Sept. 12 & 13 Worship Bulletin

Weekly Devotions

You may access past devotions by clicking here

Pastor Luke’s Ordination and Installation 

We celebrate that Pastor Luke Hollander was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament and installed as Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Family at Mount Olive on Friday. Participants included Bishop Regina Hassanally, Pastor Glenn Monson, Terry Krieger, representing the Mount Olive congregation, and members of Luke and Pastor Lisa’s family. The YouTube video of this service is available here:

God’s work. Our hands. – Expands

This year, “God’s work. Our hands.” is more than just one day of service. This year, we expand to NINE days in which you can serve with MANY different projects: Donate items or funds, perform acts of service in the community, and or complete hands on projects at home. Please refer to the flyer sent with this week’s bulletin for an outline of all the details. On Sunday, September 13, please stop by the church between 2-4 pm to pick up or drop off items/projects/funds and receive an ice cream treat from Mount Olive staff members. We’re looking forward to seeing you; please stop by to say “Hi”!This is a great opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Please note that the church will be open for you to drop off or pick up items Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays, Sept. 12 and 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Children’s Mask Collection for Elton Hills Elementary School

The Mount Olive Service and Social Outreach team reached out to our neighborhood school, Elton Hills Elementary, to ask if there was anything we could do to help as children returned to school.  They said that  a donation of 250 masks to provide for children from low income families would be greatly appreciated. Between now and the beginning of school, children’s masks will be collected in a box in the church entry. Homemade or purchased masks may be donated.  Please refer to the service page of the Mount Olive website, , for mask patterns and instructions and tutorial videos.  A child’s homemade fabric mask measures 5″ by 7 /12 ” with 5 1/2 inches of elastic.

Mount Olive’s Response to In-Person Worship

Please read an updated letter concerning Mount Olive’s response to in-person worship at the link below. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the church office or send an email to

If You Are In Need of Pastoral Care, Help with Errands, etc.

If you are having difficulty at this time of crisis, are in need of pastoral care, help with errands such as grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, meals, etc., or if you would simply enjoy a friendly phone call on a regular basis, please let us know as there are a number of Mount Olive volunteers who are willing to help. You may contact the church office at 507-288-1580 or email Nancy Britson at If you leave a message, we will return your call. In-person pastoral visits will continue to only be done in the case of emergencies

Connecting Helpers with those in Need

All members are encouraged to be caregivers for one another in this difficult time. We know that those who have sent cards, letters, emails, and made calls to spread encouragement have been greatly appreciated. Others have offered to do errands for people who can’t get out or are afraid to do, helped set up Zoom, or sewed some masks. Mount Olive has an online sign up sheet for anyone willing to be a resource. It is monitored and as requests come in, we will connect those in need with those who are willing to help.  If you would like to volunteer to help in any of the ways mentioned above, follow this link:

Fabric Mask Update

Thank you to everyone who has been sewing face masks, you are making a difference! Hundreds of masks have been provided to medical facilities and senior living homes around Rochester as well as Mount Olive members and friends.  Click here to find mask patterns, tutorial videos, and drop off instructions.
If You Need a Mask:
If you would like a mask for yourself or a family member, please contact the church office at 507-288-1580.


Mount Olive’s Welcome Statement

“We trust that God calls Mount Olive Lutheran Church to a ministry of reconciliation. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, and we extend God’s hospitality by welcoming, hearing, and treasuring:

All gender identities and sexual orientations All races and ethnicities All ages and abilities
All economic statuses and education levels All faith journeys and personal histories

As Christ welcomes all, we too welcome the full inclusion of all people into the life, ministry, and sacraments of Mount Olive, joining in a journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.”

We are also an unapologetically Lutheran community of faith. This means:

                    • Our theology is centered in the life and death of Jesus Christ.
                    • We are part of a long line of historic churches which celebrate infant baptism and weekly Holy Communion.
                    • The Word of God is the norm and basis for our life together.

We are also part of one particular group of Lutherans – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Through this group we are networked with thousands of other congregations, mission sites, social service agencies, and educational institutions that live out the faith of Jesus Christ in similar ways.

We believe Christ calls each person to some kind of ministry. We also believe that our lives are enriched when we do ministry together. You are welcome to explore your calling in this community of God’s people.


A Reconciling in Christ Community