Coming Back to Cathedral of the Pines

Back in 1993, when I was a 6th-grade camper, Kristi Youngdahl asked me, “Someday would you want to be a counselor up at COP?” She was a staff member I definitely looked up to that week, but all I could muster in response was, “I’m not sure, but I will think about it.” I will think about it – what a 6th-grade camp kid says, I will think about it ?!?! Well I was that kid. When I first became a camper, I was nervous about new places and the thought of spending multiple nights away from home was something that worried me.

I was a Cathedral of the Pines camper for three years – when I was going into 5th, 6th, and 9th grade. As I look back at the many years of having Cathedral of the Pines being a part of my summer, I always think back to those first few years – I think about the great memories, the good people I met, and the courage I had found in myself.

For some, camp is a place we love and are excited about from the beginning – which is awesome! For others, like me, our first week of camp brings up thoughts of ... Will I fit in? Who will I be in a cabin with? What if I don’t know where anything is? Who will I go to if I need help with something? Will I have to do a stunt in front of everyone? We should all remember there are many others with these same questions and apprehensions. Our camp director, Kristi Youngdahl, does a great job of mentoring our high school counselors and staff members – those are the people that can help us through some of those feelings.

If you are not registered  for camp yet, we still have space and would love for you to think about going! If your son or daughter has questions or apprehensions about camp, I or one of the other youth leaders would be happy to listen and try and answer those questions.

Cathedral of the Pines continues to be the most important and consistent part of my life. The beauty of the land and water from that part of Minnesota, the quality of the conversations and friendships I have made, and most importantly, the simple yet deep way I am moved in my faith with God are the reasons Cathedral of the Pines always will be my special place, and a place that I know is also special to thousands of other people.

– Geoff Arenson, Associate Youth Director (Photo is of Geoff When He was a COP Camper)

Baccalaureate Breakfast

The Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Pastors & Youth Staff Cordially Invite High School Seniors and Their Parents to a Baccalaureate Breakfast to Commemorate Their High School Graduation Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:45am, Followed by 9am Worship Minneapolis Campus Fellowship Hall West Campus Gronseth Fellowship Hall. Click here to RSVP.

Thank You, Youth!

We are beyond grateful for the continual love and support you show your church and the surrounding community. From weekly service projects to one-time events, your dedication to Mount Olivet is admired, and your time is appreciated. We thank you, and are blessed to have you as a part of our youth programs. If you would like to volunteer, but haven’t found your place yet, please come talk with us about opportunities!
– Your Mount Olivet Youth Staff 

Mount Olivet Presents: A Morning with Andy Root

Tu 5/22 9am,Mpls,  Rm 207.
A morning with Andy Root, including two 45-minute presentations and time for conversation. Andy Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. A former Young Life staff worker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor. He writes and researches in areas of theology and youth ministry.  His most recent books are The Grace of Dogs (Convergent, 2017), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018). More information about Andy can be found on his website