Jul
24
July 24
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
25
July 25
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
26
July 26
Thursday 9:00 AM
Rah! Rah! Rah! Mother/daughter team Amee and Betty LiaBraaten invite all kids entering K-2nd grade to learn cheer basics, create crafts, and perform a routine for your families on the last morning!

Betty is a cheerleader at Edina and Amee is a Physical Education teacher in the Edina Schools; both have volunteered as Sunday Church School teachers for years! Their cheerleading friends will help lead this fun and faith-filled camp.

Cost: $35. Includes: Crafts, T-Shirt, and PomPoms
Minneapolis: Gym
Jul
26
July 26
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Jul
30
July 30
Monday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Jul
31
July 31
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Aug
02
August 02
Thursday 8:30 AM
Need an ark? We Noah guy! Come two by two and explore your faith in the ideal camp setting at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center! Meet new friends, share in fellowship as we learn about Noah’s Ark this week. Cost: $150.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
02
August 02
Thursday 9:45 AM
We will play, read, and sing at this weekly faith-based hour-long class developed by a children librarian and early childhood specialist. Babygarten focuses on reading, rhyming, and activities. It is more than a playgroup or storytime - Babygarten provides pre-literacy skills for children in a faith-based environment. Amy Porthan, early childhood educator and Minneapolis nursery coordinator, will guide parents with activities and discussion on how to include God and faith with their child. Cost: $72/6 week session (includes all materials) Questions: Amy Porthan 612.767.2224 amyp@mtolivet.org
Minneapolis: Nursery 1 year old Room 120/122/124
Aug
08
August 08
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114
Aug
13
August 13
Monday 8:30 AM
Come to the water and have a splashing good time at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center for our second week of King’s Kids Camp! Spend time with friends, play games, and share in fellowship as we learn about stories of water in the bible. Cost: $115.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
14
August 14
Tuesday 8:30 AM
Come to the water and have a splashing good time at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center for our second week of King’s Kids Camp! Spend time with friends, play games, and share in fellowship as we learn about stories of water in the bible. Cost: $115.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
15
August 15
Wednesday 8:30 AM
Come to the water and have a splashing good time at the Mount Olivet Retreat Center for our second week of King’s Kids Camp! Spend time with friends, play games, and share in fellowship as we learn about stories of water in the bible. Cost: $115.00 ($50 non-refundable) includes transportation from both Minneapolis and West campuses, lunch, snacks, activities, t-shirt, and crafts. King’s Kids Counselors (7th – 12th Grade) Cost: Free!
Minneapolis: Classroom 207A
Aug
15
August 15
Wednesday 10:00 AM
The Baby Bunch: A New Moms Group - Wednesdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 10 -11 a.m.
If you are a mom with a newborn to 6 month old – we invite you and your child to join the Baby Bunch! This group of mothers and babies will meet in the nursery at the Minneapolis Campus for fellowship, conversation, and a weekly devotion facilitated by Nursery Coordinator, Amy Porthan. No cost and no registration necessary. Questions? Please contact Amy Porthan, amyp@mtolivet.org or 612-767-2224.
Minneapolis: Usher/Brides Room 114

Mount Olivet Preschool – openings available

We’re off to a great start in Preschool at Mount Olivet and we would love to have you join us! If you are looking for a morning or afternoon education option for your 3, 4, or 5-year-old, we have a few openings. It’s never too late! For more information and registration, visit www.mtolivet.org/education/preschool or call Linda Healy 612.767.2216. All are welcome.

Availability for 3 or 4-year-old or 4 or 5-year-old classes:
Mondays & Fridays 9:30am-12noon
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 12:30-3pm

 

Sunday School – here’s what’s happening!

While their adults attend worship, kids are having a BLAST getting to know each other, creating projects, and reading Bible stories. Registration is open throughout the year and friends are welcome to join us for one Sunday or several!

3yrs-Kindergarten Using Spark! curriculum through Augsburg Fortress, kids are learning Bible stories, getting to know new friends, and spending time with pastors. During November, we will find out more about the Battle of Jericho, Elijah and the Widow, and the Beatitudes.

1st-4th Gr Each Sunday, we explore Bible stories through Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM), writing, drama, and art! Kids learn about God’s love, the church calendar, and Mount Olivet traditions through our innovative Sunday morning experience. Here’s what a volunteer has to say: “I love the new way of doing lessons! I feel there’s a better connection with the kids. They really get into the science projects and are excited to try out some new ideas.”

5th & 6th Gr The Way, our pre-Confirmation program, is connecting lessons from the Bible to our everyday lives. In September, we learned about Creation, then figured out ways we can be good stewards of God’s gifts to us and how we can share our gifts with others. In October, we read about Noah, and talked about peer pressure and how we can make good decisions. Using what we learned about being good stewards AND making good decisions, we hosted our 1st- through 4th-graders in a special children’s worship service.

 

Faith + Home: Popsicle Stick Prayers

     The start of a new season often means the start of a new routine. Our to-do lists get long, the homework piles up, the work piles up, play dates get scheduled, extracurricular activities are in full swing, and Sunday School begins.
      It can be difficult to find time to talk about faith when the busyness of autumn sets in and there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done.
      I always find autumn a good time to not only continue with the day-to-day tasks but also remind myself that stopping to take a moment to pray can change my entire mindset. Prayer does not have to be something that takes a long time, and there are many ways to teach our children how to pray.
    Growing up, a family I knew wrote prayers on popsicle sticks while they were in the car on any given day during the week. They would write something that they were thankful for or a prayer request they had. On the days to follow, they would take a popsicle stick out of the jar and pray for whatever it said once a day before arriving at their destination. Not only did this teach everyone in their family the importance of prayer, but it taught their family friends as well. This is a simple way to talk to God and thank him for all that he does for us. I encourage you to try out your own “popsicle stick prayers” this month. If you have 1st- through 4th-graders, maybe they will share with you how this relates to a routine they have in Sunday School class! – Kate Knutson, Luther Seminary intern