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The Olive Press — September 2016

Grow In Grace

2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Recently, as I was shaking hands with people after church, one of our school’s upper grade students came through the line. It made me do a double-take! I realized that this individual had grown considerably taller since school had gotten out in May. In shock, I said, “WOW! You must have grown 6 inches over the summer!” He smiled politely at me and said, “Yeah, that’s what everyone has been saying.”
It is a joy to watch the children of our congregation and school grow into young adults! It is rewarding, as a Pastor and Teacher, to see our young people mature and succeed at the different stages of life that they come to. It is especially gratifying to think that we as a church and a school had a hand in helping them grow and get to where they are today, and also as we see a bright future ahead of them!
The theme for our school year at Mount Olive (that is shared also by MVL and other grade schools of our fellowship in the area,) focuses us on this joyful task that we have been given to help our young people “Grow in Grace.” Mount Olive Lutheran School exists specifically for this reason! We want to help our young people “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” We understand that there is nothing more important, than to Feed the Lambs–to give them God’s Word and to prepare them for the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper–so that they will be well prepared to tackle the challenges they will face in their lives here in this world. But we also understand that our purpose is even more important than that! We have the task of preparing them for the glories that belong to them in their eternal home of Heaven!
This task of helping them “Grow in Grace” is a task not only given to our Lutheran day school. This is the purpose of our congregation and church. We want all members, including YOU, to “Grow in Grace.” Just as it is important for our young people to be strengthened so that they can tackle the challenges of their lives–so too do YOU need strengthening to tackle the challenges of your daily life! Just as we want to make sure our youth are prepared to enter their eternal glory (whenever that might be–though we pray for them it be in the distant future!)–so too do we want YOU to be prepared to enter your eternal glory, whenever God calls upon you!
With this in mind, I urge you to come and receive God’s Word and Sacraments as often as possible! Come and hear God’s Word, as it is shared with you in the liturgy, hymns, and preaching of the Divine Service. Make use of our frequent Communion Sundays, receiving the Lord’s Supper. Support and attend the many programs that we have at Mount Olive – Sunday School, Confirmation Classes, the many various Bible Studies that take place. I also encourage you to make time for personal and family home devotions and prayer. God wants YOU to “Grow in Grace” and He provides opportunities for you to do this in these ways! Through His Word and Sacraments He comes to you, bringing you the forgiveness of sins and strengthening your faith. Through His Word and Sacraments He gives you the ability to face the challenges that life presents before you, but even more than that, He flings open the gates of Heaven to you and invites you to come and join Him there!
It is our prayer as your Pastors that you also will take this theme for our year to heart! Let Mount Olive share God’s Word and Sacraments with you, that through them, you will “Grow in Grace!”
-Pr. Luke Ulrich

Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

The following Bible Classes are offered at Mt. Olive:
11AM Sundays (BIC)
10AM 2nd & 4th Mondays (Veteran’s Bible Study)
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: Steve Jaeger (capt.), John Bungum,
Rich Hultgren, Rich Andreason, Craig Zibrowski,
Michael Zibrowski
  2nd Service: Dave Sulzle (capt.), Joe Meyer,
Herman Hartad, Jeremy Jacob, Sam Barbosa
     1st Service: Juel Merseth (capt.), Ron Bequette,
Greg Lieske, Ron Koth, Tim Merseth
2nd Service: Dean Kluge (capt.), Bill Bukowski,
Joe Madson, Jon Mueller, Jacob Mueller


1st Service: Ron & Mary Younge, Eldon Sting,
Keith Anderson
2nd Service: Dave Sulzle, Mike & Anita Smith
1st Service: Ross & Betsy Hermanson,
Eldon Sting, Lois Otto
2nd Service: Robert & Ruth Heidenreich,
Dan & Joanne Maas

Altar Guild

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


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

Online Worship Services

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

New 2 You:

Mt. Olive volunteers are scheduled to work at New2You for the first Saturday of each month. There is a morning (9:45-12:15) and afternoon (12:15 – 3:00) shift. Would you consider helping at one of them – JUST ONCE A YEAR? The sign-up sheet is on the table in the narthex.  If you would like to become a volunteer, you may also call New2You at 507-385-1455. Thank you!

Veteran’s Bulletin Board

Are there any veterans whose name we have missed on our bulletin board in the social hall?  If so, please e-mail or call Lois Johnson at or 278-3369.  We also want to recognize any active duty member or member’s son or daughter on our board.  We would like their name, military branch, years of service, and a picture if possible.   

Rally Day:

Our church services will return to their regular times of 8:30 and 10:45AM on Sunday, September 11. This is also our Rally Day – Please join us for Fellowship Coffee Hour & Sunday School Registration which will take place in between services. Our Sunday School Teachers will be installed at the 8:30AM service. Sunday School classes will begin September 18 at 9:40AM.

After School Care

After School Care is in need of Lego donations: if you have Legos that your kids aren’t using any more, the After School Care kids would love to play with them! We are also in need of craft supplies like old buttons, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, packing peanuts, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, etc.  Please drop off your donation in the youth room.  THANK YOU!

Sunday School Teachers:

Sunday School teachers are needed for this coming school year.  Openings are available in many of the grades and classes.  Wherever possible we try to arrange for two teachers per class so the teachers have some flexibility.  Please contact directors: Kent Waletski (389-9846) (

Planned Giving Committee Update

and New Brochure

Mt Olive Lutheran Church and School has established an Endowment Fund and a Trust Fund with the purpose of providing a vehicle for members to gift assets of various kinds to Mount Olive to support and supplement on a long-term basis the mission of the church and school.   A committee was formed to oversee the administration of the two funds and they report to the Stewardship Committee.   Members of the Planned Giving Committee are as follows: Jake Krier, John Bungum, Harlan Mehlhop, Vivian Smith and Beth Marzolf.   The gifts received for both funds are invested with the WELS Investment Funds.
The committee recently created a Planned Giving brochure which provides information on the following questions:
*What is an Endowment?
*What is a Trust Fund?
*How are the Endowment and Trust Funds to be managed?
*What are the benefits of Planned Giving?
*How do I make a gift?
This brochure is available on the table in the narthax, on request by contacting the church office, by contacting one of the committee members or by contacting one of the pastors.
On Sunday, September 25th the Planned Giving Committee will have a table set up after each service to distribute brochures and answer basic questions.

Love children?  Love books?

We need YOU to be a librarian in our school library! We are currently looking for volunteers to work in our library one or two Thursdays a month.  Your duties would include reading a story for K-2, checking in books, checking out books, and shelving books.  If you are interested please sign up in the narthex or contact Sue Beilke for more information  at: 507-345-7927

Picture Day:

Mt. Olive CDS picture day is scheduled for September 8.  If there are any Home-schooled families or pre-schoolers in our congregation who would like their picture taken that day, please contact the office.

Choir Accompanist Needed:

Girls’ choir is in need of a pianist for rehearsals and services during the school year. Practices are most Wednesdays from 1:40-2:20, and we sing for services once each quarter. If you are available and interested, contact Donna Fosburgh at  or (507)-382-2978.

Attention Singers!

Senior choir will resume from its Summer break with rehearsal on September 7. Senior choir rehearses Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm each week (7:30 to 8:30 during Advent and Lent) and sings for both Sunday services about once a month and for other special services. Please feel free to contact Sarah Leyrer by text or phone at 414-241-9115 or email at or if you’re just so excited to join that you want to let her know right away! See you September 7th!

Blood Drive:

Mt. Olive will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, September 14 from 2–7PM.  To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit their website at and enter sponsor code MTOLIVEKATO.  1 pint can save 3 lives!

Minnesota Valley Chorale:

The Minnesota Valley Chorale is known to bring the best in sacred choral music to our audiences in south central Minnesota. The Minnesota Valley Chorale is holding auditions for new members on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6PM at Ylvisaker Hall on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. The Minnesota Valley Chorale is always looking for great people, from all walks of life, with good voices to share their talents and join the group.

Volleyball and Soccer Coaches Needed:

Mt. Olive Lutheran School is in need of volleyball coaches for the 5th–8th grade volleyball teams. Practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Practice times are between 2:30 and 5:30PM depending on the coaches’ availability. We are also in need of soccer coaches for our 5th-6th grade and 7th-8th grade teams. Soccer practices are on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4PM at Bethany College. If you are interested, please contact Craig Zibrowski by email or

Bethany Lutheran College

Art Lecture and ReceptionThursday, September 1 at 7PM in the YFAC Gallery:  A panel discussion featuring members of the Bethany art faculty will discuss the bronze sculpture collection from the Lester Goetzke Bequest, and the interesting relationship between artists and art collectors. On display through Sept. 28.
Fall Festival – A Homecoming Weekend: Join us during the weekend of September 16-18 for the Bethany Fall Festival Homecoming Weekend. This event includes activities for all ages and alumni reunions. All alumni and friends are invited to be part of the weekend. Enjoy great events like Theatre Physics, athletic contests, and live music. For more information, go to

Other News

Position Opening: We are now taking applications for teachers and teacher assistants for staffing at Jesus Loves Me Learning Center! JLMLC has six rooms and the purpose of our center is to share the message of Jesus our Savior with all.  All six rooms have a child centered environment where children learn and thrive in all developmental areas.  We offer competitive wages and fun filled days!    Please email or call 507 508-2041
ECHO Food Shelf Mini-Mini Marathon: Saturday, September 17, 10:30AM at ECHO Food Shelf on 1014 South Front Street, Mankato. Join us for 0.262 miles of fun to raise money for ECHO Food Shelf! Register in advance at or show up early for race-day registration. All racers will receive a free t-shirt! For more information, visit