Welcoming Pastor Sara Keeling
Let’s welcome Pastor Sara and her family to Mount Olivet! Below are some ways you can help welcome the Keeling family when they move to Arlington at the end of June:
- Starting in early June, introduce yourself to the Keeling family by writing a welcome letter and mailing it to Mount Olivet at 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.
- Attend church on Sunday, July 3, 2022 to welcome Pastor Sara in person during her first worship services at the 8:30 or 11 AM traditional services. Pastor Sara will preach at the Way on Sunday, July 10.
- Attend a welcome reception on Sunday, July 10 at 12 PM in the Gathering Space immediately following church services. Click here to volunteer to help https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084babaf2da46-pastor
Thank You from Pastor Ed and Sharon
Thank you for your many expressions of farewell over the past few weeks and months -- notes, phone calls, cards, emails, gifts, and face-to-face conversations. Sharon and I are both humbled and honored by the encounters that you have shared with us.
We are also grateful for the outdoor farewell event on The Green and playground, the bands, and final tributes expressed at our final two worship services. They touched us deeply.
Finally, we are both grateful for the monetary farewell gift you provided for us. Now, I can begin looking for a boat to further our horizons beyond our beautiful bayshore.
After two years, Sharon and I are now home together, under one roof. While this brings joy to our hearts and souls, we will deeply miss the times we shared with you over these past nine years. You are an amazing congregation and together we have been the hands and feet of Jesus in Arlington and beyond.
I have every confidence that Pastor Sara will continue to ably lead you into the future that God has in store for Mount Olivet.
Thank You from Pastor Teer
Dear Mount Olivet Community,
On Friday, June 17 in Hampton, Virginia, I was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. This journey began in the summer of 2011 when I first entered seminary after responding to a call to ministry. I was interviewed countless times by District committees and Conference Boards. The last two sets of papers I submitted contained over 50,000 words, 190 endnotes, and 62 sources. All of that is to say that this has been a long process. I could not have done this without the support of my family, especially Allison, Camden, and Nora, along with the Mount Olivet community.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me over the past five years.
Thank you for the notes of encouragement and congratulations.
Thank you for giving me the space I needed to complete this work.
I would not have been able to be ordained without your love and support. I very much look forward to the shared ministry that lies ahead of us.
Grace & Peace,
Thank You Sunday School Teachers!
A big thank you to our children's Sunday School teachers. This group has taught both online and in person for more than two years. Thanks to Kendra, Vince, Cynthia, Alexis, Christina. We are so grateful for all you have done. Kid's Sunday school is taking a break for the summer. We look forward to seeing you in September.
☀️ Family Fun Wednesdays
What’s the best day of the week in the summer? Wednesday! We’ll see you for family fun the last three Wednesdays in July where we’ll eat dinner together and dive into silly, summer activities!
- Dinner 5:30 – 6:15 PM
- Activity starts around 6 PM
The concert will be moved indoors if there’s inclement weather.
Bring a bathing suit and towels!
Get ready to make some crazy art!
Flat Jesus is Back!
Flat Jesus is a way to keep our church connected over the summer. Pick up your Flat Jesus at the Connecting Point or download Him off the website. Color him and bring him to the Connecting Point on Sunday to be laminated. Take him everywhere you go this summer. Take pictures with him and send them to Linnea at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post them on our private Children’s Facebook page and will decorate a wall in the Gathering Space with photos. It will also be a great way for our new pastor, Rev. Sara Porter Keeling to get to know you. If you find yourself without the Flat Jesus cutout, visit our website to download another one. May the peace of Christ be with you every day this summer!
Contact: Linnea Carlson | Director of Children's Ministry | email@example.com
Parking Lot Development Update
The Parking Lot Building Committee has issued a report documenting the activities, results and recommendations of the Property Development Task Force leading up to the Church Conference meeting on May 21, 2022. The document, Report of the Task Force Exploring the Potential for Development of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Parking Lot in Arlington, VA is available on the Parking Lot Development Website.
Racial Equity Resources
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre. The precursors to the events there occurred in what has been called the Red Summer, which took place in 1919. This week's resources examine the Red Summer, which many of us have not known about. Please note, the events described and accompanying images can be very disturbing.
Church Office Holiday
The church staff will take a holiday on Monday, July 4! Happy 4th of July!
Spirituality in Nature Walk
Saturday, July 2 at 10 AM
Join the Spirituality in Nature Group (SING) for a walk at Gulf Branch Nature Center this Saturday. The group will meet by the pond and walk through the park towards Walker Chapel United Methodist Church and loop back to the Nature Center. The trail is mostly level with well-placed steps where they are needed.
Unique Ministry Practices with Karen McElfish
Ministry comes in all shapes and sizes. God uses the gifts and graces given to us and then uses them to further God's Kingdom. Check out Karen McElfish using the gifts and graces she has been given by God to minister to the Methodist clergy in Virginia and beyond.
Soup's On! Taking a Break
Due to staffing changes at La Cocina, Soup’s On Wednesday night dinners will be taking a summer break. We hope to resume in September.
Caretakers of God's Creation
The possibility of changes to Arlington’s zoning laws, called the Missing Middle Housing Study, has sparked opposition and discussion. The local Sierra Club has asked the County Board to approve the framework, noting it is an antidote to suburban sprawl and that having denser housing in areas close to jobs, transit and goods and services results in reduced greenhouse gases compared to developing housing in the outer suburbs. Pushing development to outer suburbs results in destruction of ecosystems and generally the need for more cars, hardly a benefit to the environment.
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Film Series
The VICPP is hosting a virtual film series in July beginning with Racial Equity on July 4 with Combatting White Supremacist Terrorism & Hate Crimes film screening & discussion on Waking in Oak Creek by US Department of Justice and Not In Our Town.