Mount Olivet Celebrates 100 Years!

Centennial Celebration

How many pastors has our church had? Who directed the first choir? Where did the first services take place? Are there living family members that remember stories from those early days?  Where did our logo come from? And… did you know that Reuben and Ruth Youngdahl entertained the entire growing congregation at their home on Lake Harriet Boulevard for many years?

Ever wonder about these and other Mount Olivet facts, figures, and stories? Well, beginning on Rally Sunday, September 8, 2019, at our all congregational kick-off, we will be reminiscing about the rich history of our church as well as looking forward to our next century of service. Celebrations begin this coming fall and culminate in fall of 2020 – a full year of giving thanks for all God has done in and through Mount Olivet and looking ahead in anticipation for what God will continue to do.

The Mount Olivet Centennial Committee is hard at work planning a full year of worship experiences, educational opportunities, fun activities, and service-oriented outreach events. Our goal is to share the wonderful story of Mount Olivet far and wide so as to inform our members and the larger community of the deep-rooted history of a congregation that has been active and dynamic over the past century. Our goal is also to lay the foundations for a second century of service and growth.

We are a congregation that believes God is at work forming us into the people and community the world needs us to be. Founded on January 11, 1920, Mount Olivet today has 15,000 baptized members, over 250 high school students in the Cathedral Choir, two campuses, and six affiliated ministries. Grateful for our past, and focused on the future God is already fashioning, we are excited to welcome you to share our 2020 Vision for a wonderful Centennial celebration!

Feed My Starving Children

Saturday, March 7, 2020 West Campus

FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Join us for this fun event where adult and youth (6yrs+)  volunteers will hand pack meals for malnourished children around the world. With God’s help we will work together to end hunger.

Click here to register!

Click here to give.

Orchestra Hall Worship Service

Join us at Orchestra Hall for worship Sunday, November 15, 2020 to show gratitude for the past and look forward to the next 100 years of Mount Olivet!

Centennial Block Party 9-8-2019

We had a great day rally Sunday kicking off our Centennial Celebrations!


Christmas for All 12-8-2019

On Sunday, December 8, everyone was invited to join in the spirit of the season by participating in Mount Olivet’s inaugural Christmas for All!

All ages were encouraged to participate in this all-congregational service project to celebrate 100 years of service and generosity through Mount Olivet! You could give a gift, volunteer your time, donate money or all of the above! All gifts and donations were given to Redeemer Lutheran Church & Southside Family Nurturing Center at the Mpls Campus and Love INC at the West Campus.

Here are a list of suggested items that were donated:

Ages 0-3
Crib Toys
Push-Pull-Roll Toys
Board Books
Music & Movement
Piece Puzzles
Building Blocks

Ages 4-8
Picture Books
Chapter Books
Lego Sets
Creative Activities
Education Games
Dolls/Action Figures
Art Supplies

Ages 9-12
Chapter Books
Hand Held Games
Sporting Goods
Arts & Crafts Activities
Lego Sets
Dolls/Action Figures

Ages 13-18
Chapter Books
$15 Gift Cards to
Local Retailers
(Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Walmart etc.)
Families Board
Games (Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, etc.)
Basketball/Football/Soccer ball

Suggested Household/Adult Items
Bath Products
Body Spray/Deodorant
Headband/Hair Binders
Gift Cards

Anniversary Sunday

Mount Olivet was Founded on January 11, 1920.

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 we celebrated this anniversary during our regular worship services at both campuses with festive music, choirs, and elements that celebrate Mount Olivet’s myriad of ministries as well as it’s deep tradition of Gospel based worship services.

In 1920, 19 adults and 14 children worshiped on a cold Sunday in January. Their strength, perseverance, and faith are the reason Mount Olivet is preparing to enter its second century. There will be a historical display that focuses around the last growing of this congregation over the last century. Please stop by the Lower Narthex at the Mpls Campus or Atrium at the West Campus and take in some of the Mount Olivet history in between worship services.

What better way to celebrate the anniversary of Mount Olivet’s first worship service than with donuts! Come grab a donut from the donut bars located in the Fellowship Hall at the Mpls Campus or Atrium at the West Campus after you attend the special and festive service.

Service Times:
MPLS: 9, 10, 11am, 12noon
Sermon: Pastor lose

WEST: 9, 10, 11am
Sermon: Pastor Dennis Johnson