WE HOPE YOU WILL COME VISIT US
AND JOIN IN OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AND LIFE TOGETHER
WE HOPE YOU WIll FEEL COMFORTABLE ENOUGH
TO JOIN ONE OF OUR MISSION FAMILIES
PLEASE COME VISIT US,
FIND OUT WHO WE ARE.
WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY LIFE:
Olivet is more than a Sunday morning church, and we want you to feel welcome to enter into everything that goes on within our ministry. We have activities and events day-after-day and year-around.
The people of Olivet like to work and play together, you’ll note that as you read about our various classes, activities, fund-raising events, and seasonal events.
The church is very up front about this. We want new people to know from the very beginning that this is not a “consumer” church where people just come for rituals and “blessings”, but a working church in which people of all ages work side by side to bring the message of Christ into each of our lives, into the community, and into the greater world through our work and play together.
There are so many ways people in the congregation work together:
When you belong to a Mission Family, you help care for the work of the church
When you serve as shepherds and mentors, you help care for the people in your mission family as well as others in the church
When you share expertise or skills through programs with children, adults, or youth
When you serve as board and committee members
When you prepare food for those in need
When you work on projects to help other people
when you sing in the choir or share other talents
When you serve in the nursery
the opportunities are almost endless.
We try to invite everyone to join in all activities... but if we miss you and you find something of interest, be sure to invite yourself!
OLIVET CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
WHO WE ARE
Olivet Christian Church was founded in 1874 in the community of Harg, 5 miles east of downtown Columbia. The present building was completed in 1995. The congregation had occupied, and still owns, the smaller church building on the corner.
Olivet is a congregation affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a denomination founded in the early 1800’s in the United States and now serving around the world through worship, study, and humanitarian aid.
Church membership is open to anyone who confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God. Olivet does not have a list of beliefs that you need to accept. Instead we invite you to think critically, respect other opinions, and be willing to work as friends and colleagues.
Immersion is the traditional form of baptism in the Disciples of Christ and is the form practiced here most often. However, we are pleased to receive new members through transfer from other churches, no matter the form of baptism.
Weekly celebration of communion is also a customary practice within the Disciples of Christ. Olivet observes this tradition in all worship services and practices “open communion”, meaning anyone is welcome to the Lord’s Table. Disciples consider the open table to be a powerful symbol of deep commitment to Christian unity, while honoring diversity.
Pastors and laity provide active leadership in the spiritual, educational, and service life of Olivet because of our commitment to a “ministry of believers”.
Through a Spiritual Strategic Journey process, the congregation as a whole is visioning a future in our neighborhood, which is busy and has a growing population. We do this work in order to best continue to meet the needs of our changing community with considered and intentional programs.
Our mission statement is: “Making the Grace of God Real for People”
OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AND LIFE TOGETHER
Olivet is striving to nurture spiritual growth and consider the spiritual dimensions of all work and worship; whether it’s day-to-day operations, board decision-making, consideration of facility expansion, adding a new Sunday class, prayer in worship, planning a mission trip, gathering Christmas gifts for disadvantaged families, or conducting special worship services.
We also believe that our life as a congregation includes visioning new avenues for demonstrating our spirituality. Examples of this include: imagining a neighborhood farmer’s market, learning how we can be more “green” in our life as a congregation, and volunteering our time and talents in the life of the church, our Harg neighborhood, and the Columbia/ Boone County communities.
We claim Christian education and discipleship training crucial to our future as a congregation and look forward to new opportunities to learn and teach.
Rev. Hannah Ryan, our Minister of Christian Education, and her leadership team and teachers are doing a wonderful job of developing our ministries with children and youth. In 2012, we finished with the building expansion of our facilities to further support Olivet’s Christian Education and Music programming.
Mission Family groups are the basic unit of fellowship, care-giving, and functional leadership in the congregation, and each Olivet participant is included in a Mission Family.
Each Mission Family has a convener, vice-convener, a shepherd, and a mentor. This team serves as the spiritual leaders of the Mission Family and activate the members for service, fellowship, and support.
Mission Families are assigned to support various special meal and events of the various program committees. This may include set-up of tables for dining, food preparation, clean-up, or other tasks that make for a successful event.
Mission Families provide a means for sharing prayer concerns and providing support or assistance to member families when needed.
As a member of a Mission Family, you will receive a name tag for use in the times when you are serving in a leadership position. You will find your name tag in your church mailbox.