Serving Others through Outreach
Outreach as Evangelism
Mount Olive is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as found in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Before each service, our ushers and greeters welcome our visitors and encourage them to sign the guest register. They can also answer any questions our guests may have about our worship service. Copies of the current Olive Leaves Newsletter are available for visitors so that they can learn more about us.
During the worship service, at the time of the offering, everyone in attendance signs a Rite of Fellowship Book located in the church pews. There is also space for guests to request a visit from Pastor.
The Board of Evangelism keeps an accurate listing of all prospective members and guests. The Board prays for newcomers and visitors, for work to equip the saints for personal evangelism in the community.
Prospective members who hold membership in another Lutheran congregation may contact the church office to ask Pastor Sizemore to write for their letter of transfer to Mount Olive.
Prospective members who are new to the Lutheran Church are invited to attend a series of six new member classes taught by Pastor Sizemore during the Sunday school hour, held several times throughout the year.
Outreach as Social Ministry
“’…And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:39-40).
Mount Olive Church is involved with many worthwhile groups in our community:
Sharing God’s Love
Mount Olive maintains a close relationship with our local food bank, Sharing God’s Love. They provide food, clothing and financial assistance with spiritual emphasis to those in need in our local area. Sharing God’s Love is an interdenominational organization and receives donations from a number of area churches, including Mount Olive. We supply donations of needed items year round and have several members who volunteer. Because of our ongoing support of Sharing God’s Love, Mount Olive hosts and promotes many fundraisers for them including the Ameris Bank Matching Funds Canned Food Drive, the Back to School Supplies Drive, and their latest event, “Undies Sunday.”
Mount Olive sponsors American Red Cross Blood Drives twice a year. Many of our faithful members along with others in our community take the time to donate this life-saving gift. Please watch the Olive Leaves newsletter for the next upcoming blood drive.
Ronald McDonald House
Mount Olive supports the wonderful work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. We participate in fundraisers, including the Kettle of Coins and the collection of soda tab-tops to assist them in their efforts to help families with sick children.
Social Ministry supports our troops who serve in the military from all over the country by helping keep the Columbia Metropolitan Airport USO stocked. We host two drives annually, during May and November, to provide personal care items as well as refreshments and phone cards.
The Barnabas Project
The Barnabas Project is ministry founded by the LCMS to address the many needs of our men and women in the armed services including their transition back home.
“Seeds of Change” is a new program from Heifer International, which provides for the education impoverished people in the Arkansas Basin and Appalachian Mountains. “Seeds” enables people to help themselves and earn a decent living by farming and marketing their produce.
Adopt a Family
Christmas time is one of the best times to reach out to families in distress and share the love of the Lord in very tangible ways. Our members generously contribute to a family in our area during the Christmas holidays through prayer and the donation of food, monetary gifts, household items, and gifts on each family member’s wish list.
Cards of Compassion
“Cards of Compassion” is an outreach ministry to those who are unable to attend church. This ministry is ongoing throughout the year.