Spiritual Growth Opportunities for Fall 2018


“God, Why?”

Sometimes God allows painful trials to come into the lives of his believers.  Such burdens can leave us questioning God’s love and fairness.  Yet, by carrying our greatest burden, Jesus equips us to bear our earthly burdens gracefully.  This discussion-oriented Bible study prepares participants to better handle the day-to-day challenges in their lives and the lives of others.

Leader:    Pastor Raasch

Date:        Sundays, beginning September 16th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:       Fellowship Hall

Cross Explorations for Adults

How do Old Testament Bible stories apply to our lives today?  Where can parents go to dig a little deeper into Bible stories their children are learning each week?  How can parents strengthen the connection between Christ and the next generation?  The answer to all of these questions is found in “Cross Explorations for Adults.”  Join Pastor Wordell as he leads an adult-level discussion of the same Bible stories your children are learning.  (Non-parents are welcome!)

Leader:   Pastor Wordell

Date:        Sundays, beginning September 16th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:      Church Sanctuary

The Foundations 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 seven weeks.  The same session is taught on both Sundays and Thursdays to help give people the flexibility to attend whichever session best fits their schedules.

Leader:               Pastor Schreiner

Date/Time:       Thursday at 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning September 13th

Sunday at 9:25-10:15 a.m., beginning September 16th

Place:                  8th grade room

Making Connections for Life

Take a look around church.  Is there someone you can see that you may not know?  In connection with the Mount Olive, Connected initiative spanning the month of September, Evangelism board chairman and teacher, Mr. Ian Schaefer, will be leading a Bible study that explores the biblical focus and the practical skills of establishing deeper connections with the members of our church family that you might not yet know.  The practical skills will be useful not just in church but to make deeper connections with people in every stage of your life!

Leader:   Mr. Ian Schaefer

Date:        Sundays, beginning September 16th

Time:       9:25-10:15 a.m.

Place:      Basement Classroom

Breakfast Bible Study

This early bird special, for men and women of all ages, 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 Raasch

Date:         Tuesdays, year-round

Time:         6:30–7:30 a.m.

Place:        Mary’s on North Richmond

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 Zank

Date:       Wednesdays, beginning September 12th

Time:       9:30-10:30 a.m.

Place:      Fellowship Hall

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 14th

Time:       6:30-7:30 a.m.

Place:      Teen Room

SISTERS Small Groups

Our Bible study this fall runs for six weeks in two sessions.  We’ll have a one-week study, “Our Bible Sisters: The Proverbs 31 Woman,” and a five-week study, “God’s Love.”  Learn how to set God-pleasing goals for your life and how God’s love influences all aspects of our lives.  To register, please contact Kerri Kleist (kerrikleist@gmail.com).  We’d love to have you join us!  It is a great opportunity to get to know your Mount Olive sisters better.

Leader:   Leah Needham

Date:       Wednesdays, beginning September 19th

Time:       1:45-2:45 p.m.

Place:      Atrium


Leader:   Kerri Kleist

Date:       Wednesdays, beginning September 19th

Time:       6:30-7:30 p.m.

Place:      Kerri’s Home

Life Groups: Applying God’s Word to Life

Do you need help applying God’s Word to your personal life?  Could you benefit from the encouragement and mutual accountability offered by a circle of Christian friends?  Life Groups are lay-led discussions of the weekly sermon.  Groups meet for 6-8 weeks and then take a break.

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

Sunday School & Under-Four Daycare

Mount Olive has a new 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.

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!

Register Online Here