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Benjamin Henschel
cathedralwest@mtolivet.org or 952.767.1500


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Seattle Trip Itinerary

Posted by Amanda Jenkins on April 15, 2015 @ 2:57 PM

Dear Seattle Travelers
We are all very excited about our upcoming trip.  Below are some details for you along with repeated information in case you have misplaced the original email.


  •          You are to arrive at the airport TWO hours before departure. 
  •          You are to wear your Cathedral Choir shirt which you will be given Wednesday night at the MANDATORY rehearsal 7:00pm – 8:30pm MPLS.
  •          Please check in with the Lead chaperones that are on your flight. Sun Country #283 Lead Chaperone - Kris Ericksen 612.865.3075. Alaska #AS37 Lead Chaperone - Marnie Carlson 612.730.1503. Delta #2237 Lead Chaperone - Geoff Arenson 612.558.3364. Delta #2253 Lead Chaperone Jeff Larson 952.452.3353. They will be there to greet you at the airport.
  •          If you have medication that you would like a chaperone to be responsible for, please give it to the lead chaperone of your flight as soon as you get to the airport.  
  •          You are strongly encouraged to take carry-on luggage ONLY.
  •          Remember your ID


  •          Spending money - You will be responsible for 2 lunches and 3 dinners on your own. All other activities are already paid for.  Please bring money to cover those additional meals  - approximately $10.00 – 20.00 depending on where you choose to eat.
  •          Clothing – for Sunday morning you are to wear: BOYS – long nice pants, nice shoes, long sleeve shirt and a tie. WOMEN – nice dress or nice pants, nice shoes.  Please be sensitive to the fact that we are visitors to this congregation. Please dress conservatively!
  •          Accommodations - Hotel Nexus  - 2140 N Northgate Way   Seattle, WA 98133
    (206) 452-3620    http://www.hotelnexusseattle.com
  •          Church - First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach
    18354 8th Ave NW    Shoreline, WA 98177    Singing at 10:00 Service


  •          Friday, April 17
    Flights all arrive in Seattle by 7:00pm local time
    Transportation to hotel and dinner served to each group upon arrival.
  •          Saturday, April 18
    Complimentary Breakfast Buffet at Hotel Nexus
    Snoqualmie Falls

Lunch on your own
Waterfront & Aquarium
4:30-5:30pm – Argosy Harbor Cruise
Dinner on your own at Waterfront

  •          Sunday, April 19, 2015
    Complimentary Breakfast Buffet at Hotel Nexus
    10:00 Service at First Lutheran Church
    Lunch provided at First Lutheran Church 
    Space Needle and Experience Music Project

Dinner on your own downtown

  •          Monday, April 20, 2015
    Complimentary Breakfast Buffet at Hotel Nexus
    Pikes Place Market - Lunch on your own at Pikes Place
    Pacific Science Center - Dinner on your own


  •          Wherever you go and whatever you do during this trip, you are representing Mount Olivet Church in person and via social media. The discipline policy clarifies all of the expectations the adults have for you on this trip. The discipline policy is attached.
  •          Our list of 25 adult chaperones includes Pastor Hogenson, Ruth Hogenson, Pastor Bakken and a registered nurse.
  •          You can follow us on Instagram @mountolivetmusic or Twitter @mocathedral. Cell phone for Dr. Claflin - 612.910.3993
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Cathedral Choir 2015 Trip Wait List

Posted by Amanda Jenkins on December 08, 2014 @ 9:35 AM


Registration for the Seattle trip closed on December 1st.  We have currently reached the maximum number of purchased tickets HOWEVER, we are in the process of trying to get additional airline tickets so that everyone who wants to go can go on this trip. 

As of today, if you have NOT signed up and you want to go on this trip you MUST go to this link and sign up on the waiting list.


This waiting list is what will be used if and when people drop from the original registration list OR we gain additional tickets – keep your fingers crossed!  The wait list will be CLOSED on THURSDAY, December 11th.   No money can be paid until you are notified that there is a ticket for you. Please do this today!

Questions?  Contact Dr. C, Billy, Marnie, Dane or Jeff 

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Cathedral Choir Trip 2015

Posted by Amanda Jenkins on October 30, 2014 @ 3:15 PM

Dear Cathedral Choir!   Choir trip information below! Get excited!!!

WHERE: Seattle, Washington Did you know?

  • Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
  • Seattle has the highest percentage of people riding bikes to work compared to other US cities its size.
  • Seattleites buy more sunglasses per capita than any other city in the nation.
  • Seattle’s houseboat population is the country’s largest at almost 500 and largest outside of Asia.
  • Seattle is ranked the most literate city by Central Conn. State Univ. (MPLS is #2!) Everybody reads here.
  • The Farmer’s Market at Pike Place Market is the longest continuously operating farmer’s market in the US.

WHEN:  Departing: Friday, April 17, 2015  

Returning: Monday, April 20, 2015

COST:    $650.00

Payment Plan:
December 1 – 200.00 (non-refundable deposit – which reserves your plane ticket)
February 1 – 200.00
April 1  - 250.00

COST INCLUDES: Airfare and transportation/hotel for 3 nights/breakfast each morning/ City pass to the Space Needle/Seattle Aquarium http://www.seattleaquarium.org/ /A Harbor Tour/the Experience Music Project Museum http://www.empmuseum.org/. and a visit to the famous Pike Place Fish Market and the original Starbucks!

CHURCH:  First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach
Senior Pastor John M. Bjorge - Pastor Hogenson’s friend !

REGISTRATION:  Opens online, Saturday, NOVEMBER 1.  There are limited seats for this trip.

INDIVIDUAL FUND RAISING: If you are interested in raising money individually to help pay for your cost of the trip we have a program that will give you 5.00 for every 10.00 bottle of Livia’s Season Salt that you sell. For example, if you sold 20 bottles of salt the amount due for the trip would be 550.00 rather than 650.00.  There is no limit as to the number of bottles you can sell.  The dates for this program are from November 1 thru January 1. Please contact Dane Moore for the specific details as he is the lead manager on this project. Danem@mtolivet.org

ATTENDANCE:  We have learned from the past that it is necessary to review and carefully check who is consistently committed to choir through their attendance on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. Wednesdays and Sundays naturally go hand in hand as time to learn and time to perform.  Beginning Sunday, November 9 we will be charting absences more carefully.  To be in good standing as a choir member you are allowed to have 4 Wednesday absences and 4 Sunday morning absences excused or unexcused between now and May 17.  Please remember that there are already some Sundays that Cathedral Choir does NOT sing.  For example, this semester, WEST Cathedral Choir is not scheduled on the morning of November 30, December 14, or  Sunday, December 28.  In addition, due to holiday travel we do not count these dates Wednesday, November 26, Thanksgiving, November 27 or Christmas Eve. 

Lastly, we understand that there will be some unique circumstances that will need to be addressed on an individual basis.  This policy is not intended to be punitive - rather it is intended to lead members in a direction that will make choir the most beneficial for its members. We truly believe that the benefits we receive from virtually any endeavor are directly related to how much we are committed to it!

We love each one of you and admire the fact that you are young people who are committed to your church and your faith.  We look forward to seeing you each week and thank you in advance for using your talents to serve others in such a meaningful way!

Please feel free to contact me or any of the youth staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Beverly Claflin and Mr. Benjamin Henschel

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