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March's  News


Deacons for the month of March
Pastor Thomas will assist the Deacon and Deaconess for the month of March. If you need assistance, please contact Pastor Thomas.


Lenten Invitation
Pastor Gloria Roach-Thomas extended the following invitation during our Ash Wednesday Worship. "I invite you, therefore, as Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to observe a holy 2018 lent; by self examination and by repentance; by prayer, fasting and self denial; and by reading and meditation on God's Holy Word." Please accept this invitation and as Holy Spirit moves you please give yourself to His direction. 


Telephone Ministry Meeting
The Telephone Ministry will meet on Saturday, March 10th at noon. All who are interested in joining the Telephone Ministry are welcome. For information about the Telephone Ministry please contact Inez Hunter.


Greeter Ministry


The Greeter’s Ministry will meet on March 10th at noon. If you are interested in being a greeter, please join us.  Almarie Jernigan Chairperson 


Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight savings time begins March 11th.  Don’t forget to change your clocks.


Minnesota State Baptist Congress    
The Minnesota State Baptist Congress will meet Sunday, March 18th through Friday, March 23rd. Seminars and classes will begin on Monday, March 19th at 6:30 P.M. and end at 8:30 P.M. each night. Vesper Services will begin at 6:00 P.M. There will be no activities at Mt. Olivet during this week.


Congress Highlights:
Sunday, March 18:
  Congress Musical @ 5:00 P.M. at Fellowship Baptist Church
Monday, March 19: Vesper Hour and Classes will be held each night beginning at 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday, March 20:  Dean's Address, Dr. Charles Gill will deliver the message.
Thursday, March 22: Congress President's Address, Pastor Thomas will deliver the message.
                                     The Mt. Olivet Choir will sing during the worship.
Friday, March 23:      Youth Rally at 7:00 P.M.   


The trustees will meet on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 P.M. All trustees are asked to be present and on time.




JASA - Upcoming Events...


Saturday, March 17 - Spring Retreat - The Women's Annual Spring Retreat is Saturday, March 17th. Please plan to join us at 9:00 a.m. for a continental breakfast at the Martin Luther King Center located at 271 Mackubin avenue in St. Paul.  




Our speaker for the day is Reverend Denise Warren, Pastor of Ruach Christian Center of St. Paul.




The cost of the Retreat is $20 per person (non-refundable) and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials. Please plan to register after each Service in the MEDIA Room. If you have any questions, please contact Lorna Reeves, Susan Myles or any member of the JASA Steering Committee.




Sunday, March 18th- Women's History Month Reception - The month of March is "Women's History Month". The 2018 Theme for National Women's History Month is "NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight all Forms of Discrimination Against Women"  Please join us for our annual Women's History Month Reception immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Service. 




Food Shelf Collections   
The Food Shelf Ministry will collect can goods on Sunday, March 18th. Please leave your gift in the Atrium. If you can share one item, it will be a blessing to someone in need.


Timberwolves Game
The Mighty Men of Mount Olivet will be doing a family outing for the Timberwolves game on March 18th. The Timberwolves will play the Houston Rockets. The cost to attend is $30.00. If you are interested in attending, please see Deacon Michael Reeves today.




96th Church Anniversary   
Come and Celebrate our 96th Church Anniversary on Sunday, March 25th. All members are encouraged to invite family and friends to share with us as we mark another year of ministry and service. Pastor Keith T. Evans of the Greater Mt. Eagle Baptist Church from Racine, WI will be our guest.


Holy Week Service  
Holy Week services will be held at the Mt. Olivet Church beginning March 26th through March 29th. Worship will begin at noon each day and will last for approximately one hour. Plan now to be a part of this great worship experience.


Progressive Baptist Church Fellowship
Progressive Baptist Church will fellowship with the Mt. Olivet Church during Holy Week on Wednesday, March 28th. Pastor Melvin Miller will deliver the message and the Progressive Choir will sing. Worship will start at 6:50 P.M.




St Paul Black Ministerial Alliance Good Friday Worship  
The St. Paul Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance will host its annual celebration of Good Friday on March 30th. Worship will start at noon and all are invited to attend.  Lunch will be served immediately following the worship.


Church Office Closed
The church office will close at noon on Good Friday.


Seven Last Saying of Christ  
The Baptist Pastors Conference of the MN. State Baptist Convention will celebrate The Seven Last Sayings of Christ. Bethesda Baptist Church (1118 So. 8th Street, Mpls.) will serve as host for this celebration on Friday, March 30th at 7:00 P.M.  


Park Avenue United Methodist Church
The Park Avenue United Methodist Church (3400 Park Ave, Mpls) will feature The Seven Last Words from the Cross on Friday, March 30th at 6:30 P.M. Pastor Thomas will share in this city-wide event. All are welcome and invited, please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.


Fellowship with Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Milwaukee, WI 
The Mt. Olivet Church will fellowship with the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Milwaukee WI on April 14 & 15. The cost for the hotel (Hilton Garden Inn) is $95 and the cost for the bus is $54.57. Total cost of paying for the hotel through the church is $149.57.


Members who wish to pay for the hotel by credit card will have to pay the 15.1% tax. The hotel cost is $109.35. The cost of the bus and hotel is $163.92. Payment plans are available. Registration forms are to be returned by March 4, 2018 and all payments are due by March 18, 2018.  Please see Iris Lewis or Trudy Buford for inquiries, registration, and payments.


Nursery Ministry 


God's children need our nurturing in his growth: Teens, Adults, and Parents if you love interacting with children we need you. The nursery needs volunteers at 8:00 am, 9:45 am and 10:45 am during Service on Sundays, and at 6:50 pm during Wednesday evening bible study. Anyone interested in serving our children one Sunday or Wednesday a month, please contact JoAnn Dobbins for more information. 




Does your young person need assistance with his or her school work. If so, tutoring is available here at Mt. Olivet. Tutors are present to assist those who need help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please consult the Mt. Olivet Youth Page for information on time or email Sister Iris Lewis at Every child can be a good student, so we encourage you to bring your child to tutoring.


First Aide Ministry
The First Aide Ministry is looking for New Members Male or Female. No experience needed, just a willingness to serve. CPR Training will be provided. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please contact Brenda Taylor-Adams.


Shelter Ministry in May
Mt. Olivet will host the Shelter Ministry for the entire month of May.  We need your help as a volunteer to make this another successful ministry project.  Please consider volunteering for a few hours during the month of May.  We will need volunteers seven days a week from 5-8 PM, and Friday and Saturday overnights (8:00PM – 9AM).  This is a chance to share blessings with those families that are homeless and need shelter and a warm welcome.  It’s a short-term commitment, but one that will mean a lot to families of unfortunate circumstances needing our help.  Sign-up lists will be available after services on the following Sundays in the Media Room: 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, and 4/22. Can you help?  Background checks will be required for all volunteers who have not completed one previously.


 If you are interested in finding out more about the homeless and volunteering for the Shelter Ministry or other questions, please talk with Jody Hickman, the Shelter Ministry Coordinator.  An information meeting for new volunteers or those needing a refresh will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 6PM in the New Member’s Classroom.


A part-time janitor position (about 16+ hours per week) is available here at Mt. Olivet.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated work ethic, janitorial experience, the physical ability to lift 40 pounds, the ability to work independently as well as with a team, attention to detail and is trustworthy. This position reports directly to Pastor Thomas and a background check is required.  Duties include:


Cleaning and stocking upper and lower level bathrooms, including the emptying of trash, cleaning of floors, toilets, basins, mirrors, etc.


Vacuuming, dusting, sweeping and emptying trash in the Atrium and Vestibule, Classrooms, Conference Rooms, Choir Room, stairways, and the open basement area.  This includes cleaning of all glass and windows in those areas. Kitchen floor and vent cleaning as required.


Miscellaneous tasks and heavy-duty cleaning of floors (buffing and waxing) as required.


If you are interested, please pick up an application in the church office and return it to the office by March 9th.  If you have questions, please contact Linda Denson or Lorna Reeves.




For an updated list of activities, meetings, and events for the Youth Ministries, please click here.