Jul
25
July 25
Wednesday 5:00 PM
Plan to join us each Wednesday evening from June 13 - August 1 for an evening of fellowship, great food, enjoyment of nature and inspirational worship. In keeping with our summer worship theme, Life Changing Stories, each week's presiding pastor will share a favorite Bible story and the impact it has had on his or her own life.

This week, Pastor Anna Helgen will lead us in worship, sharing her story "Wonderfully Made." Special music will be provided by Brittany Kallman Arneson. Miriam Jensen will be our organist. Dinner will feature BBQ ribs, Macaroni & Cheese, coleslaw, seasonal vegetable and brown sugar grilled peaches with vanilla bean ice cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's class will be on "The Great Solar Eclipse Revisited."

4:30 p.m. Buses leave West and 7500 York
5:00 p.m. Bus leaves Minneapolis
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner is served
6:30-7:00 p.m. Nature Talk
7:15-8:00 p.m. Worship
8:00 p.m. Buses depart Conferennce & Retreat Center

Bus transportation is available from both campuses and 7500 York. Reservations required for the bus and dinner. Cost for dinner is $15.00; bus is $5.00. Call the Conference & Retreat Center, 952.469.2175 or email msiems@mocrc.org.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
http://mtolivetretreat.org/programs/midweek-worship
Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Diane Loudon, cello
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Cellist Diane Loudon has appeared regularly as an orchestral musician with many professional orchestras around the country. She can be heard performing as a soloist and chamber musician around the Twin Cities and has played for such musical acts as Charlotte Church, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson. An avid pedagogue, Ms. Loudon has maintained a cello studio in the Twin Cities for over fifteen years and is currently a cello instructor at the Mount Olivet School of Music. She also serves as manager and cellist for Rosewood String Ensemble. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana.
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Ruud
~Music: Dana Donnay, oboe
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Dana Donnay, oboe, is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and also attended the University of Minnesota. She is a freelance musician who plays with many orchestras and ensembles throughout the Midwest and is a member of The Bloomington Civic Theater Orchestra, where she can be found playing flute, oboe, clarinet or saxophone. She teaches at Mount Calvary Academy of Music in Excelsior and Mount Olivet School of Music in Minneapolis.
West: Sanctuary
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 5:00 PM
Plan to join us August 1 for our final Wednesday evening of fellowship, great food, enjoyment of nature and inspirational worship for 2018. It has been a great summer of learning about the Bible stories that have had significant impact In our Pastors' lives.

This week, Pastor Dennis Johnson will lead us in worship, sharing his story "God at Work in the World and in My Life." Special music will be provided by Brian Ohnsorg with Linda Berger, principal organist at the West campus. Dinner will be our traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, garlic roasted green beans, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's last class of the year will be "Edible Vegies in Small Spaces."

4:30 p.m. Buses leave West and 7500 York
5:00 p.m. Bus leaves Minneapolis
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner is served
6:30-7:00 p.m. Nature Talk
7:15-8:00 p.m. Worship
8:00 p.m. Buses depart Conferennce & Retreat Center

Bus transportation is available from both campuses and 7500 York. Reservations required for the bus and dinner. Cost for dinner is $15.00; bus is $5.00. Call the Conference & Retreat Center, 952.469.2175 or email msiems@mocrc.org.
Conference and Retreat Center ,
http://mtolivetretreat.org/programs/midweek-worship

Dear Members & Friends –

Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is February 10! But this does not catch the pastors and staff at Mount Olivet by surprise. Our creative staff has set the theme for our Wednesday Lenten services: “The Way of the Cross: Traveling the Via Dolorosa.” Artwork will focus our attention on the traditional Stations of the Cross. Join us for midweek services – and on Sunday, so that when Easter arrives we will be prepared to shout “Alleluia!” and know the deep significance of the most momentous event in history.

Please note: There are revisions to the times for services on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Budget: We now have a more complete picture of the gifts received in 2015 and we are pleased to report that we had an excellent response to our “Pleas with Please” letter. Envelope offerings for Christmas Eve / Day were up 27%. We also did our promised belt tightening and under spent our budget! Final results will be reported to the congregation on February 21 at the annual meeting. In preparation for 2017’s budget, our Chief Operating Officer, Tom McNally, and I will soon start doing departmental evaluations to determine where we might further trim expenses to be in alignment with anticipated income. We will work with program directors and pastors to make sure departments are adequately staffed and identify where volunteers may be efficiently used to the benefit of the volunteer and the church. And, we all know the way forward for a great church is not all about cuts, so attention to our Stewardship program will remain a high priority. Tell the inspiring story of Mount Olivet and its mission and ministry and ask the people. That is the simple formula.

Task Forces: During this interim time, some have noticed my love of utilizing task forces. In addition to the Transitional Planning Task Force and the Building Expansion Task Forces for West Campus and for the James Avenue project at Minneapolis, I have asked Business Administrator, Nancy Nash, to draw key people together to look at our needs surrounding our Minneapolis sound system, opportunities for streaming worship services and special concerts, and evaluating our radio and possible television presence. We will have a report and a proposal by the spring.

Thank You: I close with a note that accompanied a year-end gift. It was addressed to the pastoral staff: “Please accept this gift as a small measure of our gratitude for the way our souls are fed at Mount Olivet. You inspire, challenge, and deepen our faith without fail – every week. We are grateful.” May I respond on behalf of the staff and say that we are inspired, challenged, and motivated to excellence in ministry by the faithful and good people of Mount Olivet. Believing, Belonging, Becoming ... For the sake of Christ, His Church and the world.

-Pastor Johnson

Save the Date THE ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING of Evangelical Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 1pm (following the 12noon worship service) in the main sanctuary at the Mpls Campus.