Faith Alive - Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

From Our Transition Pastor
Faith Alive
No distrust made him (Abraham)
waver concerning the promise of God, but he
grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to
God, fully convinced that God was able to do
what He had promised." Romans 4:20-22
The Strengthening of Faith
In our very human way and according to our human
thinking, we are always apt to think that our faith could
become stronger. If only we could constantly feel happy by
virtue of our circumstances, we would be able to rejoice in the Lord. If only we
could experience God's peace in our minds. If only things would go well with us
that we would never have reason for being anxious, we could live and die without
What we fail to realize, however, is that then we would not need faith.
Why? Because the evidence would have taken the place of God's Word and
promise. Faith is not strengthened by a variety of proofs, but by what constantly
arises in opposition to faith. Faith is always faith in God according to His Word.
He has certified for once and all that Jesus Christ is His Son " who was put to
death for our trespasses and raised (Easter)
for our
justification." (1 Cor. 15)
The joy that is ours only in faith despite our circumstances is joy in the
Lord alone. The peace of God which is ours only in faith despite our
circumstances is the peace which stands guard over our hearts and minds in Christ
Jesus. The certainty of God's constant blessing is that faith by which we are
persuaded that nothing whatever shall separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 8:28-32). When we do battle with the Devil, or our
own fears the promises of God overcome the world. Victory is ours in Jesus our
Lord, and by Him "who was put to death for our trespasses and
raised for our justification."
The Hope of Faith
The Christian faith is not an expression of a cheery optimism, a constant
looking at what is the "brighter side" of life. In fact, that would be the denial of
faith. The God of faith is the God who gives life to the dead and calls into
existence the things that do not exist. He is the God in whom Abraham believed
that God is able to do what He said He would. Without even a son, Abraham
regarded himself for what God declared him to be, the father of many nations. In
faith he lived in hope, the hope which rested on God's promise alone and therefore
was against everything and anything reasonable.
Everything about us clearly shows how utterly hopeless our human
conditions is. God Himself declares us to be dead in our trespasses and sins. God
Himself condemns us and our sin. To deny that or in any way to insist that we are
not all that bad only involves us in ever greater guilt. Then we do not let God be
just when He judges and be true even though it means that we and all men are
When we, however, acknowledge our life as being dead before God and
our situation as utterly hopeless, then, and only then, are we stripped of all other
help. It is in our emptiness that God comes with His loving power. He can create
us into what He would have us to be. When we finally die to ourselves, then God
can give us the only hope that will never make us ashamed. Jesus our Lord, whom
He raised from the dead, has given sure promise to all who BELIEVE IN HIM.
We cry "LORD STRENGTHEN MY FAITH!" That indeed is
God's desire for each of us. With the joy of Easter in our hearts we trust His Word.
God bless you as we bow before HIS WORD and the Holy Spirit works His will in
In Christ's love,
Ted C. Mueller, Transition Pastor
News from our Church Council:
The Council only met briefly after service on April 20 th where
we heard the treasurer's report and announced a Special
Voters' Meeting on May 18th where Pastor Beyer will discuss
with the congregation options for the future of Mt. Olive.
Please be sure to attend on May 18th for a luncheon and the
meeting. If you are unable to attend try to sign a proxy form
in your absence.
LWML – LWML met on Wednesday, April 16. Following lunch,
plans were made for the Easter Breakfast. We concluded our study
"Sarah, Misplaced Hope". Our last meeting of this season will be
May 21. I will hand out the study sheets for that meeting on the
Sunday previous.
Thank you to our ladies who prepared food for the Easter Breakfast
and to all our Mt. Olive family who attended.
(s) Elaine Meiburg
LLL – met on 3/12/14; 8 men in attendance; Russ Souza and Stefan
Gudjohnsen cooked lunch. Men had a brief meeting following lunch
and fellowship. The Men will meet next month on May
SERVICE – The prayer chain continues to work well. Please be sure
to visit our church library located in Harvell Hall. In recent months we
have had several additions, including a new Women's Daily
devotional book. If you have any questions as to how our library
works, please contact Judy Hartwig.
– Thank you to Shelly Fischer for continued hard work.
There is still a light out on the north side of the cross, but will be
replaced when absolutely necessary.
NURTURE – We had 2 children on Palm Sunday to help dye our
Easter Eggs for Easter Sunday. We had 4 egg hunters on Easter
Sunday and they each received a goodie basket in celebration of the
FELLOWSHIP – Our weekly international themed Lenten potlucks
were a big success and enjoyed by all. We will have a luncheon
following the service on May 18th at which time our circuit counselor,
Pastor Beyer, will discuss the future of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
We plan on holding a yard sale in August so start thinking of all those
treasures you plan on disposing! Bring them to Harvell Hall!
WITNESS – We are still in need of a witness coordinator. If you are
interested or have inquiries into the position please contact Pastor
Ted or one of your council-members.
Please pray for:
All of our shut-in members: Celia Almind, Helen Byrne, Ralph Schultz,
and Anne Souza.
If there are any prayer requests for future Newsletters, please place them
in Julie Reifsteck's mailbox in the narthex.
Mt Olive Anniversaries for May
♥ Clint & Kaycee Dannenbring celebrate 14 years on May 20
Mt Olive Birthdays for May
 Kyra Cromwell will be 16 on May 5
 Hunter Dannenbring will be 13 on May 8
 Connie Magnusen celebrates her birthday on May 11
 Joyce Stohlmann celebrates her birthday on May 23
 Kent Cromwell celebrates his birthday on May 31
Treasurer’s Report
Bank Account Balances Less Dedicated
as of the end of March, fiscal year 2014
Checking Account
Total Assets in Bank Accounts:
Dedicated Accounts
Inter-Church Food Pantry
Education Assistance Fund
Total Dedicated Funds:
Undedicated Bank Account Assets
C.E.F. Endowment Fund: $21,875.97
Congregational Flex Note: $4,700.66
Thrivent Limited Maturity Bond A: $40,903.98
Thrivent Flexible Payout Deposit Agreement: $19,092.65
If there are any further questions or concerns regarding our church
finances, please contact our Church Treasurer, Tim Meiburg.
Notices & Good News:
We now have a new flower chart posted in the narthex for those who wish
to provide flowers for the church altar. Those signing up would be
responsible for purchasing a flower arrangement and bringing it to
church before our worship service or making other arrangements with
the altar guild. Please call Shelly at 823-6767 if you have any
If there are any news or updates you would like to include in future
Newsletters, please place them in Julie Reifsteck's mailbox in the
Mother’s Beatitudes
Blessed is the mother who understands her child, for she shall inherit
a kingdom of memories.
Blessed is the mother who knows how to comfort, for she shall
possess a child’s devotion.
Blessed is the mother who guides by the path of righteousness, for she
shall be proud of her children.
Blessed is the mother who is never shocked, for she shall receive and
know confidence and security.
Blessed is the mother who teaches respect, for she shall be respected.
Blessed is the mother who emphasizes the good and minimizes the
bad, for her children shall follow her example.
Blessed is the mother who answers questions honestly, for she shall
always be trusted.
Blessed is the mother who treats her children as she would like to be
treated, for her home shall always be filled with happiness.
A Skilled Professional
Isn’t it strange how we elevate careers and lower homemaking to
the commonplace? Think how many skills a mother must posess
to carry out her duties. She must know something about
teaching, interior decorating, cooking, dietetics, psychology,
hygiene, social relations, clothing, household equipment, and a
host of other things.
Still, if a woman teaches someone else’s children she is given
professional status—a teacher. But if she teaches her own
children, she is just a mother. If she does interior decorating she
is a career woman; if she decorates her own home, she is just a
homemaker. If she takes care of others, she’s a nurse; but if she
nurses her own children, she’s just “mom” doing her job.
Yes, motherhood demands skills of many and unfortunately
receives the recognition of few.
Monthly Worship Readings:
May 4 Third Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-14
Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-25
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
May 11 Fourth Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:19-25
Gospel: John 10:1-10
May 18 Fifth Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 6:1-9;7:2a, 51-60
Psalm 146
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:2-10
Gospel: John 14:1-14
May 25 Sixth Sunday of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 17:16-31
Psalm 66:8-20
Epistle: 1 Peter 3:13-22
Gospel: John 14:15-21