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Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill’s Outreach ministry is dedicated to demonstrating “faith in action” through programs enabling us to connect with and serve the needy in Alexandria, the region and abroad.

At Immanuel, outreach is not just a budget line — it is a guiding philosophy and one of the keystones of our community. We don’t simply write checks to worthy causes; instead, we leverage our financial resources to support programs in which our parishioners engage actively. We view community involvement as integral to our worship and fellowship.

The Outreach program works through three primary mechanisms: 1) personal involvement by parishioners in organizations that improve others’ lives; 2) direct financial contributions by parishioners to charities or organizations; and 3) financial contributions from the Outreach budget to organizations supported by the parish.

pumpkin unloadingThe Outreach budget is funded principally by the proceeds of the Pumpkin Patch, the Immanuel signature event that energizes and engages the parish for the entire month of October.  (If they know we are Christians by our love, they know we are Immanuel by the Patch.)  The pumpkins are grown in New Mexico by the Navajo Indians with whom the profits are shared.  With community support for almost two decades, thousands of dollars are raised in support of charitable outreach. The Pumpkin Patch recently completed the transition to a team approach and is always looking for new team members.

The ministry is sustained and led through clergy and the Outreach Committee leaders, Jamie Conrad, Jim Wise, and Jim Snow.  If you have any questions or would like to become involved, you may email the Outreach leaders at outreach@icoh.net.

LEARN MORE about the causes supported by Immanuel's Outreach programs here.