Here at AUMC, we believe in doing our part to keep our members and community safe by slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Because of that, we’ve made a few modifications to how things regularly proceed.
Pre-recorded Sunday services will be posted to our Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. You can see our livestreamed communion services Sundays at 11 a.m. at www.annandalechurch.com/stream, or join the chat at www.annandalechurch.com/chat.
Click on the video above to watch our livestream on Sundays at 11 a.m.!
AUMC is currently hosting brief in-person communion services on Sundays at 11 a.m. Our covid-19 precautions include:
- All attendees are required to register online in advance. A registration link will be emailed out to members the Monday before the service; please contact our membership secretery Dottie Rogerson at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list. The deadline for submitting a form each week is Friday at noon. Click here to sign up for this Sunday, Jan. 31. Or watch live from wherever you are at annandalechurch.com/stream.
- Masks are required at all times
- Ushers will open doors, guide the flow of traffic, and ensure that people stay 6 feet apart at all times.
- Half of our pews will be blocked off entirely for social distancing; the others will be assigned to ensure that there is space between visitors or family groups.
- Communion will consist of a brief liturgy where a pastor will pray the Great Thanksgiving as usual. But you’ll receive the elements as you leave to consume outside.
- If you aren’t comfortable coming inside, you can drive up in front of the church at the service’s end and receive the elements (you could watch it on your phone in the car, for example).
- The service is kept brief – about 20 minutes – to reduce potential exposure time.
To learn more about our precautions and see what an in-person service at AUMC looks like, watch the video below.
WORSHIP WITH US ONLINE
A full-length pre-recorded Sunday service, with prayers, sermon, and music, will be posted to our Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday.
No, you don’t need to have a Facebook account to access it – just click the “Not Now” button when Facebook asks you to log in. And you don’t need to catch it live to access it – scroll down our Facebook page to see recent sermons and posts, or check for weekly links lower down this page under “Quarantine Correspondence.”
Morning Prayer is back at a new time, 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Led by David King, who is now a student at Princeton, the morning prayer follows the liturgy from Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School. Find the Zoom link at www.annandalechurch.com/morningprayer or go to our Facebook page. You can download the liturgy at www.annandalechurch.com/morningliturgy. All are welcome to join us each weekday morning!
Check our worship page for links to recent sermons, information on upcoming speakers, and more. Submit prayer requests – “Joys and Concerns” – for the service on the FB Page itself or by emailing our membership secretary, Dottie Rogerson: email@example.com).
Along with keeping the website up-to-date, we’re currently posting frequent messages on our Facebook page, facebook.com/annandaleumc, as well as sending out email announcements. To join our email list, contact our membership secretary, Dottie Rogerson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call us at 703-256-8330 and leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Specific extension numbers are available on our staff page, or on the answering machine message at our main number.
Daily Morning Worship
While we’re all social distancing at home, we will have a morning prayer each weekday at 8:30 a.m. hosted by our intern David King. You can see our daily prayers live on Zoom by clicking here, or find live and archived videos on our Facebook Page. Click here for the liturgy to follow along at home.
Download the Upper Room: For those who enjoy reading the Upper Room devotional each morning, Upper Room Ministries has produced a free, downloadable version available at this link.
Current and Upcoming Events
How I Read the Bible, with Brian Zahnd. In this single online teaching session on January 30, Pastor Brian Zahnd will describe his philosophy and core practices of reading Scripture. The Church has given Scripture to us as our sacred text. Pastor Brian will walk you through what daily Bible reading looks like for him and how you can open yourself up in new ways to Holy Scripture. Tickets to this online event are available for a donation of any amount. You will be sent the ZOOM meeting ID and password before the event begins. To register go to wolc.com/readthebible.
Stuff the Bus! ACCA will be participating in the upcoming “Stuff the Bus” events in partnership with Fairfax County to help restock the food pantry. As you know, the pantry has been overwhelmed with requests during the COVID pandemic and the volunteers constantly adjust to accommodate the demand. Suggestions for most needed items are available on the ACCA website. Please drop off your donations on January 30 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. Find other locations here.
Interfaith Communities in Dialogue is a network of faith-based and associated organizations dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and positive relationships among diverse people in and around Fairfax County through education, engagement, and support. AUMC is a member congregation. On Sunday, January 31, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., ICD will present “Systemic Racism in Health and Housing,” the third workshop in its series on Racism and Systemic Bias: Systemic Racism in Health and Housing. Please join us. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting when you register at https://bit.ly/3gTt8WM. Also hold the date for the final workshop: March 7, 2021: Building Bridges to Racial Equity. For questions or more information: Email: email@example.com
Make Valentine’s Day Cards. Children’s Ministry is inviting all children to make Valentine’s Day cards for our homebound members. Contact Meredith Lamarche at firstname.lastname@example.org with how many cards you’d like to make and she’ll get you the necessary information.
Lunches for February Hypothermia Prevention. You are invited to volunteer to assemble lunches and box already-made breakfasts for our Wandering Saints from February 7 through February 13, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Wright Hall at AUMC. Very little contact, masks required. Hand sanitizer and gloves will be provided. By attending you agree to being compliant with Covid guidelines as posted on the AUMC in person worship site. Sign up here. Email Teresa Beyer at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we’ve suspended activities in person because of the outbreak, Meredith has come up with a variety of ways for children to continue their spiritual growth. These include:
An online Children’s Corner with Bible-based games, arts and crafts projects, educational resources, and more.
A weekly video lesson! In lieu of pre-k through Kindergarten Sunday school, Meredith has been posting a story/message to our Facebook page each Sunday, with an archive of previous videos available at our Children’s Corner. These pre-recorded videos are for everyone but especially geared toward families with children in kindergarten and younger, and will be emailed to parents with children in this age group. Contact Meredith for a transcript.
Sunday school online at 9:45 a.m. Children ages 1st grade-5th grade will be able to interact and participate via a secure zoom connection. For safety and security reasons, this link will not be posted to Facebook but rather sent directly to the parents; contact Meredith at email@example.com if you have not been added to the mailing list.
Children’s virtual visits, Tuesdays from 5 – 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 – 9 a.m. Children are invited to connect with Ms. Meredith and virtually visit with other AUMC children through a secure zoom link that will be sent out to all parents. Contact Meredith at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you do not receive a link.
Our youth and young adults are reading the Bible each weeknight at 10 p.m. for 10 minutes. It’s called the 10:10 challenge. To participate, contact Pastor Peter at email@example.com or find the Zoom link here. The group is currently reading from Paul’s quarantined letters.
Coding/Programming Club: Coding is the language of the future, and we believe this is a skill that will help our students in so many ways! Let us know if you are interested in learning how to code and/or program things! Please fill out a survey here and let us know if you are interested!
Sunday School is every week from 9:30-10 a.m. Start your Sunday absolutely pumped for Jesus! Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86511353610!
For updated youth content (Peter’s Bits) during the coronavirus season, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnandaleUMCYouth/. For smaller and shorter content, check out our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/annandaleumcyouth/.
Peter will also post a short weekly video on the Youth Youtube page – this video will also be linked from our Facebook page.
Adult Classes and Groups
New Sunday Morning Class starting January 10 at 9:00 a.m.: Luther and the Gospel. Jason and David King will lead an online study of some of the Reformer’s shortest and most consequential writings. This will also serve as preparation for the class in Lent that Dr. Phillip Cary will offer for us. Register for the class here.
Many of our classes and small groups are meeting remotely during the pandemic. Contact one of these leaders if you’re interested in joining:
- In His Steps class, Sundays, 9:30 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issues in Christianity class, Sundays, 10 a.m.; contact Kevin Sabo, email@example.com.
- Brad and Libby Todd’s small group, Sundays, 9:45 a.m.; contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grace and Truth small group, Mondays, 7 p.m.; contact Gary FitzGibbon at email@example.com.
- 1 Kings men’s Bible study, first and third Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mary and Martha Circle, Saturdays, 9 a.m.; contact Pat Sherfey, email@example.com.
- Annandale Book Lovers, third Sundays, 7 p.m.; contact David Barker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The need to help our community by distributing free food, providing housing for our homeless neighbors, helping uninsured children pay for medical care, etc. isn’t something that stops during a pandemic – if anything, these services become even more important. Because of that, our missions programs continue, although with some added precautions.
- New volunteer time slots at the Mission Center on Thursdays: We assemble bags of food for distribution to about 200 families each week at the Mission Center at 7901 Heritage Drive. We now have three volunteer time slots available: 1–3 p.m. to crate eggs (3 volunteers needed); 3–5 p.m. to package bread, produce and grocery bags (15 volunteers needed); and 5–6:30 p.m. to finish bagging and distribute the food (12 volunteers needed). Volunteers are required to wear masks and socially distance themselves. You must register on SignUpGenius by noon on the Thursday you wish to serve. Walk-ins are not allowed. Please familiarize yourself with our COVID-19 health precautions at this link. For more information, contact Betsy Clevenger at email@example.com or Bill Iwig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ACCA furniture ministry resumes on a limited basis: ACCA delivers used furniture to families in need from the warehouse next to the Little White Church. If you are interested in being on the AUMC furniture team, contact Ted Torsch at email@example.com. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves, and heavy lifting is required.
- Donate to the Mission Center. Here’s a list of items we need: pasta, 1 lb box; spaghetti, 1 lb box/package; pasta sauce, 20 oz can; dried beans, 1 lb bag; white rice, 1 lb bag; chunky soup, 20 oz can; meal in a can, 15 oz (Chef Boyardee, chili, beef stew, etc.); tuna, 7 oz can; mac & cheese, regular box; cereal, regular box; peanut butter, 1 lb container; jelly, 18 oz jar; can of beans, 15 oz (no pork); can of vegetables, 15 oz (no green beans); can of corn, 15 oz; can of fruit, 15 oz; can of diced tomatoes, 15 oz; can of tomato sauce, 15 oz; ramen noodles, package; sturdy paper grocery bags with handles or nylon tote bags. We are also helping meet the community’s needs with diapers and feminine hygiene products. Drop off donations in the boxes near the red double doors at the Mission Center at 7901 Heritage Drive. Or contact Betsy Clevenger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help restock the ACCA food pantry. Drop off donations on weekdays, 1–5 p.m., at 7200 Columbia Pike (the trailer next to the daycare center). For a list of items needed, go to https://accacares.org/covid-19-food-pantry-collections/.
Along with those projects, we’re also helping Food for Others distribute donations on Tuesdays to families who have been referred by the county. We’re assisting Poe Middle School in distributing food to the Fairmont Gardens apartments, where many of the students live. And on Mondays and Fridays, we’re distributing free meals from SevaTruck, a local nonprofit.
Join our AUMC Mission Center Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUMCMissionCenter/. Follow what’s happening and find out what food items we need most.
Give to Lenten Mission Projects. LMP is our primary way of funding the Mission Center. You can give online at http://annandalechurch.com/giving. Use the Lenten Mission Projects designation. Or mail a check made out to AUMC with LMP in the memo line to Garry Bell’s attention at the church.
How to Give Online
1) Go to annandalechurch.com/giving. You will see options for a one-time donation on the left, or to log-in or create a profile on the right.
2) Click “Create Profile” on the lower right to create an account where you can track your giving, set up recurring donations, and more!
3) The website will ask for some basic information, starting with your email address and then going on to things like your physical address for billing purposes, what password you want for the account, etc. Fill this all in. You will get an email confirming that you created an account, and be ready to go!
4) The next screen (which will appear whenever you log in) will show you any scheduled donations and transaction history. Click “Add Transaction” to set up a new donation.
5) You’ll get to choose whether you want your money to go towards a specific item (including Lenten Mission Projects) or to the general church budget, how much to donate, and whether you would like this to be a recurring or a one-time donation.The next page will ask for your bank account information and process the donation. And then you’re done!
6) Next time you’re ready to make another donation, want to change a recurring donation or check what you’ve donated in the past, just go back to annandalechurch.com/giving and log in with the email address and password you used when setting up the account. Thank you for supporting AUMC!