AUMC has a wide variety of events for all ages – newcomers are always welcome! We have a list of our special events below.

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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AUMC News

Click here to see our Summer 2020 Witness newsletter, which includes congratulations to our high school and college graduates, information on upcoming events, and more!

Coronavirus cancellations: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all worship services, Sunday school classes and other Sunday group meetings are currently online-only. After a survey of our congregants (click here to see the results) our target date for resuming in-person activities is Sunday, Aug. 23. Check our coronavirus response page to learn more about how we are handling this crisis. Sunday services are posted weekly on our Facebook page.

Sign up to volunteer at the Mission Center on Thursdays: With Fairfax County lifting some of its coronavirus restrictions, we are opening our volunteer opportunities at the Mission Center to any age. Volunteers will still be required to wear masks and socially distance themselves. Volunteers also must be able to lift 20 pounds of groceries. We assemble bags of food for distribution to about 200 families each week. We need two volunteers to crate eggs (1–3 p.m.) and 12 volunteers to package bread, produce and grocery bags (3–6:30 p.m.). You must sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b49aaab2aabf49-aumc by noon on the Thursday you wish to serve. Walk-ins are not allowed. Also, we are looking for shoppers to help purchase food each week. To find out more about shopping and other volunteer opportunities, contact Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net or Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.

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 Pat Vaughn, at pvaughn@annandale-umc.org.

Saying farewell to Chenda and Taye: We wish all the best for Pastor Chenda and Taye Nadi as they transition to the next stages of their lives. Chenda is being appointed to a full-time clergy position at Fairlington United Methodist Church. Taye has retired after 13 years of service as our facilities manager. If you’d like to send them a card or make a love offering on their behalf, you may send those to the church office at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. To make a love offering, write a check to “AUMC” and designate in the memo line whether it’s for Chenda, Taye or both. You may send your checks to Garry Bell’s attention.

Check our Human Sexuality page to learn what determinations were made at General Conference, how AUMC is responding, and to read transcripts of Rev. Jason Micheli’s Bible study on “Sexuality and the Bible.”

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Upcoming Events

Visit the Missions page to learn about our opportunities to help our community!

Wednesday, July 1: An important security announcement: Beginning July 1, all church doors will be locked and alarmed daily from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Please notify the church office two days in advance if you need to have access to the building after 11 p.m. or before 6 a.m. Our Trustees are reviewing and revising the church’s security procedures and expect to make further announcements about building access in the future. Contact Michael Hoefer at midhoefer@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sunday, July 5: In His Steps class leads discussions on faith and race. On July 5, the class will be discussing faith and race issues based on a video series from Wesley Theological Seminary, “Moving Faith Communities to Fruitful Conversations About Race.” Join us online on at 10 a.m. Contact Bill Iwig for details at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.

Sunday, July 12: Apostles Creed class begins. Jason and David King will be leading a class on the Apostle’s Creed at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. The lessons will be guided by Karl Barth’s Dogmatics in Outline. In the rubble of WWII, Barth delivered a series of lectures on the creed at the University of Bonn in Germany. It’s been called the most important Christian book of the 20th Century. Register for the class at this link. (Note: The class begins July 12, not July 5. You do not need to read the book to participate.)

Monday, July 13: Due date for Wrenn Scholarship applications. AUMC is seeking applicants by July 13 for the Rena Wrenn Trust Scholarship for 2020. The scholarship is made available annually to financially assist one or more worthy candidates pursuing religious studies or related fields. A total of $5,400 has been made available through the AUMC Foundation for 2020. The Rena Wrenn Trust Scholarship is made possible through the earnings from the estate donated to the AUMC Foundation by the late Rena Wrenn, a long-time AUMC member. Eligibility: To be eligible, an applicant is required to be a member of AUMC, an immediate family member of an AUMC member, an AUMC staff member or an AUMC intern. Undergraduate candidates majoring in religious studies or a related field, and/or intending to attend seminary are eligible if they have earned a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better and maintained a 3.0 GPA or better in college.  Also eligible are graduate school candidates attending seminary. In addition, applicants are required to submit a letter documenting their career goals and prior high school, college (if applicable) and community service activities. Applicants also must submit a letter of recommendation from their pastor that speaks to the candidate’s character and Christian values. How to Apply: Those interested in applying should contact Scholarship Committee Chair Beth Ann Eadie at (703) 750-1867 or baeadie@cox.net to obtain the application form. Once awarded, the scholarship payment is made directly to the recipient’s school.

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17: Vacation Bible School (new dates). Join us for Courageous Faith, a virtual exploration of the story of Daniel! Playlists will be released each morning with prerecorded videos of worship, and activities for you and your children to enjoy as your schedules permit. Each day has a different theme: Day 1: The Captivity – God is with us wherever we go; Day 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream – God is in control of everything; Day 3: Furnace of Fire – God wants us to worship only Him; Day 4: Writing on the Wall – God resists the proud and honors the humble; and Day 5: Den of Lions – God is our salvation. All materials will remain available for you to complete or revisit after the week of July 13-17. For more details, contact Meredith Bond at mbond@annandale-umc.org. Click here for registration.

Sunday, Aug. 23: AUMC’s targeted reopening. Based on responses to our recent survey, the bishop’s guidelines and church council recommendations, we’ve set a target date for resuming limited in-person worship for Sunday, Aug. 23. The clear takeaway from the survey was that members expect us to exercise caution and prudence. Over 70% of respondents said we should wait until other types of public gatherings (such as concerts and sporting events) have resumed. It’s important to point out that “worship as usual” is not what we will be coming back to in the immediate future. You should expect social distancing in the pews, face masks required, no corporate or choral singing, an offering that is dropped not taken up, attendance reserved in advance and communion served in prepackaged containers. We continue to perfect our online worship, knowing that many of you will not feel comfortable coming back to church right away. If you have thoughts or questions, contact Jason at jmicheli@annandale-umc.org.

Sunday, Aug. 23: Coffee with the Pastors during fellowship hour. Grab a cup of coffee from Wright Hall and chat with one of our pastors in the Coffee Café area. (Occurs the fourth Sunday of each month.)

Sunday, Sept. 6: Food collection for ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action) in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Sept. 20: Food collection for the AUMC Mission Center in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Sept. 27: Coffee with the Pastors during fellowship hour. Grab a cup of coffee from Wright Hall and chat with one of our pastors in the Coffee Café area. (Occurs the fourth Sunday of each month.)

Sunday, Oct. 4: Food collection for ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action) in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Oct. 18: Food collection for the AUMC Mission Center in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Oct. 25: Coffee with the Pastors during fellowship hour. Grab a cup of coffee from Wright Hall and chat with one of our pastors in the Coffee Café area. (Occurs the fourth Sunday of each month.)

Sunday, Nov. 1: Food collection for ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action) in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Nov. 15: Food collection for the AUMC Mission Center in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Nov. 22: Coffee with the Pastors during fellowship hour. Grab a cup of coffee from Wright Hall and chat with one of our pastors in the Coffee Café area. (Occurs the fourth Sunday of each month.)

Sunday, Dec. 6: Food collection for ACCA (Annandale Christian Community for Action) in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Dec. 20: Food collection for the AUMC Mission Center in the baskets inside the front doors of the church.

Sunday, Dec. 27: Coffee with the Pastors during fellowship hour. Grab a cup of coffee from Wright Hall and chat with one of our pastors in the Coffee Café area. (Occurs the fourth Sunday of each month.)

Previous Witness Newsletters

2019: January 14February 18, Summer

2019: January 15February 12, March 12April 16, May 14, June 18, July 16, August 13, September 17, October 15November 12, December 17

2018: January 16, February 13, March 13April 17May 15June 12July 17, August 14, September 18, October 16November 13, December 18