Simply stated, we are the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. That includes all women in our church! You don’t have to be part of a circle or sign up to be part of it! The mission of the Women of the ELCA is “to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.” At Mount Olive, it consists of service, fellowship and educational opportunities, often combining all three into one event!
To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
Women of the ELCA Circles
Circles are small groups of women that gather monthly for Bible study, discussion and spiritual care. No sewing is involved! Circle meetings are a great time for fellowship and forming life-long friendships. Spending time together in Bible study is a wonderful way to learn about the Bible in a comfortable setting. Circles also serve at Fellowship Events sponsored by the Women of the ELCA throughout the year.
To join a circle, just come to one of the circle meetings or contact the church office or the Women of the ELCA president for contact information. Feel free to visit multiple meetings to help you decide which group is a good fit.
|Monthly Circle Meetings|
|Miriam||4th Tuesday||6:30 pm|
|Lydia||2nd Monday||6:30 pm|
|Mary||4th Friday||9:30 am|
|Naomi||4th Tuesday||1:00 pm|
|Rachel||4th Thursday||6:30 pm|
|Ruth||4th Tuesday||10:00 am|
Study Leaders– Volunteers lead their groups through the Bible study each month. Prior to leading, they meet with Pastor Glenn on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm for guidance and insight into the study. The Bible study is from Gather magazine.
Most Mount Olive circles take December and the summer months off. Some meeting dates may vary, depending on the school or church calendar. If the Rochester Public Schools close due to weather, the church building also closes, and circle or other events are cancelled.
Calendar of Events:
|Date||Event & Details|
|November 1-30||The Mitten Tree: Collection at the Christmas Tree in the Gathering Area of hats, mittens and other winter gear for the neighborhood schools.|
|November 10||Board Meeting|
|December 2||Women of the ELCA Christmas Party|
|December 8||St. Lucia Sunday|
|February 2||Board Meeting|
|February 26||Ash Wednesday Soup Supper|
|March 6||World Day of Prayer|
|March 8||Board Meeting|
|March 21||Women’s Day of Service from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
|April||WELCA Zumbro River Conference Meeting and Service: Your circle leader will provide more details about location and registration|
|April 19||Board Meeting|
|May 2 & 3||Homemade Market|
|May 4||Spring Meeting|
|May 10||Thankoffering (Mother’s Day)|
|May 24||Graduate Recognition Reception|
|June or July||Project Comfort Coffee|