Whoever you are and where ever you are on your faith journey, you are welcome at Olivet Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
Do you seek a worship experience shining with music, illumined by timeless wisdom from the Old and New Testaments, and warm with prayer for the needs of the community?
You will love Sunday mornings at Olivet!
Weekly worship service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a fellowship coffee hour
Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month
Classical music and hymnody,with frequent visiting artists and performances
Healing prayers for the individual needs of congregation and community
Thought-provoking and inspiring messages from Olivet's pastor, Rev. Michael Wasylik
Are you a parent who wants your children to learn the stories and values of the Christian tradition, taught without dogmatism and with a focus on active service to the community?
You will find friends and the home you’re seeking at Olivet. With a focus on multi-generational involvement in the faith development of children, Olivet's programs and practices promote achievement of biblical literacy, celebration of key transitional events as children mature in their faith, and the experience of a warm and caring faith community of mentor adults.
- Sunday School classes for children based on the nationally-known curricula Seasons of the Spirit for grade-schoolers and Godly Play for pre-schoolers. Classes are taught by trained volunteers under the direction of professional staff
- A youth group that meets weekly to discuss spiritual topics, plan outings, and carry out service project in disadvantaged American communities.
- Confirmation / coming of age classes for seventh and eighth graders led by the pastor and culminating in confirmation and a service project.
- "Wednesday Night at Olivet": our weekly evenings of fellowship, food, and faith formation for all ages. Wednesday evenings include a home-cooked dinner followed by discussions and classes for adults, crafts and learning for kids, and youth group for teens.
Do you seek development in your own knowledge and practice of faith?
At Olivet, you will find thoughtful friends and guides on your journey toward God.
· Adult faith formation offerings including lecture series, group discussions, and spiritual practice sessions. Recent topics have included the parables of Luke, reconciliation, art and theology, contemporary faith issues, and the problem of evil.
· “Second Friday Nights at the Movies” features interesting contemporary and classic films with moral or spiritual implications. The evening begins with potluck appetizers and concludes with discussion and dessert.
· During Advent, take a break from the hectic pre-Christmas season with candle-lit Advent readings, reflection and prayer at Olivet.
· On summer Wednesday nights, a book club meets in the courtyard to choose, read and reflect upon books of spiritual influence.
· Friday mornings during Lent, enjoy a 7:00 a.m. homemade breakfast followed by reflection and prayer.
· The Olivet Men’s Group meets monthly for dinner and discussion, and women gather throughout the year and at an annual offsite retreat to renew their connections.
Are music and art your strongest connections to the Divine?
At Olivet Church, you will find a community of musicians and artists who express their faith and dedicate their talents to God through the arts.
· Music opportunities include the Adult Choir, Junior Choir, Cherub Choir (kids 3-5), and Bell Choir.
· Our Director of Music, Paul Boehnke, is also Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota.
· Olivet’s 1976 Lyn Dobson pipe organ is one of the most visually and musically beautiful in the Twin Cities.
· Classically-trained musician-members of the congregation include string, wind and brass artists who play and teach throughout the Twin Cities.
· Musical events including choral performance of Bach cantatas, Faure’s Requiem, and outstanding Christmas and Easter offerings mark the liturgical year.
· With perfect acoustics, Olivet’s sanctuary is sought out by numerous local chamber music groups who often offer discounted concert tickets to Olivet members.
· The unique and beautiful 1907 Olivet building was designed by noted St. Paul architect Clarence Johnson in English Cottage style, surrounding a garden courtyard of trees, flowers and art.
· Olivet’s recently-concluded Centennial Capital Campaign made possible extensive, historically-sensitive restoration of the church’s sanctuary, meeting rooms and offices.
· The altar is graced by a colorful, hand-embroidered dossal screen designed by noted Twin Cities’ artist Joan Cox and sewn by women of the congregation. In 2010, Olivet dedicated four exquisite new stained glass windows in the sanctuary, also designed by Joan Cox.
· In 2009, an assemblage of 42 individual ceramic tiles based on architectural motifs of the church by artist Josh Blanc was dedicated in the church parlor 2010 also saw the restoration of the courtyard’s contemporary bronze triptych by sculptor Michael Price.
Are you seeking to express your faith through contribution of your unique talents to the needs of the community? Olivet members seek to live out the teachings of Jesus in active works of compassion and generosity, guided by the Church Council and the Community Works Committee. Ongoing and recent projects to which you could lend hands, heart, time and resources:
· Food donations and financial support of Merriam Park/Keystone Community Services food shelves
· Apartment furnishings and financial support of CommonBond Communities projects to address homelessness
· Earthquake victim support through Church World Service
· Project Home shelter volunteers
· Simpson Shelter Sandwich Brigade
· Galtier School tutor/mentor program volunteers
· Moving-in baskets for victims of domestic violence making a fresh start through Women’s Advocates
· Summer gift and garden veggie/flower baskets for home-bound seniors in the community
· Annual financial gifts to Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Paul Council of Churches Department of Indian Works, the Family Place, Metro Crisis Nursery, and Feed My Starving Children.
· Service on the Church Council and committees of the church: Worship, Membership, Deacons, Stewardship, Faith Formation, Finance, Building and Grounds, Youth Ministry, and Community Works.
Whether you seek meaningful worship, faith formation for your children, music and art to nourish your soul, or practical ways to live out your faith, you’ll find what you’re seeking at Olivet Church.