Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
28
June 28
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124

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