Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Justin and Christine Staebell, vocal duet
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Mount Olivet members Christine and Justin Staebell met while pursuing Vocal Performance degrees at Arizona State University. Christine is currently pursuing a PHD in Psychology at St. Mary’s University and Justin is completing a doctoral degree in music at the University of Minnesota. Both sing in the Mount Olivet Senior Choir.
West: Sanctuary
Jul
22
July 22
Sunday 9:00 AM
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor MacLean
~Music: Claire Loudon, violin
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Claire Loudon studied violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. She has performed in festivals and concerts throughout Europe and North America. Passionate about music education, Miss Loudon maintains an active teaching studio and is a violin and viola instructor at the Mount Olivet School of Music. She currently performs with the MN Sinfonia and serves as a substitute violinist with the MN Orchestra. Claire lives in Saint Paul and enjoys collaborating with her musical family which includes a professional cellist and violist.

Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
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

 

Light and Life

Just after the darkest time of the year, the earth rotates on its axis to bring the sun back into our lives, one day at a time. So, the season of Epiphany celebrates the Light that has come into the world. We will hear gospel texts about Jesus as the Light of the world. Specifically, the gospels read will be about the Baptism of Jesus, John the Baptist’s further testimony about the Christ, the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and the calling of the disciples. The month concludes with the Sermon on the Mount.

On Sat, Jan 21, there will be a Feed My Starving Children MOBILE PACKING Event at the Mpls Campus – the goal is to package 95,000 meals for people in need in Jamaica. Carol and I will be there along with our grandchildren. It is a great opportunity for an intergenerational service project. Join us! See page 4 for more information.

At the Mpls Campus, on Jan 29, we will welcome back to the pulpit the Rev. Craig E. Johnson, interim pastor at Mount Olivet from 2011 to 2014. We owe so much to Pastor Johnson for stabilizing and advancing the congregation following the sudden death of Rev. Paul Youngdahl. He is known for his excellent pulpit messages and engaging style. Come and give a warm welcome to Pastor Johnson.

2017 promises to be a banner year for Mount Olivet. We will launch a capital campaign for our West Campus to construct a new and exciting building to spur the growth of this already rapidly growing expression of Mount Olivet. And, will be launching a final push for the new Mpls Campus East Addition for music and education. Our theme might well be: Come and grow with us!

Most exciting of all will be becoming better acquainted with our Senior Pastor-Elect, David Lose, who will be making appearances at our two campuses on occasional Sunday mornings, interviewing staff members, and consulting widely about his strategic vision for Mount Olivet. His goal is to be prepared to “hit the ground running” when he officially arrives this summer.

In college, I had majors in English and History. I was a student of the poems of John Milton. In Lycidas, Milton reflects on the death of his friend, a young and faithful cleric. Milton uses the occasion to chastise lax clergy with whom he was acquainted:

Blind mouths! that scarce themselves know how to hold
A sheep-hook, or have learn’d aught else the least
That to the faithful herdman’s art belongs!

He later notes the consequences of their laxity, “The hungry sheep look up and are not fed … !”

I am gratified by the notes of appreciation I get for our pastors and their ministry, from the preaching and teaching they do to the faithful pastoral care visits they make in hospitals and homes. They are, each one, shepherds who care for the flock. They know the “herdsman’s art.” They have the heart of shepherds. They work diligently on the messages they prepare (lest the hungry be not fed)! I am proud to call them friends and colleagues.

Pastor Dennis J. Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor