September always brings new beginnings, as we gather and re-group after the refreshment of summer. Even as this summer brought many opportunities for worship, outreach, spiritual growth and fun, we look with anticipation to the rhythm of the church's program year. This month, discover fresh offerings for learning, friendship, fun, and service, on Sundays, Wednesdays, and throughout the week. This is a great time to try something new! Be sure to check out the various displays at the Ministry and Mission Fair on September 14. Ask questions and sign up!
The Mission Forward Team is planning key activities this month, as well. Your participation is critical as they help us discern (1) who we are as a congregation, (2) what is Mount Olive's particular calling in this time and place?, (3) what might God be calling us to be and do going forward, and (4) what qualities and experiences should our next pastor bring to help us realize our vision?
Once the self-study process (which includes a survey, small group conversations, and special speakers) is complete, a call committee will begin their work. These are exciting times at Mount Olive. I encourage you to take part, get involved, and join in!
Mount Olive's focus for this year is inspired by Ephesians 4:
One Spirit, One Hope, One Calling
I trust that the Spirit will bring us together for blessing, and to be a blessing, as we live into our calling and look forward with hope.
May you experience grace, joy and peace as we serve Christ and our neighbors together!
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."
-- Mark 10:14-15
Consider the qualities that young children possess: wonder, awe, trust, joy, spontaneity, curiosity, openness, delight, enthusiasm, and playfulness. Children can remind us to enjoy being and not just doing, especially in our culture that values and rewards production and achievement. We are often praised for how hard we work, how busy we are and how much money we make. Our children encourage us to play and be curious and notice and enjoy small things.
Mark your calendar for Rally Day, September 7. Come to play and explore with the Mount Olive children and youth! There will be a Bouncy House, Holy Trinity Triathlon, Tug-a-war, Cupcake Walk, Selfie Booth, and more! Meet Sunday School teachers, review the 2014-15 calendar for intergenerational learning and events, and explore musical opportunities. Fun activities will be open to all ages to recharge, re-energize, and reconnect us to one another. Come celebrate and join the FUN!
Little children, let us love, not [only] in word or speech, but in truth and action. -- 1 John 3:18
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. -- 1 Peter 4:10
After each worship service on September 13 and 14, there will be displays featuring the many opportunities for faith growth and service. While enjoying coffee and fellowship, please visit the various tables where group representatives will be available to talk to you about participation in the ministry and mission at Mount Olive. There are many ways to participate and volunteer.
Saturday Evening Worship
Rally Sunday Festivities
Rally Sunday Festivities
For a full list of events and activities at Mount Olive, see the Calendar.
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See the September Newsletter
Fall Schedule Begins September 7: The fall worship schedule begins September 7, the first weekend after Labor Day. The Sunday worship service times will be 8:00 am and 10:30 am. The Saturday service remains at 5:00 pm.
Volunteer Interest Forms:
At the Ministry and Mission Fair on September 13 and 14, you will notice many volunteer sign-up opportunities
at Mount Olive. Computers will be available to facilitate signup. What are some new
ways the Lord might be calling you to engage with your faith community? There are
opportunities that utilize everyone's talents and interests. Please take the time to visit
the displays and explore ways for you to be involved at the Ministry and Mission Fair.
Volunteer interest forms are available here. If you have any questions, contact Nancy Britson, Volunteer Coordinator.
A HUGE Thank You
for donations to Project Comfort, the LWR quilt and kit overseas shipping fund. The total raised $1,097. Many quilts, health kits and layettes will be shipped worldwide to people in need with these funds. We now can track where our quilts and kits go by a barcode put on our boxes. It will be fun and interesting to know where they end up. Watch for more updates!
Pub(lic) Theology Mondays:
Mount Olive's Pub(lic) Theology group meets on Monday nights at the Tap House on Historic 3rd in downtown Rochester.
Beginning in September, the group will use excerpts from a new book to spark theological discussion. It's called Never Pray Again by Aric Clark, Doug Hagler, and Nick Larson, and gives us some fresh insights to ponder. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the church, or you can order directly through the publisher's website. A few copies will be available through the Mount Olive library.
Discussion topics are posted weekly via Pastor Paul's email list and Public Theology blog. Contact Pastor Paul for more information.
Come and be a part of the open dialogue from 5:30-7pm on Monday nights. All are welcome.
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