Director of Communications Opening

We are looking to hire a Director of Communications who would be the hub of all ELC communications, overseeing, developing and implementing communication strategies. Take a look at the position description. Contact Charla Wilkerson to apply or for more information.

ELC is Hypothermia host week of Jan 13

Hypothermia Prevention Ministry

In coordination with FACETS Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program Emmanuel is the host site for the week of Sunday evening, January 13 to Sunday morning, January 20.

Please prayerfully consider the available opportunities displayed on the back wall of the Centrum then sign up to serve in this vital ministry. Contact Paula McGinnis or David Tyson for more information.

Back from the Edge of homelessness – Sun Nov. 11 9:45am!

Back from the Edge! Come learn how Emmanuel helps pull people back from the edge of homelessness and how you can become involved at the Adult Forum this Sunday, Nov 11th, in the sanctuary at 9:45 a.m.

Vienna/Oakton Community Thanksgiving Service

The 20th Annual Vienna/Oakton Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service is being held:

Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Join your friends and neighbors for an evening together with area faith communities in an ecumenical service of giving thanks followed by a pie social. Our guest speaker will be Laurie DiRocco, mayor of Vienna. A special offering to benefit The Lamb Center and The Shepherd’s Center will be collected.

Young at Hearts is Back, Thu, Oct 11

Young at Hearts is Back, Thu, Oct 11

Mark your calendar for the next Young at Hearts event on Thursday, October 11 at noon at Emmanuel. After a short summer break, the fall season will kick off with lunch, followed by a speaker from the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Elena Romanova will discuss the education programs offered at the Workhouse Arts Center and the development leading up to creating this center in Fairfax County. If you are planning to attend, please bring a favorite food to share. If you have any questions, please contact Pam Cunningham at

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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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 Oct. 7)

We will meet with those interested in becoming new members or finding out more about the congregation on Sundays in October (7th, 14th, and 21st) from 9:45am to 10:45 a.m. downstairs in room 10. 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.

Oct. 7: Getting to Know Each Other.
Oct. 14: Getting to Know the ELCA.
Oct. 21: Getting to Know the Ministries of Emmanuel.
Oct. 28: Welcoming New Members in Worship!

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

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

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.

A Prayer for Refugees

Courtesy of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: 

Our Gracious Lord,

There are many in Your world today who have been forced from their homes by persecution and violence.

Keep them in your constant care, and bring them to a place of safety.

Be the Good Shepherd to refugees who are in flight. Guide them to the green pastures of safety.

Be the Everlasting Father to refugees who have lost home and loved ones. Lead, protect and provide for them.

Be the Great Physician to refugees who are suffering. Grant them healing and hope.

Be the Hiding Place to refugees who are languishing in camps. Shelter their souls as well as their bodies.

Be the Deliverer to refugees who have been able to return home. Restore their lives so that those who have sown in tears may reap in joy.

Be the Wonderful Counselor to refugees who have been resettled. Help them find their way in a new land.

Be the Giver of all good gifts to those who serve refugees. Empower them to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly with You.

Be the Lord of lords to all the earth, that those who rule would do so in justice and righteousness, and no one would have to become a refugee anymore.

We ask these things in the precious and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.