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

 

Light and Life

Just after the darkest time of the year, the earth rotates on its axis to bring the sun back into our lives, one day at a time. So, the season of Epiphany celebrates the Light that has come into the world. We will hear gospel texts about Jesus as the Light of the world. Specifically, the gospels read will be about the Baptism of Jesus, John the Baptist’s further testimony about the Christ, the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and the calling of the disciples. The month concludes with the Sermon on the Mount.

On Sat, Jan 21, there will be a Feed My Starving Children MOBILE PACKING Event at the Mpls Campus – the goal is to package 95,000 meals for people in need in Jamaica. Carol and I will be there along with our grandchildren. It is a great opportunity for an intergenerational service project. Join us! See page 4 for more information.

At the Mpls Campus, on Jan 29, we will welcome back to the pulpit the Rev. Craig E. Johnson, interim pastor at Mount Olivet from 2011 to 2014. We owe so much to Pastor Johnson for stabilizing and advancing the congregation following the sudden death of Rev. Paul Youngdahl. He is known for his excellent pulpit messages and engaging style. Come and give a warm welcome to Pastor Johnson.

2017 promises to be a banner year for Mount Olivet. We will launch a capital campaign for our West Campus to construct a new and exciting building to spur the growth of this already rapidly growing expression of Mount Olivet. And, will be launching a final push for the new Mpls Campus East Addition for music and education. Our theme might well be: Come and grow with us!

Most exciting of all will be becoming better acquainted with our Senior Pastor-Elect, David Lose, who will be making appearances at our two campuses on occasional Sunday mornings, interviewing staff members, and consulting widely about his strategic vision for Mount Olivet. His goal is to be prepared to “hit the ground running” when he officially arrives this summer.

In college, I had majors in English and History. I was a student of the poems of John Milton. In Lycidas, Milton reflects on the death of his friend, a young and faithful cleric. Milton uses the occasion to chastise lax clergy with whom he was acquainted:

Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how to hold
A sheep-hook, or have learn’d aught else the least
That to the faithful herdman’s art belongs!

He later notes the consequences of their laxity, “The hungry sheep look up and are not fed … !”

I am gratified by the notes of appreciation I get for our pastors and their ministry, from the preaching and teaching they do to the faithful pastoral care visits they make in hospitals and homes. They are, each one, shepherds who care for the flock. They know the “herdsman’s art.” They have the heart of shepherds. They work diligently on the messages they prepare (lest the hungry be not fed)! I am proud to call them friends and colleagues.

Pastor Dennis J. Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor