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.

Are you or someone you know in need of rental assistance? FACETS is currently able to offer rental assistance and eviction prevention support. Contact Camila Yanez at myanez@facetscares.org. Landlords can also reach out to Camila on behalf of tenants.

Rev. Nicole Crouch resigned as Director of Mission this week. She will be seeking a position that allows for more direct client engagement and uses her gifts in that way, with a special interest in immigration. We are sad she was with us only a year, but we are grateful for the good work she was able to do and the next steps she’s helped us identify. She will be with us through the end of August to work on completing some of the items on her agenda. Mission Center leaders, the SPRC, and Rev. Jason Micheli will meet to determine next steps for the position.


Volunteer Opportunities

New 6-7 p.m. Thursday Volunteer Shift. Our Thursday food distribution continues to serve a growing number of our neighbors each week and we are now distributing food until about 6:30 or later each week. We have added a 6-7 p.m. volunteer slot to help us give out the last bags of food and clean up for the day. Please sign up at annandalechurch.com/foodsignup.

New Diaper Distribution starts July 26, 2022! In partnership with Opportunity Neighborhood and FACETS, we are beginning a new diaper distribution on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. Our first distribution will be Tuesday, July 26, and we are looking for three volunteers to help set up and hand out diapers. Starting in August, we will have the diaper distribution on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month. Again, please sign up at annandalechurch.com/foodsignup.

Deliver Items from Food for Others to the Mission Center. Food for Others has generously offered to start providing the Mission Center 200 boxes of four or five different items each week or every other week– at no cost to us—beginning the week of July 11. We need to pick up the food items at Food for Others, transport them to the Mission Center, and then unload the items. We need a couple of people with a van or pick-up truck who could do that at a regularly scheduled time on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoons, 1 – 4:30 p.m.  Food for Others, where the food needs to be picked up, is located at 2938 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, VA 22031, across from the Merrifield Post Office. The Mission Center, where the food needs to be delivered, is located at 7901 Heritage Drive, Annandale, VA 22003. If you are able to help, please contact Bill Iwig at bethesda.duo@verizon.net.

Food Rescue Volunteer Opportunity: There is a weekly food rescue opportunity available for someone. The rescue involves picking up bread (1 – 4 boxes/bags) Monday nights at 8:55 pm, and transporting the bread to the Mission Center. This would be a weekly activity. The entire activity would take less than an hour. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jerry Beyer at beyerga@gmail.com.

Help needed at the Mission Center: We assemble bags of food for distribution to about 250 families each Thursday at the Mission Center at 7901 Heritage Drive. We have multiple time slots between 1 and 7 p.m. for assembling and distributing the bags of food. Please sign up at annandalechurch.com/foodsignup. Email ncrouch@annandale-umc.org for more information.

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.

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. and are finished by noon. Your strong arms and backs are needed and appreciated. If you are interested in being on the AUMC furniture team, contact Ted Torsch at 443-415-8954 or torsch@verizon.net. Volunteers must wear masks and gloves, and heavy lifting is required.

Donation Drives

Thank you to everyone who has donated egg cartons and plastic bags to the Mission Center. We currently have an abundance of both items from your generosity, and so we are pausing our collection of those items. Instead we invite you to consider donating cereal for the month of August and also boys’ summer clothing, sizes 2T and up.

Support the Mission Center with Amazon Smile: Do you shop online with Amazon? Did you know that your purchases could help support the Mission Center? By using Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchases to non-profit organizations. You can start using Amazon Smile today by using the link below to select AUMC as your designated charity. All donations from Amazon Smile go to support the Mission Center. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0576100. Thank you in advance for your support, Amazon shoppers!

Egg cartons and paper bags needed: Thank you all for donating egg cartons when we asked. We buy eggs in bulk and repackage them into 12-egg cartons to hand out at our weekly food distribution. That need continues. Another big need we have is for paper bags with handles. We use more than 200 brown paper grocery bags with handles each week to pack the non-perishable food items we distribute. Donating clean, intact “shopping bags” will cut down on the cost of purchasing them. Bring your bags, egg cartons, or food donations (see below) to the Mission Center or leave them in the white boxes under the coat racks at the church. Thank you so much for your support.

Donate food 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. 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 which food items we need most.


Annandale UMC’s Lenten Mission Projects

AUMC continues to collect money for our Lenten Mission Projects. Grace sets us free to serve our neighbors! 2022 Goal: $53,000.

  • Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA): $10,000 to support assistance programs for local families, including the furniture warehouse next to the Little White Church.
  • AUMC Children’s Ministry – $3,000 to assist in providing missions activities for children who attend our Sunday school program.
  • AUMC Mission Center – $25,000 to support AUMC’s food and outreach programs for Annandale families at our Mission Center on Heritage Drive.
  • FACETS Housing Services – $5,000 to support the efforts of FACETS to provide housing to those without homes in Fairfax County.
  • Hypothermia Prevention – $5,000 to help shelter and feed those without homes in the Annandale area.
  • Poe Middle School/Fairmont Gardens Food Program – $5,000 to help feed families in the Fairmont Gardens apartments whose children attend Poe Middle School.

Who We’re Helping

ACCA, the Annandale Christian Community for Action, is a coalition of 26 churches serving the Annandale area. ACCA programs include: furniture, transportation, family emergency, shelter assistance, housing repair and child development. AUMC provides space for the ACCA furniture ministry in the warehouse next to the Little White Church. This year’s goal for ACCA is $10,000. To volunteer to help with furniture pick-up and delivery, contact Ted Torsch at torsch@verizon.net or 443-415-8954.

With the resumption of in-person Sunday school, the AUMC CHILDREN’S MINISTRY has introduced a new missions experience called Kid’s Mission Space. At the Kid’s Mission Space, children hear the word of God through a lesson or story before getting to practice being the hands and feet of Christ through a mission project. Each age group rotates into the mission space once a month to complete a project. The lesson and project are tailored to the age group. The funding goal of $3,000 will be used to defray the costs of providing the materials needed to do these projects. For more information, contact Meredith Lamarche at mbond@annandale-umc.org.

The MISSION CENTER supports our local community in many ways, including food and clothing distribution and providing COVID vaccination clinics. Each Thursday, Mission Center volunteers provide milk, eggs, produce, bread and groceries to approximately 200 low-income families who live near Heritage Drive. On Mondays and Fridays, we distribute meals from the SevaTruck Foundation. From November 2021 to January 2022, we served, on average, over 1,300 families per month, and we continue to see high numbers each week. Donated children’s clothes (and winter clothes in all sizes) are available in our clothes closet. We also give out books, feminine hygiene products, wipes and diapers to those who need them. In 2021, we partnered with Neighborhood Health to provide over 700 COVID vaccinations at the Mission Center; and in 2022, the Fairfax County Health Department has been on site to continue providing COVID vaccines. Providing food and other needed items to our neighbors at 7901 Heritage Drive is a tangible way to share God’s love and grace with our siblings in Christ. The funding goal this year is $25,000 to help defray the rising cost of purchasing food and other supplies, allowing us to continue to serve our community. To volunteer, contact Nicole Crouch at ncrouch@annandale-umc.org or Betsy Clevenger at etclevenger@verizon.net.

FACETS Housing Services provides housing for individuals and families living in Fairfax County who are homeless. We previously partnered with FACETS on 100,000 Homes, a national campaign designed to find permanent homes for chronically homeless people. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 to support FACETS’ efforts to find permanent or transitional housing for Fairfax County residents, and to provide them with the community resources and services they need to remain permanently housed. After steadily declining from 2008 to 2017, homelessness in Fairfax County has increased over the past four years. As of the 2021 “point-in-time count,” there were 1,222 people experiencing homelessness in Fairfax County, a 27 percent increase from 2017.

Our HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION PROGRAM partners with FACETS and Bailey’s Shelter to prevent injury or death to people in Fairfax County who are homeless during periods of cold weather. During the week after Thanksgiving, we work with FACETS to provide a warm place to sleep in our Media Center, a hot breakfast and dinner, and a bag lunch. We also provide various services, donated clothes and toiletries. We serve as an overflow site for Bailey’s Shelter for one to two weeks during the winter as well. The $5,000 raised will help us to better assist our neighbors in need. To volunteer, contact Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com or 301-221-8321.

The POE MIDDLE SCHOOL/FAIRMONT GARDENS weekly meals ministry serves families whose children attend Poe Middle School. Since the pandemic, we have not been able to provide after-school meals at Poe. Our $5,000 funding goal will help us purchase, package and distribute bags of beans and rice three Thursdays a month to Fairmont Gardens residents and one Thursday a month at the Mission Center. For more information, contact Pat Sherfey at psherfey@yahoo.com.


The AUMC Mission Center

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, a pop-up vaccine center, and more!