Click here  for The DAILY DEVOTION with Pastor Sparks on Facebook Live Monday through Friday at 6 pm.

The March 29th worship service will be taking place on Facebook Live at 10:30 am and immediately following on our new YouTube Channel. Both links below  

Click here to view our Facebook page


Click here to view it on our YouTube Channel.



Weekly Schedule

Sunday, March 29

9:30 am SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Friendship Sunday School will be available online via Zoom! You are welcome to join in!
Time: Mar 29, 2020 09:30 AM

Choose How You Want to Connect!

1. 💻 ON LAPTOP OR DEVICE WITH CAMERA (VIDEO & AUDIO)

  • Click Here (direct link to the Zoom meeting)
  • Click "Download and Run Zoom" or launch the application and open zoom.us.
  • Enter the Meeting ID: 719 278 5526
  • Make sure your camera and microphone are on.
  • Once you are in, please mute yourself (bottom left of the screen) so as to reduce feedback.

2. 📞 BY PHONE (AUDIO ONLY)

  • Call one of these numbers
    • 1+ (312) 626-6799 or
    • 1+ (346) 248-7799
  • Enter the Meeting ID: 719 278 5526#
  • If you are a participant, it will ask you to press #
  • Once in the meeting, please mute yourself in order to reduce feedback.

Can't make it at 9:30? The lesson will be available via podcast beginning at 11:30. Just go to https://castbox.fm/podcasts/mapleschurch?country=us

YOUTH: PARTICIPATE  in a small group daily devotional led by one of our youth leaders. Please contact Joel Garrott at joel@mapleschurch.org  or reply to Joel or Amanda McCormick on youth Remind and make sure to include your cell number. These will be 3-5 participants in a group and communicated via group chat. Please get on youth Remind to stay updated. Parents are invited to join as well.

CHILDREN: Our NEW Children’s website is now live! It is mapleskids.weebly.com. There will be weekly bible studies for you to do with your kiddos and other content coming.

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MORNING WORSHIP

SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH

10:30 a.m.  Morning Worship will take place on Facebook Live. Join us on our Maples Memorial United Methodist Church Facebook page at 10:30 or choose from our archived services. 

7:00 p.m.     Special Prayer Service on Facebook Live with Maples Clergy

All normal activities excluding Sunday Worship services have been postponed for this upcoming week.  

Please watch for daily updates!







Monthly Gatherings

AS of March 29, 2020 all group meetings have been postponed.  Please continue to check the website for updated meeting dates.

United Methodist Men
 3rd Monday Nights at 6:30 pm
 Wesley Hall

United Methodist Women
 
Mission Circle
3rd Tuesday Mornings at 11:00 am
 Room 118
 

Leadership Team

3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00 pm


 A Word from Pastor Stephen Sparks 

03/17/20

Dear Maples Family;

We all missed worshiping in the sanctuary this last Sunday but I was overjoyed that we had over 140 families tuning in live and since then we have had over 700 people that have viewed our video from Sunday. I’m also grateful for your continued faithfulness in checking on each other, encouraging each other, in giving, and in prayer. This is in all likelihood is the new normal for several weeks. We will make it through this challenge together and will be stronger because of it. Every challenge has within it an opportunity for the church to be the church. Here is where we can shine!

We will be live online every Sunday for the immediate future. We will announce plans for the next few weeks in constant contact, online and in future mailings. We are making plans for some special events including Easter as well. We are monitoring the situation and hope to be back to regular worship as soon as possible. You can find it online at our Facebook page here. You can also watch as well as access other online content on our new YouTube channel MaplesChurchLive here. Content will be duplicated on both platforms.

This week, Maples will be hosting one Sunday School class via teleconference. You can join either by phone or device (instructions are below).  All are welcome to call/conference in to join us. If this is a format that you find beneficial during this time of isolation, please let your Sunday school teachers know if you want to do a call in just for your class and we will work to establish a platform for your individual class moving forward. In the meantime, we hope you join us this Sunday!  Again, you can join us via telephone or videoconferencing, whichever you prefer; instructions for both are below.

Friendship Sunday School will be available online via Zoom! You are welcome to join in!
Time: Mar 29, 2020 09:30 AM


Choose How You Want to Connect!

1. 💻 ON LAPTOP OR DEVICE WITH CAMERA (VIDEO & AUDIO)

  • Click Here (direct link to the Zoom meeting)
  • Click "Download and Run Zoom" or launch the application and open zoom.us.
  • Enter the Meeting ID: 719 278 5526
  • Make sure your camera and microphone are on.
  • Once you are in, please mute yourself (bottom left of the screen) so as to reduce feedback.

2. 📞 BY PHONE (AUDIO ONLY)

  • Call one of these numbers
    • 1+ (312) 626-6799 or
    • 1+ (346) 248-7799
  • Enter the Meeting ID: 719 278 5526#
  • If you are a participant, it will ask you to press #
  • Once in the meeting, please mute yourself in order to reduce feedback.

Can't make it at 9:30? The lesson will be available via podcast beginning at 11:30. Just go to https://castbox.fm/podcasts/mapleschurch?country=us

YOUTH: if you would like to participate in a small group daily devotional led by one of our youth leaders, please reply to Joel or Amanda McCormick or on youth Remind and make sure to include your cell number. These will be 3-5 participants in a group and communicated via group chat. Please get on youth Remind to stay updated. Parents are invited to join as well.

CHILDREN: Our NEW Children’s website is now live and you can find it here. There will be weekly bible studies for you to do with your kiddos and other content coming.

If you are in an at risk group of persons for the Covid-19 virus please let us know at the church if you need help with shopping or with picking up things from the pharmacy. We have people in the church ready and willing to help! You can call the church office at 662-895-2279 or email Jane or me at stephen@MaplesChurch.org .

I want to thank you for your faithfulness last week. Many of you contributed online or mailed in your contributions this week. We want to make that process as easy as possible for you. That is why we are mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to you. We will continue to work to ease the process. Even in crisis the ministry of the church continues and our fixed costs continue. There will be a day soon when the epidemic will pass and the restrictions will be eased. We want to be at our fullest capabilities when that happens while continuing to hold on to and expand our online features as the ministry of tomorrow today. We are taking steps to decrease some of our fixed costs and eliminate others. We are trying to be as good a steward with God’s resources as is possible.

I believe that God can and does redeem all things if we but submit them to him. He can redeem even this. If in this moment we pull closer together as a community of faith and as a beacon of light in our community, if we engage persons that are searching for hope and needing to connect or reconnect with God through a faith community, if we reach out to our neighbors and hear the cry of the needy, if we show great resolve, great faith, and great patience, if we develop new strategies to leverage the technology available to us to reach the world for Jesus Christ, if we continue to be a beacon of light in dark times, then we will have truly accomplished God’s mission for his Church in this world.

And the best thing of all is that God is with us!

I remain, Sincerely,

Stephen Sparks, Lead Pastor

 

Dr Peter Bellini: 10 GUIDELINES for Prayer in these COVID-19 times

1. PEACE- Pray against spirits of division, suspicion, anxiety, panic, and fear that grip our communities.

2. LEADERSHIP- Pray for wisdom, truth, direction, compassion, and strength for all leaders (political, medical, economic, ecclesial, etc) in authority.

3. PROTECTION- Claim the blood of Jesus as a shield over people groups, institutions, systems, policies, processes, and over all areas of life and society against COVID-19 and its effects.

4. IMMUNITY- Daily speak strength and health to immune systems (personal, family, friends, etc.)

5. RESOURCES- Pray for sufficient human and medical resources for our healthcare systems and sufficient and necessary resources for all other sectors (i.e. financial) and institutions (i.e. schools).

6. TESTING- Pray for a prompt, expedient, efficient, and sufficient, production, distribution, administration, and interpretation of tests locally so that leaders may realistically ascertain the scope of the problem and be equipped with strategies and resources to address the problem thoroughly and speedily.

7. STRATEGIES- Pray for the deployment of effective strategies for identifying epicenters and centers of the disease's proliferation, for social distancing, for judicious and humane regional, local, and home-based quarantining that would level off the rate and intensity of occurrences, for home-based and institutional treatment of the sick, for accurate contact tracing, and for all other epidemiological issues and solutions.

8. RESEARCH- Pray for all types of researchers to develop an expeditious, effective, sufficient, affordable, well-rested, and safe production of a CV-19 vaccine and treatments.

9. INSTITUTIONS RESTORED- Pray for all of the institutions and systems impacted by this crisis (the church, gov't, healthcare, schools, the economy, businesses, law enforcement and other first responders and all other workplaces) that they would be protected and restored to normal healthy functioning.

10. SALVATION- Pray that we all come to a place of true repentance and total dependence on God for all things and that God would release to this world. protection, provision, healing, restoration, strength, salvation and all things that pertain to life and godliness. Time for the church to be the church and embody and minister wisdom and love in all we do. Be a Kingdom witness.

PB

NEW DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Check out Pastor Sparks new DAILY DEVOTIONAL Monday through Friday at 6pm.  Catch it on our FaceBook page LIVE daily! 

Summer Internships at Maples

College students are invited to apply for a summer internship at Maples. We plan to hire 2 youth, 1 children's and 1 music interns to help with programming during June and July. We are looking for college students who: 1) have completed at least their freshman year, 2) are active in a faith community in their campus or home context, and 3) have a strong desire to serve youth and their families. For more information contact joel@mapleschurch.org or stephen@mapleschurch.org

22nd Annual Wesley Meadows Golf Tournament

It is almost time for Maples to defend its championship of the annual Wesley Meadows Golf Tournament. The four man scramble will take place on Thursday, April 23 at Timber Truss (formerly known as Plantation Golf Club) here in Olive Branch with tee times at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A continental breakfast will be available before 8:00 a.m. and lunch will start at 11:30 a.m. for the 1:00 p.m. tee time. After your round of golf is over, join us for our BBQ dinner, door prizes and award ceremony at 5:00 p.m. This year Wesley Meadows is wrapping up a capital campaign to build a 10 bedroom Green House Home for residents living with forgetfulness. Proceeds from this year's tournament will go towards a maintenance endowment to keep the home well maintained for years to come. Individual fees are $125 per person or $500 per team. If you are unable to play, you can purchase various sponsorships. Also, the Maddox Foundation has granted a challenge grant, offering up to $1 million to match all donations raised at this tournament.

 

Reminder to Parents

Please note that if you are putting your children up through 5th grade in the church nursery, Children's Church or other classes during church wide events such as Sunday School, worship services or Wednesday night activities, at least one parent must stay on church property.

UMCOR in DeSoto County

We are so grateful for the volunteers from the local churches who have been on the ground from day one, helping their neighbors and community with emergency relief and clean-up.

UMCOR has been asked to assist with Disaster Case Management by DeSoto County Emergency Management. Disaster Case Managers assist those affected by the disaster by helping resource long-term recovery needs. To assist in deciding what scale the long-term program will need to be, we need local volunteers to assist in screening calls and potentially door-to-door assessments.

Contact Mellie Thomas, disasters@mississippi-umc.org, if you are willing to volunteer in this effort to transition to the next phase of recovery.

March/April Online Signup for Little Free Pantry

In addition to supporting the Olive Branch Food Pantry, Maples Memorial participates in the Little Free Pantry movement. Our Little Pantry is located on the edge of the parking lot between Maples and the Y. Who is the Little Free Pantry for? The LFP is for neighbors helping neighbors. In high poverty areas, the LFP is most often for those who are not easily able to meet everyday food and personal needs. In all places, the Little Free Pantry is for those who want and/or need to give. How does the Little Free Pantry differ from other food pantries? The LFP is small, so it cannot stock the quantity and variety other food pantries can. For this reason, it should not be relied on for meeting pervasive need. Many food pantries require application before use and have set hours of operation. Anyone may access the LFP at any time. Food pantries operate as service providers, those who use them as clients. The LFP dissolves that professional boundary. Whether stocking or taking stock, everyone approaches the LFP the same way, mediating the shame that accompanies need.

To sign up and get more information, you can access the following link:

March/April Sign Up

Growing in Grace Bible Study Weekly

Growing in Grace is a non-denominational Bible study open to all women in the community which meets at Maples on Wednesday mornings during the school year. Classes are now in session but please join us if you are looking for a womens' study.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are presenting postponing Wednesday study but hope to resume as soon as possible.

Wednesday Night Activities Postponed

Our Winter/Spring semester of Wednesday night small groups began on January 22. At present, Wednesday night activities are postponed but please note the new studies we are offering.  

One of our new studies is The Wesleyan Way, A Faith That Matters written by Bishop Scott Jones. Sam Jones will lead this 8 session study focusing on how, through discipleship with Jesus, we become part of God's work in transforming the world. Books cost $12 and you can register and place your book order at the Information Desk.

The Family Table-Wednesdays 5:30pm 

No Wednesday Night Dinners until further notice.  Please check back for our next scheduled dinner and bring a friend.  

General information....Wednesday Night Dinner begins at 5:30 pm .  Meal costs: $7.00 adults, $3.00 Child's portion and $20.00 for a whole family-pay at the door.  Make your reservation by completing your yellow communication card found in the Sunday bulletin or by calling Jane or Pam in the church office.  Wednesday night supper is a huge hit so please be sure to reserve your plate.  Hope to see you there!

Making Plans for Summer Camp at CLS?

If you are planning for your child to attend Camp Lake Stephens this summer, we are asking that you attend a brief gathering at the beginning of the Children's Committee meeting on Sunday, January 19 at 11:45 a.m. We will be trying to coordinate children attending/traveling to and from the camp during the same weeks.

MaplesKids! 

Currently we are not meeting at the church due to COVID-19 precautions; however, Our NEW Children’s website is now live!  It is mapleskids.weebly.com. There will be weekly bible studies for you to do with your kiddos and other content coming.

When we are meeting on the church property, please join MAPLESKIDS! Sunday/Wednesday Night activities for Prek-5th GRADE.

Sunday mornings will be taught by our interim children's director, Sarah Kirchhoff and two volunteers will be in monthly rotations with her each morning. Sundays during Maples Kids, the interim children's director will teach a "theme/topic" directly related to what Pastor Stephen Sparks will be preaching. (This will lead to family discussions and will help keep to topic with the whole family.) Your children will go to Sunday school normally, but for Maples Kids they will go to the sanctuary. Then during "Children's Moment" your child/children will come forward to go with our interim director and the volunteers to the MaplesKids activity. You will still pick your child up after Maples Kids like you did for Glow Kids.It will look like this...

  • Going to Sunday School I check my child in at the kiosk by the offices, get a sticker, place it on my child's back, and keep a copy for myself.
  • I then pick my child up from Sunday School and take them with me to the Sanctuary for the first 15-20 minutes of the service. (This is so that we help them connect to the larger cross generational service.) I DO NOT NEED TO CHECK THEM BACK IN FOR MAPLESKIDS (children's church).
  • If I don't make it to Sunday School I can check my child in to MaplesKids at a new kiosk in the Narthex, get a sticker for them and for me, and then take them with me to my seat.
  • All children will then be invited forward for Children's Sermon.
  • Then these Children will be released to Mapleskids and be taken out by our awesome volunteers.
  • If a child doesn't have a sticker then they will not leave the sanctuary and a volunteer will attempt to locate the parents to get the child checked in.
  • Parents will at the end of the service pick up their child from the Mapleskids room.

E-Giving

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!  Please click the link at the top of the home page of this site called E-Giving or 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.

Methodist Foundation Scholarships Available

The Foundation seeks to provide Mississippi United Methodist students a financial boost to further their educational goals. Our scholarship committee awards scholarships from generous donors and endowments. Students must be active participants in a United Methodist Church in Mississippi. Scholarship applications will be available starting Jan. 2. Our scholarship application deadline is April 1st.

Pastoral Care Team Needs Men!

Our recently formed Pastoral Care Team has been making a huge difference in our outreach to the hurting in our community and we can't thank them enough for the care and compassion they continue to show. One need they have expressed is for more men to participate in reaching out to other men who are home bound or experiencing illness or loss. If you can help, please contact Donna Zaino or Charlotte Abrams.

Fun Bunch Lunch with a Special Guest Olive Branch Police Department rescheduled 

Please watch for updates as we reschedule the March Fun Bunch Lunch.  Our 55 and older ministry, the Fun Bunch, meets every third Thursday in Room 118. Please watch for a new lunch date soon.