*Service groups are not currently meeting in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please see below for opportunities to serve during this time.

Fabric Mask Information

The Mount Olive quilter’s mission has temporarily changed to help combat the Covid-19 virus by making face masks. All sewers are invited to join in making masks. If you would like to help by making masks, but are in need of fabric, the Mount Olive quilters would be happy to provide some for you. Please contact Elaine Monson at 507-272-6404.

God’s work. Our hands. – Expands

This year, “God’s work. Our hands.” is more than just one day of service. This year, we expand to NINE days in which you can serve with MANY different projects: Donate items or funds, perform acts of service in the community, and or complete hands on projects at home. Please refer to the flyer sent with this week’s bulletin for an outline of all the details. On Sunday, September 13, please stop by the church between 2-4 pm to pick up or drop off items/projects/funds and receive an ice cream treat from Mount Olive staff members. We’re looking forward to seeing you; please stop by to say “Hi”!This is a great opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Please note that the church will be open for you to drop off or pick up items Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays, Sept. 12 and 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Children’s Mask Collection for Elton Hills Elementary School

The Mount Olive Service and Social Outreach team reached out to our neighborhood school, Elton Hills Elementary, to ask if there was anything we could do to help as children returned to school.  They said that  a donation of 250 masks to provide for children from low income families would be greatly appreciated. Between now and the beginning of school, children’s masks will be collected in a box in the church entry. Homemade or purchased masks may be donated.  Please refer to the service page of the Mount Olive website, www.molive.org , for mask patterns and instructions and tutorial videos.  A child’s homemade fabric mask measures 5″ by 7 /12 ” with 5 1/2 inches of elastic.

OMC Adult Mask Collection

Take all completed fabric masks directly to Olmsted Medical Center, Marketing and Foundation Offices, 102 Elton Hills Drive, Rochester, MN, between 8 AM and 12 PM, Monday-Friday.

We will not be collecting adult masks at Mount Olive. OMC inspects and sanitizes each mask before use. OMC will work with Olmsted County Public Health, Mayo Clinic, and Zumbro Valley Medical Society, among other partners and health organizations to ensure the best possible allocation of donated homemade masks, PPE, and other resources. If you would like a mask for yourself or a family member, please contact Elaine Monson at 507-272-6404.

Simple pattern and tutorial. These require woven, cotton fabric and elastic 1/4″-1/2″ wide. Please use this pattern and tutorial:Face Mask with Pattern and PicturesSimple Mask Tutorial Video

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

Simple mask with fabric ties tutorial: https://diyjoy.com/jenny-doan-fabric-tie-face-mask/

Channel One Regional Food Bank- COVID-19 Response

Channel One is helping people facing food insecurity and poverty by taking a $25 donation and turning it into 100 meals!  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 of its current volunteers who are now unavailable. 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.

Family Promise

Family Promise currently does not have any families participating in the program and during this time of Covid-19, they are focusing on helping families that are about to lose housing–a model known as shelter diversion. We will not be “hosting” or providing meals at Mount Olive for any families during our host week in August. Instead, there was a collection of personal care items which were donated to the Day Center. You may make a monetary donation to Family Promise via the “Donate Now” button on the church website (mention Family Promise in the comment) to help their programming for families at risk of homelessness at this time.

Family Service Rochester (FSR)- Meals on Wheels

Family Service Rochester coordinates Meals on Wheels for Olmstead County clients. As a part of their COVID-19 response, they are also offering a grocery shopping service for those that are homebound and need assistance. You may go to their website, familyservicerochester.org , for more information and  to register as a volunteer. You will be contacted by e-mail when your background check has cleared. Other opportunities to volunteer including yard work, errands, and other odd jobs.

Service and Social Outreach are integral to Mount Olive’s ministry, and there are many opportunities available to our members. We look at service as a concentric circle of love and care spreading outward, beginning with Mount Olive, then to the Rochester community. From there out to the state of Minnesota, the United States and into the world.

Check your talents and time; work in some of these opportunities and grow as an individual, family and congregation member.