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.
Potato Drop: March 30th, Loudoun Valley HS, 8:00am—2:00pm. Print and post the flyer below on your fridge or share it and our HUMC Facebook post with a friend to help us spread the word. We need LOTS of volunteers.
Mesh Bags: We need to tie knots in 4,000 mesh bags for our Potato Drop. We need LOTS AND LOTS of help. Beginning Sunday, March 3rd, we will have tables set up in Driscoll Hall with piles of mesh bags. We hope you’ll plan to take some time during social hour to help tie knots. We’ll continue doing this every Sunday until all 4,000 bags are tied. For those who can multitask, feel free to tie knots during Sunday School or during meetings! Also, think about taking some home to tie but be sure to return them to church. Two large plastic containers with signs will always be available in Driscoll Hall – “Cut Mesh Bags” and “Tied Mesh Bags”.
Loudoun Hunger Relief – The Mobile Pantry Project…On a Roll!
Thanks to the support of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Loudoun Hunger Relief is confident that they will be able to provide better access to food for those in need beginning in the Fall of 2019. They plan to purchase a Mobile Pantry vehicle this year to take food directly to the areas of Loudoun County with the most need.
The vehicle, fully outfitted, will cost between $145,000 and $150,000. They are thrilled to have a $50,000 grant from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. An anonymous donor has given $15,000 as a match for YOUR donations. Your donations toward the Mobile Pantry will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000. Help us “Put the Brakes on Hunger”. Your help will get food to the right place.
Good Shepherd Alliance
Good Shepherd Alliance is in urgent need of financial support to ensure their continued existence. We would encourage you to read the letter from their Executive Director (to be found on the harmonyva.org website). In addition, they have some shelter needs that we thought we would share. They need to put these items to immediate use in their shelters.
trash bags –
Large black 30 gal trash bags
White Kitchen 13 gal trash bags
Gift cards (can be purchased through our merchant card program):
Many needs – many opportunities for us to help. A collection bin has been placed in Driscoll Hall if anyone would like to make a donation of any of these items to Good Shepherd Alliance. Should anyone wish to make a personal monetary donation, please make your check payable to HUMC and include in the memo line which organization you are donating to. We will be accepting monetary and item donations through March 9th.
LOUDOUN HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER — COLD WEATHER SHELTER
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR — STERLING COMMUNITY CENTERALL DATES ARE FULL….THANK YOU!!!!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 support is for homeless adults (age 18 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. A shuttle bus is being provided from Douglas Community Center for those needing the services of the shelter.CHANGES FOR THIS YEAR WITH MEAL PREPARATION AND DELIVERY:– All meals must be precooked and preferably a hot meal. Hearty meals such as soup/sandwiches, stews, lasagna, meat/potatoes, etc., are great ideas. Meals need to be delivered in disposable containers.– **NEW** — Meals are to be delivered to the Clarion Hotel in Leesburg — address: 1500 E Market St, Leesburg VA. Meals can be dropped off anytime on Wednesday but NO LATER THAN 7:00pm. When coming into the entrance, drive past the lobby/drop off area, go around the building to the second door on the side marked with a big white B, and call the staff at 202-956-9724. Staff will come and assist.– Label your meal: “CWS from HUMC,” and the date the meal is provided for.We hope everyone will prayerfully consider offering their time to this mission opportunity. Linda Kimble (CWS/VOAC) said in her message to us – “God bless you all for the love and support.” If you have any questions or if you’d like to sign up to provide a meal, please click here: Cold Weather Shelter Sign-Up or you can contact Roxanne Tipton at Tipton04@aol.com or 540-
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.
The Loudoun County Cold Weather Shelter Program is looking for qualified individuals to be Residential Workers for seasonal positions. If you would like to learn more about these job opportunities, please click here: Cold Weather Shelter Job Opportunity
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
About: Thirst Missions Puerto Rico Video
- 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 individuals/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. Following is a list of food items needed. The collection bin is in the social hall.
- Dry beans
- Whole grain pasta, rice
- Fresh fruits & vegetables
- Canned meats (tuna or chicken)
- Mac and Cheese
- Peanut butter
- Hearty soups
- Cooking oil
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 along with Mission opportunities. Look for the links throughout the document for more information.
Harmony’s Missionary – Meet Lisa Nichols
Click on the following link for more information about our Missionary: LisaNicholsWriteup