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
Jul
26
July 26
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

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