Come celebrate the good news, the best news of all, that Christ is risen and new life has begun!
I hope you plan to gather with Mount Olive family, friends, and neighbors, as we proclaim the resurrection on Easter, April 5. This is the most joyful day of the Christian year, and we will sing, praise, and imagine together what it means that the tomb is empty, and in all creation there is no match for God's power to overcome evil with good, and overcome death with life.
When the women went to the tomb on that first Easter morning, they were discouraged, grieving. In an instant, they hear the words of an angel announcing the great reversal, "Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised…Go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.'" The resurrected Christ is always on the move, in our lives, in our church, and our world. He is going ahead of us to make a way, even as he bids us to "go", forward into the future in the fullness of God’s grace.
The call committee is doing their work, in partnership with the synod. A new beginning is developing, as Christ is already going ahead of us to stir a new pastor to join in ministry and mission here. This new beginning is also a continuation, for there is continuity in the core commitments you share, and continuity in your dedication to love God and neighbor in this community. As we continue on, going in the direction Christ leads us, staying the course, we will see him. Fear becomes faith. Hope becomes joy.
Thanks be to God!
Click here to sign up for the next Mount Olive host week for Interfaith Hospitality Network, April 12-18. You will see the various tasks listed for each day of the week. The available slots are displayed in pink. Enter your name, phone number, and email address for the volunteer slot you wish to sign up for.
Note that you must have received IHN volunteer training within the past three years to participate.
Youth Education Hour
For a full list of events and activities at Mount Olive, see the Calendar.
See the April Newsletter
Come join us for a fun filled spring quarter of F.I.S.H. beginning on April 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, and running for 6 weeks. We will be busy building birdhouses, planting flowers, tying quilts and much more. F.I.S.H. (Fun In Serving Him) is a youth service group open to kids in grades 1 through 5.
Spring Confirmation Quarter:
April 8 - May 13
Confirmation resumes for all youth in grades 6 - 9 on April 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, with an invitation to explore worship for six weeks! We will share, read, talk, pray and bless!
Sunday Morning Adult Forum:
April 12: Trip to Africa
April 19: The Father Project
April 26: The Mormon Faith
Adventure Club April 9:
This intergenerational group is made up of people drawn to join in an adventure. Meet at the People's Coop on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm for a discussion about summer fun and a hike if weather permits!
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