Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press – July 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive, Do you have plans for the 4th? That’s a common question these days as we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence. The Fourth of July holiday is a popular time for people to go camping or picnicking, to gather with friends and family to watch a parade or a fireworks display.

Pastor John Petersen
Pastor John Petersen

All of those are appropriate ways to observe the great freedoms we enjoy, won for us by our forefathers who drafted our Declaration of Independence and who fought a powerful empire to assure that freedom. How thankful we should be that God has given us the liberties we enjoy as Americans and that He has called on many of our fellow citizens to fight and die to preserve it to this day.
How should we celebrate our national independence and the personal freedom we enjoy? Along with the other common ways, we should observe the Fourth of July by praying.

St. Paul wrote to Timothy: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority.”

As Christians we should make full use of the great gift of prayer, going before God on behalf of all people, but especially on behalf of our nation’s elected leaders and appointed officials. They have difficult tasks to perform for us, and we should support them by seeking wisdom and strength and devotion from above. In our prayers for the nation and its leaders, we should be sure to express our gratitude for living in our free land and for all the benefits we experience living in it.
It’s true, we may be alarmed that some of our precious liberties seem to be eroding of late, and we in the church may be especially concerned about certain infringements on our conscience as believers. Nevertheless, we thank the Lord who allows us to exercise our liberties to be involved in the political process, whereby our freedoms are protected. Thank the Lord in prayer and seek His continuing strength to defend what is good and leads to our leading a “quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”
As you prepare for the Fourth, plan to spend at least a few moments in prayer, thanking our gracious heavenly Father and asking Him to bless our nation’s leaders and to help us appreciate and maintain our freedoms!
Your friend in Christ, Pastor Petersen


Get to Know Your Congregation

Annette, Chad, and their son Jeremy.

Meet the Feistners – Chad, Annette and their son Jeremy. Chad grew up in Wessington Springs, SD, and graduated from the University of SD with a B.A. in music, then followed that up with a B.S.N. in nursing at the University in Sioux City, Iowa. After working as a traveling nurse for some time he accepted a position in cardiac telemetry at the Mayo Health System here in Mankato. Biking, hunting, fishing, working out and playing drums are some of Chad’s interests. Annette was also born in South Dakota, but as part of a military family, she moved around while growing up. She says she grew up “east of the Rockies and west of the Mississippi.” Annette attended Central Missouri University as well as Western IA Tech, and holds Bachelor of Arts degree and an A.A. S. in Applied Science. Past and present interests include rock climbing, hiking, gardening, and knitting.
The couple met while through the internet while living in Sioux City, IA. Annette had been very open about her faith and Christianity so was very happy when on their third date Chad invited her to go to church with him. Their son Jeremy turns eight on July 3rd and is entering the second grade at Mt. Olive Lutheran School. His future goals are to some day attend Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, and then pursue a football career with the Minnesota Vikings.


Quarterly Voters Meeting

Please plan to attend our Quarterly Voters Meeting on Sunday, July 19 at 11AM.



Camp Indianhead will take place July 5-10, 2015 at Lutheran Island Camp. LYA Convention is July 23-26, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran College


Mt. Olive at the Moon Dogs

Mt. Olive is going to the dogs! The Moon Dogs, that is… Join us on Sunday, July 12 at 5PM for a pre-game supper at Mt. Olive. Following supper we will attend the Moon Dogs game. Tickets are $4.00.

Church Table and Chair Use

Members may borrow chairs and the older brown tables from the church. All arrangements MUST go through the church office to be sure there are enough available




1st Service: Ross Hermanson (captain), Craig Brown, Broderick Brown, Will Holt, Nathan Younge
2nd Service: Robert Irwin (captain), Scott Dzwonkowski, Dennis Soule, Kent Waletski


1st Service: Frank Selvey (captain), Mike Smith, Silas Petersen, Darrell Iverson, Ray Iverson, Art Westphal
2nd Service: Paul Tweit (captain), Keith Anderson, Lance Johnson, Dennis Runck, Bob Fosburgh, Blake Fosburgh

Altar Guild

July: Connie Meyer, Terri Westphal
August: Joni Bode, Terri Westphal



July: Genie Selvey, Joni Bode
August: Stacy Olson, Seth Tweit


Our Services are now ARCHIVED ONLINE!

Mt. Olive services are now archived on a VIMEO page. Check it out:
Mt. Olive services are also being shown on local cable channel 181 (Charter) and 7 & 507 (Enventis) on Wednesdays at 10AM and Thursdays at 11:30AM.


Fun Days Parade

Mt. Olive will be a part of the Fun Days Parade this year on Saturday, July 11! If you would like to walk in the parade, please let Ryan MacPherson or Michelle Graham know. We would like all walkers to wear a Mt. Olive tee shirt. Information regarding timing and parade placement are coming soon!