Peace, Peace
The Promise of the Season
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS AT MOUNT OLIVET

“Afterward, the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.” – Luke 2:20

The closing verse to St. Luke’s Christmas story is important. For once the shepherds heard the angelic song of peace and goodwill, they knew they would never be the same. And so after going to Bethlehem to see God’s promises embodied in the babe in a manger, they immediately returned to their fields praising God and sharing the good news they had just seen and heard.
In the same way, we also recognize that when God comes into our lives with the promise of peace and grace, we will never be the same and can only turn
to share with others those tidings of goodwill with which we’ve been blessed.
The Christmas offering is one very important way we share God’s blessings with others. A gift that goes beyond our usual offering – thank you for fulfilling your pledge and capital campaign commitment! – the Christmas offering allows us to finish the year on strong financial footing for all our ministries and reach out in love and mercy to those in our community who are most vulnerable.

  • At home, your generous Christmas gift enables us to continue our exceptional music programs for all ages,
  • create an environment where our youth feel loved and accepted and learn the faith,
  • take care of our beloved Cathedral of the Pines,
  • support our Conference & Retreat Center, and in all these ways
  • share the gospel in word and deed through worship, pastoral care, education, and outreach.

Beyond the walls of our church, your Christmas offering enables us to support worthy organizations such as

  • Community Emergency Service in Minneapolis,
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) in Bloomington,
  • Love INC (in the name of Christ) in Eastern Carver County,
  • Bountiful Basket food pantry in Victoria,
  • the Redeemer Lutheran Church youth program in Minneapolis, and more.

Through these partnerships, we extend God’s promises of peace and goodwill throughout our neighborhoods.
It has been nearly two thousand years since the angels first heralded the good news of Christ’s birth. In all that time and amid the changes of the centuries, one thing has remained: those who hear the angelic announcement of God’s favor can never be the same and are called to share the good news of peace on earth and goodwill to all. Please respond generously this Christmas so that we can extend the love of the Christ child to all.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lose
David J. Lose, Senior Pastor

For details about ways to give, please contact Mari Carlson 612.821.3150 mcarlson@mtolivethomes.org.
For questions about your contribution record, please contact Tricia Lerohl 612.767.2255 tricial@mtolivet.org.