UPCOMING SUMMER TRIPS
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 SUMMER SABBATICAL
Please keep Pastor Tiffany in your prayers as she begins her summer sabbatical. Tiffany’s sabbatical will be from May 25 through August 25. You can follow her journey at: https://chasingwateruphill.blogspot.com/.
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
The Olivet Foundation provides scholarships to Olivet members attending any of the ELCA colleges. Students are eligible to receive $100 per year for up to four years. The guidelines to qualify are:
• Students are eligible the 4 school years after high school graduation.
• The applicant must be a full-time student, and they must attend the qualifying school continuously during the 4 year period.
• Applications must be submitted by August 1 each year.
• Some schools offer to match these amounts. Check with your college for match deadlines.
Applications are available in the church office.
FALL WOMEN’S RETREAT
Breathe and Be: Finding Real Rest in Life
When: Friday, September 29 leaving at 2 p.m., returning Sunday, October 1 in the early afternoon.
Where: Mt. Carmel Retreat Center in Alexandria, MN
Cost: Lodge room is $220, New Cabin is $200 and Remodeled Cabin is $180 (Add a little extra if you don’t want a roommate.)
The author of Joy Notes, Dawn Kaiser, wll be helping lead us through an amazing experience together. Please save the date! If you want to know more, brochures are available in the church office or email Pastor Tiffany 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.
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?
On July 9, the Olivet Library Bookmobile will focus on mystery and suspense. We will display (for checking out) a wide variety of mysteries…perfect for lake reading! There will be the tried and true mystery authors such as P.D. James, Ellis Peters, and Martha Grimes along with the more contemporary authors William Kent Krueger, Dan Brown, Harlan Coben and Louise Penny. If you prefer a female protagonist, you will not be disappointed with the mysteries written by Jacqueline Windspear and Patrica Rushford.
Those who are more interested in Christian Fiction mysteries, might enjoy the novels of Nancy Mehl, Lorena McCourtney, and Colleen Coble. Throw in a little romance with the Christian Fiction and Dee Henderson might become a favorite author.
Nonfiction books with an edge to suspense include those written by Bill Myers and Robert Farra Capon.
Check out the Bookmobile table in the narthex on July 9th, you might just find the perfect mystery to enjoy reading. Please remember to return checked books that have been read to the book drop outside the library before or on due date. Thanks.
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 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.
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.
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: Erin Ehlert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.