Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 10:00 AM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons. Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
West: Fellowship Hall
Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 3:00 PM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons.
Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
Minneapolis: Gym

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