Missions


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

Curious about plans for future mission projects? Want to get more involved? Attend our Missions Committee meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Contact Teresa Schwartz at larachliath@gmail.com for a Zoom invite.

Lenten Mission Projects

We embody Christ’s love by helping those around us, and there’s no better time to recommit to this than Lent. During Lent, we collect money to help support our many missions here at Annandale UMC. Our goal for 2024 is $60,000, spread among the projects below. Donate at annandalechurch.com/giving .

ACCA, the Annandale Christian Community for Action, is a coalition of 26 churches serving the Annandale area. ACCA programs include, furniture, transportation, family emergency, Meals on Wheels, shelter assistance, housing repair, and child development. Our Lenten goal is $10,000. Contact Marcia Twomey at mtwomey@mccpfoundation.org to learn more. To volunteer to help with furniture delivery, contact Ted Torsch, torsch@verizon.net or 443-415-8954.

Programs at the Annandale UMC Mission Center are ever expanding! Each week the Mission Center provides burritos and groceries to more than 400 families in need, along with monthly distributions of hygiene products, diapers, and children’s clothing. Over the past year the Mission Center has also hosted Covid vaccination clinics. The Janet Petty Wellness Clinic has recently opened in partnership with the Medical Care for Children Partnership. MCCP Foundation has provided over 120 children with dental screenings, dental kits, and oral health education. Our goal is to transition to a holistic health and wellness and community center while continuing our weekly food offerings. It takes more than 40 volunteers a week to make this all happen; visit annandalechurch.com/foodsignup to join in. Our Lenten goal is $30,000.

In conjunction with the Mission Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington is operating an after school and summer program providing nutritious snacks and a place for children to go while their parents are at work. They meet at the Annandale Community Center, nearby the H Mart. Our Lenten goal is $1,500. Contact Elizabeth Koren at korenesq@gmail.com to volunteer.

Last year our church began recognizing the need to start early when instilling stewardship with our children by funding the Children’s Mission Program. During Sunday School, each month, children’s classes focus on projects that give back to those in need. For example, last year they assembled Flood Buckets for UMCOR to distribute to victims of Hurricane Ian and other natural disasters. Our Lenten goal is $3,000. To help with this program or volunteer as a teacher, contact Elaine Woods, ewoods@annandale-umc.org .

When the weather is cold, AUMC opens our doors to shelter those who are homeless in Fairfax County through our Hypothermia Prevention Program. This program is in association with FACETS and Baileys Crossroad Shelter. Our Lenten goal is $5,000. Contact Teresa Beyer, 301-221-8321 or larachliath@gmail.com with questions.

Highland Support Project empowers indigenous communities by providing education addressing poverty in the lands where they live. The mission trip this year will in Arizona. Our Lenten goal is $3,500. To volunteer, contact Cory Culvers at runavy93@yahoo.com .

Rise Against Hunger aims to end hunger by packaging and distributing meals worldwide. The organization’s low cost, highly nutritious meals can be easily shipped and stored. Our Lenten goal is $7,000. Contact Carolyn Stayman at tocordova@gmail.com . Look for information on The Connect and our Sunday bulletin for early Summer!

Help Out at the Mission Center

Tuesdays, 2:45-4 p.m.
Unload food items provided by Food for Others, to crate those items, and place the crates on the tables or storage shelves.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
We are offering a diaper distribution on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month with Opportunity Neighborhood and FACETS.
Thursdays, 3-4:45 p.m.
Help with our weekly food distribution by packing grocery bags, dividing produce, and other tasks.
Thursdays, 4-7 p.m.
Help distribute bags of food to our neighbors in need. Two timeslots are available to allow flexibility for our volunteers.

Other ways to get involved

Food drives, furniture moving, and more

Children’s winter gear needed! The Mission Center is currently distributing children’s hats, gloves and coats. Please drop off new or gently used items at the Mission Center or in the boxes in the coat room.
Drive Seniors to Appointments
The Shepherd Center needs volunteers to help drive seniors to medical appointments. In recent months the number of requests have been mounting and several have been going unfilled. You can accept appointments at your convenience using their very efficient computer system. Call the Shepherd Center at 703-941-1419 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for more information.
Deliver Furniture
The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) delivers used furniture to families in need from the warehouse next to the Little White Church. We meet down by the Little White Church at 8 a.m. once a month and are finished by noon. Your strong arms and backs are needed and appreciated. If you are interested in being on the Annandale UMC furniture team, contact Ted Torsch at 443-415-8954 or torsch@verizon.net. Heavy lifting is required.
Donate Food
On the first Sunday of the month, we collect donations in containers inside the church's main doors for the Annandale Christian Community for Action food pantry. All other Sundays, we collect items for the Mission Center in the white bins in the coat closet at the front of the church; we are currently focusing on 1 pound bags of rice and beans.
Teach English as a Second Language
To help someone learn English, you do NOT need to know another language. Our students learn best from someone who is friendly, patient, and appreciative of the effort it takes to learn a new language. For details, please call John Clarke, 703-606-6464, or speak to Betsy Clevenger or Pam Jones.
Combat Social Isolation as a Volunteer
Grocery shoppers and social visitors (in-person or by phone) are needed in Annandale, Springfield, and Alexandria. Form a new connection and help combat social isolation. Bilingual skills are helpful. To learn more and register go to bit.ly/FXVSVOL , email VolunteerSolutions@FairfaxCounty.gov , or call 703-324-5406.

The Annandale UMC Mission Center

At 7901 Heritage Drive, Annandale VA 22003

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, diaper distribution, and more!

The Wellness Center IS NOW Open at the Mission Center

The Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation, together with Annandale United Methodist Church and a collaborative team of visionaries, is pleased to announce the Janet Petty Wellness Clinic, now open at the Mission Center.
This innovative clinic operates on weekdays outside of traditional office hours, as well as weekends, to provide comprehensive dental care and better meet the needs of uninsured working families. This clinic addresses the significant gap in health services for vulnerable Fairfax County residents, and will allow us to remain nimble in our care delivery for years to come!

Many special thanks to Marcia Twomey, Executive Director of the MCCP Foundation, for facilitating the acquisition of a generous multi-year grant from Robert I. Schattner Foundation.

The services we provide at the Mission Center and through the Janet Petty Wellness Clinic, are simply astounding. Thanks to everyone who makes it possible for us to serve those in need.

Volunteer Positions at the Mission Center

Mission Center Assistant Trustee for Custodial: Bilingual English/Spanish speaker sought to help recruit and manage 15 hour/week evening janitor/custodian for Mission Center. This will save AUMC money over current cleaning contract and greatly improve cleanliness of building. We have had applicants for the position, but all have been Spanish speakers with minimal English. Contact Ann Cooke at anncooke153@yahoo.com or Dana A. Goward at dagoward@gmail.com

Mission Center Webpage Coordinator: Help create and maintain webpage for Mission Center. Share all the good work and services offered at the Mission Center. A web presence is essential to communicate with clients, advertise opportunities, and support grant applications. Web skills helpful but not required. Volunteer can assemble / coordinate information and pass to staff. Contact John Clark at clarkejh1@gmail.com or Richard Bass at rbass@annandale-umc.org

Mission Center Community Advisory Board Coordinator: Help Mission Center Board of Directors (BOD) establish, coordinate, and conduct regular meetings of a Community Advisory Board. MC BOD wants to be more client focused and community driven. To do that we need regular interaction and advice from the community. Contact John Clarke at clarkejh1@gmail.com or Dana A. Goward at dagoward@gmail.com

Mission Center Food Inventory Control & Security workers: Spend a few hours each Friday taking inventory of remaining food items to inform our shoppers about our food needs for the next week. After inventory relocate rolling shelving and partitions to both secure the food area and make the hall available for weekend fellowship by three partner congregations. Contact Elizabeth Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net 

Grant Writing Team Leaders and Members: Each year AUMC and the Mission Center miss out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants. Team coordinator and folks to help fill out applications needed. Contact Dana A. Goward at dagoward@gmail.com