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Welcome to Mount Olive!

Whether you are a member of our church, our school community, or are a visitor, we are honored to welcome you and pray that your time on our website will encourage and strengthen your relationship with Jesus. If we can serve you in any way, please let us know through our Contact page.


An important message from Pastor Mark Kleckner on COVID-19 and the immediate future of Mount Olive (6/12/20)


News and events

Upcoming congregational activities (these are also in our online Calendar):

Mount Olive "Virtual" Congregational Meeting Results - a letter from our congregation's president, Paul Brown, 6/10/20

Thank you all for attending the Mount Olive Virtual Congregational meeting.

The Virtual Congregational Meeting was very successful and I was pleased with all of the responses to the budget and the elections ballot.

There were a total of 60 votes cast. All members who voted were in favor of the budget as proposed and the ballot of candidates as presented. There were no objections.

The ACTION Board met June 9th, reviewed the results, and motion was made that the congregation be advised of the voting results. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously. The proposed budget for 2020/2021 has been approved and both Joni Klawitter, Adore Chair and Greg Scheiwe, Head Elder have been voted into their new roles. Congratulations to both of them and I look forward to their continued commitment to Mount Olive.

That said, we are still on our the lookout for candidates to fill the roles that remain open. If you are interested in being of service let me know and I would be more than happy to discuss.  I can be reached at 515-249-8405

This has been a cumbersome process, but I could not have done it without all of you and for that we give praise and thanks to God, our Heavenly Father.

Stay Safe and I can’t wait to see you all in person!

Paul Brown


Prayer Requests: see the latest list of requested prayers


Worship: For information on the various ways to connect to our weekly worship service, please see this news article


Contact us:

Please contact Pastor Mark Kleckner for any and all spiritual needs. If you have prayer requests, please send them to Pastor Mark. You may email them to him at mark.kleckner@molcs.org. You may also text them to him on his cell phone at 515-721-4737. If you have need of his pastoral care, call him at ANYTIME on his cell phone number (Yes, even at 3:00am!).

email: mark.kleckner@molcs.org

cell phone: 515-721-4737

To join the Mount Olive prayer chain, please contact Lori (515-979-3474 or dischk@yahoo.com)


Below is a letter from Pastor Mark Kleckner regarding receiving God's gifts during the COVID19 pandemic (with details on our process for drive-through communion - dates are in our online Calendar)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
     Our Lord and Savior Jesus has earned salvation for each of us, that is, the forgiveness of our sins, the working of the Holy Spirit, saving faith, and eternal life -- a never-ending relationship with God that nothing, not even death, can ever end. These gifts God delivers to us by way of His Means of Grace -- His Word of the Gospel and His Sacraments: Baptism, Holy Absolution, and the Lord's Supper.
          During this time of the Coronavirus and the CoVid-19 pandemic, we have been told to keep our physical distance from one another at 6' or more. We have also been told not to gather in groups of more than 10 people. This has meant that we have had to move our worship services online. Through the use of such technology we are still able to receive God’s gifts through His Word, as well as Confession and Absolution. However, the physical Sacraments, such as Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are not able to be used online. They can only be done in the physical presence of one another. So, during times such as these, do we simply have to forego the blessings and comfort of the Lord’s Supper in order to stay safe? 

     Because many people find the Supper a great comfort especially in times of threat or danger Mt. Olive has decided to offer the Lord’s Supper on a drive through basis. In order to make God’s gifts and benefits available, while at the same time minimizing the risks of inadvertently spreading the coronavirus, we are going to be using the following steps:
     1. Please drive into Mt. Olive’s east driveway; follow the cones or any other directions.
     2. NO ONE communing will be permitted to get out of their car. Just lower the driver’s window far enough to pass items in.
     3. Pastor Mark and any one assisting him will be masked and gloved.
     4. Anything that will be passed into a car will have been previously handled only with gloves, not bare hands.
     5. When your car enters the parking lot, there will be someone ready to receive any offering that you have brought. This person will only be touching things that are coming out of a car and nothing entering a car.
     6. There will be someone who will pass in to you a single use, half page service order which you will keep.
     7. Pastor Mark will lead you through the service order through the open window of your car. He will pass in to you the communion wafer(s) in a small disposable cup(s).
     8. An elder will pass in to you communion cups with the wine (grape juice will also be available, please ask).

     9. Once you have been communed, you will exit the parking lot via the west driveway onto Franklin Avenue

     While Pastor Mark and those assisting him will be within 6' of those communing, they will be outside your vehicle and will maintain a minimal air space open between you and them. Can we guarantee that no virus transmission is possible? NO. In this sin-fallen world nothing ever reaches that level of certainty. However, with the above outlined steps in place, we believe the probability or opportunity for any virus transmission has been vastly reduced. And, most importantly, the whole process will be bathed in prayer to our gracious God who has given us these gifts. He has the power to see that they are not used for harm, no matter what Satan may have in mind.
     We invite you to come and receive God’s blessings in this way. However, the gifts of God are never a matter of compulsion. If you feel uncomfortable in receiving the Lord’s Supper in this way, that’s okay, and God understands!
     Blessings, Pastor Mark

what sets us apart

Mount Olive Lutheran Church is a vibrant group of people who love Jesus, one another, and the community we serve. As a local church we are a community of everyday people, seeking to embrace our cities and nations with the love, hope and goodness of our compassionate and faithful God.

Regardless of who you are or where life has taken you thus far, you are more than welcome here.