Ministries & Programs

Are you looking for a place to connect with others? Would you like to learn more about the Christian faith or dig deeper into a study of The Bible? This is the place for you! We're glad you're here. Mount of Olives offers many classes, Bible studies and events designed to help you on your journey.

  • 'The Chosen' Bible Study

    The Chosen Bible Study - Season 2 will meet Mondays, beginning August 21st from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the New Creation Center's Table Room - for 8 weeks. All are welcome to register and attend - or just drop-in! 

    We’re excited to invite you to our Bible study event based on the Groundbreaking, Crowd Funded Streaming TV Series, "The Chosen." Join us as we embark on an 8 week Bible Study designed to be used in conjunction with The Chosen Streaming TV series about the life of Jesus.

    Each week we’ll watch a new episode, beginning August 2023 with Season 02 , Episode 01 and experience scriptures from the Old & New testaments brought to life on screen in a deeply impactful and relatable way.  If you miss a week – NO WORRIES, you can download the APP “The Chosen” for FREE on your Smart Phone, Tablet, or Smart TV and never fall behind.  

    Whether you’re a long-time fan of “The Chosen” or you’re just starting to discover the series, we’d love to have you join us for this exciting study program.  Each week we'll watch an episode, then discuss, and as time allows we’ll follow some questions from “The Chosen” Bible Study booklet which takes a deep dive into scriptures from each episode. 

    Register to Attend

    Questions or want to purchase your own copy of the The Bible Study booklet for season 2? 

    Questions? Contact us
    Silvia Hoekstra, The Chosen Bible Study volunteer leader


  • Cursillo

    Cursillo weekends are special weekends that give you a unique time to experience God and His love in meaningful ways.  Each weekend begins at 4:00pm on Thursday and ends on Sunday late-afternoon. Cursillo Weekends are for everyone! If you have questions about the weekend or would like to attend, email Robin Horton at or Pastor Jim Reynen at

    Next Cursillo Weekends in 2023:

    October Men's Weekend:  October 5-8

    October Women's Weekend: October 12-15


    Return applications to the Church Office. They can be downloaded here and are available in the Church Office. 

    More about Cursillo:

    Cursillo is a four day weekend retreat offered several time a year. Men and women attend on separate weekends where they hear from several speakers and participate in planned activities and meals. Cursillo is designed to strengthen and renew your faith so you can experience God's Grace. 

    The retreats are attended by members of Lutheran congregations throughout Southern California. Mount of Olives regularly sends first-time pilgrim attendees as well as leaders and weekend volunteers.

    Requirements to attend a Cursillo Weekend:

    You must be a baptized member in good standing at a Lutheran church. You will be paired with a sponsor who has previously attended Cursillo and must be endorsed by your Pastor. If you are married, both husband and wife must attend the Cursillo weekends paired together.

    Contact Pastor Jim Reynen with questions about Cursillo.

    Volunteer to serve at a Cursillo Weekend!

    If you've previously attended a Cursillo weekend and would like to apply to serve, complete this application and return it to the Church Office.

    Download Application to Serve at Cursillo

  • Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

    Take control of your money with Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! FPU includes your member workbook and a year of free online resources through Financial Peace Membership. 

    What is Financial Peace University? It is the class that teaches you how: to Pay off debt, Budget, Save Money, Give Generously.

    Next on-campus offering TBD

    Online courses available on FPU website for individual use or Small Group study.

    Sign up online and learn to change your money and change your life! (You can also complete FPU independently or with your Small Group online.)

    Learn More & Register Online


  • Digging Deeper Bible Study

    Digging Deeper: A Journey through Scripture

    On Hiatus until November

    You're invited to this Sunday morning Bible Study meeting in the New Creation Center (room E) at 9:45am (building nearest rear parking lot).

    All are welcome to drop in any Sunday!

    Contact Ministry Leader Pam Nelson for more info at


  • GenMix Events

    These events are intended to be a catalyst for connection among adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s with a focus on fun, fellowship and creating meaningful relationships in Christian Community at Mount of Olives Church.

    Next Event:

    - Save the Date: Saturday, October 21 - 

    Details & Registration Coming Soon!

    You're invited to make connections in Christian Community! Join us!

    Recent Events:

    - June - Bunco Night! - 

    We played Bunco, enjoyed food and drinks at Mount of Olives Church!

    Questions? Contact us


  • Grief Recovery Workshop

    This workshop is designed for all forms of grief/loss: death, miscarriage, divorce, job loss, financial loss, relocation, estrangement from family, etc. Spring & Fall workshops typically offered .

    More than 50 people from Mount of Olives have previously completed this Grief Recovery Workshop and found it to be helpful in dealing with loss.

    Program led by Certified Grief Recovery Specialists and Mount of Olives Church Members, Karen Carson & Karen Wilkinson. 

    Next Program Offered Thursdays, September 28 - November 9, 2023

    Offered in the Spring & Fall each year.

    Pre-Registration is Required.

    Contact Karen Carson to Learn More and Register for upcoming workshops:  949-874-2996 or


  • Journeys of Paul: Bible Study

    All are invited to attend this powerful six-session Bible study of The Journeys of Paul, featuring teaching videos from Dr. James Kallas.

    When: Meeting six times between Sundays September 10 - October 22, 2023 from 9:35am-10:55am - So you're free to attend either the 8:30am or 11:00am church services before or after attending the Bible study!

    Meeting Dates: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22

    Where: Meeting in Room E in the New Creation Center (ADP Table Room), building nearest rear parking lot

    Study Hosts: Scott Mechling. Pam Pedego and John Harrison. Contact with questions

    Registration Required as Space is Limited

    Register Now

  • Longevity Lab

    Join our In-Person Longevity Program every Friday, starting August 11, 2023, from 1:00-2:30pm.


    Designed for individuals of all ages, this program delves into the fascinating science behind enhancing human longevity. Limited seating available!


    Our program features a comprehensive analysis of clinical findings on longevity, providing valuable insights and practical tips. Engage in stimulating group discussions, fostering a dynamic learning environment. Embracing an adult-to-adult approach, we'll explore the evidence that proves age is no barrier to unlocking the secrets of youth as we grow older.


    Take charge of your future and embark on this journey to a vibrant, age-defying life. Reserve your spot now!

    Register to Attend

    Contact Tom Coss with any questions.

  • Meal Train Ministry

    Do you know someone who is home recovering from surgery or just had a baby; perhaps someone home-bound who could use a meal delivered, or whose caregiver could use a much needed break?

    Please notify the church office, we have a team who would like to help:

    Volunteer to Serve with the Meal Train Ministry

    If you're interested in helping prepare and deliver meals to those in need, contact the church office, and we'll put you on the email list to be sent an email with a Meal Train link to sign up to deliver a meal or meal giftcard as you're available:


  • Team World Vision

    A team representing Mount of Olives Church runs with Team World Vision in the OC Half Marathon each May.

    Team World Vision has created an easy couch-to-course training program that enables all people (no matter what shape they are in or what their age may be) to successfully complete the run. Plus, you're not alone! When training is done as a team, there is built-in accountability and everyone wins. Many of our team members are first-time runners and walkers.

    The Couch-to-course training program begins January 1st - this program is a perfect way to do something good for those in need in the name of the Lord and have accountability from your team members.

    Since 2017, the team from Mount of Olives has raised over $100,000 providing life-changing clean water for for over 1,900 people - Well done! Learn more about the Mount of Olives Team's Impact.

    The new team begins training each year in January.

    Join Our Team or Donate

    Questions? Contact Maysoun Villagracia

    Plus - check out this powerful video from Team World Vision

  • Yoga with Jesus

    Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm in the Music Room

    Drop in for Yoga with Jesus, a yoga class led by Mount of Olives Member, Michelle Lammers. All levels of experience and skill are invited to join a class. 

    Mats are available to borrow.

    Feel free to drop in and participate any week that works for your schedule!

    No fee, donations welcome but not expected.

    Contact Michelle Lammers, Ministry Volunteer Leader, with any questions.