AUMC has a wide variety of events for all ages – newcomers are always welcome! We have a list of our special events below. Click here to read our latest Witness newsletter for details, news, and more.

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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AUMC News

Participate in John Rutter’s Requiem: Our Adult Choir, along with a chamber orchestra, will offer John Rutter’s Requiem in a combined service at 10:30 a.m. on March 10, the first Sunday of Lent. If you’d like to join the choir in preparation for this great work, contact Pat Vaughn at pvaughn@annandale-umc.org. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings, 7:15–8:15 p.m., in the Choir Room on the lower level (across from the Media Center).

Caring Ministries is starting a greeting card ministry and would appreciate donations of cards to give to homebound members. Blank cards or greeting cards with messages such as “thinking of you” or “get well soon” are needed as well as Easter and Christmas cards. Donations can be placed in the purple bin outside the church office, or given to Dottie Rogerson in the church office or Barbara Gordon on Sunday mornings.

2019 budget now available: Click here to learn how we’re being responsible stewards of your gifts.

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A New Year

Sunday, Jan. 27, 3-5 p.m.: Parenting with Love and Logic begins. Are you the harried parent of a young child? Get some strategies for calming your kids, teaching responsibility and making mornings and bedtime fun in a new class called Parenting with Love and Logic. The class will be taught by Maribeth Day, former executive director of AUMC’s Weekday Children’s Programs. Parenting with Love and Logic is an approach to raising kids that teaches parents how to provide loving support for their children while also holding them accountable for their actions with empathy and understanding. Based on the Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun program, parents learn how to show their kids that whining and arguing do not pay, put an end to misbehavior in public, calm sibling bickering, and teach respect, responsibility and self-discipline. The class will meet Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10, 24, 3–5 p.m., at AUMC. The cost is $25 per person or $35 per couple. Child care is available at $15 per family. Register at annandalechurch.com/parentingclass.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.: Open House for our Weekday Preschool Program. Contact the preschool at 703-256-1100 for more information.

Sunday, Feb. 17: New member class. Interested in learning more about the United Methodist Church or joining AUMC? There will be a new member class held after the 11 a.m. worship service on Feb. 17 in Room 210. Pastors Jason and Chenda will be conducting the class, which is open to all. New members will be received on Feb. 24.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.: Annandale Book Lovers meet in the Parlor. The book club will be reading Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. All are welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.: Open House for our Weekday Preschool Program. Contact the preschool at 703-256-1100 for more information.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Tuesday, Feb. 26: UMC General Conference. United Methodists will gather in St. Louis later this month for a Special Called Session of General Conference. Delegates from around the world will vote on a plan for the church to move forward on matters surrounding human sexuality. Information about the Bishop’s One Church plan and other resources can be found at https://onechurchplan.org/. After the General Conference, we will update the congregation on the results and what it means for our church.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: “Taming the Tongue,” our February sermon series, concludes with “The Church as God’s Patience, Prayer and Care.” The scripture reading is James 5:7-20.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 9:45 a.m.: Coffee with the Pastors in the Coffee Café. Have an informal conversation with one of our pastors and learn more about our church. Open to all.

Leading into Lent

Tuesday, Mar. 5, 5:45-6:30 p.m.: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, There will be pancakes with all the fixings, activities for the kids, a children’s parade, king cupcakes and pancake races! The serving line will be open 5:45–6:30 p.m. To make a reservation, contact the office at office@annandale-umc.org or call 703-256-8330, ext. 0. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children and $20 maximum per family. Make checks payable to AUMC.

Wednesday, Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday. Our Lenten study and sermon series begins with a study of Romans 7:14-24, inspiring the sermon, “What is Law?”

Saturday, Mar. 9, 8 a.m.: Men’s scouting breakfast. AUMC men are invited to learn about Boy Scout Troop 150 at a breakfast in Wright Hall. This will be a time of fellowship as the troop updates us on its activities for the past year. RSVP to Gary FitzGibbon at gary@garyfitzgibbon.com or 703-963-8707, or Stan Witkowski at switkowski11@cox.net or 703-941-2935.

Sunday, March 10, 10:30 a.m.: Single service with chamber orchestra. Our Lenten sermon series continues with “What is Grace?” based on Romans 5:18-21. As we begin our Lenten journey, our Adult Choir along with chamber orchestra will be offering John Rutter’s Requiem in a joint service on Sunday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join the choir as we prepare this great work. Our rehearsals are being held on Wednesday evenings, from 7:15-8:15 p.m. in the Choir Room downstairs in the Music Suite. For more information, contact Pat Vaughn at pvaughn@annandale-umc.org.

Sunday, March 10: Children’s Church begins. For centuries Lent has been observed as a time of preparation for Easter celebrations. At Annandale this year, the children of the congregation will have their own special preparation time offered at 10:30 on March 10 and during the 11 a.m. service for the rest of Lent. Following the children’s sermon, Ruth Anne will lead children Third grade and younger to Hughes Hall. There they will learn more about God’s love through stories, crafts and other kid-friendly activities. Volunteers will be needed to make Children’s Church a success; please contact Ruth Anne (rluckenbaugh@annandale-umc.org) to find out how you can help.

Sunday, March 17, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Lenten sermon series continues with “Law and Grace,” based on 1 Peter 3:18-22.

Sunday, March 24, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Guest preacher Todd Littleton will discuss “The Four Pillars of Grace,” inspired by 2 Corinthians 3:1-11.

March 30, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Prayer School with Brian Zahnd. Prayer is one of those things that we as Christians know we’re supposed to do, but almost none of us have ever been trained to pray in a way that can spiritually form and enrich us. Prayer School with Brian Zahnd is designed to provide a convenient setting for you to learn about, and actively engage in, the prayer regimen that Brian has developed during a lifetime of pastoral ministry. This prayer school will help you gain a completely fresh perspective on the purpose of prayer, and will provide you with a valuable, sustainable framework for community and personal prayer life. Brian is the founder and lead pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO. He is also the author of several books, including Beauty Will Save the World, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, A Farewell to Mars and Water to Wine. The school will take place at AUMC on Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Lunch will be served and child care is available. The cost is $10. Click here to register.

Sunday, March 31, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Guest preacher Brian Zahnd will talk about “Grace in Families,” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-16, 19-21.

Saturday, Apr. 6: Family Lenten Fair Missions.

Sunday, April 7, 8:30 and 11 a.m.: Sermon topic: Grace in Politics. Sermon scripture: Romans 3:9-20.

Saturday, April 13: Help with ACCA furniture delivery. AUMC’s ACCA furniture team helps deliver donated furniture once a quarter. We need a volunteer to lead the team, which includes distributing the schedule to other team members, sending reminders, recruiting new team members and working with our ACCA representative to publicize the program to the congregation. Please contact Ryan Witkowski at witkowskir@gmail.com or 703-635-6062 if you are interested.

Sunday, April 14: Palm Sunday. Sermon topic: “Grace in the Church,” inspired by Colossians 2:9-15. There will be a Holy Week Walk during children’s Sunday school.

Thursday, April 18: Maundy Thursday. Our Lenten sermon series continues with “Grace in Prayer,” based on John 17:1-6.

Friday, April 19: Good Friday. We will hold a Seven Last Words service, pondering the final words of Christ before the cross. Our Lenten sermon series continues with “Vicarious Grace,” based on Romans 4:16-17.

Sunday, April 21: Easter. We will have a children’s Easter egg hunt and other celebrations between services. Sermon topic: “Grace in Everything,” based on Romans 4:18-25.

Spring Warms to Summer

April 27: Mark your calendar for Rebuilding Together. AUMC will again be joining with ACCA and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church to help renovate the home of a deserving family in our area. Youth (age 14 and over) and adults are encouraged to participate for the whole day or part of the day. It’s a great opportunity for students who need service hours. If you are interested in helping or fixing snacks for the workers, contact John Clarke at clarkejh1@gmail.com or 703-642-3836.

Sunday, May 26: Service projects in Wright Hall during children’s Sunday school.

June 16: Summer Sunday school begins.

Saturday, July 13: Help with ACCA furniture delivery. AUMC’s ACCA furniture team helps deliver donated furniture once a quarter. We need a volunteer to lead the team, which includes distributing the schedule to other team members, sending reminders, recruiting new team members and working with our ACCA representative to publicize the program to the congregation. Please contact Ryan Witkowski at witkowskir@gmail.com or 703-635-6062 if you are interested.

Previous Witness Newsletters

2019: January 15February 12

2018: January 16, February 13, March 13April 17May 15June 12July 17, August 14, September 18, October 16November 13, December 18

Click here to read the results of Jason’s survey on human sexuality and the Book of Discipline.