All Virginia Conference churches are to cancel all in-person worship through April 26. This includes Holy Week and Easter.
Stories of Hope & Helping
In the midst of a global pandemic, we are seeing stories of hope from our churches. We are putting those here for you. We hope they will offer you hope and inspiration in these crazy times.
From Wesley UMC (Vienna):
“Monday Altar at Wesley. It was wonderful two hours with the love from our community. There are all kinds of ways to worship God. One way is to come to church on Sunday, follow the liturgy and go with Benediction. This overwhelming love, however, was one of the most beautiful liturgies that I have recently participated. Thank you, folks. God will save lives through the love and generosity you shared.”
From Fairfax UMC:
Fairfax held a food drive on Saturday, March 21 from 12-3 to support Rising Hope. They set up a ‘drive-through donations station’ in the parking lot so people could pull up, pop their trunk, and their volunteers pulled out their donations and put them right into our mission van. Donations were delivered to Rising Hope on Monday.
On Wednesday, March 18 they delivered more than 400 pounds of beans and rice to Rising Hope which were packed into family meal packs by their 11:00 worship team. They also delivered food Power Packs that they had made at the 11:00 service for distribution to the FCPS school food distribution program.
From Bethel UMC (Woodbridge):
(March 19) “Today I spoke with the owners of the Jefferson and Rip Van Winkle motels. The people living in the motels are especially vulnerable and in need. This week is the scheduled week for Motel Ministry. We will make sure that supplies are loaded into bags and dropped off at the offices for residents to come and pick up.
I also went today to Great Harvest Bread Company to donate $870 toward the purchase of bread. I’ll pick up 30 loaves on Sunday to go to the motels along with the other items and the rest of the bread will go to the Fauquier Food Pantry. Let me share with you how God is at work in the midst of all of this. On Tuesday, I saw a Facebook post about an anonymous donor who gave $700 to Great Harvest for them to bake bread for the Food Pantry. I sent out an email asking if you would like to contribute. We got pledges for $800. I added $70 from the Communion Fund to buy bread for the motel ministry families. Pablo, the owner of Great Harvest Bread Company is adding another $174 (20%) worth of bread to go to the Food Pantry. “
From Comunity of Faith, Oakton, & Vale:
Served 74 families (350 individuals) March 17 without a hitch, enough food and plenty of volunteers – all outside!!!
Done with Community of Faith, Oakton and Vale.
From Floris & Restoration
Yesterday (March 14) we held a food and book collection for South Lakes High School and Forest Edge Elementary.
We collected a lot of supplies to be used by students during their time off.