Lean on Me

by Pastor Jon Haakana

There is a popular song written in 1972 by Bill Withers entitled, “Lean on Me.” It goes like this: Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow; but if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend; I'll help you carry on.”

This summer, we are going to look at the thirteen chapters of Paul’s Second Letter to the Church of Corinth over the thirteen weeks of summer (taking out July 4 and Labor Day weekend as they will have different themes). The theme of our summer series is “Lean on Me.”  As we look at the contents of Paul’s letter, we can almost hear God say, “Lean on Me,” or “Learn to lean on each other.”

Circumstances at the Time of Writing

After writing the 1st letter to the Corinthians, and sending it by the hand of Titus, Paul left Ephesus. He slowly made his way to Troas (preaching en route) where he had arranged to meet Titus on his return from Corinth. Here, Paul was greatly used by God. But the return of Titus was delayed. Paul was anxious to hear how his 1st letter was received. Fearing the worst, he crossed the Aegean Sea to meet up with Titus. Eventually they met at Philippi.



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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Weekend Worship Series: Lean on Me

Worship in the Sanctuary at Mount Olive! 


5:30 PM (in-house only) 

Sunday: (in-house or online)

8:00 AM Traditional

10:00 AM Contemporary

To view our Vision Assembly Live Online click here June 6 beginning at 11:00 AM


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

(Services will be available after the LIVE events)

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    From Fear Faith

    JUNE 12/13

    8:00 AM

    10:00 AM


    Takes a Licking - Keeps on Ticking

    JUNE 19/20

    8:00 AM

    10:00 AM

All Aboard for Fun at 2021 Vacation Bible School

Rocky Railway

Jesus Power Pulls us Through

June 28 - July 1 2021

$20 per/student

Beginning June 7 - $25 per/student

Ages 4 - 4th Grade

Anyone age 4 (and potty trained) through grade 4 is welcome! Grade 5-adult are invited to sign up to volunteer!


You might recognize this theme from last summer but we never had a chance to explore what God has for us to learn in Rocky Railway. 

We are so excited to be able to come together to sing and play and learn about how Jesus’ power can help us do hard things and give us hope. What a perfect message for children and families!


Registration opens May 1


Watch for the Information Table in the Welcome Center in the beginning of May to register and to sign up for your spot to volunteer!

Contact Carol Kietzman for more information.



Crew Leaders

Crew Helpers






VBS Band

Check out the Information Table in the Welcome Center to sign up for your spot to volunteer!
or click here to sign up for your perfect spot: https://vbspro.events/p/61a278

Contact Carol Kietzman for more information.


VBS Donations Wanted

Donations needed: Large cardboard barrels and boxes to make a train for the Welcome Center.

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Mount Olive's Daily Schedule



Click here for Mount Olive's COVID-19 Safety Protocols (updated 6/10/20)

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

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.”

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:

As you enter Mount Olive, there will be a basket for you to deposit your offerings. 

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.