See below for information on our new Missionary, Jessica Hunt
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 – February 23rd!
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
A message from Linda Kimble, Coordinator for the Cold Weather Shelter (CWS), Loudoun Homeless Services Center
To Harmony UMC,
Good morning All, I’d like to share with everyone about how things are going for the Cold Weather Shelter. The program is going well, our highest attendance thus far has been 22 but usually around 15 to 18. CWS opens at 8 pm and the shelter takes folks in up to 8:30 pm unless they have a later work time off (if this is the case a copy of their schedule is turned in to verify). Everyone must have a valid ID and pass a background check, due to having children on site we do not serve sex offenders in any of our programs here at this shelter. After bringing everyone in through the bag checks and registration, the dinner begins to be served. It usually takes an hour to get everyone fed and cleaned up from dinner. After dinner, they finish showers and cots are passed out with linens and everyone settles for the evening.
We are blessed to have HUMC on the team for dinners…there is always enough for folks to get full, seconds are never a problem when your church provides the meal. To date HUMC has provided 495 individual dinners so far this season. They seem to know what group delivers when, and they look forward to that hot home cooked meal. We appreciate the effort and thought that goes into the individual planning of the meals you serve. The guests love the food and are thankful and are vocal to staff and the volunteers they see. We are clearly blessed to be back in the shelter this year where staff can work cohesively with volunteers and churches to better serve our guests. We are just a bit farther into the season than halfway and the weather thinks it is spring, however, we are ready for that crazy cold blast that we are sure to get. To date we have served 80 un-duplicated individuals for this cold weather season. Thank you for your continued support.
If anyone would like to come and serve your Wednesday meal to CWS, I’m sure they would enjoy the opportunity to thank you themselves.
LOUDOUN HOMELESS SERVICES CENTER – COLD WEATHER SHELTER (CWS) – ALL DATES ARE TAKEN!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered. Missions, the CWS staff, and the homeless thank you. We have been blessed with mild weather but it’s with certainty that colder, wintry days are ahead of us. Numbers do increase as many are in need of an overnight stay in addition to food. It’s important to share that no food goes to waste regardless of the number that use CWS resources. The shelter provides breakfast, bagged lunches, a dinner at 6:00pm and a dinner at 9:00pm (the dinner Harmony supports). “If” (and it’s a big if!) there is an over abundance of food, the shelter shares with other community organizations to ensure they are reaching as many people in need as possible. Nothing goes to waste.
A few reminders: The address for food delivery is: 19520 Meadowview Court, Leesburg, VA 20175. Please provide a hot meal and it needs to be dropped off no later than 7:00pm every Wednesday. The meals should be prepared (or store bought – i.e., Costco) and pre-cooked. Please label your meals with the following information: “CWS from HUMC,” the date the meal is provided for, and heating instructions unless the package itself provides the instructions. Bring food in disposable containers.
SPECIAL NOTE: Many who come to the shelter for assistance have dental concerns. We have been asked to consider this with the type of food we provide. For example, instead of apples, please consider fruit cups as an alternative. Mark your calendars! You will receive a reminder email the Monday before the date you signed up for: The link for CWS meals is on our website under the “Serve” tab. Contact Roxanne Tipton at Tipton04@aol.com for 540-454-4654 with any questions.
Information regarding Volunteers of America-Chesapeake and the Loudoun Homeless Services Center/Cold Weather Shelter can be found at: https://www.voachesapeake.org/about and https://www.voachesapeake.org/lhsc. Copies of information sheets have been placed on the table in the breezeway. Please feel free to take one.
Proverbs 19:17 – “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
January 2020 – How Harmony is Making a Difference
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