Week of May 28, 2017  

Meet Teer Hardy
New Associate Pastor

We will be welcoming Teer and his family on their first Sunday at Mount Olivet on July 2. Teer is married to Allison, his high school sweetheart (but they didn’t meet until college) and they are proud parents of a rambunctious three-year-old son, Camden, named after the baseball stadium. Teer was born and raised in Maryland, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary. He will be returning to Wesley in the Fall to complete a Masters of Divinity. He is interested in meeting God where the divine intersects with everyday life, whether in a coffee shop, pub, or park trail. He is the co-founder and host of the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast and also maintains a blog (teerhardy.com) where he engages theological concepts with the practicality of everyday living.

Providing Assistance

Every now and then, someone may approach you at the church or in the community and ask for financial assistance or perhaps for a ride somewhere. Wanting to be faithful disciples, our inclination is usually to help. But doing so is often not the best or safest thing to do. Here are some suggestions should you find yourself approached by someone:

  • Give them a flyer about Community Assistance. These are on the table in the outer office. If they come to Community Assistance, held every third Saturday of the month at 3:30 p.m., they will receive a Giant grocery card, USDA food, clothing, toiletries, and a hot meal.
  • Suggest they call the church during office hours when a more experienced staff member may be able to assist them. Tina Marcus, in particular, has a long history at Mount Olivet and knows many who make such requests.
  • Never offer to drive a stranger somewhere.
  • While it is best not to give any money, because there are community resources that exist to do so, if you feel compelled, do not give more than a few dollars.

We created our Community Assistance ministry so we can respond as a community in tangible ways to people’s needs. Remember that by giving to the Community Assistance Offering and volunteering with CA, you are helping those in need. You can also make a contribution to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. If you are also motivated to try to address the systemic causes of poverty in our community, there are many fine advocacy groups you may want to support as well. La Cocina VA, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington are several such well-respected organizations. 

Mount Olivet Pictorial Directory

Looking to put names with faces around the church? Looking for contact information for other MOUMC members? The church’s pictorial directory is online and available for your use! The directory app for your mobile device is available on the Apple App store, Google Play, and the Amazon Fire App store. Simply search Instant Church Directory for the download. For security purposes, you will need to create a login using the email address you have given the church office. You can also access the directory from your computer at instantchurchdirectory.com If you haven’t uploaded a picture already, please do; this directory can’t be successful without you! The upload link can be found on the church website. If you need help taking or uploading a picture, please contact the church office at 703-527-3934

Godspeed, Pastor Kathleen
Sunday, June 11 

Pastor Kathleen’s last Sunday with us, before she and Steven return to Atlanta, will be June 11. On that day, we will celebrate her ministry at Mount Olivet with a cake reception in the Gathering Space following all services. Mount Olivet members and friends are also invited to contribute to a love gift for Pastor Kathleen. (Checks should be made out to Mount Olivet, with love gift noted in the memo line). Join us as we thank her for her ministry with us and wish her and Steven Godspeed. 

Save the Date
Annual Children’s Musical
Sunday, June 11, 9:40 a.m.

You don’t want to miss it!

Summer Concert Series
Sunday, June 11
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring friends and family and a picnic to join your neighbors at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church for a free outdoor summer concert series the evening of the second Sunday of June, July, and August. On June 11 at 6:00 p.m., Ciclon Y Su Combo brings the best in salsa and merengue, and food will be available for purchase from the Over the Rice and Little Miss Whoopie food trucks.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Mount Olivet will host the tri-church blood drive on June 13. Benefits of giving blood: you get free juice and cookies, it’s something you can spare- most people have blood to spare…yet, there is still not enough to go around, you will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed- most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do, you will be someone’s hero- in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter “Tri-Church” to schedule an appointment.
Like to bake? We really need baked goods for the Blood Drive. If you can make some treats, please drop them off in the Gathering Space kitchen sometime between Sunday, June 11 and noon on June 13. Thank you!

Bus Drivers Needed

Does your Mount Olivet group always have a driver whenever it needs the bus? Joining our team of drivers for Mount Olivet’s elderly members to Sunday services each week will prepare you to operate the bus whenever your group needs it. If your group has a need and you have a driver’s license, please contact Charles Lundy.
Contact: Charles Lundy | calundy@verizon.net | 703-241-8363