Bicentennial Celebration Weekend is Coming!

On the weekend of October 6 - 8th 2017, Olivet UMC will celebrate 200 years of Methodism in Coatesville. From the humble beginning as the Methodist Society, which met in a rented school house at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Harmony Street, to our present location at 3rd Avenue and Chestnut Street, Olivet has played a significant role in doing God’s work in the community of Coatesville and beyond.


Pastor Johnson E. Dodla has now joined a long line of spiritual leaders to minister to the generations of the faithful at Olivet. God has blessed us with many excellent pastors over the past 200 years and Olivet has sent numerous sons and daughters to serve God in various capacities around the world.

Some of the activities allow members and friends of Olivet to participate directly in celebrating the “Generations of Faith” here at Olivet while others provide the opportunity to purchase of limited editions of mementos of this special occasion. Click the links for more information!

Weekend of Celebration

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.”


Luncheon Information

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 All such requests are confidential.


Project 200

“Project 200” is an initiative of the Bicentennial Committee celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Olivet in Coatesville. The purpose is to begin to raise funds to replace the carpet in the sanctuary. The current carpet was installed in the 1960’s and is showing increasing signs of wear.

Plastic containers were distributed on Sunday, April 2. Additional containers are available in the Garden Room. All members and friends of Olivet are encouraged to fill the container with 200 of any monetary denomination of their choice i.e. 200 dimes, 200 quarters, 200 $5 dollar bills, etc.

The containers will be collected on Sunday, September 24, 2017 during the worship service. In order for you to receive credit toward your annual giving, you should mark the container with your name or envelope number and the amount collected.

Please join in this tangible way to celebrate our “Generations of Faith” here at Olivet.


Anniversary Picture Book - Taking Pre-Orders now

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 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.


200 Hours of Olivet Community Service

Update: Olivet members 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!


Keepsake Bicentennial Ornament

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 Program Booklet

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.


Booklets will be made available free of charge at all of the weekend’s activities until the supply runs out.


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Coatesville, PA 19320

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