Lenten Mission Projects 2017
Each year, we raise funds during Lent to support our work improving lives at home and abroad. This year, our goal is to collect $100,000 for nine projects:
100,000 Homes is a national movement to find permanent homes for 100,000 chronically homeless people. AUMC has partnered with FACETS to address the ongoing challenge of finding homes for individuals and families in our area. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to support the Rapid Re-Housing Program, which seeks to place homeless families and individuals in permanent housing as quickly as possible. Financial assistance includes rent, food and a variety of support services. For details, contact Cyndi Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-212-8824.
AUMC’s weekly Meals Ministry at Poe Middle School is much needed: 85 percent of the students at Poe qualify for free lunch, and about 40 students have no permanent home. AUMC has committed to providing a hot meal every Tuesday for the school year. The $10,000 raised will help our four teams prepare and serve 300 students a hot meal each week. To volunteer, contact Jaie Brown at email@example.com or 757-477-0362; Pat Sherfey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-864-0356; Betsy Clevenger at email@example.com or 240-682-2067; or Sheila Kyer at Sheila.Kyer@dbhds.virginia.gov or 703-981-6080.
ACCA, the Annandale Christian Community for Action, is a coalition of 26 churches (including AUMC) serving the Annandale area through programs designed to meet emergency and critical needs. Assistance programs include: furniture, transportation, family emergency, meals-on-wheels, shelter assistance, housing repair (Rebuilding Together), child development, and student scholarship assistance for disabled high school seniors pursuing further education or training. This year’s Lenten Mission goal of $10,000 will help support these ACCA programs. For details, contact Betsy Clevenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-682-2067.
Camp Highroad is a Christian Adventure Camp located in Virginia and operated by the United Methodist Church to provide a critically needed place for year-round group retreats, camping, team building, outdoor education, Christian summer and winter camps, and special events in a natural setting. Over 10,000 people visit the camp every year. May 19-21 will be AUMC’s weekend for fellowship, cleanup and repair work at the camp. Supplies purchased with our $10,000 Lenten Mission money will support a variety of projects. For more information, contact Mark Bradley at email@example.com or 703-930-2726.
Food Ministries and Mission Programs at our AUMC Mission Center on Heritage Drive include food distribution on Thursdays, tutoring on Wednesdays and outreach to several elementary schools. The $15,000 we hope to raise will help us augment the food donations we receive and provide additional assistance. The Mission Center serves 70 or more clients a week, feeding an estimated 290 family members about 1,200 meals per month. The Center prepares 50 backpack meals each week for low-income fourth- and fifth-grade students at Braddock and Annandale Terrace Elementary Schools, and 50 bag lunches for guests at the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. The Center also maintains a clothing closet and distributes donated children’s clothing and shoes to clients. For details, contact Betsy Clevenger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-682-2067.
Stop Hunger Now aims to end hunger by packaging and distributing meals worldwide. The organization has perfected a low cost, (29 cents per meal) highly nutritious meal of dehydrated rice and soy meal that can be easily shipped and stored. The meals are shipped to respond to international food crises and to provide school meals critical to enabling children to get an education. The AUMC Lenten Mission goal is to raise $10,000 for this project. Everyone is invited to participate in a meal packaging event on March 25. Contact Jim McConville at email@example.com.
The Haiti Lenten Mission Project will continue AUMC’s long-standing efforts to help the people in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere as they continue to recover from earthquakes and hurricanes. With the $10,000 targeted for Haiti, supplies will be purchased to help a mission team rebuild churches, schools, clinics and orphanages. Contact Mark Bradley at Bradleyfam@aol.com or 703-930-2726.
AUMC’s Brazil Lenten Mission Project will support continued construction and mission work in Brazil by the United Methodist Church. Part of the $10,000 raised will help pay for construction materials for a mission to Boa Vista in April. The team will build a large meeting room and bathroom for the Muruay tribe, an indigenous people of the northern Amazon basin. For details about our Brazil mission programs, contact Ryan Witkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-635-6062.
The Mozambique Mission Project target of $10,000 continues our partnership with the Cambine Mission Compound, which houses a high school, seminary, orphanage and the newly formed Methodist University of Mozambique. Our funds will help purchase construction materials and pay for local labor for faculty housing. Due to severe damage from a recent cyclone, building repairs will likely be a priority when an AUMC team travels to Mozambique in May. Contact Erin McKenney at email@example.com or 703-403-1742.
Thank you for your support of AUMC Missions!