Spiritual Growth Opportunities for Fall 2017


Reformation: Grace, Faith, Scripture

This year we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. In this study, we deepen our understanding of Reformation history and connect it with what our church believes, teaches, and practices today. This study includes 12 short video vignettes from the film A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy. Topics include Baptism, Holy Communion, Congregational Worship, Vocation, and much more. This is a good class for those looking to answer the question: “What does it mean to be a Lutheran?”

Leader:    Pastor Sellnow

Date:        Sundays, beginning Sept. 10th

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? Do you wish you could be better equipped to defend why you
believe what you do when your faith is challenged, and yet do it in a loving way?

Our upcoming study, Timely Topics, Timeless Truths, will equip you with biblical truths for engaging in challenging issues with your family, friends, and coworkers. We will dig into these interesting topics:

  • Visiting Heaven (Are these visits for real?)
  • Haunted Houses (Debunking the myths and deciphering the mysteries)
  • Overweight or Overfit? (The narrow Lutheran middle)
  • They Posted WHAT?! (Addressing inappropriate use of social media by
  • I’m Spiritual, Not Religious (Responding correctly to critics and pundits)
  • Tattoos – Still Taboo? (Should a Christian get a tattoo?)
  • A Christian’s Use of Psychoactive Medication (A crutch, a blessing, or a

Leader:   Pastor Raasch

Date:        Sundays, beginning Nov. 5th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:      Fellowship Hall

The Book of Amos

Amos was a busy man, holding down two jobs as a fig tree farmer and a shepherd, but that didn’t stop God from calling Amos to speak an important message to a nation headed for destruction. Amos left both farm and field to prophesy words that are just as important today as they were 2800 years ago. We’ll study his timeless message and what it means for us and our 21st century world. 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 Sept. 13th

Time:       9:30–10:30 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 join our Foundations Bible Study! This relaxed, conversational study meets for 7 weeks on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings. The same session is taught on both days to help give people the flexibility to attend whichever session best fits their schedules.

Leader:         Pastor Schreiner

Place:            8th grade room

Date/Time:   Thursdays at 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 7th

Sundays at 9:25-10:15 a.m., beginning Sept. 10th

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:         6:30–7:30 a.m.

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, and 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 September 15th

Time:       6:30-7:30 a.m.

Place:      Teen room

SISTERS Small Groups

Join your sisters in Christ as we spend time discussing the book Ladies of Legacy by Amber Albee Swenson. Amber will be the guest speaker for the SISTERS In Christ Retreat on September 9th. This study helps you weave God’s Word into your day, and gives you an opportunity for meaningful and fruitful conversation in a small group setting.

Watch for the locations, times, and dates of SISTERS in the coming weeks.

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 and then take a break.

Watch for the locations, times, and dates of SISTERS in the coming weeks.