Missions has been posting information to our Harmony Church Facebook page as a communication platform to keep our church family informed and engaged. Realizing not everyone utilizes Facebook, we are sharing this information through our church newsletter as well.
Opportunities for providing basic needs to those in need
“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love”
It’s not too soon to start thinking about Harmony’s Holiday Bazaar! Choose your craft from those offered by the Bazaar Team in Driscoll Hall after the service on Sunday. There’s sure to be something for every craft skill and interest over the next few months. Thanks for joining in to make this year’s Bazaar a success.
As noted in Pastor Debra’s message last week asking that we welcome the most vulnerable among us, HUMC will donate $1,000 to support VAUMC’s Afghan Refugee Relief activities. This donation is possible because of our congregation’s faithful stewardship and weekly contributions to HUMC. Additionally, we will be launching a winter coat and clothing drive in October in partnership with our friends at Mobile Hope. Your gently used cold weather gear will be donated to our new Afghan community members, many of whom left their homeland with only what they could carry. Thank you for bringing your gently used or new contributions to the labeled bins in the Social Hall starting on Sunday October 3 through Sunday, October 31. Both opportunities to provide basic needs in our community are amplified by the broader Virginia Conference collection and our ongoing alliance with Mobile Hope that will be helping with the collection and distribution of the clothing.
HUMC works continually with the Salvation Army Potomac Division. You can learn more about their work, donate to support their community efforts, and volunteer with them by visiting: https://salvationarmysouth.org/
Mobile Hope Stays committed to their “Listen for the Honk” program while at the same time helping at risk youth in our community. Visit https://mobile-hope.org/
Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR):
LHR continues to work urgently to make sure that they are able to serve everyone who comes to them for food. Visit https://www.loudounhunger.org/ to see opportunities for donating time, food, money.
Tree of Life:
Tree of Life Ministries is available during this challenging time. They provide food deliveries, food to-go meals, and a food pantry. Contact and email information is listed at http://tolministries.org/food-purcellville.html as well as information about volunteering and donations.
Society of St. Andrew (SoSA):
SoSA’s mission statement is simple: to bring people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to neighbors. Visit https://endhunger.org/ for the opportunity to donate.
Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS):
LAWS’ commitment to provide free and confidential services for anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. If anyone is aware of anyone in need, share with them the LAWS’ HOTLINE number 703-777-6552. For opportunities to donate to this important community resource, visit https://www.lcsj.org/donate-to-laws/
COVID-19: Loudoun County’s Response:
During this time of community need, residents, businesses and government are pulling together to respond. Here are suggestions for what you can do to help your neighbors, as well what the county is doing in response to the crisis. https://www.loudoun.gov/5322/COVID-19-Loudoun-Countys-Response
Pet Pantry Serves Fuzzy Family Members
Loudoun County Animal Services, Loudoun Hunger Relief and the Humane Society of Loudoun County have partnered since 2013 on a pet pantry to help people who can’t afford to feed their dogs and cats. And just like the human food pantry, the pet pantry has seen a surge in demand at the same time that donations and fundraising became more difficult.
Are you interested in donating to pet food pantries visit the web site at: https://www.loudoun.gov/3020/Pet-Pantry to learn more
HUMC’s Missions Ministry
Our Missions Ministry encourages the people of Harmony UMC to contribute to missionary service under the direction of God. The Missions Committee works 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, 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, District Representative
- Tracy Cody
- Sharon Evick
- Judy Fry
- Marsha Keim
- Marcey Kellogg, Co-Chair
- Mary Preston
- Joy Smith
- Sharon Thomas
- Roxanne Tipton
- Becky Haines – Chairperson
- Clarin Gaucher, Youth Member
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.
ONGOING: LOUDOUN HUNGER RELIEF
This is one of our many missions to provide food for the hungry. Escalating costs of housing, health care, food, transportation and utilities provide challenges for more and more families to make ends meet. The working poor, senior citizens, the ill or disabled, the homeless, and children are helped every year by Loudoun Hunger Relief. Harmony designates the fourth Sunday of each month for food collection but donations are welcome anytime. The collection bin for donations is in Driscoll Hall. Following is a list of food items most needed:
- canned meats (tuna/chicken)
- low sodium, hearty soups
- cereal/breakfast items
- canned tomatoes
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
- Heifer International, www.heifer.org
- 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
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.