2589 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna, VA  22181

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday Sep. 9

On this special day celebrated by Lutherans across the country, the congregation from NEW HOPE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH in Chantilly will be joining us for worship at 9:30 AM and for GWOH activities following worship. New Hope ministers to the homeless and less fortunate from our communities. Find out more about New Hope Fellowship.

Childcare will be provided for ages 3 and under.

The opportunities for us to do God’s Work with Our Hands include:


  • Join in worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ from New Hope
  • Provide food for a light breakfast for our guests and/or for lunch for all GWOH workers.
  • Set up, serve and/or clean up breakfast or lunch
  • Take part in fellowship as we work together to spruce up Emmanuel.
  • Join Robert Morehead and other singers to share songs with the guests.

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Church Administrator Opening

Emmanuel is accepting applications for the position of Church Administrator.

Cover letter and resume must be submitted to ELCVienna.applications@gmail.com

Application deadline is September 10, 2018.

Position Description

Strategic Plan Approved

Emmanuel’s Council has approved the 5-year Strategic Plan. The plan will be discussed at the June 10 annual meeting. Copies are available in the centrum or download the pdf.


New Member Group (starting Apr. 15)

We will meet with those interested in becoming new members or finding out more about the congregation Sundays, April 15, 22, May 6, & 13 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the Youth Lounge — all are welcome!

We are looking forward to a bright future of ministry here at Emmanuel, and we welcome you to join us in working together to further the gospel of Jesus Christ in this community and God’s world.

Apr. 15: Getting to Know Each Other.
Apr. 22: Getting to Know the ELCA.
May 6: Getting to Know the Ministries of Emmanuel.
May 13: Welcoming New Members in Worship!

Contact Pastor Tony Prinsen if you have any questions or would like to sign up for the group.


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.


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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.