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Remembering Russell Bumpass

It is with heavy hearts that the congregation and community of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church mourns the loss of one of our most faithful deacons. Russell Thomas Bumpass, 84, of Montpelier, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017.


Russell and Ruby Bupass

Russell and Ruby Bumpass

Russell was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where he served as a deacon. He was the co-teacher of the Senior Men’s Class and former teacher of Junior Sunday School class. He volunteered annually with Vacation Bible School and countless other church groups and activities.

Those who knew Russell loved and admired him, and have recently described him as a helper, a man of God, a leader, a volunteer with a “willingness to help out in any way he could,” someone who is “not afraid to tackle anything,” a person with “candid humor and witty realistic view of things.”

Russell served on many mission trips with Mt. Olivet. He joined our Bland County mission group, organized through the Bland Ministry Center, almost every year since 1993. He also served with Mt. Olivet mission groups to Romania, Haiti, Toronto and Belize.

Russell recently said, “If you have not been on a mission trip, you have really missed a great experience. You will receive far more than you give and get to know your fellow team members.”

“Russell was more than special to us. He was a FAVORITE. His quick wit kept us on our toes. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement,” said the Bland Ministry Center. “We pray for his wife Ruby, and for his church family in the upcoming days as they cope with the realization that our loss is truly Heaven’s gain. We miss you Russell Bumpass.”

Russell was baptized at age 13 at Independence Christian Church. He served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corp.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Houston Bumpass. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Parrish Bumpass; daughter, Diane Bumpass; sister, Elizabeth B. Cannon; his niece and her husband, Linda and Robert Porter and their children, Michael Porter and Melissa Slater.

The family will receive friends 2–4 and 6–8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. Services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 15583 Coatesville Rd., Beaverdam, Va. 23015 or to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

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Celebrate Easter at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church

Mt. Olivet Baptist Church invites you to join us for the following Easter celebrations:

Family Easter Celebration – Saturday, April 8 – 2-3:30 p.m.

Activities include the tellling of the Easter story, music, games, crafts, an egg hunt for birth-2nd grade, a scavenger hunt for 3rd-5th grade, snacks, fun and fellowship!

Palm Sunday Worship – Sunday, April 9 – 2-3:30 p.m.

Dessert Auction for Annie Armstrong Offering – April 9 – following 11 a.m. service

Join us for our annual Dessert Auction benefiting the Annie Armstrong Easter offering for North American missions. This is always guaranteed to be a fun event filled with lots of sweets and laughs! Lunch will be served immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.

Wednesday Worship – April 12 – 6:45 p.m.

Reflections on the Cross at 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no family dinner. Children, youth and adults will meet together.

Easter Sunday Services – April 16

7 a.m. Outdoor Sunrise Service
7:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Easter Worship & Cantata


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Join us for Galactic Starveyors VBS

Searching the visible, discovering the invisible!

This year, Vacation Bible School at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church is out of this world! Children age three through grade five are admitted free from July 17-21 at 8:30–noon.

2017 VBS

Join us this summer as we discover amazing things designed by our creator God! At Galactic Starveyors Vacation Bible School (VBS), we will search the skies and God’s word to uncover God’s truth that is etched in His glorious handiwork! God, who created everything, both the things we can and cannot see, wants to have a relationship with you!

Dates: July 17-21, 8:30 a.m. until noon

Register: Register here.

Key Verse:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16

Galactic Starveyors will out of this world! Come join us!

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Sign Up and Smile for the New Church Directory

Our Church is doing a new pictorial directory and, of course, it won’t be complete without you! We want everyone to get a new picture made so that our new directory will be complete.

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LifeTouch will be at the church on March 7, 8, 9 , 10, and 11 for photo sessions. You can schedule your appointment online here.  Please schedule your appointment now for the best selection of available times.

Allow approximately one hour for your appointment. You will have a professional photography session, see your proofs immediately on computer and have the opportunity to purchase extra portraits for family and friends. A pictorial directory is a powerful tool in our church to help each of us know each other better.

Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8×10 portrait at no cost. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at the time of photography. So please, sign up today!

Here are a few pointers to make your photography session a great experience:

For Your Photography Session
Allow for about an hour to:

  • Check-in
  • Be photographed
  • View your digital images and select your church directory pose

Getting Ready

  • Simple hairstyles and natural makeup are best.
  • Avoid haircuts within 48 hours of your portrait sitting.
  • Bring hair and makeup supplies for quick touch-ups.


  • Solid colors or simple patterns look best. Busy patterns on clothing are distracting.
  • Medium to dark shades create a timeless look & are slenderizing.
  • Small jewelry/accessories compliment your face better. Avoid large, distracting accessories.
  • Make sure your shoes match your outfit. They might show in some poses.
  • Long sleeves are better for adults to focus attention on the face. Short sleeves are ok for infants and children.
  • If you wear glasses, feel free to wear them. Our photographers are trained to minimize any glare.

Capture the Real You

  • Invite grandparents or other family members/loved ones to join your photography session (even if they are not members of your church).
  • With permission of the church, you may bring your household pet to your photography session.
  • Bring meaningful items to your photography session: sports equipment, musical instruments, special toys or books, etc.
  • We encourage you to have fun at your session and express your true personality!




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Mt. Olivet Dedicates 440 Shoeboxes


During the Thanksgiving and Worship Service on November 20, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church dedicated 440 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes were packed all year with gifts and supplies for children ages 2-14.

Following the service, the boxes were delivered to the distribution center in Boone, N.C. Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour, work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes. Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients. As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey, boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family. The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started, and communities are transformed. Several of our church members have tracked their shoeboxes to Mali, Namibia, Peru and The Dominican Republic.

We have much to be grateful for in our church — including our staff, our volunteer leaders, and the many people who participate in the life and work of the church.  Thank you for your good work — all done as a result of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Your generosity continuously amazes as you give to the church, to the community, and to national and international missions.  Your gift of 440 shoeboxes is but one example of the generous heart of this congregation of believers!

Many thanks to all who helped to prepare for and lead the annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship Service Sunday evening, November 20.



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