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Clothesline and School Supply Giveaway

Clothesline and School Supply Giveaway

This year, the Clothesline and School Supply Giveaway will be held Saturday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

Many local children and their families cannot afford school supplies. Our goal this year is to provide needy children all the basic school supplies needed to begin the school year. Lists have been provided in the Sunday bulletins indicating items needed. Donation boxes are placed next to the Youth Minister’s office and upstairs next to the ATTIC youth room.

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2017 River Service

The River Service is scheduled for Sunday, July 16, at 10 a.m.


What to wear

Casual clothing.  Some may even wish to have bathing suits with them so they can play in the water after the service.

What to bring

Lawn chair for each one in the family

A side dish that is enough for your family and a guest
If your last name begins with the letters A-M, please bring vegetables.
If your last name begins with the letters N-Z, please bring desserts.

The church provides the fried chicken, beverages, and paper products.

What to expect

There will be no Sunday School.

We will have a relaxed time of worship with music provided by our Praise Team and Choir

We will have a testimony or two from those who went to Bland, VA last week to help others with house repairs that they could not afford to do themselves

We will have a short sermon

Three people plan on being baptized in the river

After the baptism, there will be a meal, games for children and youth, etc.  Some even change into their bathing suits and play in the river.


  • You will make a right turn out of the church parking lot onto Coatesville Road
  • Veer to the right at Ebenezer Church, turning onto Scotchtown Road
  • Follow Scotchtown Road, crossing Highway 54 (West Patrick Henry Road) until you come to Greenwood Church Road
  • Make a left off Scotchtown onto Greenwood Church Road (going toward the Hollows golf course
  • Veer to the right onto Cherry Hill Road
  • Stay on Cherry Hill Road till you see signs for the entrance to the Baptism Service on the right.

Watch for the “River” signs.

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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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