Olivet News

A Weekend of Celebration

posted Jul 22, 2017, 10:06 AM by Michelle Malick

The Bicentennial Steering Committee has planned a weekend of activities in celebration of Olivet’s 200th anniversary. Here is a list of the planned events:

Friday, October 6 – Recognition Luncheon
A luncheon is planned for invited guests only on Friday, October 6 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Special invitations are being sent to national, state and local dignitaries, community leaders, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church officials, local pastors, and Olivet Church leaders to participate in this opening event.

A program designed to highlight the history of Olivet and our impact on the local, regional and worldwide community is planned. National, state and local politicians will be given an opportunity to recognize this significant milestone in the life of Olivet United Methodist Church. We already know that State Senator Andy Dinniman and State Representative Harry Lewis are planning on attending.
After the program has concluded the attendees will be given an opportunity to tour the church and learn more about the work of Olivet in our community and beyond.

Saturday, October 7 – Church Open House and Celebratory Concert
The church will be open to the public from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for tours and historical displays. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be refreshments and light musical entertainment available. Invite your relatives, friends and neighbors to attend.

From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm there will be a free concert of sacred music presented by a number of local church choirs. The program will conclude with a presentation by a mass performance of all participating choirs.

Sunday, October 8 – Celebratory Worship Service and Luncheon
The day will begin with a time of worship. Pastor Johnson is planning a meaningful service focused on the blessings God has bestowed upon us as a congregation. This is a great time to invite family and friends to join us for this time of worship.

The weekend will conclude with a luncheon open to all members and friends of Olivet. The luncheon will be held at the Coatesville Country Club. Information concerning this event is included in this “Special Edition" of "Tidings.”

200th Anniversary Program Booklet

posted Jul 22, 2017, 9:53 AM by Michelle Malick

A 200th Anniversary Program Booklet is being produced detailing all of the anniversary weekend activities from Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th. The program booklet serves several purposes including the following:
  1. A 200th Anniversary Souvenir.
  2. A guide to all of the weekend’s events & activities.
  3. An opportunity for individuals, friends of Olivet, church groups, community groups, local businesses and more to recognize Olivet’s 200th anniversary and the role Olivet has played in their lives.
The proceeds from the sale of ads and acknowledgements will help offset the cost of the weekend’s activities.

Please note that ads for the back and inside covers of the booklet have already been sold. Full and partial page ads are still available. Special notes and memorials of 1 to 2 lines are a way to acknowledge the role Olivet has played in your life or to memorialize a loved one.

Complete the form below and turn into the office no later than August 15th. Booklets will be made available free of charge at all of the weekend’s activities until the supply runs out.

Keepsake Bicentennial Ornament

posted Jul 22, 2017, 9:33 AM by Michelle Malick

The Bicentennial celebration being held at Olivet United Methodist Church will be very special and we are proud to have a religious faith thriving in Coatesville for 200 years! That is why we commissioned this stunning keepsake and are making it available to all members of Olivet.

This classic pewter ornament, seen in the picture below, bearing the iconic Methodist Cross, will be the perfect keepsake to commemorate 200 years of Methodism in Coatesville. This ornament is bound to become a collector's item and is a perfect addition to your souvenir collection.

The ornament measures 2 1/4" w x 3" l, has a raised “2 dimensional” surface with a red silk string and comes in a black velour pouch. It will add a classic touch and many memories to your Christmas tree or hanging from a special place all year long.

This beautiful ornament is being offered for only $10.00 and is a great gift for friends and family. This is a perfect keepsake of our weekend celebration and/or a keepsake for those that can't attend and want to be part of the excitement and support the church.

The ornament will go on sale in the beginning of September before and after church service. Or you may send a check made out to “Olivet United Methodist Church” in care of Cindy Diffendall at 16 Lamberts Lane, Coatesville, PA 19320. Please add $3.00 shipping for one ornament and add 25 cents for each additional ornament. Please include your shipping address and contact information.

Thank you, the Keepsake Ornament Committee Cindy Diffendall, Penny Brinton & Jean Stackhouse

200th Anniversary Book - Taking Pre-orders Now

posted Jul 18, 2017, 4:39 PM by Michelle Malick   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

The Anniversary Book Committee has assembled a coffee table book to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Olivet United Methodist Church. The book is titled “Generations of Faith, The Story of Olivet in Coatesville 1817-2017.”

A sample copy will be in the Garden Room in July and snippets will be on the website at www.olivetumc.org. The cost of the book is $20 each (plus $3 postage per book if you need us to mail it to you. Otherwise, they will be available for purchase at church come Fall.)

Complete the order form at the bottom of this page, along with payment, and place in an envelope. Write MEMORY BOOK on the outside of the envelope. Place in the collection plate, drop off at the church office, or mail to Olivet UMC, 310 East Chestnut Street, Coatesville, Pa 19320.

Welcome Pastor Johnson and family!

posted Jul 2, 2017, 7:09 PM by Michelle Malick

On Sunday, July 2, 2017 Olivet welcomed their new pastor and family. 
Pastor Johnson, his wife Christyn and their four children  joined us in worship. 
The Olivet church family is very excited and blessed to have them join us. 

200th Anniversay Luncheon Information

posted Jun 28, 2017, 3:15 PM by Michelle Malick   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:11 AM ]

On Sunday, October 8th, the 200th Anniversary Celebration will conclude with a delicious buffet meal at the Coatesville Country Club. The luncheon is open to all members and friends of Olivet. The Country Club is located only a few miles from the church at 143 Reservoir Road, Coatesville. The luncheon will be held at 12:30 pm following the morning worship service.

The luncheon consists of a buffet meal, which includes the following:
  • Salad Bar
  • Stuffed Shells with Marinara
  • Margarita Chicken
  • Sliced Roast Beef Au Jus
  • Seasonal Vegetables
  • Chef’s Choice of Potato
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Cookies & Brownie Tray
  • Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced tea

The cost of the meal is $35.00 for adults (13 years and up), $15.00 for children (6 years to 12 years) and free for children 5 years and under. The cost includes meal, taxes, and gratuity.

Tickets will be available for purchase after church starting the first Sunday in September and up to Sunday, October 1st. You may also pre-order tickets by completing the form below and placing it into the offering plate, or turning it in to the church office, or mailing it to the church. Please indicate if you intend to pick up the tickets at the church office or would like them mailed to you. Pre-ordered tickets will be sent or may be picked up in the church office after September 1.

If you need transportation to and from the luncheon or know someone who does, please contact the church office between 11 am and 2 pm Monday through Thursday at 610-384-5828. Please provide the phone number and address of person(s) needing transportation. Someone will be in contact to arrange a pick-up time.
If you know any church members of Olivet who may be unable to afford the cost of the luncheon and would like to attend, please contact Pastor Johnson Dodla by phone at 610-384-5828 or by email at Johnson@olivetumc.org. All such requests are confidential.

Thank you,
Michael Givler and Patty Biffen
Bicentennial Committee Chairs

Olivet UMC’s new Family and Youth Minister

posted Jun 9, 2017, 5:19 PM by Michelle Malick   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 6:34 AM ]

For Andrew Tait, Olivet UMC’s new Family and Youth Minister, “Ministry is a lifelong adventure.” Tait’s early life prepared him for ministry. “My mom was a Sunday school teacher and my dad was a steward, a deacon. I was in the church a lot as a kid helping out with projects.” He learned that ministering was “a lot more than just mastering the basics of the Bible. The leaders and teachers I had while in the youth group have been pillars in my faith journey and my understanding of who I am in this world or more importantly who I am in Christ.”

Andrew Tait, a graduate of Eastern Universtiy, begins his new ministry at Olivet UMC on July 1, 2017. Newly-wed, he and his wife Christa, a native of Ohio, met at a youth conference in North Carolina. He describes himself as “easy-going” and a superhero movie fan. He currently works at the ice rink is Oaks PA, where he runs the adult “learn to play” program and drives the Zamboni. He has been playing hockey there for 17 years.

Tait notes that “Adolescence is a funny age where you discover the world and all that is in it, and you feel forced to make a choice about who you are going to be and what you are going to do. While going through that myself, with many different influences and voices telling me what I needed to do, I was taught how to listen to the voice of truth. This has helped me to this day and I am certain it will help me for the rest of my days. I would like to help kids in the same way that I was helped back then.”

Tait recognizes that “Youth ministry is changing… The target market for youth ministry today is K-12 and all the way up to the age of 25. Faith is a journey. My main goal in youth ministry is to follow the calling of Christ, to share his Gospel and love and to equip others to do the same. Youth are at a pivotal time, trying to find out who they are. Looking at Christ and what he did with his disciples can bring youth clarity. Discipleship is a grounding and a foundation — especially for youth learning to know who they are and how they can live in this world.”

Tait’s ministry will extend beyond the church doors. He plans to reach out to those not in the church, meeting them “where they are.” He has been doing this in his job at Oaks, and plans to coordinate with Olivet’s new Pastor, Johnson Dodla, and Olivet’s many ministries. “The best resource a church is its congregation. No matter the age, everyone has numerous opportunities to speak about and to show Jesus outside of the church. Working with the youth and the congregation to empower them to see what Christ has done in their lives will enable us all to share what Christ has done, the love Christ has shown us.”

Tait’s responsibilities include youth and family ministry, outreach, and counseling. “The two best strategies I have found useful for counseling youth and families are listening and relating. Listening is key. Youth need to process their own thoughts and emotions before we give them advice. Really listening helps youth feel comfortable enough to speak freely and honestly. Youth are notorious for leaving out little pieces of the puzzle …. Active listening can open the doors to those hidden pieces.”

Tait feels that counseling, listening, and ministry are a “process with many stages…. We are all at different stages in our walks with Christ. I can draw from my experiences, but if I am quick to give answers and not listen, I might miss what God is truly doing in someone’s life. With listening and relating comes prayer and allowing the Lord to work. All of this cannot be done properly without help and leading from the Spirit.”

The members of Olivet United Methodist Church are excited about Tait’s ministry and invite all to join them at Third and Chestnut Streets in Coatesville every Sunday morning at 10:00. Find more information about the ministries of Olivet and our upcoming Bicentennial events coming in October, at www.olivetumc.org or by calling 610-384-5828.

July’s - 5th Sunday Meal

posted May 21, 2017, 10:13 AM by John Woltman   [ updated Jul 22, 2017, 10:17 AM by Michelle Malick ]

The Olivet Food Ministry Outreach team will hold a 5th Sunday Meal on Sunday, July 30 immediately after the morning worship service.
The meal for the day will be typical summer picnic food:

Cheese Burgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, 
Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob and assorted beverages. 
Dessert will be Ice Cream with Strawberries.

There is no charge for the meal but a basket will be passed and any funds in excess of covering meal expenses will go toward supporting the Wednesday Community Lunch.

Please complete the from below so the Food Ministry Team can have an accurate count for this meal. Call the church office no later than Monday, July 24.

Upcoming Summer Youth Activities

posted Apr 24, 2017, 8:49 PM by John Woltman   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 8:52 PM ]

Here are some of the exciting youth activities we have planned for 2017!


June 27 - July 2

Join with the youth of Thorndale UMC for a week of camping, music, speakers, seminars, and tons of fun in the beautiful hills of Central PA.


Depart July 8 for Summers County West Virginia to participate in a week of home repair ministry. Youth must be 14 and finished 8th grade.

       COST: $225/youth, $250/adult, + incidental spending money for some meals and snacks.


     Car Wash/Wax - Donation $40
             Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, May 27 - 8AM - NOON
                Call Sandie Kreiss-Schmidt for an appointment (610-888-7840).
                  Drive-ups welcome.
     Sponsorships - sponsor a youth or adult for a day and pray for them as they participate in 
                                this ministry. Cost: $12/day.

     Questions about youth activities? See Sandie Kreiss-Schmidt


 Camping experiences are available at all of our camping sites. Highlighted here are a few at Innabah and Pocono Plateau.  Look for brochures in the Garden Room.

  Register online at innabah.org or www.poconoplateau.org.

Pocono Highlights
  July 2-8: Jr High and Sr High Adventure,  grades 6-9 and 9-12
  July 9-12: Mommy and Me 3-day, for Moms and their children age 3-7.
  July 23-27: Young Children's 5-day for children grades 1-3.
  July 23-29: Children's Pioneer - grades 3-6
                     Junior High main site camp: grades 6-9
  Aug. 6-12: Kid's Camp, grades 3-6
                    Trailblazers (western theme with a day of trail riding): grades 4-7
                    Trailblazers Above and Beyond, grades 7-10 Aug. 11-13:  Family Camp Weekend  During the weeks of July 23, Aug 6, and Aug 11 there will be adult volunteers from Olivet on site at the Plateau.

Innabah Highlights
Grandparents and Me 3-day camps: July 9-11, July 12-14, July 16-18, July 19-21, August 6-8, August 9-11.
Parents and Me 3-day: July 23-25.
There are many more experiences available. Check the brochures in the Garden Room to find the camps that are appealing to you, or go to the Innabah or Pocono websites for more details.

Questions about camp? See Sandie Kreiss-Schmidt, Carol or Chill Kuhn, or Lisa Crane.

Generations of Faith: 200 Hours of Olivet Community Service

posted Apr 20, 2017, 7:14 PM by Michelle Malick   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 3:59 PM ]

Update: Olivet member's completed 200 hours of service! Thank you for serving our community!!

In 2017, Olivet will celebrate 200 years of Methodists working in Coatesville. In honor of our Bicentennial, the members of Olivet are committing to 200 hours of service. We are asking every member to commit some time to community service. All can serve. If every member offers some time, we will accumulate 200 hours of service in no time.

May 13  Olivet Spring Gardening — Meet at Olivet to spruce up the area around our church (9:00 - bring gloves, shovels, wheelbarrows, trash bags, rakes, etc.)

May 20 Olivet UMC at Work in Coatesville: Spruce up the Coatesville Library inside and out (10:00 to noon)

Three ways to serve:

1. Gardening: Bring tools and gloves to clean up outside around the library (5th Ave. & Lincoln Hwy) (Ages 0 to 100)

2. “Weeding” Books: Use a list provided by the library to find and pull items that have not been circulating. (Ages 12 to 100)

3. Planting: Donate funds for books in honor of Olivet’s 200th Anniversary ($1.00 and up). A book plate will be placed in all books added to library collection. (Ages 0 to ….)

Wednesdays -  Serve at Bread and Blessings Wednesday Lunches. Sign up in the Garden Room (11:00 - 2:00)

Tuesdays - Read to CKC children (5:15-5:45) Sign up in Garden Room. You can also donate books!

Any Day! Any project of your choosing that benefits our community!

We will keep a chart in the Garden Room to count hours. When you serve, fill in a square for every hour served. If you donate funds to the library, you can fill in a square. 200 hours will add up in no time.

Generations of Faith at Work in Coatesville!

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