The Christ Church Early Response Team (ERT), a part of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), is looking for volunteers to join our team. ERT members are trained to provide physical labor for urgent repairs and assistance, as well as emotional and spiritual support to disaster survivors as they recover and rebuild their lives.  A team of three to eight members should be prepared to respond within 72 hours from an approved request for assistance, up to four times per year.  Responses are limited to no more than a six-hour drive from Fairfax Station.

No special skills are required, just a desire to help your neighbors in their greatest time of need.  Training will be provided.  If you are interested in putting your faith into action as a team member or as a team lead, or just want to learn more, email Jim Stahlman here or call him at 571-308-2164.

To learn about UMCOR's mission please visit https://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/About-Us/About-Us.


Our sister church, Rising Hope Mission Church, serves the local, impoverished community through its food pantry, clothing closet, social service referrals and emergency housing. In addition to Christ Church's ongoing food collection, there are needs for food ministry drivers, pantry stockers, clothing closet organizers, kitchen helpers, hospitality aids, Spanish interpreters, administrative support, general maintenance and more.

These times during COVID have been especially difficult for those who have experienced significant challenges in life.  Rising Hope provides meals to those who would otherwise go hungry, and relies on our support to be able to do so.  When you are at the store stocking your pantry, please take a moment to pick up something extra for those less fortunate in our community.  

Non-perishable food items needed include: (no glass containers!)

Protein – canned chicken, tuna, corned beef
Spaghetti sauce – no glass containers
Tomatoes canned, tomato sauce, tomato paste
Canned vegetables and fruit
Cereal - hot and cold
Peanut butter and jelly
Soup and broth
Mac & Cheese, canned pasta
Pasta, rice, lentils and beans
Baking goods: flour, sugar, baking mixes, etc.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice
Fresh fruit – apples, oranges
Fresh produce – potatoes, carrots, onions

Frozen* – meat and venison, meat to make soup

*Please contact Bev Adams at  to schedule delivery of frozen meat to the church.