Upcoming Events

July 13:
Mary James in Concert
at Mount Olive
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July 19:
Manna Market

July 25:
Thursday Video Matinee

July 21:
Men's Ministry Twins Game
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July 27:
500 Card Club Fellowship

July 29:
Red Cross Bloodmobile
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July 29-August 1:
Mount Olive Preschool Camp - Buggy about Bugs

August 4:
Spoke Folk Youth & Family Program 7:00 PM

August 6:
Nite to Unite

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Key Verse:

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)


What You Should Never Say...
By Pastor Jon Haakana

As we enjoy the summer months, some time off, some time spent with family and a chance to rest, I want to use the next two months to repeat an article I used 4 years ago to help prepare us to welcome others to our church beginning this Fall. This month I would like to share ten things you should never say to a guest in a worship service. Next month we will look at seven things you should say.

So, here is the list of things you should never say to a guest. By the way, all these quotes I have heard over my years in ministry.

* “You are sitting in my seat.” This has actually been said to me while attending worship at another congregation.

* “Is your husband/wife with you?” Members see their church as family friendly as long as “family” meets our definition.

* “Are those your children?” This question is becoming more common with the growth in the adoption of children who are not the same race or ethnicity as their parents.

* “The service has already begun.” This sentence is rightly understood to mean, “You are late, and you will be disrupting the service.” After hearing this, most guests would leave.
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