Mount Olive has several small groups which meet during the program year. Newcomers are always welcome.
Plans are coming together for lots of fun Adventure Club activities this fall and winter. The Mount Olive Adventure Club is a diverse and dynamic group that explores a wide array of activities, everything from concerts to campouts, bike rides to hockey games. Events are intergenerational and family friendly. Members, visitors, and friends are all welcome!
Sunday, December 17-Please join the Adventure Club for Caroling and Christmas Treats. We will meet at Mount Olive at 1:40 pm to car pool to local senior living facilities that are home to some of our members. All are welcome to join in singing familiar carols. After caroling, we will go back to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy some Christmas treats and hot chocolate. Please bring a treat to share. Sign up in the Gathering Area.
Save the Date! In January, the Adventure Club hopes to go sledding on Monday, January 15. There is no school that day due to the Martin Luther King Holiday. Watch for details in the January Messenger and the Adventure Club Facebook page and hope for snow!
February-Movie Night at Mount Olive
March-Choral Arts Ensemble Concert
April-Restaurant Trivia-location to be determined.
May-Pizza/Bunco Game night at Mount Olive.
August-Families gather for a weekend in August at the Old Barn Resort in SE Minnesota bluff country. Outdoor meals, bike rides, swimming, camp fires, picnics, ice cream, s’mores, games, crafts, and a small worship service fill the weekend creating memories outside Mount Olive, and inside God’s natural beauty.
The Monday Book Group gathers to discuss a wide variety of literature including classics, fiction, poetry, humor, memoirs, history, mystery, Minnesota authors, and youth inspired works. Individuals are welcome to discuss one book or attend every month to discuss them all! We have leaders volunteer each month to lead the discussion. The group meets in the Mount Olive library the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. Please join us for some wonderful discussion and fun! If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Schoer.
On December 11, 2017 we will be discussing the following book;
On Strike for Christmas By Sheila Roberts
The #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and master of the holiday novel reimagines the biblical story of Joseph and the coat of many colors, presenting an inspiring modern story of family and forgiveness.
New readers are welcome to join us anytime. If you have questions contact Jodi Schoer at email@example.com.
The book selections for 2017-2018 are:
|Monday Book Group|
|September 11||The Accidental Wife||CJ (Carol) Fosdick|
|October 9||Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis||J.D. Vance|
|November 13||Galileo’s Daughter||Dava Sobel|
|December 11||On Strike for Christmas||Sheila Roberts|
|January 8||Hidden Figures||Margot Lee Shetterly|
|February 12||Poetry of Robert Frost||Robert Frost and Edward Connery Lathern|
|March 12||Norwegian by Night||Derek B. Miller|
|April 9||Prayers for Sale||Sandra Dallas|
|May 14||Conquering the Odds: Journey of a Shepherd Girl||Habibo Haji and Joseph Culhane|
Traditionally, Fellowship Tables have been groups of seven to nine adults that meet three or more times during the program year to share a meal and fellowship in homes. In recent years, we have added Restaurant Tables, a group that has their meals in restaurants, and Family Fellowship Tables for families with young children. Once again, this year there will be three options for Fellowship Tables. These groups are all a great way to branch out, meet new people, and bond with long-time friends without a huge time commitment.
Restaurant and Home Fellowship Tables are formed for one program year and are open to adult couples and singles. Please indicate your preference for one of these groups on your registration form. Pick up your forms at the information table in the entry or in the Gathering Area and return by October 22. Each group will have a volunteer organize their first meeting. Most groups will begin gathering in November, but anyone may join in any-time during the year. Following the first meeting, the group sets its own schedule for the remainder of the year.
The Family Fellowship Table meets in the Fellowship Hall at Mount Olive for a pot-luck meal a few times a year. Some families choose to get together on their own as well. The first meal is set for Saturday, November 4 at 6:00 pm. Each family brings a dish to share; paper products, tableware, and beverages will be provided. Sign up in the Gathering Area. Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Discipleship Group
This multigenerational group meets on Saturdays at the church from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and seeks to develop meaningful relationships and a better understanding of what it means to be disciples of Christ. This gathering focuses on scripture or a book that helps us to walk closer to the Lord and to our families, and encourages us in being disciples of Jesus. Come as your schedule allows. If you have questions, you can talk with Mark Masbruch, Paul Johnson or Mark Schoer.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls are knit or crocheted in prayer and given to those in the midst of a health crisis or personal need as a symbol of God’s comfort and care.
All knitters and crocheters are invited to gather at 9:00 am on the second Tuesday of the month. Yarn, treats, guidance, wisdom, support, and humor are shared!
Mount Olive Quilters have a goal to make 1000 quilts by 2016. Multiple organizations distribute the quilts. Lutheran World Relief quilt recipients use them for warmth, baby carriers, for their market displays, etc. Quilts are also donated to the Women’s Shelter, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Rochester Crisis Nursery.
Quilters meet weekly on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am to tie quilts. No sewing is required to join in. Packets of squares are available to be sewn at home.
Ripe Olives, the group for Mount Olive’s seniors, meets during the program year on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. for education and fellowship opportunities. At each meeting, breakfast is provided with a freewill donation. Everyone is welcome to attend.
December 8-Prepare for the Christmas season with a member Craft and Hobby Show and special music.
Sign up in the Gathering Area prior to each event. Watch the bulletin, and The Messenger newsletter for further information about programs coming up in 2018! Contact Nancy Britson, Director of Congregational Life, with questions – 288-1580 ext. 202 or email@example.com
The Rochester church softball league begins in May every year. Co-ed games are played on Tuesday evenings at McQuillan Fields and last one hour with lots of friendly competition. Players ages high school through adult are welcome to join the fun. New players are always welcome and needed, come join the fun. Spectators are always welcome! Watch for the sign up in the Gathering Area in early spring. There is a participant fee of $25 to help defray the cost of team registration. For more information contact Team Manager, Jason Sinnwell or Nancy Britson firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Mount Olive softball team for their exciting win in the 2017 Church League Playoffs! They came from third place at the end of the season to win the summer championship.
Spiritual Companions are a group of Mount Olive members who visit with our most vulnerable folks – those homebound or in need of extra support due to illness or life circumstances. The group meets together a few times a year to assess individuals needs. The companions meet with their assigned member on a schedule that works for the parties involved. Sometimes something as simple as a shared cup of coffee means a lot! If you’d like to know more about this important ministry for yourself or know of someone in need of companionship, please contact Pastor Glenn Monson, email@example.com or call the church office– 288-1580. Requests are kept confidential.
All women of the congregation are automatically members of Women of the ELCA, and are invited to join a monthly circle group. There are a number of circles, meeting at a variety of times.
In addition, each year the Women of the ELCA plan Fall, Christmas, and Spring events for all the women of the congregation.