New Member Sponsor
Three times each year we welcome new members to our congregation: Fall, Winter, and Spring. A fantastic brunch is served for the new members and their sponsors. This is the time you will be able to meet and get to know your new member family. Making them feel welcome, and introducing them to other members is the main function of a sponsor. We encourage you to pray for your new member family, invite them to church activities, and join together in worship if you like. This is a wonderful way to share Olivet’s ministry through your hospitality. Sign up in the church office, or just let Michelle Elness know that you’re interested at 235-6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARISH NURSING VOLUNTEER
Being a volunteer in Parish Nursing is an extension of the Health Ministry at Olivet. This ministry includes opportunities in: visiting shut-ins, offering transportation for medical appointments, taking blood pressure checks the first Sunday of every month, serving on a Health Cabinet, writing newsletter articles, designing the Parish Nurse bulletin board monthly, assisting with on-going programs such as Babysitting Clinics, annual Blood Drive, the Health and Healing Service, and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. If you would like to visit about one of these areas or would like to help, please call Brenda Bauer, Parish Nurse at 235-6603 or email at email@example.com
Christmas Eve Dinner
Olivet and Nativity Catholic Church join together to put on a wonderful Christmas Eve Dinner and Bingo Night for those who may not have a place to go on Christmas Eve. Fun, fellowship and prizes are had by all. As you can imagine, this requires a multitude of volunteers. Everything from kitchen help, to bingo callers, and even elves are needed for this evening. Sign up begins in November, and all sign up sheets are placed in the Narthex. Have a great holiday with your family by sharing God’s love with others. Please watch for information on this important event.
Once a week on Fridays at 3:00pm, volunteers assemble the bulletins. This takes approximately one hour. Or you could help out with the monthly newsletter! Once a month at 1:00pm, 10-12 volunteers get together to assemble the newsletter, and put the labels on. This takes aproximately 2 hours. If you would like to help out, please call Joyce at 235-6603 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Wednesday Morning Quilters each week starting in September. There are many jobs that need to be done that do not require experience in sewing or quilting! Sorting, ripping, cutting etc… are just a few of the duties the quilters perform. A Bible Study and lunch are part of the morning, as well as coffee and fellowship. These wonderful hand-made quilts are sent all over the world through the Lutheran World Relief Organization in May. Come once a week, or just a few times. You are always welcome. Wednesday mornings 9am-Noon beginning September 15th. (Bus available through Senior Commission).
Do you enjoy reading? If you’re a book lover, you’ll find volunteering in the Olivet Library a fun and rewarding experience. Our working meeting is held on Wed. afternoons, but opportunities to work at other days and times are available. There are many different types of jobs: shelving books, assisting patrons, sending out overdue notices, book cart program, displays and promotions, computer data entry, and more. No experience is necessary, training is provided. If you’re interested in joining our group, please call Kathy Shark at 235-1772 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
This committee cares for and changes the paraments, and also does seasonal planning and decorating. Please consider helping in this ministry that beautifies our sanctuary. Call Michelle at 235-6603 if you are interested or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This group of compassionate and caring individuals act as host(s) after a funeral service. They are also responsible for set up, limited food preparation, and serving at the funeral reception. This important ministry of our church continues to need additional volunteers. Please call Michelle Elness at 235-6603 or email Michelle.
Churches United for the Homeless
On the 1st Monday of each month, Olivet is responsible for the preparation and serving of a supper meal at Churches United for the Homeless in Moorhead. This can be done by a group, or you can volunteer individually and work with others who are helping that evening. This important ministry needs your help, and is a very rewarding experience for all ages. Please consider this opportunity for yourself, or your entire family. Contact the church office, or call Olivet’s Coordinator: Diane Rheault at 293-6427.
Olivet’s office needs help at various times throughout the week to answer phone calls, help those who stop in the office, and make visitors feel welcome. The most common times help would be needed is: Wednesday evenings (5pm-8pm), and Sunday mornings. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please talk to Judy Hauschulz if interested.
Preschool-4th Grade Sunday School Teacher or Substitute Teacher
Being a Sunday School teacher is a year long commitment to educating children in the Christian faith, and it is a privilege and a responsibility to be taken seriously. Sunday School begins Sept. 12, 2010-May 15, 2011. The education hour is 9:45-10:45am each Sunday, with the exception of Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving holiday); Dec. 26 & Jan 2nd (Christmas holiday); and Apr. 24, 2011(Easter holiday). There is a teacher training time for each grade level (preschool-4th grade) in August. This is a time to meet team leaders and other teachers, learn about the basics of teaching Sunday School, and plan the curriculum for the year with your team leader and teaching partners. Sunday School teachers need to: 1) Relate to and interact with children; 2) Provide a warm and caring atmosphere in which children can learn; 3) Work with their team leader and grade level teachers to develop lesson plans that follow a curriculum outline provided by the director of Children’s Ministries. Team teaching a Sunday School class can be arranged by request. Substitute teaching is also an important ministry. Lesson plans are provided, but it is important to be flexible and ready for anything! The Sunday School Supply Room has a variety of materials that can be used any time, and the superintendents and other teachers are always ready to share ideas and help find materials.If you enjoy being with children and have a desire to share your faith, we need you! Please call Lisa Sandgren at 235-6603.
If you love small children and are looking for a way to plug in a few times a year, volunteering in the nursery is the perfect fit for you! Playing with the young children at Olivet is a rewarding and important job. The biggest need for nursery workers is on Sunday mornings, including shifts from 8:15-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:45 a.m., and 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. These shifts are available in either the infant or toddler nurseries. There are also times during the week that the nursery is open. Please consider if this is a place for you! If you are interested in helping, please call Judy Hauschulz at 235-6603.
Sunday School Christmas Program
Each year, the Sunday School children present a Christmas program in December. It is a wonderful time to gather children and families together to celebrate the birth of Christ. There are many ways and opportunities for you to help out! If you are interested in helping out with music, program, costumes or serving food for the Sunday school program, please contact Lisa Sandgren at 235-6603.
10th Grade Small Group Confirmation Leader
Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm we need leaders to spend time with your small group of 5-8 students caring and mentoring them as positive role models for their Christian lives. The first half of each session we will be together in a large group, then we will break into small groups. Materials and discussion questions will be provided. You only need to provide your gift of caring! Call Amyat 235-6603.
7th-10th Grade Mentor
Are you willing to share your life with a young person? If so, consider being a mentor. We all need people around us as examples of active faith lives. We all need strong, supportive relationships to share our struggles with. Studies have shown that one of the most important steps in a students life is to connect them with a healthy adult in a mentoring relationship. As adults, we learn a lot about ourselves when we work with students and their struggles. The expectations of a mentor are as follows: 1) Throughout the year, you are asked to attend two Wednesday Mentor Nights at Olivet. These nights, students will bring their mentors to confirmation. Mentors will participate with students in discussions and activities pertaining to faith and the importance of relationships! 2) To build your relationship with your student, you will be asked to get together at least 5 times throughout the year outside of our classtime together. We ask that the two of you do the following: do one service project of your choice together; go out to eat together once or more; do something recreational together (golfing, fishing, walking, roller blading, photography, mini-golf, etc.); participate in some activity at the church together (worship, Family Faith Night, service project, Christmas Eve Dinner, Lenten dinners, etc.); you will also be asked to attend the Confirmation Banquet and Service for your student. If interested call Amy at 235-6603.
7-9th Grade Small Group Confirmation Leader
Confirmation leaders are expected to facilitate group discussion and foster relationships by becoming a positive Christian role model to the 5-8 youths in their small group. The time commitment is every Wednesday starting September 1st – May 18th. These small groups meet from 6:30-8pm. Call Amy at 235-6603.
Do you like to travel and experience new things? You can do this as well as grow in faith and develop wonderful relationships with great kids. Our trips vary from 2-3 days to 7-10 days, and include youth gatherings both regional and national, retreats, Habitat for Humanity projects and others. All trips are a mix of fun, faith, and service. Costs vary with each event. As a trip chaperone, you will be involved in small group discussions and devotions, and “hanging out with” the kids by being a positive role model for them. These experiences will change your lives! Call Amy at 235-6603.
7-9th Grade Sunday School Teacher & Substitute
“ It takes a village to raise a child” Do you like to encourage young people on their faith journey? Consider being a part of a team, to teach our 7th-9th graders on Sunday mornings. Combining a plethera of different curriculum styles–activities, games, movies, bible studies and more, we aim to dig deeper into what our faith means. There will be a training/orientation for all teachers (specifically geared for teachers of Jr. High classes) to meet the other teachers, learn the curriculum, and gather some helpful classroom hints. Please let us know if you are interested in subbing for teachers if the need arises. Sunday School beginsat 9:45am and is done at 10:45am. There are a few Sundays during the year that we do not have Sunday School, including holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and others. Teaching Sunday School is a great way to share your faith with young people! Call Amy at 235-6603.
Sunday Coffee Server
Each Sunday in between church services (9:30am-11am), coffee and donuts are served in the Lounge and in the Fellowship Hall. We need your help in setting up, serving and doing a little cleanup afterwards. Hospitality is the main duty of the Coffee Servers. This can be a one time job, or as many times as you wish. Michelle Elness will help you find the dates that work best, 235-6603.
Celebrate! Worship Team
Singers and instrumentalists of all ages are invited! The musicians are divided into four teams, each team leading the Celebrate! service once a month, year ’round. Rehearsal times are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the church sanctuary. Contact Lisa Overby
This is a wonderful way to share in the ministry of Olivet by reading God’s word during worship services. Readers are needed every Sunday year ‘round, and at each service. Scripture is given to you early in the week so that you may read and practice at home, or in the sanctuary if you prefer. This is a job that can be done by all age groups. It requires good reading skills and feeling comfortable reading in front of a large group. Consider this ministry if this describes you. Michelle Elness will help you find the best date(s), 235-6603.
A warm welcome and kind greeters are an important part of Sunday morning worship. As a greeter you have a wonderful opportunity to extend kindness to everyone who enters Olivet’s doors. Coming in 20 minutes before worship begins, and extending your hand are the requirements of a greeter. Please let Michelle Elness know when you would like to volunteer, 235-6603.
Preparation of communion is done at your convenience a few days prior to communion Sunday. Wine and juice glasses are poured, and communion wafers are placed in the serving trays. This is a great job for a family to do together, and takes approximately one hour. Call Michelle Elness if you would like this opportunity, 235-6603.
This important role at worship services requires a warm smile and hospitality. Ushers are welcoming assistants to those who may be visiting, or are new to Olivet. They are a friendly smile and helper to our current members. An usher’s job is to hand out bulletins, help people find seats, collect offering, direct people during communion, help pick up in the sanctuary after service, and be an assistant to the staff of Olivet when needed. This job is needed every Sunday at each service year ‘round. Ushers can do this job one month at a time or just one time. You set the schedule. It’s fun to get a group and usher together. Bring some friends, or join an existing team. Call Michelle Elness and set up a time best for you, 235-6603.
If you are interested in assisting in worship on communion Sundays, you may want to volunteer as a communion server. Servers attend the worship service at which they are serving. Then come back to the Sacristy area of the church during offering. Instructions are given by a coordinator, and then the server offers bread or wine to worshippers who come to receive Holy Communion. This is done on the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s of the month. Contact Michelle Elness for coordinator names, 235-6603.