Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press – September 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive,

The new year for our Christian Day School will soon begin, with the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 1.  Our annual Rally Day is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 when Sunday School classes will resume.  Soon our Junior and Senior Youth Groups will kick off their school year activities, after a summer which included a week at Camp Indianhead and the LYA Convention.  The Christian education and nurturing of our children is so important!  So we want to begin this new school year with enthusiasm and renewed dedication to teaching the Bible’s saving truths to our Savior’s precious lambs.
Christian Education isn’t just for the children, though.  Also in the month of September we plan to resume our Sunday morning Bible Class which meets between services, and our Wednesday morning class which meets at 9:00.  The Women’s Bible Class continues on Tuesday mornings at 8:00.  And please don’t forget our Bible Information Classes for all those interested in learning or reviewing our basic Christian beliefs, which meets on Sunday mornings between services, around 9:40 AM.
Our Jesus Cares Ministry has been up and running for several years now, and it continues to grow, with more and more friends joining us on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.   We also have a new group which meets on Wednesday mornings each week.  It’s especially geared to young moms and their little ones. (Child care is provided).  Please call the office for more information about any of these classes.
God has blessed us with many opportunities to study and discuss and learn from His holy Word!  What a joy it is for us to gather with our fellow believers to read and discuss it.  Think of it!  The God of the universe has made known His saving will to mankind through His word.  That’s truly a miracle of love!  St. Paul wrote, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy3:16,17)
It’s worth any effort and any amount of time to read and study and learn God’s doctrines.  Please take advantage of the various educational opportunities offered here at Mount Olive.  In so doing, we will follow this instruction given through St. Peter:
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 
(2 Peter 3:18)
Yours sincerely in Him,
Pastor Petersen

Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes will begin September 2 for 7th and 8th grade students. If your child is not enrolled at Mt. Olive Lutheran School please contact the church office to sign him/her up for Confirmation classes. (345-4966)

Sunday Worship Schedule

We’ll return to our Fall/Winter Sunday schedule on September 13, with the services at 8:30 and 10:45. That day Sunday School and Bible classes will resume at 9:40.

Mission Support Bake Sale

September 27th is Mt. Olive’s annual Mission Support Bake Sale. Proceeds from this sale are given as Mt. Olive’s contribution to the annual Women’s Mission Rally held in October. As we do not have any official women’s groups in our congregation this is our only opportunity to support this group.
Please sign up on the donation sheets that will be out on the table in the narthex during the month of September.
All monies collected at the bake sale go to our foreign and home missions. You may write checks payable to Mt. Olive with mission support in the memo.   Your generosity WILL help spread the gospel.

Important Dates at Mt. Olive Lutheran School

Tuesday, September 1
First Day of School
Friday, September 4
No School
Monday, September 7
No School – Labor Day
Thursday, September 10
Picture Day
Tuesday, September 22
No AM Busing


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.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Mt. Olive will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on September 16, from 2-7PM. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or sign up online at and enter sponsor code: MTOLIVEKATO.


Altar Flowers:

There are several opportunities in September to mark a special occasion, honor a loved one, or simply beautify our sanctuary by providing flowers for a Sunday/Monday worship. Please check the flower calendar in the narthex if you would like to reserve a date – or contact Lois Jaeger at 507-351-5488. Garden flowers are also an option for this time of year if you have any to share. Thank you for your consideration!



1st Service: Ron Younge (captain), Brian Strom, James Strom, Silas Born, Aaron Younge
2nd Service: Jim Gullixson (captain), Peter Bloedel, Hans Bloedel, Jerry Hanson, Spencer Olson
1st Service: Dave Sulzle (captain), John Bungum, Rich Hultgren, Rich Andreason, Craig Zibrowski
2nd Service: Steve Jaeger (captain), Joe Meyer, Herman Harstad, Jeremy Jacob, Sam Barbosa

Altar Guild

September: Krista Petzel, Lynette Merseth
October: Carol Leiferman, Ellie Fisher


September: Mark Graham, Andy Overn
October: Ron Younge, Jeff Younge


Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

9:40AM Sundays (BIC) starting Sept. 13
9:40AM Sundays (Bible Study) starting Sept. 13
8AM Tuesdays (Ladies Bible Study)
9AM Wednesdays (Bible Study)
Bible Information Class (BIC) is available for anyone interested in learning more about our Christian faith. Please talk to one of the Pastors if you’re interested.


News Deadlines

Please submit any announcements to be included in our Sunday bulletin or the Olive Press Newsletter to the church office. You may call (507) 345-4966, or email information to Sarah Bloedel at The deadline for submitting bulletin announcements is noon on Wednesday.
Any Olive Press newsletter articles or announcements should be submitted by the 15th of the previous month.


The Mankato chapter of the Bethany Auxiliary

will hold its first meeting of the academic year on Tuesday, September 8 at 7 p.m. on the Bethany campus. The featured speaker will be Bethany’s own “master gardener” Dan Johnson.  Bethany is often complimented on how beautiful the campus grounds look and Dan will tell us a little about how that is accomplished. Weather permitting a walking tour will begin at 7pm with the group meeting at the large annual planter near Meyer Hall.
EVERYONE is welcome to attend the presentation by Dan Johnson. A short business meeting for auxiliary members will follow.
The Bethany auxiliary exists to support the work of the college by raising funds for various projects and increasing awareness of what is happening on campus.


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 (Consolidated Communications) on Wednesdays at 10AM and Thursdays at 11:30AM.


New 2 You Family Thrift Store

It takes on average 120 hours a week of volunteer time to fill the shifts? This is about 24 hours, per church, per week or 6—4 hour shifts. Thank you to all those who volunteer to make our mission possible.
Please continue to support New 2 You by volunteering, making donations, shopping our store, or praying for continued blessings on their efforts.  If you would like to become a volunteer please call
New 2 You at 507-385-1455.



The second annual Mt. Olive Fall Bonfire and Picnic will take place Saturday, September 26 beginning at 5:30pm at the Bethany athletic field. Watch the Sunday bulletins for additional information.


Sr. Youth Group (Confirmed ELS Youth)

Let’s kick-off this year with a trip to BLC’s Sigurd Lee Theater to watch Theatre Physics together on Saturday, September 19. Please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex so we can reserve your ticket for. Meet in the lobby of the YFAC at Bethany at 6:40PM to get your tickets, and we’ll head over to the Bloedel’s house for pizza afterwards (drivers will be needed). We plan to wrap things up by 10:00-10:30PM for pick up. Hope to see you there!


Lutheran Girl Pioneers 

is open to girls in Kindergarten – 6th grade (junior & high school-age girls are welcome to come and help as Junior Leaders). Each Sunday evening meeting we will explore the theme of My World and I. We will generally be meeting on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 5-7PM in the Social Hall. Registration forms are available on the table in the narthex.


Handbell Choir

 Come and join the handbell choir in ringing praise to our God! No experience is necessary, but the ability to read music notes and values is very helpful and a commitment to being at rehearsals and performances is essential. Former members and new members are welcome. Weekly rehearsals will start in September. If you are interested in becoming a member or have any questions, please contact Tanya Norris at 389-8906 or


Mt. Olive School Scrip Program

The Scrip program offers gift cards for purchase for a wide variety of retailers. A percentage of gift card purchases go towards Mt. Olive Tuition. Visit to view the 400+ participating retailers. If you have any questions or need help getting started email Tanya Norris or Krista Petzel



The Lord has granted a special gift to Mount Olive, in the form of a legacy from the estate of Mrs. Lorraine Mueller in the amount of $509,000.  A stipulation of the gift is that it is to be used primarily for Gospel outreach.  With that in mind, we won’t be spending this money on the normal daily operating costs of our church and school, such as utilities and salaries, etc.  For those things we will depend as always on the regular, generous offerings of our congregation’s members.  The Church Council will be giving careful consideration to using this gift in the wisest ways, as the Lord directs us. Please keep this matter in your prayers!



A young woman walked into a church to talk to the pastor. She told the pastor that although she did not regularly attend church she believed in God, had a prayer life, was kind to people, and tried hard to live by the Ten Commandments. Despite it all she could not rid herself of a nagging sense of sin and guilt.
“Why is it,” she asked, “that my friends who do not believe in God, who freely admit that they do not take religion seriously, are never troubled by any consciousness of guilt?”
Her question was not a new one for the pastor. “Tell me”, he said, “if I were to lay a hundred pounds of stone upon a corpse, would it feel the weight?”
“No. I’m sure it wouldn’t”, she replied.
“Why not?”
“Because the corpse has no life in it and is unable to feel the load.”
“Exactly!” replied the pastor. “And that is why the person who is indifferent to his spiritual needs can say that he doesn’t feel the weight of sin. He is dead, spiritually.”
It has always been true that the Christian has been more conscious of his personal sinfulness in the sight of God than the careless unbeliever.
King David admitted, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” (Psalm 51:3)
The Christian sees his sin. A person who walks in the darkness can’t see the smudges on his clothes. But once he walks in the light he immediately becomes conscious of his filthy condition.
There is nothing surprising at all in this young lady’s concern over her personal sin. In fact, her deep concern was a sign that the Spirit of God was indeed working in her heart.
“If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.” (I John 3:20). God, who is greater than our hearts, looks at us, not in our sins, but in Christ Jesus. Because of Jesus all of your sins are forgiven!!!! As the book of Romans so wonderfully reminds us, “There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”