Throughout the year, Emmanuel organizes and sponsors various activities that benefit people in our community, region, and nation, and throughout the world. We invite you to join our committee and help us with one project or many, some of which are detailed below. For more information, you can contact Ginger Boone or the Church Office.

Fall 2018 - Feed The Needy!

REMINDER to ELC MEMBERS: Volunteers Needed to Prepare and Serve Meals in October for the Interfaith Works Women’s Center

Every year, members of the ELC congregation come together to prepare meals for, and serve, the residents of the Interfaith Works Women’s Center (formerly known as the Community Based Shelter/CBS) in Rockville.  This year, we are delighted to have the German Lutheran Church congregation join Emmanuel in this effort with GLC members being responsible for all meals on Wednesday and Thursday of our week – October 7-13.  And, we are equally delighted that Emmanuel youth will be taking on more responsibilities this year!

The Interfaith Works Women’s Center is a 70-bed emergency shelter assisting approximately 300 women per year.  Case managers work with women to facilitate recovery and stability, as well as connect them with housing, medical, mental health, and social services as the residents work to transition from homelessness to more stable living and working conditions.

Last year, IWWC moved to a new facility in Rockville, off Gude Drive, which provides residents with expanded living and community areas. In addition, residents are able to access vocational services and dental, medical and behavioral health care services in the same building. 

From October 7-13, Emmanuel members will make and serve dinners at the IWWC and the Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with this effort. Because Emmanuel is committed to making breakfast, lunches and dinners and then serving dinners for the residents for the entire week, the task requires many cooks and many hands.  It takes many volunteers each year for this service project to work successfully and the committee is hopeful that you will be able to assist.


We are currently in the process of scheduling Emmanuel members to prepare or serve portions of meals – bag lunches or dinners (for each day we need a salad, soup, dessert, and main course) to serve approximately 35 residents.  If you would like to participate by making one of these items or by serving, please email Ginger at to volunteer.

Service is our reflection of Christ's love for us. Please join the ELC Outreach Committee, Emmanuel youth, and the German Lutheran Congregation us in service at the Interfaith Works Women’s Center!

Past events at CBS… 2017

For all of your donations to the Homeless Shelter – soaps, towels, sheets, cleaning supplies and other supplies!  The staff and the ladies of the shelter were truly grateful!

To the 65 volunteers who cooked, made lunches and breakfasts and served, THANK YOU!!! To the leaders who guided Sunday school children in making soup, Thank you!  To the leaders who guided confirmation students in making dinner and serving, Thank you! Your smiles serving, the warmth of your food was so very much appreciated by all who received.  Pastor Derek, in his sermons talks about living Christ’s Gospel.  You folks did that so strongly this week!!!

CBS had some new things this year – the working together of Emmanuel and the German Lutheran Church.  What a pleasure this was!  The GLC generously made soup for one night, lunches, salad and dessert for another, served our guests at the new shelter.  It was a pleasure to work together on Christ’s mission!  Another new item is the shelter building at 2 Taft Court!!  The women moved into the new shelter in February.  This is an open, more cheerful environment in which they can work hard to make the changes in their lives. They are doing just that.  Thank you for helping to enable their changes.  See some of the pictures below!!





Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Manna Food

ELC has donated Half a Ton of Food to Manna to date in 2018!

 That’s right – more than 1000 pounds of non-perishable and fresh food has been donated to Manna Food Center by members of Emmanuel this year!

Thank you to all who generously supported this effort.  The Outreach Committee has reorganized its priorities with Manna for the coming year.  ELC will be collecting non-perishable food during the summer months when Manna’s need is greatest, so that familiar donation box will be stored away until 2019.  If you would like to contribute to Manna during the months when the box is in storage, simply write a check to Emmanuel and make a notation that the check is for Manna.  The Outreach Committee will make sure your check is delivered.

 And, if you are interested in volunteering at Manna, check out this link:  Volunteer opportunities are available year round for individuals 7+ in the Manna warehouse in Gaithersburg and at locations throughout the community.  Last year over 40,000 volunteers donated more than 70,000 hours of their time to help feed the hungry in Montgomery County.  Manna would love to hear from you!