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Church to sponsor play for building fund

A play about a girl’s dream to be a singer is going to help a church fulfill its dream of a new building.

Olive Branch Baptist Church, 5200 Milners Road, will present the play “It Ain’t Over” on Saturday at 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Donations given by attendees will go to the church’s building fund.

“We are at capacity at our church,” said Carol Lyttle, wife of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Glen Lyttle Sr. “We are having to set chairs out in the aisle. We just really, really need the space.”

The ministries at Olive Branch, from Sunday services to summer camps, have been in high demand in recent years, Lyttle said, noting that a summer camp recently had twice as much demand as capacity.

“We have a lot of young people there, not just members, but people in the community,” Lyttle said. “In order to continue to do that, we have to have space.”

The church already has purchased land, but needs additional funds to get the building off the ground, Lyttle said.

Therefore, the church is presenting “It Ain’t Over” to bring in donations for the new building.

“The play is basically a story of a young lady who has a dream, and her mom is really not the encourager that she needs, so she finds encouragement in herself,” Lyttle said. The girl dreams of being a singer, but her mother tries to discourage her from doing so because her own dreams of singing professionally were suppressed.

The message, Lyttle says, is “never give up on your dreams” — and it goes for the church as well as for the characters in the play.

“We are in desperate need of space,” Lyttle said. “This is what we’re doing to help ourselves.”