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Olympia Fields United Methodist Church
  For more information, please contact Reverand Richard Wagner 
Church Office: 708-481-5928 or or email
Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m.  
Prayers and Donations welcome via website donations tabs or
USPS mail 20301 Western Ave. Olympia Fields, Illinois 60461
(Updated by Lois Nemeth Olympia Fields UMC Certified Lay Servant, Lay Leader Member to NIC Annual Conference}
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The purpose of United Methodist Men is to help men to grow in Christ, so others can know Christ.
United Methodist Men is a creative, supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ,
to grow spiritually, and to seek daily His will.

We seek to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship and education so that they can inspire, influence and impact local and global communities.

Our Mission

The Mission of OFUMC is equipping Christian disciples

for ministries of worship, teaching, community building, and service. 

Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service

Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After he agreed with the workers to pay them a denarion, he sent them into his vineyard. “Then he went out around nine in the morning and saw others standing around the marketplace doing nothing. He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I’ll pay you whatever is right.’ And they went. “Again around noon and then at three in the afternoon, he did the same thing. Around five in the afternoon he went and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you just standing around here doing nothing all day long?’ “‘Because nobody has hired us,’ they replied. “He responded, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and moving on finally to the first.’ When those who were hired at five in the afternoon came, each one received a denarion. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each of them also received a denarion. When they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, ‘These who were hired last worked one hour, and they received the same pay as we did even though we had to work the whole day in the hot sun.’ “But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I did you no wrong. Didn’t I agree to pay you a denarion? Take what belongs to you and go. I want to give to this one who was hired last the same as I give to you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you resentful because I’m generous?’ So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last.” (Matthew 20:1–16, CEB)


Jesus employs expressions of well-conceived craving,
     regarding fairness,
          buttressed by calculation, complaint, and contention,
     to relate, reveal, and reinforce a greater truth
          found within
               the generous, graceful, and granting goodness
                    of God.

“We have rightly put in our work and are now here
to take exception, gripe, squawk about our hours tilling soil,
because we observe you also unfairly paying regard
to those whose qualification should be lower, for less toil.”

“This is true,” God notes, but then purposefully suggests,
“It’s not only about sensibly beating your chests.”
“My nature also extends to those who do not deserve.
I have come to love, forgive, encourage, support, and serve.”

Pastor Rich Wagner


Seventhteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 24, 2023

Worship:                           9:30 am


Scripture Readings

New Testament                 Philippians 1:21-30
Gospel                             Matthew 20:21–16

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