Nov
18
November 18
Sunday 6:00 PM
Minneapolis: Fellowship Hall- Minneapolis
Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 10:00 AM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons. Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
West: Fellowship Hall
Apr
13
April 13
Saturday 3:00 PM
Please join us in volunteering for the Easter Angel Gifts benefiting Pastor Scott's ministry (Minneapolis) and Love INC (serving eastern Carver County). We need your help in packing and delivering Angel gifts on Saturday, April 13th at either campus. Join us at West at 10am (in the Fellowship Hall) or at Minneapolis at 3:00pm (in the gym). You will be helping to assemble and/or deliver the Angel Gifts to those in need by packing a food box and making Easter baskets. We especially need delivery volunteers!
Donations are also needed for the Easter baskets. During the month of February drop off NEW items to the main office at Mpls or West narthex, please mark all items "Angel Gifts". Items needed are: picture and board books, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kids ‘activity books, and crayons.
Sign up on the website on the Community Concern page starting 2/1. Come with your family, friends, confirmation class, Sunday school class, or by yourself, all are welcome!
Minneapolis: Gym

Spreading Faith Through Worship

Each year a youth-led Ash Wednesday service is held at both Mount Olivet campuses. Members of the 8th-grade class lead the service through scripture and message. The Cathedral Choir (9th-12th grades) leads the service through music. It is a beautiful service and highlights the faith and love of the youth at our church. Here are portions of the messages given by the 8th-graders …

“… Children of the Heavenly Father, has been a favorite of mine since I first sang it in Hosanna Choir. The comforting words, that are so cleverly put together, form a kind of song that sends chills down your spine – especially when singing it in the Cathedral of the Pines chapel. It’s a song that isn’t just words on paper, but has meaning that all the world needs and benefits from – no matter what religion. Comfort. What does comfort mean to you? Who gives you comfort? Is it a loved one, a friend, a pet? God gives us comfort, whether it’s through another person, through prayer, or through your heart. God nourishes us, he gives us a spiritual place to escape to when times are tough and he spares us from all evil things” – Sophie Norman

“My relationship with God is in one way a public relationship by going to church services on Sundays, Confirmation on Wednesdays, and going to Cathedral of the Pines in the summer. But I also have a personal relationship by praying at night for my family, friends and forgiveness of my sins … Going to Confirmation, church and COP has brought me closer to God than I even thought was possible. I am so lucky to be a part of Mount Olivet. I am so fortunate to have my pastors, Confirmation teachers, Sunday School teachers, family and most importantly God to guide me on the path of life.” – Kylie Rydland

“But seriously, the pastors, youth leaders, and all the people at this church are awesome. You make us all feel like family. Mount Olivet is like one big family, even when we do activities with the Minneapolis Campus – we are one. I feel very close to God when I am in the presence of my friends here at church and being here on the campus of Mount Olivet. A highlight of my experience has been Cathedral of the Pines Camp each summer. It is a great camp and has helped me grow my faith in God. Plus, doing fun activities, attending church, and meeting new friends has made it great. I have even met a few kids that are just as crazy as me, which is really cool.” – Tate Engen

“The first time I truly witnessed God’s presence was at Cathedral of the Pines Camp. I was lying down in the chapel during Sacred Ground for the first time. For those of you who don’t know what Sacred Ground is, it is an event that the 7th- and 8th-graders participate in up at camp where we go to the chapel at 10pm and we sit down in the altar area. While we’re there, Zach Spirov plays guitar and Tasha Holifield reads a passage, and we pray, and it’s breathtaking. I’ll never forget the moment when I was looking out the window while Zach was playing his guitar and I saw a shooting star. I had never seen one before and it was a wonderful image that will be in my head forever. At that moment I realized something that I have thought about ever since. I realized that God is always with us.
I have been told that over and over in church ever since I started Sunday School in 1st grade, but in that moment it finally hit me – God is always with us.” – Monte Mahlum

“… Sing, pray, and keep God’s ways unswerving, offer your service faithfully. Trust heaven’s word; though undeserving, you’ll find God’s promise true to be. [If you put trust in God to guide you].” These lines remind me exactly what COP is to me. An experience at camp this summer was when we were in the chapel for the last night. I looked over at my counselor Colin, whose last year it was counseling and saw him crying. This was because of the songs and all of the good memories that he has had and that our church has provided. That day I realized how much the singing and praying meant to people, and I think that strengthened my respect for not only singing, but church in all. I think the overall meaning of the hymn is if you trust in God, sing, and pray to him he will help you through the hard times. I see this in the songs we sing at camp. And in the prayers that the pastors say.”– Will Dahman

 “How crazy is that? There’s a God whose love was built on a rock that will not move, and that will not change. For me, it’s hard to grasp sometimes, that idea of an unconditional love that comes from such a gracious and giving Lord. I don’t know how to explain his love, for it’s a mystery to me. All I know is that he loves each and every one of us, with that same unconditional love. I’ve learned to tap into that love, and to listen to that love when I’m in the need of guidance. More often than not, it’s his love that leads me in the right direction. Another thing that has guided me throughout basically my whole life is coming here, to church, because it gives me a place where I’m reminded of that love every time I walk into a room and feel his presence so strongly. It’s his love that reminds me to let go, and trust in him and his plan for me, and for all of us.” – Bella Hueffmeier