Our Music Ministry
“When in our music, God is glorified.
And adoration leaves no room for pride.
It is as though the whole creation cried:
ALLELUIA!” (LSB, Hymn 796)
The music ministry of Mt. Olive seeks to always point the congregation to God. Through His beautiful gift of melody and song combined with words inspired by the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, we hope to focus others minds and hearts on the greatness of our Lord and His tremendous love for each of us.
Amazingly, God weaves our simple musical ability into songs of praise and thanksgiving, through the dedication of wonderful Christians, lives are touched and others are led to praise also. We strive to include everyone who loves music and is willing to use his or her gifts in ministry. Very few of our musicians are formally trained, but we make up for that with great enthusiasm!
We are blessed at this time to have trumpeters, violinists, a flautist, and handbell ringers to provide special music along with our organist and pianist during our services. And we are ready to include anyone who wishes to share his or her abilities. We have an Adult Choir and a Handbell Choir that rehearse weekly and participate in services regularly. New members are always welcome…come and join in the praise!
“Let every instrument be tuned for praise.
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise.
And may God give us faith to sing always:
ALLELUIA!” (LSB, Hymn 796)
Our congregation has been blessed to have Mrs. Marilyn Bauer serving as our church organist for more than 25 years. Marilyn, who has recently retired, studied organ at Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas Gieschen and has been playing the organ since she was 12 years old.
Preludes and postludes played in the Divine Service are often chosen from a variety of classical composers such as Bach, Buxtehude, Pachelbel and Handel. Many hymn improvisations and variations are played from among such 20th century composers as John Behnke, Paul Levitt, Paul Manz, Flor Peters and Jan Bender.
Mount Olive has been blessed to have Mrs. Karen Meetze serving as our choral director for 31 years. Karen has retired as of June 2023, but she and her husband will remain active in Mount Olive.
The church will be on the lookout for a new director in the near future. The choir director is responsible for the adult choir, handbell choir, and the children’s Sunday School music. For more information, contact the church office.
At the time of our church dedication in September 2002, Mount Olive was presented with a new organ to the glory of God: The Johannes Opus 30. It includes 38 voices-American Classic; 38 voices-Baroque, 4 amplifiers, 3 manuals, 15 toe studs. Capture: 320 memories with 24 bit sound quality.