March 2018 Newsletter

Imagine that a friend or family member who is unfamiliar with your Christian faith asks you to summarize the gospel. She isn't looking for a laundry list of doctrines. She has no interest in hearing you recite the Apostles' Creed. She wants to get to the heart of the matter. "In seven words or less," she says, "tell me what you believe as a Christian."

What would you say? How would you put it? Are you prepared to confess your faith in Jesus?

To be a Christian is to "believe with your heart" and "confess with your mouth" the good news of God's love for us in Christ (Romans 10:9-10). Peter calls us to be prepared always to give a reason for the hope we have as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). Christians have the best news in the world to share. But are we prepared to share it?
Romans 10:9-10 (ESV
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 
During this season of Lent, we're going to prepare to celebrate Holy Week by sharing why Holy Week is so important. The sermons in our midweek worship services will resemble workshops as we work together to formulate faithful Christian confessions. Come prepared to contribute to the conversation!

The season continues with three move Wednesday services and culminates in Holy Week.

Easter is April 1 this year - come prepared to celebrate all the Jesus has done.

Sharing our faith is also our topic at a workshop in mid April. See the box below for more information about Dwelling 1:14 and Greg Finke's visit.

Blessings in Jesus,
Pastor John
Make a difference together
March 3-11, 2018
Projects are sponsored and coordinated by the Christian churches of Milpitas, including Mount Olive.
Mount Olive projects:
  • Sunday, March 4: Between 12-3 PM Neighborhood clean up with Scout Troop 92 (includes lunch). 
  • Saturday March 10: Respite set-up, clean-up, or help during the event!  Times available anytime between 12-5 PM to help.
All ages are welcome!
Check the Milpitas Cares website for other events/ to sign up!

Every ten years the town of Oberammergau, Germany hosts a world famous Passion Play depicting the last week of Jesus' life. The last three times it was presented people from Mount Olive were there! A group is being gathered to make that journey again, combined with a visit to the places where Jesus lived, walked, died, and rose again!

Come to the meeting on March 18 to learn more about this exciting trip.  


One of the emphases for Mount Olive in 2018 is to learn and grow in our ability to connect with people in our communities. An opportunity to do just that will happen on April 14. Save the date so you can be there!

Greg Finke is a Lutheran Pastor and author who trains people to "join Jesus on His mission." God is on the move and we want to be part of what He is doing. He will teach us some simple ways to connect with people and share our faith in Christ. 
Saturday, April 14, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM.  

Prepare for the training by reading his book, "Joining Jesus on His Mission." Pastor John has one for you. Send him an email to reserve your copy. 
Spend an evening with Pastor John, Paula, their kids and dogs, and others from Mount Olive. No agenda except for eating and talking. This is a true potluck - no food assignments. Bring something to share and chairs to sit on. If you'd like to enjoy a favorite beverage (adult or otherwise), bring that too. Water and lemonade, plates, cups, etc. will be provided.   
Friday, March 23, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Please RSVP so they know how many are coming! Or send and email if you need more information.
Thrivent Financial members who are eligible to participate in Thrivent Choice┬« - you can direct where some of the company's 2017 charitable Outreach funds go. You can even choose Mount Olive Ministries! 
Act quickly - the deadline to direct Choice Dollars┬« is 
March 31, 2018.
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Sunday Morning Bible Class 
Ron Roberts will be leading the journey called The Easter Experience until Easter Sunday. This video based Bible Study is by Kyle Idleman. 
April 8 - Barbara Knitter will hold a one day Stewardship of the Earth study. 
April 15 - Greg Finke will continue his Dwelling 1:14 instruction and inspiration.
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

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
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. During March the group will not meet due to Lent worship services being offered at the usual meeting 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.
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.  
The current Body & Soul session will run through Thursday, 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.
  • Classes are led by certified fitness instructors.
  • Childcare is available during evening sessions.
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.
Thank you to all who participated in updating the directory photos, and to Larry Clark for overseeing this project. If you could not participate and would still like to submit a picture for the directory, please email your picture to the office ASAP.
We look forward to seeing the church photo directory in early Summer, but any photos you ordered should be completed within the next few weeks.

JAM Kids Sunday School 
(ages 3 years old(potty trained) - 6th Grade)
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 AM in the Education Wing.  
                  Emoji Easter Lessons   
              February 25th:  Happy Face
              March 4th:  Money Eyes
              March 11th:  Crying Emoji
              March 18th:  Angel Emoji
              March 25th:  Easter Party
              April 1st:  No Sunday School
(3rd - 6th grade students) 
First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30 PM (but always check the schedule)

March 4:  Kids Connect at church.  We will be doing a lesson on Belief.

March 18th:  Kids Connect Easter Party at church from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  

Come have dinner, play Easter games and go on an egg hunt.

Cost is $5.00 for dinner
                  Bring your friends!                                      
If you have any questions please email Michelle at
Mount Olive VBS!
New Date: July 9 -13
Registration opensApril 8.

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 
3/4:    Forgotten God - Why Do I Need..
3/11:  Forgotten God - What Are You Afraid Of?
3/18:  Forgotten God - Theology of the Holy Spirit 101
3/25:  Forgotten God - Why Do You Want Him? 
Pulse Sundays - Junior High and High School Youth Group - 5:30 PM -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" 
3/4: We will have fellowship and continue with the Shape assessment
3/18: Easter Party! Join us from 5:30-7:30.  We will have dinner, games and an Easter Egg Hunt.  Cost: $5 
The next Gathering is March 9-10 for the Retreat. The group will travel to Koinonia Conference Grounds for the overnight. Confirmation families, contact Pastor John if you have any questions.  

For more information about Youth Ministry, contact Wendy
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.