Our Parish Life

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Families filling plates from a table of potluck dishes
Church is where we come together to worship God. It’s also where we make friends and build community. It’s where we’re connected to resources to serve others. Mount Olive invites you to participate in the activities that make our Parish Life special.

LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE

Women doing volunteer work together
Lutheran Women's Missionary League logo, the initials and a cross

The mission of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.

LUTHERAN MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST

Men filling their plates at a prayer breakfast

The men at Mount Olive are invited to participate in a fellowship prayer breakfast that meets in the fellowship hall on the third Saturday of each month, September through May. The men gather at 8:00 AM where they share a freshly cooked breakfast followed by a brief devotion or Bible study from the pastors or lay minister. A love offering is collected that is used for community outreach ministry. The group concludes with prayer at 9:00 AM.

FLU SHOT CLINIC

Flu shot clinic set up inside the church

In October, Mount Olive hosts a Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by Publix Pharmacy. This year, 51 people received their vaccinations. Pictured above are members of the congregation and their friends completing the paperwork prior to receiving their shots.

GOLFING GROUP

A group of avid golfers join together the second Saturday of each month for a round of golf. If you would like to participate, contact the church office.

MOUNT OLIVE YOUTH GROUP

Teens preparing meals for others

Mount Olive’s Senior High Youth Group is active in activities such as Bible study, service, and outreach projects. Every three years, the group attends the LCMS National Youth Gathering with thousands of other Lutheran youth! Pictured above, the youth prepare for their Sub Sunday fundraiser for the 2016 National Youth Gathering in July.  Below are some photos from the NYG 2016 in New Orleans.

MEALS FOR THE HOMEBOUND

People preparing meals for the homebound

Members distribute food from a local restaurant once a week to our homebound and to others who have a need such as an illness or dire circumstances.  Others come later to make quick visits and distribute the meals.

SUNDAY POTLUCK MEALS

People seated for Veterans Day celebrations
Mount Olive’s Board of Fellowship hosts potluck luncheons throughout the year. Everyone brings scrumptious dishes to share and nobody leaves hungry! Often, the meals will have themes or there will be a special presentation by one of the church groups. Refer to “Parish Updates” for dates of upcoming meals.

RALLY DAY CHURCH PICNIC

Youth members doing a teambuilding exercise
The last Sunday of August is designated for our Sunday school kick-off, Rally Day. The congregation usually enjoys a picnic hosted by the Board of Christian Education. After lunch, members of all ages participate in activities and fellowship. The following week, the first Sunday in September, the new program year for our Sunday school begins.

WORK DAYS & SEASONAL DECORATING

The church being decorated
People loading a truck for a work day
Throughout the year, our members join together to complete projects around our buildings and grounds. These activities range from cleaning everything in the kitchen, decorating for Christmas, setting up for fellowship meals, or organizing storage areas. We work hard because our work is for the Lord!

Our Board of Elders

 

Bulletin board with Elders photos

The Elders are men noted for their Christian knowledge, zeal, and experience in the spiritual work of the Kingdom of Christ. They are the spiritual advisors of the congregation, and by the grace of God, ensure that Lutheran doctrine and Christian discipline are preserved in the congregation. They are examples of Christian conduct and Christian witness. They assist the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation. Each elder has a Care Group of members for which he takes spiritual charge and oversight as an extension of the Pastor.

The 2018-19 Elders are:
Charlie Sandt (Chairman)
Chris Bauer, Kim BouFawaz
David Buck, Richard Chesley
Chris Gepfert, Mike Knowles
Frank Osborne, and Matt Williams.

Our Church Council

 

Bulletin board of Council member photos

Mount Olive’s Church Council is comprised of the church officers, board/ committee chairpersons, and our lay minister (ex-officio).  The group meets monthly to discuss business, prepare the budget, plan quarterly voter’s meetings, and to present updates. The chairpersons provide for the ongoing management, planning, and evaluation of their programs and activities. The 2018-19 Church Council members are:

Church Officers:
President, Jim Crosland
Vice President, Jason Dennis
Secretary, Barbara Chesley
Treasurer, Dana Magic
Financial Secretary, Cindy Soto

Board Chairpersons:
Worship, Gloria Meetze & Joy Fletcher
Public Relations, Aresa Boykin
Preschool, Peggy Weed
Social Ministry, Charlene Meetze
Stewardship, John Meyerhoff
Evangelism, Richard Shealy
Education, Natalie Crosland
Trustees, Charlie Stuck
Elders,  Charlie Sandt
Parish Fellowship, Kathie Voyles

Committee Chairpersons:
Transition & Call, Rich O’Dell
Finance, Dana Magic

Preschool Fundraiser

 

People around a table at the Mardi Gras fundraiser


Mount Olive’s Preschool hosts two annual fundraisers. Each November, the Tree of Thanksgiving Fundraiser reminds the Mount Olive congregation of the Christian blessing that the preschool is in the community and to offer monetary support. In the spring, the congregation and preschool families enjoy sharing a meal and fun activities. The 2018 fundraiser was a Mardi Gras themed evening with a baked chicken meal, festive cupcakes, a country store, silent auction, and a lively oral auction!  All proceeds from the evening went toward funding the preschool. The 2019 event will be a spring carnival on April 5th! The preschool wanted to host a family oriented event that would involve the children from the preschool, church, and neighborhood.

Preschool Mother-Daughter-Friend Brunch

 

Several generations of women enjoying brunch

The Saturday before Mother’s Day has become the day when the Preschool hosts a brunch followed by creative activities. Ladies of all ages from both the church and preschool join together for an exciting morning! One year, everyone brought special aprons, and another time, families made terrariums.  The 2017 brunch theme was “Discovering God’s Gifts, Part 2.”  Brunch began at 9:30 AM followed by pottery painting sponsored by the ArtSmart Academy.  Information for the 2018 celebration will be forthcoming.

The Safety Team

 

AED Defibrillator and fire extinguisher

Mt. Olive is developing a Safety Team that will plan, coordinate, and respond to medical emergencies, weather related emergencies, fire emergencies, and situational emergencies. A brief overview of the Safety Team is attached.

Safety Team Overview

Contact or Questions

Hanging Out with Friends

 

Church members at a baseball game
Sometimes those who are involved in ministry together decide to “hang out” in a totally unrelated activity. Pictured above are members of the choir and handbells along with their spouses at a Columbia Fireflies baseball game.  Everyone enjoyed the evening and the fellowship.

Interested in getting involved? Contact the church office.

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