Back to Church Survey
As we prepare to resume indoor in-person activities at Mount Olivet, we want to know what you think about coming back. Please take a minute to complete the survey at the link below.
Healthy Church Team Updates
Return to Worship
The Healthy Church Team has been hard at work preparing for a safe return to in-person worship and addressing a slew of changes from our Bishop and the Annual Conference. Note that the HCT will now become the Post-Covid Re-Entry Group or PRG.
- We will return to weekly indoor worship beginning on Sunday, July 4 at 11 AM.
- Attendance will be limited to 35 households.
- Registration is required and will become available the week of Sunday, June 27.
Children in Worship
- No nursery care will be provided at least through Labor Day. Unmasked children under the age of 2 may attend worship with their families. Unvaccinated attendees should be aware of this potential risk.
- The children's sermon will occur with masked children sitting socially distanced. (The floor will be marked.)
- Wee Believers and Belief Builders will restart soon and will be held on the Green. All children must be masked and socially distanced. Watch for updates.
- Masks will be required in the building, including worship, at least through Labor Day.
- Fully vaccinated preachers, liturgists and singers may remove their masks when speaking or singing.
- Children under the age of 2 cannot be vaccinated, nor wear masks but may attend worship.
All parking restrictions for spacing between cars in the main parking lot are lifted.
Please continue to join Mount Olivet online each Sunday, or whenever you worship! You're also invited to attend Outdoor Worship and Communion services on The Green through the month of June.
Outdoor Worship and Communion
June 20, 11 AM
The Outdoor Worship & Communion service on June 20 will be held at 11 AM instead of 3 PM to account for afternoon heat. Registration is now available for Sunday, June 20 at mountolivetumc.com/communion.
June 26, 8:30 AM
We will hold a charge conference on Saturday, June 26 at 8:30 AM via Zoom to elect leaders and approve a budget for the next fiscal year. The district superintendent has given Pastor Ed authorization to preside.
Adult Study: Parables of Grace
Wednesdays, June 2 - June 30, 7 PM via Zoom
Join Pastor Teer for an Adult Study on Wednesday evenings, June 2 through June 30 (no class on June 9) at 7 PM via Zoom.
The Church has done more damage to the power of the parables than any other category of scripture. We have moralized them and purposed them for our own agendas. We have foisted them onto children and told them to "be good." We have called ourselves Good Samaritans and Eldest Brothers like a Biblically uneducated clown parade. They were never intended for any of that nonsense. The Parables are intended to be void of morality and only consumed with the agenda of Jesus, who came only to save us. Together we will study just how bizarre, compelling, and at times crazy the parables really are.
Each week we will explore a different parable using the work of several pastors and theologians to explore together Jesus' parables of grace.
Register at the link below.
Racial Justice Resources from the Sharing God's Grace Racial Equity Group
How did a pronouncement by a Pope in the mid-1400s become the cornerstone of our interactions with Indigenous Americans, even being adopted by our Supreme Court? What has the United Methodist Church said about its actions with regard to Indigenous Americans, and what Methodist minister led a massacre of Cheyenne who were flying both a U.S. and white flag? Watch videos explaining some of the laws that affected where Indigenous Americans could live including a video by the National Park Service about the Trail of Tears. Hear about a plan to abrogate treaties and disperse tribal members into cities.
Vacation Bible School
Welcome to Home Grown VBS! Some of our friends have picked their favorite Bible stories to share with you. Each day there will be videos to watch, crafts to make and stories to hear. You can watch them at a time that is convenient for you.
We will make a bag full of goodies for each participant. There will be a bag for kids ages 2-finishing kindergarten and one for grades 1-5. The videos will be posted from July 12-15. Please register by June 30 at the link below. Pick-up will be July 9, 10 or 11.
Hope you can join us for Home Grown VBS! Let’s grow our faith, learn about God and have fun!
Contact: Linnea Carlson | email@example.com
Message from Caretakers of God's Creation
Perhaps you thought that being an endangered species would get endangered species on the official Endangered Species List. It turns out that there is a list to get on the list. For example, monarch butterflies are recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as warranting recognition as endangered or threatened, but lack of resources prevents them from being listed, as explained in the press release below from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Sierra Club has identified five additional species as warranting being recognized as endangered or threatened, including the eastern hellbender salamander, wolverines, gray wolves, greater sage grouse, and the longleaf pine tree. Meet six species that need Federal Protections at the link to the Sierra Club below.
Arlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering walk-in vaccine clinics to individuals ages 16 and up. No appointments required. You need to bring any form of identification to confirm your identity (examples include driver’s license, utility bill, insurance card or paystub). Arlington residency is not required: anyone from any jurisdiction is welcome. Additionally, free COVID-19 vaccines are now available to children ages 12-15 who live or are schooled in Arlington. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive their vaccine.
These clinics are ONLY for first dose (Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose Johnson & Johnson.)
Follow the link below to walk-in sites or to schedule an appointment:
If you need ADA accommodations or require assistance scheduling your appointment with Arlington County Public Health, please call (703) 228-7999.
Need a Ride to Get Your Vaccine?
From May 24 until July 4, Uber and Lyft will offer everyone in the U.S. free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination sites.