Week of July 16, 2017  

Don’t forget to wear your nametag on Sunday so Pastor Teer and his family can learn the many names and faces of Mount Olivet!

Summer Office Hours

The church office will close at noon on Fridays from July 21 through September 1.

Where In The World Is Flat Jesus?

 What is Flat Jesus? Flat Jesus was created as a way to keep our church connected as we enter the Summer travel season. Get your Flat Jesus this Sunday, color him in, and take a picture with him wherever you go. You can also get your Flat Jesus laminated at the Connecting Point after any of our worship services. You’ll love taking Flat Jesus out to dinner with you, to the beach, to hang with your grandchildren, and when you meet new friends all over town! It’s an amazing adventure. Take Flat Jesus with you and see what happens. Click the link below to print out your Flat Jesus. They are also available at the Connecting Point. Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #FlatJesusMTO or email them to Linnea Carlson | lcarlson@mtolivet-umc.org . Check out the grid in the Connecting Point to see all the places Flat Jesus has been.

Summer Concert Series
Lovejoy Blues Machine
August 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Bring family, friends, and a picnic to join your neighbors at Mount Olivet for the last in a free outdoor summer concert series. On August 13 at 6:00 p.m., join us for a divine voice and cool beats of Lovejoy Blues Machine. Food will be available for purchase from the Fava Pot and Pacific Twist food trucks.

Haiti Mission Trip
September 17-25

Imagine building and installing a clean water unit for a family in Haiti whose closest source of water is miles away or helping with hands-on learning in classrooms with few resources. These are just two of the tasks we’ll be doing this September 17-25 when our next Mount Olivet mission team returns to Haiti. Are you feeling called to serve? Contact Kenn Speicher.
Contact: Kenn Speicher | speicherak@verizon.net

Support Children in Need
Ends August 6

You can help ensure that a child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to Community Assistance children. Take advantage of Virginia’s tax-free weekend August 4-6. No time to shop? Financial donations are also needed. Supplies include:
  • Loose notebook paper (wide rule)
  • Spiral notebooks (wide rule)
  • #2 pencils
  • Rulers
  • Composition books
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers
  • Glue

Please place your school supplies in the wagon in the Gathering Space by August 6. We are also in need of volunteers to help distribute the backpacks and supplies on Wednesday, August 23 at 5:30 p.m. Contact Tina if you can help.

Give A Financial Donation
Contact: Tina Marcus | tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org

Mount Olivet Pictorial Directory

Looking to put faces with names 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 you mobile device is available on the Apple App store, Google Play, and Amazon Fire 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 create a login and 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 below. Our own resident photographer, Jim Coates, will be available every Sunday in September to take your photo for the directory. Smile!

Short Term Bible Study

Looking for a short term Bible study this summer? Join the 9:30 Study Group on Sunday mornings in July and August at 9:40 a.m. to read and discuss Richard Rohr’s book Everything Belongs about contemplative prayer. Contact Debby Fairweather or Kristen Nelson with any questions.
Contact: Debby Fairweather | rdfairweather@verizon.net, Kristen Nelson | mkmmnelson@hotmail.com

Art Camp for Adults
August 9, 16, and 23

The three sessions will include making prayer beads (8/9), prayer flags (8/16), and glass etchings (8/23). Class leaders will be Karen McElfish and Sharon Walker. There will be a small kit fee (amount TBD) for each session. RSVP to Karen McElfish.
RSVP: Karen McElfish | james.mcelfish@verizon.net | 703-522-6837

Day to Serve 2017

Thanks to a partnership between Fairfax County Clergy and Leadership Council and Day to Serve, Fairfax County houses of worship are unifying in service. This year, you’re invited to join neighborhood churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, and other faith institutions to serve those in need in our community this fall. Day to Serve events take place any date this fall with most between September 11 to October 10. Projects will be posted on daytoserve.org

A Message from Caretakers of God’s Creation

Summer lawn tips-
Is your lawn showing telltale signs of summer heat? These environmentally friendly tips might help:
  • Leave it longer- don’t cut more than a third of the length. Having it longer provides a little shade to the soil and helps it maintain moisture.
  • Water infrequently but deeply, so the roots will be deeper and more drought tolerant.
  • Water early in the day. Watering during the heat of the day ends up evaporating instead of reaching the roots.
  • Don’t bag grass clippings. As they decompose in place, they add nitrogen.
  • Be tolerant of plants that show up, such as clover, which add to the biodiversity and attracts bees.