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June is here and that means Vacation Bible School time!  This is one of our best opportunities to invite our community into relationship with us and with Jesus.  Thank you to all of the adults who have volunteered.  If you are able to come and greet parents/ grandparents at drop-off or pick-up time, that would make a great ministry too.  

Throughout the week of VBS, we need to be thinking two questions:  “How can we build a relationship with this family?” and “How can we invite them to join us in worshiping Jesus?”  Our theme this year is “Rolling River Rampage:  Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God.”  It seems so appropriate for our area with several canoe liveries, rivers and creeks around.  We hope you will invite neighbors, friends, children and grandchildren both to join us at VBS and in Sunday School and worship!  

Thank you, Debbie

Congratulations to Scarlett Rowland for earning her certificate of Certified Lay Ministry (CLM).  CLM’s are called to remain lay people but to serve in a variety of ways depending upon their gifts and call.  Many serve in areas such as children’s ministry, care for those with special needs or language needs or other specialized areas.  Becoming certified is at least a two year process with many hours of class work and approval of the District Committee on Ministry that is earned through interviews and paperwork.  God bless Scarlett as she is recognized at Annual Conference next week and continues serving in this way.  

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 will be hosting a class that begins on Tuesday, June 19 at 5pm with a light meal.  Class will run each week until about 6:30pm.

Please pass this opportunity to those who are hurting – brochures and flyers are available.  Thank you for your support.

Scarlett Rowland