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Feb 5,2023

Love Thy Lord with All Your Heart


Pastor Mitch's meanderings

It’s no secret that The United Methodist Church has been in turmoil for several years regarding our beliefs surrounding human sexuality. I have friends, who I believe are all sincere, that are on both sides of the issue. I served as a General Conference delegate in 2016 and 2019, where both sides seemed to agree that whatever decisions made then would be the final say on the issue. After the Traditional Plan passed, which was the conservative, Orthodox plan, the progressive side did not recognize the outcome as legitimate and pressed on to change the denomination.

Because of this impasse, and the many years of debate which have preceded it, I believe there is no chance for any agreement between the two sides. One option which came out of the last General Conference is the opportunity for local congregations to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church and leave the denomination. That is what the discernment process we’ve been going through at Mt. Olive is all about. Many churches have already been through this process and voted to disaffiliate. If a church does vote to disaffiliate, then in a separate decision, they decide what direction to take, i.e. remain independent, join The Global Methodist Church, or join another denomination.

Our process is coming to a close, and because of requirements placed on us by the Conference, things are happening quickly. Members will receive a letter this week explaining what is happening. THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2023, at 2:30pm, we will host a Stay UMC speaker who will present the progressive side of the issue. Following his presentation, we will have a congregational discussion concerning the issues, led by Dave Rees and/or Mike McDivitt. One of the stipulations for this process is that it is to be led by laypersons in the congregation – not by the pastor. At the end of this discussion, we will take a secret ballot straw vote to gauge where we stand as a congregation on the issue.

After the vote is tabulated, the Board will decide whether or not to ask our Superintendent to schedule a Church Conference for an official vote on disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church. If this happens, only those who are Professing Members of Mt. Olive in attendance will be allowed to vote. Two thirds of those voting will need to vote yes for it to pass.

First of all, please be in prayer for this process. Next, please make it a priority to be at the meeting this Sunday if at all possible. You can find more information about the presentation from the conservative point of view at the following link:

Thank you for you observant attention to this matter.

Be Blessed!
Pastor Mitch


It is time to send in your college students addresses. We need any college student in your family.
 Please email the office or put your information in the door of the office.  
We need these no later than the week of  2/10/2023.


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

This week in PreK...

Winter weather got the best of our schedule and we didn't get to see the students very much this week. Enjoy some artwork that's displayed in the classrooms and hallways!

Youth Corner

Youth has moved back to Sunday Nights. We are meeting every other Sunday at 6:30!

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

Kateri's Corner

  • Google or God? 
by (in)courage 

The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.”
Proverbs 8:22–23
Raise your hand if you reach for your phone, open up a browser, and ask Google for the answer to every question you have. Whether we’re searching for solutions to everyday problems, like how to unclog a sink drain, or searching for answers to more serious matters, like what side effects are caused by a parent’s cancer medication, the internet has become our source of help, hope, knowledge, and wisdom. First of all, let’s thank God for access to such a wealth of information! But then let’s ask ourselves, How often do we turn to Google instead of God for wisdom?
I’m raising my hand right there with you! It’s easy to turn to every other reliable source out there when we need guidance in understanding something. Trusting what’s tangible is simpler than having faith in the unseen — and sometimes that’s okay! God has given us tools, resources, friends, and mentors to help us live well,
but we want to make sure that our ultimate source of understanding knowledge is the wisdom of God.
The Bible consists of sixty-six books written by various authors and in different genres. One genre is wisdom literature, which includes Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.
Together, these books share practical insights into how to live wisely.
In Proverbs 8:1–9, God’s wisdom is personified as a woman who stands at the city gates and urges us to listen and heed her call.
Let’s take a deep breath, settle in, and listen to what she has to say to us today.
Read Proverbs 8 in its entirety. What parts stand out to you about Wisdom and why?
Wisdom offers herself fully, freely, and generously to anyone who will listen and choose her — regardless of our beliefs, status, life experiences, or
background. And whether we’re aware of it or not, wisdom is applied by people every single day in all spheres of life — whether it’s by kings and rulers, as verses 15–16 tell us, or by the special needs teacher who’s figuring out how to care for and educate her students well, or by the employee who wants to hold their manager accountable for inappropriate behavior,
or by the young woman who notices the toxic behavior of a friend and doesn’t know what to do. Everyone needs wisdom to live this life well.
For each sticky situation we find ourselves in and for all the knowledge we need help understanding, we have access to the ultimate source of insight we need: the wisdom of God.
God’s wisdom is necessary for people to survive and flourish and fully enjoy life. His wisdom is our ultimate guide and has been since the very beginning of time. Thus, our passage for today:
“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.”
Proverbs 8:22–23
The wisdom of God created boundaries where there was formlessness, light where there was darkness, and order out of chaos. And as God delighted over each day’s work, so did wisdom (v.31).
Now, in the same way, wisdom continues the work of shaping and creating, ordering and delighting, and giving us life when we live according to her instructions. Better than Google, wisdom is accessible to all, giving us structure and guidelines by which we can thrive.
It boils down to this: all we’ve got is God, and to begin to live wisely, we fear Him (Prov. 1:7) and obey His commandments. This doesn’t mean we need to be afraid of Him. It means that we understand who He is and who we are — He is God, and we are not. We live, struggle through, and enjoy this one life we have while being in awe of Him. And we heed His words to us, choosing to walk in His love, grace, and wisdom.
Let’s ask and seek God for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding because He is our greatest source for them all.

Volunteers For Sunday

                                               WEEK 1/ 29/23                                                                                                                                                                                                      WEEK 2/05/23

These no-bake snack bites are packed with protein for steady energy. With a dusting of chopped Giant Cashews, you may always want to keep a batch of these in your refrigerator!
  • ¾ cup Granola
  • ½ cup Dry oats
  • ½ cup Cashew butter
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup Dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup White chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • ¼ cup Finely chopped Terri Lynn Giant Cashews for coating
  • Mix granola, oats, cashew butter, coconut oil, cranberries, white chocolate chips, and honey in a medium size bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • Use a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon size) to make the round bites and dip each into the chopped cashews, coating completely.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Paper copies of this recipe are is on the table outside the center doors of the sanctuary 
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


5th Nancy Helm
8th Brent Lindvall
11th Connie Ritchey
17th Bev Howard
20th Lisa Haney
22nd Barry Conrad
23rd Cecile Enochs
24th Jodi Rice

Happy Anniversary

8th Dick & Ruth Stevens
14th Becky & Dick Lawson
28th Doug & Amber Faust

FEBUary Potty Post

PRAYERS and Praises

WEEK OF 2/6/23 
Galen Clark  is asking for prayer for the mission team going to Honduras. Those going: Galen Clark, Skip Lebo, Ryan Lebo, Mike Hodupp, Haley Ramero and John Ropp. Dates: Jan 31 - Feb 9
Pray for family who lost son their son 19 yrs. ago.

WEEK OF 1/22/23
James Altman & Tammy Branson would like to thank everyone for their cards and prayers for the passing of James Dad.
Ralph Hobson has been having eye problems had appt. on Tuesday, He has an aneurysm that should heal on it's own.

WEEK OF 1/15/23
James Altman's dad passed away on Sunday 1/15/23 they will be having a family funeral in Fort Wayne
Nancy Tinkel passed away on 1/13/23 her services are from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday,  On Friday, January 20, 2023, a funeral service to celebrate Nancy's life at 10:00 am.
Pastor Mitch as he travels west. And keep his dad in prayer also.

WEEK OF 1/18/23
Jerry Futrell's mom passed away last friday
Dean & Barb Amburgey had their first granddaughter on New Years Eve Brynna Mitchell
Ruth Stevens niece Vicki had a stroke 8th Please be praying for her rehabilition and recovery.

WEEK OF 1/1/23
Prayer for the family of Amelia Moorman who passed away on Friday, especially her husband and young children.
Ralph Hobson Swelling in his legs and on his left side maybe but not likely from a fall. As you know he has had 3 small stokes. so keeping a very close eye on him.

WEEK OF 12/18
Nancy Carson is being moved to a memory care facility. Please pray for Nancy, Jeff and their family
Barb Carson Has a birthday today.
Jerry Smith Please him in you prayers he has Covid
Alex Warren has a birthday today too
Prayers for all the sick
Kateri Burnett asking for you to keep my mom and dad in prayer and my sister and I.

Small Groups & current studies

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

10:30 AM 
  • Gospel of Matthew - Mike McDivitt -  Room 1
  • THE Study of Mark - Doug Barton - Fellowship Hall

  • Create in me a Heart of Peace Women's Study - Kateri Burnett - Room 5 

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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 Mike McDivitt 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
Here I Am to Worship
Worship Music
My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)
Prayers of the People
The Lord's Prayer
Message  The Reason He Became Human: Communication And Demonstration
The Promise
 Scripture: John 1:14; 14:1–11
Closing Song 
Grace Greater Than Our Sin
The Reason He became Human: Communication And Demonstration
John 1:14; 14:1–11

1. Jesus lived among us so he could communicate with us.
2. Jesus lived among us to demonstrate what God is like.

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