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.
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
Save the Date
Annual Children’s Musical
Sunday, June 11, 9:40 a.m.
Summer Concert Series
Sunday, June 11
Red Cross Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 13, 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Bus Drivers Needed