The members of Mt. Olivet are dedicated to reaching beyond the walls of our church building to touch the least and the lost in our community and in our world.
Our church has a food pantry that provides food for those in our community who are in need of assistance. The pantry is open every Tuesday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.
Winecoff Elementary School
Our church collects school supplies for this school year round. We also take up a special offering during the year to help fund school field trips for disadvantaged children at the school. Several of our members also volunteer at the school.
The Lillie Scott Sunday school class provides weekend food for a group of children at Shadybrook Elementary School. Class members provide the food, assemble the bags, and deliver them to the school each week during the school year.
Mobile Food Pantry
An outreach of the Cooperative Christian Ministry, the mobile food pantry distributes food to members of the community who need assistance. Our church sponsors and hosts one of these events each year. Several hundred people are served by this mission.
Christmas Outreach Projects
During the Advent season, our church members pack shoes boxes for Operation Christmas Child. A bare tree is place in the sanctuary and church members decorate it with winter hats and mittens for children in our community. White bags are given to the congregation and members are asked to fill them with food staples for our food pantry.
Funds are donated for the Samaritan’s Feet project that provides students with a pair of socks and shoes and a backpack filled with school supplies. In August of every year, church members volunteer to wash the feet of students then provide them with a new pair of shoes and socks and a backpack.
Meals on Wheels
Several of our church members donate their time by delivering Meals on Wheels food to participants in the county. A special offering called Fifty Pieces of Silver is collected by the United Methodist Men during Lent to support the work of our local Meals on Wheels organization.
Kenya Mission Teams
In 1977 our church participated in a pastoral exchange with a minister from Kenya. Our minister at the time, Rev. Lewis Gibbs, and his family went to Kenya to serve the nearly fifty churches that Rev. Misheck Kanake served. Rev. Kanake, his wife Jennifer and their three week old son Jonathan came to serve as our pastoral family for six weeks. In 1989 Rev. Kanake returned and invited us to come to see him in his country. In 1991 sixteen members from Mt. Olivet made our first trip to Kanake’s hometown and thus began our involvement with the people of Maua, Kenya. The church has had nine teams go to Kenya to build needed facilities at ARI, a school for children in pre-K through eighth grade, and at Tendo Valley Teachers College, a two year college that prepares high school graduates to become teachers.