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 17that 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 26thChristmas Break, December 24th and 31stthe Sunday School sponsored Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, February 11th; Palm Sunday, March 25thand Easter Sunday, April 1st.

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. 

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 17th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Library.

This year’s Adult Education will discuss the following areas:

Martin Luther and the Reformation – September 1 thru November 19, 2017:  Since October 31, 2017, is the 500th anniversary of the day Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation, we will spend 10 weeks in the fall studying Luther’s life and theology.  After viewing two classic DVDs about Luther’s life and work, we will spend the rest of the course studying and discussing Luther’s teaching regarding the Gospel, the abuses of the medieval church including indulgences, faith and works, grace and justification, and the meaning and use of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

“The Screwtape Letters” – December 3, 2017, thru February 4, 2018:  Written by C.S. Lewis, these are a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior demon, named Wormwood.  The letters contain advice for Wormwood on methods to use to turn a man away from God and toward the Devil.  “The Screwtape Letters” has been adapted to comic book, stage, audio drama, and has even been released as a film.  Join us we listen and discuss the audio version as C.S. Lewis reveals the many temptations that we are faced with as struggle to remain true to our Christian faith.

The Life of the Apostle Paul – February 18, 2018:  In this hour-long video, Rick Steves gives an overview of Paul’s life and ministry by travelling to the places where Paul lived and served.

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians – February 25 thru May 13, 2018:  1st Corinthians is the second longest letter of Paul in the Bible, and by addressing in it problems which had arisen in the church at Corinth, Paul develops a theology which is pertinent for us today.  We will spend 10 weeks studying this letter, using as a basis a DVD series of lectures by the noted theologian Pastor Kenneth Bailey.  The letter, course and discussions revolve around five themes:  the cross and Christian unity, the roles of men and women in the family, the roles of men and women in the church, relationships between Christians and non-Christians, and Jesus’ resurrection.

The Life of the Apostle Peter – May 20, 2018:  Rick Steves hosts a half-hour video in which he gives an overview of the life and ministry of Peter by visiting the places where Peter lived and served.

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 26th; Christmas Break, December 24th and 31st; the Fat Sunday Pancake Breakfast, February 11th; Palm Sunday, March 25th; and Easter Sunday, April 1st.

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 16th.  Other dates are:  November 20th, December 18th, January 15th, February 19th, March 19th, and April 16th.

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 9-10:30 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 6th.  As you know, we meet in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-8 p.m.

For the first eight sessions, from September 6th through October 25th, we will have a series on “Prayer,” led by Betty Hinkelman.  Topics will include 1) What is Prayer?, 2) The community in prayer, 3) The Lord’s Prayer, 4) The body and senses in prayer, 5) Meditative, contemplative and centering prayer, 6) Discernment and paying attention to God, 7) Praying for others-petitions, and 8) Praying the Psalms.

From November 1st to December 13th, we will be studying the person and teachings of Martin Luther, as 2017 is the 500th anniversary of when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation. We will view two classic DVDs about Luther’s life, and then listen to a lecture series on Luther’s teachings on such subjects as the Gospel, the medieval church and its abuses including indulgences, faith and works, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, grace and justification.

Between January 3rd and Ash Wednesday, we will do a six-week course on 1st Corinthians, based on a DVD series by Pastor Kenneth Bailey.  After our Lenten break and Easter, we will do another Ken Bailey series, this one a six-week course on “Women in the New Testament.”  For those of you who attended last year, you will remember Ken Bailey from his course we did on the parables of Jesus, which everyone really liked.

Each of these courses can be taken separately from the others. Please join as you are able.  If you have any questions, please contact Dwight Cruikshank.

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 12th.

For more information, please contact Glenna Gunderson or Cindy Dobberke.

This year’s monthly topics are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 12thTuesday, October 10th and Tuesday, November 14th: “The Apostles’ Creed:”  InThe Apostles’ Creed,” Bible study author Julia Seymour, pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, Alaska, writes: “Beyond preferences or evenly deeply held convictions, the theological underpinnings of a religious community are the structure for teaching, preaching and action. For our life of faith together, creeds are more than just words. They are vessels for carrying one another through doubt, joy and sorrow.”
  • No December Session
  • Tuesday, January 9th, Tuesday, February 13th, Tuesday, March 13th, and Tuesday, April 10th:  “Multiple Meanings:  Learning from other interpretations”

This study is written by Mark Allan Powell and will explore what Biblical stories mean to people around the world. Powell, a professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, has taught at seminaries in Estonia, Russia and Tanzania.

This year’s 2017-18 All Team Nights will be held on the following Mondays at 7 p.m.:  October 2nd, December 4thFebruary 5th, and May 7th