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!


Mission Statement

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


Women of the ELCA Financial Forms