Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press — March 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive,
We are now in the middle of the current Lenten Season, as we remember all that our Lord offered and endured in winning our eternal salvation.  This year we are considering as our general theme:  IRONIES OF THE PASSION.  We’ve noted that an irony is a set of circumstances or an outcome that is contrary to what you expect.  It’s ironic when, for example, a person slips and falls on the ice as they attempt to cause someone else to slip and fall.  A lot of comedy is built around this concept of irony.
There’s nothing funny about the story of our Lord’s suffering and death.  However, there are certain ironies to be noticed in it.  Jesus surprises us with His conclusion to the story of the proud, outwardly moral Pharisee, and the criminal tax collector who enter the temple at the same time.  The Pharisee offers a prayer of self-congratulations for his piety and generosity.  By contrast, the tax collector beats his breast and keeps his eyes downcast and can only mutter, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”   Jesus says of him, “This man went home justified.”  By this ironic statement the Lord teaches us that the proper posture before God’s justice is not to depend on some outward performance of the Law, but rather to humbly repent of our failure to obey Him by our words and actions and in our thoughts.  Only by faith in the One who accepted all our guilt and who suffered for all our sins can we be declared justified, that is, not guilty before God.
How ironic that Caiaphas the High Priest actually preached the Gospel of Christ even as he treacherously counseled his fellow rulers to apprehend and crucify Him, stating, “It is better for you that one man die for the people.”  Caiaphas said this, hoping to prevent a fierce, destructive response from the occupying Roman army if Jesus were allowed to become too popular with the masses. How wonderful that we are among those who are “the people” in whose place Jesus gave His holy, sinless life unto death.  Now for His sake we escape eternal death and are granted life without end in heaven!
Join us for our midweek services on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, and for our Holy Week services as we note the blessed ironies connected to our Savior’s loving sacrifice!
Pastor John Petersen


Meet Mt. Olive’s Members

Steve Lussky is a native Minnesotan, having grown up in Bloomington and attending Lutheran schools in the Minneapolis area.  Bethany brought him to Mankato, and after attending two years he completed his major in math and computer science at MSU.
After working at Kato Engineering for 27 years Steve is now employed as a systems analyst at Davisco in
Le Sueur.
When he’s not on the clock, Steve has played softball in both church and commercial leagues, and has coached basketball here at Mt. Olive in the past.  Currently he enjoys fishing and golf in his spare time.   One of Steve’s fond, fun memories is of a night spent out on the town with some of the Harlem Globetrotters – an impressive brush with fame.


Kwik Trip Cards

Mt. Olive youth (grades 5-12) are selling Kwik Trip Cards as a fund-raiser to help raise money for Mt. Olive Youth Groups. 5% goes to our youth groups and individual youth. This is a year-round fundraiser. Cards are sold between services on Sundays year round. Contact Angie Younge: 389-9137 or Rebecca Strom: 386-0372 with questions.

The 2016 Flower Calendar for the church year is now up in the entry way next to the bulletin board. Thank you for signing up to bring flowers to beautify our altar this coming year!


Online Worship Services

Our Services are ARCHIVED ONLINE!  Mt. Olive now has a page on VIMEO where our services are archived. Check it out:


Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

The following Bible Classes are offered at Mt. Olive:
9:40AM Sundays (Bible Class)
9:40AM Sundays (BIC)
8AM Tuesdays (Ladies Bible study)
8AM Wednesdays (Mom’s 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


Serving Mt. Olive

1st Service: Tom Bode (captain), Eli Bode,
John Schauer, Alex Schauer, John Pfeffer
2nd Service: Chris Kind (captain), Larry Rude,
Dale Schaffer, John Foede, Luke Buelow
1st Service: David Norris (captain), Ryan Buch,
Kyle Buch, Dan Gerdts
2nd Service: Bill Bohning (captain), Daniel Neubauer, Mark Olson, Scott Pithan, Taylor Pithan, Ethan Pithan
1st Service: Ron & Mary Younge, Eldon Sting
2nd Service: Mike & Anita Smith, Dan & Joanne Maas
1st Service: Ernie & Marge Lillo,
Eldon Sting, Keith Anderson
2nd Service: Steve & Lois Jaeger,
James & Carolyn Gates
Altar Guild
March: Carol Leiferman, Elyse Haugen
April: Joni Bode, Sharon Madson
March: Lisa Holt, Brenda Garbers, Connie Meyer
April: Will Holt, Lance Schwartz


Important Dates at Mt. Olive Lutheran School

Tuesday, March 1 – Friday, March 4
Lutheran Schools Week
Saturday, March 5
MVL Music Fest (grades 5-8)
Sunday, March 6
Band Plays/Bake Sale & Sunday School Sings
Monday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 8
Young Writers Conference
Tuesday, March 8
No AM Busing
Monday, March 14
Charger Youth at MVL (grades 1 & 2)
Friday, March 18
Mt. Olive School Open House
Saturday, March 19
Easter for Kids
Sunday, March 20
Kindergarten & 1st grade sings
Monday, March 21
No busing
Thursday, March 24 – Monday, March 28
No School – Easter Break
Tuesday, March 29
Classes Resume


Lenten Suppers:

Lenten worship services take place at 6:30PM through March 16.  5PM suppers are served before each service.  The supper on Wednesday, March 2 will be a potluck so please plan to bring a dish to share!


Easter Flowers Sign Up Sheet

If you are interested in purchasing lilies, tulips, chrysanthemums or hyacinths to beautify the altar for Easter, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex to order specific flowers. Please indicate the type and quantity of flowers you would like, and in whose honor they are given.  The deadline for ordering is March 20.


Monday Night Services:

Please note that our Monday night services will be suspended during the Lenten season.  We encourage those who cannot attend church on Sundays to join us for our midweek Lenten services on Wednesdays at 6:30PM. The theme for Lent this year is “Ironies of the Passion”.


Donations Requested

Easter for Kids is looking for some donations for their event on March 19. They still need plastic Easter eggs but have enough cardboard tubes.
Our CDS After-School Care Program is also looking for donations of used Legos.
Please drop off your donations in the office.



  • 50 attended the Men’s Breakfast on January 30.  Seminarian Aaron Ferkenstad led a discussion on the subject of family devotions.
  • 130 contacts were made at the Baby Expo held on January 30 at the Verizon Center..
  • Offerings are $8,000 over the budget, and expenses $6,000 over the budget for the fiscal year.
  • A 2% increase in school tuition is planned for the 2016/2017 school year.
  • Vacation Bible School has been scheduled forJuly 18-22.
  • Camp Indianhead has been scheduled forJuly 11-15 at Lutheran Island camp in northern MN.
  • The bathrooms on the north side of the building are being remodeled.
  • A resolution was passed to approve the establishment of a building committee which will conduct a feasibility study for any remodeling or expansion of the church/school building.
  • A congregational Open Forum is scheduled forSunday, April 10, between services.

Sr. Youth Group

Start gearing up for this year’s trip to Dallas, TX with the Lutheran Youth Association (LYA) on July 28-31, 2016. The convention’s theme this year is, “Two Kingdoms”. Go to: to register. The cost is $250 before May 1st, or $300 after. More info to come regarding the bus to get us there, cost, fundraisers,  etc. Any questions? Contact Peter or Sarah Bloedel.


Family Bingo Night is Back!

Join us on Friday, March 4 from 6:30-8:30 for Family Bingo Night, a part of our Lutheran Schools Week celebration. Bring your family and invite your friends. Bingo is free to play and there are plenty of prizes. Come for night of fellowship and fun! Also, treat your family to a sub sandwich dinner before bingo from 5:30-6:30.