SESSION FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO BECOME MEMBERS 

During this session we will visit about Mount Olive’s various ministries and opportunities for spiritual growth.  We will share with you our vision for being a discipling congregation.  Together we will discuss how our community can best help you in your own faith journey. 

Our next session is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  On Sunday, November 13th, during worship, you will be officially welcomed into our community of faith.  Everyone who is thinking about becoming a member of Mount Olive should contact the church office or Pr. Scot.

GROWTH IN DISCIPLESHIP

Mount Olive partners with parents to help them in sharing their faith with their children. Mount Olive is committed to offering a variety of events and classes to encourage and empower parents in this holy and marvelous responsibility.

Baptism – Baptism is a most wonderful gift from God where he claims us as his own and promises that he will never let us go.  You do not need to be a member in order to be baptized at Mount Olive.  Please contact the church office for more information or to schedule a baptism for you or your child.

Cradle Roll -- As a way to help parents share their faith with their children, families with newborns through age three are included in mailings with age appropriate materials to help nurture faith at home.

Presentation of Beginner’s Bibles – As our baptized children grow, Mount Olive supports families by presenting their child with an age appropriate Bible. On Sunday, September 18th, at 9:15 a.m., we will present a children’s Bible to our preschoolers.  Reading the Bible together can be a wonderful way to grow together in faith. Also, if families choose, Sunday School is offered for 3 year olds through 5th grade as our SS teachers walk alongside parents in telling the wonderful story of God’s love.

First Bible – Once children reach third grade, they and their parents are invited to participate in our “The Bible and Me” Bible class.  In this class, families will learn together what the Bible is, how to use it, and how God continues to speak through the written word.  This parent and child class will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 25th, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.  Then, during the Sunday School opening on October 2nd, at 9:15 a.m., we celebrate with the families as they present their children with their very own “grownup” Bible.

First Communion – Children are offered the opportunity to learn about the Lord’s Supper through a mini-course on Holy Communion. Together with their parents, grandparents or guardians, the students will learn why we have communion, and what God does for us through this wonderful gift.  This course will be pastor-led and culminates in the participants receiving their first communion during Holy Week on Maundy Thursday.  Invitations to the class are sent to families with 3rd graders.  If you have a younger child who you feel is ready to receive communion instruction, please contact Pastor Scot regarding your family’s participation in the session. This course will be offered on Saturday, April 8th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  First communion is on Maundy Thursday, April 13th.

4th & 5th Grade Mini-retreat – Students in 4th and 5th grade will have their own mini-retreat at Mount Olive on January 13th, from 5:30-8 p.m.  The retreat’s main purpose is to help the students understand how important they are in God’s family and how they are called at baptism to be a disciple of Christ.  The retreat will include a meal, learning, and discussion time.

Sunday School -- Sunday School is offered for three-year olds through 5th grade and adults during the education hour of 9:15-10:15 a.m. In 2016, Sunday School will kick off on Rally Day, September 11th, at 9:30 a.m. with the opening in the Sanctuary. Sunday School registration will take place in the entryway. The first full day of Sunday School will be on September 18th at 9:15 a.m.  We are very excited to kick off the year of “Promises, Promises.” 

Each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. from September 18th through May 21st, with a few noted exceptions, we meet together as Pre-K through 5th grade in the Sanctuary for our opening before heading off to our classrooms.  We sing, pray, celebrate birthdays, and hear a short message from Pastor Scot about the lesson for the day.  Our lesson plan follows the Narrative Lectionary which is also used in our Sunday worship.  The Sunday School students are invited to participate in the Sunday School Christmas program, held on Sunday, December 18th, at 10:45 a.m.  Education for adults is discussed in other parts of this brochure. 

On November 27th (Advent) and March 26th (Lent/Holy Week), the Sunday School invites the congregation to Cross+Generational All Come Together Events.  All are invited to experience learning in a different way with art, drama, and time to share our faith.  We will head to the Fellowship Hall as households following our Sunday School opening at 9:15.  We enjoy this special time to be together as an extended church family and grow together in faith.

Unless otherwise noted, there will be no Sunday School on the following dates: Christmas Break, December 25th and January 1st; the Sunday School sponsored Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, February 26th; Palm Sunday, April 9th; and Easter Sunday, April 16th.

AoB (formerly known as Confirmation) -- Our Affirmation of Baptism discipleship course is a three-year opportunity for 6th to 8th grade students to explore their faith using teaching, discussions and experiences involving the Bible, Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, and faith in daily life.  The program typically, but not always, starts when students are in 6th grade.  We hold sessions on three Tuesday evenings per month, 6:30–8 p.m., from September through April.

Our first session is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6-8 p.m.  We ask that either one or both parents or a significant adult join with the students for the entire first session. Continuing this year is AoB Unplugged, where the congregation is invited to join in the AoB sessions. AoB Unplugged is held on the third Tuesday of each AoB month.  Watch for further info details on the website, bulletins, and in the newsletter.

As a continuation of this three-year discipleship journey, Mount Olive’s ninth grade students are invited to affirm their baptism at the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Reformation Sunday, October 30th

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – is held for three-year-olds through 5th grade for one week in the summer.  We meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for songs, skits, crafts, and games, all while learning about God’s amazing love shown to us through the life of Jesus.  Older youth and adults help make this a great time for sharing our discipleship stories! 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES – Special opportunities are offered periodically throughout the year for all generations. Be on the lookout for events which invite all to learn and grow as disciples of Christ.