*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. Bags of fabric to make masks have been placed on a table in the entry at church; feel free to pick up a bag or two. Mask patterns and tutorial videos are available below.

Reminder: 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 them 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

Homeless families participating in Family Promise are currently staying in Bear Creek Apartments (instead of host churches) during the COVID-19 Pandemic. During our upcoming host week, May 17-24, volunteers will be needed to provide meals via a no-contact drop off to Bear Creek. You could team up with another family, pool money together, cook or order food. You can sign up by using the link on the Mount Olive website. You may also make a monetary donation to Family Promise via the “Donate Now” button on the church website(mention Family Promise in the comment) to help cover the added cost of rent to house up to 6 homeless families. Rent is $2000/month.

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.