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Dear people of Mount Olive,
 
On Monday, June 14th, the Council met for our June meeting and discussed adjusting our COVID protocols in response to changes in CDC guidance. 
 
The following factored into our discussion and ultimately resulted in our updated protocols found below:
  • CDC guidelines, summary graphic found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/pdfs/choosingSaferAct.pdf?v=1
  • The overall progress against COVID at Mount Olive and in the greater community, including rising vaccination rates, which have resulted in declining rates of infections and deaths.
  • A desire to maintain the health of the congregation in mind, body, and spirit. 
  • The installation of an air purification system into our heating and ventilation system, which exchanges the air inside the building every 5 minutes.
  • Observance of physical distancing by those attending worship and other meetings.
  • Abbreviated 30-minute worship services.

It is because of these factors and your willingness to support Mount Olive's COVID guidelines that our new protocols include the following, along with the reminder that we wear masks not for the sake of ourselves, but for the health of others: 
  • Mount Olive is a mask/no mask judgement-free zone. 
  • If you have been vaccinated and would rather not wear a mask, you don’t need to. If you are vaccinated and still wish to wear one, please do. 
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, we encourage you to continue to wear a mask and to please consider vaccination, especially as a way of preventing variants from developing.
  • We ask all of the community, whether vaccinated or not, to remain at home if you have COVID-like health symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, etc.
  • We will continue to observe physical distancing during worship and when meeting with others.
  • We have always said that everyone is welcome. Now more than ever, let’s live into that.
 
The next time you are at Mount Olive, you will see the following information posted on the doors:
 
Welcome to Mount Olive Lutheran Church
We are a mask/no mask judgment-free zone. Masks are voluntary but strongly encouraged for anyone unvaccinated, including children over the age of 2.
We will continue with physical distancing during worship and when meeting with others.
We are so thankful you are here!
 
Worship services continue at: 
  • 8 and 10:15 a.m. In-person Worship & HC
  • 9 a.m. online Worship & HC via Zoom or Facebook Live
 
Outdoor Worship at 10:15, as weather allows, on Sundays, June 20th and July 11th
 
Come and worship God! 
 
In Christ, 
The Mount Olive Council
Please join us on Sundays, June 20th and July 11th,  we will worship outdoors at 10:15, weather permitting.

 
Worship/Contact Info
In-Person Worship & HC @ 8 & 10:15 a.m.
Online Worship @ 9 a.m.
 
We continue to need volunteers for the following ministry tasks:  Ushers, A/V Operators, Sanitizers, and Altar Guild.
If you would like to serve in one of these ways, please contact:
  • Ushers: Bruce Gunderson
  • Sanitizers: Tim Sperstad
  • Altar Guild: Eva Schindhelm
  • AV Operators: church office (mto@mountolive-elca.net). Thank you!
 
Login to Sunday Morning eWorship -- 9 a.m.
3 ways to participate in Worship Live
Streaming on Facebook, YouTube or via Zoom
To join Zoom go to:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/381324477
Or by phone:  +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID:  381 324 477
Remember Sunday eWorship is also available any time on Facebook or YouTube
 
Pr. Scot is ALWAYS available for you.  Please never hesitate to contact him.  He’d love to hear from you!
Email:  pastorscot@mountolive-elca.net
Cell/text:  262.370.6984
ZOOM (video conferencing) for one-on-one meetings only:  https://zoom.us/j/9456940896
  
Bible Study -- Wednesdays @ 9–10 a.m. (will also be livestreamed via Zoom)
If you wish to join us via Zoom, please contact the church office for the login info.  
 
.Grief Support
Grief can and does enter our lives in a huge variety of ways.  You are invited to attend either one of these groups for very informal discussions in a safe place and supportive environment.  Please feel free to call if you would like further information, login Zoom info, or have any questions:  Betty Hinkelman. 
  • Thursday Group:  The meeting is on the first and third Thursdays of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Attendance is at Mount Olive in the Fellowship Hall or on ZOOM, whichever you are comfortable with.  June’s dates are Thursday, June 17th
  • Monday Group:  This group meets monthly in person at Mount Olive in the Fellowship Hall on the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  June’s date is Monday, June 28th
 
 
Other Opportunities
Are you looking for a space to open to the wonder of God through the Scriptures and prayer? Please consider these two offerings led by Betty Hinkelman. No prior experience necessary, contact Betty for details and Zoom log-in information. If you have interest, but these require alternative times, contact Betty as well.
 
  • Lectio Divina (Divine Reading) -- Group meets June 21st at 11 a.m., in person and via Zoom.
  • Centering Prayer -- will meet on June 28th at 11 a.m., in person and via Zoom.
 
Care Needs As the pandemic continues and there is much uncertainty in our lives and communities, please know that Mount Olive is a resource for you to draw on. Please contact Pastor Scot, Debbie in the Mount Olive office or Cindy Dobberke if you find yourself in need.
 
 
Upcoming Meetings/Events
  • Wednesday, June 16th --
    • NO Weekly Text Study
    • Invitation to Pray 6:30pm
  • Thursday, June 17th – Grief Support Group 6:30pm 
  • Friday, June 18th – Invitation to Pray 11am
  • Sunday, June 20th --
    • Worship & HC 8am
    • Online Worship 9am
    • Outdoors Worship & HC 10:15am 
  • Monday, June 21st – Lectio Divina 11am
  • Wednesday, June 23rd
    • Weekly Text Study 9am
    • Invitation to Pray 6:30pm
  • Thursday, June 24th – MCC Food Pantry 9:30am*
  • Friday, June 18th – Invitation to Pray 11am
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