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. To donate to our mission projects, designate funds towards the Lenten Mission Project at annandalechurch.com/giving.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Our 2022 Hypothermia Prevention Project will be Nov. 28 – Dec. 5! Our homeless guests will be staying in the Media Center and lower atrium each night to keep them warm and safe as winter rolls in. Staff from FACETS and Fairfax County will help attend to our guests this year, allowing AUMC volunteers to focus on time slots that avoid contact with our wandering saints, as the nature of their circumstances means they may be carriers of Covid-19. Sign up at annandalechurch.com/hypothermia. Contact Teresa Beyer at 301-221-8321 or larachliath@gmail.com with questions.

Sunday, Dec. 19, 12-3 p.m. Sandwich Making for the Mission Center. Join us in making 700 sandwiches for our guests who come to the Mission Center, to be distributed on Monday, Dec 20. Lunch will be provided.

Deliver Items from Food for Others to the Mission Center. Food for Others has generously offered to start providing the Mission Center 200 boxes of four or five different items each week or every other week– at no cost to us—beginning the week of July 11. We need to pick up the food items at Food for Others, transport them to the Mission Center, and then unload the items. We need a couple of people with a van or pick-up truck who could do that at a regularly scheduled time on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoons, 1 – 4:30 p.m.  Food for Others, where the food needs to be picked up, is located at 2938 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, VA 22031, across from the Merrifield Post Office. The Mission Center, where the food needs to be delivered, is located at 7901 Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA 22003. If you are able to help, please contact Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.

Help needed at the Mission Center: We assemble bags of food for distribution to about 200 families each Thursday 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); 3–4:45 p.m. to package bread, produce and grocery bags (12 volunteers needed); and 4:45–6:30 p.m. to finish bagging and distribute the food (6 volunteers needed). Volunteers are required to wear masks and socially distance themselves. We also distribute food on Mondays, Tuesdays. and Fridays. 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. Email ncrouch@annandale-umc.org for more information.

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.

Donation Drives

Adult Coats for Hypothermia: We will host the hypothermia shelter from Nov. 28-Dec. 4. If you have adult winter coats to donate, please bring them to the church (not the Mission Center).

The mission committee has again agreed to provide money for 30 Angel Gifts to Rising Hope. The gifts are provided to children who may otherwise not receive a gift at Christmas. We would like to ask the congregation to provide $25.00 for each gift. Checks should be made payable to AUMC and in the memo to Rising Hope Angel gifts.  We need donations by Dec. 1. Could this information be put in all church correspondence, announcements and bulletins? Thank you. Any questions contact Gary Sherfey 571-278-3099.

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 atetclevenger@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/.

Join our AUMC Mission Center Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/AUMCMissionCenter/. Follow what’s happening and find out which food items we need most.

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, a pop-up vaccine center, and more!

Mission Center News

FACETS, an anti-poverty organization serving Fairfax County, has awarded the the church a grant of $25,317 to support the Mission Center’s Thursday food program. We are grateful for their support.

Last week, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved AUMC’s rezoning application for the Mission Center. Previously, the Mission Center had two antiquated zonings that prevented us from making any improvements to the facility or developing partnerships with other service providers.

In lifting the zonings and rezoning as a community benefit, the Board of Supervisors had many positive and grateful things to say about the church’s work in our community on behalf of our neighbors. AUMC and the Mission Center are now in a position to make an even bigger impact.