Mount Olivet Serves

Thanksgiving & Christmas 2017

Our members were busy serving those in our communities this past Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Here’s a recap:

Thanksgiving Food Drive
The Minneapolis Campus helped to fill Community Emergency Service’s food shelves with 3,487 pounds of food and hygiene products … almost two tons! A special thank-you to Matt Iwen, Tierra Davis, and all our youth volunteers, who braved the cold to help load trucks. The West Campus donated 914 pounds of food to Bountiful Baskets in Chaska, a food pantry that serves those in need in Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria, and Carver. Thank you to Bill Erickson and Don Erickson for leading this effort. Over $31,000 in monetary donations from the Hunger Appeal were distributed to world and local food initiatives. Mount Olivet was also able to sponsor a hot meal on Christmas Eve at a homeless shelter.

Community Emergency Service
Mount Olivet high school students packed food and delivered and distributed this food to homebound seniors in Horn Towers on 31st and Blaisdell.

Simpson Housing Services
In November and December, Mount Olivet members, including the Joy Circle, served four different times by preparing and serving dinner to approximately 120 guests of this homeless shelter.

Pastor Scott’s Christmas Share
Mount Olivet Sunday School families of 4-year-olds through 4th-graders served 45 families by collecting 95 bags of gifts, 85 bags of food, and 25 bags of extra items. Other volunteers helped deliver these bags to families in need.

Love INC Christmas Dinner Delivered
50 families in need were served by families at the West Campus by packing food for a Christmas dinner. Several volunteers helped unload the food truck, put together food boxes, and deliver to the families.

Redeemer Lutheran Church Toy Store and Cornerstone Holiday Shop
Friends Forever, along with families of 5th- and 6th-graders and Confirmation students (7th and 8th grade), collected over four pallets of toys, winter wear, books, games, and gift cards. Through our efforts (along with other churches, businesses, and individuals) both organizations were able to bring joy to hundreds of children this Christmas. Redeemer Lutheran Church sent a thank you saying, “Thank you SO MUCH for all you and your volunteers did to make the store such a success. We not overstating it when we say it would have been impossible without you.”

Thank you to all! – PASTOR MACLEAN