Jun
20
June 20
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 Michael Zacher will lead us in worship, preaching on the topic "God Whispered My Nme." Special music will be provided by Teresa Elsbernd, with accompaniment by Lisa Lozito. Dinner will feature BBQ pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and blueberry cobbler with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's class will offer "Composting Tips."

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
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Hammersten
~Music: Jocque Warner, tenor
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

Jocque Warner, tenor, lives in Minneapolis, MN, and teaches Kindergarten–5th grade general music in St. Louis Park, MN. He holds a B.M. in music education from St. Olaf College, where he was a soloist with the St. Olaf Choir. In addition to his studies at St. Olaf, he has also completed studies at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, and is currently completing a Master's degree at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. Mr. Warner directs the Hosanna and Chapel Choirs at Mount Olivet’s West Campus.
West: Sanctuary
Jun
24
June 24
Sunday 9:00 AM
5th Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Dana Donnay, oboe
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

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.
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Jun
27
June 27
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 David Lose will lead us in worship, preaching on the topic "Quiet Confidence." Special music will be provided by principal organist Richard Owen. Dinner will feature country roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw and apple crisp with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's class will share information on "Ther Year of the Bird."

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

An Attitude for Gratitude

 

I love summer! Even though this is a different summer than I had planned – there’s still something about the bright sun that warms my soul. Maybe it’s the way we are conditioned at a young age to take a break from school during summer or that there’s more daylight to accomplish things. In summer, people even give gratitude for a storm for it is much needed rain or a break from hectic summer activity schedules. I have not heard that same gratitude for a snowstorm!

Whatever the reason, it just seems easy to be grateful for a summer day. Some of my best memories are childhood summers, when the days seemed endlessly peaceful and were filled with play. Today’s hurried pace of our culture that keeps us going with constant distractions seems in direct contradiction to our childhood summers. I think that’s why so many of us long for summer as a chance to unwind, a chance to reflect, a chance to strive for greater peace. But what we really are seeking is a life of grace, faith-filled living that is promised to us through Christ. This month, we read Psalms in our Read Through the Bible initiative. Psalm 90, verse 12 reminds us to live wisely: “Live each day as a gift, with a sense of purpose and intentionality.” I invite you to live each day, with a sense of purpose. Get to church and hear God’s grace-filled message. Live more peacefully and live more fully. Consider the wonderful place our summer camp has in the heart of so many people – could it be because we start and end each day in worship at camp? Of course it is! What makes camp special is not its beautiful location or wonderful staff, which it clearly has. Camp is special because it breaks us from our routine, it focuses us on Christ and reminds us to worship. If you are in need of peace, break your summer routine.

Worship at a midweek service at the Conference & Retreat Center, join us Sunday mornings at either campus, or at an evening service at Cathedral of the Pines. If you can’t make it to Farmington, Minneapolis, Victoria, or Lutsen, then join us online for live streaming of our Sunday morning worship service. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, take time to warm your soul with the message of God. When we put Christ at the center of our life, we make the most of every opportunity we are given and every gift we receive. We all are given the chance to love more deeply, to make the most of each moment. Sometimes all we need to do is stop and listen.

Blessings,

Pastor Hogenson

Pastor John D. Hogenson, Senior Pastor