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Lenten Mission Offerings

During the season of Lent, we remember Christ's sacrifice and give sacrifically to the designated ministries listed below.

Make a Lenten Mission donation and designate your gift for the Lenten fund.

These are the ministries that your extra Lenten giving will support in our community

Short Term Projects/Honduras: $2,500

Fairfax Church provides support for members who would like to take part in short term mission projects. This ministry also provides ways to collaborate with other churches in the area to address specific needs in the local community. The church continues to partner with the Honduras Independence Bilingual School, where FUMC mission teams have served to support the growth of underprivileged students and families in Honduras through teaching, building projects, and provisions of school supplies and medicines. For more information on our missions to Honduras, or if you are interested in being a part of one of these teams, contact Pastor David Bonney.

 

Local Mission Teams : $1,500

Fairfax Church provides aid to our members in supporting short-term, local mission projects of interest to them. Support is also available to team up with other individuals and churches to address specific needs in the community. If you have an idea for a local mission project, please contact Kyle Johnson at kjohnson@fairfaxumc.org.

 

Food Pantry: $2,000

FUMC responds to food scarcity through a number of outlets. Our Fill-the-Van ministry receives donations on the third Saturday of each month from 12 to 3 pm and provides food to families and individuals who walk up and express their need for assistance. The church also supports Britepaths gift cards for food. Britepaths’ Food Assistance Programs provide emergency and short-term food assistance to Fairfax County area residents who are struggling to make ends meet, helping them bridge the gap until they can recover from a crisis. In 2021, these funds offer flexibility to meet the food needs of those in our community through our various food ministries.

 

2021 Youth Missions: $6,000

The FUMC youth participate in a week’s mission trip each summer. In 2020, our students served right here in our Northern VA community! COVID restritions allowing, our hope is to participate in a week of mission with The Jeremiah Project in WV in 2021. Your generous gifts open the door for students to serve the Kingdom and connect with communities, each other, and Christ!

Feeding Neighbors/FACETS: $2,000

Founded in 1988, FACETS is a well-established nonprofit organization that touches and improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year. FACETS helps people meet their emergency shelter, food, and medical needs, helps them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and works with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.

On the first and third Fridays of each month, FACETS volunteers from FUMC prepare and deliver hot meals for families and individuals who are homeless in our community. In 2020, the demand for meals significantly increased due to the coronavirus pandemic. The church expects this trend to continue throughout 2021. Volunteers to cook and deliver the meals are always needed. Please contact Jim Conklin for more information at james.conklin6@verizon.net or discover more about FACETS at www.facetscares.org.

 

UMCOR/Emergency Response: $2,000

Fairfax Church supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), an organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in 80+ countries, including the United States. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. Volunteers provide assistance throughout the year based on needs. Groups and individuals of all ages are needed to plan, assemble, and distribute items such as backpacks, hygiene kits, and flood buckets throughout the year. There are also opportunities to serve on short-term mission trips with UMCOR. In 2020, FUMC provided funding to UMCOR for flood relief and COVID relief. In 2021, FUMC will continue to respond to emergencies through kits, financial support, and emergency mission teams. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Christie Johnson at CAJohnson@fcps.edu.

Rising Hope: $1,500

Rising Hope UMC is a mission church of the Alexandria District of The United Methodist Church, established in 1996 with the mission to bring the “power of Christ” and the “support of the church” to the community living in poverty south of Alexandria along the Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County. FUMC provided support to Rising Hope in 2020 and made monthly deliveries to help stock their food/hygiene pantry. Through FUMC Fill- the-Van ministry, the church provided Rising Hope much needed supplies in the early stages of the COVID pandemic. FUMC seeks to continue our support of Rising Hope in 2021.

 

FISH: $500

Working with FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help), Fairfax Church supports the needy and elderly in the greater Fairfax City area of Fairfax County. FISH is an all-volunteer, ecumenical outreach organization founded over 40 years ago and comprised of 14 churches located in Fairfax County in the greater Fairfax area. FISH responds to requests for life’s necessities: food, clothing, and financial assistance for delinquent rent, mortgage, utility bills and prescriptions. Monday through Friday all year long the member churches provide phone captains for two-4 hour shifts to receive and process requests for assistance. Volunteers from FUMC have been supporting this FISH forum over 30 years. Fairfax UMC provided volunteer duty day every fourth Friday and $500 in 2020. In 2021, we hope to continue this partnership. If you would like to know more about this ministry or volunteer for a phone captain shift, please contact Tony Almond at almond@cox.net.

 

A Place to Stand: $2,000

A Place to Stand (APTS) works with existing organizations to create healthier communities by providing basic needs such as: stable housing, adequate nutrition, education, employment assistance, and healthcare. FUMC began a partnership with APTS in 2020 through our Fill-the-Van ministry, providing thousands of pounds of food delivered to families through A Place to Stand. The church plans to expand our partnership with this organization through our food ministry in 2021.