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!

Christmas for All

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

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

Give a Gift

Bring a gift to church on Sunday, December 8. All donations must be new and unwrapped. $5-$40 range. Non-violent gifts, please. Gift cards are much appreciated.

Gifts to Donate

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

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteers are needed at both campuses on Wednesday, December 4, and Sunday, December 8, Redeemer Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 14 & Southside Family Nurturing Center Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19 to work at the “Christmas Stores.”

Click here to see and register for all the opportunities list above.

Donate Money

If you wish, you can donate money to “Christmas for All” you can do so by clicking here or with checks made payable to Mount Olivet with “Christmas for All” in the memo line. Thank you!

Anniversary Sunday

Mount Olivet was Founded on January 11, 1920.

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 we will celebrate 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.


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.

Night Out With Mount Olivet

Come raise a glass to Mount Olivet in celebration of 100 years! “A Night out with Mount Olivet” will take place on Thursday, May 28th, 2020. Drop in to this casual night at The Hutton House near Medicine Lake between 5-10pm. Your $30.00 ticket gets you in the door, nosh on heavy apps, play some yard games, and take a memorable photo in the photo booth. In your exclusive “100th year” glass have a drink on us to toast to our past, present, and future! Cash bar and Valet parking will also be available.  This event is for adults ages 21 & older.

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!