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Church Council Highlights

Updated: February 2022

Next Meeting

Saturday, March 19

8:30 AM via Zoom (and in-person if Covid protocol procedures permit)

If you would like to attend, contact: Justin Kopca |

February Highlights

Finance Committee: Income and expenses are typical for the mid-point in the Fiscal Year. Mount Olivet continues to await receipt of approval for the conversion of the Payroll Protection Plan Round Two loan to a grant.

Proposal for Construction on the Parking Lot and Green: Chuck Mitchell reported on a proposal that acts on a recommendation in Mount Olivet’s Strategic Plan. A building, containing residential units, medical office space, childcare facilities, and space for church and community functions built atop structured underground parking, is envisioned. Watch for information about a presentation of the proposal at a Town Hall Meeting for the congregation on Sunday, March 20. In support of this activity, Church Council approved an expenditure of up to $20,000 from the Church’s contingency fund to pay for the services of consultant Michael Foster who would facilitate town hall meetings and exploratory meetings with Arlington County staff and with neighboring civic associations.

Staff Parish Relations Committee anticipates presenting information to the congregation on February 27th about Bishop Lewis’s projected appointment of a senior pastor for Mount Olivet.

Virginia Annual Conference: Church Council elected Cindy Huber to serve as an alternate delegate for Mount Olivet at the conference to be held in Hampton, VA, in June. Pastor Teer will be ordained as an Elder in Full Connection.

November Highlights

Committee and Ministry Team updates were the focus of the meeting. 

Finance Committee: Income and expenses are as expected for this point in the Fiscal Year. Mount Olivet anticipates being approved for the conversion of the Payroll Protection Plan loan to a grant within the next few months. Income from Virginia Hospital Center for the rental of spaces in the church parking lot will end on 12/31/2021 (the hospital now has parking on its property). In addition to regaining use of all parking spaces, the church resumes its responsibilities to contract and pay for snow removal from the lot. 

Staff Parish Relations Committee: is working with the District Superintendent to prepare documents for submission to Bishop Lewis and her cabinet for the Bishop’s consideration in appointing Mount Olivet’s next senior pastor. 

Trustees: Action to establish contracts and bids to replace the air conditioning system in the sanctuary continues. Ideally, the installation work would be completed in the winter and spring of 2022 prior to the need for air conditioning. Scout Troop 167 has established its non-profit corporation and has received Mount Olivet’s facilities use agreement. Mount Olivet will terminate its charter agreement with the troop no later than December 31, 2021. Church Council, by electronic vote in October, authorized extension of the agreement at the request of the Scout Troop due to delays encountered in establishing its new entity. 


  • Alexis Joyce will become acting Director of the Mount Olivet Preschool and Parents Day Out Program effective November 30, 2021. Michele Liberty will provide administrative support for the program from her home. 
  • View Christmas Eve services times and information here.
  • The Youth Play and Youth Mission trips are being planned for 2022. 

October Highlights

  • Justin Kopca, Church Council chair, convened the first meeting of Council for FY 2021-2022. Your Church Council members and members of Ministry Teams can be found on the church website at

  • Reviewed updates to Mount Olivet’s Strategic Plan developed with planning consultant Paul Nixon. Read more below.

  • Approved FY 2021-2022 Budget of $1,257,112. Prior to this approval, the church had followed the Council’s directive in June for continuation of the FY 2020-2021 budget, except for clergy and staff salary increases and increases to the Trustees Utilities and Maintenance budget for contractual increases. Budget available by request. Contact: Marilyn Traynham |

  • Renewed certified candidate for ministry status of Amanda Holmes, a Mount Olivet member, who has begun her third year of study at Garrett Theological Seminary.

  • Supported new relationship with Scout Troop 167. The troop is in the process of establishing its own 501 (c) 3 status enabling it to be a legally responsible entity. As a result, Mount Olivet United Methodist Church will terminate its charter agreement with the troop (which included ownership of the troop’s assets as well as oversight of troop activities and leadership). The troop will continue to use Mount Olivet’s facilities through the church’s Facility Use Agreement. As in the past, Mount Olivet will continue its strong support of and good working relationships with the scout troop.

Updates to Mount Olivet's Strategic Plan

Families with Kids

Choose anew to offer a pace-setting ministry to families with children (pre-teen and teen) at home. This recommendation is ongoing.

Orange/Silver Line People

Diversify the demographic focus for ministry design to include persons living in the orange/Silver Line condo/apartment corridor. This recommendation has been addressed with few sustainable results.

Mount Olivet Community Life Center

Begin planning for eventual construction of a large facility beyond The Green, to replace the parking lot, that will include a mixture of parking, church, community, and non-church development. This recommendation is being addressed by the Property Study Group, a subcommittee of the Trustees.

Welcoming/Discipleship Systems

Strengthen systems for the assimilation of new people into church life and provide a system that encourages person to mature as disciples. This recommendation has been addressed and is in place.


Stay on the creative edge with each worship community, with attention to excellence and diversity of design. This recommendation has been addressed by necessity as we adapted to worship during Covid-19. Our hybrid approach has proven popular even with a return to in-person worship.


Extend our explicit inclusivity of LGTBQ persons to include other groups as the Spirit leads. This recommendation has been addressed regarding LGBBTQ inclusion and is now addressing racial justice.