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April 2018 News   

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Next Meeting

The next ACCA board meeting will be
May 1

John Calvin Presbyterian Church
6531 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003

Refreshments and fellowship 
7:30 p.m.
7:45 p.m. 
Open to all visitors.   

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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 

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    


On April 28,  ACCA will again sponsor two houses in Annandale as part of the national Rebuilding Together effort. This is the 29th year that ACCA has participated!

Over the past twenty-eight years, we have repaired and rehabilitated the homes of 121 low-income homeowners and non-profit housing facilities. ACCA has provided over 37,000 volunteer hours and insured that low-income seniors, persons with disabilities and families with children have a safe, accessible and healthy environment in which to live. We hope to make 2018 our best year yet.
We are in the process of recruiting volunteers to do the work and, while most of the volunteers traditionally come from the sponsoring churches (Annandale Methodist, John Calvin Presbyterian, Ravensworth Baptist, and St. Barnabas Episcopal), we can always use a few more workers.  Once again, Lincolnia Methodist Church and Queen of Apostles Catholic Church will provide lunches and snacks.  Come join us and learn why so many of us make this an annual event. 

To get more information or to sign up, contact Marie Monsen, 703-354-9408 or

Supporting a Refugee Family: Next Steps

At its April meeting, the ACCA board of directors voted to support a refugee family through Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area with a financial commitment for one year as well as in-kind support.  This is contingent on recruiting a sufficient number of volunteers. We are currently working on raising community awareness of the current refugee situation. 

The first installment of a 3 part film/panel discussion series to raise awareness took place on Saturday, April 7  at Peace Lutheran Church.   Salam (Hello) Neighbor is an award-winning film and campaign to connect the world to refugees and featured two Americans as they lived among refugees along Syria's border. Forty people attended and 10 volunteered to help going forward.

The next film will be shown at 6 p.m. on May 5 at Ravensworth Baptist Church.  The Interpreter is a film about translators in Afghanistan who work for the U.S. Military and the dangers they face.  Please RSVP for dinner (at 5 p.m.) and child care to

The final film will be shown on June 9 at John Calvin Presbyterian. 

At the end of each program, there will be an opportunity to volunteer.   The goal is to recruit 30 volunteers from the ACCA community to help manage and coordinate support to the sponsored family. 

If your church would like additional information, a Lutheran Social Services representative would be happy to come in person to speak to your congregation. If you would like more information, please contact ACCA Board member Nadia Fitzcharles ( or Carol Weber ( 
CDC Update

The ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) welcomed Pamela Northam, first lady of Virginia, for a special visit on April 5. 

Spread the word:  The CDC is hiring a receptionist who is bilingual in English and Spanish, computer literate, and can lift 60 pounds.  Contact the CDC for more information at 703-256-0100 or email:

Follow the CDC on Facebook.

Mark Your Calendars

April 24 - Empty Bowls: Hunger Awareness Event
April 28 - Rebuilding Together
April 28 - Document Shredding
April 28 - Prescription Drug Take Back Day
May 5 - Film and Panel Discussion - Ravensworth Baptist
May 12 - Stamp Out Hunger
June 9 - Film and Panel Discussion - John Calvin Presbyterian
October 20 - CROP Walk - Lake Accotink Park
Help Wanted

To volunteer for these or any other opportunities, please contact ACCA at

The Post Office Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, will take place on May 12th.  We can use your help from 4:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. to move the bags from the post office on John Marr Drive to the food pantry on Columbia Pike.   Feel free to pass this on to any students who may need community service hours. 

Money Captain:
Serve as "money captain" to take referrals and arrange for financial assistance. (1 week every 3 months, requires computer and internet access).

Food Captain: 
Serve as "food captain" to take referrals and arrange for deliveries (1 week every 3 months, requires computer and internet access).
CROP Walk Report

The date of the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk will be October 20.   CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

Church World Service shares funds raised with community organizations (like ACCA). The 2017 Annandale CROP Walk raised a total of $18,214 and $4500.75 came to ACCA for use in its ministries.

Ministry Updates

Family Emergency Assistance served 35 households in February, providing $22,595 in emergency aid for rent, utilities, medical and other assistance.  

The Food Pantry made 69 deliveries to assist 159 individuals.

The Furniture Ministry completed deliveries to 8 needy households and completed 18 pickups of donated items. The families served included several with single mothers, children, senior citizens, and people with special needs. 

Annandale Meals on Wheels  delivered 692 meals to 19 clients.  This program provides meals to homebound elderly, disabled, or convalescing individuals unable to cook for themselves. 

The joint Shepherd's Center/ACCA Transportation Program provided 27 rides in March. 

Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter Update

It has been a very busy time at Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter. The winter hypothermia season has come to an end, and just last week the shelter broke ground on its new Shelter & Housing facility set to open next Fall.

Many community partners played important roles in protecting homeless neighbors in the Bailey's Crossroads area this winter. You helped us secure permanent housing for 36 people between January 1st and March 31st and serve a total of 406 individuals in our hypothermia program this season. A special thanks to all of the churches that hosted hypothermia this season, as well as those who prepared or served meals, and those who gave donations. We couldn't have done it without all of your care and support. Thank you all!