2018 - A Year of Prayer
Each month families will be experiencing different ways of praying for others. In January families with children will be receiving a postcard. On that postcard we ask that you write your name(s) on it and a prayer request. Return your postcard to Rev. Alecia by January 17th and it will be mailed out to a different family so they can pray for you! 


Weekly Calendar

Sunday, January 21
 8:45 a.m. Morning Worship 
10:00 a.m. Sunday School 
10:30 a.m. Worship at the Well@Lewisburg 
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship 
12:00 p.m. Youth/Youth Parents' Meeting (Sanctuary) 
12:00 p.m. 4th Day Gathering (Wesley Hall) 
12:30 p.m. Children's Ministry Committee (Room 118)
 3:00 p.m. Youth Worship Arts (Choir Room)
 4:00 p.m. Youth Choir (Choir Room)
 4:30 p.m. Youth Ministry Team Meeting (Youth Room)
 5:00 p.m. Worship at the Well@Lewisburg
 5:30 p.m. Confirmation (Youth Room) 

Monday, January 22
 6:00 p.m. Finance Committee (Room 118)
 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts 

Tuesday, January 23
 2:00 p.m. Rook Club (Room 118)
 6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts
 7:30 p.m. Venture Scouts 

Wednesday, January 24
 9:30 a.m. Growing in Grace Bible Study (Sanctuary)
 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper (Wesley Hall)
 6:00 p.m. Spirit Kids (Rotation)
 6:30 p.m. Disciple Fast Track-New Testament (Room 118)
 6:30 p.m. Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition (Room 120)
 6:30 p.m. Men of Purpose Study (Joy Classroom)
 6:30 p.m. Sisters in Christ Study-Forgotten God (Chapel)
 6:30 p.m. Chancel Choir (Choir Room)
 6:30 p.m. Youth (Youth Room)
 7:30 p.m. Prayer Group (Sanctuary) 

Thursday, January 25
 9:30 a.m. Quilting Group (Chapel)
 6:00 p.m. TOPS (Room 118)
 6:00 p.m. MLC Board Meeting (Room 120)
 7:00 p.m. AA & Al-Anon 

Friday, January 26
 6:00 p.m. 3 yr Old-2nd Grade Movie 



Senior Adult Fellowship Events Coming Up
February's gathering will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 15 with a pizza lunch followed by a speaker who will address wills and estate planning. A gospel concert is on the schedule for March, with the group "Redeemed" here on March 17 at 3:00 p.m. 


Children's Movie Night - January 26
Three year olds through second graders, put on your PJ's and come enjoy a movie and snacks on Friday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m. Our movie feature will be Sing! 


Super Bowl Bake Sale - February 4
If you can't wait til the Dessert Auction on the 10th for home-made goodies, check out the Unity Circle Super Bowl Bake Sale on Sunday, February 4! In addition to cookies, cakes, and pies, you can purchase dips, soups and other savory treats before and after worship.


Rev. Hall to Lead Lenten Study - February 7
Hal Hall will be leading the Maxie Dunnam study "With Jesus in the Upper Room" beginning Wednesday nights on February 7 and on Tuesday mornings for the Senior Adult group beginning February 13. Please be sure to sign up at the Information Desk beginning this Sunday so that books can be ordered. 


Memphis Hustle Basketball - February 9
Maples Men's Club is sponsoring an outing to go to a Memphis Hustle basketball game at 7:00 p.m. on February 9 at the Landers Center in Southaven. The Memphis Hustle are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League as an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Tickets are only $8 and are available from Ricky Pacenza, Jr. Please contact him by January 26 to sign up. Men don't have to be a member of Maples or the Men's Club to attend. 


Friendship Banquet & Dessert Auction! - February 10
Don't miss the annual Men's Club Friendship Banquet and Dessert Auction on Saturday, February 10. Enjoy a delicious steak dinner for $15 per person and take part in the fun of bidding for the best home-made desserts around. Reservation forms will be included in the Sunday bulletin. 


Lay Servant School - February 17
Everyone Is Invited! Methodist Hospital Navigators is facilitating a Lay Servant School on Saturday, February 17 at Hernando UMC. The inclement weather date is February 24 and if we should have to postpone, the location on the 24th would be Senatobia First UMC. 

You must let Cheryl Denley (662-562-5865) in the District Office know if you are coming! Clergy are also welcome and will receive .5 CEU's. This opportunity is sponsored by the Desoto Cluster, but the faculty is from The Methodist Hospital. The classes that will be offered are: Avoid Burnout In Ministry, Living With Alzheimer's, Mental Health and the Opioid Epidemic, and Power To Forgive is Power to Heal. ANYONE is welcome to attend, you just have to register by calling the district office. Even if you are not a part of the lay servant ministry in our district, feel free to attend. One of the best features of the day, is that it is FREE! All we ask is for a donation that day for your lunch. 


CLS Women's Retreat February 16-17
Camp Lake Stephens is hosting a Women's Retreat Friday, February 16-Saturday, February 17. Rev. Cynthia Davis, Senior Associate Pastor of Congregational Care at Christ UMC in Memphis, has led many women's events through the Southeastern Jurisdiction and will be speaking. Worship Leader will be Julia Sheets, Wesley Director at Delta State. This retreat is designed for women of all ages, from all walks of life. Retreat sessions will all encourage open dialogue and include topics such as Parenting Boundaries, Careers, Financial Management and Starting Your Own Business. Also offered will be activities like Yoga, High Ropes, Nature Walks, a bonfire and music. The cost is $100 and includes lodging, meals and all programming. Registration deadline is January 19. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at registration and the final balance is due February 9. Contact the church office for registration forms or go online to www.camplakestephens.com.


Stop Hunger Now Event on March 3
It is time to begin planning and raising funds for our annual Stop Hunger Now packing event on Saturday, March 3 at Maples. We will need volunteers of all ages to help with packing 40,000 plus meals. Another way you can help support this outreach is to donate towards the purchase of the ingredients we will be packaging. The cost of 40,000 meals is $11,600.00 (just 29¢ each). Our mission budget covers $6,000.00 of the total and we need to raise the rest through special gifts. You can bring your offerings to the altar during the last hymn each week at worship.


Grief Share Support Group
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. 

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements: a video seminar with experts; support group discussion, and personal study and reflection. Please note that this program is only for those who have lost loved ones through death. Dates and times will be announced soon. If you are interested, you can contact David Laird or access the web site at https://www.griefshare.org/.