AUMC has a wide variety of events for all ages – newcomers are always welcome! We have a list of our special events below, or you can check our room use calendar to learn what’s going on in our main campus building each day.

If you have any questions about the events, contact the church office at 703-256-8330 or office@annandale-umc.org

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Visit the Missions page to learn about other opportunities to help our community.

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Food Rescue Volunteer Opportunity: There is a weekly food rescue opportunity available for someone. The rescue involves picking up bread (1 – 4 boxes/bags) Monday nights at 8:55 pm, and transporting the bread to the Mission Center. This would be a weekly activity. The entire activity would take less than an hour. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jerry Beyer at beyerga@gmail.com.

Children’s Ministries go virtual: Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, Children’s Ministry will be returning to a virtual ministry at this time. This means there will be no in person Sunday school or Children’s Church. Our online Sunday school will include pre-kindergarten children being read weekly stories from the Spark Story Bible by one of our preschool teachers. Our K-5 students are invited to join us on zoom for a Godly Play story just like you would hear in person in the classroom followed by a time of “wondering” or discussion. Pajamas allowed! Join us on zoom at 9:30 a.m. Despite not gathering in person while cases remain high, we are still one church, one body of Christ, and one AUMC family and we will get through this next chapter of the pandemic together. If you haven’t already, make sure to join the children’s ministry email list to receive all the details including zoom links as well as future announcements. To join the list, email Children’s Minister Meredith Bond at mbond@annandale-umc.org

Youth confirmation classes and Sunday school are currently meeting each Sunday on Zoom. We will meet outside the walls of the church for Youth Night until community spread of the virus has decreased. Please contact Rev. Peter Kwon to be added to our Youth Ministry email list at pkwon@annandale-umc.org

On Sundays, beginning Jan. 23, the Immanuel Faith in Life Class will meet in Room 210 at 9:15 to discuss Max Lucado’s You Were Made for This Moment.

Kid’s Mission Night, Jan. 28: Even while we are socially distant, there are still many ways that we can love and serve our neighbors around us. We will be having a virtual kids’ mission night on zoom on Jan. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  RSVP by Jan. 18 for the mission night to Ms. Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org. Then, pick up your kit with supplies for the mission night on Sunday, Jan. 23 from noon – 1 p.m. No need to get out of your car even! Simply drive by in front of the church to receive your kit for the mission night the following Friday. If you’re unable to pick up a kit, a list of supplies can be provided.

New online class meets Mondays, Feb. 7 – Apr. 4. This time we’ll be doing a study of Francis Spufford’s wonderfully wise, funny, and accessible book, Unapologetic: Why Christianity, Despite Everything, Still Makes Surprising Emotional Sense. Spufford is a fiction writer and essayist who is married to a priest in the Church of England. His book models how we in America can assert the wisdom and value in the Christian message. Jason will lead the class with author Tony Robinson, Joshua Munnikhuysen, Teer Hardy, Tommie Marshall, and Dr. Johanna Hartelius. Each class will be a combination of the leader’s calling attention to details in the book and participants offering thoughts and questions. Register at annandalechurch.com/unapologetic.

Arizona Mission Trip: For nearly ten years, Highland Support Project (an Advance Special of the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Mission) has partnered with community groups at the White Mountain Indian Reservation in Arizona on meaningful, transformative mission projects. HSP is interested in partnering with AUMC and other local churches to form a service team for the week of June 19 and/or June 26. Projects are all outdoors, including canal maintenance, farm and garden projects, and corral work for an equine program. The program cost of the mission week is $500 plus travel and housing. Housing costs will vary depending on the group’s preference, ranging from camping to staying at a lodge outside the reservation. Ben and Lupe Blevins of Highland Support Project will be at our Mission Committee meeting on Feb. 8 if you would like to learn more or ask questions. To receive a Zoom invitation, email Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com. You can also contact Jason at jmicheli@annandale-umc.org for more information. Or click here to learn more about this transformative mission project.

Next Level Innovations Weekend postponed: Although we had planned a retreat on Feb. 11-13, we will be delaying until we can safely gather in person again. Even though we had hoped to be able to move forward, it seems we’ll have some extra time to ponder our hopes and vision for our church instead.

Youth Winter Ski Retreat, Feb. 18-20: We are very excited to host a ski retreat for our students! Location: Liberty Mountain Resort (78 Country Club Trail, Fairfield, PA 17320). Hotel: Best Western Gettysburg Battlefield (301 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325). Cost: $200. Sign up at annandalechurch.com/youthskitrip.

Goodbye to Garry Bell: Our Business Manager, Garry Bell, is retiring at the end of February after a fruitful term of service at Annandale. Staff-Parish has posted a reworked job description at annandalechurch.com/employment/ as we begin our search. If you would like to contribute to a love offering to thank Garry, you can do so at annandalechurch.com/giving . Put the amount on the “OTHER” line and, in the optional section below, select “In honor of” and write “Garry Bell.” You can also send a check to the church with Garry Bell on the memo line, or state your intention to give a gift in an email to Richard Bass at rbass@annandale-umc.org.

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The Mission Center is now distributing food on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Current donation needs are for 1lb or 2lb bags of rice and adult diapers (all sizes). To join us in serving our neighbors, please sign up online at annandalechurch.com/foodsignup. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry.

Volunteers needed to help with our A/V needs: We’ve ordered new video cameras to improve our online worship experience. When the new equipment arrives, we’ll have opportunities for volunteers to learn how to use the cameras and help us record the services. This is a chance to learn about the latest technology and help your church! Contact our Director of Worship, Pat Vaughn, at pvaughn@annandale-umc.org.

Welcome Wednesday Open House, Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program: For the next several Wednesdays, the Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program at AUMC will hold open houses for those who want to learn more about the programs. schedule a tour by writing to wps@annandale-umc.org or call 703-256-1100.

New Childcare Supervisor needed! The Childcare Supervisor is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care for all children while supervising and supporting other team members. They are also responsible for scheduling the childcare workers for all worship services and other church requested activities that require childcare. The pay is $15.00/hr. To learn more and apply, please visit annandalechurch.com/employment.