Volunteers for May 19, 2019

 Acolyte: Millie McCormick

Counters: Ross Turner & Pat Dorr

Glow Kids: Sharon Wade, Penny Martin, Lucia Nelson, Emily Gabbert

Greeters: Ann Busby (9:15) Barbara Watson (10:15)

Ushers: Jan Sprinkle (8:30)

 Eason Treadway, Rick Osborn, Ross Turner, Adam Kraft (10:30)


Saturday, May 18

10:00 a.m. VBS Training (Room 120)

8:00 a.m. YMCA Childcare Training

2:00 p.m.  Eagle Scout Ceremony

Sunday, May 19

8:30 a.m. Morning Worship-The Table

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Breakfast

10:30 a.m. Morning Worship-Traditions

2:00 p.m. Bridal Shower for Madii Sowell

5:00 p.m. Youth Pool Party at McCain's home

Monday, May 20

6:30 p.m. Men's Club (Wesley Hall)

7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday, May 21

11:00 a.m. Mission Circle (Room 118)

1:00 p.m. Rook Club (Room 118)

Wednesday, May 22

6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir (Choir Room)

Thursday, May 23

9:30 a.m. YMCA Quilting Group (Chapel)

5:30 p.m. TOPS (Room 118)

6:30 p.m. Olive Branch Middle School Choir

7:30 p.m. Al-Anon & AA

Confirmation Interest Meeting June 2

Parents of sixth graders or any older youth who have not been through Confirmation Classes are invited to a meeting during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, June 2 in the sanctuary to discuss plans for our 2020 Confirmation Class to begin after school resumes next fall.

Plans for Fall Wednesday Night Dinners

There are no Wednesday night dinners during the summer, but we will resume in August. Please be on the lookout for exciting, delicious things to come on Wednesdays. We are planning to use teams to cook and serve the meals in the fall. Teams will have a budget (using church funds) and a list of furnished menus (or you can design your own). If we have four teams, each would cook four times between August and December. (No clean up involved!) Please email or call Pam Bowick in the church office if you would like to serve in the Wednesday Night Dinner ministry.

Farewell to Rev. Alecia

You have heard that we will be saying goodbye to our Associate/Children's Pastor, Rev. Alecia Fischer at the end of June. She has been on loan to us by the Missouri Conference and has been recalled to her home state. You will have an opportunity to honor her ministry at Maples and wish her well in her future position at a reception on Sunday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Wesley Hall.

Maples Learning Center Enrollment

Beginning Monday, March 18, church member enrollment is open for the following programs:

Summer Program for School Age, After School Program (2019-2020), and Part-Time Program for 2, 3, and 4 year olds (2019-2020). Please contact Shea if you have questions, 662-895-0622 or shea@mapleschurch.org


Maples Memorial United Methodist Sunday Church Services

Maples Memorial UMC offers two opportunities to worship on Sunday mornings. At 8:30 am, we offer a Wesleyan Communion Service called "The Table" and at 10:30 am, we offer Sunday worship called "Traditions".  At both services, you will receive a sermon from our pastor.  At 9:30 am, we have awesome Sunday School classes for all age groups.  Please choose your worship service and the Sunday School class that best fits you! 

Wedding Shower May 19

You are invited to a Wedding Shower to be given for Madii Sowell on Sunday, May 19 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Be sure to mark that date on your calendar!

pink wedding bells

Disciple Bible Study

There will be a meeting on Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 118 to determine interest in a new Disciple Bible Study class to be facilitated by Rev. Stephen Sparks. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. The first study in the program is DISCIPLE: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY, a thirty-four week overview of the entire Bible.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties the week of June 23. All volunteers must attend one training; next training is Saturday, May 18th at 10 am room 120.   You can volunteer online at: vbspro.events/p/events/maplesmem 

Also, please take time this Sunday to visit the VBS display across from the Information Desk. You can register your child or pick up a lion to make a donation.

Youth Pool Party May 19

Youth are invited to a pool party at the home of Buddy and Amanda McCain on Sunday, May 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Boys are asked to bring salty snacks and girls to bring sweets. This is an opportunity to meet our new Pastor of Youth and Families, Joel Garrott.

A Gift of Faith for Our Graduates

We would love for you to give a very personal gift to our high school graduates this year! The church has purchased Life Application Bibles for each of our eight graduates and would like for you to give them the gift of your faith and good wishes by highlighting your favorite passages and offering your personal congratulations in their Bibles. We hope that this will be very meaningful to both you and the graduates. Our 2019 graduates are Max Allen, Andrew Braddock, Jacob Heinze, Matthew Hogenbirk, Trey McCormick, Bobby Pereira, Jamie Treadway and Tanner Walhood. The Bibles are located in the Narthex corridor between the sanctuary entrance and the Information Desk. Pens and highlighters will be provided. Please note that we had accidentally left Andrew Braddock off our list and his Bible may not be here for signing on April 7. The Bibles will be available for signing for several weeks.

New Connections Starts Sunday!

A new group is being planned to offer more small group opportunities for those who are not yet connected to a Sunday School class or study group. A gathering will be held on March 31 in Room 161 during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday School hour. Rev. Stephen Sparks will facilitate the group for the first few weeks.


Handbells are Back!

Have you ever played handbells or wanted to give it a try? Come to the Choir Room starting Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. as our Handbell Choir begins practices. For more information, please contact Joey Lott at joey@mapleschurch.org or 662-895-2279.


Annual Conference Mission Offering

I write to invite you to join me in responding to a great need within the bounds of the Mississippi Conference. I trust that you are aware of the many devastating storms, tornadoes and other natural disasters that have left many in our state without shelter, home goods and some of the necessities of life. This year I'm asking that as we gather our mission offering to bring to annual conference session, we double our efforts to be a neighbor to those who are in need.

I ask you to be generous in your giving, knowing that 100 percent of this offering will go to meet missional needs. God is calling us to rebuild lives, and we will need you to join us in doing just that. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will open your hearts to give in support of this worthy cause.

Ten percent of our giving will be shared with the people of Mozambique. They were also victims of a devastating storm this year. So we will follow the example of Abraham and give a tithe of what we collect for ourselves for others that suffer as we do.

Let us demonstrate "The POWER that makes us One!"

                                                                             Bishop James E. Swanson, Jr.

Maples will be receiving donations towards the mission offering each Sunday, May 19 through June 2 during the last hymn of our morning services. There will be a basket at the altar to receive your gifts. This offering will be presented at Annual Conference during the Mission Service.

Confirmation Sunday

Our confirmands and their mentors this year are:

Tyler Barnes, Mentor Ron McCormick

Zadie Brooks, Mentor Lori Kirchhoff

Lydia Jones, mentor Amy Bass

Trey Koglin, mentor Sunnie Barkley

David Olds, mentor Joey Lott

Samuel Thomas, mentor Joey Lott

Millie McCormick, mentor Becky Barnes

Andrew Sparks, mentor Daniel Thomas

Alex Billions, mentor Sandra Jefferson

Anna Payton Gaines, mentor Amy Allen



Automatic drafts for contributions to Maples Memorial can be made on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis for gifts to the Operating Budget and selected special giving opportunities. The process is easy and is a great way to make sure your gifts are received even when you are out of town! Registration forms are available in the church office. If you have questions, please contact Pam Bowick or Jane Downs at 662-895-2279 or pam@mapleschurch.org or jane@mapleschurch.org.

Little Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantry, installed last summer on the west side of our campus, has been a valuable outreach to the Olive Branch community. Not only does is provide non-perishables and hygiene items to those in need, it has been a fulfilling yet easy way those who are 2 to 92 can be the hands and feet of Christ. I have received touching messages of thanks who have benefited from the pantry's items and also the excitement of an MLC parent whose child loves adding an item everyone morning. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact via email.  You're encouraged to sign up to fill the pantry here. Examples of pantry items can include nonperishable foods, toilet paper, diapers, baby food, hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, etc), pet food, & school supplies. (Vitamins, medicine, and razors are discouraged.)

March-April Online Signup for Little Free Pantry

Here is the link to sign up to stock our Little Free Pantry for the next couple of months:  March-April Sign Up

Upcoming Meetings

Administrative Board will meet Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Rm. 118

MLC Board will meet Thursday, May 30 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

SPRC will meet Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 120

Children's Committee will meet Sunday, June 9 at 11:45 in Rm. 118

Trustees will meet Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Rm. 118

Mission Committee will meet Sunday, June 2 at 11:45 a.m. in Rm. 118