Aug
22
August 22
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Aug
29
August 29
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 10:00 AM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons. Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
West: Fellowship Hall
Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 3:00 PM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons.
Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
Minneapolis: Gym

Mount Olivet Preschool – openings available

We’re off to a great start in Preschool at Mount Olivet and we would love to have you join us! If you are looking for a morning or afternoon education option for your 3, 4, or 5-year-old, we have a few openings. It’s never too late! For more information and registration, visit www.mtolivet.org/education/preschool or call Linda Healy 612.767.2216. All are welcome.

Availability for 3 or 4-year-old or 4 or 5-year-old classes:
Mondays & Fridays 9:30am-12noon
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 12:30-3pm

 

Sunday School – here’s what’s happening!

While their adults attend worship, kids are having a BLAST getting to know each other, creating projects, and reading Bible stories. Registration is open throughout the year and friends are welcome to join us for one Sunday or several!

3yrs-Kindergarten Using Spark! curriculum through Augsburg Fortress, kids are learning Bible stories, getting to know new friends, and spending time with pastors. During November, we will find out more about the Battle of Jericho, Elijah and the Widow, and the Beatitudes.

1st-4th Gr Each Sunday, we explore Bible stories through Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), writing, drama, and art! Kids learn about God’s love, the church calendar, and Mount Olivet traditions through our innovative Sunday morning experience. Here’s what a volunteer has to say: “I love the new way of doing lessons! I feel there’s a better connection with the kids. They really get into the science projects and are excited to try out some new ideas.”

5th & 6th Gr The Way, our pre-Confirmation program, is connecting lessons from the Bible to our everyday lives. In September, we learned about Creation, then figured out ways we can be good stewards of God’s gifts to us and how we can share our gifts with others. In October, we read about Noah, and talked about peer pressure and how we can make good decisions. Using what we learned about being good stewards AND making good decisions, we hosted our 1st- through 4th-graders in a special children’s worship service.

 

Faith + Home: Popsicle Stick Prayers

     The start of a new season often means the start of a new routine. Our to-do lists get long, the homework piles up, the work piles up, play dates get scheduled, extracurricular activities are in full swing, and Sunday School begins.
      It can be difficult to find time to talk about faith when the busyness of autumn sets in and there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done.
      I always find autumn a good time to not only continue with the day-to-day tasks but also remind myself that stopping to take a moment to pray can change my entire mindset. Prayer does not have to be something that takes a long time, and there are many ways to teach our children how to pray.
    Growing up, a family I knew wrote prayers on popsicle sticks while they were in the car on any given day during the week. They would write something that they were thankful for or a prayer request they had. On the days to follow, they would take a popsicle stick out of the jar and pray for whatever it said once a day before arriving at their destination. Not only did this teach everyone in their family the importance of prayer, but it taught their family friends as well. This is a simple way to talk to God and thank him for all that he does for us. I encourage you to try out your own “popsicle stick prayers” this month. If you have 1st- through 4th-graders, maybe they will share with you how this relates to a routine they have in Sunday School class! – Kate Knutson, Luther Seminary intern