Peace with God through Jesus Christ

Olive Press – June 2017

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive,
The Christian Church calendar is divided into two main sections – the festival half of the year, and the non-festival half of the year. The festival half of the year, beginning with Advent in December, reviews the great events pertaining to our salvation: Christ’s birth, His epiphany, the Lenten season and Holy Week as we commemorate His suffering, death, and resurrection, His ascension, and finally the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. That portion of the church year concludes with Trinity Sunday, which this year is on June 11th.
If you watch the closing credits at the end of a movie, it lists the names of those who made it – the actors, the producers, the various technicians, and the director – anyone and everyone who was involved. So also on Trinity Sunday we are reminded of the one true God who has planned and carried out our salvation, namely, the Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
That day we celebrate again the love and wisdom of the heavenly Father who created our world and sustains it, and who promised to send His Son to redeem us, and who kept that promise.
On Trinity Sunday we recall with gratitude the work of that promised Son, Jesus Christ. He lived under the Divine Law, obeyed it without fail throughout His days on earth, and surrendered Himself to be crucified as the atoning sacrifice for all our acts of disobedience. Just as foretold, He rose again from the dead, sealing Satan’s defeat and our victory.
On Trinity Sunday we recall also the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, whose arrival on Pentecost was so timely and powerful. It’s the work of the Spirit to bring us to faith and to keep us in the faith by the word and sacraments, which bring to us personally the blessings of our salvation.
I never bother to watch the closing credits at the end of a movie. They seem to go on forever, and I’m not very interested in knowing the name of the associate assistant to the producer’s secretary. But it’s important that I know and remember the Holy Trinity, and that I trust and confess Him as the only true and only saving God. Apart from Him I would not have salvation and the hope of heaven. Having been brought to know and believe in Him, we Christians are compelled to worship Him and to make Him known to others. To that end may the Lord God bless our worship of Him on Trinity Sunday, and throughout all the Sundays of the year.
Sincerely yours in Jesus Christ,
~ Pastor John Petersen


When you’re a kid, and you go to the beach, lifeguards are the mean people who enforce the rules and ruin your fun. Maybe later in life, before you have kids of your own, you think lifeguards are necessary because so many parents are careless and negligent.
When you’re the parent, things look different. You say thanks to the lifeguards. You’re grateful for them, and don’t even give a thought to what they might think of you. Now you’re glad they’re there, because the waters can be so swift, the children can move so fast, and with one step, a child can be in over his head. Even in a little, family-friendly pool, with a little current to provide a lazy river.
A dad stands in water to his waist, and before you know it, a little boy is being pulled away. Dad doesn’t even realize what’s happening. Thank God for lifeguards, and for others who keep an eye out: people watching out for each other. That’s when the lifeguard jumps in. Dad rushes to him. The child is safely back in the arms of his parents. With a very large lump in his throat, Dad thanks the lifeguard, and does all he can to reassure the boy. Meanwhile, kicking himself – “ And we were only trying to have fun. ”
As we look forward to summer, as we get busy with life, and recreation, and so on . . . what carries you along? God speaks to you, giving you safety. He forgives sins and comforts and gives everlasting life and salvation to all who believe. But before you know it, the swift currents of the world can carry us away, as we try to get ahead, or just try to have fun. Maybe we’re vaguely aware that something’s missing . . . maybe it no longer seems to matter.
This little newsletter reaches out to you, so that you won’t be swept away and lost. Only in Jesus Christ is there life and light in this world of death and darkness. Only at His Word do we have safety against sin and Satan. You are safe in the arms of your Savior when He gathers you up in the Sunday Service, and when He speaks to you in His Sacred Word.
That’s where all ends well – He has come to get you.

Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

The following Bible Classes are offered at Mt. Olive:
9:40AM Sundays (BIC)
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
8AM Tuesdays
(Ladies Bible study, working through Genesis)
9AM Wednesdays (Bible Study, Table of Duties as Pastor is available. Watch the bulletin or call the office [345-4966] to confirm the summer dates.)
9AM Select Mondays, off-site
(Bible Study for Veterans, the Mount Olive Veterans Bible study meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month at the Mankato Veterans Townhomes (710 Raintree Road, Room C), across from River Hills Mall. Bible study ends at 10AM. All veterans are welcome. Contact Herman Harstad at 385-0796 for more information.)


is in effect until September 3.  Service times are 8:30 AM & 10:00 AM.

Online Worship Services

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

Serving Mount Olive



Paul & Mary Jane Tweit, Steve & Lois Jaeger


Dean & Kathy Kluge, Mark & Vivian Smith



1st Service

Ray Iverson, Darrell Iverson, Chad Sorensen, Art Westphal, Nathan Graham

2nd Service

Paul Tweit (captain), Lance Johnson, Bob Fosburgh, Blake Fosburgh


1st Service

Ron Younge, Brian Strom, James Strom, Silas Born, Paul Gullixson

2nd Service

Jim Gullixson (captain), Peter Bloedel, Hans Bloedel, Jerry Hanson, Spencer Olson

Altar Guild

June: Elyse Haugen, Carol Leiferman
July: Connie Meyer, Terri Westphal


Date 1st Serv 2nd Serv Mon.

June 4 Cassie Mark Kristen
June 11 Cassie John Lexi
June 18 Cassie John Kristen
June 25 Cassie Elisabeth Lexi


June: Bruce Gratz, Craig Christensen
July: Beth Hoffman, Joni Bode

Introducing New Members

Michael, the nephew of member Don Moldstad was born at Lake Havasu, AZ, then moved to Oregon, WI, until third grade. Then to Mankato where he attended school here at Mount Olive. High school years were at MVL where he ran for the cross country team. Then it was Bethany College where he played soccer. At Bethany, he obtained a liberal arts degree, then attended the seminary and worked as vicar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato. His first call was to a small congregation in Portage, Indiana. From there, he accepted a position as security officer at the Minnesota Security Hospital in Saint Peter, where he is currently employed.
Annie was born in Saint Louis Park and was raised in New Prague where she attended the public schools. After high school, she spent three years at Bethany in pre-med. Then graduated from Mankato State College with a doctorate as Nurse Practitioner. After a short stint at Saint Mary’s in Rochester, Annie now works in the emergency room in Mankato’s Mayo system. For sports, she plays tennis, and was in dance for 16 years, both tap and ballet.
Michael’s hobbies include kayaking, biking, and running. Annie likes kayaking, sewing quilts, baking, and cooking.
The two met at Bethany. They have a 10-year-old cat named Oscar the Grouch, and a puppy dog, a King Charles named Max.
Michael likes to make kung-fu movies with family members and friends.
They both got to attend a paid work conference in Hawaii on the Garden Island through Annie’s work. They enjoyed the trip.
They are happy with Mankato and being members at Mount Olive.

Lending a Helping Hand

On Thursday, June 15, from 1 6PM, Mount Olive hosts a blood drive. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 1.800.733.2767, visit their website and enter sponsor code MTOLIVEKATO, or use their blood donor app. 1 pint of blood can save 3 lives!

The 2017 flower calendar for the church year has a few dates available. If the following dates interest you, please find the calendar in the front entrance next to the bulletin board: July 30, Sept. 3, Sept. 17, Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 10. Consider signing up to bring flowers to beautify our altar this coming year. Thank you~!

Save Your Pop Tabs! After School Care is saving pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities – our service project for this school year! If you would like to help, leave your pop tabs in the youth room. Thank you!

If you have one of those nabber-grabbers and would like to help the church secretary (1-5PM after June 5, please) retrieve some items, she could use your expertise. Apparently, some confirmation photos are behind the corner curio cabinet. And, the photocopier has some papers behind it.

Do you enjoy working with kids? Consider volunteering for this year’s VBS. For more information, please check out the VBS pages also in this edition.

Camp Indianhead

Those interested in Camp Indianhead (ages 11-16) may find information on the narthex table. Get Camp Indianhead paperwork in PDF or Word versions at
Registration deadline is June 11. Online registration is available at Camp Indianhead’s website ( All must use Camp Indianhead’s “Marvin the squirrel” link because this year is their first year with this particular registration provider.

MOMs Play Date & Picnic

Don’t know what to do with the kids during the summer? Bring them to the park! The Moms On a Mission (M.O.M.s) group has set up park playdates on Wednesday mornings for the summer months. All are welcome (even dads). Join us Wednesdays, starting June 7, from 9:30AM-NOON, bring a picnic lunch if you like. Come and go as you please. We will be rotating a different park each month:
June is Alexander Park
July is Spring Lake Park
August is Sibley Park
If weather is rainy, playdate is cancelled. Come when you can! Questions? Contact Heidi Graham at

Synod Youth Convention

Synod LYA Registration: The registration fee for this year’s Lutheran Youth Association (LYA) trip to Cincinnati, Ohio on July 27-30, 2017 is $300. The convention’s theme is “Saved Through Water”. Go to: to register. The link redirects you to If you have your own transportation, the last date to register is July 3. If you need a seat on our bus, the last day to register is June 6. If you have questions, please contact Jeremy or Angela Merseth: #541-245-7465 or
LYA Bus transportation: If you are registered for the LYA convention, a bus leaves late afternoon on Wednesday, July 26, from our parking lot and returns on the morning of Monday, July 31. The cost of the bus ride itself is between $200 – $240 per rider. The exact price per rider is calculated when the count is somewhat accurate. Other stops as needed along our path through Iowa and Illinois are also made. The bus trip includes in the cost an afternoon at King’s Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio ( The initial $100 reservation fee is due Tuesday, June 6. Riders sleep on the bus. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent’s/guardian’s signature is required on the form. Be sure that you are also registered with the Synod’s Youth Board for attending the Convention ( Make the bus check to LYA Bus. Mail it to LYA Bus / Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato, MN 56001

From the Editor

  • All church Boards, Committees and Groups, may submit reports for 2017 to the church office [] by 1PM, June 5, for the June 25 meeting. The deadline has been pushed to June 5 because of a Memorial Day vacation. Reports are needed from the Board of Deacons, Board of Stewardship, Board of Budget & Finance, Board of Trustees, Board for Parish Education & Youth, Evangelism Committee, Membership Committee, PTF, Booster Club, and Lutheran Girl Pioneers.


  • When I registered my son for VBS starting at Mount Olive’s website, here’s the clicks I used: Services | Camp VBS. Under the sports shoe, click the big blue Register Here. Indicate the quantity of children being enrolled. Click Continue. (Fill out the form, read the waiver.) Click Continue. Click Register.
    I printed a couple of screens mid-registration using my usual routine for printing from my device.
    When I finished, the system sent a confirmation email to the address I provided during the registration process. The deadline to register is June 11.


  • May’s New Member (and newlywed), Dave Covell and his bride Ashley, were in separate pictures. The bride has graciously shared a relaxing moment now that grades are in!