Every fall as we gather as a congregation for worship, education, service and fellowship, a group of youth from the congregation prepare for Confirmation. These youth have been through years of instruction, have made friendships at the church, and are now affirming that the promises their parents made over them in baptism are theirs to carry on.
Part of this process involves the students writing what we have come to call “faith statements”. These statements tell their story as young members of the church, and they attest to how they have come to understand God, their faith community, and the world. These statements then are shared with the Church Council in late September, and are posted in the front hallway in October for the whole congregation to read. And they are incredible.
As you hear the voices of these confirmands, take in their stories. Pay attention to the holy places they name, and the God they are learning more about each day. And together, we will learn more about the deep presence and action of God in our world.
Join Pastor Susan at 6:30 pm on Wednesday evenings for engaging conversation around basic elements of Christian belief including reflections on faith, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible and the church.
We will be drawing from the Animate: Faith series to spark discussion, as we explore scripture, the church's historical confessions and modern understandings. Each session will launch with a video featuring contemporary leaders of Christian thought, including Nadia Bolz-Weber and Brian McLaren. As a group, we will spend time reflecting and share ideas and questions. On October 22, the topic is Religion: Spirituality is Not Enough.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy meal time at 5:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall. No materials are required; however, a personal journal is available for those who would like one.
Come and explore the beauty of how genuine goodness is available through us in Jesus and how it can guide us towards positive growth and living! Sara Hollander and Gloria Schad will lead the discussion. They will share ways to develop time for conversation and experiences that encourage and motivate positive growth in our faith life as individuals and as families. All materials will be available in the church library. This class is intended for high school youth and adults and meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the High School Youth Room.
Saturday Evening Worship
Youth Education Hour
For a full list of events and activities at Mount Olive, see the Calendar.
See the October Newsletter
Affirmation of Baptism October 26:
10:30 am worship service
Celebrate with our youth as they affirm their baptism and share where they are on their faith journey. Faith statements will be posted near the sanctuary. A reception with refreshments will be held following the service.
New Member Coffee November 2:
Interested in membership at Mount Olive? There will be an informational coffee for interested visitors between worship services Nov 2 in the library. Please come to meet the staff, other new members, and learn about the ministries at Mount Olive. Childcare is available. New Members will be received into membership at the 10:30 service on November 23. For more information, please contact Nancy Britson, New Member Coordinator.
Wednesday Evenings Oct 22 - Nov 19:
5:00 Youth Brass
5:30 Pack Backpacks for JA Students
6:30 Classes for all ages
- Adults: "Animate: Faith"
- Intergenerational: "Living God's Grace"
- Confirmation: Grades 6-8
- Elementary: Fun In Serving Him (FISH)
- Nursery: Age 0 - Kindergarten
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