All people at Mount Olive are encouraged to continue to grow in their faith through study of Scripture, Lutheran theology, and the implications of what it means to live as God’s people. We do this in a variety of ways:

Sunday Mornings

The Sunday Morning Forum takes place from 9:15-10:15 a.m. from September through May, usually in the Fellowship Hall. This intergenerational forum often focuses on our social ministry partners and other faith-based learning. During Lent it becomes a Scripture study led by the pastors. Grab a cup of coffee and join the group! Everyone is welcome.


Monday Pub Theology

See what’s trending! Come to Fiddlehead Coffee Shop, 412 3rd Ave SE, each Monday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Conversation focuses on topics that connect faith, spirituality, and our world. Each week’s discussion topic is posted ahead of time at the Rochester Pub Theology Blog. Contact Pastor Lisa  for more information or to join the email distribution list.



The Faith Seeking Understanding book group reads and shares conversations about a variety of books and videos on theology, spirituality, social justice, and Christianity and our changing church. FSU meets on the first Tuesday of the month beginning in September at 6:30 pm. September and March feature video programs, which require no preparation, come and view with the group and share in the conversation. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Lisa Janke.The selections for 2019-2020 are:

FSU Books 2018-2019
Date Title Author
September 3 Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US Lenny Duncan
October 1 Searching for Sunday Rachel Held Evans
November 5 One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins Emmy Kegler
December 3 Discussion relating to Just Mercy

Book optional for December

Bryan Stevenson
January TBD Film: Just Mercy Based on the book by Bryan Stevenson
February 4 The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir Kao Kalia Yang
March 3 Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others Barbara Brown Taylor
April 7 Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship Gregory Boyle


Wednesday Evenings

Mount Olive offers Wednesday evening classes that are scheduled periodically throughout the program year.

Men’s Discipleship Group

The Men’s Discipleship Group meets every Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 am during the program year.


Women of the ELCA

If you are a woman and a member of Mount Olive, you already belong to Women of the ELCA. This group focuses on fellowship, Bible study, and service. There are a number of small  groups that meet monthly at a variety of times for Bible study, discussion and spiritual care.  No sewing is involved. Meetings are a great time for fellowship and forming life-long friendships.  Spending time together in Bible study is a wonderful way to learn about the Bible in a comfortable setting. The groups also serve at Fellowship Events sponsored by the Women of the ELCA throughout the year.


Sacramental Mystagogy

The best way to learn about the Sacraments is to participate in them. We call this mystagogy: teaching through participation in the mystery of God’s presence in, with, and under the Word, the Water, the Bread and the Wine. We have ongoing opportunities for you to learn about what it means to be invited into Baptism and Communion.


Preparation for baptism begins with a conversation with a pastor. Please contact the Church Office at (507) 288-1580 to schedule a thirty minute meeting with one of the pastors to learn, share, and prepare for this important congregational event.


People of all ages (including small children!) are welcome to join the whole church at the Communion table. An intergenerational session called Welcome to Communion: An Introduction to the Sacrament is available twice a year for those who want to learn more about the sacrament. Both young and old are welcome.