THE YEAR OF LUKE:  We again begin from the beginning, Genesis, and read how the gospel of God has been proclaimed in the world throughout history.  This year’s Gospel is Luke.  A main focus of Luke's Gospel is the nature of the salvation that Jesus Christ provides.  Because Jesus encounters a wide variety of people in Luke, this Gospel offers a glimpse into the different facets of salvation--its spiritual, physical, and social dimensions.  Because Jesus speaks many parables in Luke, this Gospel also becomes a source for deep reflection about the nature of God's reign and the ways of living faithfully in this world.  May we again be surprised and changed by God’s Word for the world.

ADULT EDUCATION…meets on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Library starting today.  The Adult Ed Team will be exploring various books of the Bible and how they address the religious, moral, ethical, and social issues faced by Lutheran Christians today.  All are welcome…no experience necessary!  SUNDAY SCHOOL for 3 year olds thru 5th grade is held on Sundays at 9:15 in the Sanctuary. 

SERVICE TEAM PROJECT:  During the month of April, the Service Team will be collecting your unused eyeglasses.  The eyeglasses will be given to the Lions’ Club, who recycle the eyeglasses and distribute them to people in need.  If you have eyeglasses that you no longer need, dig them out and drop them in the collection container in the narthex.

HEALING THROUGH GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP…meets on Thursday, May 4th & 18th, at 6:30 p.m.  We are a group welcoming all who need a healthy place to grieve, share, and recognize that you are not alone in this struggle.  Questions…please feel free to contact Mount Olive @ 363-8251. 

BLOOD DRIVE:  Join Mount Olive’s Health & Wellness and Service Teams and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin for a blood drive this Thursday, April 27th, 3-7 p.m.  To make an appointment to donate, contact the church office (363-8251) or sign up online at www.bcw.eduWalk-ins are also welcome. 

2017 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL -- God’s Promise, our Faith -- June 19th – 23rd:   9 a.m. until 12 Noon -- 3 year olds through 5th grade; Older students are invited to assist with VBS; Cost: $12 per child.  Join together with our faith community as we explore the promises God makes to us and how living our faith responds to God’s goodness.  Please join us for a VBS Planning Meeting on Monday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m.  If you have some time to assist in the planning stages, come and join the meeting!  Registration forms can be found at our website at:  www.mountolive-elca.net

OUR HEALTH & WELLNESS TEAM… has a monthly service project of encouraging donations to the Kitchen Kupboard.  We ask you to bring your donation on ANY April Sunday – Canned Fruit and Hamburger Helper & deposit them in the entryway.  THANK YOU!!! 

SIMPLY GIVING:  Consider using Simply Giving to automate your support of Mount Olive’s ministries.  Simply Giving™ is an automated plan for church members to offer their first fruits to God.   For those who would like to sign up for Simply Giving, we now make this option available from our church homepage:  www.mountolive-elca.net.  Those already on Simply Giving can make changes to their scheduled giving plan.  Thank you for your consideration.