Aug
22
August 22
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Aug
23
August 23
Thursday 9:30 AM
Join your Junior High Youth Staff for a day trip to Valleyfair! We will leave at 9:30 at your respective campus, and head over to the park for a fun day of rides and return back at 4pm. Cost is $30 and includes transportation and park admission. Please bring money for lunch. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Minneapolis: No Room Needed
Aug
23
August 23
Thursday 9:30 AM
Join your Junior High Youth Staff for a day trip to Valleyfair! We will leave at 9:30 and head over to the park for a fun day of rides and return back at 4pm. Cost is $30 and includes transportation and park admission. Please bring money for lunch. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Minneapolis: Gym
Aug
24
August 24
Friday 1:30 PM
A special retreat for involved Mount Olivet 8th Graders. We will go to Carbone’s Pizzeria for a late pizza lunch then head out to the retreat center for games, leadership building activities, worship service, singing, sacred ground, and swimming time! Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided in your registration fee.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Aug
24
August 24
Friday 1:30 PM
A special retreat for involved Mount Olivet 8th Graders. We will go to Carbone’s Pizzeria for a late pizza lunch then head out to the retreat center for games, leadership building activities, worship service, singing, sacred ground, and swimming time! Cost $50, Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided in your registration fee.
Conference and Retreat Center ,

Celebrating the Ultimate Gift

Each Christmas we are reminded that God blessed us all with the only gift we will truly ever need, Jesus. A baby born in human flesh sent to save us all from sin. It is the ultimate gift and in this season of Advent we have the opportunity to rejoice, be thankful and spread the good news of Christmas to others. This year the youth of Mount Olivet will celebrate the Joy of Christmas through both song and service. See sidebar. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Dear God, Thank you for the ultimate gift and the promises that gift brings each and every one of us. Grant us the strength to not overshadow the true meaning of this season and as Christmas approaches let us all express the gratitude we feel by spreading the joy of Christmas to those around us. Amen

Christmas Hymns

The First Noel This hymn is important to me because it helps me focus on the true spiritual meaning of Christmas, rather than the materialistic side we often get caught up in. I also like how this hymn talks about the very humble setting our Lord was born into. The words of this hymn tell the story of the day our Lord and savior Jesus Christ was born. Every time I hear this hymn, whether it be up at Cathedral of the Pines or at church I am always able to find comfort in this song. God has blessed my life in many ways and knowing Jesus was sent to free us from sin is the greatest gift of them all. – WILL HILL

Silent Night To begin, music is my everything. Without music I don’t know where I would be today. This hymn has gotten me through many rough times in my life. I remember it was Christmas day and I had opened up all of my presents and there was one present left behind the couch. I ran over to open it and froze. It was what I’ve always wanted, my very own guitar. I quickly learned how to play and the first hymn I taught myself was Silent Night. So now whenever I find myself lost in life, I turn to this hymn and really embrace the words “All is calm, all is bright.” This reminds me that, even though life seems hard at times, in the end you will reach a point of serenity and find the light at the end of the tunnel. – MEGHAN RICKERT

Joy to the World This hymn sings of the coming of Jesus and people being freed of their sins. The lyrics “His blessings flow far as the curse is found,” “Heaven and nature sing,” and “No more let sins and sorrows grow,” stand out to me because they mean that the sins of all people are forgiven because of Jesus’ coming to bless the earth and bring it to be a more holy place. When I pray, I always feel better because Jesus came into this world and died on the cross so that all of my sins are forgiven. That is something that I’ve learned from the Bible and the hymn, Joy to the World. – WILL GRIEGER