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Troop 112 Served as Honor Guard Memorial Day, Monday,  May 31, 2021. 

Thank you for continuing to support local Scouting Programs. For more information and scouting activities, please email Ed Cook via olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net or call the church office 708-481-5928

Reopening Update:
Olympia Fields United Methodist Church
Invites you to attend Worship Beginning Communion Sunday, June 6, 2021 @9:30 a.m.
Note: Since Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Attendance resumed and has been limited to 15 people.
  For more information please contact Reverand Richard Wagner at the church office 708-482-5928
Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m. or email Pastor Richard Wagner for details at: olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net
Reservations, PPE,  temperature checks, and social distancing are required per CDC, Norther Illinois Conference, and Illinois State guidelines.
Donations welcome at www.ofumc.com Prayers this message finds all in good health and lifted spirits.

{ Updated June 1,2021 by Lois Nemeth Certified Lay Servant Lay Leader Member to Northern Illinois Annual Conference}
 

As of Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, Sunday School. During 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, there is a Children's Moment included for children of all ages. Contact Pastor Richard Wagner at the church office more more details. 708-481-5928 or email olyfldsumc@sbcglobal.net

Mission Continues to support the 2021 South Suburban CROP Hunger Virtual Walk 

In 2021, we will continue to fight against the challenges of disease, disaster, displacement and other concerns that leave people hungry.

Join with us as we raise funds to help neighbors near and far get the meals they need for today and sustainable food security for tomorrow!

So far we have raised $6966.7 in online donations and $910 in Facebook donations or reported cash and checks!


 https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/olympia-fields-umc?fbclid=IwAR3FSrYGbqh6wpVztAe7RVoJZkll1G2eM1feLCiCmiUMK62MsSFWUZD2Rp8

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Our Mission
Our Mission

The mission of OFUMC is equipping Christian disciples
for ministries of worship, teaching, community building, and service.


Our mission statement leads us all to take seriously the call to be disciples of Christ
and to carry the gospel message that God loves and cares for whomever comes seeking to be in a positive relationship with God. All are welcome, no matter what background or identity.

Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service

“Don’t let anyone lose courage because of this Philistine!” David told Saul. “I, your servant, will go out and fight him!” “You can’t go out and fight this Philistine,” Saul answered David. “You are still a boy. But he’s been a warrior since he was a boy!” “Your servant has kept his father’s sheep,” David replied to Saul, “and if ever a lion or a bear came and carried off one of the flock, I would go after it, strike it, and rescue the animal from its mouth. If it turned on me, I would grab it at its jaw, strike it, and kill it. Your servant has fought both lions and bears. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them because he has insulted the army of the living God. “The Lord,” David added, “who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.” “Go!” Saul replied to David. “And may the Lord be with you!” Then Saul dressed David in his own gear, putting a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David strapped his sword on over the armor, but he couldn’t walk around well because he’d never tried it before. “I can’t walk in this,” David told Saul, “because I’ve never tried it before.” So he took them off. He then grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the streambed. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag and with sling in hand went out to the Philistine. The Philistine got closer and closer to David, and his shield-bearer was in front of him. When the Philistine looked David over, he sneered at David because he was just a boy; reddish brown and good-looking. The Philistine asked David, “Am I some sort of dog that you come at me with sticks?” And he cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said to David, “and I’ll feed your flesh to the wild birds and the wild animals!” But David told the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword, spear, and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel’s army, the one you’ve insulted. Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head! Today I will feed your dead body and the dead bodies of the entire Philistine camp to the wild birds and the wild animals. Then the whole world will know that there is a God on Israel’s side. And all those gathered here will know that the Lord doesn’t save by means of sword and spear. The Lord owns this war, and he will hand all of you over to us.” The Philistine got up and moved closer to attack David, and David ran quickly to the front line to face him. David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone. He slung it, and it hit the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.” (1 Samuel 17:32–49, CEB)

(see also 1 Samuel 17:50-58)

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“When the Philistine looked David over, he sneered at David because he was just a boy…”

Considering the weapons David gathered, what he possessed was paltry – a stick and five stones.  At best, his armaments were… unpretentious.

“…the Lord doesn’t save by means of sword and spear.”

God worked through David by expressing power through courage, and a shrewd example.  First by stunning Goliath with a stone, David finished him in dramatic fashion with Goliath’s own sword.  Impressed, the enemy army ran off.  King Saul asked the Israelite general,

“Whose son is that boy?”

It was a question that helped spur David toward eventual leadership of all Israel.

Pastor Rich Wagner

   

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June 20th        Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Scripture Readings:
New Testament:               1 Samuel 17:32-49

Gospel:                             Mark 4:35-41

 
SMALL GROUPS
Grow in Christ and Community - learn to depend on one another.
 
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Come with us to show Christ love in your neighbor and you neighborhood.
 
WORSHIP
Come as you are for a Spirit-Filled worship and expository Bible teaching

Olympia Fields United Methodist Church

20301 Western Avenue

Olympia Fields, IL 60461

708-481-5928

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