God's Work. Our Hands.
For over 50 years, Nativity Lutheran Church proudly serves as an inviting and family oriented center resource of spiritualism in the Mount Vernon, Virginia area. We're not just Lutherans, we're neighbors, friends, schoolmates, and business associates who offer our spiritual home for all to worship. Ours is a relaxed, no pressure and happy environment that promotes a greater connection with God. No person or religious belief is unwelcome. Our hearts and doors are wide open. Come inside.
OUR STAR MISSION
Seek to grow in God's Word,
Tell the story of Jesus' love
Act as God's hands in the world,
Reach out to welcome all!
A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.
Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward.
Welcome to Nativity! We're glad to meet you.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22: 37-39
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Concluding the celebration of our 53rd year this Easter, Nativity Lutheran Church, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), welcomes you to our faith community. Whether you are already a Christ follower or someone seeking answers for the questions of life, we invite you to visit and learn more with us.
As a congregation, Nativity Lutheran Church is a community grounded in the promise of God’s grace, and called to extend Christ’s welcome to all people. Every day, Christ meets us all just as we are, extending love to people of every age, race or ethnicity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, marital or relationship status, economic circumstance, educational achievement, political affiliation, or religious background. While we do not always agree, we choose to walk and grow in faith together, believing that God creates diversity, and loves and welcomes us.
At the core of our beliefs are five key principles which guide us in our faith. We hope they may guide you in yours, too.
And, here they are ...
Forgiveness and reconciliation – We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.
Dignity, compassion and justice – Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.
Inclusion and diversity – As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty.
Courage and openness to change – Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.
Faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts – As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.
I encourage you to take a moment to enjoy the very informative video at the bottom of this page. Feel free to call or email us if you'd like to get more information before your visit. I am available at your convenience to answer any questions you may have about Nativity or the Lutheran understanding of our faith. Feel free to call at (703) 768-1112 or email us if you'd like to get more information before your visit. We look forward to meeting you soon!
In His name,
Reverend Brent H. Thalacker,
Nativity Lutheran Church
FIND YOUR FAITH
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Enjoy discovering how our beliefs enrich our lives right here in Mount Vernon and throughout the world. We believe that you'll also discover new and exciting opportunities to get to know Jesus on a whole new level -- just as we at Nativity cherish doing faithfully.