Music Ministry Opportunities

Children, preschool through 5th grade, have several music opportunities throughout the year during Sunday School to prepare for the annual Christmas Pageant, mid-week ministry to prepare for worship, and Vacation Bible School. Youth, 6th - 12th grade, also enjoy music options which encompass worship offerings for Youth Sundays and additional worship services, sharing music from retreats and mission trips, leading music for Vacation Bible School, singing or playing with the Music Team or Chancel Choir, playing tone chimes, and Christmas caroling. Adults of all ages participate weekly with the Music Team and the Chancel Choir with additional opportunities that include vocal and instrumental ensembles, quartets, a men's ensemble, a tone chime choir, and select soloists.

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Adult Sunday School

The following adult classes meet each Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45am, except during the summer.

The Present Word Class engages participants in Bible Study and its application to life — enabling the growth of participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit, and Christian hope. The class is led by Blair Engle and John Effland, and meets in Room 109A.

Women’s Sunday Fellowship is an informal women’s gathering for prayer, sharing, and reflection. During the week, participants receive an email devotional that serves as the starting point for Sunday discussions. Pam Odom facilitates this group, which meets in Room 105.

The Inquiring Believers’ Class uses a weekly emailed curriculum, The Wired Word, as the basis of discussion of a current news event, in the light of Christian faith and Scripture. Bob Harris leads this class, which meets in the Library (Room 106).

The Bible Study Class is discussing one chapter of The Bible each week this fall. The class time is spent in exploration and open discussion of the chapter and its meaning for life today, as well as building community through the sharing of joys and concerns and prayer. Cindy Cass facilitates this study, which meets in the church Parlor (Room 101).

Last fall, we launched a Christian Fundamentals course to cover basic areas of the Christian faith and life in four classes. In January James Barkley will be teaching the second class of this course entitled:  “An Introduction to Our Faith.”  This 10-week class will identify and explore the core elements of the Christian faith.  The class will begin on January 15 with the question “Who is God?” exploring various passages of the Bible and considering short excerpts from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, N.T. Wright’s Simply Christian, and Donald McKim’s Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers.  The class will meet at 9:45am in room 201.

 

 

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Sunday Coffee Fellowship

Every Sunday worshipers at Olivet have the opportunity for fellowship over coffee and refreshments between the 8:30 and 9:45am worship services and the 9:45 and 11:00am services. During the summer, while there are two worship services, Coffee Fellowship will be held from 10:00-11:00 am with refreshments and a short program. These relaxed, informal gatherings foster the building of relationships and community within the congregation and among people attending different worship services and Sunday School classes. Volunteers are invited to provide simple nut-free food items for these weekly gatherings. A sign-up sheet is posted on the wall in the Fellowship Hall.

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Men's Prayer Breakfast

The men of the Olivet community are invited to a breakfast at the church on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 am. A time of prayer and sharing around a topic of faith and discipleship follows, ending by 8:00 am.

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Church Family Dinners

Each fall and winter the Olivet Church family has the opportunity to gather each Wednesday evening for a meal and a time of sharing and learning. Cooking teams prepare simple meals beginning at 5:30pm, and those attending are invited to make a donation to defray expenses. At 6:15pm, there is a study group for adults. The gatherings in the fall conclude with an annual Thanksgiving dinner on the Wednesday before the week of Thanksgiving.

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Mid-week Gatherings

A Book Study Group meets on Friday mornings from 9:00-10:00am to discuss a classic Christian book being read by the group.

A Women’s Bible Study Group meets Wednesday mornings for prayer, fellowship, and Bible study, using a book or video resource.

The Women of the Church (Presbyterian Women) have two monthly meetings for study, fellowship, and prayer. The day meeting(Circle/Group 1&2) is the first Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm. The evening meeting(Circle/Group 3) is the second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm.

Lectionary Lunch meets each Thursday from noon to 1:00pm for a discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s scripture readings while enjoying a simple meal.

Church Family Nights this fall will include a study and discussion of Christian worship.

Lenten Dinners in late winter will include a study to enrich our observance of Holy Week and Easter.

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Becoming a Member

Officially joining the church formalizes and makes public our faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  New members are received at a meeting of the Session of the church scheduled ever other month to welcome, get to know, and officially receive newcomers into membership.

Members are received by profession of faith and baptism, by reaffirmation of faith, or by transfer from another Christian congregation.

The Session meeting to receive new members is typically scheduled on a Sunday evening at 7:00 pm.  On the Saturday before, Pastor Albert leads a new member orientation session in the morning that serves as an overview of the history, beliefs, and practices of the Christian church and an introduction to the Olivet congregation and its ministry.

If you are interested in taking this step in your journey of faith, please contact Pastor Albert. 

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Preschool Teacher Assistant

OLIVET PRESCHOOL TEACHER ASSISTANT – Part-time

Summary

The Assistant Teacher provides daily age-appropriate instructional assistance to children 5 and under in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment as part of a teaching team.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in age-appropriate instruction using best practices following the curriculum
  • Assist in maintaining records on each child’s progress and development
  • Be able to supervise, guide and direct up to 12 children collectively with teacher on a daily basis in classroom, on playground and on field trips
  • Implement positive and effective behavior management of children of all times
  • Assist children to the bathroom, with diapers and with clothing as needed
  • Assist and guide students during emergency situations
  • Help ensure that appropriate supplies are on hand
  • Maintain a well-organized safe and attractive classroom environment for optimal growth and development of children
  • Observe each child daily to assess skills, interests and needs to facilitate learning and growth
  • Establish a positive relationship with each child’s family
  • Attend monthly staff meetings

Physical Qualifications

  • Instruct from 9 am – 12 pm each school day
  • Be present for prepping/cleaning up 8:45-9:00 am and 12-12:15 pm
  • Be available for assigned hours before and after Preschool
  • Able to lift children weighing up to 50 lbs. and up to 50 inches tall
  • Able to supervise and provide a safe environment for multiple children
  • Able to get down to and up from the floor in order to play with, work with or help children

 Other Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Early Childhood teaching experience preferred
  • Pass Criminal Background Check
  • Maintain First Aid, CPR and AED certification
  • Provide a complete Staff Health Form
  • Special love of children age 2-5
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Professionalism

 To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Betsy Dishman, betsy@olivetpresbyterian.org.

 

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