Sacramental Events

In addition to traditional services, Emmanuel provides resources for many Sacramental Events. If you are interested in holding one of these events at our facility, please contact the person below, or the church office, or 301-725-5200.


Baptism proclaims to all that God has adopted us by grace that is freely available in the world. Baptism is also our proclamation to God through the promises that we make in our baptism (for youth or adults) or that our parents make on our behalf (for children). In the United Methodist Church, baptisms are only done in the context of a regularly scheduled worship service because the congregation takes vows to teach the baptized about the Christian faith and to confirm and strengthen the baptized in love.

Contact: Rev. Edgardo Rivera.


In Confirmation we make a mature commitment to Christ. All eighth grade students are invited to join Emmanuel UMC. The process begins in October and concludes in April. The Confirmands learn about the church’s history, complete mission projects, study the Bible and learn about being a disciple of God. During this journey, parents, mentors and church leaders form a partnership with the students to share their faith as well as provide examples of faith in action.

Contact: Donna Meoli.


Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month at both our 9am and 10:45am worship services. Holy Communion, which is also commonly called the Lord’s Supper, is a Christian adaptation of Jewish worship at family meal tables. Jesus and his disciples ate together during his preaching and teaching ministry sharing table fellowship and proclaiming that there is a place for everyone at God’s table. Jesus, on the night before his death, transformed the Passover meal and instituted the Lord’s Supper when he proclaimed to all of his followers that whenever they blessed the cup of God’s salvation and broke the bread of heaven, he was present with them. We celebrate an open table in the United Methodist Church; all who intend to lead a Christian life, adults and children, those baptized and not baptized, are welcome at God’s table. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive.

Home Communion

Holy Communion is always available for parishioners who cannot attend services at Emmanuel. Clergy and Laity bring Communion to the sick and homebound of our community.

Contact: Rev. Kim Capps, or 301-725-5200.


Weddings are held at Emmanuel for members and non-members. Those wanting to have their wedding at Emmanuel should be aware that one of the partners must be a Christian and that counseling by a clergy person is required.

You can also read our statement on marriage equality here.

Contact: To plan a wedding at Emmanuel, contact Becky Barbusca at

Funerals and Memorial Services

Rev. Stephanie Vader is available to provide pastoral care to those who are dying, and help parishioners who wish to discuss arrangements for their own services or services for their loved ones.

Contact: Rev. Edgardo Rivera at