OCTOBER 25TH

Today's Service

Announcements

The Staff Parish Relations Committee would like to remind you that October is Pastor & Staff Appreciation Month and encourage you to send our staff notes of encouragement or gifts to show that you appreciate all they do for our church. We have been blessed with a wonderful staff!
Boy Scout Annual Christmas Wreath Sale! See Garret or Ken Geller between services or call 765-618-8195 to order. The deadline to order is October 27th.
Thank you for your continued support.
Save the Date! Saturday, November 14th we will have a Church Family Camp Day at Camp Lakewood from 12p-6p. Campfire lunch & dinner along with outdoor activities, indoor rock climbing, family worship and more! Email Steph or click here to sign up.
Church App Download today or text:
mtoliveumc to 1-888-364-4483
The UMW will be taking up $10 gift cards from well known businesses (ex: McDonalds, Wendy's, WalMart, Meijer, etc.) or cash donations for gift cards for Gilead. We will be receiving them until Monday, November 9th. Donations can be given to Teresa, Ellen or Becky. 
November 1st will be All Saints Sunday - if you have a loved one you would like remembered please provide a photo along with their date of birth & death by Oct. 26th to the church office, information@mtoliveumc.com. Feel free to add their favorite scripture or your favorite memory.
Worship Set
Amazing Grace 
I Surrender All 
To God Be The Glory
Prayers of the People
The Lords Prayers

Scripture Reading
1 Peter 4:7-11 & Galatians 5:13 

Message
SERVICE
Message Notes 

Song of Sending
Blessed Assurance 
Benediction
What can you joyfully give?

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

6 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

MESSAGE NOTES

Mt. Olive UMC
Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Disciple: A follower of Jesus whose life is centering on loving God and loving others.

Sunday 10-18-2020 
GIVE
(Ways to Grow focus Gifts)
Key points:
  • Trust sized Gift
  • Cheerful Gift
  • Other Focused Gift

MACEDONIA: and Paul's collection for Jerusalem
Macedonia gave recklessly and cheerfully
Macedonia was suffering deep poverty brought on by persecution but saw first the needs of others.
(What Spiritual Growth Marker does this exemplify?)

Macedonia's example prompted Paul to:
1) Encourage Corinth in their giving
2) Layout a theology of giving for Corinth, us and the the church universal

How or what is God calling you to give that will take TRUST?

Are you giving Thigh-master gifts to God and those in need or Box Seat gifts?

Trust Sized Gift
What might God be calling you to trust Him in giving? Fiscal, service, something else?
Ask God this week to call you to a Trust Sized gift.  Listen in prayer, in the reading of Scripture, in the words or examples of others.

Cheerful Gift
Once you feel called then give as you are called with joy!

Other Focused
Your gift should be given out of love for God and others.
This will help us grow in following Jesus as we center on loving God and others. 



Mt. Olive is committed to transparent, secure, and wise stewardship of all that is entrusted to God through this church.





DISCIPLE'S PATH
Disciple: A follower of Jesus whose life is centering on loving God and loving others.
Discipleship Path: A structured means by which we grow as disciples.
Mount Olive: a place of transformation helping us on our journey of faith.

Defining a Relationship: a means to measure your growth as a disciple
  • Exploring: (acquaintances) I believe in God, but I question if I can know God in a  personally way. 
  • Growing: (Friends) I believe in Jesus and I am working on what it means to get to know him.
  • Close: (Good Friends) I feel really close to Jesus and depend on him daily for guidance. 
  • Centered: (Intimate Friends) My relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in my life.  It guides everything I do.

Spiritual Growth Markers: 
indicators that growth is occurring in your journey
  1. Better Choices
  2. Greater Determination
  3. Improved Empathy
  4. Deepening Desire
  5. Growing Influence
  6. Improved Relationships
  7. Increased Shalom (intimacy with God, others, self, creation)

Faith Obstacles : 
Number one obstacle: Its not a Priority.
Number two: Not having or ignoring your church's discipleship path process

Ways to Grow: 
tools that encourage growth in your Spiritual Growth Markers
Two major types: Devotional Life & Life of Service
The United Methodist Book of Worship summarizes both types with these five words:
(Devotional) Prayers - Presence - (Service) Service - Gifts - Witness
NOTE: There is no hard line as to what is solely devotional or solely service.  Prayer can certainly be service and gifts can certainly be an act of devotion.