Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth’s lead pastor Beth Horsch says that the church, one of the oldest congregations in Minnesota, has been listening intentionally to church members and partners, and as a result, is pursuing Be Open, a vision which seeks to have the church grow in its connection to the greater community.
“We feel called to make Mount Olivet’s building, grounds and its people connect more deeply in the community and to each other,” says Horsch.
One component of the Be Open vision is Open Tables, which includes communal meals for the congregation, says Horsch. “Another aspect is working with our partner Loaves and Fishes to host a regular communal meal,” says Horsch. The church’s kitchen will be renovated in order to be able to accommodate the communal meals, says Horsch.
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit whose mission is to serve free, nutritious meals to people in need of all cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Horsch says that there is a great need for the services Loaves and Fishes provides. “One in four kids in Plymouth qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, and the need is growing,” says Horsch.
Stay tuned for more information about Mount Olivet’s Be Open project.