People of Mount Olive,

Summer is in full swing, which for many of us means trips to the lake, time off from work & school, and warm sunny days that nurture our spirits and our earth. While we soak in all the joys of summer, we also have the chance to be nurtured in our faith. Whether it’s worship on the weekends, or Bible studies, book groups, Pub Theology, or Adventure Club, there are plenty of opportunities to give and receive of our time, talents, and treasure, keeping us spirituality nourished and grounded in the new life that Jesus continues to bring to our world.

I encourage you to find time and space to experience that new life this summer, whether you’re here at Mount Olive, or away with family and friends. Give generously, worship as a visitor with another congregation while you’re away, or find a YouTube sermon to reflect on together. You might be surprised where God’s love will find you! Pastor Paul

Worship with Jazz, Saturday, August 1

On Saturday, August 1st at 5:00 pm, Mount Olive is gathering to proclaim the Gospel, celebrate Baptism, and share communion at the Table, all set to a Live Jazz liturgy that is hosted by Brock Besse and his fabulous Jazz ensemble.

Come and experience this fresh spin on our rich Lutheran tradition.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be available following the service.

Painting the Stars, August 5

Join Jim and Peg Mikkelson on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 pm as they present an engaging video and discussion called Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith.

Mount Olive Reads: Summer Renewal and Reflection

The Book of Forgiving:
The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

by Bishop Desmond Tutu and daughter, Mpho Tutu.

The ability to forgive and to admit our need of forgiveness allows us to make peace with a past we cannot change. Jesus calls us to be peacemakers, and forgiveness is central to making peace. Borrow the book from the table display in the Gathering Area or the Rochester Public Library, or purchase the book, digital or hard copy.

On Wednesday, September 9, we will gather for a discussion on the book and how we have been challenged and inspired by the call to live as God’s forgiving and forgiven people. Please plan to take part!

July/August Adventure Club Outings

July 12, 7 pmRiverside Concert
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
July 23, 5 pmNordic Fest Opening Ceremony
Decorah, Iowa
August 19, 5 pm - 8 pmBerne Wood-Fired Pizza
Live music: Six Mile Grove
August 21-23Camp at Old Barn Resort

Worship Schedule

  • Saturday, August 1

    • 5:00 PM

      Worship - Jazz Service

  • Sunday, August 2

    • 8:00 AM


    • 9:00 AM

      Coffee Fellowship

    • 9:30 AM


    • 10:30 AM

      Coffee Fellowship



For a full list of events and activities at Mount Olive, see the Calendar.


  • See the July/August Newsletter

  • Worship Bulletins:
    Mount Olive worship bulletins are now available on the website.

  • Register for Sunday School:
    Please register your children for the 2015-2016 Sunday School program with this registration form.

  • Camp Out August 21-23
    Make reservations today at The Old Barn Resort: call 507-467-2512. Let them know you are with the Mount Olive group and would like to reserve a spot near the reservations already made.

    If you can't make it for the weekend, a day pass can be obtained for $4. Take part in the activities, food and fun!

  • Summer Bible Study: Listening to God
    Join Pastor Susan for a monthly study, "Listening to God". Explore tools and methods that help us to discern God's hopes and desires for our lives. We will also discern what our gifts are for ministry within our congregation and community.

    All are welcome! Gather on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:30 am, July 28 and August 28.


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