Ministries and Outreach
The Cross-Roaders: For those in the crossroads of life!
This group is for those who are too old through those who are not old enough… you are welcome! Each month throughout the year we hold an event where we enjoy some fellowship together. Please refer to the most recent newsletter for this month’s activity.
Men’s Monthly Bible Study
Men’s Monthly Bible Study will be meeting the second Saturday of the month at 8:30 am in the Church Office Men of All Ages Welcome! Continental Breakfast served
What happened to the Apostles after Christ’s Resurrection? Most simply vanished from history. Or did they? In this book author Steuart McBirnie scoured all available sources to trace the lives of these men of faith. Come and join us in this exploration and historic journey!
Pastor’s Bible Studies
There are two opportunities to join in the Pastor’s bible studies.
*Wednesday Morning Pastor’s bible study is at 9:00am in the library.
*NEW* Wednesday Brown Bag Bible Study- Bring your dinner and learn about the Bible.
Midweek -Bilingual Bible study
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:00pm. Please contact the church office for location.
4th Day Cursillo Grouping
4th Day Cursillo Grouping is the 4th Tuesday of each Month. If you have gone to Cursillo and are not in a grouping, this is for you! Join the group on Tuesday @ 7:00pm in the Church office. If you have questions, please contact Susan Fox @ 909-816-8207
Joy Circle is a women’s Bible study group that meets once a month on the second Tuesday at 9:30am in the church library. We refer to the bible study in the “Lutheran Woman Today” which is published by Augsburg Fortress Press and is available for $12.00 per year. We also discuss many of the articles in the magazine that help to support the Bible Study. It is a relaxed time of study, sharing and prayer followed by refreshments. All women of the church and friends are welcome to join us as we seek to discover the meaning and application of God’s scriptures for our lives.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them”
Matthew 18: 20 (RSV)
Our program here at St. Olaf is an intensive two year faith study geared primarily toward the seventh and eighth grade classes, but can be adapted to meet the needs of those youth who need to affirm their faith.
There are many facets that are studied including the Bible (both Old and New Testaments), prayer, Luther’s Small Catechism (including the Lord’s Prayer, the 10 Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, Baptism, Communion, Office of the Keys), worship life in the church, the meaning of the birth, the cross and the resurrection and learning about God’s grace.
Young at Heart
YAH(Young At Heart) is for anyone 55 or older and Young At Heart. It is a social gathering for fellowship, food and fun. Events are usually scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of the Month. There are special concerts and events at different times throughout the year.
Celebration of Life Singers
Celebration of Life Singers – The belief that music heals is the foundation of the Orange County based Celebration of Life Singers, the only choir in the country comprised entirely of cancer survivors and their support partners.
Our mission is to bring members of the community who have triumphed over cancer together, to participate in a creative, uplifting, and fulfilling experience through the HEALING POWER OF MUSIC.
Would you like to join or know more about the Celebration of Life Singers? Contact: Arlene Flack at 714-539-0631.
Lutheran Social Services
Here at St. Olaf we are blessed to be the host for one the LSS of Orange County offices. The office is managed by: Mrs. Maxine Abbott
Our LSS site includes a daily food pantry and clothing depot loving called “Candie’s Place. ”
Our site offers a food pantry that is accessible by appointment or through the church office. Click here for the details of the services offered through LSS.
We are in a church coalition that helps feed the homeless around our community every Friday. St Olaf participates in the outreach event every SECOND FRIDAY of every month. Please come and help any time! We start making lunches around 10:30 and we leave the church around 11:00 am.
Cursillo - Leadership Buliding
Cursillo is a lay led Lutheran retreat ministry that came to Southern California in 1990. Over the course of the 3 day retreat Lutherans are trained to be Christian leaders, not necessarily in the sense of ‘being in charge of things’ but as leaders who influence the world around them by living as a strong witness to their faith. In addition to Pastor Tony and his wife Carol approximately 15 members of St Olaf have attended Lutheran Cursillo. During the course of this free retreat attendees will hear talks given by pastors and lay persons about various aspects of Christian living. There are also daily chapel visits, communion, several meditations and food, lots and lots of food. It wouldn’t be a Lutheran retreat without ample amounts of food. These are some of the ‘official’ facts of Lutheran Cursillo. These facts don’t really capture the true experience of Cursillo. It is something that has to be experienced to really be understood. One who attends is surrounded by and experiences the love of our Savior in a way that can be life changing. Lutheran Cursillo is not a secret society or a place for super Christians. It is open to all baptized members of the Lutheran Church. If you’d like more information about Cursillo you can go to www.lcsocal.org to find out more about this amazing retreat ministry. If you’d like a more personal testimony of what Cursillo is talk to Pastor Tony or Carol. After prayerful consideration if you decide you’d like to attend one of the 3 weekend retreats held each year contact the church office.
St. Olaf has 3 organized groups for prayer:
- Phone chain
- Email chain
- Cursillo grouping prayer
If you would like to join any of our prayer groups OR be added to our prayer list simply email Hayley in the church office and request that your name be added. If we are going to pray for you please give us a brief note on what you would like us to pray about. We are here for you!