I was so proud of our Olivet Truth Academy students who led the opening of our morning service last Sunday. We said the pledges to the Bible, Christian flag, and American flag to start the service. We then quoted our motto and our theme verse; we declared our mascot to be the knights, and we stated our knights’ creed. Next we explained our colors of teal green, purple, and white, followed by the quoting of the Preamble to the Constitution and the Ten Commandments. We finished with singing our school song, “God Bless OTA,” and then we sang “God is so good,” both accompanied by the students playing their ukuleles. They did a great job. Erika Miller and Tracey Starwalt are to be commended for the quality education they are providing for our students. Because some of our students are not able to pay full tuition, we will be going around the city doing presentations to nursing homes, church organizations, and service clubs to get the word out about our academy. I am advertising it every week on my radio program to help get the word out, as well. Our goal is to have at least 20 students by next fall with at least half paying full tuition. We will raise the rest of the money through fundraisers. We will be doing one such fundraiser on Friday evening, April 26th, at 7 pm. Froglegs is going to team up with Tim Murr’s Road Show Band, the Heavenly Ukes, and our OTA Ukes here at the church to raise some money for the academy.
As if the OTA students were not enough blessing, the children’s choir sang after our prayer time and did an excellent job. There were around 25 kids in the choir, and they all sang out, knew their words, and sounded great. I can remember when the choir had to have the back-up music help them sing their songs so we could hear and understand the words. Vickie Drake and Arlene Smith are doing a great job with the kids. I look forward to their presentation at the end of the school year. I anticipate that it will be one of the better musicals they have done.
Last Sunday we also welcomed our three new Associate Pastors, Craig Miller, Stuart Boyes and Paul Sublett. Craig will working with our education ministries and doing helps in benevolence, bus, and nursing home visitation. Stuart will be leading our visitation program and developing discipling classes for new members, as well as other discipling classes to help us all grow in the Word and deed. Paul Sublett was not in attendance because he is in Florida taking care of his dad who had knee surgery last week. Paul will be working to develop projects to help with outreach and getting our church more in touch with our community. He is excited about being with us and will be a positive addition to the ministries here at Olivet.
We also went over our mission goal by $1,300. I want to thank all of you who give in so many ways to make sure Olivet can continue to do all the things we do.