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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Sunday Worship Services
Our services and activities are currently online-only due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our goal in this difficult time is not to replicate our in-person services – not have our pastors in an empty sanctuary preaching at the video camera or our music director lead us in singing a hymn none of us can hear all together. Instead we’re going to try something a bit different.
For the Sunday “sermons,” we will be joined by esteemed guests engaging in a conversation about the scripture texts, including Will Willimon, Fleming Rutledge, and Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez. There will be a musical offering from one of our own soloists or an outside guest, We will also pray together and for another (submit prayer requests – “Joys and Concerns” – for the service on the FB Page itself or by emailing Rev. Chenda Lee: firstname.lastname@example.org). Prayer, praise, and proclamation… just in a different format that’ll feel more natural online.
Our service will stream live at 11 a.m. on Sundays at https://www.facebook.com/annandaleumc/
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 on our Worship page.
- Palm Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m. – worship service featuring Rev. Kenneth Tanner, pastor at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Rochester Hills, MI. Click here to view.
- Holy Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – a short service with a meditation and special music
- Good Friday, April 10, noon – 3 p.m. – “The Seven Signs at Calvary” with homilies and music released every half-hour. The signs are Pilate’s Wife’s Dream, The Darkness at Noonday, The Temple Veil, the Rocks Cry Out, the Earthquake, the Open Tombs and the Centurion’s Confession.
- Easter Eve, April 11, 7:30 p.m. – an Easter Eve service that follows the liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. Music by Pat Vaughn.
- Easter Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. – worship service featuring Dr. Johanna Hartelius, author of The Rhetoric of Expertise. Jason is also planning to record a separate, stand-alone sermon.
Daily Morning Worship
While we’re all social distancing at home, we will have a morning prayer each weekday at 9 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.
Wednesday Bible Study
Our head pastor Jason Micheli is currently hosting a Bible study on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. with Todd Littleton, the creator of the Patheological podcast. Click here to join in on Zoom, where you can ask questions and participate. You can also see previous classes and live videos on our Facebook page. This class will study the “Do Not Be Afraid” scriptures, to help us remain engaged with our faith during these difficult times.
Current and Upcoming Events
All events and activities are currently online-only. This means that many events have been suspended, including our Wednesday night Lenten dinners and Pretzels and Painting art event. That said, we do have some events that are still proceeding online, and others that are far enough out that we are still planning for them to occur.
Saturday, Apr. 4: Deadline for Lenten art. Calling all artists! Whether you paint, sculpt, write poetry, create music or draw comics, you’re invited to participate in our first-ever Lenten Creative Arts Exhibit. All ages are encouraged to submit art representing one of the 14 stations of the cross. Because of coronavirus precautions, we ask that all art be emailed to Meredith Bond at email@example.com. Art will be displayed on the AUMC website. For more information about submission requirements and a list of the stations of the cross, click here to see the flyer.
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24: Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.–noon. Make plans for our annual week of fun and learning for children age 3 through rising fifth graders. Click here to visit our VBS page to learn more and register children and volunteers.
Although we’ve suspended activities in person because of the outbreak, Meredith has created an online Children’s Corner with Bible-based games, arts and crafts projects, educational resources, and more. In lieu of pre-k through Kindergarten Sunday school, there will also be a weekly prerecorded video with a story/message posted to our Facebook page, with a link available at our Children’s Corner. The prerecorded videos are for everyone but especially geared toward families with children pre-k-kindergarten, and will be emailed to parents with children in this age group. A transcript will also be available for parents who prefer a hard copy. We will have “Sunday school” online at 9:45 a.m. where 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not been added to the mailing list.
Join us for a weekly Zoom game night on Saturdays at 7 p.m.! Youth ministries director Peter Kwon emails out the link each week; contact him at email@example.com to get on the mailing list.
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.
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 will continue, although with some added precautions.
While we deeply appreciate offers to join in helping our community, the high contagion rate of the virus means that we have to use a limited number of volunteers to decrease the likelihood of accidental transmission. The best ways to support our programs right now are through prayer and through financial donations that will allow us to continue this vital work. Along with regular donations, we are currently accepting offerings for our Lenten Missions Projects – visit our Missions page to learn more.
Click here to visit our Online Giving page. We have some pointers below on how to give online.
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 Annandale UMC!