EXPLORE MOUNT OLIVE

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 “Explore Mount Olive” is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  On Sunday, November 12th, during worship, you will be officially welcomed into our community of faith.  Everyone who is interested in learning more about the faith community called Mount Olive should contact the church office or Pr. Scot.

GROWTH IN DISCIPLESHIP

Mount Olive partners with parents to help them share 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 – Reading the Bible together is a wonderful way to grow together in faith. As your children grow, Mount Olive supports families by presenting their child with an age appropriate Bible. On Sunday, September 17th, at 9:15 a.m., we will present a children’s Bible to our preschoolers. 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.

SALSA Bible – Come and explore the wonders of God’s Word as we “SALSA” through the bible!  Third grade families will get an official invitation, but all are welcome to join the SALSA exploration team.  This adult and child experience will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, September 24th, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.  Then, during the Sunday School opening on October 1st, at 9:15 a.m., we will SALSA and 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, March 24th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  First communion is on Maundy Thursday, March 29th.

4th & 5th Grade Mini-retreat – Students in 4th and 5th grade will have their own mini-retreat at Mount Olive on Friday, January 12th, 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 2017-18, Sunday School will kick off on Rally Day, September 10th, at 9:30 a.m. with the opening in the Sanctuary, and registration in the entryway. The first full day of Sunday School will be on September 17th at 9:15 a.m. as we continue our exploration of God’s love for all humanity, as shown through Jesus Christ.

Each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. from September 17th thru May 20th, with a few noted exceptions, we meet as Pre-K through 5th grade in the Sanctuary for our opening where we sing, pray, celebrate birthdays, and hear a short message from Pastor Scot about the lesson for the day. Then we head off to learn, share, and grow in faith.  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 17th, at 10:45 a.m.  Education for adults is discussed in other parts of this brochure. 

The Sunday School invites the congregation to join us as we learn about Martin Luther and the Reformation on Sunday, October 15th, and about Lent and Holy Week on March 18th.  All are invited to experience hands-on learning and sharing. Join us in the Fellowship Hall following our Sunday School opening at 9:15. This is a 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: Thanksgiving Break, November 26th; Christmas Break, December 24th and 31st; the Sunday School sponsored Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, February 11th; Palm Sunday, March 25th; and Easter Sunday, April 1st.

Registration forms can be found on line at http://www.mountolive-elca.net/ or use the paper form found in the September newsletter.

AoB -- Our Affirmation of Baptism is a three-year opportunity for 6th through 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 12th, from 6-8 p.m.  We ask that families or a significant adult join with their student(s) 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 faith 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 29th, along with a retreat on Saturday, October 21st, from 4-8 p.m., for the ninth grade students and their families. 

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.