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Mission and Outreach

Mission/Outreach

Olivet Episcopal Church cares for its neighbors, both locally and internationally. The second Sunday collection each month is given to pre-designated organizations who are serving those in need. We also support the efforts of the ERD, as they work in countries devastated by natural disasters.

Olivet extends the communion table to homebound parishioners as well as neighbors living at Greenspring.  Please contact our rector, Rev'd Jeanie Martinez, if you would like communion brought to you or someone you know.

Olivet assists the local Blessings in a Backpack program that serves 100+ students attending schools in our community by providing children facing food scarcity with a bag of non-perishable but nourishing food items in their backpacks on Fridays during the school year.  Olivet holds twice monthly bag stuffing sessions (Oct.-June), provides storage space for the food, and provides donations of cash and food to the program.  Out of concern about these same children receiving adequate food during the long summer break, Olivet and another local church partnered to expand this program and provided eligible families with two grocery bags filled with food each week for the 11 weeks of summer break.

Olivet works closely with Koinonia by regularly donating needed items to their food pantry, participating in special programs such as holiday food baskets, Back to School items, and Christmas Wishes.

Olivet seeks additional opportunities to serve and has participated in mission trips, both out of state and local, hosting sales events to benefit victims of human trafficking, for example.

Special Collection Sundays:

For many years now, Olivet has designated the second Sunday of every month as “Outreach Sunday” with the loose plate offering going in support of groups such as Food for the Poor, New Hope Housing, and Episcopal Relief and Development.

The first and third Sundays also have special designations.  The first Sunday loose plate offering (un-designated funds) goes to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. The Rector uses those funds to help folks who are in need. The third Sunday, has been designated as “Inreach Sunday” with funds being put aside to help do things around Olivet. Inreach funds were used to refurbish the kitchen in recent history.

These are just three ways that your dollars do mission work on any given Sunday.  So remember,1st Sunday - Rector’s discretionary fund; 2nd Sunday is Outreach Sunday ; and the 3rd Sunday is Inreach Sunday.