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Call Process Update - May Messenger 2018

I have been grateful for the prayers of the congregation as we work to call new pastoral colleagues. Those prayers, I know, have been both for potential candidates that would serve well at Mount Olivet and for our pastors and staff who are putting in additional time to cover all the pastoral responsibilities while we move back to full strength.

As Pastor John Hogenson was fond of saying, “Mount Olivet is a church unlike any other.” In my year with you, I can testify to the truth of that statement! We are a large and complex church with multiple affiliated ministries and an incredible number of programs that serve both the congregation and the larger community. For this reason, I am committed to taking the time necessary to find exceptional candidates who will not only serve well in this kind of congregation but also add their gifts and experiences to strengthen our mission and ministry.

Thus far, we have called Pastor Anna Helgen who has been a stellar addition to our team. Currently, I am in conversation with several very promising candidates to fill the three available openings, including those pastors who will have primary pastoral responsibility for our West Campus. While I am hopeful that we can fill some of these positions by the early summer and perhaps all of the positions by the fall, I will continue to make identifying the best possible candidates for Mount Olivet paramount and the time necessary to do that. Thank you, again, for both your prayers and your trust.

Pastor Lose

Annual Congregation Meeting 

Sunday, February 25 at 1pm MPLS Main Sanctuary 

For More information about Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen click here.

Update From Mount Olivet Congregation Council Meeting December 12, 2017

Dear Mount Olivet Members and Friends,

At a regularly scheduled meeting on December 12, 2017, I shared with our Congregation Council two very important personnel announcements that I now want to share with you.

First, Pastor Stephen Cornils announced his plans for a phased retirement from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, beginning with a move to 50% time as of January 1, 2018, and retirement from Mount Olivet in June of 2018. I am grateful that we will have this extended time of Pastor Cornils’ leadership so that we can reap the benefit of his experience and wisdom, appropriately celebrate and give thanks for his ministry here, and plan well for this transition. While Mount Olivet will miss Pastor Cornils’ preaching, leadership, and passion for ministry, we are also very excited for him and his family as he starts a new and exciting part of his life.

As many of you will know, Pastor Cornils returned to Mount Olivet as an associate pastor in 2006, having served here previously from 1997 to 2005. Over the past 11 years, Pastor Cornils has been involved in countless ministries at Mount Olivet that are thriving today, including leadership positions in stewardship initiatives, adult ministry and education, our Reformation 500 celebrations, and directing the Friends Forever fellowship ministry. Most recently, he has held the role of lead pastor at the West Campus, offering strategic vision for the capital campaign and the expansion of our growing West Campus.

Over the next few months, we will announce times when we can gather to thank Pastor Cornils for his dedication and service to Mount Olivet. In the meantime, we offer our prayers for Pastor Cornils, Leslie, and family as they look forward to this transition.

The second announcement relates to our ongoing work to find exceptional new colleagues to join our pastoral staff. The elected Call Committee shared with the Congregation Council its unanimous decision to recommend to the Mount Olivet congregation that Anna Helgen be called to serve as an Associate Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.  The Congregation Council met with the candidate and received the Committee’s recommendation. The congregational vote to extend a call to Anna Helgen to be an associate pastor will take place at the regularly scheduled Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 1pm at the Minneapolis Campus.

Candidate Anna Helgen earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 2016. She has previous ministry experience at various Lutheran congregations around the Twin Cities with particular focus on education and youth ministry and has also written curriculum for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Shaped by her experiences growing up in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (48th & France) and by her work as a camp counselor in Montana and as a canoe guide at Wilderness Canoe Base near Grand Marais, she feels a profound sense of God’s call to serve others and seeks opportunities to form relationships and build community. She grew up in Edina, MN, and currently lives in St. Paul with her husband, Kurt Aschenbeck, and son, Berney (15 months).

Beginning on December 15, Candidate Anna Helgen will serve Mount Olivet as a Pastoral Associate until, pending a successful congregational vote to call her on February 25, she will be ordained in March and will then become an Associate Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. During this time, she will exercise all pastoral duties that do not require ordination, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. She will preach at the West Campus on the morning of December 24 and at the Minneapolis Campus on December 31 (9 & 10am services on both Sundays).

I encourage you and all members to come to our Annual Meeting at the Minneapolis Campus at 1pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018, to vote on the Call Committee’s recommendation and to enjoy getting to know Pastoral Associate Anna Helgen in the meantime.

With joy and thanksgiving,
David J. Lose
Senior Pastor
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

 

Associate Pastor, Stephen Cornils, Announces Retirement

At a regularly scheduled congregation council meeting on December 12, 2017 Pastor Stephen Cornils announced his plans for a phased retirement from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. Beginning with a move to 50% time as of January 1, 2018, and retirement from Mount Olivet in June of 2018. I am grateful that we will have this extended time of Pastor Cornils’ leadership so that we can reap the benefit of his experience and wisdom, appropriately celebrate and give thanks for his ministry here, and plan well for this transition. While Mount Olivet will miss Pastor Cornils’ preaching, leadership, and passion for ministry, we are also very excited for him and his family as he starts a new and exciting part of his life.

 

 

Associate Pastoral Candidate Anna Helgen

Candidate Anna Helgen earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in 2016. She has previous ministry experience at various Lutheran congregations around the Twin Cities with particular focus on education and youth ministry and has also written curriculum for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. Shaped by her experiences growing up in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (48th & France) and by her work as a camp counselor in Montana and as a canoe guide at Wilderness Canoe Base near Grand Marais, she feels a profound sense of God’s call to serve others and seeks opportunities to form relationships and build community. She grew up in Edina, MN, and currently lives in St. Paul with her husband, Kurt Aschenbeck, and son, Berney (15 months).

Beginning on December 15, Candidate Anna Helgen will serve Mount Olivet as a Pastoral Associate until, pending a successful congregational vote to call her on February 25, she will be ordained in March and will then become an Associate Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.During this time, she will exercise all pastoral duties that do not require ordination, including preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. She will preach at the West Campus on the morning of December 24 and at the Minneapolis Campus on December 31 (9 & 10am services on both Sundays).

 

MOUNT OLIVET SAFETY REVIEW


In recognition of recent and tragic events around the country, Mount Olivet is currently reviewing its safety procedures and emergency protocols with law enforcement and security officials. Once that review is complete, we will communicate our updated safety procedures to all staff and volunteers, making sure we are providing as safe an environment as possible for all those who work, worship, and visit our campuses.

 


Update Regarding Call Process for Associate Pastors- November Messenger 2017

Dear Mount Olivet Family,

I want to share with you a brief update on the process over the
next months to call several associate pastors to join us in ministry. At its September meeting, and in accordance with our constitution, the Congregation Council elected a Call Committee to assist in identifying and recommending candidates to serve as associate pastors. In particular, the Council elected the members of the Personnel & Finance Committee to serve in this role. Since that time, I have been busy with the following:

*consulting with Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod,
*listening both to my pastoral colleagues and other staff and congregation members about what characteristics and pastoral gifts will best serve us,
*receiving and reviewing the names of possible candidates from members,
*reaching out to knowledgeable colleagues at our seminaries for their recommendations, and
*initiating conversations with several possible candidates.

When I have identified candidates who I believe have the potential to serve at Mount Olivet with distinction, I will invite each into conversation with a small group of my pastoral colleagues and staff who can (a) help assess how they might add to our team and (b) provide additional perspectives on Mount Olivet for these candidates. The next step will then be an interview with the elected Call Committee and its recommendation to be received by the Congregational Council and offered to the voting members of the congregation.

At this point, I am confident that we will be able to bring one or more candidates to the Call Committee in time for the December Congregation Council meeting and to the congregation at our annual meeting in February.

This is a deliberate and careful process that I hope will guide us in attracting some stellar colleagues to join our wonderful pastoral team and staff. I am grateful to all the pastors and staff at Mount Olivet who have encouraged me to take my time – and are working hard to make it possible to do so! – so that we can find the right people to fill these significant roles. Thank you, also, for your suggestions, prayers, and patience as we continue this important process.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lose

October 6, 2017 This Week @ Mount Olivet

 
When we heard the news from Las Vegas this past week...or from Orlando a year ago...or Sandy Hook a few years before that, we may have wondered if violence, fear, and loss are so dominant in our world that they color our past, present, and future. At times like these, we are called to remember that we worship a Savior who took on himself all the violence the world could offer and, in doing so, offered another way. For when Jesus was raised from death, he did not come back with vengeance and retribution, returning violence for violence, but instead offered forgiveness and peace and commissioned us - all of us - to share the good news with all the world that tragedy and death and hatred and violence are, ultimately, no match for the redemption and life and love and peace that God offers.

The cross is God’s promise that no matter how difficult things may be, God is with us. And the resurrection is God’s promise that violence and death do not and will not have the last word. These promises do not erase our grief or lessen our responsibility to act to make such atrocities less likely. But, in the meantime, God’s promise of life and peace does offer us hope, and hope is the birthplace of compassion, faithful action, and courage.

Pastor Lose, Senior Pastor

God of all mercy and consolation, God of justice and forgiveness, God of life and hope, be present with all those oppressed by violence around the world and especially with those affected by the shootings in Las Vegas. Heal the injured, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those providing aid, thwart the plans of those harboring violence, and guide those responsible for crafting policies that protect the vulnerable and keep us safe. In times of struggle and confusion, empower us always to work for justice and peace and embolden us to share the good news of life, courage, and hope we have found in Jesus. In whose name we pray, Amen.

 PDF of This Week @ Mount Olivet

 

Hurricane Disaster Relief

With major hurricanes hitting the US, thousands of people have lost their homes. Many have asked how we may respond to those affected.

In addition to your continual prayer you may share financially
- Through Lutheran Disaster Response: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Hurricane-Relief
-  Send your gift to Mount Olivet labeled Disaster Relief Fund and we will forward it on for you.

Your generosity always makes a difference in the lives of others.