At Emmanuel, many of our parishioners feel a calling to reach out to each other within Emmanuel, to reach out to the local community and to reach out to the world. There are many opportunities to serve the church community and the larger community.
Inreach to Church Community - Emmanuel's Inreach Committee provides help to parishioners in need, whether they may benefit from a short-term meal service due to sudden or unexpected life events, from cards and letters of encouragement when facing life’s challenges, or from prayers for those facing illness or facing harm’s way. We invite you to join the Inreach Committee, or If you or a member of your family need assistance with meals, transportation, prayers, cards, letters of encouragement or any other kind of support, please contact the Inreach Committee.
Outreach to our community: Emmanuel's parishioners are actively involved in outreach to our neighbors in Alexandria. We tutor public school children through the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Through Alive! (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically) we collect food weekly, and distribute it monthly to hundreds of families in need; twice a year we participate in Alive!'s furniture delivery to families in need; and we support Alive!'s Child Development Center and Alive! House through walkathons and special fundraising. Every month, Emmanuel parishioners and their families plan, shop for, and cook a meal for our homeless neighbors—families who are guests at the Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria. Several times a year, Emmanuel volunteers prepare hundreds of lunches to distribute through the Meade Memorial Church-based Bag Lunch Program. Emmanuel volunteers deliver 30 meals per month to the home-bound through Meals on Wheels. Each fall, Emmanuel parishioners contribute significant funds to support Community Lodgings' Back-to-school Backpack Program for at-risk children. At Christmas, Emmanuel volunteers collected gifts for needy children through a Giving Tree project. In addition to these thousands of hours of volunteer time, Emmanuel's Outreach Committee allocates church funds to support the operations of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium and Alive!, and to defray the expenses of the Bag Lunch program. The church also serves as a meeting place for three Alcoholics Anonymous weekly meetings.
Outreach to Haiti: Emmanuel’s relationship with the Rev. Sonley Joseph, Priest in Charge of St. Martin de Tours, Delmas, Haiti is a cornerstone of our international Outreach program. Sonley served as priest associate at Emmanuel while he was studying at VTS. Since his return to Haiti in 2012, we consider St. Martin de Tours our “sister” parish and maintain regular contact with Sonley about activities in his church and its parish school. The 2013 outreach budget supported ten scholarships at the St Martin de Tours parish school, and helped to supplement the priest-in-charge’s salary. In addition, in 2013 Emmanuel parishioners generously contributed funds for musical instruments and support for a parish retreat for St. Martin de Tours, modeled on our own Shrine Mont retreat. As an experiment, Haitian coffee was sold during the last quarter of 2013 to raise additional funds to support St. Martin de Tours. The coffee was popular and all supplies were sold, generating over $300 for Haiti. In 2014, we expect to continue coffee sales, and to seek other ways to contribute to St. Martin de Tours. We may cooperate in this effort with St. Mary’s Arlington, another Episcopal church with ties to Sonley and St. Martin de Tours. One specific project under consideration is renovation of a structure near the church to serve as a safe and convenient “guest house” for visitors, and also to generate income for the church and school.