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Announcements

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Worship

Worship at Walker Chapel on May 26

Worship at Walker Chapel on May 26

May 26, 2024 10:30 AM

On Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 am, we will worship with our friends at Walker Chapel in their Sanctuary. We will not have traditional worship, the Way worship or Sunday School at Mount Olivet that day. You can find a live stream of the service on Facebook. Walker Chapel is located at 4102 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.

Community

Summer Concert

Summer Concert

June 1, 2024 6:00 PM

Invite friends, family, and neighbors to join us for a free outdoor summer concert on Saturday, June 1 from 6-8 PM. Local band Felix Pickles will delight and entertain, covering rock'n hits from the 70s to today with their own unique spin! Egyptian and mediterranean food will be available for purchase from the Fava Pot food truck. Let's celebrate the UMC's return to being more inclusive by being in fellowship together with this diverse band. ALL are welcome!

We need a little help to make the concert welcoming to our community: Sign Up to Volunteer

Farewell Sam Riedel

Farewell Sam Riedel

June 2, 2024 9:15 AM

With a mix of sadness and gratitude, we announced that our Director of Youth Ministries, Sam Riedel, will be departing after five years of ministry, theater, mission, and plenty of snacks and games. After prayerful consideration he and his wife Megan have decided to move down to Wichita Falls in North Texas to be closer to family as they begin the next stage of their journey. Please plan to join us at Mount Olivet on Sunday, June 2 to celebrate and send them off. Sam will be preaching in both services with a time of fellowship, story, and sharing between the Traditional and Way services. We ask you and your family to hold Sam and Megan in prayer as they enter into this season of transition.Ways you can contribute:

We will continue to value youth ministry and are engaging a visioning process for the youth program and director position for the future. The Jeremiah Project mission trip in July will continue and plans throughout the summer will be announced.

Name Tag Ministry Kick-Off

Name Tag Ministry Kick-Off

June 2, 2024 9:15 AM

Interested in having a new Mount Olivet name tag? Just see one of the ladies at the sanctuary doors with the clip boards on June 2 to sign-up. You also can request a name tag by using the pew rack attendance card or QR code on any Sunday. We will let you know when your name tag is ready.

Volunteer with Community Assistance

Volunteer with Community Assistance

June 8, 2024 9:00 AM

It’s that time again…time to volunteer for Community Assistance at Mount Olivet. Always the second Saturday of the month, our next event will be on June 8. Slots to volunteer are available from 9:00 am through 1:45 PM.

We are hoping to provide additional assistance to our guests with additional food and/or gift cards. If you would like to make a donation to our Community Assistance program go to Visit This Page. Financial contributions are tax deductible. Thank you for your continued support of our Community Assistance Ministry!

Capital Pride Parade

Capital Pride Parade

June 8, 2024 3:00 PM

Join Mount Olivet and other United Methodists in the Capital Pride Parade on June 8. For more than a decade, LGBTQIA+ United Methodists and allies have joined together in the parade to provide witness to God’s love for all people. Exact meet-up time and location will be shared closer to the date, but please plan to join us mid-afternoon (around 3 PM) in the staging area in the greater Dupont Circle area. For more information capitalumcpride.com

Caretakers of God's Creation

If you are contemplating some remodeling or landscaping revisions, mark your calendar for Arlington’s 21st green home and garden tour, along with a community celebration at the Central Library on June 2. Take the opportunity to visit green homes and sustainable outdoor spaces on a self-guided tour. 

Racial Equity Resources

Memorial Day is a day to honor people who died in active military service. This week's resources honor one Asian-American WASP pilot who died in service and highlight two other remarkable women who served in World War II.

Are you new to the weekly resources? They are designed to work for different learning styles and different time commitments; the short ones can give a quick overview of the topic and that may be sufficient for most people. Others may want a slightly deeper dive into the same subject matter. See what works best for you.

An Ordinary Hero: A Conversation with Joan Mulholland

Hear the story of local legend, Joan Mulholland, who at age 19 participated in the Freedom Rides into the Deep South, was arrested and imprisoned, endured harassment and violence at the 1963 Woolworth lunch counter sit in and knew many of the icons of the Civil Rights movement. View Livestream

Children & Families

There are no announcements at this time.

Youth

High School Senior Sunday

High School Senior Sunday

June 9, 2024 9:15 AM

Mount Olivet plans to honor and celebrate our graduating High School seniors on June 9 during both services (9:15 AM Traditional and 11:15 AM the Way). We intend to hold our students and families in prayer and offer a small gift that represents our love and appreciation as the student transitions to wherever God is leading them. If you and your family are interested, please consider filling out this short form to ensure we can honor and celebrate our seniors well this year.

Adults

Pick Up Choirs Are Back!

Pick Up Choirs Are Back!

June 2, 2024 9:15 AM

If you love to sing but struggle with the weekly commitment of a choir rehearsal, please consider joining the choir on Sunday, June 2. It is optional but very helpful to attend a rehearsal at 7 PM on the Wednesday prior. For more details, please contact Bryan Holten, Minister of Music and Organist.

Fire

Update on Fire

Update on Fire

Mount Olivet’s Phoenix Taskforce continues to forge ahead on our fire restoration efforts. We have signed a contract with Jenkins Restoration, who will be the general contractor in charge of roof and building repairs. In late March, Mount Olivet applied for a building permit with Arlington County, and we are in the permit revision process with the County and our architect. We hope to finalize the building permit process by the end of May. The construction start date will be determined by the permitting process, but we are hopeful to begin repair work by the end of June 2024 and the project is expected to take a year to complete. In addition to the fire restoration project, we are also working to improve the life safety and energy efficiency of our building. We are finalizing a contract to upgrade the smoke detection system in the entire building and improve the energy efficiency of our HVAC systems.  

In the meantime, the church continues to operate with a reduced footprint. We are limited to the sanctuary, preschool, youth area, fellowship hall and L-8 and L-9.  Staff continue to work at home. We thank you for your patience as we move through the recovery and restoration process and are so grateful for your continued support and prayers!