May 2017 Newsletter

Do you love that new car smell? I'm not sure what it is about a new vehicle that smells that way. Is it the upholstery, the carpet, the plastics, adhesives, and various materials that give it that specific odor? People have tried to make air fresheners that have that smell so people who don't have a new car can still drive something that smells new.

How about a new outfit? Do you enjoy wearing clothes that are new? I enjoy clothes that are new to me even if I found them at a thrift store. Many people were dressed in new outfits on Easter Sunday including my family. 

We enjoy new things because they are new. New technology and gadgets; new opportunities; new relationships; the list goes on and on. Most of us don't like change but is that because we don't want to let go of the old ways, places and things? 
As we continue our celebration of Easter, we are using the series, All things New.

Easter makes all the difference. The empty tomb changed our reality, our future, our present. We have hope. We have been reconciled to God. The victory over sin, death, and the devil is ours through faith in Christ. The "spoils" of that victory are ours in Jesus too: new life, a new heart, a new vision, a new reality... We are new!

Romans 6:4
We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

This newness is more than a smell or an outfit. We are made new from the inside out. We live a new life. We can love in from a new heart. The new car smell fades. Clothes become worn. Our newness is everlasting!

Celebrating being NEW!
Pastor John
Vision 2020 Conversation 
12:30 PM  - Pizza and Salad will be provided. Or bring a lunch. 
Plan to spend a couple hours talking about the future of Mount Olive!

The Vision 2020 task force has been meeting for the past several months. We have learned a great deal about the changing world in which we live and how the church is only beginning to address those changes. Your input about what Mount Olive has to offer to our community and what we can do to reach people for Jesus will be part of the conversation. 

Follow up conversations that keep the dialog moving will also be scheduled, so stay tuned for more information about those as well.

For more information contact  Pastor John.
For more information visit the NDOP website or contact  Pastor John.

Confirmation Sunday: May 21st

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

New study for the month of May: "Shaken" with Tim Tebow 
PULSE- Junior High and High School Youth Group
Sundays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Youth Room 

5/7 - Joint event with Kids Connect - Let's help Michelle with VBS decorations!

5/14 - No Youth Group - Happy Mother's Day!

5/21 - Devotion and Fellowship

5/28 - No OCE: We will meet in the youth room for pizza and game night. Bring $5, a snack to share and a friend! (All friends are free)

Summer Camps

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

7/9 through 7/13 - High School Summer Camp - deposit due 5/7

For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Wendy

JAM Kids CONNECT (3rd - 6th grade students) 
5/7 - Come help make robots and decorations for VBS.  

5/19-5/20 - Lock In. 6pm Friday-8am Saturday.  
We will be having dinner, going to Golfland, playing games and eating.  
The cost is $10 per child.  Bring your friends!                       

5/21 - No Kids Connect because of the Lock-In

JAM Kids Sunday School (ages 3 years old(potty trained)- 6th grade)
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Education Wing. 


Coming this Summer!
VBS: Maker Fun Factory
July 24th - July 28th 
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For more information on Children's Ministry contact Michelle
Sunday Morning Bible Class
Ron Roberts is leading the current study of the story of The Prodigal Son from Luke 15. It is really the story of two sons. As we consider the sons, the father, and the audience of Jesus' parable, we will gain an appreciation for the depth of Jesus' teaching. With three more weeks remaining, you're encouraged to be part of the conversation. Sundays, 9:15 in the CLC

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

New CO-ED Class has begun!
A new program is now being offered at Mount Olive. Power Strength is a strength training class 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 ladies meet Tuesdays at 9:30 AM in the Library. The group is using the book: The Man who was Different, Jesus' Encounters with Women, by Gien Karssen. Learn more about how Jesus interacted with women through this study.

Women in Mission
All ladies are invited to join the fellowship, fun, and service projects of this group. Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings once a month in the Education wing. 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 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.
Campus Life Clubs
Mount Olive supports two outreach ministries at Willow Glen Middle School and Thomas Russel Middle School (in Milpitas). The WGMS event takes place every Thursday from 12:10 - 1:00 PM. If you are available to help, more volunteers are needed. Contact Tom Taylor (WGMS) or Barbara Knitter (TRMS) for more about these groups.

Prayer Meeting
Join us on Sundays after the second 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