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 16th, 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 23rd, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. OR 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Then, during the Sunday School opening on September 30th, 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, April 13th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  First communion is on Maundy Thursday, April 18th.

 

4th & 5th Grade Mini-retreat – Students in 4th and 5th grade will have their own mini-retreat at Mount Olive on Friday, January 11th, 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 2018-19, Sunday School registration will be held on Rally Day, September 9th, at 9:30 a.m. in the entryway. The first full day of Sunday School will be on September 16th 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 16th thru May 19th, 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 16th, 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 Lent and Holy Week on April 7th.  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 25th; Christmas Break, December 23rd and 30th; the Sunday School sponsored Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, March 3rd; Palm Sunday, April 14th; Easter Sunday, April 21st; and Mother’s Day, May 12th

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, 6:30–7:30 p.m., from September through April.

 

Our first session is Tuesday, September 11th, from 6-7:30 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 typically 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 28th, along with a retreat and dinner with their families during the month of October. 

BIBLE/ADULT STUDIES

 

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study – In an informal setting, adults explore various books of the Bible and how they address the religious, moral, ethical, and social issues faced by Lutheran Christians today.  Discussion/class topics are publicized in the weekly church bulletins and monthly newsletters.  Discussions begin on Sunday, September 16th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Library. 

 

This year’s Adult Education will discuss the following: 

 

Revelation:  The Sunday Adult Education class will be studying the New Testament book of Revelation.  Who wrote it?  What is really all about?  What about “The End Times” and “The Rapture?”  Who was the book written for?  What about all the prophecies?  Throughout this educational year, we will delving into these questions, and more, as we strive to understand the symbolism and clear up misinterpretations.

 

Everyone is welcome!  No experience is necessary!  These studies are conducted throughout the year on Sunday mornings.  Unless otherwise noted, there will be no Sunday Adult Education on the following dates: Thanksgiving Break, November 25th; Christmas Break, December 23rd and 30th; the Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, March 3rd; Palm Sunday, April 14th; Easter Sunday, April 21st; and Mother’s Day, May 12th.    

 

For more information, please contact Laura Conry, Dwight Cruikshank, Glenna & Bruce Gunderson, Betty Hinkelman, or Eva Schindhelm. 

 

Theology on Tap – Do you enjoy a great brew, a glass of wine, or an ice cold soda?  Would you like to talk about issues of faith in a fun, laid back atmosphere?  Then this might be for you. Theology on Tap meets every third Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Badger Burger Company in Mukwonago.

 

Our first gathering will be Monday, October 15th.  Other dates are:  November 19th, December 17th, January 21st, February 18th, March 18th, and April 15th

 

Theology on Tap is open to everyone 21 years of age and older.  For more information, please contact Pr. Scot. 

 

Weekly Text Study – On Wednesday mornings from 9-10 a.m., you are invited to join Pr. Scot in learning and discussing the Bible reading for the upcoming Sunday worship.  Contact Pr. Scot for more information. 

 

Crossways – The Wednesday night Bible study group (aka “Crossways”) will resume on September 5th.  As you know, we meet in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-8 p.m. 

 

The Book of Isaiah is probably the most important book of the Old Testament for Christians.  Because Isaiah presents such accurate and numerous prophecies of Jesus Christ, his book has been called “The 5th Gospel.” However, because it is 66 chapters long, it is rarely studied in depth.  There has not been a comprehensive study of Isaiah at Mount Olive in the past 25 years. 

 

This year the Wednesday night class will spend the months of September through February studying Isaiah at the average rate of three chapters per week.  Since approximately one-third of the lyrics of Handel’s Messiah come from the Book of Isaiah, we will also listen to parts of that in class.  If you have any questions, please contact Dwight Cruikshank at dcruikshank@wi.rr.com

 

Looking for an opportunity to explore and share your faith with others?  Please join us for a low key, no experience needed discussion. This once a month study and discussion group meets in the Mount Olive Narthex at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and uses Gather magazine as a resource.  The first session is Tuesday, September 11th.  

For more information, please contact Glenna Gunderson or Cindy Dobberke at cindy.dobberke@mountolive-elca.net

This year’s monthly topics are as follows: 

 

Repentance by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni: 

  • Tuesday, September 11th: Session one – Time after time:  Turning to God. 
  • Tuesday, October 9th: Session two – If I could turn back time:  Turning to others. 
  • Tuesday, November 13th: Session three – Turning points:  Turning as the church to the world. 
  • No December Session

 

The Gospel of John:  Meetings with Jesus by Julie A. Kanarr: 

  • Tuesday, January 8th: Session one – Come and see:  Seeking and finding faith. 
  • Tuesday, February 12th: Session two – Coming to faith in Jesus. 
  • Tuesday, March 12th: Session three – Friends for life in Christ. 
  • Tuesday, April 9th: Session four – Seeing the risen Christ. 

 

This year’s 2018-19 All Team Nights will be held

on the following Mondays at 7 p.m.: 

October 1st, December 3rd,

February 4th, and May 6th