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

Adventure Club

IMG_7571Plans are coming together for lots of fun Adventure Club activities this fall and winter. The Mount Olive Adventure Club is a diverse and dynamic group that explores a wide array of activities, everything from concerts to campouts, bike rides to hockey games. Events are intergenerational and family friendly. Members, visitors, and friends are all welcome!

Save the Date! 

On Friday, March 2 at 7:30 pm, the Adventure Club plans to attend a play presented by Wits’ End Theatre in Chatfield entitled Abraham Lincoln for the Defense. Mount Olive member Jim Haase is a part of the cast. See the poster, the sign up sheet, and ticket payment envelopes on the Gathering Area sign up counter. The cost for general admission tickets is $15. All adult adventurers are welcome!

April-Restaurant Trivia-location to be determined.
May-Pizza/Bunco Game night at Mount Olive.
August-Families gather for a weekend in August at the Old Barn Resort in SE Minnesota bluff country. Outdoor meals, bike rides, swimming, camp fires, picnics, ice cream, s’mores, games, crafts, and a small worship service fill the weekend creating memories outside Mount Olive, and inside God’s natural beauty.


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 2017-2018 are:

Monday Book Group
Date Title Author
September 11 The Accidental Wife CJ (Carol) Fosdick
October 9 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance
November 13 Galileo’s Daughter Dava Sobel
December 11 On Strike for Christmas Sheila Roberts
January 8 Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly
February 12 Poetry of Robert Frost Robert Frost and Edward Connery Lathern
March 12 Norwegian by Night Derek B. Miller
April 9 Prayers for Sale Sandra Dallas
May 14 Conquering the Odds: Journey of a Shepherd Girl Habibo Haji and Joseph Culhane


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, and Family Fellowship Tables for families with young children. Once again, this year there will be three 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 22. 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.

The Family Fellowship Table meets in the Fellowship Hall at Mount Olive for a pot-luck meal a few times a year. Some families choose to get together on their own as well. The first meal is set for Saturday, November 4 at 6:00 pm. Each family brings a dish to share; paper products, tableware, and beverages will be provided. Sign up in the Gathering Area. 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. 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 $25 to help defray the cost of team registration. For more information contact Team Manager, Jason Sinnwell or Nancy Britson
Congratulations to the Mount Olive softball team for their exciting win in the 2017 Church League Playoffs! They came from third place at the end of the season to win the summer championship.

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.

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