March 28 & 29 Worship Bulletin
Mount Olive Weekly Devotion
You will find a copy of the devotions for the Fifth Week of Lent at the link below.
Connecting Helpers with Those in Need
Several members have contacted the church office to say “how can I help?”. All members are encouraged to be caregivers for one another in this difficult time. Send cards, letters, and emails, and make calls to anyone you think of who might need encouragement. Offer to do errands for people who can’t get out or are afraid to do so or make a meal for a neighbor. To better facilitate connecting people, we have created a Google sheet for anyone willing to be a resource. It will be monitored and as requests come in, we will connect those in need with those who are willing to help. We’re calling it Mount Olive Ambassadors for Christ and you can find it at this link: https://tinyurl.com/tga8yxu
Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) is asking for handmade fabric masks. OMC says to keep them coming. In addition to the simple masks, they are asking for a more complicated masks that have a pocket for a filter.
You are making a difference! Keep the masks coming! Masks are in great demand, and many more are needed. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting her know how many masks you are donating, then drop off completed masks M-F, 8:00 am-12:00pm at: Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) Regional Foundation (102 Elton Hills Dr. near Bruegger’s Bagels) Include a note with the following information:
From: Mount Olive Lutheran Church
2830 18th Ave. NW
Rochester, MN 55901
# of masks=
OMC is now taking 2 kinds of fabric masks which will be distributed between OMC, Mayo and other medical institutions in Olmsted County:
Specialty masks which are most needed. (for more experienced sewers). These have a pocket for a filter and require woven, cotton fabric and hair ties. Please do not leave home to get supplies, use cotton fabric you have on hand. If you don’t have hair ties, they will be added later: Please use this pattern and video:homemade-healthcare-masks with pocket & Mask with Pocket Tutorial Video
Channel One Regional Food Bank- COVID-19 Response
Channel One is planning for an increase in the need for its food programs because of the growing Covid-19 pandemic. The strains on families can lead to them having to make difficult choices between food and housing costs. Channel One can help people facing food insecurity and poverty by taking a $25 donation and turning it into 100 meals! While the food donations given by Mount Olive members have been gratefully received, the best way to help now is to make a monetary donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button on the church website. Please indicate Channel One in the “other” category. Channel One is also looking for volunteers to pack emergency food boxes and to help fill the gaps they are seeing as many of its current volunteers fall in the at-risk or vulnerable populations category. If you are a healthy, low-risk individual, sign up for a shift by going to helpingfeedpeople.org, click on COVID-19 Response.
Volunteers are crucial to maintaining Channel One’s operations, and with many individuals practicing social distancing or self-quarantine, extra hands are needed.
Mount Olive’s Response to COVID-19
Please read an updated letter concerning Mount Olive’s response to COVID-19 at the link below. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the church office or send an email to email@example.com
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 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|