Lenten Devotional Service

Wednesday, March 25

** Did you miss Sunday's Worship Service with Pastor Jon? Click here to watch March 22 service.

View the song behind the Sunday Sermon Series:

Dead Man Walking (Jeremy Camp)

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.

Mail in your offering to:

Mount Olive Lutheran Church

700 Western Street

Anoka, MN 55303

Give online your weekly offerings can be made through GivePlus+ 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, or John Peters at zeke3613@aol.com.

Thank you for your continued faithfulness.


COVID-19 Pastor Update on March 26

* PDF Document

* Facebook Video

Mount Olive Church Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Call the church if you have any questions or concerns: 763.421.3223 or email mtolive@mtolive-anoka.org

To keep up with your offerings, please mail or give online by clicking here.

Mount Olive Cancellations: 

All Activities, Bible Studies and Worship Services are CANCELLED through April 10. Church offices are open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

  • Lenten Services will be replaced with online worship - stay tuned for what is in store for April 1.
  • Lenten Lunch, Midweek Meals and all other Wednesday events are cancelled on April 1 & 8. 
  • Worship Services (in person) are cancelled for weekends March 28/29 and April 4/5. Watch for Services as they are uploaded online through Facebook and/or our website.  

God made this promise to Joshua and the Israelite's and they crossed into the unchartered territory of the Promised Land: 

God said in Joshua 1:9, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Join us For Worship - Viewed Online through March 29

Worship Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 8:00, 9:30 & 10:30 AM

Education Hour with Sunday School & Youth 9:15 AM

Lent Services

Wednesdays: February 26 - April 1

11:00 AM & 6:30 PM

(Lenten Lunch will be served after the 11:00 AM service in the Coffee Shop)

Click here for the 2020 < Lent Devotional >

Serving Means Doing What is Needed

by Pastor Jon Haakana

In Lent we sometimes refer to the use of the spiritual disciplines, even though you cannot find the actual term in Scripture. The closest use of the word “discipline” in the Bible to how “spiritual disciplines” is generally used in Christian circles can be found in 1 Timothy 4:7 where the Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy, “train yourself to be godly.” The New American Standard Bible defines it, “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” It uses the Greek word “gymnazo” from which we get the English word “gymnastic” or “gymnasium.” Hence, this kind of discipline is more like training, practicing, or exercising to become “spiritually” fit.

So, what are the spiritual disciplines? Lists vary, but most agree there are twelve. There are the Disciplines of Self-Denial. These are ways of denying ourselves something we want or need in order to make space to focus on and connect with God. They are: solitude, silence, fasting, sabbath, secrecy, and submission. Then, there are the Disciplines of Activity. These are ways of connecting with God and other people, conversing honestly with them in order to love and be loved. They are: Bible reading, worship, prayer, fellowship, personal reflection, and acts of service.

More from our Monthly Newsletter

"Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus."
Romans 6:11 (NIV)

Youth Spring Plant Fundraiser

Please consider buying your garden plants from our youth through Lynde. Proceeds go towards Summer Servant trips, Spoke Folk, other retreats & confirmation expenses. 

Pick up an order form at the Welcome Desk or download the file here to see all your wonderful choices.

Orders Due April 15

Plants delivered May 6

Hang tight while we look up scheduled events...

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