2017 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE

85 students and 49 youth older youth and adults spent the week of June 5-8 celebrating “Marty’s Party” 500 years of Reformation! Each day included music, crafts, outdoor recreation, snack and storytime. The kids helped give back to the community by bringing in birthday bag donations (including cake mix, frosting, candles and balloons) for the Emergency Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who participated and to those who donated money and items for birthday bags given to the Emergency Food Pantry. See photos elsewhere in this Emblem or on Olivet’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We had a great week!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SUMMER YOUTH EVENTS!
Have you already started to make plans for your children’s summer activities? Please include these dates on your calendar, and watch for more detailed information coming soon regarding all of the summer programs for Olivet’s youth!!
 August 6-11
All 4th and 5th graders will have a blast during this full week of camp! Join us for a week filled with meeting new kids your age, hanging with a counselor all week and learning more about God. In this time together you will also get a chance to stay in a tent one night, roast marshmallows, challenge yourself on our low ropes course, sing your favorite bible camp songs and play those wacky camp games!

Note: Camp Emmaus dates are for children entering the grades listed in the fall. Registration details and forms are available in the church office. A full brochure was also sent home with your child.You are responsible for sending your registration directly to Pathways. Transportation to the camp is not provided. Carpooling can be arranged shortly before the dates that you attend. Questions? Call Michelle at 235-6603; or email at melness@olivet.org

 CHERUB & JOY CHOIRS

Wednesdays, *6:45-7:15pm (*note new time)
Cherub Choir – Room 226; Joy Choir – Room 228
Please join us for Cherub Choir (K-2nd Grade) or Joy Choir (3rd-6th Grade) starting Wednesday, September 7th! Questions? Contact Patti Hall (Cherub) at patti.hall.nd@gmail.com or MarJean Smith (Joy) at 701-799-0295 or marjeanlsmith@cableone.net

 THIRD GRADE

This is the beginning of your child’s Confirmation process at Olivet. The “Introduction to the Bible” class will be held Sunday, September 18, 9:45-10:45am or Wednesday, September 21, 5;45-6:45pm for all third graders and their parents. (This class is held during Sunday or Wednesday School). Bibles will be presented to third graders on Sunday, September 25 at the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services, or on Wednesday, September 28 at the 5:45pm worship service. There will be a $20.00 per child registration fee to cover the cost of the Bible.

FOURTH GRADE

The fourth graders at Olivet have an opportunity to learn more from their Bibles by reading and studying the Gospel of Mark. Fourth graders and their parents will meet together to find out about personal and family devotions during this level of their Confirmation process. Together, the family is expected to complete a daily devotion book at home, which takes about one month. The class will be held Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:45-6:45pm or Sunday, November 13th, 9:45-10:45am, during Sunday and Wednesday School. There will be a recognition of fourth graders and the completion of their Confirmation requirement at a worship service in December.

 GUARDIAN ANGELS

Attention second graders!
At Olivet, we have a special program just for you! It’s our Guardian Angel program. Sometime this year, you may be called to serve as a Guardian Angel. A Guardian Angel is a special friend to a baby who is baptized here at Olivet. You are asked to be a friend to the baby and also to pray for them. This is a wonderful way to connect younger members of the congregation with each other.

MUSICAL OPPORTUNITIES
SUNDAY SCHOOL MUSIC

Music is offered weekly during Sunday School for students in preschool – fourth grade. The time is spent singing traditional and contemporary church songs, and preparing for special performances in worship, at the Christmas Program, and on Mother’s Day.

 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Are you a mother of a preschooler(s) ages 0 -5?  Then, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is for you!!  Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings each month at Olivet.  Childcare is provided during meetings, a hot breakfast for moms, and a place for moms to connect with other moms.  Questions?  Please contact Erin Ehlert at erinehlert@hotmail.com  or Melissa Lehr at Melissa.lehr@hotmail.com.  Currently, we are looking for reliable, fun, and loving people to assist in our infant/toddler nursery on tow Thursday per month from 8:45 to 11:15am.  Contact the Childcare Coordinator, Mary Cummings at 701-306, or email:mbcummins53@gmail.com.

NEW BABY / BAPTISM / NEW PARENT
MINISTRY

When a baby is born in the Olivet community, a rose is placed by the baptismal font in honor of the birth.  The Parish Nurse attempts to call the family, offer blessings, and offer for a visit by the parish nurse.  Various programs are offered to new parents and children such as baby massage, “bedtime and blankies”, “water play”.  At the time of the baptism, a special homemade blanket is given to the child.  Baby Sundays are held occasionally. On these Sundays new or expecting parents are invited to drop in to visit at the Parish Health Office for chatting and assessments of the baby as needed.  There is a baby scale and many special information sheets for parents. The goal is to provide support and guidance for the parenting journey.