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.

Flowers for the Altar. The altar flowers at Annandale United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings add beauty and meaning to the worship service. Caring Ministries invites you to make a contribution of flowers. Please consider a Sunday or two when you would like to thank God and honor a special person with a gift of flowers. The suggested donation for altar flowers is $30.To make a reservation for placement of flowers on the altar, contact Garry Bell at gbell@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330 x100.

Sunday Worship

Click on the video above to watch our livestream on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.! Or watch at annandalechurch.com/stream or on our Facebook page

Our in-person services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. include live singing, a sermon, communion, and other familiar parts of the order of worship.

We want everyone to feel safe. Our COVID-19 protocols are based on recommendations from the CDC, the Bishop, and the Virginia Conference. Here are the COVID-19 practices we will follow this week:

  • Please enter through Door #1. We will check you off a list of attendees or add your name, email, and phone to the list.  Preregistration and temperature checks are no longer required. You may exit through any door.
  • Pews will be marked for social distancing. Please follow the ushers’ instructions.
  • This week, to provide a keepsake for our children and youth, we will have printed bulletins. The ushers will hand them out 
  • Offering plates will be in front; please leave your offering when you come forward for communion (we will continue to use the prepackaged communion packs). All undesignated offerings will go to the Operating Budget. If you would like to make a contribution to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund or other designated fund, please use an envelope or make a notation on the memo line of your check. Giving envelopes and pencils will be in the pews.
  • Please maintain social distance if you are not sure of someone’s vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated people 2 years old and up are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated people. We understand that going unmasked is still a new thing for many after more than a year wearing one: please feel free to do what makes you most comfortable.

We very much look forward to regathering for worship and we hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you aren’t yet ready to return to worship, or of course if you don’t feel well, please join us for the live-stream on Facebook and the website at 10:30 a.m. We will continue this schedule through the summer, introducing new elements as conditions allow, and consider an appropriate schedule moving forward as summer ends.

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 communications manager, Richard Bass, at rbass@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

New Class on Galatians, June 7 – July 26, 7-8:15 p.m. Join Jason Micheli, David King, and Todd Littleton (pastor of Snow Hill Baptist Church in Oklahoma City) for a Zoom class tying into our new sermon series on the true Gospel meaning of freedom. Sign up at annandalechurch.com/galatiansclass.

Coming This Summer! Add a piece of your story to the beautiful tapestry that is our shared walk with Christ. This summer, Meredith will be leading us in making an intergenerational art project. You can write or draw on a piece of fabric and help weave it together with others on Meredith’s loom. No experience necessary! But before we get started, we need to acquire the yarn that will make it possible. You can buy supplies at www.annandalechurch.com/artwishlist or make a donation at www.annandalechurch.com/giving (choose Other, then designate Intergenerational Art on page 2). Help make the vision a reality!

Children’s Ministry End-of-Year Celebrations: On June 11, we will have a virtual celebration and online game night on Zoom. Please RSVP by June 9 (a link will be provided to registered families). Register at annandalechurch.com/childcelebration. If you have any questions, contact Meredith Lamarche.

Family VBS is moving indoors, July 17, 10-4, and July 18, 10:30-2:30. Due to concern about potential high temperatures, Family Vacation Bible School will now be held primarily indoors. Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals 2+ but are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. We will explore the theme “God Is Faithful” through art, science, music, games, and more! Cost: $30 per family. Scholarships are available; please contact the church office (office@annandale-umc.org) for more information.  Questions? Contact Meredith Lamarche, AUMC’S Children’s Ministries Director, at mbond@annandale-umc.org. Register at annandalechurch.com/vbs2021 to take part in this weekend VBS experience!

Youth Hometown Summer Mission, July 19-23: Planning for summer vacation? Parents and youth, please schedule around our Hometown Summer Mission Trip that will take place from July 19th to 23rdWe have teamed up with non-profit organizations in our NOVA community to serve others and do mission work! More info will be ironed out between our cohort church friends, but we hope that you will keep our Hometown Summer Mission in the back of your mind when you are planning for your summer!

Join the Group at the Nationals Game, August 1: We are planning an outing to Sunday, August 1, game between the Nationals and the Cubs. Information on obtaining tickets will come as the date approaches, but mark your calendars now!

Sunday School Kickoff and Church BBQ, August 29: We’re planning a big celebration of the return of in-person Sunday school with a Church BBQ on Sunday, August 29. Mark your calendars!

Celebrate AUMC’s 175th Anniversary on Oct. 3
Annandale Methodist Episcopal Church (now AUMC) was founded on Oct. 1, 1846. We will hold a celebration on Oct. 3 – mark your calendars! As we arrive at this significant milestone, we want to move into the future by shoring up the past. The 175th Little White Church Project will give this landmark Annandale building the upkeep and recognition it deserves. We will:

• Replace the historic sign with one that is more visible and historically accurate
• Refurbish and protect the bell and masonry structure at the site of the sign
• Paint the Little White Church and the auxiliary building
• Upgrade the landscaping around the sign and behind the LWC
• Place a historic plaque and have the county install a historic marker road sign

Our fundraising goal for the project and future upkeep is $50,000. Your generosity is needed and much appreciated! Those who give $5,000 or more will be recognized on the historical marker. To give online at annandalechurch.com/giving, put the amount you want to give in the LWC – 175th ANNIVERSARY: line. If giving by check, please write 175 LWC on the memo line. Thank you for helping.

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! 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.

Youth Ministries

Our Youth Are Reading the Gospels during Lent. AUMC Youth will be reading the Gospels during Lent and meeting to discuss it at 10 each night (except Sunday). You might want to try it too! Here’s their reading plan. To keep up with Youth activities email Peter Kwon and ask him to add you to his mailing list.

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

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.

Click here or on the picture above to watch a video from Missions Committee member Brad Todd about this year’s Lenten Mission Project, which lets everyone in the congregation be invested in the work of the church. Our goal this year is to raise $50,500 to support our work at the Mission Center, ACCA, and other organizations that provide important support to the community. Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Contribute to the Lenten Mission Project at annandalechurch.com/giving.

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 etclevenger@verizon.net or Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.
  • 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.
  • 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 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!