Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Calls the
Rev. Dr. David J. Lose
as Ninth Senior Pastor

On November 20, 2016, the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church congregation voted to extend a call to the REV. DR. DAVID J. LOSE to be the next senior pastor. His official start date at Mount Olivet is to be no later than July 1, 2017. Pastor Lose will be preaching at the West Campus on December 18 and at Mpls Campus Christmas Eve services 2-11pm on December 24. During the transitional period, Pastor Lose will be meeting with pastors and staff, speaking to members, and crafting a vision and plan for Mount Olivet so that, in his words, he will “hit the ground running.” Pastor Johnson will be coordinating with Pastor Lose to advance this vision.

 

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come ...

That beloved Christmas hymn, penned by Martin Luther will be the theme for Mount Olivet’s Advent & Christmas season. God coming to us! Absorb these words by the Bible-translator and author, J.B. Phillips:

“Behind all our fun and games at Christmas time, we should not try to escape a sense of awe, almost a sense of fright, at what God has done. We must never allow anything to blind us to the true significance of what happened at Bethlehem so long ago. Nothing can alter the fact that we live on a visited planet.”

Christmas at Mount Olivet always has been a favorite time for members and visitors alike. Join us for the Christmas Children’s Program, Christmas Concerts, Christmas Early, Christmas Communion Sunday, 15 Christmas Eve services, and more!

Advent/Christmas joy will accompany our congregational joy in welcoming REV. DR. DAVID J. LOSE as our new senior pastor-elect. It was great to hear his message on Nov 20 and the enthusiasm surrounding our vote to call him. Though Pastor Lose will not be here full time until July 1, he will be introducing himself to Mount Olivet members and visitors by preaching at the West Campus on Sun, Dec 18, at Christmas Communion Sunday services, and at all 10 worship services on Christmas Eve at Mpls. What a great opportunity to invite friends to come to worship!

Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks to our call committee. This group worked tirelessly, efficiently, and carefully to lead us to this moment of celebration. As one member put it, “They got it right twice – in bringing Pastor Hogenson and in this decision that brings Pastor Lose to Mount Olivet.”

Like Martin Luther himself, our new pastor knows that the main function of preaching is to point to the Christ-child and to speak of God’s “unspeakable gift” to humankind. “All my heart this night rejoices.” (ELW, 273). Please do yourself and your family a favor by being present for as many of these celebrations as you can.

Pastor Dennis J. Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor