Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
20
June 20
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
West: Fellowship Hall
Jun
21
June 21
Thursday 9:00 AM
Howdy Partner! We hope y’all can join us for Vacation Bible School (VBS) June 18th – 21st at both the Minneapolis and West Campuses. Children who are 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2017) through those entering 2nd grade will giddy-up for our Western Round Up – our theme for fun and faith-filled mornings! VBS is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and features Bible Stories, music, arts and crafts, story time, games, snack time, and more. Children will earn their spurs as they learn how Jesus brings people together – to care for us, to provide for us, lead us, and forgive us. We will conclude our week with a picnic in the courtyard. Yee-haw! Students entering grades 7-12 interested in volunteering to assist with Vacation Bible School should contact Maxwell Jones (mjones@mtolivet.org – 612-767-2285) or Tasha Holifield (Tashah@mtolivet.org – 952-767-1504).
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Jun
28
June 28
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
05
July 05
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
10
July 10
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room
Jul
11
July 11
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Mark your calendars and invite your friends for an exciting and meaningful day! We’ll work together on a service project and enjoy a field trip – more specifics to come!
Minneapolis: No Room Needed
Jul
11
July 11
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room
Jul
12
July 12
Thursday 9:00 AM
Children who will be 3 or 4 years old (as of September 1 2018) are invited to see what Mount Olivet Preschool is all about. This is a three day "sample" preschool experience with art, music, games, stories, and all the fun that preschool provides.

Cost: $50 for three days. Includes: Snacks, Materials, Crafts. Contact: Linda Healy (lindah@mtolivet.org 612.767.2216)
Minneapolis: Classroom 257 - Preschool Large Muscle Room
Jul
12
July 12
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
19
July 19
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
24
July 24
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
25
July 25
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
26
July 26
Thursday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
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