Updated Vision for Emmanuel

After a number of months collecting opinions, thoughts, guidance, and suggestions from our congregation, the Call Committee is pleased to present the new Vision for Emmanuel.  We are very excited about what you have told us you love about Emmanuel today, and what you envision for our church in the future.  Here is the vision Statement you have helped us draw up:

Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Bethesda, Maryland sees itself as a warm, welcoming, ecumenical, and compassionate community that worships God regularly, shares the sacraments, provides a variety of opportunities for learning about Christ and the Gospel, offers avenues for personal spiritual growth and involvement in the church life, has internal fellowship and strives to serve the community by feeding the hungry and providing support to the immigrant, the underprivileged, and the homeless.

With the advent of a new pastor who brings a deep faith, a strong sense of calling and commitment to pastoral care for each person, creativity, energy, and leadership, we envision an exciting and vibrant renaissance for a thriving church with increased involvement by congregants of all ages, strong growth in membership – especially by young families with children -- new and expanded programs, and a deeper commitment to sharing God’s grace and love with the wider community and world.