“The Being Challenge”

by Pastor Jon Haakana

Welcome to 2022! Once again, I’m guessing most of us are relieved to be leaving last year behind because of the continued craziness and uncertainty brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m also guessing most of us are also hopeful that this year will be better and that many more things will return to normal, or at least somewhat normal. At Mount Olive most of us look forward to the day that all of us can gather for worship, grow, serve and fellowship together in more “normal” ways.


But, there is one “normal” I’d like to see change. Why does the world around us and the life we live not look anything like the reality Jesus talked about? Why is there no significant difference between the lives of those who call themselves Christians and the rest of the world? What kind of a witness can we be in this world if we simply look the same as everyone else? What can we do? Rather than shrugging it off, isn’t it time to change people’s perceptions about the followers of Jesus Christ?


I am excited to announce that Mount Olive will continue to be part of a national church movement, ”The Being Challenge.” This comes to us from the same LCMS pastor and congregation that gave us the “The Red-Letter Challenge” which we went through together at the beginning of 2021.



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“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

Matthew 7:24 (NIV)

Weekend Worship Series: 

The Being Challenge

January 22 - February 27, 2022

Worship in the Sanctuary at Mount Olive! 

Regular Worship times

Saturday: (in-house only)

5:30 PM Traditional

Sunday: (in-house or online)

8:00 AM Traditional

9:15 AM Education Hour
(The Word Bible Study; Youth & Family Sunday School & Adult Bible Study)

10:30 AM Contemporary


Stay Tuned for ONLINE Worship
beginning at Sundays: 8:00 & 10:30 AM

(Services will be available after the LIVE events)

Previous Worship Service Videos not displayed below - CLICK HERE

  • January 23: The Being Challenge

    Keystone Habits

    8:00 AM

    10:30 AM

Associate pastor Call Committee survey

The Call Committee has begun its work to call an Associate Pastor to Mount Olive and they would like your input.  Here is the link for the "Pastoral Expectations" form:

Pastoral Expectations

Please return completed forms to the Welcome Desk by December 26.  Thank you!

the Being Challenge

Followed by

The Forgiving Challege

Order your books today!

Take the 40-Day Being Challenge designed to help you grow in your relationship with God and be like Jesus.

Being Challenge begins January 22/23 and continues on for the Forgiving Challenge which will begin for Lent on March 5/6

Books available for Adults and Kids!

Both challenges are offered for our sermon series during worship and in small groups at Mount Olive.

  • Suggested donation of $20 per book. 
  • Books are not required for worship but are an added layer to the challenge to have for your family or small groups/Bible studies.
  • Create a small group with a group of friends. Or contact ALEX Irwin if you are interested in joining a small group for the Being Challenge or Forgiving Challenge.
  • A great challenge for you to share with your family.
  • Videos are located on Right Now Media for small groups or Bible studies.
  • Week 1 Discussion - Alex will be facilitating a meeting for those interested in leading their own small group. 

Order your book/s by filling out an order form at the Welcome Desk or one that is located in your bulletin each week.

Right Now Media

10,000+ Bible Study Videos

Instantly stream biblical teaching to your Sunday school, home groups, men's groups, women’s groups or youth groups. Resources from over 150 leading Christian publishers and ministries.

RightNow Media is like “Netflix for the church” because we have a huge library with thousands of video sessions that people can access anytime, anywhere. Our creative team films and produces RightNow Media Originals featuring teaching from respected teachers and pastors. We also distribute video resources produced by over 100 other major Christian publishers and ministries.

How to be connected with Rightnow MEDIA?

1. Contact Brenda Schwarz at brenda@mtolive-anoka.org or 763.421.7156 x103.

2. You will receive an invitation email.

3. Follow the directions on the email and you are all set to enjoy all the biblical teachings available to you.

Mount Olive's Daily Schedule


During this time of COVID-19

Even as our circumstances are changing rapidly, we know God is the same yesterday, today, and always. Take comfort in that, friends! The staff of Mount Olive will continue to work daily to do the work God has called us to do. Therefore, we encourage you to continue to be generous in your giving.

Offering During In-House Worship:

The offering plates will be passed during worship.

Mail in your offering to:

Mount Olive Lutheran Church

700 Western Street

Anoka, MN 55303

Give online your weekly offerings can be made through Vanco Faith through our website.


Simply Giving to set up automatic monthly or weekly giving:

For information on Simply Giving and to register, please email Monica at monica@mtolive-anoka.org.

Thank you for your continued faithfulness.