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Jesus sent his disciples out to make other disciples more than once and left them with the directive to “Go and make disciples.”  I want to share with you a few opportunities to do this.  Remember that DivorceCare© is in session and may be joined by new people at any point.  Pray for those facing this life-changing event and give them courage to live new lives.


It always is amazing to me just how fast summer flies away.  Days are getting shorter and preparations for Back to School are happening.  We have a couple of invitational events happening in August, so please try to invite and bring someone.  Bringvitation is the word that we’ve coined to describe this.  Offer to pick them up and enter with them so that they don’t need to enter a group where they aren’t sure they’ll know anyone.  Teach them our routines so that they know what to expect and can join in more easily.  

On Tuesday, August 7, National Night Out will be celebrated at Clarksville UMC.  This is an opportunity to thank our First Responders for all that they do in our community.  It is a great opportunity to show the connection between the two churches as Olive Branch people can come, build on the excitement and meet our First Responders.  You are welcome even if you live in a different community.   You can even play in the splash pool or go down the water slide!

On Sunday, Aug 12, we will bless the new school year that starts in Clinton-Massie on August 15 and other districts a well.  If you know teachers, other school staff, bus drivers or administrators, please invite them to come and receive a blessing.  Watch for a flyer to give as an invitation soon!

Keep praying that we will find ways to share Jesus’ love with others around us so that they want to be a part of the body of Christ -- maybe even in these two congregations.  Let us continue to strive to “Go, love our neighbors, now!”  



Dinner with the Bishop

Dinner and program with Bishop Palmer “I Believe in the Church” will be held on Wednesday, September 5 at Groesbeck UMC or Tuesday September 25 at Milford First UMC from 6-8:30pm.  The event is free, but registration is required.

 Pastor Debbie will be attending on Sept. 25; please let her know if you would like to ride along.

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.