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Advent at Mount Olivet

Events, Christmas Eve Services, Advent Offering


Advent Offerings

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. 

Culpepper Garden

This year, one of our Advent offerings will support Culpepper Garden. Culpepper Garden is an affordable, senior housing community located on five acres of landscaped and wooded grounds near Mount Olivet. A number of our members have lived or currently live there. In 1975, Culpepper Garden completed an eight-story, 210-unit apartment building. It was Arlington County’s first independent living apartments for low-income people over age 62. In 1991, responding to a growing need for additional affordable housing for low-income seniors, Culpepper Garden built a new wing with 63 additional apartments. Culpepper Garden II opened the following year. In 2000, Culpepper Garden III was added and became the first community in the U.S. to combine affordable housing with assisted living services using a new HUD program. Culpepper Garden III has 73 apartments. In addition to reduced rent, residents are responsible for paying for meals and assisted living services. Culpepper Garden III has been recognized for innovation and best practices in providing assisted-living housing for lower-income seniors. Recently, the original building has undergone a complete renovation. 

We have supported Culpepper Garden in the past and this year a portion of our Advent offering will support their Garden Fund as they work to expand and improve the beautiful gardens for residents, their friends, families, and caregivers, as well as our community at large to enjoy. Your gift will also allow them to expand the beauty and brightness of their springtime display with the addition of 5,000 more daffodil bulbs. This is a way that Mount Olivet can support our local senior citizens by providing green spaces for them, and the entire community, to enjoy.  

Catholic Charities Refugee Relief

This year, one of our Advent offerings will support Refugee Resettlement efforts. Migration and Refugee Services is one of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Last year, MRS provided services to about 3,000 refugees, both new arrivals and existing clients. Eighty-nine percent of those currently receiving assistance came to the United States after assisting the U.S. military abroad. 


Resettlement and Placement Services include: 

  • Housing during the first 30-120 days after arrival 
  • Donated household goods in housing prior to arrival 
  • Case management services in culturally appropriate languages 
  • Cultural and community orientation 
  • Orientation to public transportation and, when available, receipt of donated used cars in order to get to an employment site 
  • Transportation, accompaniment, and interpretation services to apply for benefits at the Department of Social Services, to register for a social security card, to register children in school, to attend initial health appointments and ESOL classes 
  • Referrals to other services, such as mental health providers, as needed 
  • Interpretation services and ESOL tutoring 
  • Employment services 

UMCOR | Haiti Relief

This year, one of our Advent offerings will support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island nation on August 14. The quake, which particularly damaged the southern and western regions of the island, left more than 2,200 dead and 12,000 injured. 


Our offering will be sent to the Virginia Conference disaster relief efforts which is working through the Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (Methodist Church in Haiti.) Our offering will help the churches of EMH directly impacted by the earthquake to help their recovery. Our offering will also be used to provide food, water filters, kits, and traps directly to people in the circuits (districts) impacted. 


Several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Those still open have been completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies. Shortly after the earthquake, the United Methodist Committee of Relief awarded a grant to EMH, to work in coordination with local doctors and nurses, to supply two clinics in Gebeau and Les Cayes with medical supplies. This grant has enabled the procurement of bandages, gauze, IV fluids, antibiotics, and, given the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Personal Protection Equipment. 


Advent Study

Embodied Light

Wednesdays at 7 PM via Zoom

Join Pastor Teer for a Wednesday evening Advent Study, titled Embodied Light starting on December 1 at 7 PM online. 

Embodied Light invites you to ponder our Creator's daring adventure of becoming human and coming to earth to live among us. During this 4-week study, you will explore the meaning of incarnation—the miracle of our Creator choosing to become human and live among us. The Incarnation also says something to us about our own lives, about what being human means. We will use Embodied Light by Melissa Tidwell as a guide. Books are available from the church office and online at the link below. 

Please note you can fully participate in the study without reading the book. 

Contact: Pastor Teer |