It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2011. For my newsletter article this month, I want to share how we are doing so far with our church goals. Our 2011 church goals are:
Our young adult ministry is something we are constantly thinking about and wanting to improve. When there are new pro- grams or classes, we try to let our young adults know about them and encourage them to attend. Recently we’ve begun a Col- lege and Beyond group that’s met for a cookout and a service project. The service project included working with the College and Beyond group from Mizpah Moravian.
The representatives from our Regional Conference of Churches (Bethania, Mizpah, Olivet and Rural Hall) are planning some evangelistic services at our churches this fall. On four Sunday evenings in September, October and November each of our conference churches will host one of the services. The services will include a supper, a worship service with special guest speakers, and a follow-up dessert and sharing time. Please look for more information about these services in the upcoming months and plan to attend them.
Earlier this year we had a Christian Education Fair and a Ministry Fair to let our members know how you can get involved in our Christian Education program and see the many ways you can serve in our church family. So far this year we have had some increase in involvement which is particularly seen in our monthly mission projects. There has been some increase in our leadership as we have a few more people serving on some of our church committees.
There are a few ways we are trying to accomplish this goal. During some of our services we have added some elements such as skits and some guitar songs from time to time as they tie in with the theme of the services. Our Chancel Choir contin- ues to share a variety of good music. Special services coming up for us in the months ahead include the mentioned evangelis- tic services and we will continue our Campfire Services this fall.
As mentioned with our increased involvement goal, our Christian Education Fair and Ministry Fair showed how people could use their time and talents in our church family. In regard to our financial stewardship, we have an increase in our year- to-date contributions compared to last year. Even though there are many different situations in our church family when it comes to our financial giving, I feel our increase is a sign of our being good stewards with God’s blessings.
Our church theme for 2011 is “Let’s Be Strong Together in 2011” which is a theme based on our church’s 2011 watch- word which is listed on the heading of this page and is Psalm 28:8:
“The Lord is the strength of his people.”
As we continue through this year, may the Lord be your strength and be the strength of our church family. I hope you will do your part to help us meet our goals, because meeting them helps make us a strong congregation. I am very grateful to the many of you who help make Olivet Moravian a wonderful church. May we continue to do great things for God!
In Christ’s love and service,
Olivet offers a traditional Moravian style service on Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM. Using hymns and liturgies from the Moravian Book of Worship the worshiper is led to a point when the children have a special time with the pastor and then a Gospel Sermon is preached by the Pastor or the Pastoral Assistant.
Communion is offered some eight times during the year, and all professing Christians are welcome to participate.
News from Olivet, The Regional Conferences of Churches, The Southern Province, and The Moravian Church in North America
Olivet offers opportunities for growth and fellowship to a variety of ages. Contact our church office for more specifics, or check our calendar for dates and times.
9:45 Sunday School
Throughout the year Olivet highlights certain special themes and topics during the Sunday Service.
Articles from Olivet's print newsletter by Pastor Doug.