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Lent 2018

stories change us

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14th - Easter Sunday, Apr. 1st

Lent is a time to connect with God and community in an intentional manner. It’s less about showing restraint by giving up a food or a habit, and more about becoming present to what God is doing in your life and the life of the world. This year, Mount Olivet focuses on the spiritual practice of listening deeply to stories – from Scripture, from each other, and from our wider community. Wherever they’re from, God is present as we become aware of how we are changed because we’ve heard them. Stories change us.

In worship, we will hear stories from Scripture on Sunday, and stories from Mount Olivet members on Wednesdays. In our community book read, we will hear stories from people of color and indigenous people in Minnesota as we read A Good Time for the Truth. And in our Lent Learning Tracks, we will engage with God’s unfolding story in our church as we do Mission and Outreach with our community partners, dive deep into the world of Ignatian Spirituality, or reflect on what it means to exist in a pluralistic world with Many Faiths.


maundy thursday

march 29 // 7 pm // worship and 5th grade milestones

Mount Olivet 5th graders will celebrate this milestone together, using bread they baked, and chalices they decorated at their communion milestone retreat about a month ago. Maundy Thursday commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples and the beginning of the Triduum. Please plan to join the 5th graders and their families for cake and fellowship in the Fireside Room following worship.

good friday prayer vigil

march 30 // 7 am-7 pm // worship center

Good friday worship // 7 PM Worship center 

The Worship Center will be open all day for prayer, meditation, and reflection. Stop in anytime between 7 am and 7 pm for this opportunity to pray in the quiet of our sanctuary. A list of optional scripture passages to use for reflection, along with suggest prayers will be available. Light a candle, write down a prayer for the Prayer Team, and take as mush quiet time as you'd like.

good friday men's breakfast: "stories change us"

march 30 // 6:45 am 

Our guest, Kat Vann, will help us look deeply into the stories of people facing housing insecurity and homelessness, and how those stories influence the organization's ability to listen, advocate for the marginalized, and impact policy change. Kat Vonn is a Congregational Organizer with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. She works with Beacon congregations in suburban Hennepin County (including MO) to develop affordable housing like Cranberry Ridge, host families experiencing homelessness, and build their power to advocate for policies and resources to end homelessness. We look forward to sharing breakfast, community, and stories. Register HERE

easter worship

sunday, april 1 

6:30 AM // Sunrise Service at Historic Chapel

8:30, 9:45, 11 AM // Worship Center with Festival Choir, Brass, Handbell Choir, and Organ

sunday WOrship

Stories from Scripture

Each Sunday during Lent, we will take time in worship to reflect on how Stories Change Us.  Following our scripture reading from the Gospel of Mark and a message from Pastor Beth or Pastor Joel, we will set aside some time and invite the congregation to consider how this story of faith changed those involved and in turn can change us, through silent or written reflection. We will also celebrate Holy Communion and share a time of prayer as a community of faith.

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Stories of Faith from MO Members

Scripture tells us that there is a “Time for Every Purpose under Heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3). Each Wednesday night during Lent, as we focus on how Stories Change Us, we gather for worship and prayer at 6:15pm. At the center of each worship service is a faith talk from a Mount Olivet member about their personal journey through a time of change or transition. Following their time of sharing, we will each take a few moments to reflect on their experience – by drawing, writing, praying, or even writing a note to share with the faith talker.  We are invited to consider how this story of faith changed them and in turn can change us. We celebrate Holy Communion and share a time of prayer as a community of faith.

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community wide book read: "A Good time for the truth"

This Lent, we are learning that Stories Change Us. A Good Time for the Truth contains stories from our wider community, told by Minnesotans of color about the joys and challenges of their lives. These vibrant and accessible essays help us learn what life in this state looks like from many different vantage points, and engaging with these stories will change the way we see ourselves and the place we live.

By reading and discussing A Good Time for the Truth, we will:

  • Build empathy for people whose race is different than our own, and increase our commitment to racial equity
  • Learn about ourselves and the role race has played in our lives
  • Listen for God speaking through the stories that are shared with us

We invite everyone in the congregation to read and discuss this book together. We will gather in the Fireside Room for small group discussion during MOtalk time (10-10:45am) on Sundays, or from 7pm-8pm on Wednesdays in Room 272. 

You can purchase the book for $13.00 from MO, either through the registration link, or by check/cash at church. Books will be available for pick-up in the Welcome Center.

Schedule of readings:

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lent learning tracks

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many faiths

In this five week series, people will explore the dynamic nature of a world filled
with many belief systems. There will be an introduction to many faiths and how
the Christian and Lutheran lens impact our understanding of different faith
expressions in the world. Jewish and Muslim speakers will engage us in
interfaith dialogue as together we search for deeper truth, 
understanding and friendship. 

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mission experiences

In this five week series, we will put our hands to work serving our neighbors. Each week will feature a different service project and learning opportunity. Let's explore the various ways we can love our neighbor and pursue justice together this Lent. Activities and discussions will be accessible for 5th graders through adults. This series will be led by Beth McGrew-King.

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ignatian spirituality

In this five week series, we will explore a few spiritual practices emerging from the wisdom of St Ignatius of Loyola. With the focus on noticing and growing our awareness of God and Spirit in our lives, we will have an opportunity to experience different prayer and meditation practices, reflect individually and in group, and listen for the way our hearts are calling us to make a return of love in our lives. This series will be led by Melissa Borgmann Kiemde, Spiritual Director at Loyola Spirituality Center and Vocation Partner at Visitation Monastery in North Minneapolis.

Women's Retreat

Come away for 24 hours. Pastor Beth will lead a 24 hour contemplative women’s retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center beginning at 4:00pm on Friday March 23 and ending before dinner on Saturday, March 24.  Christ the King Retreat center is located in Buffalo on Buffalo Lake and has ample beautiful space inside and outside for walking and reflecting.  This retreat will bring together the spiritual practices we learn through Ignatian Spirituality on Wednesday nights through Lent, although participation in the learning sessions is not required to attend the retreat.  The retreat will be held the Friday and Saturday before Holy Week giving us space to think deeply about the death and resurrection of Jesus in the context of our own stories.

The cost of the retreat includes room, 3 meals and all supplies.  $135 for a private room and $125 for shared room.  Transportation to and from the retreat is on your own.

Check out the retreat center http://kingshouse.com/

Lenten Suppers

On Wednesday evenings this Lent, gather with friends and family for a tasty meal before worship AND support MO students going on mission trips this summer! We will be collecting a free will donation to benefit mission trippers.

We'll serve a rotating selection of soups and sandwiches. Lenten suppers will replace pizza on Wednesday nights. Pizza will return April 4.

Each week we’ll be featuring soup and sandwiches with a rotating selection of soups.

Wednesdays // 5:30-6:15pm // Fellowship Hall

Mar. 21 // Sandwich Bar, Salad, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Creamy Tomato Soup (Gluten Free option available)

Helping others during Lent

During Lent, MO will be collecting hygiene items for Northport Elementary. Northport families in transition need basic self-care items like: socks, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, tooth brushes, wide tooth combs, deodorant, chapstick, bristle brushes, Vaseline, soap bars, products like Blue Magic Hair & Scalp conditioner, Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Conditioner.

Northport welcomes both full size and travel sized items. We will collect items from Sun, Feb 18 - Wed, Mar 21. Items can be brought to the Welcome Center, to BE, or the CLC.