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.
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Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 8:30 AM
This is for communion that takes place at either campus
Minneapolis: Serley Chapel
Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Lose
~Music: Diane Loudon, cello
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9,10

Cellist Diane Loudon has appeared regularly as an orchestral musician with many professional orchestras around the country. She can be heard performing as a soloist and chamber musician around the Twin Cities and has played for such musical acts as Charlotte Church, Michael Bolton, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson. An avid pedagogue, Ms. Loudon has maintained a cello studio in the Twin Cities for over fifteen years and is currently a cello instructor at the Mount Olivet School of Music. She also serves as manager and cellist for Rosewood String Ensemble. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in cello performance from the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana.
Minneapolis: Main Sanctuary- Minneapolis Campus
Jul
29
July 29
Sunday 9:00 AM
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
~Sermon: Pastor Ruud
~Music: Dana Donnay, oboe
~Communion: 8:30am
~Sunday Church School: resumes in fall
~The Way: resumes in fall
~Nursery: 9 and 10am

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.
West: Sanctuary
Aug
01
August 01
Wednesday 5:00 PM
Plan to join us August 1 for our final Wednesday evening of fellowship, great food, enjoyment of nature and inspirational worship for 2018. It has been a great summer of learning about the Bible stories that have had significant impact In our Pastors' lives.

This week, Pastor Dennis Johnson will lead us in worship, sharing his story "God at Work in the World and in My Life." Special music will be provided by Brian Ohnsorg with Linda Berger, principal organist at the West campus. Dinner will be our traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, garlic roasted green beans, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Naturalist Dan Kahl's last class of the year will be "Edible Vegies in Small Spaces."

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.
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http://mtolivetretreat.org/programs/midweek-worship

Dear Friends –

To paraphrase Shakespeare, “This is the summer of our discontent.” Heat indexes contributed, along with random acts of violence, as well as politics that make only a few happy. Shooting by police and shooting of police. Racism run amok. Terrorists at work at home and abroad. There is a new tragedy almost every day. It is enough to make one despair. However, these events need to be put in perspective. Listen to these words in a sermon by Nadia Bolz-Weber:
“Evil might have the news cycle. But it does not have the victory. The darkness does not get to have our hearts, it does not get to fill our minds, it does not get to steal our joy. And looking for the love, the light, the kindness in the world around us is not the same as pretending that evil isn’t evil.

 So by all means let us name evil for what it is, let’s root out the sin and racism within us, let us fight for justice, but then let us turn the cameras toward the light, lest we become so consumed by the effects of evil that we miss the chance to be kind to a stranger, and we miss the chance to stop and read to our kids and we miss the chance to notice how acts of beauty and kindness outnumber acts of evil by the thousands, because in so doing we hand evil a bigger victory than it earned when in fact it has already lost.”

Yes, there are more acts of kindness, acts of racial reconciliation, and expressions of good will than we can imagine. It is just that evil has a better press agent.

Yes, you and I can make the world a better place by how we act, speak, and by what we support, and (dare I say it?), we will make America greater by making our church greater – by strengthening our church and its ministries of mercy and compassion, education, and the character development of youth. This fall, cast your vote for a greater Mount Olivet by financially pledging and giving.

A story is told about a church-goer named William, who was promoting tithing among his fellow church members. His friend, Charlie, said to him, “With all this talk about tithing, it seems like you are trying to make us feel guilty about what we give to church.” William backed off.  Yet, this is what William wishes he had said:
“I hate to tell you this, Charlie, but you are guilty; so it is not inappropriate for you to feel guilty. Guilt feelings may be God’s way of telling you that you are doing something wrong. But here’s something else, and that is this: you are forgiven. If you do not feel forgiven, maybe you should listen to the gospel more carefully – and let that reality penetrate your feelings. And above all, the question remains the same, Charlie: guilty and forgiven, what are you going to do this year?”

Yes, Grace Changes Everything! See you in church on Rally Sunday, September 11!

Pastor Dennis Johnson
Interim Senior Pastor