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.
Every one of these organizations are in this for the long haul. They’ve planned for the worst, hoped for the best, and we’ve all prayed continuously.
- People who are immunocompromised, sick, feverish, or feeling ill are not allowed to glean.
- People with underlying medical conditions that might be exacerbated by volunteering outdoors while wearing face coverings in the heat, are not allowed to glean.
- Number of gleaners at any event will be restricted in accordance with current reopening guidance in that state.
- Volunteers must wear face coverings (it is recommended to bring your own).
- Volunteers must wear gloves (it is recommended to bring your own).
- Volunteers must maintain a safe, social distance of 6ft. from each other during events.
- Liability waivers must be completed and verified before any volunteer opportunity: Volunteer Waiver
Backpack Buddies Program: Our congratulations to Mary Balderson who retired at the end of last school year! We’re sending her a congratulatory card on behalf of HUMC. Megan Bichy is now serving as the Parent Liaison for Hamilton and Lincoln Elementary Schools. We are not sure what this school year will offer, but conversations have begun with Megan and we’re hopeful. We will keep you informed!
Community Food Pantry
LET’S STAND TOGETHER AGAINST HUNGER – SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL HUNGER ACTION MONTH!
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.
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://www.mobilehopeloudoun.org/how-to-help/give/ for opportunities to volunteer and donate.
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.
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/
Loudoun County Public Schools:
If you receive questions about children that need food, advise families to take them to get breakfast and lunch from their local school. Loudoun County Public Schools – Providing Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL CHILDREN: March 13 – April 30. All children and students with disabilities over the age of 18 are eligible for the meal program. There are more details and a map in this link. Information on locations and times can be found at www.lcpshealthycafe.org for more or call 571-252-6499.
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
Loudoun Sheriff’s Office Prescription Pick-up and Delivery Service:
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman announced a prescription pick-up and delivery assistance program for the county’s senior residents and those who are more vulnerable to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit https://www.loudoun.gov/5341/Prescription-Pick-Up-Delivery-Service–C to learn specifics.
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
- 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 up
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