Thinking With...Pastor Cornils

God of day break, God of shadows, come and light our hearts anew.– ELW #561

Summer Planning: Measuring the Results

Management master Peter Drucker famously encouraged mission-driven organizations to manage by objectives, urging managers to "focus on results." As mission-driven members of families and managers of our households, we are wise in planning our personal and family summer activities based on the objectives and results we hope to achieve. Imagine the possibilities in considering, "Attentive to God’s gracious purposes for me and my loved ones, my/our mission for this summer is …"

If measuring the results of your summer planning resonates with you, I encourage you and your family to pivot off what I am prayerfully planning to achieve: to experience a deeper awareness and sharing of God’s love; the Holy Spirit creating a renewed heart within me – a deeper love for God and for my loved ones; a loving spirit that extends to those around me through all I say and do.

Consider markers leading to meaningful change …

Pray the Psalms at the beginning and/or close of the day. Need some encouragement? Search "Bono and Eugene Peterson the Psalms" on YouTube.

Plan to worship every Sunday wherever you are "live" at our two campuses, on radio at 11am via WDGY 740AM, or as part of our virtual congregation at When vacationing on the North Shore remember you are welcome to worship at Cathedral of the Pines nightly at 7:30pm and Sundays at 10am.

Add spiritually nutritious midweek worship at "a holy place apart"– Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, Wednesdays, June 15 through August 10.

It may seem a daunting exercise establishing God-pleasing objectives in your summer planning, and none of us can expect perfection. However, be assured the Holy Spirit will guide us and grace us in planning for a summer unlike any other.



Mount Olivet Celebrates Volunteers & Ministry

Sun 6/5 After Worship Services, Mpls & West. Visit the tables representing the various Mount Olivet ministry programs to learn about volunteer opportunities and receive a thank-you gift for your support. Special music: MONROE CROSSING at Mpls and BARBARY COAST DIXIELAND showBAND at West. Yes, there will be mini-donuts!


Visit the Oasis

MPLS Tuesdays 7am-7pm, Youngdahl Chapel (starting June), WEST Thursdays, 9am-3pm, Sanctuary (starting in September). A space where you can be still, think uninterrupted thoughts, and have a quiet conversation with God.


Walk with a Pastor

MPLS Tuesdays 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23 5-6pm; WEST Mondays 6/20 & 7/18 6-7pm. You are invited to join one of our beloved pastors and other walking friends for some friendly conversation, good exercise, and a slice of serenity. MPLS route: Begin / end at the Youngdahl Chapel, complete one circuit of Lake Harriet. WEST route: Begin / end the church sanctuary and walk along the LRT trail (3 miles total). We will start each walk with devotions and end with an opportunity for personal prayer or reflection. Rain or shine. No cost.


8th Motorheads @ Mtka Drive-In

Tue 6/7 6:30pm, Minnetonka Drive-In, 4658 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park. All car enthusiasts are invited to this classic 50s-style restaurant that features car hops, burgers, and cool cars. At 7:30pm, PASTOR KALLAND will lead devotions at the picnic table area on the hill behind the restaurant. Cost: Food ordered off menu. No registration needed.


Friends Forever: Summer Retreat

(50yrs+) Fri 7/15 2pm to Sun 7/17 1:30pm, Lutsen Resort. Join PASTOR CORNILS and Friends Forever for a weekend of fun, fellowship, and faith-building while exploring the ideas of "Life Reimagined" by Richard Leider and Alan Webber. There is no need to read the book, but we encourage it. Cost: $90 per person, must be paid in advance, includes Friday evening pizza, Saturday morning continental breakfast, and Saturday evening dinner. Register online or send payment to Gayle Jenni at Mount Olivet. Lodging costs and reservations are your own responsibility. A block of rooms at Lutsen Lodge (800.258.8736) have been reserved (2 night min). Questions: Sue & Sam Larsen 612.866.1174


MOCW Holiday Boutique Exhibitors Wanted!

Exhibitor applications, for the Mount Olivet Church Women’s Holiday Boutique to be held Sat 11/5 9am-2pm at the Mpls Campus, will be accepted 6/1-6/30 online Cost: $25 non-refundable registration fee, plus 15% of your total sales collected immediately following the event. Exhibitors will be accepted through a juried selection process based on the following: Mount Olivet membership status, past exhibitor status and sales, exhibitor experience at other events as proxy / product type, originality of product, creativity, marketability, and the general appeal / quality of products. Exhibitors will be notified no later than 8/1 of their acceptance. Questions: Sarah Graff 612.743.7400 or Julie Wicklund 612.868.2902