Hello IPC Youth & Parents! This week I’ve had such a good time meeting up with a bunch more IPC families over pool parties, brunch and casual afternoon conversations. It is such a treasure getting to know each of you as we start ramping up into fall after some peaceful summer vacations. If we haven’t…Read More
The new weekly youth eNewsletter, Not Just for Sunday, will hit inboxes on Friday mornings, but you can stay connected to all of the great Immanuel youth happenings on our blog, as well. In addition to updates and information about upcoming IPC Youth events, Liz has also curated a list of weekly resources…Read More
Sarah Sherman, Immanuel’s Music Assistant for Children and Youth, will travel to Europe this summer to be trained by Musicians Without Borders. Musicians Without Borders uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. Below, Sarah shares her inspiration and the journey ahead. — “The care of souls…Read More
Written by Betsy Rice Pictured top left, Atticus Gore smiles with SHARE donations at a food drive with Immanuel Presbyterian Church members and staff. On June 2, 2018 Atticus Gore, an eighth grader at Longfellow Middle School and member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, sponsored the SHARE food drive at the McLean Giant. For those of us…Read More
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. …Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
As Holy Week nears, our Lenten devotionals shift. Jewish and Christian communities have long prayed the Psalms as a spiritual practice and discipline. As our Lenten journey nears its end, we invite you to try praying the Psalms, as well. After a few centering breaths, try beginning by reading the Psalm aloud and slowly. A…Read More
2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. In his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul ends his letter with the benediction and prayer above, sending peace “at all times and in all ways.”…Read More
Genesis 28: 20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this…Read More
Exodus 33:12-13 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in…Read More
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....
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 On the first night of the 2017 World Series, watching Clayton Kershaw pitch, I said, “Oh my goodness.” I thought, in a second moment, oh. my. Goodness. What is Goodness? Is it culturally inflected? Does it depend on “good for…
All produce goes to the local food pantry at Share of McLean! The garden is GROWING… but gardeners are still needed to tend and harvest (no watering required!). You’ll find a Sign-Up Genius link here – please sign up to help feed our neighbors through the gift of your hands.
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.
Click here to sign up to be a ‘gardener-of-the-week’ at our interfaith garden!
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.
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…
Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. Exodus 15: 20 Upon reading this passage, my thoughts go to the events leading up to this celebratory song and dance. Prior to this, Miriam is referred to as…
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3 Today’s eco-tip comes from Billy Kluttz, Immanuel in the Evening Coordinator. Bottled water is a habit for many of us, but it can easily be broken. Take the challenge today to go one day without bottled water. Use a reusable bottle…
Genesis 28: 20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this…