Volunteers for January 19, 2020

Counters: Pat Dorr & Rusty Smith

Maples Kids: Danielle Haley

Greeters: Mary Gail Freeman & Donna Zaino (9:15)

Jane Downs (10:15)

Ushers: Bryan Williams (8:30)

 Ron Tucker, Tommy Abrams, Rick Vinson, Rick Osborn (10:30)

Weekly Schedule

Saturday, January 18

Noon  Youth Overflow Weekend - Camp Lake Stephens

Sunday, January 19

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

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:30 a.m. Morning Worship-Traditions

11:45 a.m. Children's Committee (Room 118)

5:30 p.m. Confirmation Class

Monday, January 20

Church Office Closed

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

Tuesday, January 21

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

1:00 p.m. Rook Club

6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts

Wednesday, January 22

9:30 a.m. Growing In Grace Study (Sanctuary)

5:30 p.m. Family Table Dinner (Wesley Hall)

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

6:30 p.m. Maples' Kids

6:30 p.m. Youth

6:30 p.m. Disciple Study (Chapel)

6:30 p.m. Sisters in Christ (Room 181)

6:30 p.m. The Wesleyan Way (Room 182)

Thursday, January 23

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

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

7:30 p.m. Al-Anon (Room 181)

First Leadership Team Meeting

The Leadership Team meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Again, anyone interested is welcome to attend.

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! 

Security Training Offered February 2

 Ushers, greeters, church staff, nursery workers and the security team are all asked to attend a security training meeting on Sunday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 118.

MLC Recognition on January 26

On Sunday, January 26, we will recognize our Maples Learning Center leadership and teachers during the 10:30 a.m. worship service and they will be invited to a catered lunch immediately afterwards in Wesley Hall. We appreciate all that MLC does to care for children in the Olive Branch area!

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.

Upcoming Meetings

 Children's Committee will meet on Sunday, January 19 at 11:45 a.m. in Room 118.

Security Training will take place on Sunday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 118.

Leadership Team will meet on Sunday, February 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall. 

January-February 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: January-February 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.  We meet every Wednesday morning at 10 am.

Wednesday Night Resumes January 15

Our Winter/Spring semester of Wednesday night small groups begins on January 22. 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 

Please plan to join us again on Wednesday, January 22nd at 5:30 pm .  Meal costs: $7.00 adults, $3.00 Child's portion and $20.00 for a whole family.  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!

Our menu for the 22nd is Fazoli's!  Delicious Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Salad, UNLIMITED BREADSTICKS and of course dessert.   Please join us!

Youth Announcements: Overflow & D-Now

Over MLK weekend (Jan 18-20) the youth will have the opportunity to attend Overflow at Camp Lake Stephens! Overflow is a junior- and senior-high spiritual life retreat during which youth groups from across the state worship, learn, play, and fellowship in prayer and reflection together for a weekend. To register, come by Joel's office to pick up registration forms, or contact Joel (662.501.6703 or joel@mapleschurch.org). The cost is $150 per person. Turn in your forms and payment to Joel or the church office by January 3.

 DNOW Coming Up!

The Maples Youth ministry is excited to host a Disciple-Now (D-Now) event the weekend of February 21-23, 2020. D-Now is a weekend retreat for junior- and senior-high students that aims to invite youth into and grow them in a life of discipleship. Our speaker for the weekend will be Sarah Jo Adams-Wilson, an ordained elder in the UMC and pastor of Longview UMC and Adaton UMC in Starkville, MS. Our worship leader for the weekend is Cody Hickman, Modern Worship and Creative Director at Oxford-University UMC in Oxford, MS. Save the date for what will be a great weekend of worship, learning, service, and growth!

Men's Bible Study Teacher Needed at Silver Creek

There is a men's Bible study group at Silver Creek Retirement Community in need of a Bible study teacher. The group meets on Tuesday nights. Please let Rev. Stephen Sparks know if you can help.

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.

United Methodist Women

Mission Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 118. This meeting will include the annual pledge service. All women are invited; please bring a sandwich for lunch-drinks and dessert will be provided.


Join us in January for Zumba taught by Lolita McLain, certified Zumba instructor. Put on some comfortable clothes and come dance the pounds off on Thursday nights at Maples starting back in January 2020.  Classes will be each Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Cost is $5 per person.


Beginning October 1, Maples Glow Kids Sunday/Wednesday Night activities for Prek-5th will be renamed...MaplesKids!

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.


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.

Learning Center Needs CDL Bus Driver

Maples Learning Center is Hiring for a CDL Bus driver. You must be at least 25 years of age and have a CDL Class B or C license. We are able to train you to get this license, if need be. Please contact Shea South for more details. 662-895-0622, shea@mapleschurch.org

Worship Arts Advent Fundraiser

Youth preparing for their coming summer Choir Trip will be offering a variety of handmade soaps, scrubs, etc.  See Joey Lott for your soap needs.

Handyman Needed

 Maples is looking for a paid, part time "handyman" to do odd jobs around the church facility. Applicants are asked to submit a resume to the Board of Trustees by January 1.

Church Office Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Please note that the church office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20.