The sign outside of Mount Olive says, “Visitors Expected!” We mean this. We expect YOU, whether you are a new resident to Rochester, or you’ve been here for years, or you are just visiting. We have a completely accessible facility for physically-challenged folks. We are open and welcoming to people of all creeds, beliefs, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We believe that God has called us to this ministry of hospitality and we welcome guests every weekend. Consider yourself invited.
We are also an unapologetically Lutheran community of faith. This means that our theology is centered in the life and death of Jesus Christ. This means that we are part of a long line of historic churches who celebrate infant baptism and weekly Holy Communion. This means that the Word of God is the norm and basis for our life together. We are also a part of one particular group of Lutherans – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and 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 and introduce yourself, stay for coffee and fellowship afterwards, and get to know us better. We believe Christ calls each person, of every age and situation, 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.
Where Were You?
Where were you on September 11, 2001? Any of us old enough to remember that day are old enough to remember where we were when the Twin Towers fell. The world changed that day. Metal detectors began showing up at airports. Barricades and closed streets soon surrounded federal buildings. Indeed, a whole new federal department – the Department of Homeland Security – was established because of that attack.
This year we will be observing the 15th anniversary of 9/11, so that day will be a day of remembrance. But we are not only pausing to remember and pray for those who died that day, and those they left behind. As important as that is; we are going to be the “lights of the world” that Jesus called us to be.
On that Sunday, designated as God’s Work, Our Hands Day, members of congregations across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will spread out in acts of service and goodwill in their own communities. At Mount Olive all are invited to worship at either 8:00 or 10:30 am. Following 8:00 worship, worshippers will be able to participate in a work project of their choosing – some more rigorous than others (see the list in this newsletter). Then at 11:30, these workers, along with the worshippers from the 10:30 service, will be able to enjoy lunch provided in the church fellowship hall. Then worshippers from the 10:30 service, in turn, following lunch, will take up their choice of service. What a great day this promises to be!
You should know that several of the projects planned for God’s Work, Our Hands Day are designed to say thank you to our local first responders – our firefighters and medics. They certainly deserve our appreciation for all they do!
One other way we are going to let our lights shine that weekend is to receive a special offering for disaster victims in Baton Rouge, LA. The flooding they have endured is beyond imagination, and our gifts will go directly to Lutheran Disaster Response, one of the top relief agencies in the country, who will be serving the victims of this disaster for years to come. We ask you to make out checks to Mount Olive with memo “flood relief.”
Thank you for letting your light shine. Thank you for being the people through whom God’s work is done. Thank you.
New Saturday Worship format:
On Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 pm, our new Saturday worship format begins. Conventus means “life together.” This service is designed as a fresh way of speaking to people of our day through the language and action of ancient ritual. All are welcome, but persons unfamiliar with worship are especially encouraged to come and participate in “life together.”
Smile! Say Cheese! (Photo Directory Coming Soon)
We are happy to announce that we have signed a contract with Lifetouch Directories and Portraits to have a new edition of the Mount Olive picture directory produced this fall. We have reserved two separate weeks during which a Lifetouch photographer and staff person will be on hand to serve you. Please think now about which day will work for you and sign up today! The weeks are October 5-8, and October 18-22. As usual, for having your picture taken you will receive a free 8×10 and a copy of the church directory once it is published. You will also have the option of purchasing additional poses and prints. Watch for more details here and visit the table at church beginning August 27th. We hope to have everyone’s participation for this new directory.