Jun
27
June 27
Wednesday 5:00 PM
Plan to join us each Wednesday evening from June 13 - August 1 for an evening of fellowship, great food, enjoyment of nature and inspirational worship. In keeping with our summer worship theme, Life Changing Stories,each week's presiding pastor will share a favorite Bible story and the impact it has had on his or her own life.

This week, Pastor David Lose will lead us in worship, preaching on the topic "Quiet Confidence." Special music will be provided by principal organist Richard Owen. Dinner will feature country roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and apple crisp with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's class will share information on "Ther Year of the Bird."

4:30 p.m. Buses leave West and 7500 York
5:00 p.m. Bus leaves Minneapolis
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner is served
6:30-7:00 p.m. Nature Talk
7:15-8:00 p.m. Worship
8:00 p.m. Buses depart Conferennce & Retreat Center

Bus transportation is available from both campuses and 7500 York. Reservations required for the bus and dinner. Cost for dinner is $15.00; bus is $5.00. Call the Conference & Retreat Center, 952.469.2175 or email msiems@mocrc.org.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
http://mtolivetretreat.org/programs/midweek-worship
Jul
01
July 01
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jul
01
July 01
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Diane Loudon, cello
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Cellist Diane Loudon has appeared regularly as an orchestral musician with many professional orchestras around the country. She can be heard performing as a soloist and chamber musician around the Twin Cities and has played for such musical acts as Charlotte Church, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson. An avid pedagogue, Ms. Loudon has maintained a cello studio in the Twin Cities for over fifteen years and is currently a cello instructor at the Mount Olivet School of Music. She also serves as manager and cellist for Rosewood String Ensemble. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana.
West: Sanctuary
Jul
01
July 01
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Kalland
~Music: Carah Hart, soprano
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Carah Hart, soprano, was raised as a member of Mount Olivet where she participated in both the choral and youth programs offered through the church. She was an active performer at Edina High School and Luther College where she received degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She holds her Masters of Science in Teaching from Drake University and is currently a vocal music specialist in the Hopkins School District.

Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Jul
04
July 04
Wednesday 5:00 PM
Plan to join us each Wednesday from June 13 - August 1 for an evening of fellowship, great food, enjoyment of nature and inspirational worship. In keeping with our summer worship theme, Life Changing Stories,each week's presiding pastor will share a favorite Bible story and the impact it has had on his or her own life.

This week, Pastor Kurt Kalland will lead us in a special noon worship and picnic to celebrate the 4th of July. He will preach on the topic "Called to Freedom." Lisa Lozito will be our accompanist for a patriotic sing-along. Enjoy classic picnic fare including burgers and brats on the grill, potato salad, marinated watermelon/blueberry/feta salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and brownie caramel ice cream sundaes. Naturalist Dan Kahl will lead a class on "Wild Olympians."

11:00 a.m. Buses leave West and 7500 York
11:30 a.m. Bus leaves Minneapolis
Noon-1:00 p.m. Dinner is served
1:00-1:30 p.m. Nature Talk
1:45-2:30 p.m. Worship
2:30 p.m. Buses depart Conferennce & Retreat Center

Bus transportation is available from both campuses and 7500 York. Reservations required for the bus and dinner. Cost for dinner is $15.00; bus is $5.00. Call the Conference & Retreat Center, 952.469.2175 or email msiems@mocrc.org.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
http://mtolivetretreat.org/programs/midweek-worship

The Light of  a New Day

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
– Isaiah 43:18-19

    The Israelites find themselves exiled in Babylon, a foreign country not their own, and they think back to the Exodus and their deliverance by God. This is what they hold onto. This is their source of hope. But prophet Isaiah has other words for them. Yes, it is important to remember the past and those things of significance, but we can’t live in the past either. Isaiah quotes the LORD as saying, “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

    God is not going to rework the past to make our present acceptable for a bright future. God is about doing new things, pointing forward to the future to reveal the handiwork that he has in store for us. For it is Jesus, our Messiah, who through the resurrection comes to break our chains and lead us forth into the light of a new day –
a day filled with hope, and with promise, and with a never-failing love. Jesus opens our eyes to the fact that God didn’t just work in the past during the good ol’ days that we remember fondly. Rather, God is present in the here and now, blessing us with his presence and promising to remain faithful to his people forever.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your constant presence and the message of love which you bring to all people. Help us to live our lives in accordance to that compassion and mercy which you embodied on the cross. AMEN.

– PASTOR YOUNGDAHL