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September 2013 News   

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

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ACCA's Mission  
The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA), is a non-profit coalition of 26 Annandale-area churches which has been helping the needy in our community for more than 44 years. To learn more about ACCA, visit our website at  

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on 

October 1 at

First Presbyterian Church of Annandale

7610 Newcastle Drive
Annandale, VA   

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

ACCA Members
Annandale United Methodist

AUMC - Immanuel Campus

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    

Child Development Center Open House

The ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) will host an Open House on Sunday, September 15, 2013, 2 - 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers, tour the facilities and learn about the curriculum. All are welcome. The Center is located at 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA, next to the fire station on Columbia Pike and across the street from the Giant parking lot.


Download the Open House flyer in English or Spanish.  

Day to Serve: Combating Hunger

day to  serve On Saturday, September 21, various ACCA churches will be conducting food drives at local supermarkets to benefit the ACCA Food Pantry, in response to Virginia Governor McDonnell's call to citizens and organizations to participate in a Day to Serve. Among the stores participating will be the Annandale Giant, Annandale Safeway, Landmark Plaza Shoppers, Loehman's Plaza Giant, and Revensworth Safeway. Please be generous with your food donations!


Volunteers are needed at the various locations to pass out flyers with a list of items needed by the Pantry and to collect donations from shoppers exiting the stores. This is a great service project for scouts and other youth needing service hours. For more information, contact Richard Magleby, (703) 354-8123, or


In addition to the food drive, Day to Serve activities include a 3K Walk to Combat Hunger on September 28 at Robinson High School and a free benefit concert featuring Grammy nominee and renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker on Sunday, September 29 at Fairfax high School Auditorium. Click the links provided for more information on these events.

Wanted: Meals on Wheels Coordinator

help wanted ACCA urgently needs a new coordinator for the Annandale Meals on Wheels program. Peg Frank, who has ably coordinated this program for so many years, has health problems requiring that she step down. If you are looking for a new way to serve or greater involvement with the home-bound elderly who need your help, this could be the opportunity you seek. 



The coordinator takes referrals for new clients coming on the program, places orders with the food caterer, prepares route sheets for the drivers who make the deliveries, and oversees the operation of the program.  It is an affiliate of Meals on Wheels of Eastern Fairfax with ACCA supplying the administrative personnel to keep the meals program running smoothly.


Please send information about candidates to Mary Lee Di Spirito at or (703) 256-9513. Mentoring support will be available for the new program coordinator.

Annandale CROP Hunger Walk     

CROP Hunger Walk The annual CROP Hunger Walk to benefit Church World Service takes place on October 19 at 8 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park, near the marina. Join fellow walkers for a healthy 10K walk while raising money to combat hunger and support refugee relief, including refugees fleeing Syria. A poster contest for children through grade 12 raises awareness about hunger. For more information and materials about the walk or poster contest, contact Camille Mittelholtz at (703) 573-0074 or A portion of the proceeds will benefit ACCA's programs to fight hunger and poverty.   

Emergency Financial Assistance  
broken leg In July and August, ACCA served 60 households providing emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities and other necessary expenses. Among those served was a family of four in which the father was between jobs and though his wife works, they were unable to meet the rent. In another case, a client suffered a work-related accident in which he lost an extremity. He was unable to return home following surgery, and instead moved to a shelter. ACCA paid storage fees while he was living at the shelter. In these and many other ways, ACCA served the needs of the vulnerable in our community.

Furniture Ministry  

truck All four trucks are back on line following inspections and repairs during August.


At its August annual review and planning meeting, representatives of the participating churches and organizations learned that over the past 14 years, the ACCA Furniture Ministry has completed nearly 10,000 furniture pickups and deliveries, serving 4,685 needy households. This represents more than 18,000 needy individuals whose lives have been significantly impacted.  


Our 182 individual volunteers provided nearly 5,000 hours of work during FY 2013, completing 652 pickups and deliveries during the 40 weeks of operations. Way to go! 

Food Pantry  

groceries In July the pantry made 53 deliveries assisting 150 individuals.  In August there were 69 deliveries assisting 199 individuals.  The pantry also helped Bailey's Shelter, Immanuel Food Bank, Providence Food Bank, the Bailey Elementary School and the Reston Family Shelter. 

Transportation and Meals on Wheels   

Volunteers provided 48 rides to medical and other appointments in July and August.  


Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered meals to 26 persons in July and to 24 persons in August. Each delivery consisted of 2 meals.    
ACCA to Participate in 2013 CFC  

CFC_2011 The United Way of the National Capitol Area recently confirmed ACCA's participation in four local Combined Federal Campaigns (CFCs) for fall 2013. ACCA will be listed in the CFC Catalogs of Caring as a member of the United Way of the National Capital Area Federation. The following campaigns are included:

  •          CFC of the National Capital Area
  •          Chesapeake Bay Area CFC
  •          Potomac CFC
  •          CFC of St. Mary's County 

The CFC donor designation code for ACCA, Inc. (Annandale Christian Community for Action) is 58934.  Federal employees can pledge to ACCA through payroll deductions or one-time gifts. 

In Memoriam 
Jean Stephens died peacefully at Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads (GHBC) on July 26 after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, in the chapel at GHBC with a reception to follow.

A member of Annandale United Methodist Church, Jean served for many years as the Coordinator for ACCA's Family Emergency Assistance program and she nominated ACCA every year as a recipient of proceeds from the Lake Barcroft Woman's Club house tours.

Since moving to GHBC, Jean has served on their Outreach Committee, which collects clothing for Baileys Shelter, children's Christmas gifts for Shelter House, and donations for ACCA's Pantry.  Recently, Jean was instrumental in getting the Goodwin House Foundation to match any donations made to ACCA by residents of GHBC.


Donald Coleman passed away recently. A member of Annandale United Methodist Church, Don was a veteran, a formerly homeless person, and a dedicated Furniture Ministry volunteer. He will be missed.  

Important Dates to Remember 

The ACCA Child Development Center in partnership with Fairfax County Health Department will offer FREE Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) and Influenza (Flu ) shots at the CDC, Monday, October 7,from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please call the CDC at (703) 256-0100 by September 30 to sign-up.


The Interfaith Communities for Dialogue presents Facilitator Training for Interfaith Community Dialogues, Tuesday, September 24, 6 - 9:15 p.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
The Fairfax County Community Chaplain (FCCC) Corps presents the 4th Fairfax County Community Chaplain Inquirers Class Monday, September 30, 2 - 4:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms 9 & 10,12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Committee presents Domestic Violence Intervention: First Steps for Clergy & Faith Leaders Workshop Tuesday, October 8, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA 22043.

ACCA's Annual Pastors and Partner Luncheon,
Thursday, October 17,at Annandale United Methodist Church. ACCA Board Members will have the opportunity to welcome ACCA Pastors and many of our Community Partners on at the annual luncheon event. A short program will focus on the "Many Faces of ACCA." Giant Foods in Annandale will sponsor the food for the guests.