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

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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Tears and Living Water [Devotional]

August 24, 2016

I love this passage—even though I have no idea what Jesus is talking about. Lots of things flow out of my life; I doubt any of them are living water. I think on my best days I am better likened to a tepid, dripping tap.

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Getting to Know Susan Graceson

August 22, 2016

Susan Graceson has served as Immanuel’s Interim Director of Children’s Ministries since August of 2015. As part of our introductory blog series, we asked Susan a few fun questions about her background and interests.

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Introducing Pastor Katie

August 15, 2016

In addition to her credentials and experience, Pastor Katie also has amazing stories to tell. In hopes of hearing some of those stories, we asked her a few untraditional introductory questions.

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In the Presence of Mine Enemies [Devotional]

August 11, 2016

The 23rd Psalm says that God prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies. I have wondered who those people might be. I think of faceless enemies, arrayed around the wall, not at the table. The psalmist did not say I would share the table with them, necessarily, but that they would see that I have a source of health and well-being, protection and love.

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Add Spirituality to your Summer Vacation: 5 Simple Ideas

August 8, 2016

Taking a break from work or school during the summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from your spiritual life. Use our tips to add spirituality and reflection to your summer vacation.

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Finding Jesus at the Beach: 3 Books to Add To Your Summer Reading List

August 4, 2016

For many of us, the final weeks of summer are the last chance for reading before the deluge of fall begins. Summer reading is also a great opportunity to reflect on the big spiritual questions of life, such as wisdom, grief, and calling.

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

August 1, 2016

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 the list is completely free.

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Be a Gardener of the Week in Our Interfaith Garden!

To volunteer for “Gardener of the Week,” click here! This summer we’ll be growing cucumbers, beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, and okra. *New! BOUNTY BASKET: STARTING JUNE 17! If you tend the garden on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, you can simply leave your harvest in the “bounty basket” in the Breezeway. ALL IMMANUELITES ARE…

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Making Room: Try Composting

“Then God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. He put the man he had just made in it. God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground, trees beautiful to look at and good to eat. The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden, also the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.” Genesis 2: 8-9   Today’s…

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Sing a New Song: The Story Behind a New Hymn

Brian Wilhour, Director of Music, and Pastor Aaron recently composed a new hymn as an auction item for Immanuel’s annual auction fundraiser. This month, we premiered the hymn during Immanuel’s Sunday worship services. Sarah Sherman, Music Assistant for Children and Youth, interviewed Brian and Pastor Aaron during Sunday morning’s moment for young disciples.    …

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Coloring, Now and Then

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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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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New Books in the Immanuel Library: Spring 2018

God’s Secretaries, The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson, 1903.  An irenicon: it was a political tool aimed toward making peace in an England of warring religious passions, each with their own Bible.  By design, the words are ambiguous, yet rich with multiple hidden meanings, so that every reader will find peace.  James…

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Making Room: Paper Towels

“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.” Job 14:7   Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Kevin Hovis: God gives us little blessings like paper towels to wipe our hands when they are wet. I see so many people…

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A Law of Relationship: May It Be So

Jeremiah 32:17-25 17 Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. 18 You show steadfast love to the thousandth generation, but repay the guilt of parents into the laps of their children after them, O great and mighty God whose…

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Immanuel joins More Light Presbyterians: Letter from Pastor Aaron

Friends, on behalf of the Session, I have some wonderful news to share: Immanuel Presbyterian Church is officially part of the network of More Light Presbyterians.  I am proud of our leaders for taking this step. How was Session inspired to begin this conversation? And a little child shall lead them. –Isaiah 11:6b Recognizing that…

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In Their Own Words: A Conversation With the Author

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...

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