"Our purpose as a Christian congregation here at Mount Olive is to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to become a closer, more caring church family and to reach out to those who are un-churched."
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At Mount Olive we believe our mission is to proclaim a radical message to this world, a message that has the power to transform lives. We believe that only the Gospel of Christ can replace hopelessness with hope, despair with joy, and life where there is death. May the peace of Christ fill you through and through!
We teach that the Holy Scriptures differ from all other books in the world in that they are the Word of God. They are the Word of God because the holy men of God who wrote the Scriptures wrote only that which the Holy Ghost communicated to them by inspiration, 2 Tim. 3: 16; 2 Pet. 1:21. We teach also that the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures is not a so-called "theological deduction," but that it is taught by direct statements of the Scriptures, 2 Tim. 3:16; John 10:35; Tom. 3:2; 1 Cor. 2:13. Since the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God, it goes without saying that they contain no errors or contradictions, but that they are in all their parts and words the infallible truth, also in those parts which treat of historical, geographical, and other secular matters.
The first meeting to begin the ministry of Mount Olive was held at the Roberts Farm on July 4, 1960. There was no title to the property as yet but all the arrangements had been worked out and it was decided to have a picnic and begin the cleaning up of the grounds.When we took ownership a few days later the work began in earnest. The outside of the house had not been painted in 25 years. The surface had to scrapped and primed and then it received the final coat of paint.
The old shutters had to be removed because they were in such bad shape. The roof had to be replaced. The chimneys were without any mortar and these had to be taken apart down to the roof line and rebuilt. One old chimneys in the rear was taken out completely.The water system depended on an old well near the Ulrich property and it was decided to dig a trench out to the road and connect to the county water. Everett Thompson rejuvenated the heating system and a new oil tank was installed under the rear stairs outside. Al Stephenson spent the summer replacing the plumbing.
The plumbing system gave rise to one of the most humorous events of the project. When Al Stephenson finally completed the project it was the day of Dedication, and the first person to flush the toilet was very surprised to get hot water in the form of steam. Seems Al mixed the hot and the cold water systems, so he spent the morning of the Dedication rearranging the pipes.
Alvin Genet brought in a new electrical service from the road and he and Albert Genet rewired a good deal of the house. New lighting fixtures were bought for the sanctuary and one of the old chandeliers from Trinity was hung in the outer hall. That same chandelier now hangs in the Pastor’s Office. The interior painting of the house was under the direction of Ward Paley and he was assisted by Milford and Nellie Hessel, Nora Genet, Shirley Thompson, Carol Genet, Jeanette Ginty and many others.
The rooms needed plastering including some work on the ceiling medallions, which was done by Harold Rising. The front of the twin parlor living room was converted into the chancel. A platform was built out of 2x8's and plywood to raise the altar area. The front windows were covered with dark shades and Hugo Williams donated a chancel curtain in dark brown.
Trinity Lutheran gave us their old altar furnishings that were partially burned in the fire. The altar was destroyed but Herb Pless of Trinity reworked the Pulpit into a Gothic style. The Communion rails were in good condition but had to be shortened.Many of the ceilings, particularly upstairs, were in such bad shape that they had to becovered with upson board. Some ceilings were covered with acoustical tile to reduce noise. A hard wood floor was laid in the Dining Room that was used as a Foyer.
FIND YOUR FAITH
Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Welcome to Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Lockport N.Y. Did you know that you are dearly loved by God? In fact, He yearns to hold you in His arms! Looking for a church home is not easy. Stepping into a new church can be very hard. You do not know anyone, the worship is new, and you don’t know how you will be received.
I want you to know that you are invited and welcome to worship with us just as you are! Jesus once told a parable telling His disciples to invite everyone they meet, no matter who they are or where they are from. That means you are invited!
If you have attended church since you were two or haven’t step foot inside a church since 1952 you are invited. If you
like wearing a three piece suit or your faded blue jeans to church you're invited. If you are rich or poor you are invited! If you are black, white, yellow, or green you are invited. If you have more problems than you can count, addictions, and struggles or If you are filled with joy-guess what? You are invited.
In Christ’ s love and service,
Pastor James Zang