Welcome New Staff Members!

Having completed her pastoral internship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, Mount Olivet’s senior seminarian, Kate Knutson, will return to Mount Olivet this fall to assist with Children & Family Ministry, Confirmation, Pastoral Care, liturgy, and preaching at Prayer & Praise services. She will work part-time as she completes her final year at Luther Seminary. Kate grew up in Richfield and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and Sociology.

Tracey Hickey is our new parish nurse. Tracey has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University and is a Licensed School Nurse in Minnesota. For the past nine years, she’s been a nurse for Edina Public schools. Tracey and her husband, Jim, have been Mount Olivet members since 1993. They served on the Mount Olivet Board of Life & Growth and have three adult children.

Chris Miller is our new Director of Culinary Services. He graduated from Washburn High School and the Culinary Arts Institute. Chris has a passion for cooking and most recently worked at Meridian Manor. He lives in Farmington with his wife and their five children with two currently living at home. Chris is excited to work in our kitchen alongside the staff and volunteers to continue our long tradition of fellowship and hospitality through food service.

Freed and Renewed In Christ:
500 Years of God’s Grace in Action

At the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Wide Assembly held in New Orleans August 8-13, Bishop Svennungsen and 35 voting members from the Minneapolis Area Synod were present. During the daily worship services, 1200 voices were all singing praises. We sang Bach and jazz and more – confirming the Holy Spirit at work. To be a witness to our ELCA in action was overwhelming at first – so much information! Through the long but inspiring plenary sessions, I can report that we are a church that: Seeks peace and justice (see resolutions and memorials passed at www.elca.org); Serves others; Is there when disasters happen – the ELCA name is recognized worldwide; Is becoming more action- and change-oriented, and is moving forward.

As Pastor Leila Ortiz said in her sermon, “It is less about being right and more about being in relationship.” We fall short of these goals, but amazing grace still has a sweet sound. With God’s help we can all strive to do the above collectively as the ELCA. Each synod and each congregation are the workers and witnesses as followers of Jesus. For more information, go to www.elca.org or contact me at knutsonmary@gmail.com.

– Mary R. Knutson, One of 35 Minneapolis Area Synod voting members AT the Church Wide Assembly 2016 held in New Orleans.