February 2018 Newsletter

February 14 will be a bit different this year. That date brings to mind hearts and flowers and various shades of red and pink lining at least one aisle at the store. Stuffed bears holding balloons will be on display near the registers. Yes Valentine's Day is on that date. But this year the same day will mean something quite different. It is also Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the season of Lent. 
Our Sunday message series for Lent is Foolish Love. We will consider the folly of the cross, the love of God, and how we receive that love from Him. Lent is a season of reflection and we will consider our sinfulness in the light of Christ's love.

 the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Lent is also a season of sacrifice. The words disciple and discipline have the same root. As Christ followers, disciples, practicing discipline and self control is helpful. A tradition during the season is to give something up as an act of discipline. What we choose to give up should be something sacrificial that will be missed. I could give up eating Brussels sprouts for the season, but I haven't had them in a long time. 

The last two years my family has observed Rice and Beans Month during March. This program is through Lahash International and can also be done for Lent. Some families joined us last year for an introductory potluck and also ate some meals that were primarily simple beans and rice dishes. The idea is to eat in solidarity with much of the world - by eating what they eat - and to send the money that is saved to the organization so they can feed those hungry people.

This year we are going to have a Rice and Beans Lent. Probably not every meal from Ash Wednesday to Easter, but for some part of these forty days, we will eat simply and remember others who have less. We will discipline ourselves and support them. You are invited to join us in this journey. You can learn more about Lahash and the Rice and Beans program here.  We will have some information available too.

Blessings in Jesus,
Pastor John
 Ash Wednesday Worship 
February 14 at 7 PM
This year's midweek theme:
The Gospel in Seven Words
Come early and bring a dish to share at the Potluck Dinner: 6:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Time to sign up for your photo!
Join our photo directory for the first time or update your old photo directory photo. See Larry Clark in the Lobby for an appointment, or click  here to schedule your appointment online.

Receive a complimentary 8x10 photo & directory for participating.

For more information contact the office.  

This year's events will be March 3-11. Serve the community and make a difference together.
Respite Event setup and assistance, Park cleanup, work at a school... there are projects for everyone!
Sign up for a project at milpitascares.org. More details will be available soon.

JAM Kids Sunday School 

(ages 3 years old(potty trained) - 6th Grade)

Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Education Wing.  
We will continue our study of the Bible.  
Starting February 25th we will be learning about the Easter season through Emoji's.  We will be talking about 4 different emoji's and how that ties into Easter.    
(3rd - 6th grade students) 
First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM (but always check the schedule)

February 4th:  No Kids Connect

February 18th:  Off Campus Event to Rockin' Jump.  We will be meeting at church at 3:00pm and we will be heading up to Fremont to jump around and have fun.  
The cost is $20.00 for 90 minutes of jumping.  
You need to let Michelle know by 2/17 and have a medical release form on file to go.  
 If you have any questions please email Michelle 

Mount Olive's VBS! 
      New Date: 
        July 9th-13th  
              Registration starts on 
April 8th      

Come learn about Jesus rescuing us when...
we are lonely, when we worry, when we struggle, when we do wrong and when we are powerless!  
Please pray about volunteering to help.  It is a TON of fun!
If you have any questions please email Michelle 
 JAM Youth
- "Jesus and Me" Junior High and High School Bible Study              
Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Youth Room 
1/7:    Why Jesus? - What's the big deal about..
1/14:  Why Jesus? - Was Jesus God, or Just a good..
1/21:  Why Jesus? - Is Jesus the only way to..
1/28:  Why Jesus? - Why do I need..  
Pulse Sundays-  Junior High and High School Youth Group - 5:30 -7:30 PM on the 
1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday's unless otherwise noted
In the first part of 2018, the youth will discover their "SHAPE" 
2/4: No Youth Group - Superbowl Sunday
2/18: Backwards food night!

Annual Youth Fundraiser
Saturday, February 3rd
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Youth- Must arrive at 4:00 PM with dinner already eaten. Clean up will go until 9:00 PM. Uniform- Black pants and any NFL color button up shirt.
 Set up!!
Don't Forget!  Friday, February 2nd 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The next Gathering is February 11 at 5:30 PM in the Youth Room. Memory work, writing assignments, and worksheets are due. Confirmation is for students in 7th and 8th grade (others are welcome) who want to learn more about the Christian Faith. For questions about Confirmation, contact Pastor John. 

For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Wendy
Teen Challenge Dinner Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada
Please prayerfully consider joining the Teen Challenge Dinner event on February 27, 2018.  There are a number of ways you can get involved:
 Help prepare the meal after 10:30 AM Service on Sunday, February 25.
 Cook in the Teen Challenge kitchen and meet their students on February 27.
 Make a donation to purchase the food before February 19.
 Pray for our Outreach team and Teen Challenge members.
Sign up today! Contact Barbara Knitter or Tom Taylor via the office if you have any questions.

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 
Lori Sievert is leading a class about Luther's influences on the music of the church. Did you know that Luther was a prolific hymn writer? Maybe you're familiar with A Mighty Fortress, but there are more hymns and liturgical music pieces that Luther wrote for the church.  There are two weeks left to learn about Luther's hymns.

After Lori's class ends, join Ron Roberts on the journey called The Easter Experience. This video based Bible Study is by Kyle Idleman.  
 Everyone is welcomed to attend! 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 
Wednesday evenings a group of men gather in the Mount Olive library to study the Bible using various books or resources. Every Wednesday at 7:00 PM and all men are invited. Note: from February 14 through March the group will not meet due to Lent worship services being offered at that time.

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.
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 lcms.org.  
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 lcef.org 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, jhuss@mt-olive.org.
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: office@mt-olive.org.  

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 eScrip.com 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.  

The current Body & Soul session will run through March 29.
  • Cardio Strength and Gold meet on Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM and Saturdays 10:15-11:15 AM.
  • Power Strength (co-ed) meets Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 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 P