Week of November 26, 2017   

There will be no Wednesday Night Dinner on Wednesday, November 22.
There will be no Sunday school on Sunday, November 26.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Foundation Sunday

This fall, The Mount Olivet Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary. Over the years the Foundation has awarded grants and loans to hundreds of students and dozens of community organizations. To learn more about the work of the Foundation, see the brochure in the bulletin on Sunday, click the link below, or visit mountolivetfoundation.org

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Advent Offering
Christmas For Others 

Reaching out to neighbors in need has been an Advent and Christmas tradition at Mount Olivet throughout our history. Each year, the Outreach and Missions team chooses ministries at home and abroad for a special offering above and beyond our regular giving. Your gifts to the Advent offerings will truly make a difference.

Join us in making a special Christmas gift for immigrant families. The Giving Tree is up, the gift tags are waiting. This year we will again be helping La Cocina VA culinary students and their families. Located at Mount Olivet, La Cocina VA prepares unemployed immigrants for careers in the food service industry. The Advent Offering lets us buy additional gifts that are needed, like food, diapers, and warm clothing. So help others by supporting the Advent Offering and taking a gift tag from the Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. Please return the wrapped gift and tag by Sunday, December 10. Volunteers are needed to help organize gifts and shop for missing gifts. If you can help, email Marilyn Traynham. Christmas for Others: it’s a Mount Olivet holiday tradition.

Contact: Marilyn Traynham | mtraynham@mtolivet-umc.org

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale
Friday, December 1- Sunday, December 3

Our own Boy Scout Troop 167 will be selling Christmas Trees on the Green starting on Friday evening, December 1-Sunday, December 3. Come early! The trees go fast. If you know you will be purchasing a tree from Troop 167, please use the Pre-Order Form below. Your submission will help us in making sure we have enough trees to sell to the community. 

Advent Book Study | Interrupted by Hope: Turning Towards Advent
Wednesdays, November 29-December 20
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Room L5
Led by Pastor Teer

We have our plans, our time, and ideas about how the Christmas season should work. However, Advent changes all that. The arrival of this season shifts our focus and gives us greater expectation than day-in-day-out living. Advent interrupts our schedule and points us toward a new hope. It brings the blessing of an unplanned arrival. God seeks to stir within us so we may turn our faces toward something new.
This is why Advent is the ‘new year’ in the calendar of the church. The year is made new by Christ’s coming. This expectation has two senses: In the first sense, Advent is a time for preparing for Christ’s arrival. It is getting our priorities in order so that we can properly greet the Prince of Peace. The second sense is not only the remembrance of histories in the Gospels, but it is the realization that God is birthing something new in us.
The purpose of Advent is to make us pregnant with hope. For many, the holiday season is not filled with joy, family, and gifts, but anxiety, stress, and despair. Advent seeks to reframe our experiences with new expectations, expectations that will not disappoint. It is the expectancy that new life will start to grow within all of us. However, we must be willing to make room for an interruption. Can we make that space to receive that gift?

La Cocina Providing Breakfast to Congregation
Sunday, December 3

On December 3, La Cocina will be featured as our first of three recipients for our annual Advent Offering. Paty Funegra, CEO of La Cocina, will speak during worship and the students will be providing breakfast in the Gathering Space all morning and at The Way. La Cocina is a bilingual culinary training program combating unemployment and hunger with careers in the food service industry and is housed right here at Mount Olivet. Please join us for worship and breakfast on December 3. 

A Candlelight Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Featuring the Mount Olivet Brass and Thomas Joyce, Timpani with carol favorites sung by the choir and congregation, with a special time for children. Join us for a pre-concert dessert social from 6:15-6:45 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Childcare provided.

Preschool Christmas Party
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

All preschool age children are invited to the Mount Olivet Preschool (MOPS) Christmas Party on December 2. There will be crafts, treats, and lots of holiday fun for the little ones (and a very special visitor from the North Pole!).

Last names starting A-L, please bring a healthy, kid-friendly snack.
Last names starting M-Z, please bring a sweet, kid-friendly snack.

NO NUTS, please!

For the older children, all the Sunday school classes will be featuring special activities to celebrate this special season.

UMW Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Youth Area

The United Methodist Women invites you to enjoy a time of holiday cheer and fellowship at the Christmas Tea on December 9. All are welcome!

Senior Adult Christmas Lunch
Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Join the Senior Adults for a Christmas Lunch on December 12 at Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA. The bus will leave the parking lot at 11:00 a.m. to make our reservation at noon. To reserve your seat on the bus, contact Tina Marcus.

Contact: Tina Marcus | tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!
Cookies for Community Assistance
Sunday, December 10

It’s that time of year again and we need your help to make 5,000 Christmas Cookies to give our Community Assistance guests on Saturday, December 16. Bring your cookies to church on Sunday morning, December 10 or to Wednesday night dinner on December 13 where we will be packing all 5,000 cookies after dinner. This is a great hands-on mission activity for young and old. Note: because we have to pack the cookies on top of each other…no icing, please!

Church Grand Piano For Sale

A 6ft Kohler and Campbell Grand Piano with matching bench, currently stored in the music room (U3) is for sale. This beautifully maintained full-size grand piano is like new inside and out. Mount Olivet will share the professional moving cost with the buyer. Please contact Dr. Steven Shaner to see, hear, and play this wonderful instrument.

Contact: Dr. Steven Shaner | 703-527-3934

A Message from Caretakers of God’s Creation

Perhaps you are considering buying a Christmas tree this week, maybe even from Mount Olivet’s Boy Scout Troop from December 1-3. The consensus is that real Christmas trees are better for the environment than artificial ones. While they are growing they absorb carbon dioxide, stabilize soil, and may be planted on land unsuitable for other crops. They are renewable, unlike petroleum-product based artificial trees. Real trees can be chipped and composted after Christmas, continuing their contributions to the environment.