ADULT EDUCATION…meets on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Library.  The Adult Ed Team will be exploring various books of the Bible and how they address the religious, moral, ethical, and social issues faced by Lutheran Christians today.  All are welcome…no experience necessary!  SUNDAY SCHOOL for 3 year olds thru 5th grade is held on Sundays at 9:15 in the Sanctuary.  NO EDUCATON HOUR on December 23rd and 30th

 

THEOLOGY ON TAP:  Do you enjoy a great brew or glass of wine?  Are you interested in spirituality & the deeper questions of life?  If so, then Pr. Scot invites you to join him for “Theology on Tap” at the Badger Burger Co. in Mukwonago on Monday, December 17th, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

 

LABYRINTH:  To help with our Advent journey, the Labyrinth will be available for prayer and meditation on Tuesday, December 18th, before and after the 6:30 Advent Worship.  A guide will be available for those who are new to the discipline of a labyrinth.

 

ADVENT WORSHIP:  December 18th from 6:30 – 7 p.m. we are offering a time for you to catch your breath, and again hear the good news of the incarnation.  It will be a simple Advent worship focused around the candles of the Advent Wreath.  For those who wish, after worship you can join with others in conversation around the topic for that evening.

 

ELCA GOOD GIFTS…are back again at Mount Olive!  Shop Mount Olive’s Christmas tree of Good Gift opportunities!  Thru December 23rd following all worship services, chose an ornament or card representing a gift, such as chicks ($10), piglet ($30), a goat ($50), school fees and uniform ($40), fruit trees ($10), etc.; and change lives, both in the U.S. & around the world!  Or shop online anytime at: ELCA Good Gifts

 

CHRISTMAS EVE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We are looking for volunteers to serve at the Christmas Eve services.  If you are interested, please let me know which position you would like to volunteer for and what your service preference is (3:30, 5:30, or 7:30 p.m.).  If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 363-8251 or mto@mountolive-elca.net.  Many blessings for your service to Mount Olive!

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICE/OFFICE SCHEDULES:

  • No Adult Ed & Sunday School – December 23rd & 30th.
  • Monday, December 24th — Christmas Eve Candlelight Services – 3:30, 5:30, & 7:30 p.m. Praise Team providing 30 minutes of holiday music prior to the start of the 3:30 & 5:30 services…come early and enjoy the music!
  • Tuesday, December 25th – Christmas Day/Church Office closed.
  • Tuesday, January 1st – Church Office closed.

 

OFFICE HOURS/PRAYER HOURS:  The church newsletter and weekly worship bulletins remind us that Office Hours at Mount Olive are Monday thru Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These hours when the church is open are also your invitation to come spend some time in the sanctuary for personal prayer and meditation.  Hymnals and pew Bibles can be used as devotional aids.  Groups that meet at church during these hours use the Fellowship Hall and Library areas so your meditation should be undisturbed.

 

COOKBOOKS:  There are still Knotty Knitters’ cookbooks available for sale!  The price of each cookbook is only $10, so keep it in mind for Christmas gifts!  All proceeds will go to our Service Team and used for Benevolence and Service Projects.  Contact the church office to make your purchase!

 

WEEKLY TEXT STUDY:  Wednesday mornings 9-10 a.m.  Join Pr. Scot in learning and discussing the Bible reading for the upcoming Sunday worship.

 

THE KNOTTY KNITTERS…invites anyone interested to join them in the church library on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to knit prayer shawls and such, share stories, and have goodies.  No experience

 

AT WORSHIP” VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.”  We are seeking volunteers in the following areas at our worship services:   communion servers, readers, ushers/welcome team, coffee fellowship, altar guild, and A/V operator.  Volunteers are scheduled approximately once per month.  If you are interested in serving, please contact the church office.

 

PHOTOS NEEDED AND REQUESTED!  Help us celebrate how you see and serve God in your life.  We want to share how God’s love is shown in the world through the people of Mount Olive with periodic slideshows shown in worship.  We need your photos of:  You and your family serving your neighbor.  Maybe it’s at your work, or school, or organization.  Maybe it’s at a planned event or simply shoveling your neighbors walk like you’ve been doing for years.  OR God active in the world: in the beauty of nature, and in the actions and faces of those around you.  Please send your photos with a brief description to: photos@mountolive-elca.net.  This will be an ongoing project!  We would like to have at least 15 – 20 photos for each slideshow.

 

OUR HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM… has a monthly service project of encouraging donations to the Kitchen Kupboard.  We ask you to bring your donation on ANY December Sunday – Canned Pasta and Mac & Cheese (kid friendly food) & deposit them in the entryway.  THANK YOU!!!

 

THE COFFEE FELLOWSHIP TEAM needs your help!  Coffee fellowship is served following the 8 & 9:30 worship services.  Mount Olive provides the coffee; the 8 a.m. server prepares the coffee and the 9:30 server cleans up.  Each server brings a snack and juice for their service.  Store-bought cookies are just fine!  If you are interested in joining this ministry or have questions, please contact the church office.  And many thanks to our current servers and those who have served in the past!

 

SIMPLY GIVING:  Consider using Simply Giving to automate your support of Mount Olive’s ministries.  Simply Giving™ is an automated plan for church members to offer their first fruits to God.   For those who would like to sign up for Simply Giving, we now make this option available from our church homepage:  www.mountolive-elca.net.  Those already on Simply Giving can make changes to their scheduled giving plan.  Thank you for your consideration.