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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Olive Branch, 5/7/12

Accent on Worship

     It’s a special Sunday approaching. When I hear words like that, I think to myself:  “But isn’t EVERY Sunday special?”  Indeed it is.

     Like last Sunday, a prominent theme for this coming Sunday is love.  We’ll hear about Jesus’ commandment to love one another.  For this particular Sunday of the church year the choir often sings the beautiful anthem by Thomas Tallis, “If Ye Love Me.”  This year, we are not singing this.  We’re doing something else.

     The Sixth Sunday OF Easter is also sometimes called Cantate Sunday.  There is little information about why this is, or from what tradition it comes to us, but speculation is that it is merely related to the appointed Psalm of the day, which is Psalm 98:  “Sing a new song to the Lord.”  However it came to be, for some it is an excuse to do something out of the ordinary musically.  In our case this became our excuse to do something with the ordinary.  The songs of the ordinary; Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei will be sung by the choir with strings from the Missa Brevis by Mozart.  We will do this at both liturgies!

     In addition, years ago a tradition was begun at Mount Olive to have our young people offer a recital as a nod to Mother’s Day.  It is our excuse to hear the progress of our young as they develop their artistic skills: an important facet of life.  This will take place this Sunday during the Education hour, at 9:30 am. Performing will be:

Henry Hunt - piano
Audrey Crippen - piano
Katie Garner - violin
Eric Manuel – violin
Mikkel Sawyer – trumpet
Kaiya Ruff – voice and piano
Jessinia Ruff – voice and piano
Rachel Crippen – voice

     Their ages span from age 5 to being seniors in high school! It is our honor to be able to hear them perform, and to love and support them in their artistic endeavors.  You are cordially invited.

     Let the Easter celebrations continue!

- Cantor David Cherwien

Sunday Readings

May 13, 2012 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 10:44-48 + Psalm 98
I John 5:1-6 + John 15:9-17

May 20, 2012 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 + Psalm 1
I John 5:9-13 + John 17:6-19

The Ascension of Our Lord
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Holy Eucharist, 7:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day Recital

   All are invited to a Mother’s Day Recital this Sunday, May 13, presented by the young people of Mount Olive. The recital will take place during the Adult Forum hour, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Metro Lutheran Hymn Festival
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.

     This annual hymn festival is a fundraiser for The Metro Lutheran newspaper and will be held here at Mount Olive. Cantor David Cherwien will play and Susan Palo Cherwien will provide reflections. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Book Discussion Group

     Mount Olive’s Book Discussion group regularly meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The book they are reading for the coming months are:

  • May 12: Paths of Glory, by Jeffrey Archer
  • June 16: (postponed one week due to Bach Tage): Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
  • July 14: The Way We Live Now, by Anthony Trollope.

Bach Tage VI Coming Soon!

     June 9 and 10 are the dates for this sixth Bach Tage weekend at Mount Olive. Many of you have participated in the past, or have come to the Saturday afternoon concert or the cantata vespers on Sunday afternoon. Put these dates on your calendar if you have not already.

     Those who choose to register as full participants will have the opportunity to study and rehearse under the direction of Kathy Romey (University of Minnesota and Minnesota Chorale). This year the cantata selected is BWV 75, Die Elenden sollen essen, which will be performed during Evening Prayer on Sunday, June 10, with orchestra and four excellent soloists. Those who do not choose to sing may still participate as an observer in the rehearsals.

     It is important to register now, since music scores will soon be mailed to participants, so they have time to prepare. The registration form is in the brochure, or can be downloaded from the Mount Olive website homepage.

     The two concerts during Bach Tage are free of charge and open to the public:

Saturday, June 9, 4:30 p.m. All-Bach Recital

  • Sonata in g for Oboe and Harpsichord (BWV 1030b), Stanley King, oboe; Arthur Halbardier, harpsichord
  • Toccata & Fugue in d (“Dorian”) BWV 538) Cantor David Cherwien, organ
Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
  • Cantata BWV 75, Die Elenden sollen essen, and Motet BWV 118, O Jesu Christ, meines Lebens Licht, Kathy Romey, conductor, with soloists and orchestra.

     Plan to be part of Bach Tage VI, June 9 and 10.

Walk Against Weapons

     If you think our nation spends too much in funds and human lives on military madness and weapons, the Walk Against Weapons is the perfect opportunity to express this opinion and to raise funds for Women Against Military Madness (WAMM). They will sponsor a Walk Against Weapons on Saturday June 2, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The check-in point will be at Baker’s Square Restaurant, 928 Prairie Center Dr. in Eden Prairie.  This is a highly visible three mile walk encircling Eden Prairie Center and ending at Alliant Techsystems, Minnesota's largest employer of weapons production. This walk is a fund raiser for Women Against Military Madness in which pledges will be solicited by the walkers.  All checks are to be made payable to WAMM.

     If you would like more information about participating or would just like to make a pledge, please contact Donna Neste at 612-827-5919.

Meet the Artists!

     During the Education Hour on Sunday, June 17, you will have the opportunity to meet artists from The Art Shoppe and to view some of their work.

     Mount Olive sponsors the Art Shoppe jointly with A Minnesota Without Poverty and the Jewish Community Relations Council.  By establishing an entrepreneurship, the artists are able to show and sell their work with the goal of overcoming poverty and becoming financially independent.

     The Neighborhood Ministries Committee will sponsor this event hoping that a closer connection with the Art Shoppe will develop.  Several from Mount Olive will soon begin volunteering at the shop.  If anyone else is interested, please speak to a Neighborhood Committee member.  The shop is located in the Midtown Global Market.

     The artists are grateful for your support and are eager to meet you! We believe that you will be impressed with the quality of their work. So come enjoy meeting the artists, hearing their stories and viewing their work.  Art work they display will be available for purchase.

Thanks to the Bakers!

     Thank you, thank you, thank you to the bread-bakers of Mount Olive.  We are almost set for all the Sundays of our summer 9:30 AM liturgies.  There is still a Sunday when a baker is needed -August 26 - so call Vicar Erik and sign up.  If we get lots of names it will mean many hands make light work!

     With baking questions call Vicar Erik or Steve Manuel and we will help however we can.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Update

     There will be a meeting on May 13 (next Sunday) at 1:00 pm for any knitters or crocheters interested in the Mount Olive Prayer Shawl Ministry. Anyone who has been involved in any way with this ministry in the past or who is interested in making prayer shawls is invited to this meeting.

     Following our short meeting, those interested may join the group which has been getting together to do charity knitting. They start at 1:30. Bring your ideas and needles/hooks.

     We will meet in the west lounge area at 1:00 pm. Please call Peggy Hoeft or Sandra Pranschke with any questions.

Summer Benefit Concert

      A Minnesota Without Poverty is pleased to present a summer benefit concert, “2020: Enough For All.” This event will benefit the efforts of A Minnesota Without Poverty. The concert will be held on Monday, June 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis. Featured at this benefit performance will be Regina Marie Williams, T. Mychael Rambo, Thomasina Petrus, and others. Ticket price is $33 each and are available by visiting

Taste of Chile: Thank You!

     The Missions Committee would like to thank everyone at Mount Olive for making the “Taste of Chile” event a success.

     Together we celebrated the culture of Chile, we learned about the country, we gained a global perspective on mission, and we built relationships.  Through our shared congregational effort, we raised $1,063.41 for our global mission partners in Chile—Action for Health in the Americas/EPES.  The Missions Committee had also previously donated $500 to EPES, as part of its year-end discretionary giving.   This brings our total for EPES to $1563.41.  

     Our congregational mission relationships would not be possible without the hard work and support of everyone at Mount Olive.  It is our shared work and joy.  Thank you!

 - Paul Schadewald

Church Library News

    A very special article appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 21, and I hope that many of you noticed it.  The article was entitled, "No Fine Print, Just Free - Free! – Books." compiled by Laurie Hertzel.  Because of this article's wonderful news, some details from this article are worth noting!

    On Monday, April 23, a second celebration of reading happened as a part of World Book Night, which began last year in Great Britain and which event was to be duplicated in the U.S. and Germany on the above date.  Nationally 500,000 books were given away by 25,000 volunteers.  Across the State of Minnesota and all over the Twin Cities area, more than 600 volunteers distributed 12,000 books on a random basis.  (Books were to be distributed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and on the 4 military bases overseas.)

    In our state, four Minnesota writers were represented in this specific event, namely:  Leif Enger (Peace Like a River) and Kate DeCamillo – (Because of Winn Dixie), both of whom live here; plus Tim O'Brien (The Things They Carried), and Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights), who formerly lived here.  In all, 30 books were chosen to be reprinted in a similar paperback, funded by both printers and booksellers.

     Many classic and familiar books and authors were included in this list, and especially so because several of these books had already been reviewed by our Mount Olive Book Discussion group and at least a few are now (or soon will be) part of our main church library as well.

    An interesting note included a few examples of where and how these books were to be distributed -- on buses, trains, in parks, coffee shops, homeless shelters, schools, nursing homes, in prisons and literally "wherever people are spotted who look as though they could use a good read!"

     I was not previously aware this kind of undertaking was being planned but I am delighted to hear of an event like this.  What an absolutely inspiring and impressive story and I send along Kudos to all who were involved in making it happen again in 2012!

    Speaking of volunteerism, which was just saluted in mid-April, my article would not be complete without a warm word of thanks to the many volunteers who help in numerous ways around Mount Olive!   And a special note of thanks to those volunteers who help with the Mount Olive Library ministry, namely -- Dan Olson, Mabel Jackson, Brooke Roegge, Melissa Stone, Donna Wolsted, Nancy Flatgard and myself.  If there are others who would like to help in the library with specific talents or on a rotating schedule on Sunday mornings, please speak to me.  You would be welcomed and the library surroundings are a pleasant place to work for a short time!

    To close this article, here is a quotation from Pamela Kennedy: "Following God is a journey best made in the company of others…"
- Leanna Kloempken

Southside Family Nurturing Center Benefit Concert

     All are invited to join in an afternoon of beautiful music featuring composer Marty Haugen and the Caritas Vocal Ensemble. Together, they will present a concert on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley). Tickets are $15 each at the door and all proceeds will benefit the Southside Family Nurturing Center, which offers services to at-risk children and families in the Phillips Neighborhood.  For additional information about the Southside Family Nurturing Center or about this benefit musical event, visit

TRUST Plant Sale and Swap

     This garden event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church parking lot at 41st St. and Lyndale Ave. S.  You can bring plants to swap, or simply buy some plants to add to your garden.  Master gardeners will be available to give advice.

     This event is a fundraiser for the programs of TRUST, an interfaith coalition of south Minneapolis congregations (of which Mount Olive is a part!) serving families, youth and seniors. TRUST Youth will sell coffee and goodies to raise money for their summer mission trip.  This is a great opportunity to make changes to your gardens while supporting these important programs.

The Bargain Box

     Each August, Mount Olive Neighborhood Ministries sponsors The Bargain Box, an affordable way for neighborhood families to obtain good quality clothing (new and gently used) for children of all ages to wear as they return to school in the fall. This year, the Bargain Box will be on August 4, from 8-11:30 a.m.

     You can help by donating new or gently used children’s clothes or money to purchase clothes (please include “Bargain Box” in the memo line of your gift), before August 4.
     If you have any questions about Bargain Box, please contact Irene Campbell at 651-230-3927.

Every Church a Peace Church

     The next Every Church a Peace Church potluck meeting will be held on Monday, May 12 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1935 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul ( (651 699-6886).

     The potluck begins at 6:30 pm, followed by the presentation at 7:00. This month's topic is "Occupy Wall Street - This Changes Everything."

Wanted: A Few Good Men or Women

     This summer Jobs After School will take place from Monday, July 2 – Friday, August 10 (with the 4th of July off.)  Neighborhood Ministries is in need of a few volunteers to help pick up three or four youth, supervise them on a job and bring them home one day a week, during those seven weeks. The summer jobs take about one to two hours. We will be holding an orientation lunch and meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 26 and an organizational meeting with the youth and parents at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday June 28.

     You may pick your day and your hours, morning or afternoon.  If you will be on vacation one or two of those weeks, we can cover that time for you.  For more information, please call Donna @ 612-827-5919.

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