June 2017 Newsletter

For the last couple of weeks our two younger kids have been counting down the days. Waiting for today, June 1. At least for Milpitas, today means school's out for summer! (I expect some are singing an Alice Cooper song in your heads right about now.) The last weeks of school mean the countdown is on for students and teachers alike. Summer means a break from the routine, opportunities for travel, fun in the sun, and much more time for relaxing, playing, and hanging out at home. 

For our family we have been looking forward to the summer of 2017 for quite a while. This year, because it is the 500th anniversary of the start of the Lutheran Reformation, has been a target for us for at least seven years. We decided at least that long ago to take a trip to the birthplace of the Reformation this year. While we'd love to go in October to be there on the actual anniversary date, summer will be over by then and the kids will be back in school. So we are making the trip this summer and we are really excited.

Do you have things you're looking forward to? Celebrations, achievements, new opportunities, travel... Anticipation is a powerful thing in our lives. It drives us forward. It motivates us to do things. It energizes us to prepare. It gives us endurance to make it through the times of waiting for what is to come. 
As a church we have been in a process of looking forward for several months. Last month many of us gathered for a Town Hall meeting to talk about what the vision team had learned. We are looking forward to a future that seems different for the church. The world has changed and we are in the middle of a cultural shift. Technology and information are expanding so rapidly that it's hard for anyone to keep up. Communication styles, social media, and relational changes mean that people today actually think differently. Younger people are especially different because they adapt so much more quickly to change. 

What does that mean for the church? We are only beginning to envision the answer to that question. The conversation which began at the Town Hall meeting will continue in homes during these summer months. I hope to meet with a cross section of the Mount Olive community, gathered in homes or other places, to discuss the future of the church and to "Look Forward" together. Among the topics to consider is how to appropriately fill the staff vacancy to move into the future. What kind of skills will be needed? 

Psalm 32:8 (ESV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Looking forward can create anxiety. Change sometimes seems scary. But as we look forward, we can be confident that the Spirit of God will be our guide. It is His church and His mission will be successful. Our endeavor is to be faithful to His leading, bold in our witness, and willing to venture into new places, programs, or strategies so that people can meet Jesus.

Looking Ahead with Confidence!
Pastor John
Campus Life Clubs
Mount Olive supports two outreach ministries at Willow Glen Middle School and Thomas Russel Middle School (in Milpitas). With the school year ending, these groups will be off for the summer, but planning is already started for kicking off next year. If you are available to help, more volunteers are welcome. 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 many ministries of Mount Olive each week. 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
Mark your calendar for June 11
The missionary family that Mount Olive supports, along with other churches and the Tien Shan Mission Society, will be visiting!
  • The worship services that day will include a message from the Mission Field.
  • Adult Education will be a great opportunity to hear stories from the whole family.
  • After the 10:30 service, a light lunch with the family will be shared.

This family usually visits every other year, so don't miss this chance to learn about their lives, their work, and the outreach to the people they meet. 

(Note: names and mission location details are withheld so this can be published online.)

For more information contact the office.

Graduate Presentation: Sunday, June 11 at the 10:30 service - reception following in the youth room

JAM Youth- "Jesus and Me" Bible Study
Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Youth Room 

New study for the month of June: "Surrender" by Francis Chan
PULSE- Junior High and High School Youth Group
Sundays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Youth Room 

6/4 - Modern Music and Team Building Games

6/11 - Movie Night in the youth room - bring a snack to share

6/18 - No Youth Group - Happy Father's Day!

6/25 - Devotion and Sports Night in the Gym

Summer Camps

6/25 - Mandatory Parent and Youth Meeting for High School Summer Camp -Meet in the youth room at 7:30 pm following youth group

6/23 through 6/26 - Junior High District Youth Gathering

7/9 through 7/13 - High School Summer Camp - Balance Due 6/25

For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Wendy

(3rd - 6th grade students) 

6/11:  Nickel City.  Meet at church at 5:30pm and come play arcade games with us.  We will be back at church at 8:00pm.  
Cost is $9.00 for games and entrance fee. 
You need to let Michelle know if you are going. 

6/25: 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
  We will be making VBS decorations and playing games at church.  

Kids Connect will be meeting on different days during the summer.  
Please see your summer flyer for the dates!                     

JAM Kids Sunday School (ages 3 years old(potty trained)- 6th grade)
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Education Wing.  
This summer we will be combing everyone together and learning about bugs.  We will be talking about how even though bugs are little they can make a big difference just like us!


Coming this Summer!
VBS: Maker Fun Factory
July 24 - July 28
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We are almost full!  
Register now at 

For more information on Children's Ministry contact Michelle
Sunday Morning Bible Class
Brian Knitter is leading the class that begins on June 4. "If" by Mark Batterson and from rightnow MEDIA. "If" is a powerful little word. Some people are stuck in "if only," trudging through lives marked with regret. But God wants us to live lives marked with possibilities, with the "what if" attitude that looks forward to the future with confidence. Why? Because the answer to "If God is for us, who can be against us?" is "No one." God is always on our side. Every day, in every way.
Sundays, 9:15 in the CLC
(Note: this class will pause for a week to make way for our missionary family to share about their lives and ministry abroad. June 11 will be a special presentation. See above for more information.)

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

The CO-ED Class is a good workout for all!
Power Strength is a strength training class, using weights and floor exercises held on Saturdays at 8:45 AM. 
  • Power Strength - Saturday 8:45 - 9:45 AM

Women's Classes

Cardio Strength and Gold continue to follow the normal schedule. 
  • Cardio Strength - Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM with childcare available.
  • Gold - Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Classes are taught by certified instructors. All fitness levels are welcomed and can participate. Modifications can be demonstrated in all programs.

For more information about Body & Soul visit the website or contact Paula.
Women's Bible Study
The Tuesday morning Bible Study group is taking a break for the summer months. Stay tuned for more information for when this group resumes in September.

Women in Mission
All ladies are invited to join the fellowship, fun, and service projects of this group. The next meeting will be held in September after a break for the summer. For more information about this group, contact Carrie

Body & Soul
Find the information for the new session above.
For more information on Women's Ministries contact the office.  

Men's Night
The Men of Mount Olive are invited to Mel Fadness's home to share in a time of fellowship, eat brats & kraut, and share stories of sports, tools, yard work, and anything else that comes up! Bring a side-dish to accompany the brats and a beverage of your choice. Those interested can do some tasting from the variety that we bring. 

Men's Bible Study  
The study meets 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 new co-ed class Power-Strength has begun! 
Find the information above. 

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.