Aug
19
August 19
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Communion Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor Hammersten
~Music: Amanda Jenkins, soprano
~Communion: All Services
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Amanda Jenkins, soprano, is a Mount Olivet member and frequent soloist. She has performed locally with The Minnesota Orchestra, Skylark Opera, The Minnesota Opera, Theatre Latté Da, and The Gilbert Sullivan Light Opera Company. Amanda also serves as co-director of the Chancel Choir at the Minneapolis Campus and works as the Assistant to the Director of Worship and Music. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota.
West: Sanctuary
Aug
19
August 19
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Communion Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor MacLean
~Music: Luke Randall, baritone
~Communion: All services
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Luke Randall, baritone, recently earned his DMA in vocal performance from the University of Michigan. Born in raised in Minneapolis, Luke is spending this summer teaching at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI.

Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Aug
26
August 26
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Aug
26
August 26
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Cathedral of the Pines Camp Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor Kalland
~Music: Amanda Nicklaus & Sarah Weibel
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Sarah Weibel and Amanda Nicklaus met in Cathedral Choir at Mount Olivet West. Sarah is studying English at the University of Minnesota, and Amanda graduated from Belmont University with a degree in English. The two enjoy performing together and particularly love making music when they’re at Cathedral of the Pines.
West: Sanctuary
Aug
26
August 26
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost & Cathedral of the Pines Camp Sunday
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Genevieve Kalland, soprano
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10


Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus

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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