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.
Pre-recorded Sunday services will be posted to our Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. You can see our livestreamed communion services Sundays at 11 a.m. at www.annandalechurch.com/stream, or join the chat at www.annandalechurch.com/chat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-256-8330 x100.
Click on the video above to watch our livestream on Sundays at 11 a.m.!
NEW IN-PERSON SERVICE STARTS MAY 23
The Church Council, pastors, and staff, after considering the responses to our recent survey, have made plans to regather the congregation in worship.
The percentage of members who have been vaccinated, the responsible way in which the congregation has handled the pandemic, and a desire to refocus our energies on building community and encouraging engagement have led to this decision, which is in keeping with the views of a large majority of the congregation.
Beginning Sunday, May 23, we will have one worship service at 10:30 a.m.
It will include live singing, a sermon, communion, and other familiar parts of the order of worship.
Here is what the bishop said about singing when she announced changes to the Conference’s COVID protocols:
- fully vaccinated persons may now engage in congregational singing indoors for up to five (5) minutes total
- groups of up to four (4) persons who have been fully vaccinated can lead congregational singing and/or offer an additional three (3) minutes of special music indoors if properly masked and distanced
The worship service will be live-streamed on Facebook and the website. We will no longer post a prerecorded worship service at 8:30 a.m.
We will also be implementing new COVID protocol based on recommendations from the bishop and the Virginia Conference:
- Everyone two years and older must wear a mask at all times.
- Registration will no longer be required.
- The congregation will be socially distanced. Please follow the usher’s directions for seating. Please keep distance before and after the service. We will not yet have a coffee hours.
- Masks may be removed briefly to consume communion.
We very much look forward to regathering for worship and we hope you will join us on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. beginning May 23. 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.
We will continue this schedule through the summer, introducing new elements as conditions allow, and consider an appropriate schedule moving forward as summer ends.
CURRENT IN-PERSON COMMUNION SERVICES
AUMC is currently hosting brief in-person communion services on Sundays at 11 a.m. Our covid-19 precautions include:
- All attendees are required to register online in advance. A registration link will be emailed out to members the Monday before the service; please contact our membership secretery Dottie Rogerson at email@example.com to be added to our mailing list. The deadline for submitting a form each week is Friday at noon. Click here to sign up. Or watch live from wherever you are at annandalechurch.com/stream.
- Masks are required at all times
- Ushers will open doors, guide the flow of traffic, and ensure that people stay 6 feet apart at all times.
- Half of our pews will be blocked off entirely for social distancing; the others will be assigned to ensure that there is space between visitors or family groups.
- Communion will consist of a brief liturgy where a pastor will pray the Great Thanksgiving as usual. But you’ll receive the elements as you leave to consume outside.
- If you aren’t comfortable coming inside, you can drive up in front of the church at the service’s end and receive the elements (you could watch it on your phone in the car, for example).
- The service is kept brief – about 20 minutes – to reduce potential exposure time.
To learn more about our precautions and see what an in-person service at AUMC looks like, watch the video below.
WORSHIP WITH US ONLINE
A full-length pre-recorded Sunday service, with prayers, sermon, and music, will be posted to our Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday.
No, you don’t need to have a Facebook account to access it – just click the “Not Now” button when Facebook asks you to log in. And you don’t need to catch it live to access it – scroll down our Facebook page to see recent sermons and posts, or check for weekly links lower down this page under “Quarantine Correspondence.”
Join us for Morning Prayer, 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Led by David King, who is now a student at Princeton, the morning prayer follows the liturgy from Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School. Find the Zoom link at www.annandalechurch.com/morningprayer or go to our Facebook page. You can download the liturgy at www.annandalechurch.com/morningliturgy. All are welcome to join us each weekday morning!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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
Youth Hometown Summer Mission, July 19-23: Planning for summer vacation? Parents and youth, please schedule around our Hometown Summer Mission Trip that will take place from July 19th to 23rd! We have teamed up with non-profit organizations in our NOVA community to serve others and do mission work! More info will be ironed out between our cohort church friends, but we hope that you will keep our Hometown Summer Mission in the back of your mind when you are planning for your summer!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you do not receive a link.
Our Youth Are Reading the Gospels during Lent. AUMC Youth will be reading the Gospels during Lent and meeting to discuss it at 10 each night (except Sunday). You might want to try it too! Here’s their reading plan. To keep up with Youth activities email Peter Kwon and ask him to add you to his mailing list.
Coding/Programming Club: Coding is the language of the future, and we believe this is a skill that will help our students in so many ways! Let us know if you are interested in learning how to code and/or program things! Please fill out a survey here and let us know if you are interested!
Sunday School is every week from 9:30-10 a.m. Start your Sunday absolutely pumped for Jesus! Join us at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86511353610!
For updated youth content (Peter’s Bits) during the coronavirus season, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AnnandaleUMCYouth/. For smaller and shorter content, check out our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/annandaleumcyouth/.
Peter will also post a short weekly video on the Youth Youtube page – this video will also be linked from our Facebook page.
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:
- In His Steps class, Sundays, 9:30 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, email@example.com.
- Issues in Christianity class, Sundays, 10 a.m.; contact Kevin Sabo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brad and Libby Todd’s small group, Sundays, 9:45 a.m.; contact Brad at email@example.com.
- Grace and Truth small group, Mondays, 7 p.m.; contact Gary FitzGibbon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1 Kings men’s Bible study, first and third Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; contact Bill Iwig, email@example.com.
- Mary and Martha Circle, Saturdays, 9 a.m.; contact Pat Sherfey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annandale Book Lovers, third Sundays, 7 p.m.; contact David Barker, email@example.com. At the next meeting, on February 17, the group will discuss books about the 1918 Flu Epidemic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Iwig at email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
- 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/.
Along with those projects, we’re also helping Food for Others distribute donations on Tuesdays to families who have been referred by the county. We’re assisting Poe Middle School in distributing food to the Fairmont Gardens apartments, where many of the students live. And on Mondays and Fridays, we’re distributing free meals from SevaTruck, a local nonprofit.
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!