Adult Learning Contact

Contact: Carol Throntveit by Email or 612.767.2246.

 

Jan
27
January 27
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Tuesday PM Study: Wine, Water Jars, and Witness—Being a Disciple According to the Gospel of John. Discipleship is no easy task these days and one’s identity as a Christian is constantly challenged. Perhaps the hardest part about following Jesus is to imagine that our witness in the world can make the same kind of difference as the disciples did long ago. What might we learn from the disciples in the Gospel of John that could empower, sustain, and nurture us 21st century Christians? During these sessions led by Karoline Lewis, Professor of Biblical Teaching, Luther Seminary, we will discover the inspiring witness of the persons Jesus encounters in the Fourth Gospel, so as to invite our own imaginative sense of call in our present time. Tuesdays, Jan 6-Feb 10, 7-8:30 pm, Room 482-486. Cost: Donation.
Room 482-86, Mpls Campus plus Break-out rooms 457, 487, 390, 3
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Jan
28
January 28
Wednesday 9:30 AM
Five Love Languages of Children--A Parents Share Book Discussion As parents, we love our children. Why, then, do some children seem to feel loved and others feel less sure their parents love them? In exploring how adults, teens, and children both express and receive love, authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell have identified "five love languages." Most often, we express love in the way we best hear and receive love ourselves—which may or may not be how our children best hear and receive love. Join Marilyn Sharpe, parent educator and Mount Olivet member, to learn your love language, to discern the love language of each child you love, and to figure out ways to best communicate your love. The book, real-life experience, and the Bible will guide our conversation. Wed, Jan 7–Feb 11, 9:30 – 11 am, Room 394-396, Cost $15 (includes book). Childcare available, register in nursery.
Minneapolis: Classroom 394
Jan
28
January 28
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Live Fully, Gratefully, Joyfully. Our world spins with busyness and sometimes tips into frustration, emptiness, and even despair. How can we balance this earthly gravity with a focus on God’s heavenly blessings? Ann Voskamp’s celebrated book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, will take us on a journey that travels through the rough patches of this road we’re on and lead us to the higher ground of gratitude and joy. In addition to reading and discussing this lyrical, powerful book, we will create our own gratitude journals to celebrate God’s gifts in our lives. After this three-part class, facilitated by Liz Otteson and Liz Couchman, you should have the beginnings of a well-established habit for slowing down, discovering joy, finding God, and living more fully.

Wed, Jan 14,21,28, 7-8pm, 1700 Chapel.

Cost:$15 (includes book).
1700 Chapel
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Jan
29
January 29
Thursday 7:00 PM
All Those Christians. There are a bewildering number of different kinds of Christian groups in the world today, and it seems like the number increases every day. This course, taught by Dr. Mark Granquist, Luther Seminary, will attempt to bring order out of chaos by clustering these groups into denominational families, which we can then study. We will look at these Christian “families” and try to understand their distinctive beliefs and practices, their structures, and the ways in which they worship. The primary focus will be on North America, but we will also think about how these Christian traditions have spread around the world.

Thursdays, Jan 29, Feb 5 & 12,

Room 482-86. Cost: $15
Minneapolis Campus
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
02
February 02
Monday 7:00 PM
Living the Message Pastor's Introduction to the Book of Ruth. Whether or not you participate in a Living the Message small group, you are welcome to attend Pastor Cornils’ introductions to each month’s chosen book of the Bible, which in February is Ruth. Please join us Monday, Feb 2, 7-8 pm, Room 482-86, Mpls Campus. Registration not required. No cost. All are welcome!
Minneapolis: Classroom 482
Feb
03
February 03
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Tuesday PM Study: Wine, Water Jars, and Witness—Being a Disciple According to the Gospel of John. Discipleship is no easy task these days and one’s identity as a Christian is constantly challenged. Perhaps the hardest part about following Jesus is to imagine that our witness in the world can make the same kind of difference as the disciples did long ago. What might we learn from the disciples in the Gospel of John that could empower, sustain, and nurture us 21st century Christians? During these sessions led by Karoline Lewis, Professor of Biblical Teaching, Luther Seminary, we will discover the inspiring witness of the persons Jesus encounters in the Fourth Gospel, so as to invite our own imaginative sense of call in our present time. Tuesdays, Jan 6-Feb 10, 7-8:30 pm, Room 482-486. Cost: Donation.
Room 482-86, Mpls Campus plus Break-out rooms 457, 487, 390, 3
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
04
February 04
Wednesday 9:30 AM
Five Love Languages of Children--A Parents Share Book Discussion As parents, we love our children. Why, then, do some children seem to feel loved and others feel less sure their parents love them? In exploring how adults, teens, and children both express and receive love, authors Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell have identified "five love languages." Most often, we express love in the way we best hear and receive love ourselves—which may or may not be how our children best hear and receive love. Join Marilyn Sharpe, parent educator and Mount Olivet member, to learn your love language, to discern the love language of each child you love, and to figure out ways to best communicate your love. The book, real-life experience, and the Bible will guide our conversation. Wed, Jan 7–Feb 11, 9:30 – 11 am, Room 394-396, Cost $15 (includes book). Childcare available, register in nursery.
Minneapolis: Classroom 394
Feb
04
February 04
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Live Fully, Gratefully, Joyfully. Our world spins with busyness and sometimes tips into frustration, emptiness, and even despair. How can we balance this earthly gravity with a focus on God’s heavenly blessings? Ann Voskamp’s celebrated book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, will take us on a journey that travels through the rough patches of this road we’re on and lead us to the higher ground of gratitude and joy. In addition to reading and discussing this lyrical, powerful book, we will create our own gratitude journals to celebrate God’s gifts in our lives. After this three-part class, facilitated by Liz Otteson and Liz Couchman, you should have the beginnings of a well-established habit for slowing down, discovering joy, finding God, and living more fully.

Wed, Jan 14,21,28, 7-8pm, 1700 Chapel.

Cost:$15 (includes book).
1700 Chapel
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
05
February 05
Thursday 7:00 PM
.Issues of Forgiveness. Join the dynamic trio of Pastors Stephen Cornils and Gretchen Enoch and Director of Mount Olivet Counseling Center, Dr. Gary Wilkerson, for this informed conversation regarding forgiveness. What is forgiveness? What does the Bible say about it? Why is forgiveness important? Do we have to forgive to be forgiven by God? When forgiveness alludes us, what should and can we do? Thurs, 7-8:30pm, Feb 5, Gronseth Fellowship Hall, West Campus. Cost: Donation.
West Campus
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
05
February 05
Thursday 7:00 PM
All Those Christians. There are a bewildering number of different kinds of Christian groups in the world today, and it seems like the number increases every day. This course, taught by Dr. Mark Granquist, Luther Seminary, will attempt to bring order out of chaos by clustering these groups into denominational families, which we can then study. We will look at these Christian “families” and try to understand their distinctive beliefs and practices, their structures, and the ways in which they worship. The primary focus will be on North America, but we will also think about how these Christian traditions have spread around the world.

Thursdays, Jan 29, Feb 5 & 12,

Room 482-86. Cost: $15
Minneapolis Campus
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
07
February 07
Saturday 8:00 AM
All couples being married at Mount Olivet are encouraged to participate in one of these excellent and fun full-day retreats, designed to be beneficial and enriching to your relationship as a couple, while also laying groundwork for success and happiness in your marriage. Taught by Mount Olivet Counseling staff, topics focus on communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, marriage expectations, spirituality, and more. Portions of the retreat relate to both the Prepare Inventory and Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, professional tools that help couples build upon their strengths, while also identifying growth areas in their relationship. Couples, therefore, must have completed both the Prepare and Meyers Briggs and have gone over results of the Prepare with their officiating pastor at least two weeks prior to the retreat.

Sat, Feb7 or April 18 (Mpls Campus), 8am-6pm

cost $125/couple ($35 non-refundable).

Registration closes six weeks prior to the retreat.
Minneapolis Campus
https://fs2.formsite.com/mountolivet/form339/index.html
Feb
09
February 09
Monday 6:00 PM
Energy Healing. Learn how the combination of prayer, God’s power, and the natural energy paths within the body can bring comfort and healing. You will learn with experienced leaders who have helped many people find release of pain and healing. Underscoring the techniques is the firm belief that any release of pain or healing comes from God guiding them to utilize the miraculous way in which God created our bodies for health and healing. 2nd and 4th Monday of month, 6-9:30 pm; 1700 Chapel lower level; No cost. For more information, contact Carol Throntveit 612.767.2246, carolt@mtolivet.org.
Minneapolis: 1700 Chapel- Fellowship Hall

Welcome!

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9 (NIV)

 At Mount Olivet, adult learning opportunities are all about life-long faith exploration and growth.  We want to help you draw nearer to God by discovering new insights from the Bible and exploring relevant religious topics.  We are here to help you transfer that learning into action with spiritual practices that deepen your relationship with God and invite God's peace into your daily life.  When we learn more about our faith and apply it to our lives, we are on the way to Believing more deeply in Jesus Christ, Belonging more purposefully to the community of Christ, and Becoming more intentionally like Christ.

Whether you attend a series of classes at one of our campuses, join a small study group that meets away from church, or explore our online resources, we pray that you will discover questions, Scripture, and insights that allow the Holy Spirit to deepen your faith and your growth as a Christian.

New Year, New Habit

Posted by on January 05, 2015 @ 9:55 AM

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." —Alan Kay, computer scientist

You probably heard this quote during Pastor Cornils' sermon titled "The Plan of Everything" this past Sunday. It is fitting encouragement in this season of hopeful resolutions.  As we imagine a better life, a better version of ourselves, January finds most of us going strong in the quest to reinvent our habits.  February and March... well, perhaps not so much.

If you are looking for ways to buoy your resolve and support your plans for a better and brighter future, remember that we have many classes that support not only your growing faith, but also your wellness, your outlook on life, and more.  Beyond adult learning classes, there are many special interest groups to help you deepen your connection to your church, fellow Mount Olivet members, and God.  We encourage you to consider joining a class, program, or ministry that fits with your hopes and plans for 2015, one that will support your resolutions when your resolve wanes.  Here is a small sampling of what's happening in Adult Learning in the next few months.

  • Want to build a daily Bible reading habit?  Join "Read through the Bible 2015," which kicks off on Ash Wednesday, February 18
  • Looking to gain in-depth insight in one or more books of the Bible?  Check out Wednesday and Thursday Word's study of the Gospel of Mark
  • Hoping to develop an attitude of gratitude?  Attend "Living Fully, Gratefully, Joyfully"
  • Need a physical and spiritual stretch?  Try "Holy Yoga" or "Holy Chair Yoga classes" at Mount Olivet

May you have the focus, determination and  faith to follow through on your plans for new habits, healthier living, devoted serving, and renewed spiritual practices.  May God be in your efforts to change your future and invent new facets of your life.

—Liz Otteson

 

 

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