Advent & Christmas Schedule

  • Sunday, December 3 - Children and Youth Choirs present a program of Lessons and Carols at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. 
  • Sunday, December 10 - The Chancel Choir and orchestra offer an evening of Christmas music at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. 
  • Monday, December 11 - The Learning Center Christmas program.
  • Saturday, December 16 - BealeCanto, a premier men's chamber group, presents Christmas songs and carols in Maples' sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. (This is a free concert.) 
  • Sunday, December 17 - Miracle of Jesus, a children's prayer walk, will be offered at 11:00 a.m. in Wesley Hall. 
  • Sunday, December 17 - An Advent prayer walk for the whole family will be offered from 6:00-10:00 p.m. (come and go) in the narthex and sanctuary. 
  • Monday, December 18 - The family Advent prayer walk will be offered again from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 24 - On Christmas Eve, there will be one morning worship service at 10:00 a.m. and candlelight communion services at both 5:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. 

Weekly Calendar

Sunday, November 19
 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
 3:00 p.m. Youth Worship Arts (Choir Room)
 4:00 p.m. Youth Choir (Choir Room)
 5:00 p.m. Church Wide Thanksgiving Dinner (Wesley Hall)
 5:00 p.m. Worship at the Well@Lewisburg
 6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Worship (Sanctuary) 

Monday, November 20
 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts Tuesday, November 21
 6:00 a.m. Sr. High Youth Prayer Breakfast (Chick-Fil-A) 

Tuesday, November 21
11:00 a.m. Mission Circle (Room 118)
 2:00 p.m. Rook Club (Room 118)
 5:30 p.m. TOPS (Room 118)
 6:00 p.m. Jr. High Youth Prayer Supper
 7:30 p.m. Venture Scouts 

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving-Office Closed November 23-24

Outing and Outreach - November 18
Join us for an outing to the Mississippi River Kings Hockey game on Saturday, November 18th. For outreach, bring a teddy bear to throw on the ice for Toys for Tots. Tickets are $16 each and include a River Kings military camo hat and a Chick Fil A combo meal voucher. Please sign up and have payment in to Rev. Alecia Fischer by Sunday, November 12.

Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship - November 19
Join your church family on Sunday, November 19 as we share a Thanksgiving meal and thank God for His many blessings. Dinner begins at 5:00 p.m. and worship will follow at 6:30 in the sanctuary. Turkey and dressing will be provided and you are asked to bring sides and desserts to share. We will need several people to help set up, clean up and take down tables and chairs. If you can help, please sign up at the Information Desk, on your yellow communication card on Sunday or call Jane Downs in the church office. 

UMCOR Christmas Shoeboxes
UMCOR shoeboxes are here ready to be filled and distributed at Christmas time to children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. The boxes include a list of suggested items to be included (printed on the side of the box) and you are asked to check off the items you include. Our children are taking 30 of the boxes and there are another 40 boxes to be filled by anyone interested in this outreach. The boxes are located at the Information Desk and can be returned to a bin near that location. When you turn in your box, please include an envelope with $4 to be used to ship the gifts. If including a check, please make it out to Maples.

Advent Study to Be Offered
In November and December our Senior Adults will be offered a four week Advent Bible Study beginning on Thursday, November 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 118. David Laird will facilitate The Redemption of Scrooge, from Matt Rawle's The Pop in Culture Series. 

Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark, and sad character? From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will "bless us every one" and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. 

Order forms for poinsettias will be included in your worship bulletin for the next two Sundays. If you would like to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary/narthex for the Advent season, please be sure to fill out your order and turn in to the office with payment by Tuesday, November 21. 

Christmas Ornaments for Sale in December
If you missed out on purchasing one of our 175th Anniversary Christmas Ornaments, you will have a second chance during December. Cost is $20 and benefits our Youth Choir trip to Lake Junaluska next summer for Worship Arts Week. 

Food Pantry
Great things are happening at the Olive Branch Food Pantry as we continue to serve the people of DeSoto County. The Food Pantry is open on Tuesday mornings from 10am-noon and Thursday evenings from 5-7pm. People may request assistance once a month. There are many ways to volunteer. 

One is to help on Maples' assigned work days. December 5th is the next Tuesday morning on which Maples is scheduled. Another way to assist is with food pick up from Kroger or Walmart and to stock the pantry on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am-noon. Yet another way to help is through donations of funds and canned food. The Food Pantry is looking into buying a commercial vehicle to handle the pick-ups from Kroger and Walmart and would appreciate financial donations towards that purchase. 

In December the pantry has its annual Christmas giveaway day on Saturday December 16th. People may come and "shop" for items that have been donated to help with the Christmas season. Maples Memorial is collecting socks as part of this program. Socks of all sizes can be placed in the Food Pantry bin at the Information Desk. The pantry serves 250 families with the Christmas giveaway. You may also help to set up on the day before the Christmas giveaway or that Saturday. Many volunteers are needed from 12-5pm on Saturday December 16th, 2017. 

Christmas Angel Tree
In cooperation with Together Ministry Center the Children's committee is sponsoring the Angel Tree Ministry this year. Together Ministry Center is actively engaged in ministry to the poor and underserved in DeSoto County. Angels are children from the Candle light Trailer Park in Olive Branch. 

Sign up begins Sunday November 19th on the Giving Wall located next to the Information Desk. Please sign out your angel to a member of the Children's Committee. Typically one angel cost around $100. If you would like to sponsor an angel, but do not have the time to go shopping, a Children's Committee member would love to shop for you; just make a donation, mark your Angel's number on the check and turn it into the office. 

All Angel packages are due back by Sunday December 10th.


Glow Kids Expansion December 3
Beginning on Sunday December 3rd during the 11am service, Glow Kids will begin offering two Glow Kids classes. One for ages 3 & 4 year olds will meet in room 141, and Kindergarten and 1st grades will meet in room 131.

Special Spirit Kids December 13
Wednesday December 13th please join us for family night at Spirit Kids. Families will rotate together through the Music Station singing Christmas Carols, Lego station making Nativity Lego displays and decorating a gingerbread person in the Fun Factory Station. Spirit Kids begins at 6pm and ends at 7:30pm. 

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve Worship Schedule
Both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on Sunday this year. Since there will be two Christmas Eve services on the night of December 24, we will have one morning worship service at 10:00 a.m. and no Sunday School. We will follow the same schedule on December 31 (New Year's Eve): no Sunday School and one morning worship service at 10:00 a.m.