Vision: Relate and Restore
Goal: We will spread a passion for the supremacy of Jesus by 1) Meeting the needs of people in our networks of relationships and by intentionally developing relationships with those whom we serve, and 2) By seeking to not only meet immediate needs but also seek to restore just and healthy relationships with the body, the family, the church, the government, and the economy.
The responsibility of using our gifts to serve falls upon all believers, as an outward expression of inward grace, in witness to love for the Lord in His people
Jesus said that those who do not yet believe will know that Christians belong to him by the way they care for one another. We will strive to make Christ known by our lavish and caring love for one another.
In addition to meeting the needs of those in our congregation, we seek to show God’s mercy to those outside. One way we do this is by intentionally partnering with secular non-profits in our community, in order to be the presence of Christ to those who do not believe. By our service and passion the world will see the heart Christ has for the poor.
Our love must be genuine. We must genuinely seek to relieve others immediate needs and through that sincere service show that Christ can bring a broader relief and restoration than anything they have ever known. We seek to minister holistically as we strive to redeem all levels of brokenness in creation. We want to bring the not yet to the now. (James 2:15-17, 1 Peter 2:12)
Congregational Mercy Needs
If you would like to receive assistance due to a sudden physical/mental illness, unforeseen financial strain, loss of employment, etc. then please email the Deacons at Deacons@emmanuelarlington.org. All information will be kept confidential. Please also read the Diaconal Assistance Policy.
Community Mercy Needs
We are called to not only meet the needs of those within our congregation, but to also redeem the brokenness all around us within our community. Below is a list of our Mercy Ministry Partners. You can learn more about the organizations and find out how you can get involved in serving those in need in Arlington.
Emmanuel can also provide counseling or can connect you with a Christian counselor. All of us struggle with past hurts, baggage, and doubts that hinder, not only our walk with God, but our daily lives. If you are in need of counseling and would like to meet with someone or receive some resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please speak with Young Lee.
Mercy Ministry Partner Organizations
Arlington Bridge Builders
ABB is dedicated to partnering with area churches, Christian organizations, and individuals who seek to positively impact Arlington through compassionate service and the sharing of the Gospel. They serve the needs of small congregations, especially local immigrant congregations, and the physical needs of those living in poverty in our community. (Emmanuel Contact: Jim Muzzall)
Assist Pregnancy Center
Assist Pregnancy Center exists to promote life through Christ to those vulnerable to abortion. Through the provision of pregnancy medical services, options counseling, parenting education, and abortion-recovery programs, Assist comes alongside abortion-vulnerable individuals to affirm life and share the hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Assist is supported by many volunteers, individual donors, and churches committed to protecting life in Northern Virginia. Visit Assist to sign up for prayer updates or to learn more. (Emmanuel Contact: Tami Barney)
Emmanuel’s community of Compassion sponsors collectively supports more than 70 children in three child development centers in Bolivia. These Emmanuel families develop long-term one-on-one relationships with their sponsored children, encouraging them through regular correspondence, praying for them as they grow up in a challenging environment, and providing financial support that permits these boys and girls to benefit from Compassion’s church-based, holistic child development programs. (Emmanuel Contact: Jim & Karen Wesolowski)
International Justice Mission (IJM)
IJM is a Christian, human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. They rescue and care for the victims, prosecute the perpetrators, and promote structural change in the public justice systems. Their vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions, and prove that justice for the poor is possible. Their main headquarter is in Arlington. (Emmanuel contact: Young Lee)
Sullivan House – Bridges to Independence
Sullivan House is a partner with Bridges to Independence (b2i) in Arlington. The Sullivan House is a home located in Arlington with apartment style living for homeless families who are transitioning off of the streets. Sullivan House provides residents with transitional services, counseling, medical care and school support for children. Sullivan House has many opportunities to help struggling families in Arlington get back on their feet and achieve independence. Our highlight for April is helping provide child care during an adult exercise program on Saturday mornings from 10-noon. Other opportunities are as follows. (Emmanuel Contacts: Emily Warner)
- Helping with their garden (spring prep and fall "putting it to bed") - no date yet
- Planting trees - no date yet
- Events: Kickball tournament (August 6), youth race (Sept 24)
- Administrative assistance in the office (filing, copying, etc.)
- Provide child care during adult exercise program on Saturday mornings from 10-noon
- Lemonade stand at Courthouse Farmers Market (planned, not yet up and running)