Mt Olive Lutheran Church

Mt Olive Lutheran Church

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Great sermon on Law and Gospel based on Romans 7 today. Thanks Pastor Walt!
The word many have been waiting for: Worship Services at Mt. Olive will resume on the weekend of May 23/24, with the normal worship schedule. There are numerous new procedures to be safe in our practices. They've been emailed out to those with email, and if you don't do email you'll have a hard copy soon.

A copy of the email is attached here:

Coronavirus Email #5
May 13, 2020

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

As you know, several leaders of our congregation (pastor, lay minister, congregational president, chairman of elders) have been meeting on a weekly basis for the last several weeks to talk about “when and how” to re-open weekend worship services at Mt. Olive. I have much to say here, but the part that you’re really looking for is this:

We’ll be re-opened for worship services on the weekend of May 23/24.

Having said that, much remains to be said.

I want to repeat something that I mentioned in my last email. I read the various discussions on-line, and have even had some direct conversations with some of our people. I am aware that there is a vigorous and spirited debate about what ought to be going on in the country at large, and of course about what ought to be going on in our churches. Some people will say that we should have opened several weeks ago; some people will say that it’s too risky to open now.

Know this: your congregational leaders have been having the same discussion. We’ve weighed out the same news reports that you listen to every day. We’ve weighed out what elected officials have said. And of course we’ve been in prayer, asking that God Himself would grant us His Holy Spirit and wisdom as we make decisions about His church.

Here in SC, the DMV re-opened on May 4th.

Throughout the crisis, restaurants have been open for carry-out orders. I no longer remember the date, but somewhere around the 4th restaurants were allowed to have outside seating, so long as tables were 6 feet apart. On May 11th restaurants were allowed to have in-door seating, but at 50% of their normal capacity.

On May 18th the state will permit (please understand, I know that much could be debated about just that one little word) the re-opening of nail salons, hair salons, and gyms.

Our feeling now is that, given all of the above, it is reasonable (debatable, but reasonable) to re-open for public worship, as said above, on the weekend of May 23/24.

This re-opening will be accompanied by some new procedures. Some of these have been mentioned before as “possible.” They’re now listed here as “what we’ll be doing.”

• We’ll sit in every other pew
• Families may sit together, but non-family, if sharing a pew, should sit at opposite ends
• We will print all hymns in the bulletin, and remove the hymnals from the pews
• We will remove the attendance books, but have a slip in the bulletin
• We will sanitize the church before every worship service
• We will delay on the opening of Bible Classes
• We will have the offering plate at the back of the church, and not pass it around
• We will practice “continuous communion.” That is, we will not be kneeling at the altar rail, but will “walk-through” to receive the elements of the Sacrament
• We will encourage reception of the Sacrament by intinction (the dipping of the wafer into the wine), and will continue to provide both individual cups and the common cup, letting each person decide on their own preferred practice
• At the end of the service we will dismiss by row, beginning at the back of the church
• We will have a meeting with our elders and ushers to brief them on the new practices
• The doors to the Sanctuary will be left open so that no one has to touch the door handle
• If the Sanctuary is overly-full there will be overflow seating with video and audio connection in the Fellowship Hall
• There will continue to be hand sanitizer in multiple locations.

We know very well that just as the entire situation has been much-debated, there will be varied reactions to this announcement. The first thing that must be said about this is that every person has been gifted by God to be able to think out such things for themselves. Some people will be comfortable with all of this, and are already looking forward to being here. Others are not yet ready to be in a public space, and are going to wait and see. We respect everyone’s inherent right to decide how they will respond.

Every year on Ash Wednesday I say: some people want to receive the ashes, some do not. Thanks be to God, we have the “freedom of the Gospel,” that is, we are all redeemed by Christ, and have the freedom to do whatever our own conscience and devotional life suggest. With this very important caveat: no one will judge his brother or sister in Christ because their practice differs from mine.

It continues to be true that some will want to have pastor, or lay minister, or an elder visit them at home, and to receive the Sacrament in that setting. We remain happy and willing to join you there. Just give us a call.

Also, our practice of having an audio-only recording of the sermon on the church web-site will continue. For the short-term we will also continue to offer a video of the sermon. Please understand that we haven’t yet done so during an actual public worship service, so we’ll see if there are any “bugs” in our approach. If so, we beg for your patience.

Renée and I have a devotional time together every night, and have done so for years. We continue to pray about the pandemic; we pray for the protection of life, for our elected leaders, and for the people of God gathered in His churches around the world. You remain in our prayers as we all seek the way forward in this unique situation.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Walt
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Jerry and I first attended Saturday evening services shortly after moving here from South Dakota in June. What we've found is a wonderful, warm group of people led by Rev. Sizemore. We will certainly miss Rev. Sizemore when he leaves, but know that he made the decision with much thought for all involved. He was a big part in making us feel so welcome. This evening we were also blessed to be witness to a second baptism, little Gabriel James, which always makes for a very special service. Thank you, Mount Olive, for all that you are.
Beautiful church!
We had a wonderful celebration of our Preschool Director, Krista Bernthal's Tenth Anniversary of her ministry among us! Though we will miss her a lot---we pray God's blessings as the Bernthals leave South Carolina to begin a new life in Winter Haven, Florida.

Mt. Olive's mission is to grow in faith and love by spreading the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Olive is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS)

Olive Lutheran Church holds true and responds to the love of the Triune God:
* The Father, creator of all that exists
* Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan
* The Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments.

Operating as usual

04/09/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 6

04/09/2021

The Psalm appointed for Sunday, April 11th is Psalm 148 (NIV).

1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord.

04/08/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 5

04/08/2021

The Epistle reading for Sunday, April 11th is 1 John 1:1—2:2 (NIV)

The Incarnation of the Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

04/07/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 4

04/07/2021

The Psalm appointed for Sunday, April 11th is Psalm 148 (NIV).

1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the Lord.

04/06/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 3

04/06/2021

The Epistle lesson for Sunday, April 11th is Acts 4:32–35 (NIV).

The Believers Share Their Possessions
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

04/05/2021

Here are some pix from the Children's Easter Story and egg hunt. Thank you Jason & Jess for sharing. If any of you have more pictures, you can attach them in the comments or email/text them to Aresa (contact info in the updated directory).

04/05/2021

Remember SGL's Spring Yard Sale this Saturday at 7:00 AM!

Don't forget, this Saturday, Rain or Shine! Face Masks Required.
Please share, Thank You!

04/05/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 2

04/05/2021

The Gospel for Sunday, April 11th Second Sunday of Easter is John 20:19–31 (NIV)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

04/05/2021

Mt Olive Lutheran Church's cover photo

04/04/2021

What a glorious Easter Day at Mt. Olive, celebrating the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

04/04/2021

The Easter video links are ready:
To watch Pr. Walt's sermon, click on https://youtu.be/x4KyWCnv1rg.
To watch the Children's Message, click on https://youtu.be/g00jBngBjQI.

As always, you may go to our website mtolivesc.org/sermons, to listen to or view the messages.

The LORD is RISEN, INDEED!!! Alleluia!!!

04/04/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: Exodus 1

04/04/2021

The Gospel for Sunday, April 4th Easter Sunday is Mark 16:1–8 (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen
1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”
8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

04/04/2021

Mt Olive Lutheran Church

04/04/2021

Mt Olive Lutheran Church's cover photo

04/04/2021

The Holy Saturday homily is ready to watch by clicking on https://youtu.be/uFrbUc3rAcU. "A Time of Silence"

As always, you can watch or listen by going to our website, mtolivesc.org/sermons.

04/03/2021

Ready for Holy Saturday Worship at 5 pm. Remember your face coverings.

04/03/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 21

04/03/2021

The Epistle lesson for Sunday, April 4th is 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 (NIV).

The Resurrection of Christ
15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

04/02/2021

Pr. Walt's Good Friday homily is ready to view by clicking on https://youtu.be/jz8XRhXq8O8.
At the end of the video, please read The Gospel of John, chapters 18-19, the scripture that completes the sermon. Or better yet, come to Mt. Olive's 7 PM worship, a very powerful service! You will not be disappointed!

As always, you may find the sermons on our website, mtolivesc.org/sermons.

04/02/2021

It's Good Friday! Worship with us at noon or 7 pm. Guests are always welcome.

04/02/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 20

04/02/2021

The Psalm appointed for Sunday, April 4th is Psalm 16 (NIV).

A miktam of David.
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

04/02/2021

The Maundy Thursday sermon is ready to view at https://youtu.be/yhy1btJdc8M.

You can always access our sermons by going directly to the website, mtolivesc.org/sermons.

04/01/2021

Join us for worship! Guests are always welcome at Mt. Olive!

[04/01/21]   This Week @ Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Thursday, April 1st:
John 19
7:00 PM – Maundy Thursday Worship & Holy Communion

Friday, April 2nd:
John 20
12 Noon & 7:00 PM – Good Friday Tenebrae Worship

Saturday, April 3rd:
John 21
5:00 PM – Holy Saturday Worship (Face Coverings Required) – If you need to remove your face covering, please move to the fellowship hall where you may watch a simulcast of the service. If you forget your mask, you may get one from the basket in the narthex.

Sunday, April 4th:
Exodus 1
8:00 AM & 10:30 AM – Worship: Easter, The Resurrection of Our Lord (Social Distancing)
 – Listen to or View Sermon on line: Links @ mtolivesc.org/sermons
9:15 AM – Children’s Sunday School Easter Celebration on the Playground, weather permitting. Other Sunday School Classes are not meeting today.

Monday, April 5th:
Exodus 2
Church Office Closed

Tuesday-Thursday, April 6th-8th:
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM – Office Hours

Tuesday, April 6th:
Exodus 3
7:00 PM – Ladies’ Book Club – Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, April 7th:
Exodus 4

Thursday, April 8th:
Exodus 5

Friday, April 9th:
Exodus 6

UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday, April 15th:
Exodus 12
7:00 PM – Church Council

04/01/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 19

04/01/2021

The Epistle lesson for Sunday, April 4th is 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 (NIV).

The Resurrection of Christ
15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

03/31/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 18

03/30/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 17

03/29/2021

Read the Bible in 3 years: John 16

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1541 Lake Murray Blvd
Columbia, SC
29212

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 15:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:30
Thursday 09:00 - 15:30
Saturday 16:30 - 18:45
Sunday 07:45 - 12:00
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