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.
Is God calling you to serve in prison ministry? Our Kairos Prison Ministry program serves Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, VA. A team is forming for the upcoming four-day weekend this fall. The first meeting is Aug. 17. For more information, contact Bill Iwig at 301-365-7532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROP Walk coordinator needed: This year’s Annandale CROP Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Lake Accotink Park. Part of the proceeds go to ACCA for its food pantry. We are seeking a team coordinator to help publicize the walk, coordinate with walkers and turn in cash and checks that are collected. There will be a team leads’ meeting Saturday, Aug. 24, 11 a.m., at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road in Annandale. If you would like to be our team coordinator, contact Jay Morris at email@example.com or 703-256-8330, ext. 113.
Hypothermia Yard Sale, Sept. 21. Start setting aside your gently used household items to donate to AUMC’s 4th annual yard sale to support our hypothermia guests this winter. The sale will be Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m.–1 p.m., at the church. Items can be dropped off at Hughes Hall the day before. Items that can be donated for sale include clothing, household goods, kitchen items, small furniture, Christmas items, books, CDs and videos. For details, contact Teresa Beyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Our Community Every Week
Sundays: Collecting food for AUMC’s food programs. Please note that on the first Sunday of the month, we collect food in the colorful buckets just inside the front doors of the church for the ACCA food pantry. On the third Sunday of the month, we collect food items for our Mission Center.
Tuesdays: Volunteer to serve after-school meals at Poe Middle School. The commitment includes prepping, serving or going shopping one Tuesday per month. For more information, contact Sheila Kyer, 703-981-6080 or Sheila.Kyer@dbhds.virginia.gov.
Wednesdays: Be a part of our tutoring team on Wednesday afternoons during the school year, 3:45–5:45 p.m., in the Heritage Drive fellowship hall. Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors, readers and snack coordinators for students in grades 1–9. To volunteer, contact Jerry Beyer at 703-399-1395.
Thursdays: Summer Sandwich Program at the Mission Center. Come join us on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at the AUMC Mission Center (7901 Heritage Drive) to make sandwiches! It’s a fun, hands-on mission project for all ages. We make 700 sandwiches each week to distribute to families of children who would normally receive a free lunch during the school year. There are both standing and sitting jobs, and it lasts 60–90 minutes. Volunteers are welcome to stay on for the evening food distribution. For more information, contact Betsy Clevenger at email@example.com or 240-682-2067.
Thursdays: Feed those in need: Distribute food to neighbors in need at the Heritage Mission Center (7901 Heritage Drive) every Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m. Contact: Betsy Clevenger, 703-425-6424. Hablas español? Spanish speakers are needed to assist on Thursdays at the food distribution site at the Heritage Drive campus. Many families who visit the site are Spanish speakers and need someone who can translate and explain the process or help fill out forms. If you can give an hour or two on some Thursdays from 5:30 – 7 p.m. please call Betsy Clevenger at 703-425-6424.
Fridays: Lend a hand with backpack meals: Our food ministry provides backpack meals to designated fourth- and fifth-grade students at Annandale Terrace and Braddock Elementary Schools. Volunteers are needed on Friday afternoons during the school year to pack the meals and on Wednesday mornings to deliver them. Contact Betsy Clevenger at 703-425-6424.
Collecting Donations for Neighbors in Need
Reuse plastic grocery bags by donating them the food distribution site on the Heritage Campus. Place clean, dry, plastic grocery bags in the Heritage Campus box under the coat rack or bring to the office.
Reading Books for AUMC Tutoring Program: The Annandale UMC Tutoring Program at our Heritage Drive facility invites donations of any used reading books for children in grades 1 – 8. Please place donated books in the bin marked for Heritage Drive Reading Books located under the coat racks near the front entrance to the church. If you have any questions, please contact Barb Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-323-6114.
Children’s Clothes Closet: Donations of new or gently used clothing for infants and children are being collected for families who live around the Heritage Drive campus. A collection box is located on the third floor of AUMC Parent Resource Area (near room 311).
ACCA food drive: bring non-perishables on the first Sunday each month to help feed the community.
Heritage Drive Campus Food Drive: Donations of non-perishable food are welcome! Bring donations for the Heritage Food Site to Sunday services the third Sunday of the month. For more information call Betsy Clevenger, 703-425-6424.
The need is greater than ever. A special offering is taken on Communion Sundays (first week of each month) to help ACCA and for our neighbors in need. So when you see the plates by the communion rail, please give generously.
The AUMC Foundation was established to solicit and receive gifts, bequests and endowments; manage those assets; and disburse funds for the support and enhancement of the current and future ministries of AUMC. To find out more about the AUMC Foundation and how your legacy gift can benefit future generations, contact Bill Iwig at 301-365-7532.
AUMC Human Trafficking Task Force
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, weekly tutoring sessions, and more!
2019 Lenten Missions Projects
During Lent, we raised $75,000 to support 10 projects
100,000 HOMES is a national movement to find permanent homes for chronically homeless people. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support FACETS’ Rapid Re-Housing Program, which seeks to place area homeless families and individuals in permanent housing as quickly as possible.
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. This year’s Lenten Mission goal is $10,000 for ACCA.
CAMP HIGHROAD is a Christian adventure camp located near Middleburg. The 620-acre camp includes swimming, boating, archery, horseback riding, a challenge course and climbing wall, as well as several lodges where groups can stay. Supplies purchased with a $7,500 Lenten Mission donation will support cleanup and repair work at the camp.
Our HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION PROGRAM partners with FACETS to prevent injury or death to people in Fairfax County who are homeless during periods of cold weather. During the week after Thanksgiving, we provide a warm place to sleep in our Media Center, a hot breakfast and dinner, and a bag lunch. We also provide various services and donated clothing and toiletries. The $3,500 raised will help us to better assist our neighbors in need. In 2018, with the help of over 100 church volunteers, we connected with more than 50 individuals each day. To volunteer, contact Teresa Beyer at email@example.com or 301-221-8321.
The KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY team shares the transforming love of Christ with the men incarcerated at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, VA. The team conducts a four-day retreat at the prison twice a year, monthly Saturday reunions and Monday night “Prayer and Share” gatherings. The $4,000 raised will help pay for some of the expenses of the ministry.
FOOD MINISTRIES AND PROGRAMS at our Mission Center include tutoring on Wednesdays and food distribution on Thursdays. Each week, the Mission Center helps feed an estimated 290 family members. It also prepares 50 backpack meals for low-income students and 50 bag lunches for the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. During the summer, the Center makes 700 sandwiches per week for families of children who receive free meals during the school year. Our funding goal this year is $10,000. To volunteer, contact Betsy Clevenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-682-2067.
The POE MIDDLE SCHOOL weekly meals ministry serves over 300 students each week during the school year. The $10,000 raised will help our teams prepare and serve a hot meal on Tuesdays after school. To volunteer, contact Sheila Kyer at Sheila.Kyer@dbhds.virginia.gov or 703-981-6080.
RISING HOPE UNITED METHODIST MISSION CHURCH serves those living in poverty along the Route 1 Corridor. Currently, Rising Hope is embarking on a three-year, $500,000 capital campaign to replace aging kitchen equipment and the building’s HVAC system. The funds will also be used to pay down the mortgage and purchase a new church van. Our goal is to make a $5,000 contribution to Rising Hope’s campaign.
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 Mission goal is to raise $7,500 for this project.
The HAITI Lenten Mission Project will continue our long-standing efforts to help the people of Haiti rebuild from earthquakes and hurricanes. Our goal of $7,500 will purchase supplies to help a mission team rebuild churches, schools, clinics and orphanages.