Here at AUMC, we believe in doing our part to keep our members and community safe by slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Because of that, we’ve made a few modifications to how things regularly proceed.

Flowers for the Altar. The altar flowers at Annandale United Methodist Church on Sunday mornings add beauty and meaning to the worship service. Caring Ministries invites you to make a contribution of flowers. Please consider a Sunday or two when you would like to thank God and honor a special person with a gift of flowers. The suggested donation for altar flowers is $30.To make a reservation for placement of flowers on the altar, contact Garry Bell at gbell@annandale-umc.org or 703-256-8330 x100.

Sunday Worship

Click on the video above to watch our livestream on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.! Or watch at annandalechurch.com/stream or on our Facebook page

Our in-person services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. include live singing, a sermon, communion, and other familiar parts of the order of worship.

We want everyone to feel safe. Our COVID-19 protocols are based on recommendations from the CDC, the Bishop, and the Virginia Conference. Here are the COVID-19 practices we will follow this week:

  • Please enter through Door #1. We will check you off a list of attendees or add your name, email, and phone to the list.  Preregistration and temperature checks are no longer required. You may exit through any door.
  • Pews will be marked for social distancing. Please follow the ushers’ instructions.
  • This week, to provide a keepsake for our children and youth, we will have printed bulletins. The ushers will hand them out 
  • Offering plates will be in front; please leave your offering when you come forward for communion (we will continue to use the prepackaged communion packs). All undesignated offerings will go to the Operating Budget. If you would like to make a contribution to the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund or other designated fund, please use an envelope or make a notation on the memo line of your check. Giving envelopes and pencils will be in the pews.
  • Please maintain social distance if you are not sure of someone’s vaccination status.
  • Unvaccinated people 2 years old and up are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated people. We understand that going unmasked is still a new thing for many after more than a year wearing one: please feel free to do what makes you most comfortable.

We very much look forward to regathering for worship and we hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you aren’t yet ready to return to worship, or of course if you don’t feel well, please join us for the live-stream on Facebook and the website at 10:30 a.m. We will continue this schedule through the summer, introducing new elements as conditions allow, and consider an appropriate schedule moving forward as summer ends.

Check our worship page for links to recent sermons, information on upcoming speakers, and more. Submit prayer requests – “Joys and Concerns” – for the service on the FB Page itself or by emailing our membership secretary, Dottie Rogerson: drogerson@annandale-umc.org).

Communications

Along with keeping the website up-to-date, we’re currently posting frequent messages on our Facebook page, facebook.com/annandaleumc, as well as sending out email announcements. To join our email list, contact our communications manager, Richard Bass, at rbass@annandale-umc.org.

You can also call us at 703-256-8330 and leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. Specific extension numbers are available on our staff page, or on the answering machine message at our main number.

Daily Morning Worship

While we’re all social distancing at home, we will have a morning prayer each weekday at 8:30 a.m. hosted by our intern David King. You can see our daily prayers live on Zoom by clicking here, or find live and archived videos on our Facebook Page. Click here for the liturgy to follow along at home.

Download the Upper Room: For those who enjoy reading the Upper Room devotional each morning, Upper Room Ministries has produced a free, downloadable version available at this link.

Current and Upcoming Events

Intergenerational Art Project: the weaving has begun! Individuals can sign up at annandalechurch.com/artproject2021 for a timeslot to add your part of the story to the beautiful tapestry that is AUMC’s shared walk with Christ. Families or groups (women’s circles, Sunday school classes, etc.) are encouraged to contact Meredith directly at mbond@annandale-umc.org to schedule a weaving session. To start, you will write or draw your favorite scripture, a prayer, or something you’re thankful to God for on a piece of fabric. Meredith will then walk you through how to weave it into the project on the loom. This project is intended for all ages and can be adjusted for little hands, dexterity concerns, and more.

Click here to learn about our children’s summer reading challenge!

Youth Kings Dominion Trip, Sunday, August 8th. We are going to Kings Dominion and you and your friends are invited! Click here to register and get the general info about the trip!

An evening of vocal works with Blake Myles Hopkins, Wednesday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Blake Myles Hopkins, a tenor Voice Performance Major studying at Boston Conservatory at Berklee Senior, will present a concert as part of his “victory lap” before returning for his final year of studies. He has worked with Pat Vaughan. We hope you’ll join us for this performance by a gifted singer. Admission is free and a reception will follow the performance.

Rena Wrenn Trust Scholarship: Apply by August 15. Each year, the AUMC Foundation makes scholarships available to assist candidates pursuing religious studies or related fields. $5,172 is available for 2021. The scholarship is funded by the estate of the late Rena Wrenn, a long-time AUMC member. Eligibility: Applicants are required to be a member, immediate family member, staff member, or current/former intern of AUMC, pursuing a college degree in religious studies or a related field, or a graduate seminary degree. Undergraduate candidates must have a high school GPA of 2.5+ and a 3.0+ GPA in college or seminary. If interested, contact AUMC Foundation Chair Randy Gordon at 202-256-8214 or rcgordon1978@gmail.com for an application form. Along with the form, applicants must submit a letter documenting career goals and prior high school, college (if applicable) and community service activities, as well as a letter of recommendation from a pastor addressing the applicants’ character and Christian values.

Confirmation Class 2021 this Fall. We are excited to announce that we will be teaching confirmation class for youth this year! Please register and fill out a quick survey here to help us get a better sense of our students’/parents’ interest!

Youth Dodgeball Tournament, August 29, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You already know what is it! One of the most highly anticipated events of the year! Dodgeball Tournament! Click here to sign up and learn more.

Sunday School Kickoff and Church BBQ, August 29: We’re planning a big celebration of the return of in-person Sunday school with a Church BBQ on Sunday, August 29. Mark your calendars!

Ramp Kick-off Sunday, Labor Day Weekend: As we cross our fingers and hope for things to go back to normal, we are very excited to announce that we will have a new meeting time for Youth Night. Since the sun is going to be much longer, we are projected to set our meeting time to 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars: UMW Women’s Picnic, September 18. The Annandale United Methodist Women invite all women of the church to a celebration picnic at Lake Accotink on Saturday, September 18, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.

Celebrate AUMC’s 175th Anniversary on Oct. 3
Annandale Methodist Episcopal Church (now AUMC) was founded on Oct. 1, 1846. We will hold a celebration on Oct. 3 including a worship service with special music and guest preacher Phillip Cary, followed by a congregational meal and other activities.

We are preparing an updated history of the church, with a team reviewing the past histories and filling in the blanks of the last 25 years. We are planning for a display on the church’s history in the atrium this Fall. If you have items you thinks should be displayed–photos, collectibles, documents–contact Richard Bass at rbass@annandale-umc.org.

Needed: your church memories! What does AUMC mean to you? Why did you join? Why do you keep coming back? Do you have any humorous or heart-felt anecdotes to share–about a mission trip, a choir experience, a worship service, a pastor? Terri Ruhter is drafting a poem about what AUMC means to us and can’t do it without your help. If you’d like to put in your two cents–this can be just a line or two or even bullet points–please contact her at ruhterterri@gmail.com or 703-887-6504. If you’d prefer to share in person, please let her know and you can meet after the worship service in the next few weeks. Thanks in advance!

175th Little White Church Project
As we arrive at this significant milestone, we want to move into the future by shoring up the past. The 175th Little White Church Project will give this landmark Annandale building the upkeep and recognition it deserves. We will:

• Replace the historic sign with one that is more visible and historically accurate
• Refurbish and protect the bell and masonry structure at the site of the sign
• Paint the Little White Church and the auxiliary building
• Upgrade the landscaping around the sign and behind the LWC
• Place a historic plaque and have the county install a historic marker road sign

Our fundraising goal for the project and future upkeep is $50,000. Your generosity is needed and much appreciated! Those who give $5,000 or more will be recognized on the historical marker. To give online at annandalechurch.com/giving, put the amount you want to give in the LWC – 175th ANNIVERSARY: line. If giving by check, please write 175 LWC on the memo line. Thank you for helping.

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.

Check the Current Events page for information on specific future events and cancellations.

Children’s Activities

Although we’ve suspended activities in person because of the outbreak, Meredith has come up with a variety of ways for children to continue their spiritual growth. These include:

An online Children’s Corner with Bible-based games, arts and crafts projects, educational resources, and more.

A weekly video lesson! In lieu of pre-k through Kindergarten Sunday school, Meredith has been posting a story/message to our Facebook page each Sunday, with an archive of previous videos available at our Children’s Corner. These pre-recorded videos are for everyone but especially geared toward families with children in kindergarten and younger, and will be emailed to parents with children in this age group. Contact Meredith for a transcript.

Sunday school online at 9:45 a.m. Children ages 1st grade-5th grade will be able to interact and participate via a secure zoom connection. For safety and security reasons, this link will not be posted to Facebook but rather sent directly to the parents; contact Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org if you have not been added to the mailing list.

Children’s virtual visits, Tuesdays from 5 – 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 – 9 a.m. Children are invited to connect with Ms. Meredith and virtually visit with other AUMC children through a secure zoom link that will be sent out to all parents. Contact Meredith at mbond@annandale-umc.org with any questions or if you do not receive a link.

Youth Ministries

AUMC provides sixth through twelfth graders with a safe space to grow and explore their faith. Stay connected with us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/annandaleumcyouth/ – for the privacy of our students, you’ll need to log in to connect with us. To keep up with Youth activities email Peter Kwon and ask him to add you to his mailing list.

  • Supporting our students: Let Peter know your schedules for sport events, performances, or anything else! He’d love to be there to show support for you!
  • We also have a month-long daily devotional available for families to use in worship and spiritual lessons together; click here to see it.

Ramp Kick-off Sunday, Labor Day Weekend: As we cross our fingers and hope for things to go back to normal, we are very excited to announce that we will have a new meeting time for Youth Night. Since the sun is going to be much longer, we are projected to set our meeting time to 4 to 6:30 p.m.

We are also looking to restart our in-person Sunday School (Middle & High School).

We will continue to serve our students to the best of our ability, and we pray that parents will not only continue to keep our leaders in your prayers, but support our program by volunteering! Healthy youth programs have strong parent support, and I ask that you would register and volunteer! Our students are precious, and they are in such an important time of their lives to learn and get a strong impression of church!

For more information, contact Rev. Peter Kwon, Director of Youth Ministries, at pkwon@annandale-umc.org.

Adult Classes and Groups

Many of our classes and small groups are meeting remotely during the pandemic. Contact one of these leaders if you’re interested in joining:

Missions Projects

Check our Missions page to learn the full details of our Lenten Missions Projects and our coronavirus missions response.

Click here or on the picture above to watch a video from Missions Committee member Brad Todd about this year’s Lenten Mission Project, which lets everyone in the congregation be invested in the work of the church. Our goal this year is to raise $50,500 to support our work at the Mission Center, ACCA, and other organizations that provide important support to the community. Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Contribute to the Lenten Mission Project at annandalechurch.com/giving.

The need to help our community by distributing free food, providing housing for our homeless neighbors, helping uninsured children pay for medical care, etc. isn’t something that stops during a pandemic – if anything, these services become even more important. Because of that, our missions programs continue, although with some added precautions.

  • New volunteer time slots at the Mission Center on Thursdays: We assemble bags of food for distribution to about 200 families each week 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); 3–5 p.m. to package bread, produce and grocery bags (15 volunteers needed); and 5–6:30 p.m. to finish bagging and distribute the food (12 volunteers needed). Volunteers are required to wear masks and socially distance themselves. 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. For more information, contact Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net or Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.
  • 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.
  • Donate 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. We are also helping meet the community’s needs with diapers and feminine hygiene products. Drop off donations in the boxes near the red double doors at the Mission Center at 7901 Heritage Drive. Or contact Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@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 what food items we need most.

Give to Lenten Mission Projects. LMP is our primary way of funding the Mission Center. You can give online at http://annandalechurch.com/giving. Use the Lenten Mission Projects designation. Or mail a check made out to AUMC with LMP in the memo line to Garry Bell’s attention at the church.

How to Give Online

1) Go to annandalechurch.com/giving. You will see options for a one-time donation on the left, or to log-in or create a profile on the right.

2) Click “Create Profile” on the lower right to create an account where you can track your giving, set up recurring donations, and more!

3) The website will ask for some basic information, starting with your email address and then going on to things like your physical address for billing purposes, what password you want for the account, etc. Fill this all in. You will get an email confirming that you created an account, and be ready to go!

4) The next screen (which will appear whenever you log in) will show you any scheduled donations and transaction history. Click “Add Transaction” to set up a new donation.

5) You’ll get to choose whether you want your money to go towards a specific item (including Lenten Mission Projects) or to the general church budget, how much to donate, and whether you would like this to be a recurring or a one-time donation.The next page will ask for your bank account information and process the donation. And then you’re done!

6) Next time you’re ready to make another donation, want to change a recurring donation or check what you’ve donated in the past, just go back to annandalechurch.com/giving and log in with the email address and password you used when setting up the account. Thank you for supporting AUMC!