Bethlehem Bazaar and Book Sale

The Mission Committee organizes an annual Alternatives Gifts Fair and Book Sale in November. The Book Sale offers thousands of great books at incredible prices, with all proceeds supporting financial assistance of seminary students in our partner synod in Ethiopia. The Bethlehem Bazaar offers handicrafts and food items that benefit needy artisans and producers, or local and international missions. There is also a delicious menu of lunch items available for purchase from the Presbyterian Women of Olivet. The Bethlehem Bazaar and Book Sale is a great opportunity to visit with church members and neighbors. But most importantly it is an opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping, and support some very worthy causes and ministries. Why not give gifts to your loved ones that “give twice”: to the recipient, as well as to a local or international ministry, or lower-income artisan?

Advent Wreath Making Workshop

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus. On the first Sunday of Advent, Olivet holds a workshop to enable members of the community to prepare an advent wreath for home devotional use during the four weeks of Advent. Supplies and devotional booklets for use with the wreaths are provided. 

Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner (November)

On the Wednesday before the week of Thanksgiving, we hold our annual Olivet Church Family Thanksgiving Dinner. Come enjoy a meal of turkey and all the fixins’ as we strengthen our fellowship with one another and grow in lives of gratitude as Christians. The Fellowship Committee prepares the meal, and everyone who attends is invited to bring a dessert to share and make a donation to assist with the cost of the meal. Following dinner, we share songs and prayers of thanksgiving.

Trunk or Treat (October)

On the last Sunday evening of October, adults and youth in the church bring decorated vehicles to the church parking lot for children, dressed in their Halloween best, to go trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk. The evening also includes games and activities for children, and concludes with a shared meal, and sometime a concert by a visiting music group.

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End-of-Summer Picnic (August)

On the Sunday before the start of public school, we hold a picnic at the church after the last morning worship service. This is always a wonderful opportunity to reconnect as a church family and share our summer experiences with one another. The meal is provided by the church with attendees invited to make a donation to defray the cost.

Recognition of 90+ Year-Olds (March)

Olivet is blessed to have a significant number of members who are aged 90 or above, whose faith and lives witness to and enrich us all. On the last Sunday of March, we recognize these special members and hold a special reception for them and their families after the 11:00 am worship service.

Chili Cookoff (January)

On the third Wednesday of January, men of the Olivet community bring pots of chili for a church fellowship meal and fun and friendly competition for awards in various categories. As the votes for “Best” in each category are being tallied, a brief annual meeting of the congregation is held.

Church Family Dinners

Each fall and winter the Olivet Church family has the opportunity to gather each Wednesday evening for a meal and a time of sharing and learning. Cooking teams prepare simple meals beginning at 5:30pm, and those attending are invited to make a donation to defray expenses. At 6:15pm, there is a study group for adults. The gatherings in the fall conclude with an annual Thanksgiving dinner on the Wednesday before the week of Thanksgiving.

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