MISSIONS – THE POWER OF PRAYER FOR HEALING AND HOPE
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Could there ever be enough praise for all the good being done or prayer for all those working so hard to save lives while risking their own to win the battle for a vaccine/medication for this virus??? Pastor Debra and Bishop Lewis have shared prayers with us to use each day – throughout our day, for overall help and healing during this difficult time. Our Christian family knows there is power in prayer!! In addition to these offerings, the Missions Committee is inviting you and your family to join us in evening prayers for those suffering and serving on the front lines of this pandemic in our community and the world. We’re providing a calendar which offers organizations and essential personnel needing our constant prayer. We’ve also provided links to the non-profit organizations listed if you would like to learn more about their purpose, what they are doing to support needs during this pandemic, and what they are in need of to be able to continue with their support. We know this calendar does not include everyone needing prayers, so as a family, share your concerns with each other and lift up other organizations and people in your prayers. By praying together, even though we are physically separated by this frightening virus, we remain one and as such, can accomplish much!
Click here for the calendar: Power of Prayer
An updated message from Mobile Hope which shares updated information about the “Listen for the Honk” program, extends a huge thank you for our community’s support, and lists continuing opportunities for helping as you are able. THANK YOU MOBILE HOPE FOR ALL YOU DO TO BRING LOVE AND HOPE TO DESERVING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES!!!
Friends of Mobile Hope,You stepped up…powering our work to make Listen For The Honk possible, our program to deliver food directly into the neighborhoods, into the hands of those who need it. Because of you, 10,668 individuals were served with 3,546 bags of food in just the first week and a half in the areas of Sterling, Leesburg, Purcellville, South Riding, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Lucketts, Ashburn and Middleburg. We will continue to add stops as the need arises.Food is love, and we hope each of the children who walks away with one of our red bags, specially packed, feels it deeply. Schools will reopen in 5 months, at the earliest. For many local students, school lunch and breakfast were the only reliable meals.15,929 Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) students rely on free and reduced lunch programs during the school year. That’s 18.7% of LCPS students, almost 1 in 5.In addition to the social isolation that comes from being away from teachers, friends, counselors and mentors, and the sense of fear from uncertain times, many parents are unable to put food on the table. Meals are simply not a given. Low-income families are among the hardest hit by the economic crisis caused by Covid-19.That’s why meeting the need by bringing food directly into neighborhoods is so vital. Transportation, while always a barrier, is even greater now. Many have lost their jobs and don’t have money to fill their car with gas, making it impossible to go where the help is.Because of you…parents’ shed tears of relief. Children broke out in smiles. Our crisis clients had the opportunity to pack food bags alongside our community leaders (no more than 10 of course). And so many children went to sleep knowing that even in uncertain times, they live in a community that cares and believes they are worthy.Because of our partnerships with you, we are providing more than just food: books, personal hygiene and sometimes a note from someone who cares is included in these bags.The spirit of our community is palpable, and so is its pain.You can count on us to meet the growing need, and we would be honored if you would consider continued support through financial or food donations. Food donations may be purchased through our Amazon wishlist or by dropping it off at our facility. Financial donations can be made through the link below or on our website, mobilehopeloudoun.org. We truly appreciate the support as this program is funded through private donations.If you want to volunteer, whether loading bags or purchasing items or helping to deliver to our most vulnerable, please let us know. We are working on plans to sustain this program for months to come, and it will only happen with you.On behalf of our most vulnerable community members, thank you for powering our work and ensuring our children and families in need are fed. We will continue to illustrate the impact of your donations on Facebook and Instagram…follow us there for daily updates.Please remember our homeless “kids” are not immune to this pandemic, they are benefitting from your generosity as well.Thank you for being a difference maker for our deserving children and families.Regards,Donna Fortier
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
- Tracy Cody
- Sharon Evick
- Will Frankovich
- Judy Fry
- Marsha Keim
- Pam McAfee
- 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.
Visit the following link to see how our support contributes to our community!
ONGOING: LOUDOUN HUNGER RELIEF – fourth Sunday – tbd
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
DISTRICT MISSION HAPPENINGS!!Adult Disaster Rebuilding Trip – Tarboro, NC – April 17-20, 2020Winchester District Rebuilding Trips to Tarboro NC for April and May have been postponed due to the virus. We will reschedule as soon as things open back upDistrict Potato Drop – Mark you calendars now for a District wide service activity for Saturday October 24, 2020. If interested in being a part of the planning group to help coordinate the event, please reach out to Joann Ballard at email@example.com or by calling her at 540-338-3007
FEBRUARY 2020 – HOW HARMONY IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
TOP: Youth had a great day with the residents of Johnson Williams. 9 children and youth and 5 adults attended. Eleven of the residents joined in the fun!
BPB: A total of 28 meals were provided for our Backpack students. 10 volunteers shopped and 4 volunteers delivered. Our youth pack these bags every youth group meeting as part of their service projects in support of our community.
CWS meals: 4 meals were provided, feeding approximately 80 homeless this month. Close to 20 volunteers were involved in preparing/donating to and delivering meals.
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
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 Jessica Hunt
Click on the following link for more information about our Missionary: Jessica Hunt Executive Director of Henry Fork Service Center