Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving are all traditional spiritual practices during Lent, but this year Immanuel invites you to take on a new spiritual and physical challenge this season, Planks of Lament. You’re invited to try daily planking (an exercise where you hold your body in the upright pushup position) while reading a Psalm of lament.…Read More
As the temperature drops, now is the time to consider making your own blessing bags at home to carry with you in your car or on your commute. When you see someone experiencing homelessness, simply say hello and offer the bag. Consider introducing yourself and offer a kind word along with a blessing bag. Immanuel…Read More
Immanuel’s youth program sent 25 care packages to Immanuelites in college this fall. Care packages included homemade desserts, snacks, and quick meals to help our college students during their end of semester exams and papers. “We want our college students to know that God loves them and we do, too–even if they’re many, many miles…Read More
“See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Susan Gregory. Recycle your old phones and cable. Phones and cables can’t be recycled curbside, but Fairfax County has 7 days per week recycling…Read More
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Susan Gregory: This season, clean out leftover cleaning products, batteries, lightbulbs and other hazardous trash. Do not throw away anything that is toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive.…Read More
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 Today’s eco-tip comes from Liz Pruchnicki, Immanuel’s Youth Director. This Advent, prioritize experiences over things. Especially in your holiday shopping this year, try to gift experiences instead of stuff. It not only helps the environment, it also reorders our living away…Read More
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Hebrews 3:4 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Nate Buchanan: Buy a reusable to straw to save plastic (you can find them in either metal or durable glass). You can also choose straw-free lids, or, if you are able, choose…Read More
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Alex Abi-Najm If you are able, take stairs instead of elevators whenever possible. You…Read More
“A righteous man regards the life of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10 Today’s eco-tip comes from Rev. Katie Strednak-Singer, Associate Pastor at Immanuel: Meatless Monday! Learn about how CO2 emissions can be seriously reduced by swapping beef for beans (even if you do so a few times a week!). Here’s a prayer for today:…Read More
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.” Psalm 24: 1-2 Today’s eco-tip comes from Liz Pruchnicki, Immanuel’s Youth Director. If you’re able, take a walk outdoors today. Turn off…Read More
“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…Read More
“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:…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…
How do you make sense of the Gospels? How do you tackle difficult books of the Bible like Hebrews and Psalms? This week, we feature our favorite Godbook Bible study recommendations!
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…
For Holy Week, Immanuel has created a series of online devotionals. Each devotional is adapted from a
monologue written by Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt. Immanuel will observe Good Friday at 7:30pm on April 14 with a service of darkness.
“See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Susan Gregory. Recycle your old phones and cable. Phones and cables can’t be recycled curbside, but Fairfax County has 7 days per week recycling…
Psalm 90:11-17 If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with…
We’re excited to welcome Elizabeth Pruchnicki as Immanuel’s new Youth Director this month. Below, we asked her a few introductory questions.
Earlier this year, Immanuel welcomed Sara from Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers
Bureau. Sara shared her story and led a conversation on how best to be allies to our transgender neighbors. Below, our friends at Equality Virginia offer other tips on becoming a better ally and friend to people of all gender identities and expressions.
Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving are all traditional spiritual practices during Lent, but this year Immanuel invites you to take on a new spiritual and physical challenge this season, Planks of Lament. You’re invited to try daily planking (an exercise where you hold your body in the upright pushup position) while reading a Psalm of lament….
Summer reading often focuses on the fun and whimsical. But what if you’re looking for a little more substance? Make the most of your extra time this summer with our Summer Reading 202 list from Immanuel’s Godbooks list: Abraham Lincoln by Cal Sandburg. Recommended by Eric Simpson: “If ever there was a timewhen God was…