Callie Olson serves as South Elkhorn’s 2018 Student Minister and is a 1st Lieutenant and Chaplain Candidate in the U.S. Army Reserves. The following blog was first published for the Academy of Preachers based on her experience preaching and ministering in a military context. Before I begin I want to preface this article with this: my experience with preaching in the military has only been with the Army. Preaching for those who serve in the Air Force, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard may look slightly different than what I am going to speak on today. I felt called to military […]
A new residential and business development is underway to the north of the church, including an extension of Madrone Way from the Palomar neighborhood to the stoplight at Harrodsburg Road. As the new road is completed, traffic to the church will be diverted to the Historic Sanctuary entrance off Old Harrodsburg Road (See the image below). More updates on the timeline and pictures will be forthcoming as the project continues.
The middle school and high school youth rooms are getting a facelift: new furniture, new paint, new decorations, new blinds, curtains, and more are on the way in May 2018. This investment in South Elkhorn’s youth ministry will support the continued spiritual conversation, learning, and connection of students in grades 6-12. This is a vital and growing ministry. Over the next couple of years the youth ministry is set to double, even triple, as elementary school students graduate and enter the program. The furniture that is currently in the youth rooms have been damaged by extensive use and major church […]
The loft in the Christian Ministry Center, where the media booth is located, is now transformed into additional storage. Worship Supplies, Drive Through Bethlehem, Consignment Sale, Discipleship, and more will benefit from the construction of secured, designated storage space. This project will greatly improve the cleanliness, order, and organization of the previously used closets and rooms. Each ministry that has a specified storage space is responsible for the shelving, organization, and maintenance. The project will be completed with fresh paint at the start of the summer. Thank you to Beth Daugherty, 2017 Facility Enhancement Team Leader, and Ron Wigglesworth, 2018 Ministry […]
Allison began Palm Sunday (2018) and brings years of piano and church music experience to South Elkhorn. She works as the accompanist for the Scott County High School choir and teaches middle school mathematics.
“I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal… People know me… I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” My friend didn’t expect this quote from the movie Anchorman to do much besides provide a chuckle. But the restaurant host who asked if he had a reservation immediately looked embarrassed, apologized profusely, and whisked him away to a special table… Now it was my turn to be shocked. It can be fun to pretend we are super important, even if we don’t expect anyone to believe us. Why […]
The most meaningful thing I’ve ever “fasted” during Lent was Words with Friends. Because it sparked a lasting change. Like so many absorbed in their digital devices, I found myself sneaking open my smartphone at every spare moment (and at the kitchen table during dinner) to score words like “kerfuffle” and “cantankerous”. This clever game app, like so much social media and gaming, was designed to addict–and it had this word nerd hook, line and sinker. I deleted Words with Friends from my digital devices because Lent historically involves fasting: giving something up. It’s not fasting to show off spiritual […]
Dear friend, I couldn’t help but chuckle. I was caring for a little one this week who, like so many others, couldn’t go to school due to sickness. I took her with me to the church office, set up a napping station and an iPad, and turned my attention to the long queue of emails awaiting my attention. When I looked up, there she was: Yes, that’s the work of Max Weber she decided to pluck off my shelf and thumb threw. After a good long rest, sipping on her water cup, and bored of Pound Puppies, she decided to explore […]
Beginning in January 2018, Callie Olson will join the South Elkhorn team as Student Minister. She is a native Wisconsinite, a former college basketball player, a student at Asbury Theological Seminary, and Callie shares a bit more about herself below: What impact did going to church as a child have on you? I grew up in a large United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Going to church as a child had a significant impact on me growing up. I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for my supportive church family. They always encouraged me to go […]