Peace with God through Jesus Christ

The Olive Press – February 2018

Dear Members and Friends of Mount Olive,
The Lenten season begins with the Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 14. On that day, which is also Valentine’s Day, we’ll begin to consider again God’s most beautiful valentine to the world, whereby out of love He gave His Son Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for all our sins.
This Lenten Season we will once again follow our Lord through the stages of His passion. We propose to do that, following the theme, “The Sounds of Lent.” Join us and listen along to the dramatic and meaningful sounds which marked the various scenes from our Savior’s suffering and death.
We’ll begin on Ash Wednesday as we hear Jesus weeping from atop a hill overlooking Jerusalem, the city He was about to enter, ready and willing to lay down His life for the people, including those who hated Him and wanted to do away with Him. Next, we’ll listen to the sound of the clinking of the coins, remembering that one of the original disciples, Judas, was willing to betray Jesus to His enemies, eager for the money he would be given. Going on, we will hear the sound of the crowing of the rooster, as it signaled Peter’s denial of the Lord in the courtyard.
Then listen to the jarring sound of a large crowd, shouting for Jesus’ death, and demanding the release of a dangerous criminal named Barabbas. Shortly afterwards, hear the splashing of the water as Pilate washed his hands in a vain attempt to absolve himself of any role in the Lord’s death. And finally, listen to the wailing of the women as they beheld the sight of Jesus, now severely wounded, carrying His cross to Golgotha, the place of His execution.
All these sounds are meant to impress upon our hearts the story of the Lord’s dying love for each one of us, as we see ourselves in the individuals who called for and carried out His crucifixion. He died for us!  That makes all these sounds of the passion comforting! All of them direct us to the cross and the full salvation we have obtained through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.
Please make plans to be with us each Wednesday evening through Lent at 6:30. Come and listen to the Sounds of Lent, and be reminded of the deep love which has won forgiveness and life and salvation for us and all people.
Your friend in Jesus,
Pastor John Petersen

Our Monday evening services are suspended during the upcoming Lenten season. We encourage those who cannot attend church on Sunday to join us for a Wednesday meal at 5:00 PM and an evening service at 6:30 PM. Monday evening services resume Monday, April 9, at 6:30 PM.

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 Harstad at 385‑0796 for more information.
8:00 AM Tuesdays, Ladies Bible study, working through Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, the People’s Bible Commentary by Harlyn J. Kuschel

 MOM’s begins February 7 or February 13.

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.

Serving Mount Olive



1st Service: Dean & Cathy Kluge, Scott & Theresa Dzwonkowski
2nd Service: Mike & Anita Smith, Robert & Ruth Heidenreich


1st Service: Ron & Mary Younge, Eldon Sting, Peggy Harstad
2nd Service: Don & Beth Westphal, Mark & Vivian Smith



1st Service: David Norris (captain), Jacob Norris, Dan Gerdts
2nd Service: Bill Bohning (captain), Dan Neubauer, Mark Olson


1st Service: Tom Bode (captain), Eli Bode, John Schauer, John Pfeffer, David  Reagles
2nd Service: Chris Kind (captain), Larry Rude, Luke Buelow

Altar Guild

February: Ellie Fisher, LuAnn Sting
March: LuAnn Sting, Sharon Madsen


Week of 1st Service 2nd Service Monday Midweek
Feb. 4 Cassie Johnson John Baumann Elisabeth Urtel
Feb. 11 Cassie Johnson Mark DeGarmeaux John Baumann


February: Andy Overn, Chris Kind
March: Lisa Holt, Brenda Garbers, Connie Meyer

New 2 You Volunteers

New 2 You Volunteers 9:45 ‑ 12:15 12:15 ‑ 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 3 Lois Johnson Diane Gullixson
Saturday, March 3 You? Maybe 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

Sunday, February 4 Teresa Ferkenstad
Sunday, February 11 Mark & Vivian Smith
Sunday, February 18 You?
Sunday, February 25 Mark & Vivian Smith

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.


February 4-5 You?
February 11 Don Lehne
February 18 How about here?
February 25 Rick Hultgren*

2018 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!

CDS Library Volunteers

AM Shift PM Shift
Thursday, February 1 Annette, James Annette S.
Thursday, February 8 Mary Jen
Thursday, February 15 Gabe, Mindy Keri, LaVonne
Thursday, February 22 Mary Jane, Terri Darci

If you would like to volunteer in the CDS library, contact our librarian, Mrs. Beilke.
If you would like to volunteer at the book fair, sign up at the library door.


Bethany, the baby of five, was born & raised in LaCrosse, WI. Her education was at St. Paul’s Lutheran elementary & Luther High School in Onalaska. At Bethany she majored in sociology & graduated in 2009. She’s a stay-at-home mom & runs her on-line clothing boutique with fashion clothing for women & children. On Facebook, its Lula Roe Bethany Ferkenstad.Seth & Bethany Ferkenstad & their sons Liam & Edwin.
Seth was born in Holten, MI & moved to Bloomer, WI. At age six, they moved to Norseland, MN. He attended school at Trinity Lutheran in Nicollet, MVL, & Bethany (for Business Administration) & MSU (for an accounting degree). Seth worked as a CPA for seven years, & now works at Smith Lawn & Landscape. Seth & Bethany met at Bethany Lutheran College & then married in Onalaska, WI.
Liam is age six & will be a first grader next year. Edwin is age four & is in pre-school at Peace.
Bethany played college softball while Seth played high school football, basketball, & baseball. This is a tricky part of the year: Seth is a Vikings fan & Bethany is a Packer backer. Seth has a goal of going to all the Big Ten football stadiums with the boys. They have a yellow lab named Mauer, after Joe Mauer of the Twins. He’s sort of a guard dog.
Bethany Bible journals. Seth enjoys fishing with the boys & woodworking. Seth made a hand-carved fish trophy for the best family catch each year. They like to fish Hoinville Lake by Trego, WI. The resort, Hartwood Retreat, is owned by BLC. The boys are learning to cast with their rods & reels & enjoy catching a fish or two.

Making an Impact in Our Community

Save your pop tabs! After School Care’s Service project this year is saving pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house charities! So far this year, we’ve filled one tub….help us fill another!
After School Care is in need of a few craft items to help us make puppets: Old buttons, rick rack, felt, yarn, fabric scraps, socks and craft glue. Any donations can be left in the youth room. Thank you!!
Volunteers needed: The Evangelism Committee hosts a booth at the Baby Expo Saturday, February 17, at the Verizon Center. We plan to engage the community by handing out Gospel centered activity books, pamphlets about our church and school, and other various items. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up in the Narthex or contact Michelle Graham 507-720-7258.
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 or Tiffany Riesgraf
Mt. Olive youth (grades 5-12) sell Kwik Trip Cards as a fund-raiser to help defray camp & 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 Communion Sunday services. Contact Angie Younge 389-9137 or Rebecca Strom 386-0372 with questions.

New 2 You Family Thrift

1838 Commerce Drive, North Mankato
Phone Number: 385-1455
Business Hours
Monday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Donation Drop Off times
Monday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mt. Olive provides volunteers to staff New 2 You on the 4th Saturday of each month.
***Our Volunteer hours are Saturday 9:45 AM – 3:15 PM***

Thank you for supporting Christian education by shopping at New 2 You. Mount Olive’s portion for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 is $1,000. Thinking about volunteering this winter? Please do. The store operates on volunteer time.

Online Giving Report

During 2017, members of Mount Olive gave $67,596.43 online. This amount was included in the voters’ financial statements that have already been distributed and does not reflect any new donations. But, if you would like to begin giving online, call Annette at the office (507.345.4966) for more information.
Here’s a break-down by the month:

January 5,616.88
February 8,347.39
March 10,640.85
April 2,607.24
May 4,701.50
June 9,766.05
July 2,977.27
August 4,278.69
September 2,618.88
October 3,957.99
November 3,508.04
December 8,575.65
Total 67,596.43

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.

“For God so loVed the world,
that He gAve
His onLy
That whosoever
believeth In Him
should Not perish,
but have Everlasting life.”
~ John 3:16
No greater love…John 15:13

Lenten Meals for the Month

The Evangelism Committee serves up their traditional sloppy joe’s Wednesday, February 21, from 5:00 – 6:15 PM.

The LEGO League serves the Lenten meal Wednesday, February 28, from 5:00 – 6:15 PM.

True Love!

February is often referred to as the “Month of Love” – a month filled with roses, boxed-chocolates, special Valentines dinners and don’t forget Cupid, and his quiver of arrows. And while all of these are associated with the love, do they really express true love? They might… but again, they might not.
There is a story that comes from the time of Oliver Cromwell in England. A young soldier had been tried in military court and sentenced to death. He was to be shot at the “ringing of the curfew bell.”
Unbeknownst to anyone, his fiancée climbed up into the bell tower several hours before curfew and tied herself to the bell’s huge clapper. At curfew time, when only muted sounds came out of the bell tower, Cromwell demanded to know why the bell was not ringing. His soldiers went to investigate and found the young woman cut and bleeding from being knocked back and forth against the great bell. They brought her down, so the story goes, and Cromwell was so impressed with her willingness to suffer in this way on behalf of someone she loved that he dismissed the condemned soldier saying, “Curfew shall not ring tonight.”
I don’t know if the soldier was truly guilty or not? But I do know that we are…every one of us! “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
But we also know of an amazing love where another innocent one was willing to die for the guilty.
Jesus once said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends…” (John 15:12-14).
That’s exactly what Jesus did! He gave up His innocent life for the guilty; for you and me. He, who was without sin, was nailed to the cross, and there, weighted down with the incredible load of everyone else’s sins, He became sin for us! He, then, paid the debt of those sins, in full, through His own death. And when He rose from the grave, His victory song declared, “Because I live, you also will live!” —Now we know what true love is! The very love that Jesus has shown to us!
But it doesn’t stop there. With faith in our forgiven hearts, we are called to let that faith shine brightly onto others! We have the love of Jesus living in our hearts; a true love that is to be reflected in our daily lives. Remember, it was our Savior, who said: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, so also you are to love one another. By this everyone will know you are My disciples…” (John 13:34-35).
As forgiven sinners, and ambassadors for Christ, we know true love beyond compare . . .and its a love, we WANT to share!
~ ELS Board for Home Outreach

News from the College

The Mankato chapter of the Bethany Auxiliary meets Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM in the lower level of Meyer Hall on the Bethany Campus. The featured speaker for the evening is Assistant Professor Sara Edwards. Her topic is Preparing the Future Christian Legal Community. Prof. Edwards writes…
“Bethany has added a Legal Studies (Pre-law) major and minor to the curriculum in the past few years, and this November the Board of Regents approved the addition of a Paralegal Certificate program to the curriculum. We currently have about 10 students in law school and others who are preparing to enter. In addition, we have students who are already working in various legal professions. This presentation will focus on our mission to create judges, lawyers, paralegals and law enforcement officials that can serve our communities from a Christian point of view.”
Anyone interested in the topic is most welcome to attend. Following the presentation, the members of the auxiliary conduct their usual business meeting. New members are always welcome!

The Summit Avenue Music Series presents musicians Balge, Haugen, McGuire, Freed, Mautner-Rodgers, and Thatcher Sunday, February 18, 3:00 PM, at Chapel of the Christ. The concert will include a Rachmaninoff song, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in d minor, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet Op. 44. A livestream video of the musicians will be simulcast on a screen above the performers to enhance viewing. Tickets are available online at or at the door at $13 for adults and $5 for students.

Kingdom Workers is looking for volunteers
…to help the mission congregation Eternal Rock Lutheran Church remodel their first permanentbuilding.
…to share God’s Word with children on the White Mountain Apache Reservation through a variety of activities
…to continue teaching musical skills to children on an Apache reservation.
…with construction/handyman skills to help teach and equip community members how to do minor repair and maintenance on their homes.
If any of these sound like your calling, check out the details at

Energy Assistance Program

With heating season upon us, Greater Minnesota Gas, Inc. (GMG) would like to remind residential homeowners or renters of the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This federally funded program helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households. Please contact your location EAP Service Provider to apply. For help finding your local EAP provider, call 1-800-657-3710. Applications must be received or postmarked by May 31, 2018 to be processed for benefits for the 2017-2018 program year. You can find more information on-line at the Minnesota Department of Commerce website at:

Looking for a Home

The office has received a donated XL Mount Olive PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST T-shirt. If you’d like it AND if it’s still on Wendy’s old desk, you may have it. It needs a home!

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