Many of us go through difficult times in our lives—times of crisis and great pain. Other times we struggle because we are dealing with the physical, material or emotional consequences of choices we have made. And sometimes we deal with difficulties brought into our lives because others have hurt us deeply. Olive Branch offers several ministries that can help bring hope and healing.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11
Safe Harbor is a faith-based support group developed for the person who is struggling in his or her relationships. The struggle is often characterized by a sense of discontentment with family and friends. This discontent can often be manifested in such disorders as depression, anger, fear of abandonment, recovery of child abuse, eating disorders or even the inability to relate to God.
If you would like more information about any of these ministries, please contact our Connections Pastor, Brent Branchaud.
For Women: Boundaries (Starting Jan. 4th)
This best seller, by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, delivers biblically based methods on how to set healthy limits with a parent, spouse, child, friend, co-worker and even yourself while still being a loving person. It will leave you feeling empowered without guilt or fear.
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives:
• Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances
• Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions
• Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others
• Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator
Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:
• Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
• What are legitimate boundaries?
• What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
• How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
• Aren’t boundaries selfish?
• Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.
Safe Harbor will launch this new study on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00PM. Ladies, if you would like to join us, please contact Lynda Motta through the church office or by email at email@example.com.
For Men: Elephant in the Church (Starting Jan. 18th)
There are certain subjects that many people choose to ignore, or at the very least, refuse to talk about. This 7-week study examines topics often avoided, especially by those inside the Church. Elephants in the Church centers the conversation on the difficult topics of politics, prejudice, addictions, abuse, sexual sin, materialism, and how to create a safe, open atmosphere for conversations within the Church.
This study is for anyone who is not afraid to tackle the hard questions and is looking to cultivate a more authentic relationship with fellow Christians and with Christ.
Safe Harbor will launch this new study on Wednesday, January 18th, 7PM. Men, if you are interested in joining please contact Skip Motta through the church office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.