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The Olive Press – March 2018

The Man of Sorrows

Isaiah 53:3 “He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”

In the season of Lent we take the time to consider everything that our Lord Jesus willingly went through in order to make the full payment for our sins—in order to win eternal life for us! As we consider these events, we cannot help but be amazed at the tremendous Love of God that is directed towards us! As Jesus Himself once explained: “Greater LOVE has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) What great cost our Lord was willing to pay for you and for me!

The famous German artist, Albrect Durer (—who later in life expressed his admiration and appreciation for Martin Luther!) released a booklet of woodcuts that he titled the Small Passion. Released in 1511, it was meant to be a devotional work that the common people could have in their own hands. Each image in this little volume provided a rich, visual sermon that directed the viewer to Christ and to His work of redemption for sinful mankind.

On the title page of that book we find the image shown above. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is shown as true man, one who had been crucified and put to death. The nail holes are still visible in His hands and feet—the crown of thorns weighs heavy upon his head. Yet in this image, He is also portrayed as holy. We see the Son of God, with the three-point cruciform halo (known as a “nimbus”) representing the Triune God!

In this scene, Jesus is depicted as the “Man of Sorrows” as described by Isaiah in his 53rd chapter. He is hunched over, bowed down. As you look at the woodcut, you can empathize with the emotion and grief that being despised and rejected would have caused our Lord. Our hearts are moved—especially when we recognize that this suffering was caused by our own sins! Yet, Durer was not leaving the viewer in sadness and despair. Consider the stone upon which the Man of Sorrows sits. This large rock recalls to mind the rock door of Christ’s once-sealed tomb—and the joyful message of Easter: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6) Here, the triumph of Easter and of Christ’s glorious, victorious resurrection is present and pointed to. He is also one whose feet are planted firmly upon the ground. This should signify a connection to us! He is of our world—having come into our world in order to help us. As Paul writes to the Philippians: (2:7-8) “He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

This season of Lent is designed to keep us pointed to Jesus. As we see here in Durer’s “Man of Sorrows,” one who suffered because of “our transgressions…our iniquities” (Is. 53:5). Thus, we recognize our own failings and sins. Yet as we consider this Man of Sorrows, we also see the great Love that God has for us! How can we not be amazed by this Love, seeing in Jesus one who willingly did these things for our salvation! The Man of Sorrows should move us to return to God in repentance. With penitent hearts, we admit our need for His help, and trust in His help that comes through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!

NOTE: If you are looking for a helpful devotional book for the remainder of this Lenten Season (and for future ones!), I recommend “Bearing the Cross: Devotions on Albrecht Durer’s Small Passion” (produced by Concordia Publishing House—found at their website www.CPH.org or at the Bethany Bookstore). Reprinting Durer’s images from the Small Passion, along with well-written brief descriptions and explanations of the images, fitting scriptures, and closing with a familiar hymn verse, it makes an excellent personal or family devotion (I love looking at the detailed images and explaining them to my kids!).

-Pr. Luke Ulrich


Serving Mount Olive

Greeters

March

1st Service: Ron & Mary Younge, Eldon Sting, Peggy Harstad
2nd Service: Don & Beth Westphal, Dave & Tanya

April

1st Service: Ross & Betsy Hermanson, Lois Otto
2nd Service: Mike & Anita Smith, James & Carolyn Gates

Ushers

March

1st Service: Bruce Gratz (capt), Alec Gratz, Seth Tweit, John Sehloff, Keith Anderson
2nd Service: David Munsen, Matthew Munsen, Dan Maas, Justin Maas, Craig Christensen

April

1st Service: Ross Hermanson (capt), Craig Brown, Broderick Brown, Will Holt, Nathan Younge
2nd Service: Robert Irwin (capt), Scott Dzwonkowski, Dennis Soule , Kent Waletski, Jim Gates

Altar Guild

March: LuAnn Sting, Sharon Madson
April: Sharon Madson

Organists

Week of 1st Service 2nd Service Midweek
Mar. 4 Cassie Johnson Mark DeGarmeaux John Baumann
Mar. 11 Cassie Johnson John Baumann John Baumann
Mar. 18 Cassie Johnson Mark DeGarmeaux Kristin Matzke
Mar. 25 Cassie Johnson John Baumann
Mar. 29 Mark DeGarmeaux
Mar. 30 John Baumann

Counters

March: Lisa Holt, Brenda Garbers, Connie Meyer
April:

New 2 You Volunteers

Saturday … 9:45 ‑ 12:15 12:15 ‑ 3:00 PM
March 3 Jane Birkholz You?
April 7 How about here? Or Maybe here?

Consider volunteering at New 2 You, which supports our primary & secondary schools. Volunteers are needed for each shift and are scheduled with a more experienced volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, sign the clipboard at the narthex table.

Coffee & Treats

Sunday … 8:00 – 10:30
March 4 Karla Reagles
March 11 You?
March 18 How about here?
March 25 Or here?

If you would like to sign up for Sunday 9:40 AM coffee & treats, the sign up link is at the bottom of our web site. If you’re unfamiliar with the kitchen or have other questions, contact Sam Barbosa [sambarbosa3@gmail.com or 507-382-4928 (call or text)]. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:00 AM to prepare the coffee (regular and decaffeinated), and provide & prepare treats to be served. Serving time is from the end of 1st service until 10:30 AM. Volunteers are also responsible for clean up and may end serving sooner if needed.

Flowers

March 4-5 You?
March 11 How about here?
March 18 Gabe & Sarah Cornish
March 25 Or here?

If you would like to provide flowers or a plant, please sign the Flower Calendar in the entry way next to the bulletin board.

2018 Flower Calendar for the church year is now up in the entry way next to the bulletin board. Thank you for signing up to bring flowers to beautify our altar this coming year!

CDS Library Volunteers

Thursday … AM Shift PM Shift
March 1 Annette S. AnnetteS., LaVonne
March 8 Mary, James Gabe
March 15 Mary Jane, Terri Keri, Jen
March 22 Mindy Darci, LaVonne
March 29 No School

If you would like to volunteer in the CDS library, contact our librarian, Mrs. Beilke.


Introducing …

Nick and Becky Proksch and their four children.

Becky was born and raised in George, IA. Elementary through high school was at George Little Rock School. She then attended Bethany College as a music major and MSU majoring in education and music. She participated in track in high school and plays the piano. She is now a stay-at-home mom with the children.

Nick was born and raised in Muskego, WI. Elementary education was at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran School in New Berlin. High school was at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee. Nick played tennis in high school. After high school he went to Valparaiso University in Indiana to receive a BA degree in German and received an internship to study abroad in Germany. His next step was to the seminary at Bethany, graduating in 2010. Nick now is a professor at Bethany teaching Religion.

Nick and Becky have four children. Jeremy is five and is in kindergarten at Mt. Olive; Nolan is three years old, and Colin is one. Their new-comer Micah was born this past December. The couple met at Bethany and got married in the ELS Church in Luverne, MN. They have no pets and enjoy summer camping with the kids.

A long-range goal includes a trip to Germany.


BIG & small Ways to Get Involved in Our Community

For All You Softball Fans and Athletes: It is that time of the year again, and we are forming softball teams! There are signup sheets out in the narthex if you would like to join us for family and fun. Mens’ church league is on Monday nights, and co-ed league is on Tuesday nights.

Last Month This Year! Thrivent Choice Dollars Allocation… Grant funding from Thrivent Financial through its Thrivent Choice® program can help support organizations you care about. Eligible members who have designated Choice Dollars have until March 31, 2018, to direct them to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and School.

Support the the Mount Olive CDS Band by shopping their bake sale between services on March 11. The band provides our preservice music that day AND kindergarten to Grade 8 sing at both services in honor of Lutheran Schools Week.

Mt. Olive will host a blood drive on Friday, March 16 from 1:00 – 6:00 PM. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1 800 733 2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code MTOLIVEKATO.

Save your pop tabs! After School Care’s Service project this year is saving pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald house charities! So far this year, we’ve filled one tub….help us fill another!

Mt. Olive’s Tuition Scrip program offers gift cards for purchase for 700+ participating retailers. A percentage of your purchase goes toward your Mt. Olive Tuition. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to view the. If you have any questions or need help getting started, email Tanya Norris scrip@mtolivelutheran.org or Tiffany Riesgraf triesgraf@yahoo.com.

Mt. Olive youth (grades 5-12) sell Kwik Trip Cards as a fund-raiser to help defray camp & bus fees for Camp Indianhead, LYA, or Honor Choir. A percent of a student’s sales goes toward their personal camp fees. Cards are sold between Communion Sunday services. Contact Angie Younge 389-9137 or Rebecca Strom 386-0372 with questions.

Blood drive Thursday, June 15, from 1:00 – 6:00 PM, Mount Olive hosts a blood drive. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 1 800 733 2767, visit their website www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code MTOLIVEKATO, or use their blood donor app.  1 pint of blood can save 3 lives!


New 2 You Family Thrift

1838 Commerce Drive, North Mankato

Phone: 385-1455

Business Hours

Monday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Donation Drop Off times

Monday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Mt. Olive provides volunteers to staff New 2 You the 1st Saturday of each month

***Our Volunteer hours are Saturday 9:45 AM – 3:15 PM***


Thank you for supporting Christian education by shopping at New 2 You. Mount Olive’s portion for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 is $1,000. Thinking about volunteering this winter? Please do. The store operates on volunteer time.


News from the College

Join the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate Spring with a concert featuring Kiara Riehl, Mankato East High School student on Sunday, March 4 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM at Trinity Chapel, Mankato, MN. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door.


Our Monday evening services are suspended during the Lenten season. We encourage those who cannot attend church on Sunday to join us for a Wednesday meal at 5:00 PM and an evening service at 6:30 PM. Monday evening services resume Monday, April 9, at 6:30 PM.

Midweek Lenten Services

2018

“The Sounds of Lent”

March 7th Vicar Zach Steinke – Matthew 27:21-23

The Shouting of the Crowd

March 14th Pastor Dan Witte – Luke 23:27-30

The Wailing of the Women

March 21st Pastor Keith Siverly – Matthew 26:69-75

The Crowing of the Rooster

Lenten Meal Schedule

Feb. 28th – LEGO League (Tacos)

March 7th – Softball Team (Stadium Fare)

March 14th – BLC Law Club (Lasagna)

March 21st._ M.O.M.’s (Hot Dish Extravaganza)


Worship with Us

Telecommute, click, or come in! Can’t make it in? Our Sunday morning services are live streamed from our web page. Missed a service? Catch the archived 8:30 Sunday morning service at http://Vimeo.com/mountolive. Missing fellowship & coffee? Join us Sundays at 8:30 & stay for 9:40 Bible study or come to Bible study & stay for second service.

Mt. Olive services also are shown on local cable channels 181 (Spectrum) and 7 & 507 (Consolidated Communications) on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM and Thursdays at 11:30 AM.


Bible Classes at Mt. Olive

9:40 AM Sundays Bible Class and children’s Sunday School. Register online for our children’s Sunday School classes using our web site. Bible Information Class (BIC) is available for anyone interested in learning more about our Christian faith. Talk to one of the pastors if you’re interested.

10:00 AM 2nd and 4th Mondays, off-site, Bible Study for Veterans, the Mount Olive Veterans’ Bible study group meets at the Mankato Veterans Townhomes (710 Raintree Road, Room C), across from River Hills Mall. Bible study ends at 11:00 AM. All veterans are welcome. Contact Herman Harstad at 385‑0796 for more information.

8:00 AM Tuesdays, Ladies Bible study, working through Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, the People’s Bible Commentary by Harlyn J. Kuschel

7:00 PM 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Fireside room, MOMs on a Mission, the book, Family Vocation, by Gene Veith, Jr. and Mary Moerbe. (No childcare is provided.)

8:10 – 10:00 AM Wednesdays, social hall, MOMs on a Mission, the book, Family Vocation, by Gene Veith, Jr. and Mary Moerbe. Childcare is provided. Sign in your child at the door.

9:00 AM Wednesdays, Bible Study led by Pastor


Stay … and Keep Watch

Somewhere in Jerusalem, Jesus was in an upper room with His closest friends. It was a feast. It was a joyful occasion for all the Jews. Jesus, though, began to be sorrowful and troubled.

Sorrow and trouble can come in any number of ways. It might be bad news from the doctor. It might be financial. It could be what the mechanic tells you. It could touch upon your relationships. It could be guilt. It could be consequences for doing wrong… or maybe even for doing right. It could be death.

This was the night that Jesus gathered up all our sorrows and troubles, to resolve them all in Himself. So we watch and pray at all times, and in this season of Lent. We watch against our sin and against temptation. We keep watch in a troubled world. We watch the Lord Jesus on His way, and consider all that came upon Him. It came to Him, because He takes our side against sin and death, the devil and hell. He begins to tell us His sorrow and trouble with the words: Truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.

Later that night, He came down from the city, and into the valley—where they threw out all the idols and the rubble from the altars of all the high places that Israel built in their unfaithfulness. Jesus comes to resolve it all in Himself. He walked the way that David, the true King walked before, when he fled before a rebellious son, who wanted to rule in his place: like Caiaphas and the scribes and chief priests and teachers of the Law… and like us, who want to be lords for ourselves. Jesus comes to resolve it all Himself.

He walked over the brook that ran red with the blood of the temple sacrifices. Those sacrifices could never cleanse our conscience from guilt and blame. He will have to resolve it Himself. He went out to the Mount of Olives, on the way of the scapegoat. Year after year, the scapegoat carried the guilt of all the people into the wilderness, as if to wait for Someone to come and resolve it all Himself.

Jesus goes to the peaceful olive grove, which was known to Him and all His disciples. Even the one that betrayed Him. He goes there to watch and pray, and to wait for them to come for Him.

What an honor, to watch and pray with Him. How necessary, and how blessed, to participate with Him in His watchfulness and His prayers. How much richer our celebration of Easter will be, when we see the depth of His sorrow and suffering for us, and how it resolves itself in His victory over sin and death. So much He offers to us, and gives us with His words: “Stay… and keep watch with Me.”

~ ELS Board for Home Outreach


Jesus’ Lambs at Peace invites you to their Open House Tuesday, March 20, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. This is a great time to register your child for the fall classes, tour the new building, and enjoy an evening of crafts, games, face-painting & food. They are located at 2090 Commerce Drive at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato and are a Christ-centered preschool offering early childhood classes for children to prepare them spiritually to know Christ as their Savior and to ready them also for kindergarten. For more information, call Joslyn at 385-7752.


The Concert Band directed by Benjamin Faugstad, performs Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 PM in Trinity Chapel. It’s to be an exciting concert before they head out on band tour. All are welcome!


Kingdom Workers is looking for volunteers for the spring & summer

… to help the mission congregation Eternal Rock Lutheran Church remodel their first permanent building.

… to teach and inspire beginning/ intermediate musicians to make a joyful noise to the Lord and equip them to share the gospel through music in their communities!

… to help teach and equip community members how to do minor repair and maintenance on their homes.

… to assist with a spring outreach canvassing project.

… to help with a variety of outreach projects.

If any of these sound like your calling, check out the details at http://www.kingdomworkers.com/opportunities.php