Building on a Strong Foundation: Phase Two

Mount Olivet Builds for the Future with West Expansion and East Addition

Expansion Will Transform West Campus
Something big is about to happen at our West Campus that will transform church life for young and old. The decision to build a $14 million* structure is a bold declaration that Mount Olivet intends to be a significant presence in the western suburbs. Carver County continues to experience rapid population growth, and we intend to meet the challenge of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to more people by providing greater opportunities for worship, education, fellowship, and service.

We are the only congregation with traditional worship (and a pipe organ) in that part of the greater metropolitan area. The timing is right as there has been significant growth in our West Campus Cathedral and Senior Choirs, as well as in numbers of Confirmation and Sunday School students and participation in Hi-League.

Pastor Paul Youngdahl first had the vision for establishing this expression of Mount Olivet Church back in 2001 when worship began in the Mount Olivet Rolling Acres gymnasium. Within four years, Mount Olivet built worship, education, and fellowship space that is now bulging at its seams. Worship attendance has grown to an average of nearly 600 persons per Sunday. If it were a stand-alone congregation, our West Campus would rank among the largest Lutheran churches in our synod. Now is the time to seize the moment and meet the challenge. Campaign committees have been formed, listening session are being held, and materials are being prepared, all pointing to a  pledge Sunday in May followed shortly by ground-breaking. Catch the fever!

* Over $8 million has been identified already, including funds pledged during the 2014 capital campaign, estate gifts, and new commitments.

East Addition will Enhance Choir and Education Space
Visit a Cathedral Choir rehearsal in Minneapolis on any Wednesday night and you will find high school youth filling the room with several needing to stand in the hallway! That alone makes the case for a new and larger space, but consider that we have 14 choirs with over 1,000 singers. Add to that, refurbished Sunday School rooms and six new classrooms to meet the needs of the 1,000 students enrolled in Sunday classes. Fortunately, this need is well understood and the response has been great with 90% of the necessary funds already in hand or pledged. We are hopeful that this project will be 100% funded by the time of ground breaking this spring. An effort is soon to be underway to focus on current choir members and alumni to provide the furnishings needed for this addition. Join the chorus of funders!

Ways to Give
To discuss the ways you can help make each project a reality, contact Mari Carlson, Director of Development at mcarlson@mtolivethomes.org or 612.821.3150. We are grateful to hundreds of donors for gifts of all sizes already given and yet to be given! That support will have an impact for decades to come.