Missions

OUR GIVING CHANGES LIVES
Harmony provides a faithful foundation, offering opportunities to learn,
grown, share, and serve.

Mission Opportunities

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.  Click on the following links to view the Harmony Mission Application and the Harmony Mission Process:

Harmony mission application (3)

Harmony misson process

Food pantry items

KITS FOR CONFERENCE

Thank you to all who contributed to hygiene, school, and/or cleaning kits.

MOSAIC VIRGINIA – BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

IMPORTANT REMINDER — BABY BOTTLES ARE DUE BACK TO THE CHURCH, JUNE 17th (full or not)!  Thank you to all who contributed — TOGETHER, our change can change lives.   

LOUDOUN HUNGER RELIEF

With schools coming to an end and knowing that children will be home over the summer months, we contacted Hunger Relief to see if they had an urgent need for special food items. They are in desperate need of breakfast items, particularly cereals and grab-n-go breakfast bars/items. During the school year they go through 50-80 boxes of cereal a day so the need during the summer months is much higher. Can we help them by stocking their shelves with cereals and breakfast bars? Hunger Relief was very grateful for our timely call and wanted us to share with everyone how much they appreciated our call, us, and our donations.

In light of Hunger Relief’s need, Harmony is designating the fourth Sunday of each month as Hunger Relief Donation Sunday. Obviously the need is unbelievably high during the summer months, but the need doesn’t stop there. Harmony has always generously contributed to this food pantry and now that we know about their urgent need during the summer, let’s continue to help our neighbors by helping their shelves stay stocked. The collection bin for donations will be in “Driscoll Hall.”

JUNE 24th is this month’s Hunger Relief Donation Sunday but donations are welcome anytime

COMMUNITY GARDEN

The Harmony Church community garden has been planted.  It takes many hands to keep the garden growing.  Throughout the summer we will need help watering, weeding and harvesting.  This is a great way for youth to earn those community service hours, as well as a great family project for parents and grandparents to teach their kids about gardening and giving back to their community.  Please visit our community garden mission table in the breezeway to sign-up to help.

MOBILE HOPE
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  Harmony collected over 300 pairs of socks to donate to Mobile Hope.  In addition to the socks, the Missions Committee donated over 200 pairs of underwear. These were the items this organization was in desperate need of.  If you were unable to attend last Sunday’s service to hear Bonnie Inman’s presentation, handouts are on the table in the hall by the breezeway entrance.  Please feel free to take copies.
PENNIES FOR POTATOES

If you’ve ever grown your own potatoes, you know that not every potato that comes out of the ground looks picture-perfect.  Some are “ugly” and farmers cannot sell them. These potatoes are given to the Society of St. Andrew, which sees that the potatoes get to impoverished people.  Since the potatoes are free and gleaned by volunteers, transportation is the only cost involved.  Transportation cost can be thought of in this way:  Every three pennies (in transportation cost) represent one serving of potatoes. 

Wednesday night’s potato bar dinner raised $441.00 which went to the Society of St. Andrew.  Everyone can continue to help with this project by bringing your PENNIES to church and putting them in one of the big jugs marked by the sign “Pennies for Potatoes.”  There are three jugs — one in the breezeway, one in the Driscoll Hall (near the water fountain), and one outside the sanctuary

TOP EVENTS

BACKPACK BUDDIES

Harmony UMC sponsors the Backpack Buddy Program at Hamilton and Lincoln Elementary Schools. This program provides weekday snacks and weekend meals to students that may otherwise go without. You can help in this ministry in the following ways:

  • Helpers are needed to deliver already packed meals to Hamilton Elementary on Thursday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.
  • Help is needed to shop for nonperishable food items.

If you are willing to help in any of these ways, please sign up on the tear-off sheet in the bulletin by August 21st. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Beckwith at abeckwith@harmonyva.org

 

GLEANING

There will be opportunities throughout the summer and early fall. If you are interested, please contact Michelle McCann at michellecach@yahoo.com. Thanks!

BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN  – Every year this campaign starts Mother’s Day and goes through Father’s Day

What is it? –A fundraiser by which you take home a baby bottle and for a month put your pocket change in it, then bring it back on Father’s Day. (Change only, please; and no, the bottle does not have to be full.)

Who benefits? –Mosaic-Virginia*, a Christian non-profit at Lansdowne that primarily helps women with unplanned pregnancies (*new name – formerly called “1st Choice Women’s Health Center” and before that “Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center”).

Where to put the returned bottle? –There will be a box in the window sill in the back of the sanctuary. (And yes, the box will still be there after June 21!)

Want to know more? — This wonderful organization does so much more than just talk! Check out the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin or go the web site www.Mosaic-Virginia.org .

 

Putting our Faith to Work
“Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.”
-John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement in the 1700’s

Each one of us has different talents and gifts. It can be time, resources or special training. Most of all, it’s a desire to help others in the outreaching ministry of Jesus. Harmony United Methodist Church has a rich history of missions and constantly seeks to expand mission opportunities. Those who serve will tell you that they gain far more than they give by the experience. From a Saturday afternoon Apple Gleaning to a week long trip to the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast, there’s a place for you in missions.

Imagine you are a single parent trying to juggle school closings and work, the family with the highest propane bill you’ve ever seen, or the elderly couple next door who can’t get their driveway shoveled out. What if you were the homeless man, woman, or family who has been staying at the County shelter out on Sycolin Rd. for the last few weeks? As we think about people in need we might be tempted to consider them as being overwhelmed by circumstances or ill-prepared to face some of the curves life throws us, but are we really any different?

Don’t we all have days (maybe every day?) when we just can’t keep up with all we need to do? In the 24/7, super-connected, multitasking, global experience we live in, aren’t there often times when our lives seem a bit out of control? Regaining our balance may not take much effort. For many of us, taking a minute to think and act for others is one way to regain control and make an impact in a world in which we sometimes feel insignificant.

For example, when dropping off generously donated supplies and blankets at the Cold Weather Shelter, one of Harmony’s Mission Committee members heard from the staff that the blankets really make a difference because they have so many people using the shelter these days. Another parishioner gave feedback about the impact the experience of volunteering had on her teenage son and how it grounded him in the true reality of living in one of the wealthiest counties in the wealthiest country in the world.

These snippets of conversation offer the greatest insight into why mission work is so important. No matter how small the act, it has a result, an impact, and a purpose. In a life full of complexity, confusion, and lack of control, you have the chance to pause, act, and make a difference. Don’t miss out on the wonderful feeling of power, fulfillment, and meaningfulness that acting in support of a mission offers.