Update 5/22/20

Join us online this weekend for the last week of our worship series entitled Family: God’s Way. This weekend our topic is SinglenessOur scripture reading is 1 Corinthians 7:7-8This weekend’s service will posted at 5pm on Saturday and you will find it either on our webpage or by searching for Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church on YouTube. Our webpage also has a link to view past services. If you know of someone who is not able to watch our services online, please let the church office know. We can mail or deliver a DVD or they can stop by church and view it here. A corresponding Bible Study is also available on our webpage under the “Learning” tab or by clicking here.

We are making plans to gather again in person! Here is how we are currently taking safety protocols as we move forward to meeting again! 

Phase 1 (beginning May 30/31) — smaller groups gatherings w/ safety protocols

As Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” guidelines lift, we are moving to relaunch in-person gatherings at Olivet.  This will include:

  • Short 20-minute weekend services limited to 50 people per service.  This will not replace our full worship services (which will continue to be posted on our website, Facebook, and YouTube).  These gatherings serve as a bridge to a full reopening when the time is appropriate.  We’ll share in a time of greeting, guided prayer, Scripture reading, communion, and a blessing together.  During this “phase 1” season, there will be no staffed nursery, organized fellowship time, or children’s church. 
  • Important note: For these small weekend gatherings, we are asking you to reserve a space to keep our numbers below 50.  Please call the church office at (608) 783-1484, sign-up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BABAC2DA1FA7-weekend or email info@olivetlutheran.org and let us know which service (Saturday @ 5:30, Sundays @ 8:00 & 10:00 am) and how many people will be attending with you.  Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the service. 
  • Small groups, Bible studies, and prayer gatherings are now starting to resume at Olivet!  Our staff is configuring rooms to ensure physical distancing and we will put a greater priority on disinfecting common areas.  Group leaders – please contact the church before rescheduling meetings so we can go over specific details and instructions with you.  

A note about safety protocols during this reopening phase:

  • We are committed as a church to providing as safe an environment as possible.  This will involve regular disinfecting of common surfaces and creating services and spaces that minimize risks.    
  • We ask you to take steps to prioritize safety also.  Please stay home if you are feeling sick, have been exposed to the virus, or simply do not feel comfortable being in a larger group setting.  When at church, we strongly encourage the use of personal protective equipment – this includes wearing masks, physical distancing, and being respectful and kind towards everyone.  We all hold various opinions (some of them strongly), but at the heart of our faith is the laying down of our rights and privileges for the benefit of others (see Philippians 2:3-4).  We will make sure to extend love and grace to one another. 
We will be holding Children’s Church at 10am on Sundays via ZOOM meetings, which will allow us to interact with your children and create a sense of fellowship. A zoom link will be emailed to church families on Fridays for the Sunday service. We are also establishing a private Facebook group that we will use to share ideas, videos, watch parties and so forth. We unfortunately don’t have everyone’s Facebook account or current email address. If you do not receive an invitation or link; or just want to be certain you receive them, please reach out to Mrs. K or the church office—trish@olivetlutheran.org or info@olivetlutheran.org.
 
The CrossRoads Bible Fellowship that usually meets at 8:30 on Sunday mornings is currently meeting via Zoom at 10am Sunday mornings. If you would like to join this group, please contact Cliff LeCleir at clifflecleir@gmail.com for more information!

GriefShare Resumes! – The GriefShare support group has resumed their meetings on Thursdays from 1-3pm, here at Olivet. This group is facilitated by Marilyn Jones & Sandy LeCleir.

 
Youth Zoom Meetings – Olivet youth have been connecting via Zoom and it has been working well. If you would like to participate, send your email to Mrs. K at trish@olivetlutheran.org so she can send you the link. Here is the schedule for the weekly meetings:

Tuesdays:       5pm – 6th Grade; 6pm – High School Boys
Wednesdays:  5pm – 7th Grade; 6pm – 5th Grade
Thursdays:      5pm – 8th Grade Girls; 6pm – 8th Grade Boys
Fridays:           5pm – High School Girls 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Graduation Recognition the weekend of June 6-7 –
We will be celebrating our high school and college graduates the weekend of June 6-7. Each graduate will receive a prayer shawl from Olivet to remind them that our love and prayers are always with them. If you are graduating this spring, you should have received a letter asking for some information that we can share with our church so we know how we can pray for you as you take your next steps. If you have not received a letter, and would like to be included, please contact the church office:  info@olivetlutheran.org
 
Follow us on our new and updated Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OlivetLCMC/. This is the official church page. The church Facebook page is a place for us to enjoy fellowship, encouragement and unity. We ask that negative and personal attacks not be shared in this format. We do however, reserve the right to remove or block posts that do not adhere to the purpose of our church Facebook page. 
 
Thank you for your continued support!
Thank you to all of you who have continued your giving by mailing in your donations, making donations online or stopping by to drop them off—it’s nice to see you when you drop by! 
 
We are so thankful for your faithful and continued support of Olivet. There are a variety of ways to continue your donations during this time.
  • You may drop your gift off at the church office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm.
  • Send a payment to Olivet through your bank’s bill pay feature. 
  • Click here to go to our Olivet Giving page where you can set up a one-time or recurring gift, or click on the “Giving” tab on our webpage.
  • Set up automated giving from your checking or savings account or credit/debit card by filling out a Simply Giving form and returning it to the church office. Click here for a copy of the form.
  • Use our giving app:  GivePlus Church, available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Give by text to 608-467-5654.
Thank you!
 
Office Hours:
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 2pm to take your calls and assist if we can. You may call in your prayer requests or email them to info@olivetlutheran.org. Please let the office know if you would like someone to call and pray with you over the phone or if you need any other type of assistance. We are here to help you!
 
Update 5/19/20
Brothers and sisters in Christ,                                                May 19, 2020

Hope.  What a powerful word!  Our hope in the Lord gives us hope in ALL areas of life – hope for our own hearts, for our families, our church, and our world!  Ponder this rich truth from the Bible: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:3-5).

The enemy of our souls?  He wants to steal away our hope!  He wants us to believe the challenges are too great, the journey is too long and difficult so that we dwell on our circumstances rather than on Jesus.  But we will not let go of hope, for our hope is in the Lord!

So with that, some hopeful news to pass along as we make plans to begin gathering again in person.

Phase 1 (beginning May 30/31) — smaller groups gatherings w/ safety protocols

As Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” guidelines lift, we are moving to relaunch in-person gatherings at Olivet.  This will include:

  • Short 20-minute weekend services limited to 50 people per service.  This will not replace our full worship services (which will continue to be posted on our website, Facebook, and YouTube).  These gatherings serve as a bridge to a full reopening when the time is appropriate.  We’ll share in a time of greeting, guided prayer, Scripture reading, communion, and a blessing together.  During this “phase 1” season, there will be no staffed nursery, organized fellowship time, or children’s church. 
  • Important noteFor these small weekend gatherings, we are asking you to reserve a space to keep our numbers below 50.  Please call the church office at (608) 783-1484 or email info@olivetlutheran.org and let us know which service (Saturday @ 5:30, Sundays @ 8:00 & 10:00 am) and how many people will be attending with you.  Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the service. 
  • Small groups, Bible studies, and prayer gatherings are now starting to resume at Olivet!  Our staff is configuring rooms to ensure physical distancing and we will put a greater priority on disinfecting common areas.  Group leaders – please contact the church before rescheduling meetings so we can go over specific details and instructions with you.  

A note about safety protocols during this reopening phase:

  • We are committed as a church to providing as safe an environment as possible.  This will involve regular disinfecting of common surfaces and creating services and spaces that minimize risks.    
  • We ask you to take steps to prioritize safety also.  Please stay home if you are feeling sick, have been exposed to the virus, or simply do not feel comfortable being in a larger group setting.  When at church, we strongly encourage the use of personal protective equipment – this includes wearing masks, physical distancing, and being respectful and kind towards everyone.  We all hold various opinions (some of them strongly), but at the heart of our faith is the laying down of our rights and privileges for the benefit of others (see Philippians 2:3-4).  We will make sure to extend love and grace to one another. 

Phase 2 – We all look forward to the day when we can begin offering full worship services again – we don’t have an exact date yet but will keep you posted.  We also hope to be creative with some outdoor gatherings, worship opportunities, and prioritizing Christian fellowship, worship, and serving in meaningful new ways.  The bottom line is:  we will continue to BE THE CHURCH with Christ as our Head.   No matter what, God’s work is not bound by our worldly circumstances.  He is above it all and He leads us in the way everlasting!

Keep in touch and we look forward to gathering together again very soon.

God’s blessings to each of you,
 
Pastor Andrew