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

The People Who
Have Walked in Darkness Have
Seen a Great Light

This is an especially good year to embrace the season of Epiphany which begins January 6, and continues throughout the winter to Lent. Referring to the light of the new born Christ glowing and growing throughout the world, Epiphany identifies what each of us experience each day: yes, the world is a dark place! Light has arrived as a gracious intervention from God. Light has a name: Jesus – the light of the world!


Why such a good year to embrace the season of Epiphany? Pastor Tim Keller asserts in his newest book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ, “The message (of Christmas which we carry into Epiphany) is that when we feel confident, we feel like the democratic process will work, or technology will work, or that we have what it takes to meet our own personal challenges, the message (of the Bible) negates all that. The world is a dark place. There are places in the Bible … where God says, ‘You think you can kindle your own fire, but you have to look to me for your light.’”


Please note in this splendid edition of the Mount Olivet Messenger several significant events and opportunities in coming weeks which are offered with light from above. Most of all, you and I will discover an antidote for darkness as we begin each week in worship – encountering the light of Christ present in preaching, sacraments, singing and spirited praise. Taking our cue from the prophet Isaiah, as set to music in Handel’s Messiah, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. – PASTOR STEPHEN CORNILS