For students in Grades 6 through 12: Any Lutheran student in a Lutheran school or church is eligible. Lutheran students may also enter through a home school or congregation e.g. confirmation class, youth group when validated by a pastor or teacher. Contest Guidelines: Students will write a life-affirming essay based on the theme: “God Chose You” using the Bible verse: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit”. (John 15:16) Copies of the Essay Rules and Rubric are on the tables in front of the secretary’s office. Essays should be submitted by April 1, 2021.

The CD’s will be available to pick up at the church. CD’s can be dropped off at your home as well. If you would like to receive communion at your home, please contact the church office to arrange a pastoral care visit.

Thank you to everyone who donated supplies and/or money for the LWML Gifts of Love offering. The following items were delivered to the Montana Rescue Mission this week: 84 pair of socks for men, women, and children, 83 items of underwear for men or women, 54 pair of gloves for men, women, and children, a large number of various toiletries, and cash. The staff at MRM were extremely happy to receive these items. Some of the items were purchased with funds from Thrivent Action Team cards.

The LWML has purchased yarn through Thrivent Team. Anyone interested in making lap robes for the shut-ins are welome to take the yarn home and either knit or crochet some lap robes. Make the lap robes any way you want with the size somewhere between 24″ x 24″ up to 30″ x 36″. The men can use the larger sizes. The Assisted Living and Nursing Homes are very appreciative of these robes. Enjoy your long evenings making someone warm and happy.

The LWML Gifts of Love Program is cancelled this year. However, we are still going to give our gifts of love, without a church service. The recipients this year are Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) which also includes the Men’s and Women’s shelter, and Family Services. Both the MRM and the Family Services are in need of the following: socks and underwear for men, women, and chilren, travel-sized toiletries such as small bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand loation, tooth paste and tooth brushes. Purchased items may go in the box outside of the Secretary’s Office, or you may make a cash donation. Thank you for your help!

A recent LWML Mary and Martha project has been assembling Witness Braceletsfor MOST Ministries. A total of 540 bracelets have been completed and sent to them. The Witness Bracelet is a popular and effectivce evangelism tool that MOST Ministries uses on the mission field – – approximately 1,000 are given out bby each team, including at their eyeglass clinics. The bracelet, which features seven beads, explains the Gospel message to people who are eager to learn about Jesus. Thank you to everyone who helped with making the bracelets.

Mary and Martha Society continues to collect used eyeglases (including sunglasses). Another 73 pair were recently sent to MOST Ministries – – total of 405 sent in the last year. Thank you to all who have donated their used glassses.

Thanksgiving Day Service on Thursday, November 26th at 9am. Join us for a Thanksgiving Matins service.

Beginning Monday November 29th, Mount Olive will offer Matins at 9:00 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The students from the school will be attending as part of their school morning, but all are invited to worship.

Due to threat of government intervention, this coming Sunday’s afternoon Reformation/All Saints Celebration has been postponed. Festivities will be rescheduled for a future date.