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:


Monday Pub Theology

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 2020-2021 are:


FSU Books 2020-2021
Date Title Author
September 1 Crossing the Bar: Home by Another Way James G. Johnson
October 6 God’s Echo: Exploring Scripture with Midrash Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
November 3 The Universal Christ Richard Bohr
December/January Meetings to TBD (leaving space for videos, emerging interests, or smaller self-led book groups as encouraged across Mount Olive
February 4 I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness Austin Channing Brown
March 2 Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation Phileena Heuertz
April 6 Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life Gregg Levroy


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.