2589 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, VA  22181

Offices Closed Wednesday, March 21

Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with our policy of canceling activities following Fairfax County Public Schools cancellations, Emmanuel Lutheran Church offices will be closed Wednesday, March 21, and activities canceled.  This cancellation includes the evening soup supper, Families with Children Lent Worship, and the evening prayer service.  Stay safe and warm!

Jobs For Life – Spring Signup

The Jobs for Life program needs volunteers for all aspects of running the program and mentors to guide guests through the program and afterwards. It is a wonderful opportunity to transform lives.

Download the Jobs For Life Brochure.

Download the Jobs For Life Registration Form.

This is a short-term volunteer commitment which could result in a life-changing experience for a someone living on the edge. Only 1.9% of churches take on the problem of unemployment which leads to social issues like homelessness, hunger, substance abuse and crime—the combination of which spirals individuals into poverty. Emmanuel can become a part of that 1.9%!


Serving as one-on-one mentors to JOBS for LIFE students. Mentors can serve 1 or 2 nights a week.

Providing dinners for students and mentors once a week.


Information Session – February 20 (7-8 pm) at The Lamb Center

Class Session – April 9-June 4 (Mondays and Thursday). A mentor can serve 1 or 2 nights per week.


Matthew 25:40

Application forms and job description are also available in the Centrum. Contact Cindy Pivik clpivik@verizon.net, Jane Holtorf rcholtorf@yahoo.com or Sharon Hoover Sharon@centrevillepres.com for more information.

Preparing for Pastor Tony with 40 Days of Prayer

We began Jan 7 to pray each day as we prepare to welcome Pastor Tony and
his family, and join together in ministry looking forward to what God has
planned for us as His church. There is no greater gift we can give our
pastor than to cover him in prayer. Be sure to pick up a prayer sheet each
Sunday and… PRAY!

Download 40 Days of Prayer PDF

Lenten Creation Care

Lent, which begins February 14, is a time when Christian communities repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. You’re invited — along with friends from throughout the region — to take on a Lenten Creation care practice. Lenten calendar pdf

Each day calls on us to take a different action and each of these actions will help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation.

May this season serve as a wake-up call to be mindful of the ways that our daily choices impact everyone, especially our neighbors throughout the world most impacted by the effects of climate change.

This year’s calendar is produced in partnership with our friends at Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions.

Getting to Know Pastor Tony

Emmanuel’s Start-up Team is hosting small group meetings for five Sundays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm in the Choir Room. This is an opportunity for Pastor Tony to get acquainted with everyone and discuss interests and topics of the church. The meeting schedule is arranged by alphabet but feel free to attend on the Sunday that works for you.

For questions please contact Vicki Pettit at vlpettit@hotmail.com.

Feb. 11th – Last names A thru C
Feb. 18th – D thru H
Mar. 4th – J thru M
Mar. 11th – N thru R
Mar. 18th – S thru Z

Welcome Pastor Tony Prinsen!

Pastor Prinsen began his work at Emmanuel Monday, January 15. He comes to us from First United Lutheran Church in Kennesaw, GA. Previously he served as an associate pastor at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. Pastor Prinsen is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead State University, Wartburg Seminary, and Luther Seminary. Prior to seminary, he served as the director of youth ministries at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver, CO.

Pastor Tony’s ministry passions are worshiping, learning, and serving with all ages as we grow and share our faith together in God’s mission of love for the world. He looks forward to getting to know the members of the congregation, learning our faith stories, and working together to invite and welcome others into the ministries of Emmanuel. Please know that he is available for conversation and coffee, so just contact him and make an appointment at (703) 938-2119 or aprinsen@elcvienna.org.

Pastor’s spouse, Marcy, and their children, Greta, Talia, and Gunnar will arrive after the sale of their house in Georgia. We eagerly anticipate welcoming them too! Our thanks to the call committee, congregational council, and the transition team for all their work in this process.

40 Days of Prayer

Last year we began our pastoral succession process joined together in 40 Days of Prayer–praying for God’s wisdom and guidance for Emmanuel’s Transition, Call, and Start-Up Teams, the CAT survey, and all else involved in discerning God’s leading to the pastor He prepared for ELC. Prayer helps us to grow spiritually and unites us for God’s purposes, and so we have begun another 40 Days of Prayer as we welcome Pastor Tony and embark on God’s ministry with him. “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” Psalm 127:1 Through Sunday, February 15, we will be joined in prayers of thanksgiving for God’s answered prayers, and for His sovereign guidance as we welcome Pastor Tony and his family, and as we begin ministry with him. The weekly prayers will be provided each Sunday during the services, as well as on the church website.

Christmas Praise Benefit Concert, Dec. 28 @7pm

The Morehead family will present a concert of Christmas music at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on December 28th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The concert includes classical works as well as more contemporary songs in addition to Christmas carols that all will sing. The concert is free. An offering will be taken to benefit Hypothermia Prevention Week and the ministry of the Christian retreat center Caroline Furnace. See the Christmas Praise Flyer.

Hypothermia Prevention Ministry, December 31-January 7

Hypothermia Prevention Ministry (HPM) involves a lot of God’s people on many levels as we work with FACETS to prevent death from hypothermia exposure in our area. Emmanuel’s week this winter is December 31 – January 7.

This ministry is a wonderful outreach opportunity and you may experience the joy of giving over this holiday season in ways not anticipated. This ministry places you on the front line of where assistance is needed in our immediate geographic area, while you work with other members of this congregation in teams while supported by Fairfax County staff employees.

Volunteers are needed for many roles over the course of our week. There are roles in church preparation each day, evening meal preparation and service, taking time to chat with our Guests, overnight fire patrols, team-leader(s) support, among other roles. You will be supported and lead by a leadership team comprised of Paula McGinnis, Michael Gildea, Jane Holtorf and Deborah Gugel. Jane will lead the kitchen/meal aspect of this ministry, while Paula and Michael will assist you with all the other volunteer roles. (Deborah will provide support as needed, providing assistance based on her experience from previous years on this ministry.)

Paula, Jane and Michael need your support, and will aim to make the work safe and rewarding, but your assistance is needed. Examples include:

Evening or Overnight Shift Captain manages an evening (5pm-12am) or overnight (12am– 7:30am) shift during our week ensuring church volunteers and building, FACETS staff and Guests are safe and protected.
Breakfast Preparers and Servers help out from 5am – 7:30am with setting up breakfast, serving and cleaning up the kitchen.
Morning Cleanup Volunteers show up from 7am – 8:30am and ensure the Fellowship Hall and Centrum are clean and neat after the Guests have left.
Greeters volunteer from 5pm – 8pm helping to welcome the Guests, handing out lunch menus or other information and performing hourly fire patrol duties.
Dinner Preparers and Servers usually sign up as a group and show up as scheduled to prepare and serve dinner and clean up the kitchen and Fellowship Hall.
Evening Volunteers volunteer from 8pm – 11pm, help Guests to settle down for the night and perform hourly fire patrol duties.
Overnighters watch over the guests and the church from 11pm – 7am. Duties include hourly fire patrol, lunch preparation, talking with guests who can’t sleep, light cleaning and helping the guests get up in the morning.
Transportation Drivers bring Guests to the church starting at 5:30pm and take Guests to a morning location from 6:30am – 7am. They also take Guests to an overflow facility as needed.

Sign up on our colorful sheets on the Centrum wall! If you want to know more about any aspect of this ministry, please feel free to contact Paula McGinnis at mike.paulad@gmail.com; or Jane Holtorf at rcholtorf@yahoo.com; or Michael Gildea at michael@islandfun.org.

Advent and Christmas Worship Schedule

December 3 — Advent Lessons and Carols — 9:30am and 6:00pm

December 24 — 4th Sunday in Advent – 9:30am

December 24 — Christmas Eve Services

4:00 pm
Young Children, no candles
6:00 pm
Families, no candles
8:00 pm
Contemporary, candles
Traditional, candles

all services will celebrate communion

December 31 — Lessons and Carols – 9:30am