I believe the Olivet Moravian Church is a very loving and caring church. I believe our church is filled with people who love and care for each other. I know you have two pastors who love and care for each of you.
I realize for some people it may not seem that way. Every once in a while I hear someone make this com- ment: “So-and-so has not been to church for several weeks and so-and-so said no one's called them and so- and-so doesn’t feel our church cares about them.” The unfortunate thing is these “so-and-so’s” are wrong because we do care. Another unfortunate thing is some of these “so-and-so’s” don’t come back to church.
There are times when I don’t see people, and I’ll make a phone call, send an e-mail, write a letter or make a visit to those we have missed. I’m also thankful for the people who make their own phone calls, send cards and make visits to those they don’t see. I realize we might not contact everyone, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care.
I realize there are reasons people don’t come to church for several Sundays. Some are sick or have family members who are sick. Some work on Sundays. Some have other commitments which keep them from com- ing to church. Some feel that Sunday morning is one of the only times they have to rest. Some have had their feelings hurt or they don’t like what the church is doing.
I hope you don’t mind me being so bold in sharing the following observation. When I and others reach out to those we don’t see it’s wonderful when we see people come back. However of the many people we reach out to, there are many who still don’t come. Sometimes I think that it’s not our church not caring for people. It’s people not caring for our church.
We are in the season of Lent. Lent is an intentional time to focus on God and the things God wants you to do. I believe if you are honest and obedient in following God’s will for your life, our church family would be a very special part of it. For many of you it is. For others it should be.
In those times that you might be away, whether you hear from someone or not, please know that your church family misses you. We care about you. We want you to be with us. If there are things we need to be aware of, please let us know. If there are things we can do for you, we want to know that, too. If you are able, I hope you will make it a habit and be with us every Sunday this month, that you will celebrate Easter with your church family, and that you will continue to come and let our church make a difference in your life and you make a difference in our church!
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.