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September 2019 Olivet Newsletter (.pdf)

August's Message from Pastor Ruth

We will have two new opportunities for study and worship at Olivet this fall:

1. Have you ever wondered about the Bible?  How did the Bible come to be?  Is the Bible useful in our modern world?  And what about the weird parts?  This fall we will be starting a discussion group that seeks to engage these questions and more.  This group will meet at 10:15am on Sunday mornings and will use the book "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans to help guide our discussions.  Evans grew up in an evangelical church and then went to an evangelical college.  But as she moved into her twenties, she found herself wrestling with what she had been taught about scripture.  Did she have to take the Bible literally?  Did she need to adopt a first-century world view?  Could there be different ways to understand the Bible?  "Inspired" is the result of Evan's quest to re-engage the biblical text as a thinking, questioning adult.  The book can be purchased online OR you can talk to me if you would like a copy.  However, you do not need a copy of the book to enjoy the discussion group.  The Bible itself will be our main text - so please feel free to be part of this group, even if you don't wish to read an additional book.

2.  Is Sunday morning worship difficult for you to attend?  Have you ever wished for a simpler, less formal way to worship and pray with others?  Would you appreciate a worship experience that allows for more input from everyone involved?  Beginning on Wednesday, September 11, we are planning to offer a simple worship service. 

Potluck snacks will be offered from 5:45pm until 6:15pm and then worship will continue until about 7pm (no later than 7:15).  We will do some singing, read and discuss a passage of scripture related to a basic life question, and then have some time for quiet prayer.  It is our hope that this service will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.

We hope that you will plan to join us for one or both of these new opportunities.  And, as always, please feel free to bring along a friend or family member.  No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at Olivet Church.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Ruth Bradshaw

Fall Festival 2019

The Fall Festival will take place on October 25th, 2019.  Watch this space for complete information coming soon!

Electronic Giving

Olivet now features E-Giving; an online service to allow you to make your donations in a secure way that also helps you track your donations over the year.  Please see our E-Giving page on this website.

Summer Drought Wall Challenge

At the annual meeting on May 19th, 2019 we kicked off the "Giving Wall Challenge".  The purpose of the wall is to help Olivet through the summer financial slump.  We have started with 200 envelopes on the wall labeled with amounts from $1 to $200.  The challenge is to fund each envelope with the amount on the front of the envelope.  When all 200 of the envelopes are funded, the total would be $20,100.

The "Wall" is located in the narthex, so please choose a dollar amount that works for you.  Take one or more and please return by September.  You can use check or cash in the envelope and put in the Sunday collection plate, or mail to Olivet at 313 W. Praire St., Columbus 53925, or you may use our E-Giving page on this website - select Summer Wall Challenge and just enter the amount from your selected  envelope.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

Landscaping and Memorial Pavers

Olivet has completed the landscaping project that includes the Prairie Street side of the church from the main entry doors to the bell tower walkway.  This includes a brick paved "reflection corner" with brick pavers that are engraved with names memorializing current and past members of the church or members of the community with links to the congregation.  

This paved area features an inviting granite memorial bench in memory of Peggy Fredrick.  The bench and a significant portion of the costs of the first phase of the landscaping project have been generously underwritten by Russ Frederick.  In addition to the Fredrick donation, the Olivet Endowment Fund has provided $1,500 toward the project.

Please see some photos and detail on our Blog page within this website.

Donation for General Synod for 2019

Olivet has committed to donating $1,000 to the General Synod which will take place in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 2019.  The donations will be used to go toward the hospitality gifts at the Synod.  Envelopes are provided on the table in the Narthex.  Make your check out to Olivet Church, and place the envelope in the collection plate on Sunday morning, or mail them to Olivet at 313 W. Prairie St., Columbus, WI 53925.  If you would like more information, please contact the Olivet office at 920-623-5140.

Mallards Game

July 7th

Look for the sign up sheet in the narthex if you are interested in attending the Mallands game with us.  The cost is $12.00, which includes a Mallards hat.  All are welcome.

Camping Scholarships

The Olivet Social Circle has scholarships available for anyone that is interested in going to a summer camp this year.  Please contact the church office on  920-623-5140 or a member of the social circle.

Little Red Wagon

Fill the Little Red Wagon for the Food Pantry: Olivet will be filling up the “Little Red Wagon” for the food pantry. It will be inside the front door. Please  bring your donations to help fill the wagon. The food pantry serves the entire community and is always in need of many donations.

See our "Outreach" section for more information on the Food Pantry.

Blankets Needed

The Olivet Quilters are in needing blanket donations that they will use inside new quilts.  Please drop off in the fellowship hall or call the church office for someone to pick them up (920-623-5140).