We are a congregation that lives our love of God through service to those in need, whether they live in our neighborhood or on distant shores.  Acting on AUMC’s overall mission to Love God, Love Neighbor and Serve the World, we support our local community and the world through service, prayer, financial support and fellowship. Our mission outreach is structured to ensure that everyone, young and old alike, can participate.

Upcoming Events

ACCA furniture delivery, Oct. 19: Volunteers are needed to help with furniture delivery on Saturday, Oct. 19, 8–11:30 a.m. ACCA delivers donated furniture to needy families in our area from the warehouse next to the Little White Church. Contact Ted Torsch at 443-415-8954 or torsch@verizon.net if you can help.

CROP Hunger Walk at Lake Accotink: Walk around Lake Accotink and raise money to fight hunger! This year’s walk is Oct. 19 and begins at 8 a.m. at the Lake Accotink marina. A portion of the funds raised will go to the ACCA food pantry. Find out more about the walk on the ACCA website at https://accacares.org/cropwalk/. Information about pledging online can be found at www.crophungerwalk.org/annandaleva. Information is also available on the table in the atrium.

Needed: Kairos cookies and prayers. The Kairos Prison Ministry Team is preparing to share God’s love with the men at Greensville Correctional Center, Oct. 24–27. A cookie sign-up sheet, prison-approved cookie recipes and instructions are on the table in the atrium. Sugar-free and gluten-free cookies are especially needed. If you cannot bake cookies but want to make a donation for baking supplies, make a check payable to AUMC (with Kairos cookies in the note line) by Oct. 13. Cookies must be baked by Oct. 20. Also, if you are willing to pray for the team and weekend participants, please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the atrium. Contact Bill Iwig at 301-365-7532 for more information.

Helping Our Community Every Week

Sundays: Collecting food for AUMC’s food programs. Please note that on the first Sunday of the month, we collect food in the colorful buckets just inside the front doors of the church for the ACCA food pantry. On the third Sunday of the month, we collect food items for our Mission Center.

Tuesdays: Volunteer to serve after-school meals at Poe Middle School. The commitment includes prepping, serving or going shopping one Tuesday per month. For more information, contact Sheila Kyer, 703-981-6080 or Sheila.Kyer@dbhds.virginia.gov.

Wednesdays: Be a part of our tutoring team on Wednesday afternoons during the school year, 3:45–5:45 p.m., in the Heritage Drive fellowship hall. Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors, readers and snack coordinators for students in grades 1–9. To volunteer, contact Jerry Beyer at 703-399-1395.

Thursdays: Feed those in need: Distribute food to neighbors in need at the Heritage Mission Center (7901 Heritage Drive) every Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m. Contact: Betsy Clevenger, 703-425-6424. Hablas español? Spanish speakers are needed to assist on Thursdays at the food distribution site at the Heritage Drive campus. Many families who visit the site are Spanish speakers and need someone who can translate and explain the process or help fill out forms. If you can give an hour or two on some Thursdays, please call Betsy Clevenger at 703-425-6424.

Fridays: Lend a hand with backpack meals: Our food ministry provides backpack meals to designated fourth- and fifth-grade students at Annandale Terrace and Braddock Elementary Schools. Volunteers are needed on Friday afternoons during the school year to pack the meals and on Wednesday mornings to deliver them. Contact Betsy Clevenger at 703-425-6424.

Collecting Donations for Neighbors in Need

School supplies needed: We’re collecting school supplies again this summer for Fairfax County elementary students. Help low-income families get their children ready for school by picking up a few items when you’re out shopping. You can drop off supplies in the bin on Sundays or at the church office during the week. Here are the supplies the schools are requesting: 2 boxes of crayons (24-count only),1 box of washable colored markers, 3 dry expo erase markers, 1 box #2 yellow pencils with erasers, 1 pink eraser, 8 large glue sticks (2 per quarter), 1 pair of children’s safety scissors (with metal blade), 1 box of tissues, 1 1-inch 3-ring binder (solid plain color), 1 composition notebook (wide rule), 3 solid color pocket folders (1 blue, 1 orange, 1 green), 1 Box Ziploc gallon size, 1 box Ziploc quart size, 1 pair of headphones or earbuds for personal use, 1 container of large Clorox wipes

Reuse plastic grocery bags by donating them the food distribution site on the Heritage Campus. Place clean, dry, plastic grocery bags in the Heritage Campus box under the coat rack or bring to the office.

Reading Books for AUMC Tutoring Program: The Annandale UMC Tutoring Program at our Heritage Drive facility invites donations of any used reading books for children in grades 1 – 8.  Please place donated books in the bin marked for Heritage Drive Reading Books located under the coat racks near the front entrance to the church.  If you have any questions, please contact Barb Pearson at barbjpearson@gmail.com or 703-323-6114.

Children’s Clothes Closet: Donations of new or gently used clothing for infants and children are being collected for families who live around the Heritage Drive campus. A collection box is located on the third floor of AUMC Parent Resource Area (near room 311).

Collecting food for AUMC’s food programs: Please note that on the first Sunday of the month, we collect food in the colorful buckets just inside the front doors of the church for the ACCA food pantry. On the third Sunday of the month, we collect food items for our Mission Center.

Heritage Drive Campus Food Drive: Donations of non-perishable food are welcome! Bring donations for the Heritage Food Site to Sunday services the third Sunday of the month. For more information call Betsy Clevenger, 703-425-6424.

The need is greater than ever. A special offering is taken on Communion Sundays (first week of each month) to help ACCA and for our neighbors in need. So when you see the plates by the communion rail, please give generously.

The AUMC Foundation was established to solicit and receive gifts, bequests and endowments; manage those assets; and disburse funds for the support and enhancement of the current and future ministries of AUMC. To find out more about the AUMC Foundation and how your legacy gift can benefit future generations, contact Bill Iwig at 301-365-7532.

Get Involved

Disaster response? We have a team for that. Have you ever wondered how you might help those in need after a tornado or hurricane? For many years, AUMC has had a Disaster Response Team comprised of members trained by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). We are seeking to gauge interest in rebuilding our team, which has not been activated in some time. UMCOR-trained teams are not first responders. These teams are invited to a disaster site to help clean up once it is secured. If you are interested in being a part of the team (which requires a day of training), contact jmorris@annandale-umc.org. We are also looking for a team coordinator to organize and recruit new members, maintain our inventory of equipment and serve as the point of contact with the United Methodist Church’s disaster response liaison.

AUMC Human Trafficking Task Force

The AUMC Human Trafficking Task Force is committed to educating community members and supporting survivors across northern Virginia. Our outreach includes training about the risks and harms of human trafficking, a monthly e-newsletter with the latest news and events, fundraising for survivors, and engaging with local organizations that are leading the battle against human trafficking in all its forms. For more information or to receive our monthly newsletter, contact Kristine Grow at krstngrow@gmail.com. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888.

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The AUMC Mission Center

In 2012, Annandale UMC merged with Immanuel UMC. While all worship services take place in the original Annandale UMC, we have converted the Immanuel UMC building into a mission center, hosting various community outreach activities. Current activities at the Mission Center (7901 Heritage Drive) include a weekly food program, weekly tutoring sessions, and more!

2019 Lenten Missions Projects

During Lent, we raised $75,000 to support 10 projects

100,000 HOMES is a national movement to find permanent homes for chronically homeless people. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support FACETS’ Rapid Re-Housing Program, which seeks to place area homeless families and individuals in permanent housing as quickly as possible.

ACCA, the Annandale Christian Community for Action, is a coalition of 26 churches serving the Annandale area. ACCA programs include: furniture, transportation, family emergency, Meals on Wheels, shelter assistance, housing repair and child development. This year’s Lenten Mission goal is $10,000 for ACCA.

CAMP HIGHROAD is a Christian adventure camp located near Middleburg. The 620-acre camp includes swimming, boating, archery, horseback riding, a challenge course and climbing wall, as well as several lodges where groups can stay. Supplies purchased with a $7,500 Lenten Mission donation will support cleanup and repair work at the camp.

Our HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION PROGRAM partners with FACETS to prevent injury or death to people in Fairfax County who are homeless during periods of cold weather. During the week after Thanksgiving, we provide a warm place to sleep in our Media Center, a hot breakfast and dinner, and a bag lunch. We also provide various services and donated clothing and toiletries. The $3,500 raised will help us to better assist our neighbors in need. In 2018, with the help of over 100 church volunteers, we connected with more than 50 individuals each day. To volunteer, contact Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com or 301-221-8321.

The KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY team shares the transforming love of Christ with the men incarcerated at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, VA. The team conducts a four-day retreat at the prison twice a year, monthly Saturday reunions and Monday night “Prayer and Share” gatherings. The $4,000 raised will help pay for some of the expenses of the ministry.

FOOD MINISTRIES AND PROGRAMS at our Mission Center include tutoring on Wednesdays and food distribution on Thursdays. Each week, the Mission Center helps feed an estimated 290 family members. It also prepares 50 backpack meals for low-income students and 50 bag lunches for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. During the summer, the Center makes 700 sandwiches per week for families of children who receive free meals during the school year. Our funding goal this year is $10,000. To volunteer, contact Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net or 240-682-2067.

The POE MIDDLE SCHOOL weekly meals ministry serves over 300 students each week during the school year. The $10,000 raised will help our teams prepare and serve a hot meal on Tuesdays after school. To volunteer, contact Sheila Kyer at Sheila.Kyer@dbhds.virginia.gov or 703-981-6080.

RISING HOPE UNITED METHODIST MISSION CHURCH serves those living in poverty along the Route 1 Corridor. Currently, Rising Hope is embarking on a three-year, $500,000 capital campaign to replace aging kitchen equipment and the building’s HVAC system. The funds will also be used to pay down the mortgage and purchase a new church van. Our goal is to make a $5,000 contribution to Rising Hope’s campaign.

RISE AGAINST HUNGER aims to end hunger by packaging and distributing meals worldwide. The organization’s low cost, highly nutritious meals can be easily shipped and stored. Our Lenten Mission goal is to raise $7,500 for this project.

The HAITI Lenten Mission Project will continue our long-standing efforts to help the people of Haiti rebuild from earthquakes and hurricanes. Our goal of $7,500 will purchase supplies to help a mission team rebuild churches, schools, clinics and orphanages.