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)
Missions Coordinators: Sandy Underhill
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
FOOD FOR KIDS
Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church and the staff of Cunningham Elementary School are working together to enhance the lives of their students. Andrew Chapel church members are mentoring, tutoring, helping in classrooms, as well as providing weekend food bags for identified children. The food bags are delivered to the school on Friday and handed out to the 25 students who are in need.
The church family is providing the non-perishable, individual serving size food items. The program will continue throughout the year.
Any food donations should be chosen from the following list, all individual serving sized:
- Juice boxes
- Fruit cups
- Cereal – single serving boxes
- Chef Boyardee – individual cups
- Cup of noodles
- Mac and Cheese – individual cups
- Breakfast Bars
- Granola Bars
Financial donations are also welcome. Please be sure to label on the memo section of your check “Food for Kids” or place you gift in a pew envelope with the same designation.
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.
Supplies for school children in Fairfax County are collected each year and distributed to Cunningham Park School.
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.
When: Third Saturday in August
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.
THANKSGIVING FOOD BOXES
Collection of food and food cards for Cornerstones to distribute to their clients at Thanksgiving.
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.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE
When: Late Nov. – Early Dec.
Members select names from a Christmas tree to provide a requested Christmas gift for a child in need.
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.
Specific items for Andrew Chapel food pantry, CHO in Vienna and SHARE in McLean. Ongoing. People needed for deliveries to various organizations
ONGOING ITEM COLLECTIONS:
Eye Glasses – recycle used eyeglasses through the Lions Club
Cell Phones – recycle used cell phones for charity
Charities We Support
• All God’s Children’s Camp
• Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread)
• CHO (Committee for Helping Others)
• Cunningham Park Elementary School
• Gleaning for the World
• Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
• Memory Cafe
• SHARE of McLean
• Shepherds Center of Oakton-Vienna
• Society of St. Andrew
• UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)