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.

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!

Arizona Mission Trip: For nearly ten years, Highland Support Project (an Advance Special of the United Methodist Church’s Board of Global Mission) has partnered with community groups at the White Mountain Indian Reservation in Arizona on meaningful, transformative mission projects. HSP is interested in partnering with AUMC and other local churches to form a service team for the week of June 19 and/or June 26. Projects are all outdoors, including canal maintenance, farm and garden projects, and corral work for an equine program. The program cost of the mission week is $500 plus travel and housing. Housing costs will vary depending on the group’s preference, ranging from camping to staying at a lodge outside the reservation. Ben and Lupe Blevins of Highland Support Project will be at our Mission Committee meeting on Feb. 8 if you would like to learn more or ask questions. To receive a Zoom invitation, email Teresa Beyer at larachliath@gmail.com. You can also contact Jason at jmicheli@annandale-umc.org for more information. Or click here to learn more about this transformative mission project.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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 200 families each Thursday 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); 3–4:45 p.m. to package bread, produce and grocery bags (12 volunteers needed); and 4:45–6:30 p.m. to finish bagging and distribute the food (6 volunteers needed). Volunteers are required to wear masks and socially distance themselves. We also distribute food on Mondays, Tuesdays. and Fridays. 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. 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 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.

Donation Drives

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.

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!