Jun
20
June 20
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 Michael Zacher will lead us in worship, preaching on the topic "God Whispered My Nme." Special music will be provided by Teresa Elsbernd, with accompaniment by Lisa Lozito. Dinner will feature BBQ pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and blueberry cobbler with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's class will offer "Composting Tips."

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
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Hammersten
~Music: Jocque Warner, tenor
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Jocque Warner, tenor, lives in Minneapolis, MN, and teaches Kindergarten–5th grade general music in St. Louis Park, MN. He holds a B.M. in music education from St. Olaf College, where he was a soloist with the St. Olaf Choir. In addition to his studies at St. Olaf, he has also completed studies at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, and is currently completing a Master's degree at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. Mr. Warner directs the Hosanna and Chapel Choirs at Mount Olivet’s West Campus.
West: Sanctuary
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 9:00 AM
5th Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Dana Donnay, oboe
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Dana Donnay, oboe, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and also attended the University of Minnesota. She is a freelance musician who plays with many orchestras and ensembles throughout the Midwest and is a member of The Bloomington Civic Theater Orchestra, where she can be found playing flute, oboe, clarinet or saxophone. She teaches at Mount Calvary Academy of Music in Excelsior and Mount Olivet School of Music in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
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

Finding Balance

Why do people make New Year’s resolutions? Sure, we want to lose weight, get into shape, eat healthier, work less, keep the house cleaner than it’s been, read the Bible more often, watch less television, and stay in touch with our friends better. But why do we want to do these things? Maybe something is out of balance in our lives, and in order to achieve balance once again, we need to make changes to our lifestyle by adding or subtracting to it. So this means less junk food, more exercise, less laziness, more communication, less stressful situations, more time with God. Therefore, the beginning of a New Year is the perfect stepping stone to change. It gives us the opportunity to start over in order to see if change will make a difference in the way that we experience life.

In the fourth chapter of Luke, Jesus makes his own resolution:
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” In other words, Jesus came to bring balance to our lives. Amidst the chaos, turmoil, distractions, and disobedience we experience in our lives, Jesus delivers God’s unfading and unconditional love to all people.

As New Year’s resolutions are discussed, may we agree to make time to nurture our relationship with God. Turn to the one who came to us as a baby born in a stable. Turn to the one who gave himself up on the cross on our behalf. For it is in Jesus that we place our hope. It is in Jesus that we truly find balance with God. – PASTOR YOUNGDAHL