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.

A Day Advent Journey — Looking Toward the Light

Posted by on November 18, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

Advent is often lost in a flurry of "Holiday Season" activities.  However, Advent marks something momentous — God's love and light incarnate coming into our world.  Join us for a meaningful and memorable day of purposeful Waiting, Watching, Wondering and Worshipping: preparing our hearts and homes for the one who comes to us as the light of the world. Pastors Hogenson, Enoch and Cornils, along with organist Kraig Windschitl, will lead this event.  

Please invite family and friends for this time of spiritual nurturing and enlightenment in Christ.  The day will include a delicious lunch, stimulating conversation and warm fellowship, concluding with communion worship in our beautiful chapel.  

Cost is $15 for the lunch and program.  Complementary bus transportation is available from Mount Olivet Minneapolis, leaving at 9:00 a.m. Reservations are required.  Call the Conference & Retreat Center at 952.469.2175 or email kretka@mtolivetretreat.org.

— Pastor Steve Cornils


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

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