Interfaith Dialogue this Sunday
Please join us this Sunday at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall for an Interfaith Dialogue with our Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Sikh friends. We will discuss our relationship to ancient texts, how we interpret them, and how we understand their authority in our lives.
Lenten Preparations Underway
The season of Lent will begin on March 6 with Ash Wednesday. Please stop by the Lenten activities table in the front entry and sign up for the Lenten Bible Study, soup suppers, and volunteer opportunities at services throughout March.
Calls Extended to New Pastors
On Sunday, January 20, Mount Olive voted to call Rev. Lisa Janke and Luke Hollander as Associate Pastors. We anticipated that they will begin their ministry amongst us in the near future. Pastor Lisa is called as Associate Pastor of Outreach and will be tasked with directing the formation of a new Alternative Worshiping Community. Luke has been called to fill our vacancy as leader of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.
The sign outside of Mount Olive says, “Visitors Expected!” We mean this. We expect you, which means we are prepared to greet you and welcome you, no matter who you are. Our facility is completely accessible to all. Our welcome statement says it best:
We trust that God calls Mount Olive Lutheran Church to a ministry of reconciliation. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, and we extend God’s hospitality by welcoming, hearing, and treasuring:
|All gender identities and sexual orientations||All races and ethnicities||All ages and abilities|
|All economic statuses and education levels||All faith journeys and personal histories|
We are also an unapologetically Lutheran community of faith. This means:
- Our theology is centered in the life and death of Jesus Christ.
- We are part of a long line of historic churches which celebrate infant baptism and weekly Holy Communion.
- The Word of God is the norm and basis for our life together.
We are also part of one particular group of Lutherans – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Through this group we are networked with thousands of other congregations, mission sites, social service agencies, and educational institutions that live out the faith of Jesus Christ in similar ways.
We would love to have you join us for worship on a weekend. Our communion table is open to all as God draws you. Please come. If you like, you may even want to stay for coffee, introduce yourself, and strike up a conversation.
We believe Christ calls each person to some kind of ministry. We also believe that our lives are enriched when we do ministry together. You are welcome to explore your calling in this community of God’s people.