October is upon us and we rejoice as we enter into the festival season of the Church Year and also give thanks to the relaxing of Covid Restrictions throughout our community. I pray they last, for many of our ministries have suffered as a result, as have also our people. October 1st we celebrate a wedding and another baptism! Both events are family only yet we all rejoice in these celebrations of God’s Gifts. October 2nd we commemorate “Michael and All Angels” Sunday and we look at the gift of angels to us and thank God for them. October 4-6th is the Fall Pastor’s Conference and so I will be in Arlington for a few days and hope to share with you news of the District and the Synod as a whole. Always a treat when we can participate the church at large. October 9th we celebrate Lydia Ruth/LWML Sunday and here about all the wonderful work Lydia Ruth does in our community and what LWML does throughout the world. Starting In October I will again be a part of several community support groups. I had started to participate in these shortly after my arrival in Shelton, but they were cancelled due to covid. Well now two of them have restarted and a third is coming soon. We also will be hosting a support group for survivors of Cancer beginning in November.
October 19-23 is the Annual Lutherans for Life Conference that In will again be attending. I missed last year because of my health, however I am returning to this conference and look forward to being with the director of the Lutherans for Life, and also at the same conference, the Director of LCMS Life Ministry, and Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. Deacon Hank will be leading worship on the 23rd.
October 21-22 is the annual Lydia Ruth Bazaar. Many hand crafted items will be available for purchase, as well as Luncheon and baked goods. The proceeds from this support many local ministries here in Shelton. Your support is appreciated!
October 28th Mount Olive will again join with other local business along Railroad Avenue and share candy and conversation with our community children and their families. This event runs from 4pm to 6pm in the evening.
And perhaps now the most significant piece of news for you is the reminder that October 30th is Reformation Sunday, and will celebrated with ONE combined worship service at 10 followed by Grilled Bratwurst and Lutheran Lemonade for those who wish. All Beef hot dogs are also available for those with pork issues. In addition we will have German style scalloped potatoes and lot’s of fixings! The church will supply the meat and potatoes, and we will seek POT LUCK sides and salads. Come and enjoy the food, and the fellowship!
Mark Your Calendars!
Annual Voter's Meeting is scheduled for November 20th following the late service. Current agenda items are the budgets for 2023 and the election of new officers.
Annual Calendar of Events for 2023
Planning of events and activities for 2023 are in the works. If you involved in one of our church ministries, please let the office know of your planned events and activities so that we can include them in the calendar. Covid has had an impact on our ability to follow through on some of our plans, but we are moving forward in 2023 as though we will have no more restrictions.
Also, perhaps you have an idea on what you might like to see or do here. If so, please let us know this as well. All ideas are welcome! Blessings to you all as we reflect on God’s Grace for all of us here at Mount Olive.