Advent & Christmas at Mount Olivet

“for unto us a child is born” Isaiah 9:6

Digital Advent Calendar

Sunday Worship

Worship with us at 9, 10, & 11am or Click here to livestream the Sunday Service

Sunday, 11/28 – First Sunday of Advent
The Peaceable Kingdom– Isaiah 11:1-9; Luke 1:26-33
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Freeman
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Dixon

Sunday, 12/5 – Second Sunday of Advent
God Gives Sign – Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:18:25
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Lose
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Ruud

Sunday, 12/12 – Third Sunday of Advent
The Prince of Peace –  Isaiah 9:1-7; Luke 1:26-34
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor Hammersten
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Kalland

Sunday, 12/19 – Fourth Sunday of Advent & Christmas Communion
The Little Town of Bethlehem– Micah 5:2-5; Matthew 2:1-6
Mpls Campus Preacher: Pastor MacLean
West Campus Preacher: Pastor Freeman

Worship Opportunities

Advent Carols with Pastor Lose
Wednesday, December 8, 12noon, Mpls Campus

In-Person Service of Remembrance – Tuesday,12/7, 6:30pm at West, or Tuesday, 12/14, 6:30pm at Mpls.
This Advent & Christmas Season we encourage you to join us in celebrating the life and memory of your loved ones by attending the Service of Remembrance.  At this service, you are invited to light a candle in honor of each person being remembered. If you would like the first and last name of your loved one read during the service, please visit our register here or by contacting Ann LaBree at 612.767.2288 or at*Please specify if you will plan to join us at the Mpls Campus, West Campus or both services. 

Christmas Concert – Sunday, 12/12, 3pm & 5pm, or livestream here
These beautiful and inspirational concerts have become a favorite Christmas event for the congregation and for the community at large. This year the concert will include special instrumental selections as well as beloved anthems of the Cathedral and Senior Choirs of the Minneapolis Campus. It will be a beautiful night of music that proclaims the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth in song! Begin your own celebration of the season and invite those you love to join you in experiencing Mount Olivet’s Christmas Concert, “For Unto Us a Child is Born”. Admission is free.

Christmas Carols with Pastor Lose
Wednesday, December 15, 12noon, Mpls Campus

Christmas Day Communion Service – In-person on Saturday, 12/25
Sermon by Pastor MacLean

New Year’s Eve Service – Friday, 12/31, 7pm Worship, 7:45pm Potluck (in-person and livestream)
All are welcome to attend, with a special invitation to those working programs of recovery. Potluck in Fellowship Hall following the worship service.  Please bring appetizer or dessert to share.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Service – Friday, 12/24
2-9pm & 10pm candlelight service, Mpls Campus
1pm: Seasonal Orchestral music*
2-4pm: Cathedral Choir and Orchestra
5 & 6pm: Instrumental Solo and Vocal Duet with Orchestra
7-9pm: Senior Choir and Orchestra
10pm: Candlelight service with Senior Choir and Orchestra
*Thanks to the generous donation of  a Mount Olivet family we are pleased to offer this special musical program.

2-5pm & 6pm candlelight service, West Campus
2 & 3pm: Cathedral Choir and String Quartet and Harp
4 & 5pm: Senior Choir and String Quartet and Harp
6pm: Candlelight service with Senior Choir, String Quartet, and Harp

Join in the celebration of the birth of Jesus by worshiping in person at either campus or livestream on the hour from 2pm-10pm here. These meaningful services will include the reading of the beloved Christmas scripture from the Book of Luke as well as numerous Christmas carols sung by the congregation, and special anthems by choirs and/or soloists, all with orchestra. The final candlelight service of the evening ends with the singing of Silent Night as the congregation shares the light of Christ by sharing the light of individual candles.

Service Opportunities and Events

Christmas for All Drop-Off – Sundays, 11/21 & 11/28, 8:30-11:30am & Wednesdays, 11/24 & 12/1, 5-7pm
Donate an unwrapped gift for Love, INC., Redeemer Lutheran Church & Southside Family Nurturing Center. A list of suggested gifts can be found hereGive Here

Day Advent Journey – Tuesday, 11/30, 10am-12noon, via Zoom
Join Pastor Mark Dixon, Pastor Charlie Ruud, and Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center Director, Rev. Theresa Latini, in studying the many meanings of Isaiah 9, “Unto Us a Child is Born.” Together we will begin our Advent journey by exploring questions like these: What child is this (Hezekiah or Jesus or both)? What does it matter that God came to us as a child? How does this child lead God’s people, including us, out of darkness and into the light?
Cost is $20 for lunch and program. Register by Monday, November 29.
Bus transportation is available for $10 from West (8:45am), 7500 York (8:45am) and Mpls Campus (9:15am). Please note that a minimum of 10 people is required for each of the buses. Therefore, bus reservations are due 72 hours in advance. If bus service has to be cancelled, there will be a 48-hour notice given.

MOCW Lutefisk Dinner – Friday, 12/3, Drive-Through Slot Times at 3pm, 4:30pm, & 6pm, Mpls Campus
Because new cases of Covid are currently surging and putting a tremendous strain on our hospitals, we are transitioning the Mount Olivet Lutefisk Dinner planned for Friday, December 3, from a sit-down meal to a drive-through event. Participants will be able to pick up pre-packaged meals with all the usual Lutefisk Dinner favorites. The lutefisk itself will come vacu-packed with instructions on how to prepare in under 30 minutes. There is still time to register for those who are interested, and we are so grateful to our wonderful kitchen staff and team of volunteers for their flexibility, resilience, and good spirit in making event possible under challenging circumstances!

Advanced online ticket sales are required and are available at here. $20 adults, $5 kids 12 and under. Questions? Contact the church office at 612.926.7651.

Early Christmas Meal Delivery – Saturday, 12/4, 10am-1pm, Mpls Campus
Our Mount Olivet Church family would like to share the warmth and joy of this Advent season with you! An early Christmas meal will be delivered to your residence on Saturday, December 4, between 10am and 1pm by one of our wonderful volunteer drivers. All you need to do is heat it and enjoy! If you would like to receive a meal or be a volunteer driver, please contact Ann LaBree at 612.767.2288 or With the intention of creating the safest environment possible, volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated.

Messiah Sing – Sunday, 12/5, 3:30pm, Mpls Campus Sanctuary
Grab your Christmas sweater and choir friends to join Mount Olivet for a fun and casual community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah! This festive forty-five-minute sing-along is sure to invigorate your Christmas spirit with great music, comradery, and performances by Mount Olivet’s fantastic soloists and musicians. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to local Mount Olivet ministry partner. This will be a Christmas experience that will check all the boxes!– music, fellowship, and giving to others!

Sunday, 12/5, 4-6pm gathering, 5pm tree lighting, Mpls Campus on James Ave
Join us as we light the Mount Olivet Christmas Tree on 50th and James Ave in Mpls! We will gather around our tree, share a song, and light up our small corner of south Minneapolis with grateful anticipation of the savoir and light of the world, “for onto us a child is born” (Isaiah 9:6). There will be Music, Food Trucks, an opportunity to purchase Christmas trees and wreaths, and even Santa will be there for families to take pictures!

MOCW Coat & Mitten Mitten Drive – through Wednesday, 12/15
New this year…we are accepting new coats of any size to further help our friends in need. Through 12/15, we are accepting new mittens, hats, scarves and coats of all sizes. Please consider a donation of very warm outdoor mittens for the people we serve who are experiencing homelessness. Drop off baskets are located near the Main Office, at the Mpls Campus or near the main desk at the West Campus. Warm your heart and someone’s hands by donating  items for those less fortunate.

MOCW Christmas Brunch – Saturday, 12/18, 10am, Mpls Campus
Transport yourself from the cold, snowy December Saturday to the Caribbean Islands. Chris Belich will play his steel drum as you start the morning with a Coquito Mocktail, Island Chicken and Rice, ending with a coffee rum cake. Cost: $15 adults, $6 kids 8 and under. Purchase 8 tickets to reserve a table. All other seating is first come, first served. Register here by 12/12.

Poinsettia Chancel Garden

Donate here

Your donation helps beautify the sanctuaries during the Christmas season, as well as honor or memorialize your loved ones. Personal dedications for these gifts will be listed in the Christmas Day bulletin on Saturday, December 25.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Nancy Nelson at 612.767.2264 or at

Advent Devotional

This year’s Advent Devotional is written by Senior Pastor, David Lose and is available for pick up at the Mpls and West Campuses beginning Sunday, November 28. Sign-up to receive the devotions here, or download the Advent Devotional Booklet here.

December Messenger

The Mount Olivet Messenger is a monthly publication that includes worship information, devotions from a Mount Olivet Pastor, information about upcoming events and more.

Click Here to View December Messenger

Online Christmas Gifts

A gift that goes beyond our usual offering – thank you for fulfilling your pledge and capital campaign commitment! – your Christmas offering allows us to finish the year on strong financial footing for all our ministries and reach out in love and mercy to those in our community who are most vulnerable.

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Our Pastor's Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Click here to download the recipes of our Mount Olivet Pastor’s favorite Christmas cookies.


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