November 2017 Newsletter

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we remember all that was done in the past. But the Reformation is more than just historic events. These events had a dramatic impact on the church and Western civilization. The effects of Luther's theology of vocation, two kingdoms, and justification by faith extend through so many aspects of our world today it is impossible to overstate the importance of those sixteenth century reformers. 

Luther and his colleagues changed the world. But to live out the legacy of Luther, we should recognize that our lives are different as a result. The ongoing Reformation means that we do more than celebrate past achievements. That was then, we live now. What more can be done? Plenty.

The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3 about serving the Lord. That happens in every aspect of our lives. When he says, "whatever you do..." he really means that.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.   

In our worship services for the month of November the messages series is "Act Now." These final weeks of the church year are particularly focused on the return of Jesus. And the underlying message in the scriptures we will use is to be ready for that day.

Marketing profesionals want people to respond to their advertising - most often to make a purchase. They encourage that by including words like "Act Now", "Today Only" or "While Supplies Last." God encourages us to "Act Now" to be ready for Jesus' return by responding to the Gospel, living by the faith we receive, and putting that faith into action. Act Now - live the life that God calls you to live; be ready for the return of Jesus!

Continuing the Reformation,
Pastor John
Sunday, November 5 between worship services
Make plans to visit the ministry fair in the Community Life Center. This event will happen between the services to give everyone an opportunity to see the various ministries of the church. You'll be able to learn more about ministries that you have heard about or get information about a ministry you didn't even know was happening! 
Take a stroll through the booths. Sign up. Get connected. Serve along with others from Mount Olive in one or more ministries. 
Note: the beginning of the 10:30 service will be delayed so everyone has a chance to visit the Ministry Fair. 

For information contact the church office: 
Potluck with Pastor and Paula
Friday, November 3 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
It's a true potluck - no food assignment, just bring something to share. Bring your favorite beverage too. And a chair. We will have water, lemonade, plates and "wares". Come late. Leave early. No agenda - just have dinner, hang out, and relax. All ages are invited. RSVP so if plans change we can reach you! or 408-577-7727.
[If this is the first you're hearing about it, sorry for short notice... we hope you can make it]
Movie Night!
Sunday, November 5 beginning at 5:30 PM with a potluck dinner. Bring a main dish to share. Drinks and dessert will be provided. In the Youth Room at Mount Olive. The movie is Moana - a fun Disney movie for all ages.
JAM Youth- "Jesus and Me" Bible Study             
Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Youth Room 
11/5:    Jesus Changes Everything - New Relationships
11/12:  Jesus Changes Everything - New Habits
11/19:  Jesus Changes Everything - New Mission
11/26:  Lifesong - Zechariah
November Fundraiser - On 11/5, 11/12 and 11/19 the youth will be selling 2018 calendars, notecards and notepads.  Please come by the table in the lobby to make a purchase and support our youth.

Pulse Sundays-  5:30 -7:30 PM on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday's unless otherwise noted.
11/5:   Family Movie Night! Dinner at 5:30 PM; movie begins at 6:00 PM.  Bring a main dish to share - drinks and desserts will be provided.
11/19: College Care Packages - We will be putting 15 care packages together for our Mount Olive college students.
*There will be paper and notecards available on 11/5 and 11/12 in the lobby for anyone who wishes to write a note of encouragement to the college students. A list of students will be provided. 
11/12:   Gathering 2 - The Apostles' Creed, Article 2 
Confirmation is for students in 7th and 8th grade (others are welcome) who want to learn more about the Christian Faith. 
Mark Your Calendar - Junior High and High School Youth Group

12/17: Christmas Party! Back by popular demand - White Elephant gift exchange

For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Wendy
JAM Kids Sunday School 
(ages 3 years old(potty trained) - 6th Grade)
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Education Wing.  

We are now practicing for our Christmas program.  
The program will share the story of Christmas like you've never seen or heard it. Everyone is invited to attend the program, support the children, and celebrate the story of Christmas!
The Christmas program will be on December 10 during the 10:30 AM worship service.

(3rd - 6th grade students) 
First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
November 5:  Family Movie Night
Potluck Dinner at 5:30 PM 
The movie will begin at 6:00 PM.  
Bring a main dish to share. 
Dessert and drinks will be provided.
See the Olive Branch for more information.
All ages are welcome!
November 19:  We will be starting our Star Words series. 
The first week we will be talking about sin.
For more information about Children's Ministry contact Michelle
Food Drive
With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we are again sponsoring a food drive to benefit Milpitas Food Pantry. The requested items are stuffing, broth, and cream soups. Please bring your donations to the Mount Olive lobby by November 12 so they can be delivered to the Food Pantry in time to sort and pack boxes for people in need.
Coat Drive
Again this year we will be collecting coats, jackets, and sweaters for people who have need of them. Coats will be given to the Santa Clara County Probation Department for their annual drive. Look for the drum in the lobby at Mount Olive and donate a coat this season. The coat drive will continue through November.
Fire Relief
Conversations have started about an event to support those affected by the wildfires that destroyed so much of the area around Napa and Santa Rosa. Stay tuned for more information through the Olive Branch and other announcements as it becomes available.
Campus Life Clubs
Mount Olive supports two outreach ministries at Willow Glen Middle School and Thomas Russel Middle School (in Milpitas). The school year has begun, so help is needed to provide chaperones, serve pizza and interact with the students. If you are available contact Tom Taylor (WGMS) or Barbara Knitter (TRMS) for more about these groups.

Prayer Meeting
Join us on Sundays after the 10:30 service in the Sanctuary for prayer. The goal is to pray for Kingdom expansion and some of the ministries of Mount Olive each week. The group prays for the Vision of the church and for the staff and their families. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to pray out loud with the group.

For information about Missions contact Tom Taylor via the office
Sunday Morning Bible Class - The End of Me
Ron Roberts will lead the Adult Bible Class through the video series The End of Me by Kyle Idleman. The sessions will explore difficult moments by looking at four of the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount. Each lesson will focus on a different paradoxical teaching of Christ. We will look at real-life examples of people who have lived the upside-down life that Jesus describes. Only when you come to the end of yourself will you begin to be transformed into the whole, blessed person God made you to be.
 Everyone is welcomed to attend this class! Sundays in the Multi Purpose Room from 9:15(ish) - 10:15 AM

rightnow MEDIA
This online resource has been described as "Netflix for churches." Mount Olive has a subscription to rightnow MEDIA which enables you to view more than 10,000 video based Bible studies, conference sessions, training and more. Learn more here. If you don't have an account yet, email Pastor John.
For more information on Adult Education contact Brian Knitter
Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday morning Bible Study group continues at 9:30 AM in the Mount Olive library. The current study is Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. All ladies are invited to attend for fellowship, discussion, and spiritual growth.   

Women in Mission
All ladies are invited to join the fellowship, fun, and service projects of this group. The next meeting will be held the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. For more information about this group, contact Carrie 
Body & Soul
Find the information below.
For more information on Women's Ministries contact the office.  
Men's Bible Study  
The study meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Library at Mount Olive. All men are welcome to join this group, study the Word of God, and grow together in faith.
Body & Soul
What is this doing here? Well, the Saturday morning Power Strength class is co-ed. Find the information below. 

Facility Maintenance Team
Help is needed with some light maintenance work to take care of our facility. If you can change light bulbs, help with landscaping, clean, paint, work on plumbing or manage the ongoing maintenance list, please consider joining the team. Contact Tobyn VanVeghten for more information. (And women are also welcome to help).
For more information on Men's Ministries contact Dan Sievert.
Fall Session - will finish the week of Thanksgiving! After that a Christmas session will begin (after a short break). Check out a class!  
The CO-ED Class is a good workout for all!
Power Strength is a training class using weights and floor exercises.
  • Power Strength - Saturday 8:45 - 9:45 AM
Women's Classes
  • Cardio Strength - Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM with childcare available.
  • Gold - Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
All fitness levels are welcomed and can participate. Modifications can be demonstrated in all programs. Workouts are set to uplifting, energetic Christian music and participants are encouraged in both spiritual and physical fitness. 
For more information about Body & Soul visit the website or contact Paula.
Learn more
Mount Olive is part of a church body called the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our district within the synod is California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH). And we are part of Circuit 18, made up of LCMS churches around the South Bay. If you want to know more about the church body, check out  
The LCMS has its own financial organization that supports churches and church workers through loans and investments. You can invest with the Lutheran Church Extension Fund too. You earn interest and your investment can be used for church buildings and more. Check out to learn more.  
Church membership is important for anyone who worships regularly at Mount Olive. Are you a member? There are various ways to join the church, depending on your background, prior church affiliation, and other factors. Email pastor John if you'd like to know more,
3 Ways to Support your church:
Your giving and offerings are a vital part of the mission and ministry of Mount Olive. If you would like to have that occur automatically, SimplyGiving is the program for you! Forms to enroll are on the welcome table in the lobby. You choose the amount and timing of your offering and the funds are transferred electronically. It's safe, easy and convenient!
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks and ministries. Are your gifts being used? We'd love to get you connected to the right ministry opportunity. Serving the church is a tremendous blessing and a great way to get to know other people! Email the church office to get connected:  

The Scrip table is in the lobby each Sunday. Purchase gift cards to use yourself where you already shop or to give as gifts. You can also sign up at and choose Mount Olive as your non-profit to support. A portion of each gift card purchase is paid to the church. 
For more information contact the office.