• 8, 9:30, 10:45 – Worship w/Holy Communion

FALL STEWARDSHIP:   We continue our Fall Stewardship campaign encouraging our members to consider making a financial pledge to the 2020 ministry.  A 2020 pledge form is included in today’s bulletin.  We are encouraging members to prayerfully consider a pledge to the 2020 ministry, and to return a completed pledge form with your offering on Sunday, December 8th.  (If you participate in Simply Giving, please return a pledge form as well.)

ADVENT WREATH BLESSING:  If you and/or your family would like to do the Advent blessing and lighting this season (12/8, 12/15, 12/22), please contact the church office regarding the date and service time that works for you.  We will slip families into the slots on a first-come/first-serve basis.

ALL TEAM NIGHT!  The next All Team Night is on Monday, December 2nd, at 7 p.m.  The sanctuary Christmas tree will also be decorated for Christmas on All Team Night.  Please consider making this part of your Advent tradition.  We invite all to participate! 

MIDNIGHT MAGIC:   On Saturday, December 7thMidnight Magic returns to Mount Olive, and we will be hosting various musical/theatrical groups. Come and see the amazing talent which resides in our community!  Mount Olive hosts a cookie reception for the guests and performers from 5-8 p.m.  Cookie donations are needed, as well as servers and clean up help…sign up in the entryway to donate/help out.

MEMBERS!!   Do you know what time it is?   It’s time to get involved!  Please prayerfully consider serving on one of the teams (Service, Property, Stewardship, etc.) or Council.  All are no cut groups!  Contact any Council/Team member for more information.  You have something special to share!

FRIENDS OF JESUS CHRISTMAS CHILDREN’S GIFT COLLECTION:  This year, our Sunday School will again collect gifts for inner city Milwaukee children through a program called Friends of Jesus.  They are looking for new gifts costing a minimum of $15.  Please wrap and place the gifts in the Fellowship Hall through Sunday, December 8th, at 9:30 a.m.

ELCA GOOD GIFTS…are back again at Mount Olive!  Shop Mount Olive’s Christmas tree of Good Gift opportunities!  December 1st thru December 22nd 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/mto@mountolive-elca.net.  Many blessings for your service to Mount Olive!

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!

AT WORSHIP” VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Communion servers, readers, ushers/welcome team, coffee fellowship, altar guild, and A/V operators.  If you are interested, please contact the church office.

FOOD PANTRY DECEMBER NEEDS:  Baking Items…donation box in the entryway.

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 necessary.  If you have questions, please call Betty or Inge Adams.

PLEASE LET US KNOW:  If you, a family member, or a friend would like to have a visit from the pastor, please notify the church office or Pastor Scot.  We rely on you to keep us informed so that our ministry with you can continue:  262.363.8251, mto@mountolive-elca.net, or pastorscot@mountolive-elca.net.

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.

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

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.

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.