*Service groups are not currently meeting in person due to COVID-19 restrictions
Each member of Mount Olive is encouraged to prayerfully consider how to use your gifts and talents.
If You Are In Need of Pastoral Care, Help with Errands, etc.
If you are having difficulty at this time of crisis, are in need of pastoral care, help with errands such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, meals, etc., or if you would simply enjoy a friendly phone call on a regular basis, please let us know as there are a number of Mount Olive volunteers who are willing to help. You may contact the church office at 507-288-1580 or email Nancy Britson at email@example.com. If you leave a message, we will return your call. In-person pastoral visits will continue to only be done in the case of emergencies
Connecting Helpers with those in Need
All members are encouraged to be caregivers for one another in this difficult time. We know that those who have sent cards, letters, emails, and made calls to spread encouragement have been greatly appreciated. Others have offered to do errands for people who can’t get out or are afraid to do, helped set up Zoom, or sewed some masks. Mount Olive has an online sign up sheet for anyone willing to be a resource. It is monitored and as requests come in, we will connect those in need with those who are willing to help. If you would like to volunteer to help in any of the ways mentioned above, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/tga8yxu
Mount Olive uses an online program called Meal Train to organize meals for Mount Olive members in need. Past recipients have included people recovering form surgery or illness and parents of new babies. Volunteers simply follow an individualized email link to Meal Train and choose a date to provide a meal. Dietary requirements, maps, email reminders, and special instructions can be viewed for each recipient. If you are in need of meals or willing to help provide meals, please contact SherriBelle Brinkworth at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can send the Meal Train links to you.
Mount Olive Quilters
For over 25 years, the Mount Olive Quilters have met to make large (full size) and small (baby) quilts. This group meets 9:00-11:00 a.m. every Thursday throughout the year. Annually they make 75-100 large quilts and the same number of baby quilts, which are donated to Lutheran World Relief, The Rochester Women’s Shelter, Colombia, NAMI, Families First Crisis Nursery, etc. In addition, quilts and quilted items are donated to the Good Earth Village Auction each year which provides scholarships for children going to camp. Contact Elaine Monson at 272-6404 if you would like to get involved with this ministry. New quilters are always welcome, and no sewing experience necessary. If you can tie a knot, please come!
The Prayer Chain
The purpose of the prayer chain is to intercede on behalf of others in the event of illness, accident, surgery, difficult decisions, or other personal or family crises. It is also for rejoicing and thanking God for answered prayers. Are you in need of prayers for yourself, a friend, or loved one? All prayer requests are confidential. Other than members’ names, we do not include specific names for whom prayers are being offered. The Mount Olive community has many faithful members praying for your needs. If you would like to join the group of members praying, contact Kim Ignatius at email@example.com. If you have a prayer request and would like the prayer chain to be in prayer for you or someone you love, please contact Pastor Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Ignatius, prayer chain coordinator, email@example.com or 507-271-6087 or call the church office: 507-288-1580
Prayer Shawl Ministry
For more than 10 years, Mount Olive members have been meeting to pray and knit or crochet prayer shawls. Many knit throughout the year to create these beautiful shawls that give comfort to those who have been ill, grieving, or experiencing a difficult time of life. The shawls are not just for Mount Olive members, but are available to anyone who is in need of prayer and comfort. There are also shawls for children and blankets for babies. The group meets at church on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. during the program year and many continue to work on the shawls at home. Yarn and patterns are provided. To join the group or to request a shawl, contact Peg Whitley firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 288-1580.
Spiritual Companions are trained members of the congregation who walk along side members of the congregation during times of need, such as illness, surgery, life changes or challenges.