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

An Attitude for Gratitude

 

I love summer! Even though this is a different summer than I had planned – there’s still something about the bright sun that warms my soul. Maybe it’s the way we are conditioned at a young age to take a break from school during summer or that there’s more daylight to accomplish things. In summer, people even give gratitude for a storm for it is much needed rain or a break from hectic summer activity schedules. I have not heard that same gratitude for a snowstorm!

Whatever the reason, it just seems easy to be grateful for a summer day. Some of my best memories are childhood summers, when the days seemed endlessly peaceful and were filled with play. Today’s hurried pace of our culture that keeps us going with constant distractions seems in direct contradiction to our childhood summers. I think that’s why so many of us long for summer as a chance to unwind, a chance to reflect, a chance to strive for greater peace. But what we really are seeking is a life of grace, faith-filled living that is promised to us through Christ. This month, we read Psalms in our Read Through the Bible initiative. Psalm 90, verse 12 reminds us to live wisely: “Live each day as a gift, with a sense of purpose and intentionality.” I invite you to live each day, with a sense of purpose. Get to church and hear God’s grace-filled message. Live more peacefully and live more fully. Consider the wonderful place our summer camp has in the heart of so many people – could it be because we start and end each day in worship at camp? Of course it is! What makes camp special is not its beautiful location or wonderful staff, which it clearly has. Camp is special because it breaks us from our routine, it focuses us on Christ and reminds us to worship. If you are in need of peace, break your summer routine.

Worship at a midweek service at the Conference & Retreat Center, join us Sunday mornings at either campus, or at an evening service at Cathedral of the Pines. If you can’t make it to Farmington, Minneapolis, Victoria, or Lutsen, then join us online for live streaming of our Sunday morning worship service. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, take time to warm your soul with the message of God. When we put Christ at the center of our life, we make the most of every opportunity we are given and every gift we receive. We all are given the chance to love more deeply, to make the most of each moment. Sometimes all we need to do is stop and listen.

Blessings,

Pastor Hogenson

Pastor John D. Hogenson, Senior Pastor