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.
Feb. 9-16: Bailey’s hypothermia overflow. Many thanks to the 78 members of our church who helped make Hypothermia Week a huge success. We served between 37 and 47 guests each night. Now we have an opportunity to help the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. We will serve as an overflow site Feb. 9–16. We do not provide meals, but we do offer guests a warm place to stay in the Media Center. If you can help that week in the evening (6:30–10 p.m.) or in the morning (5:30–7 a.m.), contact Teresa Beyer at email@example.com.
- Project Long John was a great success! Thanks to your generosity, 84 of our neighbors staying this week in the Media Center for hypothermia will have a new pair of thermal underwear — exceeding our goal! We are still seeking mittens, gloves and socks. Drop them off Sunday in the atrium or in the office during the week.
Saturday, Mar. 14, 8 a.m. – noon: ACCA furniture delivery. Help with pickup and delivery of furniture to those in need. Meet at the furniture warehouse next to the Little White Church. Contact: Ted Torsch, 443-415-8954.
Saturday, Apr. 25: Rebuilding Together. For the 19th straight year, we’ll be helping to repair the house of a local homeowner in need. Contact: John Clarke, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Help make sandwiches and assemble meals. We make sandwiches and assemble backpack meals throughout the school year. We also provide bag lunches for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. If you’d like to help, join us at noon on Thursdays at the AUMC Mission Center on Heritage Drive. Volunteers can come for all or part of the time, and there are both stand-up and sit-down jobs. We begin by making lunches for the Bailey’s shelter, then assemble the backpack meals for local elementary schools, followed by making sandwiches for our food site. If you’d like to volunteer for the evening food distribution, plan to arrive at 4:30 p.m. to help unload the food and set up. Contact Betsy Clevenger at 240-682-2067 for details.
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
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888. Click here to read our latest newsletter.
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!