OUTDOOR WORSHIP, PICNIC, AND BONFIRE
Join us on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:45 p.m. for outdoor worship! Stay for a picnic and a bonfire. Hotdogs, brats and s’mores will be provided, bring a dish to share!
CONGRATULATIONS TO PASTOR BILL BOELTER!
Pastor Bill will be celebrating 30 years in ministry on June 14th. He will be honored for this milestone at the Synod Assembly in June.
KITCHEN CLEANING SIGN-UP
Olivet’s kitchen is used by many people and groups. We all need to share in taking care of the kitchen. We are trying something different. Instead of a Kitchen Cleaning Day, we are asking people to sign up to clean a certain area of the kitchen. This cleaning can take place anytime during the month of June. Each section will have specific instructions. Sign up for an area at the front desk. If you need more assistance, talk with Parish Nurse Brenda.
UPCOMING SUMMER TRIPS
MEDORA MUSICAL – JUNE 22-23
Join us as we travel to the Medora Musical! The cost is $245 per person and includes transportation, the Pitchfork Fondue, the Medora Musical, lodging in the Badlands Motel and a Gospel Brunch Friday morning. We will make a stop in Beach, ND on Thursday to visit the Prairie Fire Pottery shop and have lunch (on your own) in Beach. On the way home we will visit Assumption Abby. There is a sign up sheet in the office. We will have to commit to tickets and rooms soon. For more information, contact Pastor Bill at (701) 238-6306 or visit with Gail in the office.
FROSTFIRE THEATER – JULY 12
We will travel to Walhalla on July 12 to see Frostfire Theater’s Summer production of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. We will be treated to a lunch before the production served in the costumes of the 30’s and in the style of a traditional church basement dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, etc. The cost of the trip is $85 and includes transportation, the lunch, and the theater production. Sign up sheet is in the church office.
You’ll laugh yourself silly, maybe shed a tear or two, and most of all, you’ll have a blast when The Sanders Family Singers perform at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in the charming, hilarious, and completely enchanting “Smoke on the Mountain”!
The storyline is set in the heart of North Carolina in 1938 – following the Sanders Family as they entertain you at the Saturday Night Gospel Sing at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
Along the way, the family will share more than 30 of your favorite gospel songs from the era, ones that helped shape the future of gospel music as we know it. Songs include: Church in the Wildwood, Angel Band, I’ll Fly Away, and Whispering Hope.
JASPER’S THEATER – AUGUST 3
Again this summer we will travel to Park Rapids to see the production at Jasper’s Theater. The entertainment includes magic, humor, and lots of music. After the show we will travel north of Park Rapids to the Y Steakhouse for dinner. You can choose between walleye, steak or chicken. The cost of this trip is $75 per person and includes transportation, the musical and dinner. Sign-up sheet is in the church office. For more info, contact Pastor Bill.
CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATER – AUGUST 26
The production this season is Grease. We will leave Olivet at about 7 a.m., make a stop at Clearwater and then proceed to Chanhassen where we will enjoy a lunch and watch the show. We will return at about 8pm that evening. The cost is $135 and includes transportation, the lunch and the show. Sign-up sheet in the church office. For more information contact Pastor Bill.
PASTOR TIFFANY’S SABBATICAL
Thank you for the sabbatical time this summer. Starting May 25 through August 25, I will be studying off site. June will include transformational travel to Guatemala with Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (LPGM). We will be staying at the Community Conservation Cloud Forest and learning about conservation, ecology, and how it interplays with poverty issues. I understand we will spend time at a girls’ school. Curious? Check out:
https://lutheranpartners.org/our-impact/guatemala/. July brings a reflection retreat in Maryland to write and pray. August’s focus includes an action plan for Olivet. Throughout the summer, I will remain involved in our Parish Life and Social Outreach Commission as we consider the focal points of sharing through the upcoming year. Please include me in your prayers as I assure you that you remain in my prayers as well. Peace, Pastor Tiffany
LAWN AND LANDSCAPE WORK EVENING
Join us June 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. as we spruce up the church grounds. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Janice Anderson at email@example.com for more information or contact the church office at 235.6603. (Mark your calendars for August 16 for another clean up Wednesday!)
OLIVET STAFFING NEWS
Two new staff members have joined the Olivet team. Welcome Kelly Heyer, Director of Communications and Bev Gravdahl, Communications Assistant. Kelly Heyer can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Bev can be reached at: email@example.com.
SUMMER WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
This summer’s theme is “All Anew” by Kelly Fryer. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in turning around ministries and organizations and has authored faith-related books. This Bible study is for all women! Our circles host the events and a pastor gives the lesson.
June 20th: Say goodbye to nice—Martha Circle (set up/clean up, 4 dozen muffins, OJ) Nice is not the same as good. Making nice is what you do to avoid upsetting people. But Good knows there are more important things than your reputation, your balance sheet and whatever else it is you count on to make you comfortable. Good does what matters.
July 18th: Stand with the least of these—Miriam Circle(set up/clean up, 4 dozen muffins, OJ) God requires of those who live in privilege and comfort to recognize what God is up to and join in. God is on a mission to love, bless and save the world. If we are going to be a part of that mission, here is where it begins: Among the poor and those who have been displaced and disenfranchised.
August 15th: Upending the tables—Priscilla Circle (set up/clean up, 4 dozen muffins, OJ) What is our responsibility when the very systems that have been put in place to protect people and make sure justice is done become tools to oppress? Do we just stand by and allow injustice to continue?
BETH MOORE WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Tuesdays, 8:30-10:30 a.m., June 6-July 25
We’ll be exploring Beth Moore’s new study “Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy” this summer. Workbooks are $15 and will be available in the church office (for those who register by May 22) or at any Lifeway Bookstore. Questions? Contact Elaine at 701-367-4633. We hope to see you there!
E-MAIL ENROLLMENT FOR THE EMBLEM
Did you know you can receive The Emblem via email instead of a print edition? Go to http://www.olivet.org/news-events/ to register.
RESILIENT FAITH GROUP
Long before the sun rises, at 6:30am on Wednesdays, starting May 31st, a small and welcoming group meets in the Upper Room for 60 minutes to explore the stories from scripture that speak to the stories of our lives. What a way to start the day! Interested? Coffee is always on and treats usually appear on the table. Check us out. All are welcome. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY – NO MEETING ON MAY 26th.
SOUND TECHNICIAN ASSISTANTS
We are looking for volunteers to serve as ‘back-up’ for our Sunday morning sound technician. This entails running the sound board and PowerPoint for worship. If interested, please contact Pastor Kris.
The Olivet Library will be providing our version of a summer bookmobile/table. After the Sunday morning church service on June 4, July 9 and August 6, you will have the opportunity in the church narthex to check out books from the Olivet Library. Even though the library will also be open at that time, we thought it would be fun to bring a taste of what we have to offer directly to you. Olivet Library has a vast collection of over 3,000 books – everything from spiritual/devotional to current best sellers. All books may be checked out for three weeks. Returning a book is as easy as checking out a book. Simply place in the book return outside the library or the book return at the main desk in the library. See you at the bookmobile!.
Balancing. Every high school graduate should know how to read a bank statement and balance a checkbook. The ATM machine isn’t a money tree with unlimited fruit. Financial decisions have real life consequences. Banks sometimes make mistakes. The regular practice of reconciling a bank statement can drive these lessons home. This information is presented by the Olivet Foundation. Please keep Olivet and the Olivet Foundation in mind as you do your financial planning.
SUNDAY RADIO BROADCAST ON-LINE
For all you “snowbirds”…. Did you know that you can listen to Olivet’s Sunday 8:30 worship service at 10:00am central time on your computer, laptop or iPad? Just sign in to WDAY.com.
SEMINARY SCHOLARSHIP MEMORIAL FUND
What can I do to alleviate the shortage of pastors in the ELCA? You can recognize and encourage prospective Seminar students and then support them financially. Even small donations to the Seminary Scholarship Memorial Fund over a year do add up significantly. For example: 100 contributions of $25 becomes $2500 and a long way to our goal of $4000 per year. Please, also, consider that memorials can be gifted to the fund at any time. Gifts can be made in your weekly pledge envelopes and placed in the offering plate on Sundays. Our Seminary students will be grateful. Training and ordaining pastors is a long term commitment and requires our financial commitment as well.
YWCA TOWEL MINISTRY
The YWCA Cass-Clay provides shelter for women/children victims of abuse in their homes. Each week towel sets (bath, hand towel, washcloth) from Olivet are delivered to the Shelter. If you can help, please bring your new towel sets to the church office, so that we can continue to provide this very basic need. Your donation is tax-deductible.
THE HEALING GARDEN
“The Healing Garden”, a collage of watercolor canvases, has been given by the friends and family of Craig Lewis, in his memory and in honor of others currently battling cancer or other terminal disease. The artwork is displayed in the hallway to the Parish Nurse office. Take time to view these images and to find healing in meditating upon their beauty.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
MOPS is a Christian ministry that seeks to connect every mom… stay-at-home and working moms, moms with different lifestyles, who all share a similar hope to be the best moms they can be! We are currently seeking volunteers for our nursery and preschool rooms during meetings. Two Thursdays a month, September-May, 8:45-11:15am. MOPPETS is the well-being and happiness of children during our meetings. If your desire is to bring the warmth of kindness to a child, by reserving a few hours of time each month, we would be over the moon to have your support. Contact: Amanda Welken at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-371-8410.
L ENDING CLOSET
Our lending closet is available for parishioners for temporary needs of medical equipment. Donations are welcome and if we have an over abundance of items they are donated to Project Hero. Brenda can also assist in helping find resources through Project Hero for families in need. We are in need of a person(s) who would help in organizing the closet and also cleaning up used equipment. Contact Parish Nurse Brenda if you can help in this ministry.
Please notify the church office if you or your family member are hospitalized. Our pastors would like to visit you while you are in the hospital. Federal regulations have made it difficult for our pastors to have access to names of hospitalized patients. If you are admitted through the emergency room, your name isn’t always listed as an Olivet member.
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY SERIES
On Thursdays at 10:30am, Pastor Bill Boelter will lead a Bible Study on the three texts assigned for the following Sunday. The goal of the study is two-fold: to examine the background and underlying message of each lesson and attempt to see the connections among them. All are invited. The study may be of special interest to the lectors who read the lessons at worship. Each week’s study is separate from the next which means you can benefit even if you can’t be present each week. Questions: Pastor Bill at 235-6603.
AVAILABLE FOR WORSHIP AT OLIVET:
Did you know? Olivet has hearing devices which enhance hearing the service. They are available for check out on Sundays in the office. Olivet has large print bulletins available each Sunday. Ushers will have these to distribute.
OLIVET MARRIAGE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION
The Olivet Church Council created the Marriage Task Force in the fall of 2015 with seven Olivet members, one Council representative, and two staff members. The Task Force was asked to:
1) Explore the ramifications of the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same gender couples may be legally married,
2) Enter into conversation with members of our congregation,
3) Engage in the study of Scriptures and other sources, and
4) Make a recommendation to the Church Council on how to respond to the issue.
The Olivet Marriage Task Force offered presentations, Bible studies, discussions and conversations on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings on the issue of same gender marriages.
The following is the recommendation made to the Olivet Church Council:
“In light of the fact that same-gender marriage is legal in all 50 states, consistent with our understanding of the policy recommended by the ELCA’s 2009 Social Statement on Human Sexuality, and understanding the fact that we as Olivet Lutheran Church members may not be of one mind on the matter but are one in Christ and centered in grace, Olivet Lutheran Church supports granting our pastors the freedom to follow their bound consciences in responding to requests to perform same-gender marriages either offsite or at Olivet Lutheran Church.”
The Olivet Marriage Task Force presented this recommendation, and it was approved by the Olivet Church Council.