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The Announcements are updated every Thursday and sent out via email in a newsletter called the eNews.


Registration for Children's Activities

Registration is now open! You can use one form to register both children and youth for all '22-'23 activities including Sunday School, Youth Group, and Music. Visit the link to get started. See you on Sunday, September 11 as we kick off a new year together!


In-Person Sunday School

We are so excited to be together in-person, learning about God! Kids’ in-person Sunday School will resume on September 18. We need volunteers to teach, especially grades 1-5. We do this as a team, so if there is a week you cannot attend, one of the other teachers can lead.



Registration for Youth Activities

Registration is now open! You can use one form to register both children and youth for all '22-'23 activities including Sunday School, Youth Group, and Music. Visit the link to get started. See you on Sunday, September 11 as we kick off a new year together!



Adult Groups

From new book studies to new faces and even a new Sunday school class, it's worth taking a look at Adult groups before kickoff on Sunday, September 11! Kickoff marks the start of a new year in ministry which also makes it the perfect time to try something new.

View Groups



How About Coffee?

Coffee might seem like a small thing. Sure, someone can bring coffee from home or stop at a coffee shop on the way to church, but the ministry of hospitality is something we cannot take lightly. From welcoming a first time visitor to lifting someone's spirit after a rough morning a warm cup of coffee on Sunday morning is a way our congregation can welcome people who walk through our doors. We need your help to brew and serve.



Inside the Gate: Cemetery Tour

Oct 30, 2022 11:00 AM

Did you know that buried in our cemetery are the unmarked graves of Union soldiers who died when Mount Olivet was commandeered and used as a hospital by retreating Federal troops from the First Battle of Manassas. Also found inside the gate is the grave of an early church trustee who rode with JEB Stuart at Gettysburg. Step inside the gate to find the grave of Lemuel Marcey, a local constable,  who lead the Good Citizen League posse that broke up the saloons and brothels in what is today Rosslyn. And lying beside her sister, is Sue Landon Vaughn, one of the women who it is thought helped establish Decoration Day.

We hope everyone in the congregation – children and adults – will find that a visit to our cemetery provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on the rich history of our church, the perseverance of our forefathers and the natural beauty of this historic piece of land. We think of our cemetery as a museum without walls that offers a glimpse into the lives and challenges of those who came before.

Come and be guided by costumed members of the history team on Sunday, October 30, before or after worship to learn more.  

Let us know you are coming so we may be sure to have enough hot cider.


Parking Lot Study Update

The Parking Lot Study Committee has issued its quarterly report to the congregation consistent with the motions passed at the May 21, 2022 Mount Olivet Church Conference. This status report is for the quarter ending September 30, 2022.  The committee is now referred to as the Parking Lot Study Committee to better reflect the nature of their work. The report can be found here.


Blessing of the Animals

POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER | Calling all creatures! We'll be gathering outdoors for the annual Blessing of The Animals. Bring your furry family members for a brief service and blessing. If your pet doesn't travel well, you can bring or send us their photo.


Bike to Church Sunday

Oct 9, 2022 8:15 AM

Get your bike ready to ride to church! This is perfect biking weather for Bike to Church day on October 9! Caretakers of God’s Creation will have folks to watch your bikes while you attend worship and Sunday School from 8:15 AM to 12:15 PM. Electric bikes and scooters are welcome, too. We will also have materials from Bike Arlington at the table.


Wednesday Night Dinners are Back!

Oct 5, 2022 5:30 PM

Weekly Wednesday Night Dinners are returning! Our good friends at La Cocina will be preparing all of our favorites. We are so excited to begin this ministry again and look forward to seeing you!

Cost: Adults $8 | Children $5 | Families $25

October 5 Menu
Beef Stew
Mashed potatoes
Tossed Salad

Kids Menu
Chicken Nuggets
Macaroni and Cheese

So that we can prepare a place for you, reservations and payments will be open through the Sunday.  


UMCOR Flood Buckets

Before hurricane season, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) prepares to deploy flood buckets to vulnerable people affected by storms. As UMCOR prepares the meet the needs of the 2022 hurricane season, its supply of flood buckets is at a critically low level.

Flood buckets offer critical support to families in crisis – providing them with basic cleaning supplies to begin to muck out their houses and stop the spread of mold.

Because Mount Olivet is committed to the mission and ministry of UMCOR, we are committed to helping stock UMCOR's warehouse ahead of hurricane season by filling buckets and collecting buckets from neighboring churches.

How can you help?

1. Donate the cost of a flood bucket. The cost of each bucket is $78. You can donate below.

2. Sign up to fill a bucket on October 23. This is the PERFECT activity for a family.

3. Volunteer a few hours to receive buckets dropped off at Mount Olivet by neighboring churches.

Sign-Up to volunteer here.

The generosity of Mount Olivet will ensure those affected by the impact of the 2022 hurricane season can quickly get back on their feet.


Fall Clean-Up Day

Oct 22, 2022 8:30 AM

It's that time of year and Mount Olivet's Fall Clean-up Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 am to about noon. All our projects will be outdoors, consisting mostly of cutting back bushes, trees, & vines, digging out weeds, mulching walkways, and raking and bagging leaves. We are blessed with a big, beautiful property, so there will be plenty to do. And it's fun when we do it together! The Scouts will join us again. A preliminary list of projects is attached. 

Contact Ann Speicher if you can participate and a list of specific projects.

Some helpful details to provide:

1. If you can participate on October 22 (including family members and friends)

2. If you have a preferred type of project

3. What yard tools you might bring

4. If you know how to repair the section of parking lot asphalt at the bottom of the walkway

The yard tools we'll need include: leaf and bow rakes, trowels, weed eaters, loppers, clippers, pruning poles, pruning hand clippers, shovels, and wheelbarrows (to haul mulch and leaf bags). 


Arlington CROP Walk

Join the Mount Olivet team to help fight hunger in the annual Arlington CROP Hunger Walk. Sign up on the CROP Walk webpage. Then find friends and family to sponsor your walk to help support Arlington Food Assistance Center and global food programs supported by Church World Service. Let’s get walking! In 2022, we’re walking to continue to fight against disease, disaster, displacement and other challenges that leave people hungry.

The need is especially great this year. With prices skyrocketing, food pantries are struggling to keep up with increased demand. Last year, Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) provided more than 3 million pounds of food to 5,583 families. Worldwide, the number of displaced people has surpassed 100 million for the first time. Millions of refugees fled Ukraine and Afghanistan. Hunger and food shortages are growing.

Join with us to help neighbors near and far get the meals they need for today and sustainable food security for tomorrow! 75% of the funds we raise support food programs around the world. 25% helps feed hungry people here in Arlington through AFAC. This year, we return to an in-person Walk on a 6K route. It is estimated that women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 6 miles to get and carry water. Let’s reflect on this as we walk together in the 44th Arlington CROP Hunger Walk.

Contact Kenn Speicher if you have any questions.


Racial Equity Resources

It would not be surprising if you have not heard of the Borinqueneers, forgotten soldiers in what is sometimes referred to as a forgotten war. This week learn the history of the 65th Infantry from their inception, while Puerto Rico was still a colony, to their heroic service in Korea to their supposed dishonor, and finally their redemption and Congressional Gold Medal. View Resources


Waycroft-Woodlawn C.A. Meeting

Oct 6, 2022 7:30 PM

On October 6 at 7:30 PM, Waycroft Woodlawn Civic Association along with County Board members will have a meeting at Mount Olivet in Fellowship Hall. The agenda will cover Missing Middle Housing, Stormwater, making Washington Blvd a county roadway and the site plan for the Holiday Inn on North Fairfax Drive. All are invited!


Caretakers of God's Creation

Oct 8, 2022 8:30 AM

Arlington’s Fall E-Care collection and recycling program will take place Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Wakefield High School. This is a convenient way to dispose of household hazardous waste and items not accepted in curbside collection. For the acceptable and unacceptable items, see the link:


For inquiries regarding events and use of building space, contact Tina Marcus | Office Manager | tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org

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