Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press – August 2017

Dear members and friends of Mount Olive,
“Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” Jesus spoke those words to His disciples during an especially busy time as they accompanied Him on His ceaseless daily work of preaching and teaching and healing. In fact Mark records, “For there were many coming and going and they did not even have time to eat.” That kind invitation is a comforting reminder to us that our Savior knows how busy our lives can be and how tired we can become. As true man, He Himself became weary and needed to sleep, and from time to time went off by Himself to recharge and restore His energy through quiet prayer to His heavenly Father.
We’re now in the time of year when many people “come aside” and go looking for a quiet or even deserted place to rest awhile. I hope that you have some opportunity for a restorative vacation, maybe on a lake or visiting new places or old friends. There’s a real value in doing that, as we have the chance to relax from our daily tasks and responsibilities. I usually find that I get more done in the week after a vacation than I do in the month before it.
We know that even if we aren’t able to come aside for physical rest, our souls enjoy a permanent rest. The Gospel sends us on the best sort of vacation! In His Word and in the sacraments, our Lord kindly offers us the peace with God which He won for all of us when He offered up His own sinless life unto death at Calvary. He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
We could never have earned that rest for ourselves. Our working and striving to overcome our sins and restore our relationship with God would always be an exercise in futility. We can’t keep the Law as He requires. Despite our most intense efforts, we would remain condemned by our sins of thought, word and deed. When we realize that and confess our weakness, the Lord comes to our exhausted hearts with the same life giving message He delivered on Easter evening to the disciples in the upper room: “Peace be with you!” Each time we hear and believe the words of His absolution we are granted that rest and peace we need.
Holding to that peace with God by faith, when our life with all its busyness and stress has ended, we will enter the eternal peace and rest in heaven. “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ “Yes,” says the Sprit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’” (Revelation 14:13)
Yours in Jesus, our perfect Rest,
Pastor Petersen

Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

The following Bible Classes are offered at Mt. Olive.

11AM 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.

10AM 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 11AM. All veterans are welcome. Contact Herman Harstad at 385-0796 for more information.

Coming September 10

9:40AM Sundays (Bible Class) and children’s Sunday School. Read next month’s Olive Press for instructions on registering your child online for Sunday School classes.

Serving Mount Olive



Mark & Michelle Graham, Ernie & Marge Lillo


1st Service

Ron & Mary Younge, Keith Anderson, Lois Otto

2nd Service

David & Kathryn Sulzle, Steve & Lois Jaeger



1st Service

Steve Jaeger (captain), John Bungum, Rich Hultgren, Rich Andreason, Craig Zibrowski, Michael Zibrowski

2nd Service

Dave Sulzle (captain), Joe Meyer, Herman Harstad, Jeremy Jacob, Sam Barbosa


1st Service

Juel Merseth (captain), Ron Bequette, Greg Lieske, Ron Koth, Tim Merseth, Jordan Merseth

2nd Service

Dean Kluge (captain), Bill Bukowski, Joe Madson, Jon Mueller, Jacob Mueller

Altar Guild

August: Ruth Heidenreich, Terri Westphal
September: Krista Petzel, Lynette Merseth


Date 1st Service 2nd Service Monday
August 6 Dennis Marzolf Mark DeGarmeaux Lexi Fosburgh
August 13 Cassie Johnson John Baumann Elisabeth Urtel
August 20 Dennis Marzolf Mark DeGarmeaux Kristin Matzke
August 27 Dennis Marzolf John Baumann Kristin Matzke


August: Stacey Olsen, Seth Tweit
September: Mark Graham, Sally Sorenson

Can You Help?

Free this Saturday? Consider volunteering at New 2 You. The signup sheet has an opening for each shift: 9:45AM-12:15PM and 12:15-3PM.
Flexible? Available on the spur of the moment? Fridays between 1-5PM? Tuesdays? Like to volunteer? The church secretary is looking to form a volunteer brigade or a Gratis Group. We’ll sharpen pencils in the sanctuary, dump last week’s bulletins in the recycle bin, and stuff bulletins with stuffers such as appeared in the bulletin dated July 23, and a time of fellowship (without Annette). If you’re interested in joining the Gratis Group, contact Annette at or call the office at 507.345.4966. Our first stuffer is the MVL August Memo for the August 6 bulletin.
Annual Fall Clean Up! Saturday, August 12, 8AM – 3PM. Come help with setting up new playground equipment, cleaning classrooms, and deep cleaning the kitchen & school areas for new school year! Sign up at the narthex table.
Sunday school teachers are needed for the upcoming year that starts September 10. Teachers are paired so each doesn’t have to teach all Sundays. Contact Kent Waletski at or 507-327-2523.

Now Hiring

Bus Drivers for MVL Route. Palmer Bus Service provides safe and reliable transportation for students. We’re looking for MVL route drivers and substitute drivers for these great kids. Full or part-time. Paid training! Interested individuals should contact Site Manager Randy Gieseke at 507-995-5387.

Introducing Mount Olive Members …

Douglas and Rhonda Kuhlman. The two have known each other most of their lives, each born in Madelia, attending elementary school in Lewisville and high school in Truman. Doug grew up on a farm in rural Lewisville, and attended Concordia College for one year before being drafted into the army. Six young men from Lewisville were drafted the same day and all six went to Vietnam, one was killed. After the Army, Douglas worked seven years, and then farmed until retirement.
Rhonda grew up in Lewisville and was a cheerleader in high school. Several jobs included working in her uncle’s restaurant, the Truman retirement home, home health, and physical therapy at the Saint James Hospital.
They married in 1973 in a Willow Creek country church. Three children include daughters Prudence and Stephanie, and son Nicholas. Add five grandkids, four girls and a boy. Douglas likes to golf, jetski & Kayak. Rhonda enjoys quilting, needlework, gardening, and stained glass work. They both enjoy the lake on their pontoon and taking trips in their motorhome. In the winter, you find them in Mercedes, Texas. They enjoy being members of Mount Olive.


Ends September 3. Service times return to 8:30 AM & 10:45 AM on Sunday, September 10.
Join us for Sunday School, Bible study, or Bible Information Class at 9:40 AM between services.
Our Sunday morning services are ARCHIVED ONLINE. Mount Olive has a VIMEO page for archiving our services.

Sunday School registration takes place online this year! The link will be available in a week or two and will be similar to VBS. Please watch the bulletin for more instructions. ~Kent Waletski, SS Superintendent

New2You Family Thrift

Thank you for your support of New 2 You. Third quarter total amount was $6,000 with $4,500 going to MVL and $300 to each member church. Brenda, Mary and Lisa have been working hard accepting donations, organizing the store, and coordinating volunteers.
Looking to supplement your back-to-school items with gently used items? Consider shopping New 2 You!
The New 2 You Family Thrift Store Inc. was started Dec. 31, 2006 on Commerce Dr. in North Mankato to be an additional source of income for MVL. The founders structured the store in such a way that 75% of the net profits are distributed quarterly to MVL.
God has blessed the efforts of the people who support New 2 You. All items sold are donated.
You can support MVL by donating your items, volunteering your time at the store, or by shopping at the store.
New 2 You Family Thrift Store, Inc. is at 1838 Commerce Dr. North Mankato. Their landline is 507-385-1455.


“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
When the author and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson, was 12 years-old, he found himself, one evening, looking out into the dark from his upstairs window, watching a man light the streetlamps. When his governess walked by, she asked, “What are you doing?” He replied, “I am watching a man cut holes in the darkness.”
That’s not a bad picture of what the Lord is asking of us, as He tells His followers, to “Go, and make disciples of all nations….” which means sharing with others, “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Or put another way: As Christians, our task is to be sharers of God’s light …to be people who are busy cutting holes in the spiritual darkness of this world.
Ever since Adam disobeyed God and took a bite of that forbidden fruit, he, and all of creation was cast into a spiritual darkness that was so thick that it permeated the very souls of all mankind, and brought sin, death, and everlasting damnation to every human being.
It was a darkness, of which no mere mortal could ever escape. As Paul once revealed: “All have sinned [are lost in spiritual darkness] and have fallen short of the glory of God.” (Ro 3:23)
But the same God, who, in the beginning said,“Let light shine out of darkness,” had such a love for fallen mankind, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to rescue us from that condemning darkness.
It was Jesus, who fulfilled God’s will and commandments perfectly, and who purposely sacrificed His sinless life on the Cross so that the debt of sin would be paid. And it was Jesus, who rose victoriously from the grave so that we, too –now forgiven– would rise to a new life …and a life everlasting!
That heart-felt knowledge and understanding of Jesus, and the salvation He accomplished for us, is the Gospel light, that broke through our darkened hearts, and brought us into His marvelous light of life!
By God’s amazing grace, He created this life-giving light in our hearts, not merely for ourselves to enjoy, but that we –children of light– might be instruments of His will in spreading that Gospel-light to others.
As Christians, that’s our purpose: To be ever growing in our faith; growing in the “knowledge of God’s glory,” so that, through God’s Word, the Holy Spirit makes the light of Christ shine brightly in our lives, revealing Christ to others, and bringing glory to our Heavenly Father!
As the children sing: “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” –May God enable us to be and do what His light does: dispels the darkness, by bringing saving light to the lost!

From the Editor

If you’re looking for a digital devotion, the ELS offers Light for My Path Daily Devotions. Coordinating Bible verse, select hymn verses, and a short prayer are available every day. Each devotion centers around the church year. Find Light for My Path Daily Devotions at

Jesus’ Lambs at Peace Preschool will be hosting its annual Back-To-School Picnic on Tuesday, August 22, 6-8 PM. Please bring your family for our final registration, tour of our old and new classrooms and a picnic supper. Jesus’ Lambs continues to bring its preschoolers the message of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior in its faith-based curriculum. Your child’s day centers around God’s Word as we explore God’s wonderful world in reading readiness, math, science, geography, art, games and fun. To enroll your child before August 22, call Joslyn at 385-7752. We have openings in the afternoon. Don’t miss our 14th year!

2017-18 Officers and Board Members

(Year noted by name indicates term expiration in June of that year)

OFFICERS (1 year term)

Paul Tweit, Chairman 2018
Mark Olson, Vice Chairman 2018
Greg Costello, Treasurer 2018
Matthew Holt, Secretary 2018

BOARD OF TRUSTEES (3 year term)

Dustin Basel 2018
David Klockziem 2019
Luke Buelow 2020

BOARD OF DEACONS (3 year term)

Don Lehne 2018
Ryan Ruschmeyer 2018
Bill Bukowski 2019
Andy Overn 2019
David Reagles 2020
Martin Langhorst 2020

BOARD OF EDUCATION (3 year term)

Dan Gerdts 2018
Mark Wiechmann 2018
Craig Brown 2019
Joel Kom 2019
Chad Sorenson 2020
Silas Born 2020


Ben Hoffman 2018
Craig Christensen 2018
John Schauer 2019
Bruce Gratz 2019

Financial Secretaries

Dean Shoop
Shanon Schauer


Harlan Mehlhop 2018
Adam Saidler 2018
Dan Tomhave 2019
John Pfeffer 2019

BOARD OF YOUTH & PARISH ED. (2 year term)

Jake Yenish 2018
Jake Jaeger 2018
Tim Pietsch 2019
Lance Johnson 2019
Kent Waletski, SS Superintendent


Occurs year of term in June (1 year term)
Herman Harstad 2018
Paul Tweit 2018

DELEGATES TO MVL (1 year term)

Peter Bloedel 2018
Jeremy Merseth 2018
Spencer Olson 2018
Sam Barbosa 2018

Get to know Three Trees Theater!

The Mission of Three Trees Theater is to connect our audience to the truth of God’s word by producing compelling outreach-oriented entertainment.
So who are the organizers? St. Paul’s members, Benny and Renee Schroeder and Jen Selvey came to Three Trees Theater with a great theater background gained through work with Wee Kids Theater. And Jenna Schumann, member at St. Mark, works with them in a support role.
Is Three Trees Theater run by the church? Though Three Trees Theater is not overseen or funded by a church, all of us see our home congregations as family. We are hoping our Christian brothers and sisters will use our productions as a vehicle for outreach by inviting friends and neighbors who need to hear the message of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Why are we doing this? We hope you will use this theater as an opportunity to participate in your personal mission to teach and spread the word of Christ. We want YOU to bring guests and to feel comfortable knowing they will be entertained, hear a Godly message, and perhaps see the love Christians have, not just for one another, but also for them. Hopefully our guests will want to hear more about their Savior!
How can you help? Most importantly, please pray for God’s guidance and for His will to be done as we continue His work. If you have a heart for outreach and would like to get involved, please contact us. Please ask questions without feeling you need to commit. And watch your church bulletin for information on upcoming auditions and show times!
Facebook: @ThreeTreesTheater

Calendar Highlights of August 2017 Events

Summer Fun For Kids! Bring them to Sibley Park! The Moms On a Mission (M.O.M.s) group has set up park playdates Wednesdays, from 9 AM – Noon. All are welcome (even dads)! Bring a picnic lunch if you like. The playdate is canceled for rain. Contact
Church Picnic & Potluck, Duck Lake Park, August 20 beginning at 2:30 PM. Dinner starts at 4:30.
Installation of Pastor Kyle Madson at Norseland, Saint Peter, August 20, 4:00 PM. A meal follows the installation.
Registration Night for all grades is August 23. Last names beginning A-L are at 6:30 PM and last names beginning M-Z are at 7:15 PM.
The installation & rededication of school faculty is during the first service (8:30 AM) Sunday, August 27.
The first day of school for Mt. Olive Lutheran CDS students is Tuesday, August 29. Bussing is not available until September 5, when the public students return as well.
Whether the first day of school leaves you with feelings of joy or sadness, join fellow Mt. Olive parents for Cheers or Tears Breakfast, a special time of fellowship! Plan on attending the school’s opening chapel service at 8:00 AM on August 29. Then join us in the Social Hall. Cheers and tears will be shared by all. See you there! Sponsored by the Mount Olive PTF.
Confirmation classes begin for 7th and 8th grade students not in the CDS on Wednesday, August 30, at 3:45 PM. Contact the church office (507-345-4966) to enroll your student or with any additional questions.