2023-2024 Bible Class & Sunday School

Our Christian Response

What help does God offer for Christians who are struggling with real challenges in life?  This 5 week class will address the ways in which Christians, motivated by a love for Jesus, can respond to personal difficulties in their lives and in the lives of loved ones.  Topics will include: unmet needs and expectations, unresolved anger, moral desensitization, instant gratification, and unexpected financial blessings.

Leader: Pastor Raasch                                   
Date: Sundays, beginning September 10th
Time: 9:15-10:15 am                                     
Place: Commons

A Family Growing in Christ

This class gives a basic introduction to what the Bible and Mount Olive teach, along with a chance for you to ask questions, develop relationships with other people and the pastor. It serves as the path to membership at Mount Olive but is also a newly written class that serves as a great review for Mount Olive members. This class will meet on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings with the same session being taught on both of those days to give people the flexibility to attend whichever session best fits their schedule.

Leader: Pastor Priewe           
Place: Lower-level Conference Room
Date/Time: Thursdays, Sept. 7th, 6:00 pm; OR Sundays, Sept. 10th, 9:15 am

The Life of Abraham

A long-running TV series entitled, “This Is Your Life” gave viewers a look into the lives of athletes, celebrities, and, on occasion, everyday people. This year’s Wednesday morning Bible class will focus on a similar theme. We’ll be looking into the lives of important Biblical figures. We’ll begin with Abraham whose God-given faith demonstrates the boldness of faith, the importance of prayer, and the calm contentment that is ours as we rely on God’s unfailing promises. As the class progresses, we’ll have a chance to look at several other people of God, like Moses, Joseph, and David, to name just a few.

Leader: Pastor Zank                                       
Place: Commons
Date: Wednesdays, beginning Sept.13th
Time: 9:00-10:00 am                                       

Life Groups: Applying God’s Word to Life

Are you looking for connection and encouragement from Christian friends at Mount Olive? Mount Olive can feel like a big place. Life Groups offer the opportunity to grow closer to God and other believers as we strive to be A Family Growing in Christ. These groups, led by Mount Olive members, center around a discussion of the weekly sermon while also emphasizing the chance to get to know each other better. Mount Olive offers many groups meeting at various times and locations, in person or online, in homes or at church. We are looking for new groups to form.  Meeting space is available. Scheduling is flexible. Groups are kid-friendly. Please reach out to your pastors if you would like to form or find a group.

Watch for times and locations of Life Groups in the coming weeks.

Men’s Bible Study

Where does a man go to grow in his role as a Christian husband, father, man of God? Where can he be intellectually challenged, spiritually fed, genuinely encouraged, and yet still receive a bit of good-natured ribbing?  The answer: Mount Olive’s Men’s Bible Study.  This fall we’ll be studying the Book of Romans.  Before you do anything else on Friday, stop in to recharge your batteries with your brothers in Christ.

Leader: Paul Kolell
Date: Fridays, beginning September 8th
Time: 6:30-7:30 am
Place: Fireside Room

SISTERS Small Groups

Looking for an opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet along with your fellow sisters in Christ?  Interested in receiving encouragement to face the challenges of everyday life, as you spend time in God’s Word?  Please contact one of these leaders to join their group:

Beth Flatau – Mondays in her home – start date 9/11, 7 pm
Kerri Kleist – Wednesday in her home – start date 9/13, 4 & 6:30 pm
Mandy Ehlke – Thursday in the Fireside Room – start date 9/14, 8:00 am

Sunday School and Under Four Daycare 

As our children grow physically, growing in their faith and understanding of God’s Word is absolutely vital! Mount Olive offers Sunday School classes for age 4 (by Sept. 1) through 6th grade. These classes include Bible stories, crafts, music, and age-appropriate discussion and application of the truths of God’s Word.  Sunday School uses a different curriculum than our Christian Day School, so each Sunday features a different Bible story not covered during the school week. Sunday School meets from 9:15 am-10:15 am every Sunday morning. Mount Olive also offers a daycare room with music, play, and structured learning for children under the age of 4 who aren’t old enough for Sunday School so parents can drop off their kids and attend Bible class themselves. Please make use of this resource for the spiritual growth of you and your children!  

The Life of Joseph

How would you react if you were hated by your siblings? Propositioned by a married woman? Thrown in jail? Join us as we put ourselves in the shoes of Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Isaac. We’ll discover the ways God graciously equipped Joseph (and us!) to bless others and use the evil intentions for the good of his people.

Leader: Pastor Raasch
Date: Sundays, beginning October 15th
Time: 9:15-10:15 am
Place: Commons

Conversations in the Gospel of John

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is the friend of sinners? It means exactly that! Jesus spent a lot of time with individuals getting to know them, asking them questions, letting them pour their hearts out to them. The Gospel of John gives us a fascinating glimpse at some intense conversations Jesus had with the lost he came to save. Let’s look at some of those conversations and see how Jesus masterfully communicates with the sinners he came to save.

Leader: Pastor Gawel
Date: Sundays, beginning November 12th
Time: 9:15-10:15 am
Place: Sanctuary