As we enter the season of Pentecost, we remember again how God's Spirit moved powerfully among the earliest disciples, calling "the church" into being, reminding them of God’s presence in their midst. The Spirit is always moving in the church, inviting us to open our minds and to open our hearts to the new creation God is working in us and in the world. In Acts, Luke tells us that at Pentecost, the disciples were "all together" and that "all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them the ability." They were also able to hear and to understand. So it is with the church in every time and place. The Spirit moves us to speak and to listen to one another, and to those around us, to lift up "God's deeds of great power", and the offer of reconciliation and new life God brings us, revealed in Jesus Christ.
As the call committee continues their work, they will be listening for God's leading and for fresh visions in conversation with pastor candidates. During this transition time, we have been speaking to one another, and listening for God's direction in these conversations. God's future is being developed, as our future is being developed, through hopes expressed.
Speaking and listening is essential to discerning our continuing mission in serving God and the needs of our neighbors. Speaking and listening, in worship, fellowship, study, and service, brings us together and strengthens our relationships with God, one another, the larger church, and the world.
Pentecost continues to be experienced daily in the Spirit's continuing presence and movement among us. What does it mean to be faithful disciples in our changing world? I hope you will continue to speak and listen to one another, for in those conversations, God's calling and direction is take shape.
The journey continues. In the Spirit,
Gather for food, games and conversation at 6 pm on Wednesdays in June!
|June 3||Foster Arend Park: Games and Hotdogs|
|June 10||Fisherman's Inn: Ski Dox Water Ski Team Show|
|June 17||Willow Creek Golf Course: "Foot Golf"|
|June 24||Rochesterfest: Family Fun Renaissance Festival|
|May 30, 9 am - 3 pm||Garden Fair History Center of Olmsted County|
|June 12, 8 pm||Movies Under the Stars |
History Center of Olmsted County
|June 14, 1 pm||Honkers Game|
|June 20, 10 am - 4 pm||Oxbow Zoo, Feed the animals|
|July 12, 7 pm||Riverside Concert The Fabulous Thuderbirds|
|July 23, 5 pm||Nordic Fest Opening Ceremony Decorah, Iowa|
|August 19, 5 pm - 8 pm||Berne Wood-Fired Pizza |
Live music: Six Mile Grove
|August 21-23||Camp at Old Barn Resort|
For a full list of events and activities at Mount Olive, see the Calendar.
See the May Newsletter
Summer Worship Schedule:
Beginning Memorial Day weekend (Sunday, May 24) Mount Olive will switch to the summer worship schedule:
5:00 pm Saturday
8:00 am Sunday
9:30 am Sunday
This schedules continues through Labor Day weekend (Sunday, September 6).
Mount Olive worship bulletins are now available on the website.
Graduate Recognition May 31:
Come celebrate with our graduates as they are recognized during the 9:30 am worship service on Sunday, May 31. You are invited to greet them at a reception in their honor after worship.
IHN Volunteer Appreciation June 4:
Mount Olive is hosting an Interfaith Hospitality Network volunteer appreciation cookie/coffee meet and greet on Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm. Volunteers from our sister congregations are invited to come for cookies in the fellowship hall so that we can get to know each other better. Please come, whether you have participated in helping with IHN in the past or are curious and have questions about helping in the future!
IHN Volunteer Sign Up:
June 14-21 is the next Mount Olive host week for Interfaith Hospitality Network. See the sign up sheet to volunteer your help. You will see the various tasks listed for each day of the week. The available slots are displayed in pink. Enter your name, phone number, and email address in the volunteer slot you wish to sign up for.
Note that you must have received IHN volunteer training within the past three years to participate.
Book Sale June 20-28:
The Mount Olive book sale will be the weekends of June 20/21 and June 27/28. Watch for details about dropping off book donations.
Proceeds will support youth ministry at Mount Olive.
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