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Let me repeat my gratitude for the many servant hearts that made Vacation Bible School a place where the love and grace of Jesus were shared with children from our communities.  Many hands and hearts were involved and many prayers as well.  We had folks who donated funds to buy food, craft or science supplies.  We had those who moved furniture, decorations from church to church, set up and tore down.  There were helpers who spent each evening with the children, planning and teaching activities as well as moving them safely from place to place.  We had puppeteers and an actress who gave of their time and energy.  We also had cooks and helpers in the kitchen who fed the children.  Thank you again for serving in this way.  Let us continue our prayers for each of the families who shared their children with us.

I have decided to preach on Isaiah 43 on July 1 since that is the chapter that our memory verse came from:  43:2.  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”  These are God’s words which still comfort us today (especially as the rains continue)!  At Olive Branch, we will celebrate our completed Vacation Bible School as we did at Clarksville last weekend.

After this weekend, we will go on an adventure with the original apostles as we spend some Sundays considering the Book of Acts.  Its full name is “Acts of the Apostles” and we will see how the believers shared the good news of Jesus in a time when it was new and difficult.  We’ll consider together how they built up the church and what we can learn from them still today.  

On a different subject, let me remind you that it is wise at times to be general rather than specific in our prayer concerns.  God knows the need we are lifting even better than we do.  It is good for us to share, but simply a general rather than specific request protects the privacy and dignity of all of those involved.

Our Worship Committee welcomes all who want to help make the sanctuaries visually appealing as well as helping to choose music.  A meeting date will be announced soon for July, so please consider joining us.  


We will picnic at Clarksville UMC’s pavilion this year with easier access to restrooms.  Our combined worship and picnic will be Sunday, July 29 with worship at 10:30 followed by a carry-in lunch at 11:30. Fried chicken will be provided if you would like to bring side dishes.

Praying that your summer is blessed with refreshment,


Divorce is a word that brings sadness to all involved.  Often a spouse feels that there is no hope of saving their marriage.  The thought of being separated from their spouse, children, home and even family pets can create a whirlwind of emotions.  DivorceCare is a 13-week program that covers all of these subjects, and equips people with coping mechanisms that are based on biblical and professional resources.  Olive Branch UMC is hosting a class that began Tuesday, June 19.  Class will run each week until about 6:30pm.  Call the office at 513-932-3943 if interested in joining.