The purpose of the Missions Ministry is to encourage the people of Harmony UMC to contribute to missionary service under the direction of God. The Missions Committee will work to make the greatest use of the Lord’s resources for mission efforts by supporting donations/collections and outreach/Mission Trips in three areas: Local, Domestic US, and International.
Harmony UMC has a passion for leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We are committed to serve inside and outside of our church walls. We believe when people engage in service, it leads new friendships, life changing experiences and growth in your relationship with Jesus.
The Missions Committee maintains mission policy, plans for mission opportunities and projects, develops and promotes means for involvement in missions, monitors activities of missionaries, and manages the mission’s budget. The work of the Missions Committee supports Harmony Church and coordinates with other ministries and committees within the church.
Mission Committee Members
- Joann Ballard
- Amy Beckwith
- Tracy Cody
- Sharon Evick
- Judy Fry
- Pam McAfee
- Michelle McCann
- Will McCann (youth member)
- Mary Preston
- Roxanne Tipton – Chairperson
Harmony Mission Policy and Proposal Application process
In an effort to better communicate and coordinate mission initiatives/activities in the church, we have put together a process to bring forth new mission opportunities.
Disaster Relief – Hurricane Florence
The Missions Committee is in contact with our conference disaster response coordinator and as soon as needs and plans are coordinated and known, information will be shared regarding disaster response trips. Right now, teams trained in emergency response are being deployed to the affected areas. A team from the Winchester District has been sent to assess damage, etc. Once we hear more about where and when they will accept rebuilding teams, we will communicate with everyone.
At this time, Missions is making a donation on behalf of Harmony as an initial step to help with this relief effort. Please follow this link for more information: http://umvim.org/news-events/hurricane-florence-resources.html?utm_source=sept+17&utm_campaign=sept&utm_medium=email
Flood Buckets are in need. There is a specific list of items and how to pack a flood bucket — https://www.umcor.org/umcor/relief-supplies/relief-supply-kits/cleaning.
Anyone wishing to contribute to putting together a flood bucket is welcome to do so – you can drop completed ones or any supplies for one in Driscoll Hall and Missions will coordinate getting them to NC/SC. The cost of a completed flood bucket is $75 so if you prefer to make a donation toward a completed bucket….. please note “Flood Bucket” on your check and missions will purchase and pack the supplies in addition to getting them to the needed areas.
We ask everyone to continue praying for those who have been affected by Hurricane Florence. Prayers and donations are desperately needed. If you have questions, please reach out to Joann Ballard at 540-338-3007.
LOUDOUN HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER — COLD WEATHER SHELTER
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!!!!
STERLING COMMUNITY CENTER
120 ENTERPRISE ST.
STERLING, VA 20164
Harmony UMC is once again supporting the Loudoun Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) by providing hot meals for up to 25 adults each Wednesday night from 11/15/17 through 3/31/18. Our first meal is scheduled for Wednesday, November 21st. Our support is for the homeless adults (age18 and older) who come to the shelter for an overnight stay during winter months. The shelter is managed by Volunteers of America Chesapeake but for this year, it has been temporarily relocated to the Sterling Community Center due to renovations to their building. The address for food delivery is: 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, VA 20164. A shuttle bus is being provided from Douglas Community Center for those needing the services of the shelter. The shelter asks that we provide a hot meal and that all food be dropped off no later than 6:00 pm every Wednesday (early drop off is available–even as early as the day before). We have been asked to label our meals with the following information: “CWS from HUMC,” the date the meal is provided for, and cooking/heating instructions unless the package itself provides the instructions. The meals can be prepared and delivered to the shelter for them to cook; pre-cooked; brought frozen; or the meal can be store bought (i.e., Costco).
This is a wonderful mission opportunity that helps individuals during very troubled times in their lives. We hope everyone will prayerfully consider offering their time. This can be an opportunity for individual Harmony families or for families to join together; for Sunday School classes; committees/circles; or to even consider asking neighbors to join you in providing a meal.
If you have any questions or if you’d like to sign up to provide a meal, please visit the following link or you can contact Roxanne Tipton at Tipton04@aol.com or 540-454-4654.
The flyer announcing the Loudoun County Cold Weather Shelter is on the table in the breezeway at the church. Please feel free to take one.
THIRST MISSIONS – CHURCH-WIDE MISSION TRIP
When: July 21-26, 2019
Where: Puerto Rico
Who: Rising 10th graders through Adults
Cost: $750 (This price changed due to dates we are going) + Airfare (approx. $400) (Deposit: $200)
Registration Form: Individual Registration Form
Registration Forms and Deposit due by November 5, 2018
First Team Meeting will be on Monday, November 5, 2018, 7pm-8pm
- Thousands of families still need help rebuilding or repairing their homes after Hurricane Maria
- Bring supplies and food to people in need of encouragement
- The opportunity to show Christ’s love to people who have had homes destroyed, lost jobs, had friends and family members move away, and have dealt with the loss of water, electricity and other life essentials in the recent past
- Help revitalize local churches which have lost members after Hurricane Maria
- Learn about and embrace the Spanish culture and language in a United States territory where most people understand English
- To follow the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)
Members of Harmony Church attended a mission trip to Lynchburg, Virginia in June of 2018 to assist Harvest of Hope in distributing 25,000 pounds of sweet potatoes to the areas residents in need.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Have you ever had anyone ask you where they can find food or shelter for the night? Maybe you’ve seen a person with a sign on a street corner or someone has asked you for money to help with food. Here is a list of phone numbers of organizations that offer assistance to inidividuals/families — safe shelter, warm meals, gas/utility money, etc.
- Cold Weather Shelter, 571-258-3033
- Good Shepherd Alliance, 703-724-1555
- Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), 703-777-6552; (Spanish – 703-443-2810)
- Youth & Children Services (LAWS), 703-771-3973
- Loudoun Cares, 703-669-4636
- Loudoun County Youth Shelter (behavioral), 703-771-5300
- Loudoun Drop-In Shelter, 571-258-3033
- Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter, 571-258-3033
- Loudoun Hunger Relief, 703-777-5911
- Mobile Hope, 703-771-1400
- Salvation Army, 703-771-3371
- Tree of Life, 540-441-7920
Loudoun Hunger Relief
Harmony continues to collect donations to help Loudoun Hunger Relief. It is one of our many missions to provide food for the hungry. Click on this link for a list of food items needed.
Volunteers are always needed for providing transportation for those in need. Do you have a little time in your week to help with transportation? Click on this link for information about this organization and for a contact number if you’re interested in volunteering.
Listing of Mission Organizations
Click on this link to see a listing of mission organizations we work with. This link provides a brief description of the organization as well as a link to their homepage for more detailed information.