Vision and Mission
Faithful+ Bold + Serving
Since, then, we have such a hope [through Christ Jesus], we act with great boldness. (2 Cor. 3.12)
God’s love for all humanity is made known most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In his life, Jesus teaches us how to be followers, who strive – with the Holy Spirit’s help – to live and act as Jesus lived and acted. In his death on the cross and in his glorious resurrection, Jesus grants to us all forgiveness, peace, hope, joy, love, grace, justification, and salvation. As God’s people, our hope is grounded in God’s actions – which are, have always been, and will always be faithful! Because God is faithful, we are bold to speak and to act in love for God and in love for one another.
2019 – 2020 Mission Emphasis: Faithful
Faithful+ Bold + Serving
Let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for God, who made the promise, is faithful. (Hebrews 10.23)
God is faithful. God keeps God’s promises – of love, hope, peace, forgiveness, justice, mercy, welcome, salvation. God’s faithfulness comes to us most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God is faithful; the cross is God’s ultimate testimony to God’s love for us – which is faithful, bold, serving.
Because God is faithful, our hope is not in vain. When we hope in God, we can do so unwaveringly. Even when we doubt, even when we sin, even when we our hope falters, the cross is God’s assurance that God is always faithful. God has made the promise – to everyone in every place and in every time. And God has always kept the promise. The cross is God’s faithful promise. So, we hope. Not wish, but hope. Grounded in God’s promises, which are steadfast and faithful.
- In the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- In Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who reveals to us the very heart of the Father.
- That we are saved by grace through faith — this is not our own doing, but it is the gift of God!
- That we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ and raised in his resurrection power to walk in newness of life.
- Lutherans are a diverse group of people, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God.
- As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
- We are part of God’s unfolding plan.
- When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.
- When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
- When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.”