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
- 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.
LOUDOUN HUNGER RELIEF – fourth Sunday – September 22nd
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. The collection bin for donations is in Driscoll Hall. Although Harmony designates the fourth Sunday of each month for food collection, donations are welcome anytime. Please see the list farther down this page.
This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of the month – Harmony’s designated Sunday for collecting donations for Loudoun Hunger Relief. Have you ever considered skipping one meal to get a glimpse of what our hungry neighbors regularly experience. Pray for the people in our immediate area who cannot provide their own next meal. Thank you for setting aside a small amount of money to further the Society of St. Andrew’s work to help put healthy food on the tables of hungry people.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE NEEDED
- Danville, VA needs help completing the remaining homes that were affected by the hurricane last year.
- Harmony is going down October 11-14 with the Winchester District Mission Team.
- All types of help is needed from experience to no experience – they will use you based on your skills.
- Teams are staying in local churches with kitchen facilities and bathrooms.
- The cost for the trip is $75 per person.
- Joann Ballard is coordinating for HUMC so please let her know of your interest (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org by calling 540-338-3007)
- The Eastern Shore of NC also has disaster needs and there are other dates for Danville – please reach out to Joann if you have interest in either of these.
SEPTEMBER MISSION EVENTS
LET’S STAND TOGETHER AGAINST HUNGER
September is National Hunger Action month. A copy of the Society of St. Andrew’s 2019 Calendar for Prayer and Action which includes Scripture readings and related reflections or activities, suitable for the entire family, for each day of September, can be accessed here: Prayer Calendar
Missions would like to challenge the congregation to save 50 cents each time you go to the grocery store to donate to Pennies for Potatoes. Change saved can be deposited in the Pennies for Potatoes jugs located in Driscoll Hall, the breezeway, or sanctuary entrance by the choir.
This week, please think about what it means to have enough, through our own God-given means. Our senior citizens and our children are vulnerable—as they depend on others to stand in the gap between their resources and their need for food. Pray for those in our community who struggle to put food on their tables as you continue to use the Society of St. Andrew’s 2019 Calendar for Prayer and Action throughout September.
SEPTEMBER 21st – TOP Event: Mark your calendar! Join us in our visit with the residents of Johnson Williams Apt. This is a church-wide event so all youth and adults are welcome to participate. In addition, this is a great way for students to earn volunteer hours. We’ll take fresh vegetables/produce and hygiene/cleaning products. Depending on the residents’ preference, we’ll play cards or bingo or just share in conversation while enjoying refreshments. It’s like a family reunion each time we visit. Drive yourself or meet at the church at 1:00pm in anticipation of leaving at 1:15 and plan to return to the church at 3:30ish pm. If you can’t attend for the entire time, just meet us there and spend as much time as you can. Address: 301 Josephine St., Berryville, VA 22611.
UPCOMING FALL OPPORTUNITIES
Mark your calendar for two opportunities to glean produce at local farms this fall. The produce that is gleaned will be delivered to local area food-banks to help families in need. This is a fun activity for the whole family!
- Saturday, October 12that Marker Miller Farm in Winchester
- Saturday, November 2nd at Macintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville
Cold Weather Shelter (CWS)
We will once again be providing hot meals each Wednesday night from November 20, 2019 through March 25, 2020 to the CWS. The Loudoun County Homeless Services Center has reopened after a 9 month renovation project and is providing all of its normal services. This is a great service opportunity for families, friends, and committees to help those experiencing homelessness within our community.
October 2nd – Wednesday Night Dinner
Missions will be hosting a Soup and Salad dinner and for your listening pleasure, entertainment will be provided. It will be a wonderful evening of fellowship so please plan to join us! More information to follow.
After many years of delivering our monthly donated food items to Loudoun Hunger Relief (LHR), Merc Skaggs is ready to let someone else have the opportunity. We can’t thank him enough for his long term commitment to this ministry. This means Missions is seeking a volunteer to replace Merc. Is this an opportunity for you?? It involves delivering collected food items to LHR in Leesburg once a month, and putting the receipt received in the Missions mail box. If someone has an interest in volunteering to assume this role, please contact Roxanne Tipton at 540-454-4654 or at Tipton04@aol.com. Merc is also available to chat should anyone considering this opportunity have any questions.
As 1 Peter 4:10 says: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
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