Our Community

Our motto is Serving God by Serving Others. God is always working to extend the message of salvation, from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria, and, ultimately, to the ends of the earth. Graciously, God has allowed us to participate in this mission. We have been a solid presence in both local and overseas missions for years. We welcome your input into providing new ways for our Messiah family to get involved.

Have Questions About Outreach and Missions? Contact our chairperson, Eileen Angle-Sanders.

AA, Al-Anon, Alateen, and ACoA meetings

Through AA, Al-Anon, Alateen, and ACoA meetings, MUMC extends a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for alcoholics, their families, and friends. AA – Thursday and Saturday at 7 pm AA 12 step – Sunday at 7:30 pm Al-Anon – Saturday at 7 pm, Thursday at noon, and Sunday at 7:30 pm ACoA – Monday at 7 pm and Saturday at 9 am and 10 am

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO)

Messiah takes pride in being part of this network of religious congregations in Springfield and Burke, which assists neighbors in need by providing food, clothing, housewares, counseling, school supplies, emergency rent, utility and prescription drug assistance, holiday food baskets and a holiday gift program for children. ECHO is open for donations Monday through Friday from 9:30-12:30, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 9:30-12. Donations may also be dropped off in the church Fellowship Hall. Contact: Nancy Beardsley.

Eyeglasses for Lions Club

That pair of eyeglasses you no longer use can change another person’s life. MUMC collects used eyeglasses for the Lions Club, which distributes them at no charge to people who cannot afford them.

FACETS Breakfast

Since 1988, this nonprofit organization has helped thousands of those suffering the effects of poverty throughout Fairfax County. As part of these efforts, Messiah makes breakfast sandwiches every two months for distribution along Route 50. Contact: Sherry Bouley

GRACE Ministries Food and Clothing Distribution

This United Methodist Church community outreach program serves low-income families in Northern Virginia. On the fourth weekend of the month, St. Stephen’s UMC (9203 Braddock Road, Burke) ministers to this community. This involves setting up of the church on Friday, and ministering/distribution on Saturday morning. Help us support St. Stephen’s in this effort. Contact: Michele DeMocker

Giving Tree

Children and families identified by social workers from local schools celebrate a merrier Christmas, thanks to gifts provided through this program.

Green Groceries First Fridays

This partnership of Messiah and St. Stephens United Methodist Churches distributes fresh produce from the Capital Area Food Bank to needy families. Volunteers contribute an hour or two of service once a month. Contact: Michele DeMocker

Holiday Food Bags (Food Pounding)

Bags of groceries assembled from food donated by the congregation are delivered during Thanksgiving and Christmas to families in Springfield and Burke.

Hypothermia

Messiah serves as one of the sites for Fairfax County’s hypothermia prevention and response program. For one week during the winter, we offer dinner, fellowship, a warm place to sleep, and breakfast the next morning, helping our neighbors experiencing homelessness find respite from the cold winter nights.

INOVA Blood Drive

Messiah holds blood drives four times a year to support the efforts of INOVA Health System Blood Bank to save lives in our community every day.

The Lamb Center

With the assistance of local churches, this center provides food, showers, personal services, prayer and Bible study, medical exams, help with jobs or housing searches, referrals, emergency assistance, and more to the homeless in the Fairfax area. As part of these efforts, Messiah provides a lunch of chili and rice on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Contact: Patti O’Neill

Messiah Menders

On the first Tuesday morning of every month, a group visits the Hermitage (a Methodist retirement home) to do small mending jobs for the residents.

Military Ministry

This ministry provides care packages, clothing and more throughout the year to our men and women in the Armed Forces. This vital ministry also organizes the annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying ceremony.

Rising Hope

Messiah offers support to this Mission Church, which serves those living in poverty and on the margins of society along the Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County.

Springfield Youth Soccer

Messiah enables children from the Springfield Gardens apartments to play on Springfield Youth soccer teams. Members serve as coaches and often provide transportation to and from practices and games for children who otherwise would be unable to participate.

Tutoring at Cardinal Forest

Once a week throughout the school year, Messiah members volunteer to be tutors to kids needing a bit of extra help at our local elementary school. Tutors meet once a week at the school. Contact: Tina Nojeck

Weekend Backpack Program

Each week during the school year, Messiah provides weekend meals to about 300 children in neighboring elementary schools. Each bag contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners. You can help by downloading the shopping list and picking up a few supplies next time you are at the grocery store. Your family or group can help pack bags of food at church or deliver food to our local schools. Contact: Brenda Weston