Mount Olive has several small groups which meet during the program year. Newcomers are always welcome.

Upcoming Events

Family Campout

The 5th Annual Family Camp Out will be August 2-4. This year, the location has moved to Chester Woods Park just East of Rochester. Anyone who is not camping is welcome to make the 20 minute drive to visit for the day on Saturday, August 3rd. Large campsites, great fishing, canoeing, kayaking on the reservoir, and swimming will be among the activities. Chester Woods also has over 10 miles of awesome hiking trails and a playground for the kids. The cost for a camp site with electricity is $65. A day pass to visit on Saturday is only $5. There are also 2 camping cabins. Visit the park website to learn more or call 328-7350 to reserve your site and join the fun. Interested parties may contact Jason, Mike or Luke

Opportunities Available September through May

Book group

The Monday Book Group gathers to discuss a wide variety of literature including classics, fiction, poetry, humor, memoirs, history, mystery, Minnesota authors, and youth inspired works. Individuals are welcome to discuss one book or attend every month to discuss them all!  We have leaders volunteer each month to lead the discussion.  The group meets in the Mount Olive library the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm.  Please join us for some wonderful discussion and fun!  If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Schoer.
The book selections for 2019-2020 are:

Monday Book Group
Date Title Author
September 9 The Alice Network Kate Quinn
October 14 The Rosie Project(Library Book Bag) Graeme Simsion
November 11 The Bookshop on the Corner(Library Book Bag) Jenny Colgan
December 9 Alice in Wonderland Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
January 13 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeymoon
February 10 The Story of Arthur Truluv(Library Book Bag) Elizabeth Berg
March 9 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch
April 13 Small Great Things(Library Book Bag) Jodi Picoult
May 11 Still Life With Bread Crumbs Anna Quindlen

Fellowship Tables

Traditionally, Fellowship Tables have been groups of seven to nine adults that meet three or more times during the program year to share a meal and fellowship in homes. In recent years, we have added Restaurant Tables, a group that has their meals in restaurants. Once again, this year there will be both options for Fellowship Tables. These groups are all a great way to branch out, meet new people, and bond with long-time friends without a huge time commitment.

Restaurant and Home Fellowship Tables are formed for one program year and are open to adult couples and singles. Please indicate your preference for one of these groups on your registration form. Pick up your forms at the information table in the entry or in the Gathering Area and return by October 21. Each group will have a volunteer organize their first meeting. Most groups will begin gathering in November, but anyone may join in any-time during the year. Following the first meeting, the group sets its own schedule for the remainder of the year.

Direct any questions to

Men’s Discipleship Group

This multigenerational group meets on Saturdays at the church from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and seeks to develop meaningful relationships and a better understanding of what it means to be disciples of Christ. This gathering focuses on scripture or a book that helps us to walk closer to the Lord and to our families, and encourages us in being disciples of Jesus. Come as your schedule allows. If you have questions, you can talk with Mark Masbruch, Paul Johnson or Mark Schoer.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

prayer_shawlPrayer Shawls are knit or crocheted in prayer and given to those in the midst of a health crisis or personal need as a symbol of God’s comfort and care.

All knitters and crocheters are invited to gather at 9:00 am on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May. Yarn, treats, guidance, wisdom, support, and humor are shared!


For over 25 years, the Mount Olive Quilters have met to make large(full-size) and small (baby) quilts. Annually, they make 75-100 large quilts and the same number of baby quilts, which are donated to Lutheran World Relief, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, The Rochester Women’s Shelter, the Dorothy Day House, and several other organizations. Contact Elaine Monson if you would like to get involved with this ministry.

Quilters meet weekly on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am to tie quilts. No sewing is required to join in. Packets of squares are available to be sewn at home.

Ripe Olives

ripe_oivesRipe Olives, the group for Mount Olive’s seniors, meets during the program year on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. for education and fellowship opportunities. At each meeting, breakfast is provided with a freewill donation. Everyone is welcome to attend. Sign up in the Gathering Area prior to each event. Watch the bulletin, and The Messenger newsletter for further information about programs coming up in 2018! Contact Nancy Britson, Director of Congregational Life, with questions – 288-1580 ext. 202 or


Softball Team

The Rochester church softball league begins in May every year. Co-ed games are played on Tuesday evenings at McQuillan Fields and last one hour with lots of friendly competition. Players ages high school through adult are welcome to join the fun. New players are always welcome and needed, come join the fun. Spectators are always welcome! Watch for the sign up in the Gathering Area in early spring. There is a participant fee of $30 to help defray the cost of team registration. For more information contact Team Manager, Jason Sinnwell or Nancy Britson


Spiritual Companions

Spiritual Companions are a group of Mount Olive members who visit with our most vulnerable folks – those homebound or in need of extra support due to illness or life circumstances. The group meets together a few times a year to assess individuals needs. The companions meet with their assigned member on a schedule that works for the parties involved. Sometimes something as simple as a shared cup of coffee means a lot! If you’d like to know more about this important ministry for yourself or know of someone in need of companionship, please contact Pastor Glenn Monson, or call the church office– 288-1580. Requests are kept confidential.


Women’s Fellowship


All women of the congregation are automatically members of Women of the ELCA, and are invited to join a monthly circle group. There are a number of circles, meeting at a variety of times.

In addition, each year the Women of the ELCA plan Fall, Christmas, and Spring events for all the women of the congregation.