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

The People Who
Have Walked in Darkness Have
Seen a Great Light

This is an especially good year to embrace the season of Epiphany which begins January 6, and continues throughout the winter to Lent. Referring to the light of the new born Christ glowing and growing throughout the world, Epiphany identifies what each of us experience each day: yes, the world is a dark place! Light has arrived as a gracious intervention from God. Light has a name: Jesus – the light of the world!


Why such a good year to embrace the season of Epiphany? Pastor Tim Keller asserts in his newest book, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ, “The message (of Christmas which we carry into Epiphany) is that when we feel confident, we feel like the democratic process will work, or technology will work, or that we have what it takes to meet our own personal challenges, the message (of the Bible) negates all that. The world is a dark place. There are places in the Bible … where God says, ‘You think you can kindle your own fire, but you have to look to me for your light.’”


Please note in this splendid edition of the Mount Olivet Messenger several significant events and opportunities in coming weeks which are offered with light from above. Most of all, you and I will discover an antidote for darkness as we begin each week in worship – encountering the light of Christ present in preaching, sacraments, singing and spirited praise. Taking our cue from the prophet Isaiah, as set to music in Handel’s Messiah, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. – PASTOR STEPHEN CORNILS