Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press – November 2017

You Are Invited to the Gospel Outreach with Media Conference!

Have you heard of the GOWM Online Conference? Consider this your invitation to attend and to join in on this insightful, exciting, and FREE opportunity! AND REALIZE you can even attend this conference in your pajamas from the comfort of your couch, or during your lunch break at work, or while waiting in line at the store (if you have a smart phone.) To attend this conference is easy—simply go to and check it out!
What is GOWM? It stands for “Gospel Outreach with Media.” It is a program of the Christ in Media Institute at Bethany Lutheran College—organized and coordinated by some longtime friends of Mt. Olive—Dr. Tom & Judy Kuster! This is the third online conference hosted by Christ in Media Institute (By the way—you can still check out the previous presentations on the website by clicking on the links—although the discussion is now closed in those previous conferences). It is also exciting because this is a global event that you get to participate in. People from 88 countries(!) have visited this conference, checked out the presentations, and have added their own comments. You also are invited to join them—to enjoy ongoing discussion, dialog, and to give and receive encouragement to/from fellow Christians in using our media and technology as a means of sharing the Gospel. As explained on the webpage:

This conference is designed for anyone interested in these three intertwining motifs: the Gospel, Outreach, and Media. By each we mean…Gospel—God rescued us and all the world from sin and eternal death through the redemptive work of His Son Jesus Christ. Outreach—Our Lord commands us to take this message beyond our circles of Christian believers out to the world of those who do not have saving faith in Christ. Media—We seek to use God’s gifts of media and technology to carry this message to large audiences in the United States and around the world.

As a Christian, living today—in this world, all three of these motifs apply to you! After all, you know the Gospel message of God’s Love for you—which has brought you full forgiveness through Jesus Christ—and that this is something that has been already accomplished, there is nothing more needed from us!
You are also a vital part of the Outreach of the Christian Church. Having received forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life, you have the greatest treasure imaginable given to YOU personally by God. And He encourages you to share this treasure with others. After all, it is a treasure that we can give away liberally and generously without worrying that it will ever decrease. In fact, the more we share it and give it away, the more that treasure multiplies and grows! “Doing Outreach” should not be seen as frightening or as an elaborate system that you have to participate in. As you can see with the variety of subjects and topics in this conference, there are countless opportunities and ways in which we are working to plant the Gospel seed with those who need it! Even the ideas, encouragement, and comments that you share in the forums of this conference contribute to this work of outreach—so please check it out and participate!
You are also someone who makes use of Media. According to, “Media” is “The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet), regarded collectively.” We are constantly surrounded by “media”—Facebook and Instagram, newspapers and magazines, TV commercials, news broadcasts, movies and film, also the visual arts. Whatever means or ways by which a message is conveyed, we consider to be “media.” Certainly, everyone makes use of at least some of these forms of “Media”—which means that you will have valid input and ideas about how “media” might be used to share the Gospel!
Seriously, I want you to join the conference and take some time to participate in it! It is totally FREE—won’t cost you anything but some time and brain-power! But do so, quickly! Your window of opportunity to participate in the discussion only lasts a couple weeks. “The Conference will be closed to further postings…on Monday, November 13. After the Conference closes, the presentations and discussions will be permanently archived for you to read at any time.”
Check it out! Get involved! And please invite others to join in with the Gospel Outreach with Media Online Conference!
~Pr. Luke Ulrich

Servants Serving Mount Olive



1st Service: Dean & Cathy Kluge, Lois Otto, Keith Anderson
2nd Service: Mike & Anita Smith, Connie Long, Peggy Harstad


1st Service: Mark & Michelle Graham, Steve & Lois Jaeger
2nd Service: Dan & Joanne Maas, Robert & Ruth Heidenreich



1st Service: Steve Beilke (captain), Nate Beilke, Don Westphal, Eric Westphal
2nd Service: Mike Pleiss (captain), Keith Eisberg, Loren Halvorson, David Liverseed, Sam Hendricks

Altar Guild

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


Week of . . . . . . . 1st Service . . . .  2nd Service . . . . . . . . . . Monday
November 5 . . Dennis Marzolf . . Mark DeGarmeaux . . . Kristin Matzke
November 12 . . Cassie Johnson . . John Baumann . . . . .  Lexi Fosburgh
November 19 . . Dennis Marzolf . . Mark DeGarmeaux . . Kristin Matzke
Thanksgiving . . Cassie Johnson . . Mark DeGarmeaux
November 26 . . Cassie Johnson . . John Baumann . . Lexi Fosburgh


November: Dan Gerdts, Joe Meyer
December: John Foede, John Baumann
New 2 You Volunteers . . 9:45 AM-12:15 PM . . 12:15-3:00 PM
Saturday, November 4. . . . Jacie L.. . . . . . . . . . . . You?
Saturday, December 2. . . . Maybe here? . . . . . . . . How about here?
Consider volunteering at New 2 You, which supports our primary & secondary schools. Volunteers are needed for each shift and are scheduled with a more experienced volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, sign the clipboard at the narthex table.
Coffee & Treats 8:00 – 10:30
Sunday, November 5 – You?
Sunday, November 12 – How about here?
Sunday, November 19 – Or Here?
Sunday, November 26 – Maybe here?
If you would like to sign up for Sunday 9:40 AM coffee & treats, the sign up link is at the bottom of our web site. If you’re unfamiliar with the kitchen or have other questions, contact Sam Barbosa [ or 507-382-4928 (call or text)]. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00 AM to prepare the coffee (regular and decaffeinated), and provide & prepare treats to be served. Serving time is from the end of 1st service until 10:30 AM. Volunteers are also responsible for clean up and may end serving sooner if needed.


November 5-6 Ron & Becky
November 12-13 Veterans’ Bible Group
November 19-20 Chad & Annette
November 26-27 Mark & Sharon
CDS Library Volunteers . . . . AM Shift . . . . . . . . . . PM Shift
Thursday, November 2 . . . . . Book Fair!
Thursday, November 9 . . . . . Mary, Gabe . . . . . . . . Darci, Carolyn
Thursday, November 16. . . . Bruno, Darci . . . . . . . Keri L, Jen
Thursday, November 23. . . . No CDS Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 30. . . . Mary Jane, Terri . . . Darci, Carolyn
If you would like to volunteer at the book fair, sign up at the library door.


Jon and Nikki Basel, two lives that have been guided by God. Jon is our new Outreach Coordinator here at Mount Olive. His parents are Dan and Lisa Basel. Dan is a pastor and the ELS Giving Counselor. Nikki’s parents are Craig and Janet Knutson at Mitchell, South Dakota. At age 25, Jon has had a fascinating array of life experiences: being an investigative journalist in several states, working on political campaigns in five states, and old-fashioned hands-on farming on his brother’s farm by Austin, Texas. John went to school through 8th grade here at Mount Olive, then MVL for two years, East High for one year, and finished at Bethany.
Nikki was born in Austin, Texas. Her schooling included Holy Word Lutheran in Austin, Saint Martin’s Lutheran in Watertown, South Dakota, and West Lutheran in Plymouth, Minnesota. Then it was on to Bethany here in Mankato with a major in biology and minor in music. It was then she prayed for God to find someone. The answer was Jon. They married and now have a daughter Aria, 10 months old. They have a dog, a Zuchon, named Yuffie. Nikki played and likes tennis. Jon played several sports and was a drummer for the 77 Lancers marching band. Nikki fills in playing the organ at Peace.
As our Outreach Coordinator, Jon does a lot of canvassing the town, meeting people where they are at. He is organizing small, casual groups here at Mount Olive, to study the Bible and get to know each other. He said his goal is “Not just me.” He wants many others involved. Jon and Nikki both agree, “We let God decide.” When you get the chance, talk to them. You might just join the mission.

You Can Help!

Mt. Olive’s Evangelism Committee hosts a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 4 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. This Outreach event invites members of our community to join us at Mt. Olive. We are looking for volunteers to help with games, face painting, cookie decorating and the like. Contact Michelle Graham if you are interested in helping! Sign up at the narthex table.


Overflowing with gratitude for all the Lord has done for you?! Join Mt. Olive’s Evangelism Committee to help host our 6th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 AM, serving both members of area churches and the unchurched in the community who may not have family with whom to celebrate. Here are several ways YOU can help:
• If you would like to attend, sign up at the narthex table, or call Mt. Olive’s office (507-345-4966) by Sunday, November 19.
• 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 is located in Mt. Olive’s narthex, or ask by calling the office.• 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


After School Care is in need of empty, washed soup cans (with or without labels) for an upcoming project. Please leave your donations in the youth room. Thank you!


December 20 is available to any group who would like to serve a meal before our Wednesday Advent service. Meals are served from 5:00 – 6:15 PM. Call the church office (507-345-4966) to reserve it. Any money collected by your group that needs to be deposited through the church office must be turned in with a completed deposit form. These half-page forms are available in the church office or in the narthex in the upright table rack.


Mt. Olive is participating in Sibley Park’s Kiwanis Holiday Lights, which opens November 24. Our church has a decorated tree on display. We need volunteers to work during the open hours of the light display on Thursday, December 14 from 4:40 – 9:00 PM. To volunteer, sign up on the narthex table. Also, if any groups are interested in helping the City set up before it opens, let us know in the office (507-345-4966).


Echo Food Shelf provides Thanksgiving baskets for families in need who live in Blue Earth County and North Mankato. In past years, approximately 1,000 families have received these baskets and a similar number is expected this year. Contribute food items using our narthex basket or send a check to ECHO Food Shelf, PO Box 3212, Mankato, MN 56002. A $20 donation pays for one basket, but any donation is welcome. Write Thanksgiving Basket on the memo line of the check. If you’d like to help distribute baskets the week of November 13, call Diane at 507-345-7508. If you’d like to know how to receive a basket during the week of November 13, call ECHO Food Shelf at 507-345-7508.
Also, this year, ECHO Food Shelf has the opportunity to buy their neighbor’s land. If you want to know how to make a matching donation, contact Sara at 507-345-7477.


Thrivent members, consider designating Thrivent Choice Dollars by going to, or by calling 800-847-4836. Options include Mt. Olive, MVL, BLC, Bethany Seminary, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and Thoughts of Faith, among others.


“TRASH FOR CASH” is a way that the PTF redeems certain trashable items for our school. This “trash” is found on daily products. Cut off the label or save the receipt or empty ink cartridge for the following products & turn in your cash trash items using the bins in the corner of the social hall.
• Box Top’s Labels for Education
• Tyson Project A+ patches or labels
• Any used ink cartridge
• Hy-Vee receipts (can be from either Mankato location and must be dated September 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018 only)
• Kwik Trip Milk Moola lids or strips (from kwik star natures touch or kwik quencher products)


We warmly welcome our new members
November 12, 2017.
Please join us at the new member welcome reception
in the Social Hall between services.

Our newest congregational members include …
Andrew & Jennifer, Austin, Macaria, Mackenzie, and Madeline
Jon & Nikki, and Aria
Nick & Becky, Colin, Jeremy, and Nolan
Abigail B.
Dusty & Liz, Henry, Lauren, and Leah
Katie B.
Seth & Bethany, Edwin, and Liam
Travis M.
Jeremy & Kelsey

Among Our Many Blessings This Past Year

THANK YOU! To everyone who came to the Praise & Proclaim Friday evening workshop and the individuals who participated in going door to door!
Thank you to the Barbosas and the various groups who have provided coffee and treats.
Thank you to all who have provided the beautiful flowers.
Thank you to all who joined the Praise & Proclaim team and witnessed to our neighbors.
Saturday, November 12, is Veterans’ Day. We thank those who have served and are serving our country.
We are grateful and thank each of you!

On Saturday, November 4, be sure to turn your clocks back.

A Thankful Thanksgiving in Jesus

As Thanksgiving approaches and especially on Thanksgiving Day individuals and families reflect on what they have to be thankful for in the past year. There are many families that have had significant events that have taken place. For instance a loved one who was in serious condition and was not expected to survive. But with God’s guiding grace the doctors and the nurses were able to pull them through. Or perhaps the family that by the grace of God survived a head on collision with only minor injuries. There are also many families and individuals that have had just an “ordinary” year. They too were blessed by God’s loving hand as He provides for their daily needs. All of God’s children can give thanks for the blessing that God provides in this earthly life. Not a single one is forgotten; we learn in from God’s Word that he watches over every aspect of our lives, even the minutest details, “even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30, EHV) Dr. Martin Luther explained it this way. Included in our daily blessing are “everything that we need to for our bodily welfare, such as food and drink, clothing and shoes, house and home, land and cattle, money and goods, God-fearing spouse and children, faithful servants and rulers, good government, good weather, peace, health, order, honor, true friends, good neighbors, and the like.” (Martin Luther’s Small Catechism) Everyone has much to be thankful for! The Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Colossians, “Everything you do, weather in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (3:17, EHV) However, far above and beyond giving thanks for the earthly blessings that God daily provides is the spiritual blessing that God blesses us with. We are to be especially thankful for the gift of His dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave [us] His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, EHV) Out His great love for us Jesus came and lived among us. He lived a perfectly sinless life in our place and at the appointed time He shed His holy blood on the cross as He died paying for the sins of the world. Those who believe in Him enjoy the forgiveness of all their sins and can live with a clean conscience and will be with Him and all who believe in heaven for eternity. Yes, we have much to be thankful for, more than we can ever imagine. Please join us this Thanksgiving as we praise God giving thanks for our blessings!
~ ELS Home Outreach Board

Worship with Us

Telecommute, click, or come in! Can’t make it in? Our Sunday morning services are live streamed from our web page. Missed a service? Catch the archived 8:30 Sunday morning service at Missing fellowship & coffee? Join us Sundays at 8:30 & stay for 9:40 Bible study or come to Bible study & stay for second service.
Mt. Olive services also are shown on local cable channels 181 (Spectrum) and 7 & 507 (Consolidated Communications) on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM and Thursdays at 11:30 AM.

You are cordially invited …

… to join us for Thanksgiving services Wednesday, November 22, at 6:30 PM, and Thursday, November 23, at 10:00 AM (Stay for dinner, RSVP at the narthex table).

Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

9:40 AM Sundays Bible Class and children’s Sunday School. Register online for our children’s Sunday School classes using our web site. Bible Information Class (BIC) is available for anyone interested in learning more about our Christian faith. Talk to one of the pastors if you’re interested.
10:00 AM 2nd and 4th Mondays, off-site, Bible Study for Veterans, the Mount Olive Veterans’ Bible study group meets at the Mankato Veterans Townhomes (710 Raintree Road, Room C), across from River Hills Mall. Bible study ends at 11:00 AM. All veterans are welcome. Contact Herman for more information.
8:00 AM Tuesdays, Ladies’ Bible study, working through Genesis
7:00 PM 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Fireside room, MOMs on a Mission, the book, Family Vocation, by Gene Veith, Jr. and Mary Moerbe. (No childcare is provided.)
8:10 – 10:00 AM Wednesdays, social hall, MOMs on a Mission, the book, Family Vocation, by Gene Veith, Jr. and Mary Moerbe. Childcare is provided. Sign in your child at the door.
9:00 AM Wednesdays, Bible Study led by Pastor Petersen
7:00 PM Thursday, Pastor Ted Gullixson leads us through Galatians. All are welcome to join.

Altar Guild Invites Ladies of the Congregation to Join

The Mt. Olive Altar Guild meets Monday, November 13, at 7:30 PM in the sanctuary. Current and prospective members are encouraged to attend. We review the Altar Guild Handbook, plan for Christmas decorating, and make a schedule for 2018. New members are welcome!

Lasso a great book…

… at our Scholastic Wild West Book Fair! Check out all the great books at our Scholastic Book Fair beginning Wednesday, November 1, and running through Sunday, November 5.
All profits are used to purchase more books for our school library. Our goal is to reach $2,400 in sales, which allows us to receive $600 in cash.
The book fair has special hours for Grandparents’ Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences!

Wednesday, November 1 . . . . 7:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Thursday, November 2 . . . . . .2:35 PM – 8:00 PM
Friday November 3 . . . . . . . . 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Sunday, November 5 . . . . . . .. 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Simple Family or Date Night Ideas

  • Get dinner at Chipotle on Madison near Walmart & support the Mt. Olive LEGO League. Just tell the cashier you’re there to support the League & 50% of the proceeds are donated to the League.
  • Visit Kiwanis Holiday Lights. We have a decorated tree there. The display opens November 24 at 5:00 PM. Free!

Don’t miss the Moms On a Mission Homemade Pie Bake Sale!

Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin, and Cherry pies made from scratch by the Moms On a Mission (M.O.M.s) Bible study group
When: Sunday, November 19, 9:40 AM, between services
Why: To raise funds to pay for childcare (11 meetings of childcare during Bible study costs approximately $650)
Free Will Donation! Thank you for your support of our Bible study!

Fast Facts about Peace/Mt. Olive M.O.M.s

Number of mothers: 62
Average number at a daytime study this fall: 30
Average number of children this fall: 37
Number attending evening study: 8
Number of childcare workers employed each meeting: 5-6
The M.O.M.s study is for all mothers to gather, support, and strengthen each other in their God-given vocations as moms. New moms welcome to join at any time! December 6 is the last morning Bible study, and December 12 is the last evening Bible study of the Fall 2017 session. For more details about MOMs Bible study, find their study on page 14. If interested, contact Kristen Lukasek at 507-382-7963 or

Preparing for Christmas

Material for the Children’s Christmas Service is being dispersed by the CDS teachers to their students and by email from the Sunday School Superintendent. If you would like your child(ren) to participate and have not registered for Sunday School, please register by Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 AM. Practices for the service are Sundays (December 10 & December 17) from 9:40 – 10:30 AM in the gym. Having all participating children attend practice is important for learning their cues.
MVL students are taking orders for Christmas wreaths and other holiday decorations on November 5 & 12. Orders are delivered to MVL November 17 for student pick-up. Distribution to buyers happens over Thanksgiving break. See an MVL student for an order form.
If you would like to purchase a poinsettia to help beautify our sanctuary during the upcoming Christmas season, sign up in the narthex. Cost per plant is $9.50. Checks made payable to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church may be left on the church secretary’s desk. On the sign up sheet, indicate how many plants you would like to purchase and if they are in honor or in memory of someone. The last day to order a poinsettia is Sunday, December 3.
Mark your calendar and come worship with us! Advent midweek services are Wednesdays (December 6, 13, and 20) at 6:30 PM. Enjoy some fellowship over a good meal from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM. The other special Christmas services are
Dec. 17, 3:00 PM – Children’s Christmas ServiceDec. 24, 10:00 AM, 4:30 PM, & 7:00 PM – Christmas EveDec. 25, 10:00 AM – Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion
Downsizing “stuff” for family gatherings during the holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day? Consider donating the good stuff to New 2 You and support MVL and Mt. Olive’s CDS in the process. New 2 You Family Thrift Store is at 1838 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Donation drop off times are Monday – Friday (9:30 AM – 4:00 PM) and Saturday (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM).
Did you sell your last white elephant at this summer’s yard sale and now need one for that Christmas party? Need one more dish, ladle, or serving spoon for the family dinner this year? Consider shopping New 2 You! Their hours fit nearly every schedule: Monday (9:30 AM – 7:00 PM), Tuesday – Friday (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM), and Saturday (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM).

Black-Friday Alternatives

Mt. Olive’s Tuition Scrip program offers gift cards for purchase for 700+ participating retailers. A percentage of your purchase goes toward your Mt. Olive Tuition. Visit to view the. If you have any questions or need help getting started, email Tanya Norris
Mt. Olive youth (grades 5-12) sell Kwik Trip Cards as a fund-raiser to help defray camp and bus fees for Camp Indianhead, LYA, or Honor Choir. A percent of a student’s sales goes toward their personal camp fees. Cards are sold between Sunday services. Contact Angie Younge: 389-9137 or Rebecca Strom: 386-0372 with questions.
Shop our book fairs and benefit our school library! The Scholastic Book Fair is the first week of November. The Barnes & Noble book fair occurs closer to Christmas with an evening of holiday music for those who prefer to shop brick-and-mortar rather than online. Be sure to shop with Mt. Olive’s appropriate book fair code when shopping online or at the store. Each book fair has a proprietary code.
Bethany’s bookstore has a very special one-of-a-kind gift for the hard-to-shop-for Lutheran. Proclaim His Wonders by Rev. Craig Ferkenstad includes more than 400 pictures packed into 312 pages that cover the first century of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Order your copy through Bethany’s bookstore for $20. (800-944-1722 or

News from the College

The Mankato Chapter of the Bethany Auxiliary meets Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 PM in Meyer Hall on the campus. The topic presented by Becky DeGarmeaux is Bethany Ladies’ College. Regarding the program, Mrs. DeGarmeaux writes, “Before there was a Bethany Lutheran College, there was Bethany Ladies College. The college was the dream of a pastor with big ideas that was meant to help develop young ladies into Mary’s who heard God’s Word and Martha’s who lived it.”
Anyone interested in this lesser-known portion of Bethany’s history is welcome to attend. Following the program, members of the auxiliary chapter conduct their business meeting. We hope you can join us!
The Women of Troy is an ancient Greek drama with deep contemporary ties that focuses on the women and children that are left behind after a brutal war. These captive women, royalty and commoners alike, await their fates at the hands of Greek conquerors after the invasion and destruction of their homes. The Women of Troy, newly translated from Euripides’ Greek original by Jacob Kempfert, is adapted by Benji Inniger and Jacob Kempfert, and directed by Benji Inniger. Tickets are available at and at Bethany box office at 507-344-7374 weekdays, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Performances are November 10-11 & 17-18 at 7:00 PM and a matinee on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 PM.
The Bethany Music Department presents the annual Christmas at Bethany concerts in Trinity Chapel November 29-30 and December 1-3 at 4:00 PM daily. The concerts include participation by the Concert Band, String Ensemble, Concert Choir, Mary Martha Singers, and Handbell Choir. Advance reservations are encouraged, especially for Saturday and Sunday. Seating is general admission. Reserve your free tickets online at, or by calling Fine Arts Coodinator Susan Harstad at 507-344-7365. A free-will offering will be received during the concert.
Join the Minnesota Valley Chorale for a “European Tour” highlighting the works of composers like Durante, Handel, and Mozart. Concerts Friday, November 10, 7:00 PM at Nicollet School (Nicollet) and Saturday, November 11, at 7:00 PM at BLC’s Trinity Chapel. Pre-sale tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased through any MVC member. Tickets are available at the door for $12.