Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press — November 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive,

By a decree given in the administration of Abraham Lincoln, our country observes a national day of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.  And so, God willing, on the 26th of this month, we will gather at church to worship and praise the great Triune God who so richly provides for all our needs here on earth.
As Americans, especially, we have so much for which to be thankful.  Most of us enjoy abundant food to eat, clothing to wear, cars to drive, medical care and education and peaceful government.  All of this, in addition to the many other toys and gadgets we use and are entertained by on a daily basis.
What better way for us as American Christians to observe this holiday than by worshiping and thanking God with our fellow believers?  Please make plans to be with us as we join together on Wednesday evening, November 25 at 6:30 PM, or the next morning, Thursday at 10:00.
During this same month of November another sort of observance occurs.  This one isn’t marked by parades or football games or turkey dinners.  The weeks in November contain the last three Sundays of the Christian church year.  The customary Scripture readings for those Sundays remind us of the coming end of all things here on earth.  The readings and hymns serve to direct our thoughts to that coming day when our Lord will return for the judgment of all people and the destruction of this world.
Jesus hasn’t told us on what day He will come.  Although many through the years have tried to determine the precise time of His coming, that information has not been given for us to know.  But the Lord has given us a number of signs to watch for – signs within nature such as hurricanes, famines and earthquakes; signs within society such as revolutions, wars, rumors of wars; and signs within His Church such as persecutions, apathy and false teaching.
These signs are unpleasant to observe.  In fact we rightly dread these events which Jesus has told us about.  We can’t help but notice with some alarm that these signs are being fulfilled before our eyes.
So in this month of November as we think about the gifts God has bestowed upon us, let us thank Him also for the warnings He’s given in His Word so that we may be ready every day to stand before His throne.  More than anything, though, let’s thank Him for giving us His dear Son to protect us and save us from our sins.  Through the sacrifice He made for us on the cross, we possess the forgiveness of our sins, and by His resurrection we have the confident hope for eternal life in heaven.  In fact, because of Jesus we can observe the signs of the coming judgment with boundless joy.  For our Lord tells us, “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near.”
God’s blessings!
Pastor Petersen

November’s Spotlight is on Morgan Weyrauch who joined Mt. Olive last summer.  She grew up in Mapleton, MN and is currently in her junior year at Bethany.  Majoring in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School math, Morgan will be certified to teach in grades K-8 in the ELS schools.
Her past couple of summers were spent teaching VBS in Lodi, CA and working at Camp Knutson with individuals with autism.  While at Bethany Morgan co-chairs “Colleges Against Cancer” which provides cancer education and fundraising for the Cancer Society.  Morgan also helps out at Mt. Olive as a Sunday School teacher.
She enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with friends and family.  When asked about her future plans, “wherever the Lord leads me” was Morgan’s response.

Important Dates at Mt. Olive Lutheran School

Wednesday, November 4
Grandparents’ Day at Mt. Olive School
Wed –Sun, November 4-8
Scholastic  Book  Fair
Thursday, November 5
Picture Retake Day
Friday, November 6
No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, November 9
No School – Teacher  Inservice
Tuesday, November 10
No AM Busing
Veterans’  Day Event at MVL
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Wednesday, November 18
Mt. Olive School  Band  Concert
Wed – Friday, November 25-27
No School – Thanksgiving Break

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: Juel Merseth (captain), Ron Bequette, Greg Lieske, Ron Koth, Tim Merseth
2nd Service: Dean Kluge (captain), Bill Bukowski, Joe Madson, Jon Mueller, Jacob Mueller
1st Service:  Arden Olson (captain), Eldon Sting, Peter Finken, Joe Finken, Mark Graham
2nd Service:  Greg Costello (captain), Don Lehne, Mark Johnson, Aaron Heyn, John Weber

Altar Guild:
November: Carol Petersen, Sherri Bukowski
December:  Heidi Graham, Sharon Madson

November: Dan Gerdts, Joe Meyer
December:  John Foede, John Baumann

Bible Classes at Mt. Olive
9:40AM Sundays (BIC)
9:40AM Sundays (Bible Study) Paul’s Missionary Journeys
8AM Tuesdays (Ladies Bible Study) Book of Acts
9AM Wednesdays (Bible Study) Augsburg Confession
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.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Mt. Olive: Overflowing with gratitude for all the Lord has done for you?! Join Mt. Olive’s Evangelism Committee to help host our 4th annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 11AM, serving both members of area churches and the unchurched in the community who may not have family around with which to celebrate. Here are several ways YOU can help:

  • If you would like to attend, please sign-up in the church office, or call Mt. Olive’s office at 345- 4966 by Sunday, Nov. 23. Consider volunteering with set-up, serving, or clean-up.
  • If you cannot join us, consider volunteering to prepare food in advance. A list of needed items are listed in Mt. Olive’s narthex, or ask by calling

Mt. Olive at: 345-4966.

  • Let your friends and neighbors know about this opportunity!

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10

Echo Food Shelf
At Thanksgiving about 9,000 people received a COMPLETE Thanksgiving meal from ECHO Food Shelf. How can you help provide the needed food? You will find a basket in the narthex for donated items.

Holiday Lights Display in Sibley Park
Mt. Olive is once again participating in Sibley Park’s Holiday Lights display for this Christmas season. Our church will have a decorated tree on display at the park, and we need volunteers to work during the open hours of the light display on Thursday, December 17 from 4:40-9PM. Please sign up on the narthex table. Also, if any groups are interested in helping the City set up before it opens, please let us know in the office.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Mt. Olive will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on November 27, from 12-5PM. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or sign up online at and enter sponsor code: MTOLIVEKATO.

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.

Scripture of the Month
Scripture of the Month and Potluck is on Wednesday, November 18. The pizza will be served at 5:30pm and Bible class at 6pm.

Our Services are now ARCHIVED ONLINE!
Mt. Olive services are 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. We still need help on November 7!

“TRASH FOR CASH” is a way that the PTF is able to make money for our school by mailing in “trash.”  This “trash” is found on products you buy every day.  It’s easy!  Just cut off the label or turn in the receipt or ink cartridge for the following products in the bins in the corner of the social hall.

  1. Box top labels from General Mill’s products
  2. Campbells labels (soups, healthy request, swanson foods, prego, pepperidge farm etc)
  3. Tyson products
  4. Any used ink cartridge
  5. Hy-Vee receipts (can be from either Mankato location and must be dated September 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016 only)
  6. Kwik trip products (from kwik star natures touch or kwik quencher products)

Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School

Looking for Part Time Work? Palmer Bus Service is looking for a van driver to make the MVL runs from Morgan to Sleepy Eye (7:05 – 7:30 A.M.) and Sleepy Eye to Morgan (3:30 – 4:05 P.M.) No special license needed. Contact Randy Gieseke at 507-995-5387.
Schedule Changes to Note: Due to conflicts and circumstances beyond our control, we have elected to reschedule the Veterans’ Recognition Program to Tuesday, November 10, beginning at 9AM.  In order to keep the logistics simple, we are also going to move the Fall Band Concert to that Tuesday night, November 10, at 7PM. We are looking forward to hosting our veterans again this year and hearing our Band, Jazz Ensemble and Chargaliers perform in the Fall Band Concert!
Christmas Wreath Sale: MVL students will be taking orders for Christmas wreaths and other holiday decorations on the Sundays throughout the month of November, beginning November 1.  Orders will be delivered to MVL on November 24 for student pick-up and delivery.  Check with your MVL student(s) for an order form.
Drama students will present their Fall Play on Friday, November 6 at 7PM and on Saturday, November 7 at 2 & 7PM. Plan to attend and enjoy the acting talents of our MVL students.

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

There is still one Sunday remaining in 2015 when you may donate flowers for church – December 13. If you wish to provide flowers for this date please sign the flower chart in the entrance. SINCERE THANKS to all who have provided flowers throughout the year!

Home Purchase Project
Mount Olive is looking at ways we could purchase certain homes around the church when they become available, which could help us accommodate for the future growth of our congregation.  Once again a generous donor has offered a gift of $10,000 for this purpose, based on a matching amount from the members.  Would you consider a special donation which would help us direct $20,000 for the growth of our church and school.  Please note “Home Purchase Project” on your donation. Thank you!

The Mankato chapter of the Bethany Auxiliary
will meet on Tuesday, November 10 at 7PM in Honsey Hall on the Bethany campus. The featured speaker for the evening will be Kurt Paulsen talking about the Speechless Film Festival. EVERYONE is invited to attend the presentation. The business meeting for the group will follow.
The Bethany Auxiliary exists to raise awareness of current activities and advancements at Bethany Lutheran College and to raise funds for projects that directly benefit the Bethany student community.

Bethany Fine Arts Events
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 4:30PM in Trinity Chapel: Reformation Vespers Service. This service of music and the Word will highlight Bethany’s new Steinway piano, and will feature works of Bach and Mendelssohn in transcription for one and two pianos. Music for congregation and choir will explore the musical and theological heritage of the Lutheran Church.
Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2PM in Trinity Chapel: Pianist Lydia Artymiw in a Guest Artist Series solo concert, (Tickets available at the door, $10 adults, $6 students/seniors 60+)
Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7PM in the YFAC Gallery: A Bethany Faculty Art Show of current work by Bill Bukowski, Eric Ouren, Andy Overn, Kurt Paulsen, Amada Quist, Phil Wels, and Denice Woller will be on display in the YFAC gallery from November 2-25. The public is welcome to a gallery talk and reception on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Starting October 26, tickets are available for Leveling Up, Bethany’s fall play. Box office hours are weekdays, 1-5PM at 507-344-7374 or online anytime at Performances are Nov. 6-7, 13-14 at 7:30PM and Sun., Nov. 8 at 2PM. (Tickets = $10 adults, $6 students/seniors 60+)