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Mar 23,2023

Love Thy Lord with All Your Heart,
all Your mind and all your Soul


Pastor Mitch's meanderings

Jesus, have mercy, as I move through this day.
You in me, and I in you.
In the times of peace the hours may bring,
In the seasons of wilderness that make me strong,
In the freedom of surrender before your cross,
In the power of the resurrection, that makes me whole.
Jesus, have mercy, as I move through this day.
You in me, and I in you.
In your name I come, amen.

This is a prayer that goes along with our devotional book, Jesus in the Wild. I hope you’ll pray it with me daily as we move through this time of Lent. In the devotion today, it talks about how we as humans want power, basically the ability to control our surroundings. Jesus had power and authority, and he could have had more authority if he’d given in to the devil in the wilderness. But he gave up that power which would have benefited his own self, was obedient to God’s plan, and eventually suffered and died on our behalf.

It can be difficult for us to relinquish control, but God asks us to do just that. Would it hurt us to suffer just a bit to help out a friend in need? Jesus suffered tremendously for you – and he didn’t have to do it. We don’t have to go to the lengths Jesus did, but sometimes we might need to suffer a bit, in love, for someone else.

My prayer for this season of Lent continues to be that each of you would not let the “busy”-ness of the world distract you from building up your relationship with God. Let’s take our example from Jesus… the devil tried his best to lure him away with worldly things, and he tries to do the same with us. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

The results of the vote at our Church Conference for Disaffiliation last Saturday are as follows:
67 YES votes
  5 NO votes
The motion to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church passed and will be effective July 1, 2023. As I said on Sunday, this does not change anything about who Mt. Olive is. You have historically welcomed everyone, no matter who they are, and we will continue to welcome everyone into the future. We will be continuing our discernment process over the next couple months to make decisions on where we go from here.

Be Blessed!
Pastor Mitch

Thursday April 6th 7pm


Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Grant County Rescue Mission :
UPDATE: If you are doing house cleaning and have things you know are good for someone else the Rescue Mission is the best place to take them.
They now have a warehouse that you can drop things off. Ring the bell and they will come out and unload it for you. The Graffiti  warehouse on 1216 S. Branson St., Behind Kirby Risk.
They are taking donations for the Shelters now and are in need of these items
Twin Bed Sheets
Shower Shoes
Wash Cloths
Men and women underwear
Canned food
Mt. Olive UMC interprets Acts 1:8 as a command to proclaim Christ locally, nationally, and internationally.  To live out that command, we have three legacy ministries that Mt. Olive covenants serve.  We serve other programs and missions, but these missions will always take priority for us do to our connections with them.  Each ministry has been audited as well to ensure that they proclaim the message of Jesus Christ, are financially accountable, and have a history or personal connection to Mt. Olive UMC.  

PreSchool News

What's been going on in PreK...

We are currently on Spring Break, but will be back next week with lots to share about the remaining 9 weeks of the Preschool year! :)

Youth Corner

We are sad to announce that Chase and Sarah are moving back to Ohio. Youth Group is currently suspended during this transition.

If you would like more information, please fill out this form and we will get back to you!

Kateri's Corner

Merciful and loving Father,
I come to You broken, open, and laid bare. You have searched me and stripped away everything that’s kept me from You, and I’m grateful. You have shown me my sin and reminded me of Your sacrifice for it, and I give You all my thanks. I don’t want to be proud, Lord; banish any remaining pride from my heart.
This is holy ground that You’ve allowed me to touch, God, and I don’t want to leave. I want to abide in You, to remain in Your presence, to turn away from anything that might come between us. Please keep me humble, Lord. Keep me watchful for the ways the world tries to distract me, and keep my eyes open for opportunities of service so I can display who You are to others. Protect my heart; remind me every day that You are God and I am not.  
I don’t want to leave this season of Lent unchanged, Lord. I don’t want to return to my proud ways, my distracted days. I want to stay right here with You, with not one thing pulling me from You. Please help me stay in this posture, this mind-set, this holy communion with You forever.
In Jesus’ name I pray,

Volunteers For Sunday

UMW has an on going Fundraiser for Terri Lynn Nuts, You can
click the link to order. There will not be any Terri Lynn Products this year at the Bazaar.  All orders proceeds will go to UMW.

Congregational Care & celebration dates

Find Your copy at church this week
Located outside the main Sanctuary Doors
And outside all the Doors

Happy Birthday

2nd Dr. Seuss
3rd Ken Marshall
3rd Alexander Graham Bell
6th Ellen Lindvall
7th Mike McDivitt
8th Nancy Dooley
10th Marsha Bowland
14th Albert Einstein
15th Amber Faust
17th Nat King Cole
19th Joyce Harris
22nd Andrew Lloyd Webber
22nd Ron Cates
22nd Ken Ritchey
25th Darlene Brinker
27th Ken Geller
28th Jeanne Cain
30th Vincent van Gogh

Happy Anniversary

14th Ken & Janet Marshall
29th Dan & Sherry Ribble

March Potty Post

PRAYERS and Praises

WEEK OF 3/20/23
Donna Barton is recovering from her hip replacement
Cheryl Parrish is asking for prayers for the family of her friend Susan Puckett Hoover who passed away.
Jill Johnson's sister has COVID on top of her Brain cancer please keep her in prayer.

WEEK OF 3/12/23
Lowell Harter has bronchitis and home. Doretta is struggling with stage 4 renal failure. Prayers for both
Connie Ritchey is in the hospital with an infection
Jill Johnson sister Janelle is having complications from a previous brain cancer. She is going through a tough time. Prayers for comfort and answers.
Charles Kelley and family for the loss of Lois' passing
Ralph Hobson Kateri's dad has fallen again and has a hematoma on his hip and hit his head.
Carlos Pagen a son of Kateri's friend is in a metal hospital needs prayers

WEEK OF 3/5/23
Lois Kelley passed away 3/8/2023 service's pending
Donna Barton had hip replacement on Monday she is home and resting please keep prayers coming.
Jim Goodpasture has blood cancer it is treatable but not cureable
Ruth and Dick Stevens has 2 great grandson
Leona Robinson's neighbor Steve Pavey has health issues
Marvin Stout fell and broke his femur and had surgery and is in the hospital

WEEK OF 3/26/23
Chase has family coming in for a visit
Donna Barton is having a total hip replacement on March 6th please keep her in prayer this week.

WEEK OF 2/19/23
Randy Hosier Thanking everyone for their prayers for his surgery. Everything went well just waiting on the results.
Donna Barton is having a hip replacements on March 6th and praising the Revival in Wilmore Ky
Ken Geller prayers for Grant County Rescue Mission, healing peace, guidance & direction as they find a new director going forward
Prayers for Ken's company's CEO Meri who is in ICU with very serious lung infection and has been on a vent for 2 weeks. Also strength for our office with annual audit in 9 days.
Susan Perry needs your prayers, she has COVID

Small Groups & current studies

Doug and Donna Barton
The Gospel of MARK
Fellowship Hall
Kateri Burnett
Create in Me a Heart of Wisdom
Meeting in Rm 5
Coming in Summer
8:30 AM 
  • Adult Bible Study Lead by Teresa Cates - Room 1

10:30 AM 
  • THE Study of Mark - Doug Barton - Fellowship Hall

1:00 PM
  • Create in me a Heart of Wisdom Women's Study - Kateri Burnett - Room 5  coming in the Summer

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This Sunday

8:30AM:  Adult Bible Study Teresa Cates ROOM 1
9:30AM:  Nursery Care;  Worship Service
10:30AM: Mt. Olive Kids K-5 Godly Play Room 6;  Nursery Care;  Mt. Olive Youth The Attic;  Adult Bible Study  Room 1 - The Gospel of Mark, Pastor Doug Barton Fellowship Hall

Thursdays 1:00pm
Create In Me A Heart of Peace - Kateri Burnett - Women's Study
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Greeting One Another 
Opening Hymn

Worship Music
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Be Thou My Vision
Prayers of the People
The Lord's Prayer
Message  Jesus in the Wild: Be Strong through the Struggle
Scripture: Ephensians 6: 10-18
Closing Song 
You are My All in All
Jesus in the Wild: Be Strong Through the Struggle
Ephesians 6:10-18   NIV 

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

How can we face our contests with the enemy day in and day out, growing stronger rather that weaker with each test?
1. Be Strong in the Lord
2. Be Strong in your Faith
Be Strong in Your Words
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