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September 2016 News   

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Next Meeting
The next ACCA board meeting will be October 4 at
3901 Gallows Road,
Annandale, VA 22302

Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. 
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ACCA is a church-related voluntary organization providing day care,  financial assistance, food, furniture, and other support to needy families in the Annandale/Bailey's Crossroads area, regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. Except for the Child Development Center, all ACCA services are provided by volunteers.

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ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

Braddock Baptist

Calvary Church of the Nazarene

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Annandale Ward
Little River Ward

Cornerstone Evangelical Free

Culmore United Methodist

First Presbyterian

Friendship United Methodist

Holy Spirit Catholic

Hope Lutheran

John Calvin Presbyterian

Lincolnia United Methodist 

Mt. Pleasant Baptist

Peace Lutheran

Providence Presbyterian

Queen of the Apostles Catholic

Ravenworth Baptist

Sleepy Hollow United Methodist

St. Alban's Episcopal

St. Anthony Catholic

St. Barnabas Episcopal

St. Michael's Catholic

St. Paul's Episcopal

United Baptist

Warner Baptist    

Day to Serve Food Drive Aids Pantries 
Day to Serve 
Click the image above to see more photos from Day to Serve.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, some fifty volunteers from Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD) and the Annandale Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) collected food for the ACCA and Dar Al-Hijrah pantries at three local Giant Food stores as part of the national Day to Serve movement. About 2,200 pounds of food and $354 in cash and gift cards were donated at the two Annandale stores for the ACCA Pantry, while about 800 pounds of food and $112 were donated at the Bailey's Crossroads store for the Dar Al-Hijrah pantry.  
Bart Marcois of the LDS Church and Marie Monsen, chair of the ICD, co-chaired the Day to Serve food drive. Marie said this year's Day to Serve food drive involved volunteers from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Baha'i faiths. This marked the second time that ICD and the Annandale Ward of the LDS have partnered in an interfaith activity.

Day to Serve is an annual event to commemorate 9/11 through service projects that help feed the poor, clean up our environment and other similar community efforts. ACCA thanks all who volunteered to collect and restock the Pantry shelves as well as those who purchased and donated to this successful effort. Many people in our community rely on the ACCA and Dar Al-Hijrah pantries.   
CROP Walk Registration Open
CROP Hunger Walk The 2016 Annandale CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Saturday Oct. 15 on the trails at Lake Accotink Park. Participants can contact the coordinator at their church or register online. Onsite registration will also be available on Oct. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. near the Lake Accotink Marina. Walkers raise money for Church World Service (CWS) to fight hunger and poverty around the world and locally in Annandale. For more information, visit the ACCA website.
Updated ACCA Website Launched
The ACCA website at recently received a makeover and was re-launched with more photos, more news on the homepage, and a mobile-friendly interface designed to adapt to various screen sizes. The homepage also features a search feature. 

We are deeply indebted to Teri Murphy of Northern Virginia Community College and Patricia Marshall, a NOVA student for countless hours devoted to this project. Please drop by to see our new look. 

Pastors & Partners Luncheon Planned 
The annual ACCA Pastors and Partners Luncheon is an opportunity for ACCA member pastors, board members, and guests from various community organizations with whom we partner to meet and mingle over lunch. A brief program highlights issues of common concern in our community. This year's luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Wright Hall at the Annandale United Methodist Church. Invitations are in the mail. Please RSVP so we can have an accurate count of those attending. 
ACCA Child Development Center
CDC graduate 2016
A happy graduate receives her certificate. Click the picture to see more graduation photos online.
The ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) celebrated the graduation of 60 students on Aug. 27. The students wore green caps and gowns and each received a certificate. Century 21 donated backpacks with school supplies for the graduates to carry with them as they start kindergarten.
On Aug. 30, the CDC held a goodbye party for Shelley Pilberg, a speech pathologist who retired after 40 years of service. We wish her well in her retirement!
The ACCA CDC has shared a list of items currently needed, especially baby wipes and children's underwear. If you are interested in making a donation, please see the complete list here

Update on ACCA Ministries
Family Emergency Assistance served 135 people in 47 households in August, providing more than $27,400 in assistance. One family of six includes grandparents who recently moved to the U.S. to be closer to their family. Between them, they need 11 prescriptions, but do not yet have health insurance. ACCA helped pay for the prescriptions. ACCA also paid the electric bill for a single mother of two children who is currently unable to work because of health issues. She had received a disconnection notice from the utility company. 
The Furniture Ministry took a well-deserved break in August and tended to truck inspections and repair. Despite being officially off-duty, they made 9 pickups and a delivery to a family with four children who had just moved out of a shelter. The new work schedule for 2016 - 2017 began in September and is available for download. The Furniture team welcomes St. Paul Chung Catholic Church, which has joined the furniture ministry and the work rotation. 
ACCA continues to offer Transportation to medical appointments to clients under age 50, while the joint ACCA-Shepherd's Center of Annandale/Springfield program serves clients 50 and older. Although more than 50 rides were provided in August, we were unable to fill several requests due to a lack of drivers. If you are interested in providing rides to and from medical appointments, please contact Gail Coleman at, or contact the Shepherd's Center directly at 703-941-1419 or
ACCA Churches Welcome New Leaders
There have been changes in leadership over recent months at several ACCA member churches. All at ACCA welcome the Rev. Thomas Lott, pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church, the Rev. Alexander Drummond, pastor of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and the Reverends Elizabeth and Nelson Neil, pastors of Culmore United Methodist Church.

Our best wishes go to Rev. Jerry Pokorsky as he continues his ministry at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Great Falls and the Rev. J.P. Hong who is now at Charles Wesley United Methodist Church in McLean. We also extend our best wishes to the Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins upon her retirement from St. Barnabas Episcopal.
Workplace Giving Campaigns
Federal workers and private sector employees whose company or organization participates in the United Way can support ACCA through a convenient payroll deduction. Federal workers should use the ACCA designation code  #58934. If your employer participates in the United Way, the ACCA designation code is #8058.   
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50th Anniversary Kick-off
ACCA's annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service this year will also signal the beginning of its 50th year of service to the Annandale community. Please join us for this joyful special service of thanksgiving on Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Annandale United Methodist Church. We will continue to celebrate ACCA's vital mission and ministries throughout 2017. 

A Taste of Annandale: Oct. 1
taste of annandale flyer Mark your calendar and plan to attend the second annual Taste of Annandale festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Tom Davis Drive. It's a community festival with food, music, dance, children's activities, and more. The ACCA Child Development Center will host children's activities during the Taste of Annandale. Isabel Ballivian, the center's executive director, reports there will be puppet shows, music performances, books, crafts, face painting, and more. 
Upcoming Events 
The Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield invites you to a Lunch N' Life program with Vivian Muccio, audiologist with Hearing Solutions of Fairfax, speaking on "How your hearing affects your whole life." The program is Thursday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. The cost is $10, which includes lunch and the lecture. All are welcome; reservations required. Call 703-941-1419 or email to .
For further information about activities at the Shepherd's Center, see their newsletter