“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus’ call to his followers is always one of discipleship, and a disciple is one who continues to learn the great teachings of God’s Word that are found in the Holy Scriptures (John 5:39).
Part of Christ’s call to his Church to fulfill his great commission of making disciples of all peoples is to provide for their ongoing Christian education. As Jesus made plain during the time of his own 40-day temptation period in the wilderness, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God!” (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3).
Christ wants his followers to not only learn more about him, but to know him more intimately. As the Apostle Peter said, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES FOR ALL AGES
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The Sunday school hour begins at 9:15 AM. There are classes for children from age three years through high school and a class for special needs children, Circle of Friends.
Children through fourth grade join together at the beginning of Sunday school for singing and their weekly Bible story. Afterwards, children and teachers go to their classrooms to review the story and complete activities that reinforce the week’s lesson and scripture. Pictured below is the early elementary class with a hands-on reenactment of Naaman being cleansed of his leprosy by bathing in the muddy Jordan River.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Mount Olive has a special needs class that begins at 9:15 AM for Sunday School and lasts through the 10:30 AM worship service. There is a trained special education teacher and a faithful group of volunteers who share Jesus’ love. Because of this class, parents of special needs children are able to participate in adult Bible class and worship service. Circle of Friends includes Christian Education, IEP objectives, and many hands-on activities.
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
During the summer, the children explore a variety of themes. A summer may be spent learning The Ten Commandments or exploring the many animals found in the Bible. Parents, grandparents, and others volunteer to teach so that the regular teachers can have a break. Pictured below: The children have completed the lesson on sheep and are making a snack: an edible sheep from icing, pretzels, and popcorn. The water bottles remind the children that they are Jesus’ sheep and He is The Good Shepherd. At the top of the picture is the sheep pen and 99 cotton ball sheep and the one lost sheep that the shepherd found and returned to the fold.
EARLY COMMUNION CLASSES
Children in the fifth grade may participate in a series of instructional classes about the doctrine of The Lord’s Supper. Parents who believe that their children are ready to receive Holy Communion with the Pastor’s consent may be admitted to the Lord’s Table prior to their confirmation.
When children are baptized in the Lutheran Church, parents promise to provide for the further instruction of their children in the teachings of the Christian faith. To help parents with their important spiritual obligation, Lutheran churches offer multi-year confirmation classes. The class studies the Bible one year and then Luther’s Small Catechism the next year. At Mount Olive, classes begin with fifth graders (and older youth who have not been confirmed) and their parents. Our vision is for those involved in confirmation to strengthen their relationships with Christ and with each other. Parental involvement helps students to grow into the life of the congregation and creates additional mature Christian relationships for each child. Through these relationships, students will grow in their understanding of God’s boundless love and grace for each of them.
There are classes for middle and high school students, which foster spiritual growth as our youth ready themselves for remaining faithful in today’s world. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
BIBLE STUDIES FOR ADULTS
There are opportunities for Bible studies and classes both on Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM and during the week. These classes may study a book of the Bible or other Christian topics. See the current Newsletter or Calendar for details.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES
New member classes are taught by the pastor at various times throughout the year during the Sunday school hour, for a six-week time period. Those who are new to the Lutheran Church, as well as lifelong Lutherans, are invited to attend these classes in order to review the basic Biblical teachings of Christianity and the particular emphases of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
A church nursery is provided from 9:10 AM to Noon. Children through age 2 may attend during the Sunday school hour, and through age 3 during the 10:30 Worship service. A favorite place to explore is the set of cabinets that house the toys. Children may choose to play there, with the cabinet doors open, of course!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
During the summer, Mt. Olive has Vacation Bible School. VBS time is filled with Bible stories, singing, crafts, & games! 2018 VBS was held on July 29th-August 2nd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The theme will be Time Lab from Answers in Genesis VBS.
Current Sunday Morning
Bible Classes – 9:15 AM
February 2020 Sunday School for All Ages
Click the above link to find the location and focus of our current classes.
The Book of Ruth
The Downstairs Adult Bible Class will begin our study on the Book of Ruth, described by the NIV Study Bible as “an “exquisitely wrought jewel of Hebrew narrative art.” Ruth is so much more than a love story. Ruth, as does all canonical scripture, points us to Christ and Him crucified. Please join our lively discussion class as we explore this beautiful book of the Bible together.
Teacher: Sandy Osborne
Time: Sundays beginning February 23, 2020, 9:15 AM
What makes the Lutheran confession of faith unique? Why is Lutheran worship different from worship at the church next door? Does it have to be confusing? Whether you’re a lifelong Lutheran looking to dig deeper, new to Lutheranism and want answers, or just curious about the Lutheran Church, this class is for you! This course will help you easily get to know theology basics in a way that won’t make your brain hurt. Call the church office to sign up so that materials can be ordered.
Teacher: Eddie Magic
Time: Sundays, resuming February 23, 2020, 9:15 AM
A Longer Look at the Lessons
Do you want to learn more about the weekly lectionary? This Bible study will delve deeper into each week’s Scripture readings and is based on the lectionary in Lutheran Service Book. It will provide information about the readings and their contexts. Curerntly the class is focusing on the epistle readings.
Teacher: Barry Bost
Time: Sundays, 9:15 AM
Additional Bible Study Opportunities
Women’s Monthly Bible Study
A Woman God Can Use: Old Testament Women Help You Make Today’s Choices
This study will provide cultural context and background of women in the Old Testament. we will learn about their trials and tribulations, faith, and courage in making wise decisions and balancing priorities which will help women in today’s world.
Facilitator: Natalie Crosland & Aresa Boykin
Time: 3rd Tuesday of each month, October 2019-May 2020, 6:30 PM
Pr. Harper’s Midweek Bible Studies
Pastor’s next Midweek Bible Study will begin after Easter on April 22, 2020. Check your upcoming monthly newsletter and weekly bulletins for the topic of this 8-week study.
Facilitator: Pr. Walt Harper
Time: Wednesdays at either 1:30 PM or 7:00 PM beginning on April 22, 2020
The downstairs classrooms are accessible by stairs or elevator.
VBS 2020: Concrete & Cranes
The Mt. Olive VBS team is busy planning another great adventure in June 2020! In Concrete & Cranes, the children will head out to the construction site and learn how to follow God’s blueprints for life! They will build a rock-solid foundation of faith based on love, forgiveness, worth, and promise.
We look forward to another great adventure, Monday – Friday, June 22-26, 2020!
Check out our 2019 VBS photo albums on our Facebook page, mtolivesc.