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July/August 2018 News   

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Next Meeting

The next ACCA board meeting will be
September 4

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church
6477 Lincolnia Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22312

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

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7200 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA 22003



(Fairfax County)

(except furniture)

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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 

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    

Congratulations to the Child Development Center

Congratulations to the ACCA Child Development Center leadership and staff on its accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC promotes high-quality learning by connecting practice, policy, and research. This accreditation ensures high-quality experiences for children in early childhood education programs.
United Against Hate

Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fairfax would like to thank the community for coming together in solidarity against hate and shown such a tremendous outpouring of love after the vandalism of the church in July. 

Pictured above are ACCA representatives Ann Marie Hicks and Marie Monsen with Pastor Daniel Erik Roschke.  He accepted the beautiful quilts which will cover the pews during repairs. Quilts were made by the families of children served by the ACCA Child Development Center. 
Refugee Family Update 

ACCA is committed to supporting a refugee family through the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service this year.  The planning committee will  host a dinner and discussion on Saturday, September 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. Everyone who is interested in volunteering is invited. The discussion will focus on awareness of the culture of the Middle East, especially Afghanistan and will also include information for volunteers.   There will be a chance to ask questions and sign-up for specific areas of interest. 
The event is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. with dinner served at 5 p.m.  Please R.S.V.P. by Sept. 1 to

For more information, please contact Nadia Fitzcharles, Carol Weber or Amy Meli
Hunger Walk

The 2018 Annandale CROP Hunger Walk will be Saturday, October 20 at 8 a.m. at Lake Accotink Park. The Annandale CROP Hunger Walk raises funds for Church World Service's (CWS)  hunger and refugee relief and development programs and for ACCA. Walkers collect donations to CWS from sponsors online or by check or cash.  

 A recruiters meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 1 p.m., at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. 

Youth through grade 12 are invited to make posters to promote the Annandale CROP Walk and to learn about hunger and poverty. The posters should be 14" x 22" or smaller. Please mark the artist's name, age and church on the back and submit by October 10.

For more information please contact Camille Mittelholtz, walk coordinator, at 703 573-0074 or by email at or
2018 Ruffing Scholarships Award

Since 1979, ACCA has awarded four-year college scholarships to high school seniors who have overcome disabilities to succeed in school and life. These awards are made as a tribute to Emily and Fred Ruffing, leaders of the group that founded ACCA.

The following students are current recipients of the scholarship, worth $4000/year over a four year period: equaling $16,000.
  • Kyle Gatesman,1st year at Johns Hopkins University
  • Vardan Ratna Tuladhar, 1st year at Virginia  Commonwealth  University
  • Raymond Phung, final year at George Mason University
  • Katherine Cespedes, 3rd year at George Mason University
  • Esraa Mahran, 3rd year at George Mason University
  • Molly McCracken, 2nd year at Longwood University
2018 ACCA Making a Difference Award
Faiz Adem, a 2018 graduate of Annandale High School, received this year's ACCA Making a Difference Award for community service.  Faiz expressed his gratitude for the award at the July ACCA board meeting. Each year, ACCA selects a student who has given back to their community through volunteer service. 

Faiz will attend Northern Virginia Community College then transfer to George Mason University where he plans to major in Business Administration with a minor in IT, Accounting or Sports Management.
Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter Hosts Second Annual National Night Out 

The Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter Advisory Council, the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, and New Hope Housing invite you to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the shelter, 3525 Moncure Avenue in Falls Church (Bailey's Crossroads).  Meet area neighbors, local first responders, government officials, and shelter staff.  Enjoy food, games, music, and learn more about the Bailey's Shelter and the new shelter and supportive housing facility.  For more information, contact Jon Nerdig at 703-820-7621.
Ministry Updates

Family Emergency Assistance served 76 households in May, providing $27,431 in emergency aid for rent, utilities, medical and other assistance to the 212 members of those households. 

The Food Pantry made 45 deliveries assisting 88 individuals and also assisted 54 families at Bailey's Elementary School with a 3 day supply of their most needed items. 

The Furniture Ministry completed a total of 17 deliveries to needy households and received donations from 28 donors.  The families served included several with single mothers, children, senior citizens, and people with special needs.  Want to help with this important project?  Please join us on August 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Alban's Church for our annual planning meeting.  

Annandale Meals on Wheels  delivered 940 meals to 24 clients.  This program provides meals to homebound elderly, disabled, or convalescing individuals unable to cook for themselves. 

The joint ACCA-Shepherd's Center transportation program provided 37 rides.  

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).

Food Pantry Assistant:
Work with food pantry team on purchasing, stocking, inventory, deliveries as needed. 

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

Child Development Center Volunteers:
The CDC needs adults to help with various classroom activities for an hour day, 3 days per week.  Contact for more information.   

Mark Your Calendars

August 7 - National Night Out - Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter Advisory Council at 3525 Moncure Ave., Falls Church
August 25 - Lincolnia Park Charity Triathlon at 6501 Montrose St, Alexandria
August 25 - Furniture Ministry Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. at St. Alban's Church at 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale
August 25 - CROP Hunger Walk recruiters meeting - 1 p.m. at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church at 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale
September 8 - Refugee Family Planning Event - 5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church at 6362 Lincolnia Road 
October 13 - Taste of Annandale, Tom Davis Drive,  Annandale, Va.
October 18 - Annual Pastors and Partners Luncheon, Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale
October 20 - CROP Walk - Lake Accotink Park at 7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield