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.


Sunday Worship

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 drogerson@annandale-umc.org to be added to our mailing list. The deadline for submitting a form each week is Friday at noon. There will be no worship service this Sunday, Nov. 29.
  • 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: drogerson@annandale-umc.org).

Communications

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 drogerson@annandale-umc.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

All events and activities are currently online-only. 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.

The church office is closed Nov. 26-27 in observance of Thanksgiving. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

The in-person communion service for Sunday, Nov. 29, has been cancelled. This will allow everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend. The Great Thanksgiving will be offered during the 8:30 a.m. service, and you may come to the church at 11:00 to receive the communion elements.

Rising Hope Angel Gift Program. Each year the Mission Committee and AUMC have supported the Rising Hope Mission Church’s Angel Gift Program. Last year the congregation of AUMC provided 40 angel gifts. This year, because of COVID, the program will be a little different. We will be accepting donations of $25 for each of the 40 angels, which will be used by the Rising Hope staff to purchase gifts for the recipients. You may write a check, made out to AUMC with a memo that it is for Rising Hope Angel Tree, or you can donate online (use the OTHER line and then designate the gift on page 2). All donations should be received by Nov. 30. We hope we can again provide 40 gifts for the children.

Hypothermia 2020: Like so much else, Annandale’s participation in the Hypothermia Project will be different this year. The shelter will be located on Fairfax Government Center Parkway. Annandale UMC is providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner next week, from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 5. We need volunteers to help make and assemble breakfasts and lunches. Dinners will be provided by ministry groups. Use the SignUpGenius or email Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com for more information. There are still a few spots to fill.

  • Project Long John. Coleman Todd, one of our church youth, is organizing our efforts to prove thermal underwear for the guests at the hypothermia shelter. Visit the Amazon Charity List to select items and then bring them to the church or have Amazon deliver them to Annandale UMC, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
  • Donate adult winter coats for the Hypothermia Project. All coats should be new with tags on or dry-cleaned and individually sleeved in plastic. Adult sizes only! Leave the coats on the rack in Wright Hall. For additional information, email Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com.

Your 2021 Stewardship packet should have arrived. When you pledge to Annandale United Methodist Church, you are committing to partnering with us for the next year and participating in the mission God has been and is doing in our congregation and community. If you didn’t receive the mailing, please contact Garry Bell at gbell@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330, ext. 112. Please return your estimate of giving by Dec. 6.

Check out our virtual children’s Advent Sunday school: Throughout Advent, Children’s Sunday school video lessons will be taking a special turn as a different family reads a Christmas book each week. After watching the video lesson with these stories, children are then invited to the kid’s club from 9:30-9:50 am on zoom each Sunday morning to discuss the story and share in the Christmas spirit. Let us know if your child would like to be part of this.

Special Advent worship services:

  • On Sunday, Dec. 6, our virtual choirs will present seasonal music.
  • On Sunday, Dec. 13, our virtual Children’s Christmas Pageant will retell the story of Jesus’ birth, complete with Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds, animals, and more.
  • On Sunday, Dec. 20, our Lessons and Carols service will feature seven lessons and seven carols in anticipation of Christ’s birth.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus with live nativity animals on the church lawn from 3:00 until 5:30. P.m. We’ll have a Candles, Carols, and Communion service outside at 5:00 p.m., and an online Christmas Eve service on Facebook at 7:00 p.m.

Thinking of making a year-end gift to the church? To be credited for 2020 tax purposes, all gifts must be received in the church office by 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 (or by mail postmarked before Jan. 1). If you are considering a stock offering to the church, please complete the process no later than Dec. 14. Please have your broker contact Paul Trimber at Wells Fargo Advisors (703-739-1443). If you wish to make an e-giving offering from your bank account, be sure to complete the process by 3 p.m. Dec. 30. E-giving offerings with a credit card must be completed no later than 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. Also, expense vouchers for 2020 must be submitted by Dec. 18. If you have any questions, please contact Garry Bell at 703-256-8330, ext. 100, or gbell@annandale-umc.org.

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.

Check the Current Events page for information on specific future events and cancellations.

Children’s Activities

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 with puppets! 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 mbond@annandale-umc.org 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 mbond@annandale-umc.org with any questions or if you do not receive a link.

Check out our virtual children’s Advent Sunday school: Throughout Advent, Children’s Sunday school video lessons will be taking a special turn as a different family reads a Christmas book each week. After watching the video lesson with these stories, children are then invited to the kid’s club from 9:30-9:50 am on zoom each Sunday morning to discuss the story and share in the Christmas spirit. Let us know if your child would like to be part of this.

Youth Ministries

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 pkwon@annandale-umc.org or find the Zoom link here. The group is currently reading from Paul’s quarantined letters.

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

Many of our classes and small groups are meeting remotely during the pandemic. Contact one of these leaders if you’re interested in joining:

Missions Projects

Check our Missions page to learn the full details of our Lenten Missions Projects and our coronavirus missions response.

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.

  • 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 torsch@verizon.net. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves, and heavy lifting is required.
  • 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 (12 volunteers needed); and 5–6:30 p.m. to finish bagging and distribute the food (6 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 etclevenger@verizon.net or Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.
  • Donate food 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. Drop off donations in the boxes near the red double doors at the Mission Center at 7901 Heritage Drive. Or contact Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net.
  • 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!