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

Dear Members & Friends –

Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is February 10! But this does not catch the pastors and staff at Mount Olivet by surprise. Our creative staff has set the theme for our Wednesday Lenten services: “The Way of the Cross: Traveling the Via Dolorosa.” Artwork will focus our attention on the traditional Stations of the Cross. Join us for midweek services – and on Sunday, so that when Easter arrives we will be prepared to shout “Alleluia!” and know the deep significance of the most momentous event in history.

Please note: There are revisions to the times for services on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Budget: We now have a more complete picture of the gifts received in 2015 and we are pleased to report that we had an excellent response to our “Pleas with Please” letter. Envelope offerings for Christmas Eve / Day were up 27%. We also did our promised belt tightening and under spent our budget! Final results will be reported to the congregation on February 21 at the annual meeting. In preparation for 2017’s budget, our Chief Operating Officer, Tom McNally, and I will soon start doing departmental evaluations to determine where we might further trim expenses to be in alignment with anticipated income. We will work with program directors and pastors to make sure departments are adequately staffed and identify where volunteers may be efficiently used to the benefit of the volunteer and the church. And, we all know the way forward for a great church is not all about cuts, so attention to our Stewardship program will remain a high priority. Tell the inspiring story of Mount Olivet and its mission and ministry and ask the people. That is the simple formula.

Task Forces: During this interim time, some have noticed my love of utilizing task forces. In addition to the Transitional Planning Task Force and the Building Expansion Task Forces for West Campus and for the James Avenue project at Minneapolis, I have asked Business Administrator, Nancy Nash, to draw key people together to look at our needs surrounding our Minneapolis sound system, opportunities for streaming worship services and special concerts, and evaluating our radio and possible television presence. We will have a report and a proposal by the spring.

Thank You: I close with a note that accompanied a year-end gift. It was addressed to the pastoral staff: “Please accept this gift as a small measure of our gratitude for the way our souls are fed at Mount Olivet. You inspire, challenge, and deepen our faith without fail – every week. We are grateful.” May I respond on behalf of the staff and say that we are inspired, challenged, and motivated to excellence in ministry by the faithful and good people of Mount Olivet. Believing, Belonging, Becoming ... For the sake of Christ, His Church and the world.

-Pastor Johnson

Save the Date THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING of Evangelical Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 1pm (following the 12noon worship service) in the main sanctuary at the Mpls Campus.