Welcome!

 
We know it's hard to visit a new church.
All we can say is "come as you are."
You are a beloved child of God,
and there is a place for you here.
 
Link to Map with Directions You can access our parking lot from either Lynn Shores Drive or Virginia Beach Blvd.  We have several visitor spots available near the west entrance.  Additional parking is available in the shopping centers on both sides of the church.  The easiest entrances for visitors are the west entrance (Office Entrance) or the south red doors (facing Virginia Beach Blvd-- and are accessible for all people).

 

What to Expect on a Sunday Morning

  • Emmanuel offers a traditional Lutheran worship format.  
  • Everyone is welcome at our worship service.   The pastor shares a message with the children early in the service, and there are activity bags and children's bulletins.  We have a quiet play area in our Narthex for young children. Windows and speakers allow you to care for your child and not miss out on the service.  Nursery is also available.
  • Holy Communion is offered every Sunday.  Everyone is invited to receive the very real presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine. Gluten-free wafers are available on request from the pastor during Communion.
  • Dress is business casual to casual, although some still dress up.
  • The greeters and ushers (or most anyone you ask) will show you where restrooms, nursery and other facilities are located.
  • For the ease of our visitors and guests, most everything is printed in the worship bulletin and projected on the front wall.

 

Vision

A world where everyone knows Jesus Christ's presence and unconditional love.
 
We have a process in place to help us do this. Learn more by checking out the Connect tab.
 

Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

We are Lutherans, but first we are Christian. The Lutheran church was founded in the 1500's by the followers of the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a monk, priest, and teacher who, after learning the original languages of the Bible, was amazed by God's unconditional love for all people through the life, death, and resurrection of God's own son Jesus Christ.  He realized that salvation is acquired through faith alone in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  That is the Good News!

 
Everyone is welcome in God's kingdom... also known as the Body of Christ... God loves unconditionally and so do we!
 
Today, Lutherans seek to spread the Good News through daily life, loving and serving everyone as Jesus did.
 
We are a congregation affiliated with the  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
 

What we Believe

Our faith is professed the words of the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again.  He ascended to heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church (as in all
Christians), the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting.
 

Luther's Small Catechism

In addition to the Creeds of the Church, Martin Luther wrote a teaching tool for parents of the household.  Today this little booklet continues to educate people on the basics of the Christian faith.  You may see it HERE.