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2021-22 Scholarship Applications

Your Mount Olive Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. Applications must be submitted and postmarked by March 15, 2021. Remember, that (i) high school seniors, (ii) current college and vocational school attendees, and (iii) adults seeking to further their education may apply. Please click the following link for eligibility, other information, and applications.

Winter Weather

As winter weather is unpredictable, please keep in mind that church operations may be impacted. Monday through Thursday, if conditions are difficult, call the church office before stopping by to make sure the office is open. Likewise, if it seems possible that worship may be cancelled due to weather conditions, check one of the following sources for notification-Mount Olive’s Facebook page or Mount Olive Weather Notification Group on Facebook, our website www.mountoliveomaha.com, a special edition of our Mount Olive Weekly email or local news stations. Remember that your safety is more important than your attendance. Please speak to Mikale Townsend, Jr. or one of the other lay ministers if you have questions.

 

Coronavirus Update

As positive cases of COVID-19 rise in the Omaha area we encourage you to worship with us remotely. Sunday Worship will continue but if you have symptoms, are in contact with anyone with symptoms, or are in a high risk category please stay home and follow along on our YouTube channel. We will not sing any part of the service. Wednesday night services will continue.

 

Milestones Toward Calling a New Pastor

Getting from Here to There

Using Pastor Meyer's milestones toward calling a new resident pastor, here's an update. The Call Committee has narrowed the list of call candidates provided by President Snow to four individuals which they will contact. You may download a brief biography of these four pastors.

  1. “Round His Feet” Group Meetings (Completed)
  2. Interim Task Force’s Report on Group Meeting Conclusions (Completed)
  3. Call (Nominating) Committee (Completed)
  4. Town Hall Meeting and Interim Task Force Presentation  (Completed)
  5. District Self-Study Surveys  (Completed)
  6. Pre-Call Meeting with President Reverend Snow (rescheduled to August 5) (Completed)
  7. Call Candidates Obtained from Congregation and President Snow (Completed)
  8. Call Committee Vets Candidates (In process)
  9. Voters Call Meeting
  10. Issuance of Call & Candidate’s Response

Gospel Adventures: Go Mongolia

There is still time to register for Gospel Adventures: Go Mongolia! You won't want to miss out on this Mongolian adventure to learn how vast God's love is from the comfort and safety of your home or classroom. While the curriculum is written for elementary and middle school students, the experience offers something for people of all ages. With remarkable landscapes from the Gobi Desert, the Altai Mountains, and more, Gospel Adventures: Go Mongolia is sure to be a journey to remember! Click the following link to register and get started.
When you click the above link, you will see a popup teaser telling you about Lutheran Hour Ministries' next Gospel Adventure, coming in 2021: Gospel Adventures: Thailand Trek!
 

Lutheran Family Services CARES Assistance

Mount Olive already supports Lutheran Family Services (LFS) through our "Bringing Christ to All the World" tithe. LFS has applied for and received a grant under the CARES Act that enables LFS to serve Nebraska individuals and families whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial assistance from this fund may be used to cover the following:
  • Overdue rent or mortgage to avoid eviction or foreclosure
  • Utility costs to prevent shutoff
  • Basic needs items, including groceries, formula, diapers, personal hygiene products, and household cleansers
  • Purchase of one smartphone and/or tablet per household to enable telehealth access or for school-aged youth to access online school platforms.

if you know of anyone who might need any of the above help in Omaha or anywhere in the State of Nebraska, please assist them by downloading and referring them to one of the information sheets in English or in Spanish

Pastor Moorhead Installed as Part-Time Pastor

Rev. Dr. Bill Moorhead was officially installed as Mount Olive's Part-Time Pastor pursuant to the call from our congregation which he accepted in August. Nebraska District President Snow preached and presided over the installation ceremony. Pastor Eddie Mekasha, Immigrant Ministry Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, and Pastor Peter Gatkuoth of the Sudanese Evangelical Lutheran Church participated in a ceremonial laying on of hands. Witnesses included Mount Olive's worshipers and Pastor Moorhead's worship guests: his wife, Martha; daughter, Sarah; son-in-law, Jarvis; and granddaughter, Zoie. Let us all thank God for His grace in bringing Pastor Moorhead to lead us through the Word and the Sacraments. 

 
 
 
 

Sunday Bible Class

Sunday morning Bible class continues, led by our own Pastor Bill Moorhead. The class begins at 10:15 AM with sharing, celebrations, and prayer. Then Pastor Moorhead will share insights on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday.

You may also Join via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3912069426

Meeting ID: 391 206 9426

New Wednesday Morning Bible Class

We are excited to announce that Pastor Moorhead is beginning a new Wednesday morning Bible class on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM. It will be held in Luther Hall. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Usually he will direct our focus to the upcoming Old Testament reading. If possible, this class will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing on Mount Olive's YouTube page.

Pastoral Call Status-Meeting w Pres. Snow

August 5
Here's where we stand in our search for a new full-time pastor. President Snow led our Pre-Call Meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5th. Nearly 20 people attended in person, and several others joined via Zoom. President Snow reflected on the Self-Study Report we provided in July, pointing out some discrepancies between what we said we want in a pastor and and what we said we want to do to serve our Lord in the future. He also shared an overview of our neighborhood demographics, highlighting specific ways we might reach out to serve our community, and how these insights might inform what we look for in a new pastor. His entire presentation is available as a pdf for download.
 
Next steps are:
  • Call Candidates Obtained from Congregation (if any) and President Snow
  • Call Committee Vets Candidates
  • Voters Call Meeting
  • Issuance of Call & Candidate’s Response
Click the following link for a more complete description of the above steps. The Call Committee members are Galen Behr, Josh Calahan, Jill Clausen, Mike Townsend, Jr, Melissa Lorang, Rachel Misiolek, Amie Rikke, Mark Sorensen, Paul Whitmore, Max Williams.

Reliable Websites for COVID-19 Info

There is a lot inaccurate information out there about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Click the following link to national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 web page for reliable information. For local information, go to the Douglas County Health Department website.
PC Magazine reports that scammers hare already started taking advantage of this situation. For example, a number of phone apps, purporting to help people track incidences of the COVID-19 virus, are actually installing malware on phones. Please keep yourself and your devices safe.

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