Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26
One of the most important seasons of the year begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, as we begin the season of Lent, the period of 40 days prior to the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter. During Lent we center our attention on the suffering of Christ and what his suffering and death mean for us. On Ash Wednesday we will hold worship at 5:00 pm, a light supper is served by the Women of the ELCA beginning at 5:45, and worship again at 7:00. All ages are encouraged to attend worship on this important day.
Ash Wednesday Soup Supper served by Women of the ELCA
Each week during Lent will feature a soup supper or simple meal served on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. The first meal will be sponsored by Mount Olive Women of the ELCA and served between the 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday services on February 26. Please sign up in the Gathering Area to provide soup, serve, or clean up.
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.
Mount Olive’s Welcome Statement
“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|
As Christ welcomes all, we too welcome the full inclusion of all people into the life, ministry, and sacraments of Mount Olive, joining in a journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.”
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.
|A Reconciling in Christ Community|