The Youth Group completed a very successful fundraising project with a pie contest. Members and friends donated money to 3 candidates for a chance at a pie in the face. Abby Matschke, Fred Rothermel, and Pastor Richard garnered good amounts.
Abby was safe from being pied, as her contribution jar held the biggest amount. Pastor Richard and Fred were good sports and found the pies delicious, if a little messy in the serving. College-bound students were also acknowledged and presented with a gift from the congregation. Good food and social fun abounded. Photo at right shows Pastor Richard Cline "Taking It To The Face".
It is with great joy that we share the news that The Rambo Committee has been awarded a $600,000 grant from US Aid's (US Agency for International Development) ASHA (American Schools and Hospitals Abroad) program!!
The Rambo Committee is a non-profit established in 1923 to support the work of the Christian Hospital in Mungeli, India where our friends Drs. Teresa and Anil Henry serve.
In 2012, Dr. Anil Henry first visited Olive Branch Christian Church. When he returned to the states in 2014, he returned again to share the message of all the exciting work being done by him and his wife at our Global Ministries hospital in Mungeli.
This grant will be used to establish a women's clinic in Mungeli. The infant mortality rate in this rural area is disproportionately high due to lack of education and treatment. Also, women of this area often try to deliver alone or with an untrained person. It is generally only after the laboring mother is in severe distress that she is brought to the hospital.
This award will be used to:
If you would be interested in a visit to the hospital, please contact Landa Simmons, Olive Branch member, and Executive Director of the Rambo Committee, Inc. She and Ann Bradshaw currently are planning a visit in August of 2015. For more information about the hospital, please visit www.chmungeli.org
Our 2014 Christmas cantata, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” was performed on December 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Curch Sanctuary.
The choir’s offering this year, led by Emilio Pesante and accompanied by Steve Hall, is composed and arranged by Joel Raney and published by Lorenz.
As indicated by its title, the central theme is the incarnate story telling us that God so loved the world that He came to earth as a Baby.
The rich tapestry of this work is presented around the four traditional themes of hope, peace, joy and love and employs original and familiar melodies, diverse musical styles, and engaging accompaniment settings that promise to rekindle our deep emotions in celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.
“Operation Christmas Child” season is about to begin.
On July 28th the church will be decorated for Christmas! The Christmas tree will be up to put our gift-filled shoe boxes under. These gifts of joy also represent opportunities for children to experience God’s love and hear the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, July 14th, there will be brochures handed out to tell the “5” easy steps, gift suggestions, box labels, and a donation envelope.
Your gifts enable Samaritan’s Purse to share the Good News of God’s greatest gift - His Son, Jesus Christ - with boys and girls who need to know how much Jesus loves them.
On Wednesday Jane was presented a special honor.
The Jane C. Vaught Scholarship was established in her honor at Williamsburg Christian Academy (WCA), where Jane has taught for 25 years and is presently head of the elementary school.
This scholarship is completely funded, and will be presented annually to a WCA elementary school student selected by criteria that includes Christian character, perseverance, and academic merit.
Congratulations to Jane!
Jane is pictured to your right with her good friend, Carole Kerr, who is a teacher at WCA.
We were treated to a very special Wednesday Family Night on March 20! Our OBCC Music Director Emilio Pesante brought his Jubilee Choral Group from Woodside High School to sing, and sing they did!
These young men and women with their incredible voices had our hearts rejoicing! Thank you Emilio and the Jubilee Choral Group! And a special thank you to each person who attended, who brought items for the 36 feet of food table, and contributed to the love gift to help the Choral Group attend competition in New York City!
Over $1000.00 was raised Wednesday night! Below are photos from that night:
Check out this blog from a recent visitor to the Christian Hospital in Mungeli, India. This is the hospital that our church helps support through our gifts to Disciple Global Missions. It is also the hospital mentioned in our featured video of the month.