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Fireworks & Cookout, July 3

The annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration and Cookout will be Wednesday, July 3. You won’t want to miss this annual celebration held at the Kosch’s residence from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. Mount Olive and all of its family, neighbors, and friends are welcome to join in. There will be bounce houses for the kids, a bonfire, trampoline, horseshoes, chicken rides, swing sets, and lots of food. Grilling will start at 6:00 P.M. with hotdogs, brats, buns, chips, salads, plates, utensils, condiments, ice water and lemonade, all provided. You are invited to bring a bag of chips or dip, or a dessert to share if you like. There will be a DJ with music and karaoke. At 10:00 P.M. “Big Bob’s Fireworks choreographed to Music Extravaganza” will begin. Come for the food or fireworks or both! All are welcome. The address is 12652 County Road 36, Blair, NE, 68008. If you would like more directions, please check out the flyer on the north hallway bulletin board. If you get lost, please call 402-253-7324

Households of Faith

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has announced a new series of courses on the subject of Households of Faith. A partnership with Barna Group, provides research that allows LHM to continue to help you strengthen not only your faith, but also the faith of your household. The first two courses in this new series are now available:
  • Me and My Household explores the concept of households in the Bible and in our culture today. It will equip you to map your whole household and consider just how vibrant it is.
  • Building a Vibrant Household explores spiritually vibrant households and the characteristics revealed by the research that any household can nurture. It will equip you to evaluate your own household's vibrancy and take the next steps in building a more vibrant household.

Both of these courses are available on LHM Learn, LHM's online learning platform that is 100% FREE and contains dozens of courses in five faith-strengthening categories. Each course includes multiple sessions that can be stopped and started at your convenience to provide an individual, self-paced learning experience. To register for a course, including the two newest courses on Households of Faith, visit lhm.org/learn today!

Men's Group

The men’s group continues to meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00—7:30 p.m. for Bible study, prayer, fellowship and service work. If you have questions or would like to participate, please contact Tim Lorang (402-578-8338; tlorang@eliteins4u.com).

New Members - Brian & Amie Rikke

Brian and Amie Rikke joined our congregation on June 2 by the rite of Affirmation of Baptism. Brian and Amie live in Raven Oaks and are parents of two grown sons who also live in Omaha. The Rikkes met in San Antonio, TX. However, Amie grew up in Omaha and graduated from the Omaha Methodist nursing program. Brian grew up in Minnesota and presently works for ABM, providing janitorial services for banks. He enjoys fixing things. Amie has worked for the CHI and Alegent health systems in quality control and is presently a Nurse Surveyer for the NE Dep't of Health and Human Services. Amie has agreed to join our Health Ministry and enjoys reading, sewing, and gardening. If you haven't met them yet, please do, and make them feel welcome in their new church home at Mount Olive.  

Call to Rev. Glenn Meyer

Pastor Meyer has accepted the call voted on at the last Voters Meeting. He will be available to begin serving as our Intentional Interim Pastor in mid-August. His call is for up to one year with an option to extend for up to an additional six months if mutually agreeable. He will provide all the services we would normally expect of our pastor and guide us through the process of making a regular Divine Call.

Vacation Bible School, July 22-26

Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World is the theme of this summer’s Vacation Bible School on July 22-26, 2019. Look forward to Galaxy snacks, Blast-Off games, Marvelously Made music and Bible stories that show how Jesus saves us. Several positions will need to be filled, so please prayerfully consider when asked to help. To register your
children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, classmates, etc., please call the church office at 402-455-8700. You will also find VBS registrations forms as a bulletin insert beginning June 30. There is no cost to participate. Children ages 4 years to 6th grade are welcome. - Jody Wells-Padron

Non-Alcoholic Wine

For those who need to avoid alcohol and yet want to commune with their fellow Mount Olive brothers and sisters, the very center glass in each communion tray now has non-alcoholic wine in it for your reception. We encourage its use. Please speak with Pastor Jank if you have questions

Baker's Community Rewards

Mount Olive will now receive rewards when you shop at Baker's and use your Baker's Rewards Card, Our church was recently approved as an organization in the Baker's Community Rewards program. Click to learn more.

Automatic Giving

Joyful Response is a way to make your Sunday morning offerings convenient and consistent through preauthorized withdrawal from your checking account at no extra cost to you. It is safe and secure. Your giving continues even if you are out of town or aren’t able to be at a worship service. Pick up a Joyful Response brochure from Max Williams or from the Church Office. Learn more at our Joyful Response home page. More members each year are using this plan.

Little Free Pantry

The “Little Free Pantry” is operating This small cabinet with non-perishable food items, paper goods, and other items sits outside the north entry of Mount Olive. It is accessible 24 hours per day to anyone. There aren’t any applications to fill out or set hours of operation. The pantry will be stocked by donations from all of us but can also be stocked by a concerned neighbor. Please, no glass jars or expired food. You can place your items inside the marked cabinet that is in the old nursery room right behind the doorway. These items are needed; applesauce, baby food, baked beans, bean soup, beef stew, bran cereals, bread, bread and muffin mixes, canned and dried beans, canned chili, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned tomato products, canned tuna or salmon, canned vegetables, cold and hot cereals, dried fruit, dry noodles and pasta, evaporated milk, flour, fruit juice, graham crackers, granola bars, honey, infant cereal, infant formula, instant breakfast drinks, jelly and jam, macaroni and cheese, mayonnaise, noodle mixes, oatmeal, pancake mix, peanut butter, popcorn, powdered milk, rice and rice mixes, salad dressings, shelf-stable milk, sugar, syrup, whole grain crackers, vegetable oil, vegetable soup, and vegetable juice.