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
23
August 23
Thursday 9:30 AM
Join your Junior High Youth Staff for a day trip to Valleyfair! We will leave at 9:30 at your respective campus, and head over to the park for a fun day of rides and return back at 4pm. Cost is $30 and includes transportation and park admission. Please bring money for lunch. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Minneapolis: No Room Needed
Aug
23
August 23
Thursday 9:30 AM
Join your Junior High Youth Staff for a day trip to Valleyfair! We will leave at 9:30 and head over to the park for a fun day of rides and return back at 4pm. Cost is $30 and includes transportation and park admission. Please bring money for lunch. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Minneapolis: Gym
Aug
24
August 24
Friday 1:30 PM
A special retreat for involved Mount Olivet 8th Graders. We will go to Carbone’s Pizzeria for a late pizza lunch then head out to the retreat center for games, leadership building activities, worship service, singing, sacred ground, and swimming time! Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided in your registration fee.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Aug
24
August 24
Friday 1:30 PM
A special retreat for involved Mount Olivet 8th Graders. We will go to Carbone’s Pizzeria for a late pizza lunch then head out to the retreat center for games, leadership building activities, worship service, singing, sacred ground, and swimming time! Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided in your registration fee.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
Aug
24
August 24
Friday 1:30 PM
A special retreat for involved Mount Olivet 8th Graders. We will go to Carbone’s Pizzeria for a late pizza lunch then head out to the retreat center for games, leadership building activities, worship service, singing, sacred ground, and swimming time! Cost $50, Lunch, dinner, and breakfast are provided in your registration fee.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
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
Sep
13
September 13
Thursday 6:30 PM
Please join us for the Confirmation Celebration for all 9th Grade Confirmands & parents. We will celebrate the Confirmation year together along with their small group leaders and fellow students. The evening will conclude with cake in the Youth Center. This is a required event, as we will be rehearsing for the Confirmation service and picking up Confirmation robes and Confirmation composite pictures. See you there! Great job, Confirmands!
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Sep
26
September 26
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Join us to start up the year at the Junior High Alive Kick-Off! It will be a great time to connect with old friends and meet new ones! Pizza, Snacks, Games and a Devo! This event is for both MPLS & WEST Campus. You do not need to register for this event and it is free of cost. Can’t wait to see you there!!
Minneapolis: 1700 Chapel- Sanctuary
Sep
29
September 29
Saturday 5:00 PM
Dinner at Geoff’s favorite burger joint Lion’s Tap in Eden Prairie then off to Screamtown for a fun night of scary attractions! This event is so much fun, however if you do get scared easily you might want to pass on this one! Transportation, dinner, and Screamtown admission is included in the registration cost!
West: No Room Needed
Sep
29
September 29
Saturday 5:00 PM
Dinner at Geoff’s favorite burger joint Lion’s Tap in Eden Prairie then off to Screamtown for a fun night of scary attractions! This event is so much fun, however if you do get scared easily you might want to pass on this one! Transportation, dinner, and Screamtown admission is included in the registration cost!
Minneapolis: Lower Narthex
Nov
18
November 18
Sunday 6:00 PM
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis

My name is Isabel St. Dennis and I’m a junior at Edina High School. I’m going to (try to) briefly explain my love for Mount Olivet, and especially my church friends. Throughout middle school I wasn’t super involved in Mount Olivet. I went to Confirmation and choir but that was about it. Once high school rolled around, everything changed. I went into Summer Starter, a high school week at Cathedral of the Pines, without cabin-mates hoping to meet new people. I left that week with the strongest group of friends I will ever have. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the love and joy that both Mount Olivet and the friends I have made at Mount Olivet have given me. That same week at Summer Starter, four other girls and I were randomly paired together and put into Aspen cabin. We instantly bonded and our friendship grew stronger and stronger each day of the week. On the third night, the sky couldn’t have been clearer, and the stars were remarkable. The five of us decided to sit on the porch and watch the stars for a little bit. Sitting there with my new best friends I remember thinking, “This is where I am the best form of myself. Here in this place, and with these people, is where I want to be for the rest of my life.” I am so unbelievably lucky to have Mount Olivet and all the wonderful things it brings in my day to day life. A Bible verse I often think of when I think of Mount Olivet and my church friends is Philippians 1:3-4. “I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.” No matter what I face in my life, I know that I will have Mount Olivet and friends to get me through. – ISABEL ST. DENNIS

When asked to write about what I am thankful for, a million ideas came to my mind. I never thought I would be able to narrow it down to one. I am most thankful for Mount Olivet because it has so many opportunities for everyone and it has given me a chance to connect with God on a level I didn’t know was possible. In this church I have been involved in many things – Chancel and Cathedral Choir, Confirmation, Hi-League, God’s Kids Sing!, Kid’s Café, and Cathedral of the Pines Camp. _rough all of these activities I have learned to talk and connect with God. I am so thankful for the opportunities to have fun while still helping the community and for the chance to grow in my faith. I’d like to give back to Mount Olivet as much as it has given to me, but that’s impossible. I look forward to get the chance to help many people at church, especially the kids younger than me, to grow in their faith. All in all, I am thankful for the many things that I have done at Mount Olivet, but most of all I am thankful for my growth in my faith. I’m thankful for Mount Olivet and the support in my journey with God. – MAX NORTH

I have many things to be thankful for in my life. Mount Olivet is most certainly one of them. After my family and I left our old church, we were trying to find a new one. We talked to family and friends about ideas, and Mount Olivet was recommended to us. Before Mount Olivet, I didn’t have that many friends in church. People at Mount Olivet were a lot more welcoming and friendly. I started to make friends at Confirmation and Chancel Choir, and I felt accepted. Cathedral of the Pines Camp (COP) was another huge factor in making friends at church. The activities were really engaging and camp helped me get to know new people. So far, I’ve been to COP five summers and I’m already looking forward to next. Every year is a new and exciting experience. I was on the Mount Olivet Youth Board at the West Campus as a freshman and I liked having something important to do in the church that helped other people. Now I’m a singer in the Cathedral Choir. I really like the director and all of the other high-schoolers I sing with. I am extremely thankful for all of the experiences I’ve had at church over the past six years, including the pastors and sermons that teach me new lessons about life and God. Dear Lord, Thank you for bringing me to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and thank you for introducing me to people who have become important friends in my life. Amen. – CHRIS BULLER

The season of thanks is upon us and I would like to share with you something I hold very dear to my heart – my campers. This past summer was my first time counseling up at Cathedral of the Pines, and I had four of the sweetest 3rd- and 4th-grade girls ever imaginable. They had so much energy and so many smiles to share, it was such an honor getting to know and spend time with them. We did a devotion where we wrote things we were thankful for on pieces of paper and put them into balloons which we then filled with air. Next, each camper popped a random balloon and had to say a prayer about what was written on their paper. Whether they shared with our cabin or said it quietly in their minds it was important to hear how impacting a very simple yet thoughtful prayer can be. Reese, Ellie, Cece, and Amelia, I just want to send a prayer your way thanking you for being such beautiful young girls. I hope you are having a great start to the school year and continue to stay involved in church, grow in your faith and spread your kindness and joy with an open heart. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 “Be joyful always;pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will foryou in Christ Jesus.” – KATIE RIDLER