The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. (Matthew 25:40)
Our main focus is to feed the hungry, shelter the poor, clothe the needy and bring people the Word of God. Listed below are the local, national, and international mission initiatives we have chosen to support through our regular giving, special collections and fund raising efforts. Other charities receive donated items such as clothing or children’s toys. Still others are supported by personal involvement by ACUMC members.
Our Mission Projects throughout the Year
EMBRY RUCKER PROJECTS
Teams of volunteers are needed throughout the year to prepare and serve dinners, breakfasts, bagged lunches and move-in baskets for Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston. We also collect food cards for local fast food and sandwich restaurants to use as prizes for game nights.
Annual missions fundraiser done on a potluck Sunday. Proceeds benefit a designated charity or project each year.
Members put together choice of health kits, sewing kits, layette kits, bedding kits or school kits for distribution in the US and international emergency distribution. Kits are taken by the Pastor to VA Annual Conference for shipping to UMCOR.
ANDREW CHAPEL YARD SALE
When: 1st Sat. in June
Coordinated by missions team and profits split between Andrew Chapel missions and a selected church project. Volunteers needed to set-up, work and clean up.
Supplies for school children in Fairfax County are collected each year and distributed to Herndon Elementary School (in a low income community).
When: June – September
Vegetables are planted and maintenance and picking done by Andrew Chapel members with a sign-up sheet. Food offered for sale Sundays during growing season. What is not sold gets donated to Food for Others.
FOOD FOR OTHERS
When: Every other Monday evening
Members from Andrew Chapel & Shouse Village distribute food at 2 different pick-up locations in Baileys Crossroads every other Monday evening.
When: Mid August and a few times during the year
Making sandwiches and putting together bagged meals for the homeless in Wash. DC. Includes funding the purchase of food, shopping, assembly of food, and delivery and ride along with Salvation Army truck to distribute.
Collection of food cards for SHARE of McLean to distribute to their clients at Thanksgiving.
ART FOR HUMANITY COLLECTIONS
Collecting items for people in Honduras including clothing, shoes, linens, and various other items. Occasional packing parties are scheduled.
Specific items for Andrew Chapel food pantry, CHO in Vienna, SHARE in McLean and Food for Others. Ongoing. People needed for deliveries to various organizations
TEDDY BEAR BRIGADE
Collect teddy bears and stuffed animals for Gleaning for the World to distribute to children around the world. Collections delivered to St. Matthews UMC who sends to GFTW.
ONGOING ITEM COLLECTIONS:
Eye Glasses – recycle used eyeglasses through the Lions Club
Soup Labels – collect Campbells food labels for Red Bird Missions
Cell Phones – recycle used cell phones for charity
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
When: Late Nov. – Early Dec.
Members select names from a Christmas tree to provide a requested Christmas gift to a homeless person or child for Rising Hope UMC in Alexandria, VA.
Throughout December and beginning of January, we collect warm mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to be sent to Red Bird Mission which serves Appalachia Mountain area in KY and winters are very cold.
Members have the opportunity to donate money to charities in the name of a recipient in lieu of a gift. Cards are provided to send to the recipients. Charities include UMCOR initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, Art for Humanity, Society of St. Andrews and Heifer International.
Charities We Support
• All God’s Children’s Camp
• Art for Humanity
• Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread)
• CHO (Committee for Helping Others)
• Christ House
• Community Lodgings
• Cornerstones (Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter)
• Food for Others
• Gleaning for the World
• Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
• Heifer International
• Hope for Today: Dr. Pereira, Missionary in India
• Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
• Rising Hope United Methodist Church
• Shepherds Center of Oakton-Vienna
• Society of St. Andrew
• UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
• Wesley Housing Development Corp.