes in their lives. Those who work in the jail chaplaincy program reach out to them with the love and grace of God. They hold worship services and Bible studies in the jail as well as providing personal counseling. This ministry is entirely funded by churches and individuals who believe in the importance of ministering to those in prison.

Please help us help them by giving a special mission offering this month to the Madison County Jail Chaplaincy Program.
HELPING HANDS MINISTRY
Responding to EMSCC members' need for temporary assistance: LIGHT CLEANING, MEALS, RIDES TO DR. APPTS, LAUNDRY, ETC. Call the church office (552-7171) to be part of this special ministry, if you have questions, or need Helping Hands.
WE HOST AA MEETINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY AND
SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M.

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.)

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.

ATTENTION: Going forward, individual quarterly and/or end-of-year statements will be available upon request.

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