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

Not Be Afraid

On May 19, PASTOR HOGENSON underwent a planned exploratory surgery to determine the cause of pain in his throat. As a result of this surgery, it has been determined that he has an inoperable brain tumor.

I have a brain tumor. I don’t know any other way to say it. In the past several months, I have been experiencing pain when speaking.   I saw a doctor, took the prescribed medication for my sore throat and then didn’t really think much about it. After the pain didn’t resolve, my doctors suggested comprehensive testing and an exploratory surgery to discern the cause. Th­e cause was not what I hoped for. I have an inoperable brain tumor.

As a pastor, I have walked through similar situations with families over the years and I have seen people go through tremendous challenges and adversity with a peace that shines through them. And, after nearly 30 years in ministry, I am convinced that this is the peace and comfort that only faith can bring.

One of my favorite Bible verses is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13) and I am reminded and renewed that Christ is in us, at all times, in all ways, even when we don’t understand it. Over the past few weeks, Ruth and I have asked several questions – including “what if it’s …?” or “what should we do with this experience?” But I am so grateful that I have never, not once, asked “why me?” I am grateful for my faith.

For those of you who are reading through the Bible, you probably look forward to the Psalms – “the center of the book,” our halfway point and the largest book in the Bible. And without spoiling it, Psalms is chock-full of questions – even the question “why me?” I want you to know, that’s okay. It’s okay to ask questions. It is okay to pray, even when you don’t have the words. God dwells in each one of us through our baptismal promise. God is not afraid of questions, because God is the answer.

Questions and fear are two different things, but God is the answer to both. “Be not afraid” is mentioned in the Bible more than 365 times – that’s at least one for every day! In virtually every story we are reminded to trust in God and that God is with us at all times and in all ways. Let us continue to look upward, travel onward, and not be afraid.

– PASTOR HOGENSON

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