We have long partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes locally and abroad for families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. We are pleased to announce that we are beginning a partnership with Beacon Interfaith Housing as well.
Since 1996 a group of Mount Olivet women have been meeting, discussing books, having desserts, and building relationships.
Group founder, Vicky Hubbell, saw the many small groups at Mount Olivet but none seemed like the right fit. Her love of reading and the rising popularity of book clubs led her to starting one at MO.
180 books later they've branched out from reading, to bookstore visits, attending author talks, and service projects.
There is something about this season of Advent that reveals the darkness and despair of our time. In the barrage of consumerism, there is still such need for families to have basic things like safe housing, food and clothing. Depression, loneliness and grief are heightened as memories of what has been flood back and expectations for what should be creep in.
Yet God knows and enters in.
Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 - In these verses, Joel doesn’t speak of God’s need for us to live up to the grand promises we make to God. Instead, he speaks about God’s longing to dwell with us right where we are, in the complexities and pains and broken hopes and regrets of our lives. “Rend your hearts and not your clothing,” God says through Joel. All God requires of us is what life eventually makes in us: a broken heart.