by Pastor Bill Boelter
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
These are words spoken by Moses to the people of Israel on behalf of God. Jesus called that first line the greatest commandment. The rest is instruction for the people who are journeying in the wilderness. It is important that they pass God’s word on to their children. And not only at special worship or study times but continuously and everywhere.
While these ancient words of instruction are addressed to the Israelites wandering through rough terrain, they could just as well be addressed to us. We, too, need to be reminded that our calling is to pass on the faith, to share the Gospel of Jesus, and to demonstrate love in word and deed to our children.
As we begin another season of Sunday School and Confirmation here at Olivet we seek to faithfully follow these ancient commands so that our children may learn the love and grace of God and be strengthen in faith.We strive to accomplish this in a number of ways. Some are traditional:1. Sunday School2. Confirmation3. Bible study4. Learning and Sharing5. Worship6. Service trips7. Fellowship events.
And we are excited to add at least one new way of teaching and serving here at Olivet. Beginning this fall, Olivet will offer a food pantry for those needing help feeding their families. Bob and Kelsey Elness have cleared a space in the new basement, built a wall and assembled shelving to hold non-perishable items. We have outlets for refrigerator and freezer and new lighting. Those who have volunteered to be coordinators and help with the distribution will be meeting early in September with Andrea Block from Great Plains Food Bank to receive instruction and help in managing the pantry.
As we move into September and Rally Day, PLSO’s goal is Fill and Fund 4000. We hope to collect one can or non-perishable item for each of the 4,000 members of Olivet and $1 for each baptized member. In Matthew Jesus feeds 4000 with 7 loaves and a few fish. Imagine what he will do with our offerings! The Olivet Food Pantry will not only provide needed food for hungry families, it will also be an opportunity to teach our children one way to respond to the Gospel. We will be able to talk about this when we are at home, when we are at Olivet, or when we are away. As this ministry progresses, it will provide an opportunity for families to work together and share their faith. I hope you will join us in this new venture.We will make every effort to keep you informed about this ministry and how you and your family can get involved.
-Pastor Bill Boelter