Spiritual Growth Opportunities for Fall 2019


Predestination: Chosen in Christ

Why are you a believer and the next person isn’t? Was it something in you or something in God that made the difference? God’s election, or predestination, is one of the simplest – yet most easily misunderstood – teachings of Scripture. This discussion-oriented Bible study will lead you to a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, your election in Christ!

Leader:    Pastor Robert Raasch

Date:        Sundays, beginning September 8th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:       Fellowship Hall


Pray, Praise and Give Thanks

Believers have treasured the Psalms for more than 3 thousand years. This Bible study will dig into the following psalms: 1, 2, 23, 46, 51, 73, 103, 110, and 139. We’ll gain equipment for living by overhearing ancient Israelite songs written by God himself.

Leader:   Pastor Nathan Wordell

Date:        Sundays, beginning September 8th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:      Church Sanctuary


Bible 101

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 Bible 101 is for you! This relaxed, conversational study will meet 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 Timothy Priewe

Date/Time:

Thursdays, beginning September 12th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Sundays, beginning September 8th, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

Place:          8th grade room


The Book of Hebrews

Christians persevere! That is the message of the book of Hebrews. This book offers God’s people an excellent review of God’s plan of salvation. It opens the door to a greater understanding of Old Testament prophecies. To study the book of Hebrews broadens one’s knowledge of Old Testament history and worship as well as emphasizes that all people are saved by grace alone in Christ. This mid-morning Bible Class continues to gather new faces and old friends for a bite of pastry, a cup of coffee, and a thought-provoking discussion of God’s Word.

Leader:   Pastor Joel Zank

Date:        Wednesdays, beginning September 11th

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 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


Authentic Christianity

This monthly women’s group will read through the book Authentic Christianity by Gene Vieth. The Lutheran tradition embodies a framework of Christianity that uniquely addresses the postmodern condition. It does so not by making up a new approach to church or to the Christian life. Rather, it does so by being confessional, sacramental, and vocational.

Leader:  Kathy Kolell

Date:       1st Saturday, beginning Oct. 5th

Time:      8:30 a.m.

Place:    Copper Rock Café on Cty Hwy JJ


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 13th

Time:       6:30-7:30 a.m.

Place:      Fireside Room


SISTERS Small Groups

Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope and Trust

This eight-week Bible study will explore how the Holy Spirit changes people through the uncomfortable delays of life—waiting for test results, a child, a life-changing decision to be made. Each of the eight chapters focuses on a woman in the Bible and her story of waiting. From Sarah to Martha, the stories of these biblical women will be applied to readers’ lives. Contact the following leaders to enroll:

  • Beth Flatau* – Tuesday in her home – start date Sept. 17th, 7 p.m.
  • Leah Needam* – Wednesday at church – start date Sept. 18th, 8:30 a.m.
  • Kerri Kleist* – Wednesday in her home – start date Sept. 18th, 6:30 p.m.

*Leaders phone numbers are published in the physical “Fall 2019: Spiritual Growth Opportunities” brochure.


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 through the week. Groups meet for 6-8 weeks and then take a break.
Please see Pastor Raasch (pastor.raasch@mountoliveappleton.com) for further details.

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


Sunday School & Under-Four Daycare

Mount Olive has a  Sunday School curriculum that is sure to be an engaging, fun learning experience for the entire family.  Sunday School meets from 9:15-10:15 a.m. every Sunday morning starting September 8th.

Mount Olive also offers a daycare room with music, play, and structured learning for children under the age of 4 who are not old enough yet for Sunday School.  Parents can then attend Bible class themselves.

Please make use of our new interactive Sunday School program and our Under-Four Daycare resources for the spiritual growth of both you and your children!


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