Worship Services

10:00am & 5:30pm

Location

1125 Savile Lane
McLean, VA 22101
703-356-3042

Worship Services

10:00am & 5:30pm

Location

1125 Savile Lane
McLean, VA 22101

4 Spiritual Resolutions for a New Year

January 4, 2017

Many of us will try to restart our physical and financial goals in 2017, but the new year is also a great time to revitalize our spiritual lives. Here are a few spiritual resolutions to inspire your goal setting.

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5 Reasons Contemplative Dialogue Isn't For You

November 11, 2016

As the holidays approach and the stressful election season ends, we realize that not everyone would benefit from contemplative dialogue. So, here are the top 5 reasons that this class isn’t for you…

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Getting to Know Sarah Sherman

November 2, 2016

Sarah Sherman joined Immanuel as Music Assistant for Children and Youth in October 2016. Sarah graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Virginia, and is thrilled to be working with the young people at Immanuel!

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Do We Mean Every Word? [Devotional]

October 26, 2016

“Be Thou My Vision” is my favorite hymn. In hymns as with people, “favorites” are generously rich inspiring and thoughtful words. As with people, there are also parts of which we are not so fond.

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In Their Own Words: A Conversation With the Author

October 17, 2016

On October 23, Immanuel will welcome scholar and renowned organist, Dr. Eileen Guenther, as she discusses her book, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals. This groundbreaking study of slavery and spirituals is the first to place the unique voices of an enslaved people squarely within the context of their daily lives.

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Sharing Our Sorrows [Devotional]

October 6, 2016

By sharing our sorrows, our pain, our joys, our hopes, we allow our true selves to be seen by others and we become open in way that enables others to be the face and presence of God right here with us.

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Shakespeare or Scripture? Take Our Quiz!

September 26, 2016

The Bible is filled with poetry. But how do we read through the metaphors and similes of Scripture? How does that change our interpretation of holy texts? How might seeing Scripture in a specific genre nourish our spirituality in new ways?

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Why Bonhoeffer Still Matters: Questions and Quotes

September 21, 2016

The 2016 Presidential election has brought a renewed interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and writing. Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise. Most election years bring (more than) a few thought-pieces and editorials drawing connections between current candidates and Bonhoeffer’s well-known context and work.

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Why Do You Walk Labyrinths? [Devotional]

September 9, 2016

Why do you walk labyrinths?, my friend asked, as we completed the many circuits of an outdoor labyrinth. I have many answers: because I like to walk them; because they leave me with a feeling of peace; because they impose a slower, more meditative rhythm in my day.

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Coloring, Now and Then

September 5, 2016

Coloring quickly became a way for me to pass the time, sitting with my Mom, ready to chat when she wanted to. And there were pretty pictures to show her along the way. When I was at home and couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night, coloring became a way to fill the void.

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Three Books to Read This Fall

September 3, 2016

Who said that back to school books were only for kids and college students? The fall is a great time for reading. Here are three great books to consider adding to your list.

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5 Spiritual Ways to De-stress This Fall

August 31, 2016

As fall begins, so does a new season of stress. But returning to school and work after time off during the summer doesn’t have to bring anxiety. Try one of the tips below for a calmer return to your autumn routine.

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The Book of Joy: Two Perspectives [Godbooks]

Gail and Jenna both enjoyed The Book of Joy enough to submit GodBook recommendations for it! This week, we offer their two reviews—and we’re looking forward to a third or fourth review.

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Get Your Cameras Ready… It’s an Immanuel Photo Contest!

With a theme of “Why We Love Immanuel” we’re kicking off the fall/winter season with an Immanuel Photo Contest! We’re looking for photos that convey the message that Immanuel is welcoming, inviting, active and fun, and with so many wonderful upcoming events at IPC, you’ll have lots of opportunities to use your cameras! Everyone is…

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Ignite Our Anger: May It Be So

Habakkuk: 1:1-5  The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the…

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Green Faith: Resources for an Earth-Friendly Spirituality

The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Order lists “Faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God’s creation” as one of the great themes of our tradition (G-2.0500). But how can Presbyterians today be better stewards of God’s creation? We’ve compiled a resource list of organizations, theologians, and writers to…

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The Wedding Feast by Rev. Susan Querry Graceson

Rev. Susan Graceson, Associate Pastor, shared her story of faith and belonging last week during Immanuel’s Real World, Real Faith series. As part of her presentation, she shared a poem she wrote shortly after her wedding in August of 1996. Susan and her husband, David, married in her parents’ backyard in Kentucky; her father (do...

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Ready for School to Start? Five Free Activities for Kids in Northern Virginia

There’s over a month of summer vacation left for kids in Fairfax County, and you might be running low on ideas to keep your family entertained. To help make the most of the last days of summer, we’ve compiled our favorite list of fun activities for kids in Northern Virginia. Best of all, everything on...

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Making Room: Reusable Batteries

“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” Colossians 1:29   Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Alex Abi-Najm. Disposable batteries cause serious environmental harm when not properly disposed. Use rechargeable batteries wherever possible this winter and gift reusable batteries this Christmas.    Here’s a prayer for today:…

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Making Room: Natural Light

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16   Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Alex Abi-Najm: Open up your blinds and use as much natural light as possible before switching on your light bulbs. You’ll…

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Finding Our True Selves, Suffering, and Discernment: 3 Books for Spiritual Growth [Godbooks]

Spiritual questions are not easy: Who am I? Why does suffering happen? How do I decide what to do next? This week, we offer three books based on deeply spiritual questions from Immanuel’s Godbook recommendations. Click here to search the Immanuel library! Click here to recommend a book yourself! Click here to search the Godbook archives.…

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Making Room: Local Mulch

“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Psalm 92:12   Today’s eco-tip comes from Susan Gregory Care for the plants around you with a fresh layer new mulch. Instead of buying mulch, Fairfax County operates a brush grinding operation which produces double shredded wood mulch for residents at the…

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