“RENEWING  HEARTS”  THROUGH  JESUS

  • The “good rut” is being immersed in an ongoing study of God’s Word, knowing what we believe and where it comes from.  Being empowered by the Holy Spirit through His Word, we will continue the vigorous study of the small catechism in our adult Bible classes well into the year, realizing that the Reformation “Here I Stand” blesses both the believer AND those around us who are affected by that faithful stand.  We will also strive to engage 8 new participants in Bible class / Sunday school, encouraging an ever-greater number of God’s people taking His Word deeply into their hearts.


  • Because the concept of working as a “missional” minded rather than “consumer” minded church family is such a important, pivotal shift of thinking for us, we will continue to develop the good habit of seeing Christ’s ripe harvest field as an immense opportunity for us while dwelling here on earth.  We will work through a series called “The Mind of a Missionary” to help shape our way of thinking about Christ’s purpose for our lives while here on earth, and how to genuinely love unchurched people, engaging a pagan-dominated culture with the Gospel.


  • Recognizing the importance of those able and willing to provide leadership and inspiration in furthering the Lord’s work, this year we will commit to providing another seminar to train lay leaders for helping our church family fulfill God’s calling in our changing times.


  • Because there is a direct link between our renewed hearts and how we manage the resources God has entrusted to us, and because financial scarcity remains a significant deterrent to our effective work as a congregation, we will provide a focused stewardship emphasis toward managing our resources wisely and  being faithful in first-fruits, proportional giving for the work of the Lord.


  • Last year we made a formal evaluation of our revitalization progress by completing the extensive “ReVitality” assessment survey administered by the Revitalization department of our Synod.  This assessment identifies our strengths to keep building on and our areas that can be improved upon; we will take these results in 2018 and implement the recommended modules from the program.


                         “REDEEMING  LIVES”  THROUGH   JESUS

  • With societal strains on quality relationships increasing, we will offer to our congregation and the community the “Peacemaker” Program, being equipped to work out conflicts in a God-pleasing way at home, at church, and in the community. This change from bad to good habits is a God-given, strikingly valuable tool for redeeming our day-to-day interactions with a wide variety of people and situations that must be dealt with.


  • Thrivent Action Team events have shown a great ability to develop our relationship building efforts between us and God, His people with each other, and Christians with our community.  We will strive to utilize a minimum of 10 Thrivent Action Team seed money grants for helpful projects of outreach, education, and service.


  • We will ardently support the two new community support groups that our church will launch this year: Griefshare for those who have lost loved ones, and Divorcecare for those who have experienced the devastation of divorce or are facing its possibility.  These groups help develop healthy, good ruts and minimize destructive bad ruts in our relationships with God and with people.


  • Because enjoying being part of the body of Christ is a key blessing of belonging to Him, we commit to implement 4 periodic friendship/fellowship events or activities.


  • To continue fostering a “culture of generosity” and affirming the value of people in our community, we commit to performing 5 Community Service Projects, whether they are “assisting with a community event” or hosting a “community day of service;” one of these will be a new and innovative one (different from ones we have done in the past). 


  • In the spirit of generosity and love toward all people (not content to just “take care of our own”), we will also further the Gospel’s influence in our times on a broader scale by selecting at least one  international mission effort to promote and support with an all- congregational activity


  • We will partner with 2 community organizations to come alongside of them as they help with redeeming lives in our community


  • As a specific larger goal of maintaining and improving the blessing of our ministry facility, we will strive to complete the lightbulb replacement project begun last year, switching over to L.E.D. lighting that will save on electricity and maintenance cost/time.​

OUR 

“VISION IMPACT”

STATEMENT


​In addition to our regular activities as a congregation that help to  “renew hearts and redeem lives through Jesus,” we commit ourselves to the  following goals as specific efforts to pursue fulfilling our vision this year, 
emphasizing MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS: