Spiritual Growth Opportunities for 2017


The Gospel of John

This final account of Jesus’ life and ministry offers added details that the other Gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke) do not touch on. Written by one of Jesus’ closest disciples, John, this account clearly teaches the divinity of Jesus and offers us some of the most beautiful and comforting narratives in our Savior’s life. This class will cover the 21 chapters of John’s Gospel in 13 lessons. Each session will include a 15 minute video presentation of the biblical text followed by discussion and application for the remainder of the class time.

Leader: Pastor Sellnow

Date: Sundays, beginning January 8

Time: 9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place: Church Sanctuary


Timely Topics, Timeless Truths

Have you ever felt unprepared to talk about today’s hot-button issues from a Christian perspective? Timely Topics, Timeless Truths, will equip you with biblical truths for engaging in challenging issues with your family, friends, and coworkers. We’ll tackle topics like Intelligent Design (Friend or Foe in the world of worldviews?), Global Warming (How concerned should we be?), Gender Identity (Who makes the call, and how?), Santa Claus (Saint or Satan?) and more.

Leader: Pastor Raasch

Date: Sundays, beginning January 8

Time: 9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place: Fellowship Hall


The Foundation of Our Faith

Do you ever feel like it’s time to get back to the basics of the Bible? Do you feel unequipped to answer even the fundamental questions people ask about your faith? Are you interested in learning more about what the Bible teaches, and what our church believes? Interested in becoming a member of Mount Olive? If any of these questions describe you, then our brand new Foundations Bible Study is for you! This relaxed, conversational study will meet for 13 weeks on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings with the same session being taught on both of those days to give people the flexibility to attend whichever session best fits their schedule.

Leader: Pastor Schreiner

Date/time: Thursdays, January 12, 6:30p.m.          or        Sundays, beginning January 15, 9:25a.m.

Place: 8th grade classroom


St. John’s Epistles

The Apostle John was likely well along in years when he wrote these letters, in which he distills a lifetime of serving Christ and shepherding God’s people into a tightly woven message of wisdom for all Christians of all times.  In John’s simple words lie majestic theological truths and insights regarding the majesty of God, his loving rescue plan, and his high expectations for believers’ lives. This Bible Class continues to gather new faces and old friends for a bite of pastry, a cup of coffee and a stimulating discussion of God’s Word.

Leader: Pastor Zank

Date: Wednesdays, beginning January 4

Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Place: Fellowship Hall


Breakfast Bible Study

This early bird special offers a bite of the Bread of Life along with your cup of coffee or stack of pancakes.  Join us at Mary’s Restaurant as we discuss how the God’s timeless truth still impacts our everyday lives.

Leader: Pastor Robert Raasch

Date: Tuesdays, year-round

Time: 6:30–7:30am

Place: Mary’s on North Richmond


Men’s Bible Study

Where does a man go to grow in his role as a Christian husband, father, man of God? Where can he be intellectually challenged, spiritually fed, genuinely encouraged, and yet still receive a bit of good natured ribbing?  The answer: Mount Olive’s Men’s Bible Study.  Before you do anything else on Friday, stop in to recharge your batteries with your brothers in Christ.

Leader: Paul Kolell

Date: Fridays, beginning January 6

Time: 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Place: Teen room


SISTERS small groups

Join your sisters in Christ as they work through the book Ephesians: The Church—God’s Servant. This study will celebrate the fact that by God’s grace, we are part of God’s family- a family united in Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. God’s power enables us to “live a life of love” with one another, a life worthy of the calling we have received and the grace we have graciously been granted.  Books are available in the Atrium ($10 each)

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at the home of Kerri Kleist

Fridays, 8:00 a.m. in the Teen Room

Online at Mount Olive Sisters on Facebook


Life Groups: Applying God’s Word to Life

Could you benefit from the encouragement and mutual accountability offered by a circle of Christian friends?  Do you need help applying God’s Word to your personal life?  Life Groups are lay-led discussions of the weekly sermon.  Mount Olive offers a number of groups meeting at various times and locations throughout the week. Groups meet for 6-8 weeks beginning in January 2017.

Watch for times and locations of Life Groups in the coming weeks.