AUMC has a wide variety of events for all ages – newcomers are always welcome! We have a list of our special events below, or you can check our room use calendar to learn what’s going on in our main campus building each day.

If you have any questions about the events, contact the church office at 703-256-8330 or office@annandale-umc.org

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Visit the Missions page to learn about other opportunities to help our community.

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The pecans are here! Support the Annandale United Methodist Women’s circles by purchasing 16oz. Extra Large Plain Pecans ($12), 12oz. Chocolate Pecans ($10), and 10oz. Cinnamon Pecans ($10). The pecans can be purchased inside during the service on Sunday mornings. Or you can place an order with Sally Bizer for outside pickup, msbizer1@verizon.net or 703-256-3373. Buy now – one type has already sold out!

Ongoing online class, now until Dec. 20. Jason will lead an online study with the co-teachers from the Hebrews class called “Means of Grace: An Orthodox and Inclusive Understanding of Marriage and Ministry.” It will be a theology class rather than a Bible study. The goal is to show, using the ancient Church Fathers, how we can think about these two practices in ways with which many traditionalists and progressives can find common ground. Register at annandalechurch.com/meansofgrace .

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.

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.

Thurs., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Navy Sea Chanters in Concert. Once again, we are privileged to host the Navy’s premier vocal ensemble, the Sea Chanters here in a free concert. Please note that a valid COVID vaccination card or negative COVID test (within the previous 48 hours) is required for admittance.

Sun., Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. Second Sunday of Advent: Advent Music Service. Our Festival Choir, Annanbells and Praise Team will provide seasonal music as we continue our celebration of Advent.

Sun., Dec. 12

  • 9:15 a.m. Christmas Activities for Children. During the children’s Sunday School hour, we will have special Christmas activities and games in their classrooms as the children prepare for the Christmas Pageant.
  • 10:30 a.m. Third Sunday of Advent: Children’s Christmas Pageant. Infant to fifth-grade children present a Christmas pageant retelling the story of Jesus’ birth, complete with Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds, animals and more. For covid safety, this will be a hybrid pageant (partly pre-recorded and partly in-person), but everyone is invited to join in person in singing carols that follow along the story of Christ’s birth.
  • 2:30 p.m. Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concert. Come and hear works by Hailstork, Worthington, Mayer and Williams as we welcome back this wonderful orchestra. Get tickets at wmpamusic.org – $25/adult, or half off with code “AUMCGUEST”

Poinsettias for Christmas
To place a poinsettia in the sanctuary in honor or memory of a loved one on Dec. 19, see the form in the Sunday Bulletin or in the November Witness. The cost is $17 per plant, and orders are due by Sunday, Dec. 12.

Sun., Dec. 19

  • 10:30 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent: Lessons and Carols. A service of scripture and song in anticipation of Christ’s birth.
  • 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.
  • 6:30 p.m. An Evening in December. Members of our congregation bring their gifts of instrumental and vocal music for an evening of Christmas music in the sanctuary.

Christmas Eve

3-7 p.m. Live nativity and outdoor activities. A nativity scene in front of church with live animals. Everyone is welcome!

  • 3-3:45 p.m. Christmas activities and games for families.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Hot cocoa, firepit, and a reading of “Twas the Evening of Christmas” (a retelling of Christ’s birth to the rhythm of “Twas the Night before Christmas“) every 15 minutes with the last reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Worship Services. Candle lighting and communion at all three services.

  • 4 p.m. Children’s Family Christmas service.
  • 7 p.m. Traditional service with choir.
  • 11 p.m. Traditional service with a vocal ensemble.

Sun., Dec. 26, 10:30 a.m. College and Career Sunday. Join us as AUMC’s college and career students lead us in worship.

Sun., Jan. 2, 10:30 a.m. Epiphany Sunday worship.

Sun., Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Brethren Epiphany Concert. Ring in the New Year with a message of goodwill and hope! Tickets on sale after Thanksgiving: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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The Mission Center is now distributing food on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Current donation needs are for 1lb or 2lb bags of rice and adult diapers (all sizes). To join us in serving our neighbors, please sign up online at annandalechurch.com/foodsignup. Thank you for continuing to support this ministry.

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.

Welcome Wednesday Open House, Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program: For the next several Wednesdays, the Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Program at AUMC will hold open houses for those who want to learn more about the programs. schedule a tour by writing to wps@annandale-umc.org or call 703-256-1100.

New Childcare Supervisor needed! The Childcare Supervisor is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care for all children while supervising and supporting other team members. They are also responsible for scheduling the childcare workers for all worship services and other church requested activities that require childcare. The pay is $15.00/hr. To learn more and apply, please visit annandalechurch.com/employment.