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.

Upgrading Our Connection to Church (and God)

Posted by on October 22, 2014 @ 12:04 PM

Recently I made an exciting discovery: we can get sermons and services directly from Mount Olivet's mobile or regular website.  Our devices, with all their digital distractions, can be a direct line to worship at our church.  Our phones can serve as a link to the Lord.  Hallelujah!

Now if we want to connect to our church home when Tuesday is getting twisted, we're as close as our mobile devices.  When Friday has us feeling fried, and Sunday's service feels years away, we're just a finger tap or two from www.mtolivet.org.  We now have a mobile site that is designed to load faster and get us to where we need to be: registration, calendars, sermons, and more.

Watch for our mobile app.  We're excited about one-touch registration, downloadable sermons, customized giving information, and more.  In the meantime, enjoy the upgraded connection to our church and our ministries.  We hoep you will find it to be a handy resource to keepyou plugged into God and God's work at Mount Olivet. 
— Pastor Cornils

Calm in the Midst of the Calendar Crunch

Posted by on September 05, 2014 @ 8:23 PM

We have a week (or two) of the school year under our belts.  Supplies have been purchased and distributed, forms completed and filed, checks written and submitted.  Fall sports and activities are in full swing.  And now the calendars and carpool schedules fill up to overflowing.

Whether you are a parent reacclimating to this rush, or a sympathetic bystander with your own batch of busy-ness, you need some calm in the midst of life’s crazy.

Come.    Be.    Still.

Breathe in silence.    Breathe out serenity.

Savor the Holy Spirit.    Soak up the “Oasis of Silence.”

Be still, and know that I am God!  Psalm 46:10

Just what is this “Oasis of Silence”?  Every Tuesday, from 6am to 7pm, the sanctuary in Mount Olivet’s 1700 Chapel is open to members and visitors for quiet meditation.  

This Tuesday, September 9, there will be an open house for anyone who is looking for a little guidance to fully appreciate the gift of quiet and calm in this spiritual sanctuary.

12:00-2:00pm     Stop by any time, for any length of time to meet or greet Liz Otteson and ask any questions you might have about spiritual practices.  

12:30-1:00pm     Let your meditations be inspired by Billy Johnson’s acoustic guitar renderings of spiritual hymns.  

1:30-1:45pm     Listen to a verse slow and deep through Lectio Divina, a short, meditative reading of a Bible passage.  

We pray that you will stop by the open house, or any Tuesday, and let your soul be still in the “Oasis of Silence.” Give yourself the gift of ten minutes of quiet.  Draw near to God so he can restore and rejuvenate you during this busy time.

by Liz Otteson, Adult Ministries Program Assistant

Back To School

Posted by on August 17, 2014 @ 2:05 PM

Stores are stocked with back-to-school supplies.  Class schedules are posted online.  Kids are beginning to look forward to reuniting with friends, teachers, and, in some rare cases, the routine of school days.  And many adults are experiencing a bit of nostalgia for September’s fresh start and promise of new learning.

Here at church you are never too old – or too young – to learn something new about your faith and God’s desire for a deep and abiding relationship with you.  This fall we are offering a couple classes that, at first glance, seem like a return to your high school studies of Econ and History.  But these are no dry dronings of abstract theories and distant dates.  These courses promise to shed new light on what God calls us to believe and do as Christians in today’s world.


image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_one-dollar_bill

Martin Luther, the Bible, and Economics

As tax-paying citizens and responsible stewards of our financial gifts, we keep a close eye on the economic climate in the news and politics.  But when was the last time we considered how faith guides our fiscal responsibility?  How often do we, as Christians, reflect on the gap between the “Haves” and “Have Nots” of this world?  Have we ever contemplated God’s instruction for the best way to care for creation and those in need?  

Mark Lund, Luther College Economics Professor Emeritus, will provide a thought-provoking exploration of the nexus between Luther’s understanding of the Bible and the economic justice.  If you have a heart for mission work, a call to faithfully steward your resources, or a mind for a good strategic puzzle, this class is for you.  

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, from Oct 7 to Nov 11 in Room 482-486.  Cost: donation.


A History of Christianity: The First 3000 Years

Follow the story of how a small Jewish sect that preached humility grew to become the biggest religion in the world. This six-week series features weekly viewings of the insightful and engaging BBC documentary series based on Diarmaid MacCullough’s New York Times best selling book.  Together we will discuss some of the central themes and personalities of Christian history, as well as the impact Christianity has had on politics, sex, and human society over the years.  Dr. Mark Tranvik, church historian and professor at Augsburg College, will join us twice to answer questions and provide insight.

Thursdays,7-8:30, from Oct 2 to Nov 6, Room 482-86. Cost: $15. Class limited to 40.


Posting the Passion of Christ | Station 9 | Jesus promises paradise to the thief

Posted by on April 15, 2014 @ 2:11 PM

Lord, you are most holy. You are filling up the emptiness I ignore with your unbounded love. Your promise of eternity is in these faces of those here at the retreat center, thoughtful and deep. Your promise is in the quiet strains of Kraig's beautiful music on this sun-spilled crisp day. You sent your son for this, to die to this world so that we may live eternally with you in yours. 

Jesus, what gift it is to know that you do and will remember me, from here until heaven. 

Posting the Passion of Christ | Station 6 | Simon helps Jesus

Posted by on April 15, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

Pastor Knutson shared this inspiration:

We might wish we could have been there to help Simon, to help Jesus.  We can now.  God said, love one another as you love me.  

Lord, help me to carry your cross.  Help me to lift the burdens of others, by loving them as you love me.

A Day Lenten Journey | Tuesday, April 15

Posted by on April 12, 2014 @ 3:14 PM

Watch this space for updates and inspirations from the upcoming Day Lenten Journey at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center, taking place on Tuesday, April 15, from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

Even if you cannot attend this retreat in person, we hope you will tune in through this blog.  It will be a chance to pause -- wherever you are -- during Holy Week and to observe Christ's journey to the cross, while reflecting on your own Lenten journey. 




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