COMING TOGETHER FOR FRIENDSHIP AND SERVICE
Mount Olive offers many opportunities to become involved in fellowship, service and support. We seem especially fond of gathering around food and drink. Musical events and sometimes worship events—are often followed by receptions, such as the late-night spread after the Easter Vigil or the Scandinavian breakfast to celebrate Saint Lucia during Advent. Various groups sponsor luncheons, including the Mission Committee’s annual “Taste of …” event, which celebrates the work of the church in various countries and the ethnic cuisines enjoyed there. Perhaps our most important food event is the free “Community Meal” we serve to our neighbors once a month.
Interested in more information or joining one of the following groups? Email email@example.com or contact the church office.
The following are some of Mount Olive’s most popular social and service organizations:
MOUNT OLIVE GAY AND LESBIAN NETWORK (MOGAL)
At Mount Olive, it’s no big deal to be straight or, for that matter, gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. The big deal is to worship, to be a faithful disciple of Christ, to live out the Gospel message of grace and to share in the life of our community.
MOGAL is primarily a social organization of GLBT people and allies who have been drawn to Christian worship and welcomed at Mount Olive. The group meets for a meal and fellowship about once a month. Venues vary from homes to restaurants to the church fellowship hall, known as the undercroft. The group also attempts to be a point of contact for GLBT individuals who may be seeking a welcoming Christian community, or who are struggling with issues of faith and sexual identity.
Mount Olive is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a church body that allows parishes a measure of local autonomy on sexual identity issues. Mount Olive is also a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation, meaning that it affirms Christ’s “extravagant welcome” to all people and “full inclusion” into his church. Contact us for more information about MOGAL or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUNT OLIVE WOMEN
Women are highly visible and valued in the congregation. The purpose of the women’s organization is to help women achieve their greatest potential and to grow in maturity as followers of Christ and servants of all people.
Among the group’s goals: spiritual growth, reaching out to people in need, involving women in the global and local missions, encouraging hospitality to members and visitors, and serving in ways that meet the special needs of those in our parish, community and world.
Over the years, the Mount Olive Women have led a variety of ministries and projects, among them: maintaining a prayer chain and calling list; raising funds for kitchen equipment and the renovation of lawn and garden; serving at funerals; operating the flowers ministry, including the pascal garden at Easter; hosting the Novemberfest dinner, auction and program; holding Advent Teas; catering special events, and managing the Chapel-Lounge redecoration.
Planning meetings are held three times a year with other meetings designed around specific events. The Mount Olive Women are part the ELCA’s national and local women’s organizations. Contact us for more information about Mount Olive Women or email email@example.com.
You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. This group is dedicated to discovering and sharing Mount Olive’s past with present and future generations. Are you curious about our history, or do you like to organize things? Take a look at The Faith of Our Forebears: 100 Years at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, which the committee prepared for our 100th anniversary. Contact us for more information about Heritage Committee or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mount Olive frequently hosts receptions and other gatherings for members and guests. Several members are exploring creating a committee to oversee such affairs. If you enjoy getting in on the ground floor of projects or have a gift for hospitality, contact us or email email@example.com.
EDUCATION, OUTREACH AND WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Members and friends of Mount Olive serve the congregation and our community in many ways.
If you are interested in education for children, youth and adults, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about outreach projects such as Way to Goals tutoring, the Diaper Depot, Jobs After School, Meals on Wheels, the Community Meal or OurSavior’s Meal, email@example.com
Worship servant and music opportunities include serving as an assisting minister, acolyte, lector, greeter or sacristan; participating in the altar guild; singing with the Cantorei; or donating flowers. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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Contact us to express your interest.
Where two or three Lutherans are gathered, someone puts on the coffee pot. Volunteers sign up to serve coffee and provide a light snack following each Sunday morning liturgy. Contact us for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar flowers enhance the beauty of our sanctuary for worship, and members and friends of the congregation can sign up to donate the flowers on a specific Sunday. The church has a standing order with a florist for two bouquets for each Sunday. Sign up on the chart in the church office, or email email@example.com to express interest.