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News and Updates


Capital Campaign Update

As of July 5, 2017, capital campaign gifts and pledges total $27,675,055, which includes support from both phase one in 2014 and phase two in 2017. All donor designations have been honored throughout the entire campaign.

It is wonderful that the new Minneapolis front entrance, elevator, kitchens, and parking lot were completed and dedicated in May 2015. With the goal almost met for the Minneapolis Campus East Addition for music and education, that project is underway and completion is scheduled for early 2018.     

Regarding the West Campus Addition, bids totalling $12,700,000 for construction and furnishings have been received. The current gap between funds needed for this project and funds raised is just under $2 million, a gap we expect to close through further fundraising with the possibility of drawing from the endowment and/or taking out a modest loan. In the meantime, at their July 11 meeting, the congregation council unanimously voted to move ahead with the West Campus Addition. Excavation and land preparation will take place this summer / fall in preparation for construction in the spring.

Again, we extend our gratitude to all who have offered their support and prayers for these much-needed capital improvements for Mount Olivet – one church, two campuses.

Pastor Lose
Senior Pastor

Mari Carlson
Director of Development

If you have not participated in the capital campaign yet, now is the time to make your commitment to help close the gaps for both remaining projects. Please contact Mari Carlson 612.821.3150


Construction at the Mpls Campus continues

Construction of the Mpls Campus East Addition has begun. This week construction workers removed floor tiling and carpeting on the 4th floor, near the educational ministries lounge and the pastors' offices. Visitors and staff have navigated plastic hallways, new paths, and even dead ends while the work continues! The Mpls Campus East Addition will provide an expanded rehearsal room designed to accommodate our larger choirs and additional rooms for the growing music department. It will also provide much needed and enhanced learning spaces for Children and Family Ministries, Confirmation, and Adult Learning.


Welcome Pastor Lose!

On Sunday, June 4, at 4pm, Pastor Lose was installed as its ninth senior pastor at the Service of Installation held at the Minneapolis Campus. An installation service is when a pastor is publicly placed into his role in a specific congregation. The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA Bishop, Ann Svennungsen, conducted the rite of installation. Clergy also participated as well as lay staff, members, family and friends.


Senior Pastor Installation, click here for press release

June 4, 2017, 4pm Mpls Campus


Thank you Pastor Enoch Pastor Enoch Resignation Letter April 2017

Pastor Gretchen Enoch has submitted her resignation as an associate pastor at Mount Olivet after four years of service to our congregation. We all join in thanking Pastor Enoch for sharing her many gifts with us and we wish her godspeed and great joy as she travels the road of faith and service.